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Jul 8, 2006 09:16 PM

Chinese in Ossining/Croton/Briarcliff?

Where can I get some reasonable Chinese in Ossining/Croton? The place on South Riverside Avenue in Croton has converted to a Hibachi/Sushi place - everything else seems to be "storefront" Chinese, with no particularly interesting variations in the menus, and no place that one might actually SIT and eat dinner. Just moved over the border into Ossining, so am happy to travel southwards now...

Craving... baby bok choy...

Nancy C

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  1. weclome to the area. IMO, there are no good chinese restaurants in the area although I haven't tried anything in ossining (I live in croton). There is a decent place in the Beach Shopping Center to sit down (in peekskill) but not great.

    If you don't mind the travel, aberdeen in white plains is great and its about 20 minutes drive from croton. We also like Imperial Wok in north white plains...a nice place to sit with an interesting menu. For take out, I'm afraid New China Restaurant in croton is about as good as it gets. Over the years, the food has gotten somewhat better...or perhaps my standard has dropped. At best, its mediocre.

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    1. re: vinouspleasure

      I disagree with regard to the Chinese restaurant in the Beach shopping center. My wife and I were there about a year ago and it was awful. My wife didn't have high expectations (she's Chinese), but I was hoping for decent American Chinese and was very disappointed.

      Our primary choice for takeout in Ossining is Highland Oriental. Their ribs are quite good.

      We definitely agree about Aberdeen. We've been going there since it first opened in Harrison, and gladly followed it to White Plains. It is very nice to have a local suthentic alternative to Manhattan and Flushing Chinatowns!

      1. re: ltlevy

        I agree that the one at the Beach is really disappointing. We've generally gotten Chinese from either the one in the Shoprite plaza in Croton or the one in the A&P plaza in Peekskill, and you "get what you get" if you know what I mean. Last week we got food instead from the one at the Beach for the first time, and I thought the meat pot stickers were pretty bad.

        1. re: DGresh

          We had a few good meals at the place at the Beach a few years ago when they put coupons in Clipper, but then it went downhill. Not sure if something changed or if we just got lucky. I do know that the last time we were there it was some sort of holiday and they tried to tell me that their lunch menu (which was allegedly always available) was not available, and gave in when I said i was leaving).

    2. Not far from Ossining in Thornwood is Pacific Palace. Their Chinese food is great and offer some Japanese as well. Have never had a bad experience there.

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      1. re: smokeyrm

        In my experience, over the years Pacific Palace has gone through a series of peaks and valleys, the peaks being when certain dishes (but not all) are quite decent and the valleys being all sweet glop all the time. What's good there now?

        1. re: spa

          They have great dumplings, very fresh cold noodles (better than anyone else I have tried), love their sesame and General Tsao chicken and all their chow funs.

          1. re: smokeyrm

            We finally got back there the other day and I was pleasantly surprised. The cold noodles -were- good (the sauce was even a somewhat spicy!). We'll be going back again soon. I am looking forward to some chow fun.

      2. How's the place in Yorktown Heights near the Starbucks? I also heard Su and Hai in Yorktown Heights (by the Karl Ehmer pork store) has some items of merit. I guess I'll have to schedule a taste testing day. I have a client in White Plains - will keep Aberdeen in mind when I'm down there, have husband come to White Plains via train!

        Thanks all... any more ideas are welcome!

        Nancy C

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        1. re: Nancy C

          sue and hai goes up and down. At one point (10 years ago) it was great but now its uneven. The place in yorktown is a nice place to sit down but the food is very mediocre. A little better than takeout.

          If you don't mind the drive to mt kisco, there is a very good place on main st. called pacific restaurant. We have gone off hours and let the owner make us whatever he likes. Last time we had homemade noodles with shrimp and xo sauce. It was as good as anything we've had in flushing or chinatown albeit twice as expensive.

          ltlevy, I'm not surprised you thought the Beach chinese was terrible...we think all the local chinese food is terrible but given the choices, we think its a small cut above. Thanks for the tip on Highland Oriental. Anything worth trying other than the ribs?

          btw, decent thai food in tarrytown at thai garden...not Sripraphai, but not bad. If you like japanese, try hanada (in the kmart shopping center near the starbucks in yorktown).

          1. re: vinouspleasure

            There is a Shrimp dish (I believe it is listed in their specials area - don't have the menu handy) that is quite good. I think it was called Imperial Shrimp, but I wouldn't bet the ranch on that. Other than that one everything else is fairly standard take out. Decent, but not great.

            I also occasionally hit New China on 133 for their Pan Fried Wontons in Garlic Sauce.

            We used to go to Pacific quite frequently. We were very pleased with it when it first opened, but feel the service has gone downhill. With Aberdeen readily near by now, we haven't been back to Pacific in a few years.

            There is also a new small sit down place (at least that's how it looks from the street when driving by) in Peekskill called Precious Garden. Haven't tried it yet. It is on Main Street by Division Street.

            1. re: ltlevy

              Well we tried the place in Peekskill. It was pretty good.

              My wife had Ma Po Tofu and it was very good. I had WonTon Soup, and the wontons were the authentic thin skin type. I also had Kung Pow Shrimp, which was also quite good. Instead of celery they had diced broccoli stems which added a nice flavor. Our friend had the twice cooked pork, which was a bit disappointing.

              One word of warning they are closed on Tuesdays (I think for just the summer).

              1. re: ltlevy

                I was at Sal's Pizza (which is next door to Highland Oriental) and heard that the owner of Highland Oriental moved to Texas and opened up a buffet there. It is now being run by a relative of the previous owner.

                We've gotten take out from there since then and noticed a decline in the quality of the food. My wife had the crab fried rice which was sea legs and not crab and very bland besides. She also got Shrimp with Lobster sauce and didn't find many shrimp in the dish. I can't remember what I got, which doesn't say much for the food either.

                1. re: ltlevy

                  That explains it! My last couple of take-outs from there have been awful--very salty and oily, unusual for the old H.O. Guess I'll stick with New Happy Garden in the Shoprite Shopping Center in Croton for take-out for now.

                1. re: jon

                  Wow... that must be very recent. I was just at Pacific the end of August. I reported on our disappointment in eating there (

            2. I like the Dim Sum at Highland Oriental. I recently had a pretty decent roast pork with baby bokchoy there. I find their food generally less oily than many other local takeouts.

              1. Again, not sit down, but the take out place next to Shop Rite has some good food and is definitely superior (and more varied) to New China Garden.

                My favorite places in the area are Imperial Wok in N. White Plains (used to love the one in Yorktown) and Sue & Hai.