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Apr 5, 2008 07:27 AM

Saturday night in Port Chester

We are going to go to Port Chester for dinner tonight, and we are interested in trying some of the ethnic restaurants we've driven by in the past. I've looked at other threads, but I can't quite find what I am looking for, so specific suggestions or links to threads would be appreciated. We thought about some mariscos or pollo a la brasa (sp?) one of the myriad SA restaurants in the area. We thought about Peruvian, then I read something on a thread about the heavy use of mayo (!) in the cooking. That's not for us. We like clean flavors, and fiery chilies are fine with us. We love to find some fab serviche, etc., etc.

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  1. Not sure about the heavy use of mayo comment. I've been to most of the peruvian places and haven't noticed that at all. I usually go to Pollo ala Brasa Misti. But you may also want to try Inca y Gaucho on westchester avenue. I haven't tried the ceviche at either, but I have had the lomo saltado, pollo ala brasa at both and enjoyed it. Inca Y Gaucho is slightly nicer inside than Misti, which is pretty casual.

    Another option is Patrias. It's a slightly more upscale peruvian/spanish on main. I haven't personally been there, but I understand it's pretty good. A search on this board will yield some responses on that one.

    Finally, a friend recently told me that El Plebeyo on Main is the best peruvian in PC. I haven't had a chance to try it yet though...

    As for fiery... I don't find Peruvian food very fiery. sometimes the aji is a little spicy (green or yellow chile sauce), but if you want spicy, go to tortilleria los gemelos and order camarones ala diablo. It's shrimp cooked in a very spicy chipotle-based sauce. Great stuff. And will make you sweat.

    Oh, and for dessert, go to Paleteria Fernandez for Mexican ice cream pops... Awesome stuff.

    Tortilleria Los Gemelos
    167 Westchester Ave, Port Chester, NY 10573

    Paleteria Fernandez
    33 N Main St, Port Chester, NY 10573

    Pollo a La Brasa Misti Restaurant
    110 N Main St, Port Chester, NY 10573

    El Plebeyo
    25 N Main St, Port Chester, NY 10573

    Inca & Gaucho Restaurant
    173 Westchester Ave, Port Chester, NY 10573

    Patrias Restaurant
    35 N Main St, Port Chester, NY 10573

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    1. re: adamclyde

      We've been to Pollo a la Brasa Misti many times. It's Peruvian and I've never had any mayo there. I don't like mayo so I would have noticed. We love the brasa and the lomo saltado, the rice, the salad. Enjoy your dinner! Let us know where you go.

      1. re: debmom

        Well, we were convinced that we wanted to try Peruvian, but I have to say that that description of camarones ala diablo is awfully alluring. We love spicy food, and it's usually so hard to get anything (and I mean anything -- Indian, Mexican, Thai -- you name it) that has that authentic kick. We're tempted to go there!

        Debmom -- what is lomo saltado?

        1. re: roxlet

          Not to discourage you from the Mexican food, but if you want to try Peruvian, though most of the food is not hot, you can always use a lot of their condiment sauce, aji. It DOES spice up the pollo a la brasa. And I think it's a great dip for the fries.

          1. re: roxlet

            lomo saltado is kind of like the peruvian beef stir fry. (can't confirm, but pretty sure it has to do with the big asian influence in peru). Regardless, it's one of the most common peruvia meals. Thinly cut beef, sauteed with onions, peppers, etc.. It's generally served with fried potatoes (usually thick cut fries) and rice. the description doesn't sound very intriguing, but it can be very good.

            1. re: adamclyde

              My daughter actually likes the chicken version. It's like chicken stir fry with onions and tomatoes served over french fries. The first time I thought it was strange, but it's yummy

      2. Peruvian does use may in certain dishes particularly a popular appetizer of boiled potato with tuna fish. Not my cup of tea personally but most of the other items have no use of mayo. However, as Adamclyde said, Peruvian is not fiery and I don't find the flavors to be particularly "clean". Honestly, I love most Latin food but Peruvian - pollo ala brasa aside - not exciting to me.

        Tortilleria is fabulous foodwise although not the most comfy for an enjoyable Saturday night dinner out but if you can get one of the large booths, not awful.

        Patrias - somewhat pan-latin tapas but primarily Spanish and Peruvian offerings - used to be good but has gone severely downhill since sold by owner/chef Mariano. We had a lousy meal there a few months ago and won't go back there.

        If you want to move away from the Latin - Tandoori on main street is very good Indian.

        Hope you post afterwards and enjoy your evening rolise.

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        1. re: laylag

          that's a bummer about patrias. It would be nice to have a slightly more upscale peruvian/latin place in PC of that ilk. Some place that were slightly more innovative, etc. Oh well, I won't complain. At least there's great stuff around otherwise.

          Oh, to the original poster... if you are into meat and want to drop some more dough than you would at any of the other places, there's also copa cabana, the new churrascaria style brazilian place.

        2. Inca y Gaucho has several types of ceviche on the menu,I have not tried any yet however we have had some interesting specials.

          1. Well, I feel like a traitor to my original post, but we found the description of Tortilleria Los Gemelos irresistible, and we wound up eating there and putting the Peruvian off for another occasion. The food at the Tortilleria was wonderful and very authentic. Everything from the guacamole and green and red salsas to our various entrees of Camarones, burritos and tacos -- not to mention posole and chicken soup -- were wonderful. The only problem was the timing of the meal. They brought the soup and immediately brought the entrees at once. I know it's not fine dining, but a little breathing room between the two would have been appreciated. We would definitely return, and we'd also like to go for breakfast! Great recommendation! thanks1

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            1. re: roxlet

              glad you liked it. If I had only one meal left in Port Chester, that's where I'd go...

              1. re: adamclyde

                Adamclyde, since we get to dinner in Port Chester so infrequently (we mainly cook, but our kitchen is being renovated), if may be hard for us to try other places and resist the siren song of Tortilleria!

                1. re: adamclyde

                  Adamclyde, Went to Tortilleria the other day. Hadn't been in a while since we've been heading in the other direction to NR for Mexican. Saw there were new menus and it seemed... new higher prices? $7 for a small bowl of pozole? Ended up spending more than we remember in the past and had ordered less than in the past.

                  Also, hope it was an anomaly but while my tacos al pastor were wonderful and my daughters mexican quesadillas were very good, my tamale was extremely dry and my husband's burrito (we' don't usually order burritos at authentic mexican places for obvious reasons but he wanted one) was not very good at all. Service was, as usual, friendly but not very good and food took an extremely long time to get to the table.

                  Hope it was not a sign of things to come. We loved that place.

                  1. re: laylag

                    I'm not a fan of their higher prices, for sure. I've actually never liked their tortillas.

                    it's funny... over time, I've narrowed down what I order there... carnitas there has never let me down. Carnitas torta, carnitas taco or carnitas sope. I've become a creature of habit there. I think some of it might be because I'm a little afraid of what I'll find...

                    about burritos... I can't say I've gotten one there.

                    about service... my only issue is speed. How long does it take to make a taco? that's frustrating. Now that my office has moved, I've been going to sunshine deli for my taco fixes (well, between that and the new taco truck I found in Stamford)...

                    1. re: adamclyde

                      adamclyde, on Portchester, was it you who recommended Nessa? Are they still very good?

                      1. re: dolores

                        I may have suggested it to think about, but I would have pointed to a lot of the other reviews on the board since I haven't been there personally... I'll have to defer to others.

                        1. re: dolores

                          Nessa is good, on the expensive side. Dolores, they have valet parking, I'm not sure how you feel about that. There is metered parking on the street though

                          1. re: debmom

                            Thanks, debmom, sounds worth a try.

                            In a pinch, I can accept valet parking, although hubby is good at driving far enough away to find a residential area.

                            1. re: dolores

                              there's almost always street parking in that area of port chester... and it's 30 minutes for each quarter.

                          2. re: dolores

                            Dolores, on Nessa - check for some of the old (six-eight months ago) threads on the place. Lots of reviews, mostly good but some not so much. We went once and our experience was a mixed bag. Some of the food was fabulous such as the somewhat overpriced but delicious bruschetta and the chicken under a brick - outstanding. The pasta we had - rigatoni bolognese with fresh ricotta was not very good and service was less than it should be. They rushed us terribly which always bothers me but really ticked us as it was a special night out - our anniversary. Also, espresso was burnt thus the greatness was, for us, overshadowed by some of the negatives I've mentioned so we haven't rushed back although I drool when I think about that chicken - it was that good.

                            FYI - we parked on the street on a Saturday night. Had to walk just a bit. Wasn't a problem.

                            1. re: laylag

                              >> They rushed us terribly which always bothers me

                              Uh oh. My major hot button.

                              Thanks, laylag, maybe not so much on this place.

                          3. re: adamclyde

                            Do you mean you never liked their tortillas or did you mean to say tamales? Yes, service was crazy slow as always.

                            By the way, on the sopes, I ordered one there once and it was quite thin - almost like a tostada - sort of crispy and unlike what I think of as sopes - doughier, thicker masa. Did they bring me the wrong thing or does the thickness of sope masa vary regionally?

                            Also - we saw a few of the other diners get giant plates full of tacos - 8-10 on the plate and it seemed odd at $2.75 a piece. Did I miss some sort of value platter? Of course, after getting plates of three to six tacos at a time in Mexico City for a total of about two bucks, it's hard to deal with more than that price for one.

                            1. re: laylag

                              oh, wow. Good catch. yes, I like their tortillas very much! It's their tamales I've never liked! That's important for a tortilla factory, isn't it!!!

                              About sopes, yes they vary a lot. You can the smaller, thicker ones in places, and the wider thinner ones in others.

                              As for the taco value plate... if they did have it... I certainly haven't found it! I wish... I get annoyed that a birria taco there is more than $3. Lame.

                              Get a carnitas torta and taco next time and your faith will be restored. :)

                    2. also not the ethnic you were looking for but just had dinner at nessa last night in port chester and would definitely recommend it .if you search here you'll find previous threads