As everyone knows by now, tonight was my date with Mo (well, okay, Mo’s restaurant). My mother, sister, husband and I piled into the car and drove to New Rochelle.
I was anticipating a possible sighting of Mo, of course, but it was exciting enough to walk in and see the hostess wearing this.
“Hi, we have a reservation for 7 o’clock,” I told her. With the no-nonsense approach of the restaurant’s namesake, she quickly turned and led us to a really private corner table in the main dining room. Yes, there were framed photos of Mo himself everywhere I looked, including an amazing shot of him coming in from the bullpen (you can practically hear “Enter Sandman”). Right above my seat at the table was a photo of A-Rod with the inscription: “To the best closer in baseball and an even better friend.” At least that’s how I remember if after drinking a large pour of their delicious Pinot Noir.
We ordered lots of food – steaks, fish, the Yankee Burger, apple pie, side dishes, you name it – and everything was tasty and reasonably priced, relative to restaurants in Manhattan. The atmosphere was festive and everybody seemed to be in a celebratory mood. But by the end of the meal, what I really wanted to know was: WHERE IS MO? I struck up a conversation with Stephanie, the Assistant Manager who was doubling as our waitress. The lighting is dim, but hopefully you can see her pretty smile.
So Mo stops in for dinner on SUNDAYS, NOT SATURDAYS? Bummer. And I missed seeing the entire team signing autographs at Steiner Sports just down the street? Double bummer. It would have been fun to say hi to Joba, too. But all was not lost. Stephanie brought out Gary Fosina, the Executive Chef at Mo’s, to chat with me. It was sweet of him to take time out of his busy Saturday night in the kitchen. “Want to see the back room?” he said. “We’re doing a party there.” It turns out, a Yankee she-fan was giving her husband a 40th birthday bash, complete with a disk jockey and dance floor.
You can hear Lady Gaga in the background as I talked to Gary.
See what interesting things I learned about my favorite Yankee? He likes his water at room temperature. He eats carrot cake. He goes to church every Sunday with his family. And he asks guests how they became Yankee fans. I might just have to ask Mo to marry me and get it over with.
Seriously, I loved Mo’s New York Grill. What’s not to love? Great food, service, atmosphere and photos of Yankees on the wall. I give it 42 stars, my highest possible rating.