Eileen's Country Kitchen in Yonkers
Working from home this Friday so took my wife to Eileen's Country Kitchen on McLean Avenue in Yonkers for lunch - it's across the street from Butcher's Fancy, which I think has been covered elsewhere on these boards. There have been a handful of references to Eileen's here in the past and based on the generally positive reviews I decided to give it a try. It's right across the border from the Bronx, so about as Southern Westchester as you can get.
Great place - kitschy country decor, good grub, good prices. The soda bread provided for the table was great and the lunch specials were generous. The wife and I got the same thing, the Irish Beef Stew which was $8.95 and included a large bowl of soup (on a day like today, soup plus stew sounds like a great idea). Both were very good and very generous - beef was a bit tough but that comes with the stew territory. Coffee was good and was dutifully replenished. I won't be hungry for quite some time. We split a huge slice of apple pie for dessert - good crust, excellent filling.
I would come back here for lunch but really look forward to bringing the family (2 boys, 5 & 8) for breakfast. The brunch and breakfast menu looked great! I might have finally found a replacement for my Thruway Diner breakfast fix.
Street parking's a pain in the neck. The service is "Irish" which might put some people off - a bit perfunctory, but efficient. Highly recommended.
Eileen's Country Kitchen
964 McLean Ave, Yonkers, NY 10704
I had breakfast at Eileen's Thursday. I had never been there on a weekday. I found the service to be more friendly which I'm sure was because it was slow but I really missed the whole boisterous weekend Irish crowd thing they have going on (and I mean that in the nicest way) It is always busy on weekends but the wait for a table never seems to be too bad. Funny you should mention the coffee because I never noticed before but I thought to myself Thursday that the coffee was way better than any diner and many restaurants. I prefer breakfast there although I once had a great Irish toastie made with Irish ham on homemade bread.
I've been meaning to try this place after hearing good reviews over the years. They don't have a website but there are some great pictures online:
and the menu if you have bionic vision: