251LEX is a seasonal Mediterranean 110-seat restaurant located in
Mount Kisco, NY with a changing daily menu inspired by locally sourced seafood, free range beef, hormone-free lamb and poultry,
organic produce and other provisions, the seasonal restaurant reflects
the freshest ingredients from the Hudson Valley.
Our menu changes daily based on the fresh local ingredients we find.
We’re continuously adding new flavors and seasonal specialties
so check back often for our latest dishes.
Constantine Kalandranis grew up in Astoria, Queens with a love of food. From cooking alongside multiple generations of his Greek-American family, 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 as 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 TastingRoom and Anthos, which received a Michelin Star. Through 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 in Nyack, NY with a highly skilled team from the culinary world. Constantine and his wife Johna, 8 North Broadway’s Operations and Special Events Manager, have a daughter, Isla & son, Leo.
Christopher worked at our two sister restaurants, 8 North Broadway in Nyack and 273 Kitchen in Harrison, before joining our Mt. Kisco restaurant.
A self-taught chef and Poughkeepsie native, Christopher opened a restaurant in Puerto Rico and has worked at numerous restaurants in the Hudson Valley along side his fiancé Sarah Handal.
At our family of restaurants, Christopher has handled bottom to top positions on the floor, bringing a great passion for both front and back of the house operations. His enthusiasm and appreciation for our farm-to-table daily changing menus and curated wine and beer selections show in his drive to keep patrons happy and our staff at peak performance.
Food and Beverage Director
Richard Mitchell started in the restaurant business as a teenager growing up in Milford, Connecticut. Holding a variety of jobs from dishwasher to busboy to kitchen allowed Richard travel extensively to Vancouver, Canada and Sydney, Australia. After attending Fairfield University where he studied finance, Richard spent five years as a financial advisor until he realized he could not spend his whole life in the industry.
After leaving his finance job, Richard became assistant general manager at his first place of employment The Stonebridge Restaurant (formerly Milford Seafood Restaurant). During one of his first dates with now-wife Eleni at eXo Greek Mediterranean Restaurant, Richard met Constantine. The two hit it off right away, with Richard joining Constantine and Hichem at eXo soon after. With the goal of opening their own restaurant in mind, they spent every moment of free time planning the concept, menu and service style of what would later become 8 North Broadway.
Pastry - Sous Chef
Karina, a Johnson and Wales graduate, Nyack resident and New Jersey native, is responsible for all desserts at 251 LEX.
Before joining our Mt. Kisco team, Karina worked on the savory side of the kitchen at our other restaurants, 273 KITCHEN and 8 North Broadway. Karina's love for seasonal ingredients is apparent in her desserts which celebrate the ever-changing LoHud bounty.
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 Pine Tree Inn in the 1940s with his brother-in-law, Sam Faiella 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 out of possible 4 star rating from the Westchester Gannett (Journal News) 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 step-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.
Operations and Special Events
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 met Chef Constantine Kalandranis, who she married in 2012.
After completion of the Bachelor’s program at the CIA, Johna worked at Restaurant Associates in NYC, where she managed accounts like Conde Nast/Bon Appetit Magazine Supper Club’s pop-up restaurant, Clifford Chance, Rockefeller University 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 JP Morgan Chase & Co’s headquarters building on Park Avenue in Manhattan. In addition to handling special events and operations at 8 North Broadway, Johna is also mother to daughter Isla & son Leo.