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Feb 18, 2008 05:00 PM

Really good Chinese or Vietnamese in Westchester?

My husband and I have been DYING for really good Chinese! We haven't had it in forever because whether we've brought in, or gone out, it has been a true disappointment.
I am 8 months pregnant, so if I'm going to splurge on the salt in Chinese- it's gotta be good. I feel like Vietnamese would be so much healthier for me, but we can't find any place for that either! I don't have the energy to schlep into the city... Help!

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  1. If the Chinese food you seek is in the Hong Kong style, then head over to Aberdeen, in White Plains, In that genre, Aberdeen on a par with the best in the City.

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    1. re: NickM

      David Chens in Armonk, best in westchester IMO

      1. re: pors996

        Bao's in White Plains, MRS.

        Vietnamese? Not that I've seen.

        1. re: dolores

          Dolores is correct. there's nothing in the way of vietnamese. Too bad.

          chinese... to the poster who recommended David Chens. I've heard very mixed reviews. What do you like there? Is it really better than Aberdeen?

          1. re: adamclyde

            IMO, David Chen is on the same line of quality as Imperial Wok.

            Aberdeen is unique, but I still prefer Bao's.

            And that, sadly, is that in terms of Chinese in Westchester. Well, for me anyway, I don't much go north or west to eat out.

            Oh, I forgot -- Central Seafood in Scarsdale. Meh imo.

    2. MRS, Spring Asian Cuisine on Gramatan Ave., Mt. Vernon, may fulfill both your desires...they have a pan-Asian menu that includes Chinese, Vietnamese, Thai, Japanese and Malaysian...and chefs from several southeast Asian countries in the kitchen who know what makes each cuisine tick...Charlie, the owner, is a friendly host, always ready to answer any specific questions you may have...

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      1. re: gutreactions

        Wow, GR, are they new? Are they good? Sounds like a place to try.

        1. re: gutreactions

          I love Spring Asian but don't recall any vietnamese dishes on their menu, just Thai, Chinese, Malaysian and Japanese. What dish/dishes are vietnamese?

          1. re: rolise

            some common Vietnamese items are Pho (beef anise broth with noodles), Goi Cuon (fresh spring rolls with shrimp/pork/cilantro inside), Bun (bbq'd meat with lemongrass on rice noodles or rice), Lemongrass stirfries.

            1. re: jeanki

              Yes, I am aware of vietnamese dishes as I have had all lthe ones you mentioned in various vietnamese restaurants in NYC. I was specifically asking what vietnamese dishes were on Spring Asians menu.

              1. re: rolise

                oops, sorry! I got hungry though just wishing I had those dishes in Westchester...

        2. These sound great! Unfortunately, I am not such a David Chen fan from a bad experience I had some time ago when I ordered "10 ingredient lo mein" but ended up w/ an 11th ingredient, if you know what I mean. They weren't very nice about it. However, if my chow friends think it it worthy of another try...
          Aberdeen sounds good. I will check out the menu online.
          I am most interested in Spring Asian they have a menu online? Yum!
          What's Bao's like? Where in WP is it?

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          1. re: MRS

            MRS, it's in the White Plains Mall, where the Dept. of Motor Vehicle is located. If you have time, check out Kam Sen, a really cool Asian grocery on the same floor as Bao's.

            Bao's is more American than Aberdeen, but not so American as Imperial Wok. They give edaname instead of the chips and duck sauce. Their ingredients are, imo, of very good quality and I have always enjoyed every meal I've had there. I also like the fact that they have a liquor license.

          2. I'm sure you've made it out already, but I like Pagoda on Central Ave in Scarsdale. If you are looking for something other than the standard fare, it's worth a try. The fish dishes are usually as fresh as legally allowed. It's all but flapping on your plate. I was skeptical because I grew up in Eastchester and remembered the horrible food at that one, but I've been many times to the one on Central Ave and loved everything. Here's another reason you know it can't be bad - every time I've been there, it's been mobbed with Chinese people. To me that is high praise.

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            1. re: jhopp217

              jhopp217 -- Pagoda is at 684 Central Ave.? Where is that near? Hunan Village? Friday's? Gregory's? Can you give a landmark? Thanks.

              1. re: dolores

                Near Casa Maya -- at opposite end of that strip.

              2. re: jhopp217

                not necessarily, central seafood in hartsdale is mobbed with asians for dim sum on weekends, and as an asian, i find the place quite mediocre.

                1. re: jeanki

                  Really good chinese doesnt exist in Westchester. Aberdeen is good for westchester. Haiku in Bronxville, which is japanese with a limited additional asian menu is great. 'They have amazing sesame chicken and beef dishes (chinese) and great pad thai. I have tried it all and thrre is no comparable NYC shun lee or szechuan kitchen in westchester.

                  1. re: marbet815

                    Although I agree with your general point that there is no super duper Chinese in Westchester, I actually find Aberdeen far superior to Shun Lee, which to me is one of the most overrated and overpriced Chinese restaurants in NYC.

                    1. re: jeanki

                      Quite true on Shun Lee, an overpriced tourist trap.

                      Aberdeen is fine, and Bao's is better.

                      What I find astounding is the 'number' of Chinese places in Westchester as related to the 'quality' of the Chinese places in Westchester.

                      For lack of an approved ratio term, I'd have to say many:blech.

                      1. re: dolores

                        I know we've discussed this before, but I just think it's strange to call Bao's 'better' than Aberdeen, its like comparing apples and oranges to me. Bao's is very good at Americanized Chinese, and Aberdeen does more authentic Hong Kong/Cantonese style (which is more exotic and interesting to me personally, but it's a matter of personal preference.)

                        1. re: jeanki

                          jeanki, sometimes I remember to put 'imo' after my words, sometimes I don't.

                          imo, Bao's is better.

                          Although, from another perspective, I did go to Aberdeen with an Asian friend and he noted that their dim sum is too salty.

              3. Sorry did not see the replies, David Chen's is really the best Chinese food I have had. I would love to try some other places but out of the 30 I have tried in Westchester and Fairfield nothing compares. I recommend the hunan chicken.