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Sep 11, 2007 09:45 AM

Best Paella in NYC,Westchester,Ct

Looking to try authentic Paella. Any recs would be helpful

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  1. kerryfood asked this on Sept. 7th. Interestingly, there wasn't much anyone could come up with in Westchester at least.

    I had been to La Camellia in Mt. Kisco ages ago and I know they had it there.

    See the thread on the bottom for the other recs.

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    1. re: dolores

      Meson los Espanoles in White Plains and Patrias in Port Chester both have it. It's not a dish I usually order so can't comment authoritatively, but both restaurants tend to be above average on other items. I believe Oporto in Hartsdale (Portuguese) has a version.

      1. re: Westjanie

        There are some portugese restaurants in Mt. Vernon, Galitas (near the Mt. Vernon East Train station) makes it in two versions. I thought it was good but I am not a paella expert. there is also Lusiarda (sp?) to which i have never been but hear is nice.

        1. re: rolise

          I only saw the menu at Lusiadas and it looks like an expense account place for city hall big wigs or something. Prices were into the stratosphere for Mt. Vernon....actually even for New York.

          Am interested in knowing more about Galitos since they do not seem to have a web site (i.e. other dishes than Paella). I am really hoping it is the real deal a la Newark's Ferry Street.

          1. re: jcmods

            I fear that Galitos has closed. My MIL mentioned last week that she drove by and did not see it. They did have a web site, it pops up when you google "galitos restaurant, mount vernnon, ny" but it is not operational.

            1. re: rolise

              I tracked down their phone number (in spite of the fact that Googling brings you to this junky useless web page).

              29 Elm Ave
              Mt Vernon, NY
              (914) 668-0100

              So, does anyone know about the food (other than Paella....not that I don't love a good paella).
              Anyway, I called and asked if they are still open and they said yes.

              1. re: jcmods

                OK I finally went. Actually was able to walk from Fleetwood.

                Here is our immediate impression:


                1. re: jcmods

                  Went again this past weekend to La Paella in Norwalk. It was, apparently, overwhelmingly busy, since service at the outset was inconsistent to say the least.

                  As the night wore on, service got better.

                  The food, once again, was outstanding. For $50. a person and free parking, we shared: cod fish nuggets (heavenly), mussels in green sauce, stuffed red pepper, pulpo and squid. We had two different kinds of paella, the Valencian and one with rabbit and snails. I again had the lemon meringue tart and enjoyed it very much.

                  This is one of my favorite places.

    2. Meigas on Wall Street in Norwalk is an upscale Spanish restaurant and offers a Paella menu:

      I have not eaten there since it was Meson Galicia, but it was pretty good, as I remember.

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      1. re: sonofoodie

        Also, just behind it is another Spanish place called, interestingly, La Paella. Primarily really authentic tapas, but also large plates, including (no surprise) paella. I haven't had the paella, specifically, but based on the quality of their tapas, I expect it would be excellent


        1. re: ChefBoyAreMe

          Wow...I didn't even know about this place. I so rarely drive on that road in that part of Norwalk. I only recently discovered Valencia. I don't believe they have Paella, but it's such a great little hole-in-the-wall.

          I will definitely have to check La Paella out. Thanks, ChefBoyAreMe!

          1. re: sonofoodie

            It's a great discovery. The owner is Ecadorian, lived in Spain form many years, so knows his stuff, authenically speaking...his name is (sp?) Hime ("Hi-may"). Nice guy.


            1. re: ChefBoyAreMe

              CBAM, this was the tapas place I couldn't think of the name of.


                1. re: MMRuth


                  Probably right. The gringo in me was probably being too English-phonetic. And in hindsight, correct pronunciation would probably be more like "eye-may", with a silent "J"...

                  1. re: ChefBoyAreMe

                    Yup. Jaime Lopez.

                    I like their advert for parties:

                    "We offer a private room up to 40 people, for any event: Business, small weddings, Shower, Baptism, Pharmaceutical, anniversaries, Birthday and any more."

                    Pharmaceutical. Now there's something you don't often see on a party promo.

                    1. re: dolores

                      Funny. What do you think he meant to say?...I have to believe it is a mangled translation of some sort...

                      1. re: ChefBoyAreMe

                        I imagine there are drug companies in CT to whom he is appealing. I know the drug companies in NJ spend a lot of money on making their customers happy.

                        Smart guy, Jaime!

                    2. re: ChefBoyAreMe

                      Good try Chefboy but not quite right. Jaime is not pronounced "eye-may". It is "Hai-may". The Spanish "J" - jota is pronounced like the American/English "H"

                2. re: sonofoodie

                  When I lived in Norwalk, we would go to La Paella (then called Mecca) at least twice a month. The food is always fresh, the paella by the way is excellent - albeit spicier than some - and all of the other dishes are incredible. The mussels and the little stuffed peppers on the appetizer menu are worth a drive in and of themselves. The service is attentive and friendly without being intrusive. If you go on a weekend, be sure to make a reservation because you'll need it or you'll wait a really long time. I was alwaus mystified as to why this place wasn't packed to the gills because it's as good or better, foodwise, as anything in Manhattan.

                  1. re: amanda3571

                    Yes, it does. I also just again read that it is located near Meigas, which is in a really cool building, has very good food, and has free parking.

                    I am looking forward to trying La Paella.

                  2. re: ChefBoyAreMe

                    I loved the rabbit fava bean paella I ate there in June.

                    1. re: ChefBoyAreMe

                      As good as it is, La Paella's paella is so-so. I've yet to find a great one in CT.

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                    1. La Paella in Norwalk on Main Ave is fabulous.

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                      1. re: divamon

                        Isn't it though, divamom? Finally got there last evening. The owner's brother and staff couldn't be nicer and the total experience was spot on. The wine was a lovely fruity Spanish wine and the tapas?

                        Well, the snails were in a sauce worthy of sopping up with an entire roll. The pear salad was good, as was the chorizo, the sauce that the shrimp came in, and the mussels in a Vasque sauce were also delicious. We were three and ordered far too much.

                        Notwithstanding all the food, I had one of the best pieces of lemon meringue pie in recent memory. Tart and sweet at the same time, and the crust was excellent.

                        I 'highly' recommend La Paella.