Best food towns in Westchester?
This is a follow-up to my post yesterday about Peekskill. My fiance and I are currently looking to buy a house in Westchester, and while we're considering Peekskill most strongly now, we're also still open to other towns.
Could you guys post your votes for the town(s) with the best food shopping and restaurants? We're particularly interested in finding a place where we could walk to at least basic decent shopping and a few good restaurants. It seems like Peekskill offers some good restaurants that are walking distance from the town center, but that we'd have to drive for decent shopping. That may be OK, but I'm also interested in knowing what else is out there. (Can you tell I don't know Westchester at all??)
All feedback is greatly appreciated!
I'll keep my criteria strictly to food (without regard to any other factors you'd include when choosing a home). but far and away, my two favorite food towns in westchester are (in order) Port Chester, then New Rochelle. As for food shopping... you can get pretty much whatever you want there nowadays.
Those two towns have the best variety and food for *my* tastes (i.e., great, but not necessarily "high-end," or expensive eating - even if they do have some of that too).
We find that we never venture far from all the excellent choices in Rye...and more restaurants are coming!
Depending on what kind of shopping you are looking for, Mt. Kisco is another option. It's a very walkable town, with some tasty restaurants (Flying Pig, Temptation Tea House, Passage to India, Mango Cafe, and La Camelia are favorites) and some specialty food stores (La Tulipe pastries, Mt. Kisco Seafood, Mt. Kisco Smokehouse, and Kisco Farm). That said, it also has some chains (Gap, Banana Republic and the like downtown) as well as Target, so it doesn't fit everyone's bill.
as an fyi, i think port chester and new ro are mostly known for their plethora of ethnic eats, which in the case of westchester would be anything mexican, and central and south american. lotsa taquerias if you know what i mean. and dont get me wrong, i love those places, but they're not for everyone.
From what I have seen in the last hundred years, my choices in lower Westchester (I'm not familiar with Peekskill or the river towns) would be:
Rye, Larchmont, Mamaroneck, Scarsdale, White Plains and Harrison in that order for restaurants, shopping and decent housing. White Plains is the 'new' New York, if you like that sort of thing.
I'm not impressed with the shopping in Port Chester and New Rochelle has absolutely no decent stores, not a one, in which to shop.
As I said, I've been here a gazillion years and have seen the best attention paid to neighborhood, downtown shopping and restaurant availability in the towns I mentioned. White Plains has done an admirable turnaround from the ghost town it used to be at night only a few years ago. Port Chester is paying more attention to its downtown, but needs a few years to go before it can offer more. New Rochelle needs at least six more mayors before it starts to pay attention to the nothingness that is between Home Depot and New Roc.