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Aberdeen, White Plains

A recent article in the Westchester magazine indicates how wonderful this place is for Chinese food. A glance at the website, the menu seems quite ordinary, but with EXTRAORDINARY prices! These prices rival the high end Chinese spots in midtown Manhattan, e.g., China Grill.

Anybody been here? Why are the prices so high?

I'll take Watermoon in Rye over this place anytime.

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  1. I haven't been to Aberdeen in a while, but if it is as good as it used to be, it is far superior to Watermoon. There are some excellent, authentic dishes at Aberdeen. Can't say the same about the Asian Fusion at Watermoon (not a fan of Asian Fusion). Yes, prices at Aberdeen are on the high side, but the food really is quite good. One can find better in Flushing, but not in Westchester.

    1. Been to Aberdeen a few times. For Cantonese/Hong Kong-style cooking, you can't do better in Westchester. Their dim sum and seafood dishes are very good. Haven't had many of their American Chinese dishes, but then again, I normally don't order those dishes. Is it pricy compared to Chinatown or Flushing? Yes, but I don't think it's outrageous for Westchester.

      Never been to Water Moon, but that's an Asian fusion place, so to me, it's not a fair comparison.

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      Water Moon
      66 Purchase St, Rye, NY 10580

      1. I agree with Shawn and kdgchow on this. Apples and oranges to compare to Watermoon. Aberdeen has the best dim sum and Cantonese cuisine in Westchester. And, believe it or not, pretty decent "Peking" duck. I put Peking in quotes as I think it is really roast duck served Peking style, but the duck and the carving is done well.

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        1. re: ltlevy

          I went in the fall and had the Peking duck-- it is indeed very good. 4 of us split it and with all the multiple included courses it was more than enough food. I would go back just for that. I've been for dim sum in the past, but not recently, and have always enjoyed that too.

        2. Apples and oranges!

          Aberdeen serves authentic Cantonese style cooking with most entrees $10-$25.

          China Grill is pan-Asian with appetizers $25-$35 and entrees $35-$60.

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          1. re: pabboy

            "Cantonese" reminds me of the old-world places of the past, Egg Foo Young, Shrimp in Lobster Sauce, et al.

            WaterMoon is a much more modern menu, a gorgeous environment, and really creative dishes. Love the Jicama Salad!

            1. re: menton1

              Menton, the "Cantonese" you are thinking about is that 1950's style American Chinese. Aberdeen does real, authentic Cantonese. Even their "Americanized" dishes are better than most of that style. I haven't been there in a while though.

              1. re: menton1

                Try to find Egg Foo Young in Guangdong, China.

                Creative and authentic are mutually exclusive. You won't find Jicama Salad or modern menu at an authentic Cantonese restaurant.

                1. re: pabboy

                  Watermoon is "gringo-chinese" food for bad palates. It's Olive garden is to Italian cuisine or Taco bell is to Mexican. Menton come on! We would expect more from you!
                  Aberdeen for Westchester Chinese fare is super. Yeah it's expensive but ya don't have to drive to Flushing either. Its also very rarely as crowded as the lesser expensive dim sum at the placve on central Ave near TJ's so one pays for the convenience.

                  1. re: cubanat

                    I disagree. WaterMoon, and even better its counterpart in Greenwich, Penang, have wonderful, creative dishes with the absolute freshest ingredients. True, these are original creations, and won't be found in Asia, but so what? The dishes are interesting and tasty, the ambience is really gorgeous, and the prices are reasonable.

                    The Crispy Red Snapper, the Duck Fajitas, and the Ching's Salad (with jicama) are some of my favorites. All very memorable.

                    This place is certainly NO Olive Garden!! (Let's not get started on the the idea of absolutely NO authentic "Italian" food in this country. Or maybe at best, very rare!)

                    I know jfood loves Chings/New Canaan, another restaurant operated by the same management, similar menu.

                    1. re: menton1

                      I have been to both Penang & Watermoon. They IMO are overly sweet sauced palaces! The same way that one would say that a mediocre and boring Italian resto is simply a "red sauce" type of place or a "meatball and spagetti house." No doubt they are not solid performers in that niche/market but they can't be compared to any serious Chinese resto like Aberdeen. They are on the same level to me as Haiku, Toyo, or any of the other fusion-joints that have sprouted up in the area like Starbucks. The worst of them and I know some people that like this place is the Chinatown Brasserie in nyc. Talk about over priced and mediocre! Bleh!

                      Now I would choose to drive to Flushing all things being equal but Aberdeen does a wonderful job in this area. And the woman server that wears glasses that has been there for ever is superb for the record!

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                      Toyo
                      253 Mamaroneck Ave, Mamaroneck, NY 10543

                      1. re: cubanat

                        I haven't been to Penang, but I don't like Water Moon. I think the comparison to Haiku is appropriate-- neither are places that are appealing to true lovers of Asian food. I like my Chinese food at good Chinese restaurants, and my Thai and Japanese in true Thai and Japanese restaurants. These pan-Asian places usually don't do any of the above well. It's like the people who rave about the "creative rolls" at Toyo and complain that Nanase only has plain old boring sushi. To each his own.

              2. re: pabboy

                Anyone had any of Aberdeen's casserole dishes? I've had some excellent ones at Cantonese restaurants in Chinatown and I'm wondering if Aberdeen's measure up.

              3. Haven't been in a few years, but when I lived in White Plains for law school I would frequent Aberdeen for their dim sum. Honestly, living in Brooklyn Chinatown now and having eaten at many of the popular jaunts in Manhattan and Flushing, I feel Aberdeen offers the best Cantonese options in Westchester.

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                1. re: TheDegustationAsian

                  Aberdeen is fine, but like you, Degustation, we miss Brooklyn dim sum. Ocean Palace (Avenue U and 14th Street) was a few blocks away from me when I lived in Brooklyn and it was wonderful (until they chose to close rather than allegedly be taken over by "outside interests.") We just drove in Friday to go to East Harbor on 65th Street. It was SO worth the trip. Parking was lousy (the lot was full by 11 a.m.), but the food and service were phenomenal. I know, wrong board.

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                  East Harbor
                  1560 Central Park Ave, Yonkers, NY 10710

                  1. re: foodiemom10583

                    The only other place I had dim sum in Westchester was at Central Seafood in Hartsdale. Good enough to satisfy a craving but nothing compared to Brooklyn, which IMHO has better Cantonese food than whats being served in either Manhattan or Flushing.

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                    Central Seafood
                    285 N Central Ave, Hartsdale, NY 10530

                    1. re: TheDegustationAsian

                      I agree Brooklyn Chinatown has the best dim sum but it's far and isn't tourist friendly (a good thing. It's not even Mandarin friendly (a bad thing for me).

                      Here's my order of dim sum preference:
                      1) Brooklyn
                      2) Flushing
                      3) Aberdeen
                      4) Manhattan
                      5) Central Seafood
                      6) Jade Garden
                      7) Hartsdale Garden

                      Even if it was free, I will not eat at Jade Garden nor Hartsdale Garden.

                      1. re: pabboy

                        Haha, thanks for the advice. Should I ever happen to be back in Westchester and in dire need of dim sum I'll be sure to avoid.

                        IIRC both Aberdeen and Central Seafood had carts with their dim sum. The largest problem I often find with these places, is that with less people, often the dim sum wasn't being freshly prepared as often as in the city locations.

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                        Central Seafood
                        285 N Central Ave, Hartsdale, NY 10530

                        1. re: TheDegustationAsian

                          Yes. Only go for dim sum at Aberdeen on weekends. It's very average on weekdays.

                    2. re: foodiemom10583

                      So true. Love East Harbor. Going there tomorrow. Worth the drive and the crazy hunt to park. But in Westchester, I agree with other posters - Central Seafood has very decent dim sum on weekends. I've never been to Aberdeen - I'll have to try it.

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                      East Harbor
                      1560 Central Park Ave, Yonkers, NY 10710

                      Central Seafood
                      285 N Central Ave, Hartsdale, NY 10530