Neighborhood Eats: Drunken Mussels at Park 143 Bistro & Fish

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Friday, October 12, 2018
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Lauren Glassberg reports on Park 143 Bistro & Fish in Bronxville.

BRONXVILLE, New York (WABC) -- Growing up, Wayne Chessler worked at his uncle's restaurants, and says the business was in his blood. So much so, he opened his own place in Bronxville seven years ago.

Park 143 Bistro & Fish began as a tapas spot and has evolved into a bistro with an emphasis on seafood. There's shrimp and grits, crispy octopus and a variety of mussels - including 'drunken' style. That dish gets its kick from tequila and jalapenos. For Wayne, who is friendly with so many of his customers, every night is like a dinner party.

Drunken Mussels from Park 143 Bistro & Fish


1 dozen mussels

cup butter

cup clam juice

2 tsp chopped cilantro

3 garlic minced cloves

2 tsp minced shallots

1 small jalapeno minced

2 TBL tequila

Olive oil

Salt & pepper


Heat 2-3 tsp olive oil in medium sauce pan over medium heat

Add garlic, shallots and jalapeno

Sautee for 1-2 minutes

Add mussels, salt and pepper

As mussels begin to open add the tequila (watch for flame)

Add clam juice once flame subsides, cook for another minute, then toss in butter and cilantro


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