Rye Brook, Westchester
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.
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.
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.
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.
Rye Ridge Shopping Center
136 S Ridge St, Port Chester, NY 10573
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...
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.
Tortilleria Los Gemelos
167 Westchester Ave, Port Chester, NY 10573
Aqui es Santa Fe Cafe
32 Broad St, Port Chester, NY 10573