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roxlet Jun 28, 2007 01:02 PM

Any suggestions in lower westchester for some good ethnic eats -- not fancy, and almost anything will do. Has anyone explored the Brazilian restaurants around Johnny's Pizzaria in New Rochelle?
What about Mexican, Korean or Indian locally?

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    yeshana RE: roxlet Jun 28, 2007 02:23 PM

    look at yonkers yahala. valley pollo in tarrytown- yum!do a search for both.no korean worth your while in westchester. drive to 93rd and amsterdam to saigon grill and relish in geat, cheap and lovely atmosphere!

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      jeanki RE: yeshana Jul 2, 2007 10:02 AM

      Saigon Grill is not that good, and definitely not worth a trek all the way from Westchester unless you are madly craving any kind of Vietnamese, in which case I'd rather go to New Pasteur or Nha Trang or any other place in Chinatown.

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        yeshana RE: jeanki Jul 13, 2007 05:20 AM

        first time i've heard a negative word about them. chinatown is out for a quick fix of vietnamese.too much of a schlep! many share my opinion. sorry that you don't.

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      foody1964 RE: roxlet Jun 28, 2007 02:29 PM

      El Tio in Port Chester. Very casual, lots of locals and the best pork soft tacos. They also have a great shrimp and avocado app.

      1. adamclyde RE: roxlet Jun 29, 2007 04:50 PM

        New Rochelle has some rockin mexican food. Here's a post that details quite a few of them. http://www.chowhound.com/topics/330138

        But for starters, I'd try out the Mexican Corner Restaurant or Little Mexican Cafe. If the spit is running at little mexican cafe, get the al pastor tacos. You'd notice it as soon as you walk in. Usually running lunch time.

        Good luck!

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          laylag RE: adamclyde Jul 5, 2007 07:14 AM

          Adamclyde, we had a disappointing experience in LMC yesterday for late breakfast/early lunch. Corner was closed - it was July 4th and looking back we should have tried one of the others we haven't been to yet. Anyway, the food was ok but the pastor was not good this time. In the past, perfect but yesterday very fatty - I mean giant pieces of fat without meat, the meat was not crisp, not thinly sliced as in Mexico and last time but rather chunky long strips.

          Recently, someone posted about being unhappy with the al pastor at LMC and I quickly chimed in in dissent. Can't find that post for the life of me. I now though must say that either we both hit on bad days or they've gone seriously downhill. The other food - huevos rancheros, chorizo torta was okay but service was painfully slow and simple requests like water refills weren't met at all.

          We will continue with Corner and try Michoacan next, maybe Herradura too but not heading back to corner any time soon. : (

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            adamclyde RE: laylag Jul 5, 2007 10:08 AM

            you know, if it wasn't thinly sliced, then it probalby wasn't spit roasted at all. And if that's the case then I agree, it's just not worth going there for tacos, when michoacano and others are arround. My guess (or maybe my hope) is that they are still running the spit most lunch times. Let's hope they haven't turned it off completely or we've lost the only spit roasted al pastor in Westchester/FF counties. I'll be in mourning!

            I've still never tried La Herradura. Please do report back if you try it out. Taqueria El Chino is a total dive too, but I had great carnitas tacos there once. I only went the one time, though...

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              laylag RE: adamclyde Jul 5, 2007 01:29 PM

              When we ordered I asked the waitress, in my passable Spanish, if the pastor was on the spit and she assured me it was but I didn't witness it myself so can't say for sure but the meat didn't look it. Will give Michoacan and El Chino a try. Just wish there were a few more places with tghe really good authentic food but an atmosphere conducive to hanging around a while, maybe having drinks too. Seems can't get both in one space.

        2. MikiLovesSugar RE: roxlet Jun 29, 2007 07:48 PM

          Try Nessa in Port Chester... its really good Italian with a focus on their appetizers! (bruschetta and sandwiches) but their entrees are also delicious. For Indian, also in Port Chester is my favorite Tandoori. For Korean, i go to Kang Suh in Yonkers on Central Ave. Enjoy!

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            Sambossanova RE: roxlet Jun 30, 2007 10:05 AM

            do you want traditional ethnic eats or new and funky. You might want to try Zafran in yonkers for indian fusion.

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              laylag RE: roxlet Jun 30, 2007 03:29 PM

              If you want really good/authentic Mexican: in Port Chester - Tortilleria Los Gemelos is far and above better than any of the others there. In New Rochelle several options - Mexican Corner (my favorite so far) and Little Mexican Cafe. For Indian, I agree with Tandoori in Port Chester really good. The newer Rani Majal in Mamaroneck is also good and I've read good stuff on these boards about Rangoli in New Rochelle.

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                laylag RE: laylag Jul 5, 2007 07:15 AM

                Have to amend recommendation for Little Mexican Cafe - see above post in response to Adamclyde.

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                jeanki RE: roxlet Jul 2, 2007 09:59 AM

                There are some posts about this already but the two local Westchester Korean restaurants I know of are not bad, and they are both off Central Park Ave. Kalbi House is in White Plains, is smaller and more homestyle and a little overpriced but still quite tasty. Kang Suh in North Yonkers is larger and is a branch of another Kang Suh in Manhattan and they have good BBQ.

                Re: Indian, many people have said Bengal Tiger in White Plains (off East Post Rd) is very good, and I've been to its cheaper sibling Ambadi across the street which is a casual mainly takeout joint. Ambadi is very tasty and the prices are nice and cheap (try the combo dinner), cash only.

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                  swept RE: jeanki Jul 13, 2007 10:50 AM

                  If you want unusual and funky.. why not stay away from italian.. (you can get it anywhere and anytime). I run an ethnic dining club and you can look at the places we've gone in the past by checking out my calendar Here: http://diningout.meetup.com/219/calen... (to go back in time just click onthe link above right where is says "earlier") - you can click on each event to get descriptions and reviews from folks who attended.

                  AND.. If you're into Indian food - there's quite a few new indian places around - Check out Spice Village in Tuckahoe, and Zafran (not that new) in Yonkers on Central Ave. OR.. if you're seeking Japanese, try Ace Sushi in Thornwood (small, japanese/French) OR.. this new cuban/french place in Yonkers, called.. Belle Havana - haven't been there but have heard good things..

                  cheers!
                  Swept

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                    laylag RE: swept Jul 13, 2007 04:30 PM

                    Swept, is the ethnic dining club open to new members or is it a settled group?

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                      swept RE: laylag Jul 16, 2007 01:47 PM

                      the ethnic dining group is open to all.. just go to the above website and join the group.. its free. This week we're going to El Chavin in Port Chester for great peruvian eats.. my group is called "cheap eats and other foodie delights" so come on and join us! :) (you'll see that we do other things in addition to eating, but thats not for me to talk about on this site..)

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