Constantine Kalandranis was born in Astoria, Queens with a love of food. From cooking alongside members of his Greek-American family to preparing for holiday gatherings, Constantine saw the power food had to connect people. At 14, he began working at a local pizzeria and continued his journey in the culinary world through a variety of positions like cook, baker, and server. His passion propelled him towards the Culinary Institute of America, where he learned about cooking techniques, service, and professionalism.
Since then, he has worked at esteemed dining establishments including Gotham Bar & Grill, Brasserie Perrier, Veritas, L’impero, The Tasting Room and Anthos, which received a Michelin Star.
Throughout his career, Constantine has cultivated his own style, traveled the world and even cooked for President Barack Obama at the White House.
After falling in love with the Hudson Valley during college, Constantine returned to the area to open 8 North Broadway with a highly skilled team from the culinary world. Kalandranis opened two additional Westchester restaurants in 2015, 273 Kitchen in Harrison, and 251 LEX in Mt. Kisco (the latter closed in 2017). Kalandranis also opened PopoJito, MedMex Kitchen, in November 2017 in Scarsdale, NY. He is the founder of OurFoodGroup.us and KalandranisConsulting.com, a restaurant consultancy.
Constantine and his wife Johna have a daughter, Isla, and son, Leo.
8 North Broadway is a seasonal Mediterranean 65-seat restaurant located in the Rivertown of Nyack, NY overlooking the Hudson River. With a menu inspired by locally sourced seafood, beef, lamb, poultry,
and organic produce and other provisions, the seasonal restaurant reflects the freshest ingredients from the Hudson Valley.
We pride ourselves on the quality of our ingredients and the collaboration with area farmers, artisans, small wine producers and spirit makers from Brooklyn to the Adirondacks. We approach each dish with deepest respect to nature, the integrity of the ingredients and a minimal amount of fuss to coax out natural flavors and textures.
We are proud to partner with small local farms including Hemlock Hill Farm, Cabbage Hill Farm, Queens County Farm, Gaia's Breath Farm and Hilltop Hanover Farm.
Operations and Special Events Johna Riccardi-Kalandranis
A Westchester, NY native, Johna Riccardi-Kalandranis discovered her passion for the culinary industry while working at restaurants as a teenager and enjoying quality family time around the dinner table. She took her love of food to the next level by enrolling at the Culinary Institute of America, where she received her Bachelor’s degree in 2007 and met Chef Constantine Kalandranis, who she married in 2012. After graduation, Johna worked at Restaurant Associates with accounts such as Conde Naste/bon appetit Supper Club’s pop-up restaurant and Royal Bank of Scotland – Stamford as a member of the opening team. Most recently, she served as Assistant Director of Catering for top executives at JPMorgan Chase.
In addition to handling special events and operations at 8 North Broadway, Johna is also mother to 7-year-old Isla and 4-year-old Leo.
Co-General Manager Louis Cea
Born in the Bronx to Italian immigrant parents who were in the restaurant
business, Louis Cea has spent fifty years in the same industry. His father started Faiella’s in the 1940s with a friend and built a loyal customer base through fine food, warm hospitality and unparalleled consistency. Louis was part of the second generation to helm the restaurant, during which time the restaurant continued to boom and received a 3.5 star rating from the Journal News Gannett paper. The second generation ran the restaurant for twenty-five years, until it was sold in 1991. Louis left the restaurant business then and didn’t return until 2012 when his daughter Johna and son-in-law Chef Constantine Kalandranis convinced him to return to the business to help manage 8 North Broadway, reinvigorating his passion for the industry.
Whether you are dining with us, looking to coordinate a group or private event or have an off-site catering request, Johna and Louis are happy to assist you and make sure you have a wonderful experience that is tailored to your needs, goals and budget.
ON-SITE PRIVATE EVENT INQUIRIES
Or call: 845.678.3144
OFF-SITE CATERING INQUIRIES
Or call: 845.353-1200