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Rye Brook, Westchester

Hi.
I'm attending a conference in Rye Brook, Westchester and will be at the Hilton there. I won't have a car and don't really know much about Westchester.
However, I'm happy to take a taxi (if not too far) or bus (if available).

I'm looking for suggestions for lunch and early dinners in and around the Rye Brook area. I like everything except Italian and Chinese. Love French, grills, eclectic, mexican, thai / japanese/ korean / vietnamese..... My budget is up to $20-25 for 1-2 meals and preferably less for most meals.

Cheers!

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  1. You're less than 5 minutes from Port Chester, which might have the best variety of Latin American cuisine in Westchester. Here are some places:

    Tortilleria Los Gemelos (Mexican), 167 Westchester Avenue: Excellent tacos and sopes.

    Aqui es Santa Fe (Colombian), 32 Broad Street: Very good arepas and fruit drinks.

    I haven't been to these following places yet, but they're rated pretty well on Chowhound:

    Rinconcito Migueleno (Salvadoran, pupusas), 118 Westchester Avenue

    Pollo a la Brasa Misti Restaurant (Peruvian, rotisserie chicken), 110 N Main Street

    Inca y Gaucho (Peruvian), 173 Westchester Avenue

    Best of all, none of these places will break the bank, you should be able to stay within your budget without much issue.

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

    Aqui es Santa Fe Cafe
    32 Broad St, Port Chester, NY 10573

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    1. re: kdgchow

      It's worth mentioning that Inca y Gaucho also has Argentine-style grilled meats, empanadas, etc. at very reasonable prices.

    2. Excepting Port Chester, mentioned above, this is an upscale area and most of the restaurants will be WAY over your budget. The town of Rye, about 7 minutes away, has La Panatière (French) but it's about double your budget pricing.

      The Rye Ridge Shopping Center, about 2 minutes away from the Hilton (or an 8 minute walk), has Chipotle (Mexican chain) and a new unique California-style salad restaurant called Chop't. Those 2 and Port Chester Latin restos seem like your best option for your price and category restrictions. A sushi restaurant is about to open in Rye Ridge, Buddha, that was not in your categories above. Also a red-sauce Italian in the same center. Rye Ridge Deli has tables and has NY-style Jewish food, pastrami, corned beef, smoked salmon, matzo ball soup, etc.

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      Rye Ridge Shopping Center
      136 S Ridge St, Port Chester, NY 10573

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        1. re: menton1

          across the street from this chain-laden strip mall you will find a better Italian restaurant for basic pastas & great "grandma" pie called villa rustica, 261 South Ridge Road
          Rye Brook, NY 10573. Good sushi can be found in Harrison or White Plains but not much for that budget sadly. Even the deli at rye ridge is expensive for mediocre fare. Cerbone's has good babka and Italian ices. The Chinese resto named Rays has expensive but healthier versions of standard favorites in the mall next to rye ridge. lenny's bagels has decent sandwiches but the line is not worth the wait always so maybe the burger place across the street and next to it maybe open. have not tried either one yet so can't comment...

            1. re: debmom

              say it ain't so! I thought it was just blockbuster & the dry cleaners that closed...their pork fried rice was a dish of beauty!

              1. re: cubanat

                It is slated to become an Elevation Burger.

                1. re: MRS

                  Yes, I just called to check and they are gone! Wow that Elevation Burger joint is going to be huge! That's 3 store fronts they took up! Wonder which one will win the battle Westchester Burger vs, Elevation Burger...

                  1. re: cubanat

                    Elevation Burger is going into the Ray's location, next to CVS. They originally were going in next to the dry cleaner which would have been a minus.

        2. I recommend International Cafe in Portchester. It's a Brazilian joint that has a very good churrasco style bbq. Expect to be around $15 per person for generous portions. I love the skirt steak, but they have all types of cuts. It's a 10 minute cab ride from Rye Brook.
          103 Adee Street
          Port Chester, NY

          I'm also partial to Chipotle. The Rye Brook location is pretty good. Inexpensive and tastes good.

          1. Wow, thanks everybody. These are great. Love Latin American, Argentinian and have never tried Brazilian. Sounds like my 3 meals are sorted. :) Cheers.

              1. re: menton1

                LOVE IT!!!! The line is rather long at lunch time, but it does move quickly. I am crazy over their Palm Beach Shrimp salad w/ white balsamic dressing!! I also like their new Middle Eastern Cobb, but I switch out the spicy chicken for plain grilled.

                1. re: menton1

                  Ate here for the first time today. It was pretty good, I'd go back, but there were lines out the door and I didn't find it "line out the door good." And the service was excruciatingly slow, especially once I got to the register. Had the Middle Eastern Cobb-- the spiced chicken wasn't all that flavorful. My husband said his regular Cobb was fine, but nothing special. All topping ingredients are carefully measured in very small amounts and the salad ends up being essentially a $10 bowl of lettuce. The dressings were really good, though, and it was fresh. It was still better than most in the area-- after all the years I've lived here I've yet to find a really great place for salads. I much prefer the salads at M.A.D. Cafe in Pelham, but that's a trek.

                  1. re: Shawn

                    Amazing the regional differences in the US-- In California there are salad places like these every block. In the East, it's a rather unique concept.

                    1. re: menton1

                      There are a bunch of Chopts and a billion copycat design-your-own salad places in NYC. Guess they're a bit rare in the suburbs though. I personally don't care for Chopt but it has a lot of fans in the city.

                2. Where did you wind up at, gtrekker? How were your meals?