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'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:
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.