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Help -- moved to Scarsdale

My wife and I have moved from Brooklyn to Scarsdale. We love the area, but we need some help finding great food, which seems to be on every corner in Brooklyn and Manhattan. We know Scarsdale has a reputation for being extravagant. However, we are looking for some great food for reasonable prices. We love to eat authentic foods ... whether it be Cantonese, Thai, Korean, Italian, Greek, etc ... but not suburban versions of authentic .... Can anyone share some suggestions for great, authentic, and reasonably priced food in mid-Westchester? Thanks!!!

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  1. oh boy as a ex brooklynite that lives in scarsdale your in for a world of pain,but let me try to be of some help.Chinese Gem on central avenue.Thai your in luck little thai kitchen by the station very good.korean two places on central avenue either is fine,one in yonkers one closer to white plains.Italian subjective tons here none to good.might like the cookery on dobbs ferry though not strictly italian.greek bospherus in hartsdale.ill throw in a bonus ruths jamaican kitchen battle avenue in white plains strictly for take out,And the old standby in scarsdale candlelight inn when you need a comfort food fix wings etc good luck!!!

    1. For Thai we like Little Thai Kitchen near the train station. Not so easy to get to now because of the construction, but pretty good.

      For Greek, we love Elia Taverna in Bronxville/New Rochelle. Easy to get to from the Hutchinson Pkwy.

      For Chinese, my husband likes Chop Stix on Garth Road for take out. I prefer Seven Woks in the Golden Horseshoe shopping center. None are as good as the city places.

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      1. re: valerie

        Forgot about Indian. Our favorite in the area is Rani Mahal in Mamaroneck. Not sure which side of Scarsdale you are on but we are closer to the Mamaroneck border and bring in food from Rani Mahal on a regular basis.

        1. re: valerie

          Just had dinner at Rani Mahal with my folks, who have been going there since it opened and raving to us about it since then. Worth every rave. Excellent masala dosa, very tasty lamb vindaloo, really good chicken tikka masala (which usually just tastes like chicken in ketchup to me). The service was attentive and very pleasant. I can't wait to go back. Who knew so much good food had sprung up in Mamaroneck since I left my parents' house?

      2. I live in White Plains. You're definitely not going to have the breadth of quality choices you get in NYC, with a breadth of price points. But there are some decent options in the area.

        Chinese: That's tough sledding around here, I usually go to NYC to get my fix. The best, most authentic place is probably Aberdeen, in the lobby of the Residence Inn in White Plains. authentic Cantonese and Hong Kong-style, with good seafood and dim sum. For a quick lunch, there's also the Kam Sen market in the White Plains Mall across the street. The roast meats can be a little hit-and-miss, but their baked pork buns are good.

        Mexican - Not counting Italian places, this is probably your best ethnic bet in mid-Westchester. There are plenty of places in New Rochelle, White Plains and Port Chester. Some of my go-to places in WP: Sunshine Deli on Lake Street - divey, but very good tacos, quesadillas and huaraches; Gourmet Laguna on Cross Street - good tacos, tortas and cemitas. Mariachi Loco on Central Avenue - don't let the big menu fool you, they're pretty good as well. Tortilleria Los Gemelos on Westchester Avenue in Port Chester is excellent - they make their own tortillas, and their fillings are terrific.

        Indian - Ambadi on E Post Road in WP is pretty good for take-out. I also like Masala Kraft on E Hartsdale Avenue, right up the street from the Hartsdale Metro-North station - good vegetarian food and they don't baby you with the spices. I also had a promising meal at Calcutta Wrap and Roll in Ardsley, in Addyman Square right off the intsersection of Route 9A and Ashford Avenue.

        Pizza: You'll probably gets loads of recommmendations, but so far, the best I've had in mid-Westchester is at the branch of Frank Pepe's on Central Park Avenue in Yonkers. And it's cheap, to boot.

        Other cuisines: I had a good Moroccan meal at Zitoune on Boston Post Road in Larchmont. Turkish Kitchen on Mamaroneck Avenue in WP is a decent place.

        The place with the best restaurant presence is probably Port Chester, which is probably a 20-minute drive from Scarsdale. Mexican and Latin American eateries abound, but there are other cuisines available too. For pizza/Italian, there's Tarry Lodge on Mill Street, which is a Mario Batali place. Can get really crowded, but I think their pizzas and pastas are good.

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        1. re: kdgchow

          Just read this board for a few days and you will get the lay of the land and get out and explore for yourselves. There is good food to be had in Westchester & Fairfield so don't get depressed that we are not NYC.

        2. Fig and Olive, in the Lord & Taylor shopping center Scarsdale. Excellent.

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          1. re: menton1

            There's one of these in NYC too, but I find it very overpriced with tiny portions.

          2. As an ex-Brooklyn boy myself (and someone who just visited Brooklyn and was reminded of how awful Westchester Italian is) I can say get ready to settle. I'm not going to review every restaurant because it's all very subjective.

            Chinese - Chop Stix for takeout, Pagoda for traditional Chinese (both in Scarsdale)
            Thai - forget the name, but great place in Ardsley...best in Westchester (there is a solid place in Scarsdale now I hear).
            Korean - not sure
            Italian - yikes and there are so many. Cookery in Dobbs Ferry is the best I hear, but heard ownership has changed slightly. Carlo's in Yonkers lacks ambience, but good food at good prices. Quarry in Tuckahoe - not all Italian but good stuff
            Greek - Elia's Taverna in New Rochelle/Eastchester border
            French - Jackie's Bistro in Eastchester
            Mexican - Burrito Poblano in Tuckahoe - hole in wall but solid
            Pub Grub - Piper's Kilt (best burgers in Westchester), Quarry
            Pizza - worst Brooklyn place is better than best Westchester....but in Scarsdale - Scarsdale Pizza Station, amore or S&J are good.
            Bagels - Scarsdale Bagel on Garth road
            Bakery - La Renaissance
            Sushi - Sushi Nanase in White Plains although Haiku is solid and affordable in Eastchester

            Most places aren't traditional which turns many true NYers off, but most have their menus online..take a look

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            1. re: jhopp217

              i just read jhopps post and got depressed not one mentioned is worth a drive.Westchester really needs some inspiration.I never get excited about eating out in westchester.Lets hope the new year brings some better choices.

              1. re: ronhall51

                No, there's much better food in Westchester than was mentioned on that post. The guy did say it was "subjective". I probably would not go to any of the many places mentioned there. But here's a couple of places I like

                Fig & Olive, Scarsdale
                Jardin du Roi, Chappaqua
                Iron Horse, Pleasantville
                Several excellent Latin restos in Port Chester
                Lexington Square, Mt Kisco
                Sweetgrass Grill. Tarrytown
                Watermoon, Rye
                A couple of GREAT Portuguese places in Ossining, including Churrasquiera Ribatejo

                Don't be that depressed, ronhall!

                1. re: menton1

                  Menton...my places were more takeout quick bite suggestions. Yours are a little more upscale. The person also said reasonably priced. Fig & Olive...overpriced garbage. As for the other places all pricey. I agree with the Port Chester referrals though.

            2. My list would be
              Pepe's Pizza (a branch of the famous New Haven Institution) in Yonkers on Central Avenue
              Rosie's Bistro italiano in Bronxville
              Haiku -- Scarsdale or Bronxville for Asian fusion
              Scalini - Bronxville, regional Italian
              Thai - forget the name of the place in Tuckahoe, which is hard to find right now since it's strore front is on a street that is currently under construction
              Spadaros in Northern New rochelle for Roman Italian food
              Restaurant North in Armonk for American farm to table
              Burrito Poblano in Tuckahoe for solid Mexican
              Explore Port Chester for some excellent Mexican & South American food as well as the Batali owned Tarry Lodge, which also has a mini "Eataly" market next to it. Also in Port Chester is an excellent bread bakery (forget the name right now) which is across from Tarry Lodge
              Scarsdale is a short ride down the Hutch to the Fairway in Pelham for food shopping.
              Park Place bagels in Bronxville for the best bagels in Westchester. There is also a branch in Chester Heights.

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              1. re: roxlet

                Roxlet, think you meant Tangerine Thai in Tuckahoe, which unfortunately closed. Believe another Asian fusion place opened at the site. I agree with you -- Rosie's Bistro never disappoints. I used to be a fan of Haiku but after 2 bad recent experiences (Bronxville and Scarsdale -- don't order sashimi!), I'll take a pass. Agree too on North and Spadaro, although I don't end up either place very frequently.

                1. re: cloverose

                  Tangerine Thai did close, but another Thai restaurant opened in its place. I don't eat sushi or sashimi at Haiku -- just some of their coked dishes, which are pretty decent IMHO.

                  1. re: roxlet

                    A third Thai place opened there? The food at the 1st two iterations were very good. The location is what kills it.

                    1. re: pabboy

                      No question it's a bad location, and the current road construction is a real killer. We've lately been going to D Thai Kitchen in Thornwood. Their seasonings are sometimes a bit timid (staff, even, don't seem to be fond of a lot of spice), but they are generally quite good.

                      Another suggestion for a restaurant that's interesting, but not yet discussed here: We recently tried Sofrito in White Plains. It's upscale Puerto Rican. Can be very loud (back room is better but still not quiet) but we found the food quite tasty, portions very large, servers pleasant, but our entrees arrived when we were nowhere near finished with (shared) appetizer. We took home a lot of leftovers.

                      1. re: Westjanie

                        I've been going to Tyrynda Thai in Sleepy Hollow for my Thai fix. They are the best I've had in Westchester.

                        1. re: pabboy

                          We've been trying them, too, with so far mixed results. They're a bit more of a trek for us, but we are likely to give them at least another chance, since, in our experience, many otherwise terrific restaurants can have an off night.

                          1. re: Westjanie

                            I ask for authentic flavors and 3 out of 5 on spicy scale.

                    2. re: roxlet

                      I've only been to Haiku once, but have heard "don't go Friday-Monday" go Tues, Wed or Thursday. Shouldn't be that way, but it's what i've heard. I went on a Wednesday and had a great meal of sushi and sashimi. People must also have heard what I hear because it was mobbed at 8:30

                      1. re: jhopp217

                        I think it's pretty much always mobbed -- at least the one in Bronxville is, not having been to the one on 22. If you're looking for a relaxing meal to linger over, this is not the place, but since I usually go there with my son who is of the "OK, dinner's over, let's go" school of dining, this suits us fine. Strangely, he has a bunch of friends from the city who always want to hit Haiku for lunch when they come up to visit. It's a "must" for this band of 16 year-olds. Gyoza is the main draw, I think.

                2. I'd agree with menton1 and roxlet..although I detest Watermoon. We always used to get our bagels from Tanglewood Deli in Yonkers on Central Ave. The ONLY place my dad would buy 'em. And North, as most CH readers know, is my absolute favorite place of all!!

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                  1. re: MRS

                    Agreed about Watermoon, or pretty much any asian fusion or whatever they are referred to as.
                    As far as sushi, Nanase is clearly the finest but not cheap and also quirky, to say the least. We have never been disappointed at Azuma . It doesn't get enough love on the chow boards.

                    1. re: stu

                      stu try hajime in harrison. finest local sushi around that is not the fusion roll fiasco type o'place nor the quirky 5 seater nanase either. just good and friendly. not inexpensive but value packed which to me is priceless

                      1. re: cubanat

                        we used to go there a bunch, they are very family friendly . The fish pales in comparison to Azuma . I happen to like Momji , which is about 5 doors down from Hajime

                        1. re: stu

                          I'm a fan of Azuma as well. They have made a few small changes salad or miso instead of salad and miso when ordering a la cart but the fish is wonderful and really incomparable, IMO, to any other sushi I have had in Westchester. The sushi chef has been there for as long as I have been going there which is sometime in the mid to late 80's.

                          1. re: stu

                            I prefer Azuma to Hajime, too. I used to live right by Hajime and really wanted to like it, but never understood why people raved about it. In Westchester, it's either Nanase or Azuma for me.

                            1. re: Shawn

                              Shawn, does
                              Azuma have cooked food as well as sushi or is it sushi only?

                              1. re: debmom

                                Strange, I realized that since I've only had sushi there, I've never bothered to look at whether they have cooked food! If they do have cooked, it's a small selection. I think of it as a sushi-only place. If I want cooked I usually go to Fujinoya.

                                1. re: debmom

                                  The cooked food is limited but what they do they do very well.

                            2. re: cubanat

                              finally someone mentions Hajime. This is my favorite place for sushi in westchester. For cooked Japanese food go to Fujinoya on Central ave near the 4 corners in Hartsdale.

                        2. Well, I like Watermoon. The only real issue there is noise, although some here like a noisy environment. The place is physically beautiful. The ingredients are super fresh; the Hot & Sour soup is among the best I've had; Duck Fajitas are wonderful and novel, as is Salmon Skin salad and the Pan Roasted Seabass. I enjoy Watermoon, it's miles above any Chinese resto in the County, IMO!

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                          1. re: menton1

                            I wouldn't categorize it as a Chinese resto though. It is to Chinese as Olive Garden is to Italian maybe. or better yet I guess as PF Changs is to Chinese.

                            1. re: cubanat

                              Watermoon bears ZERO resemblance to PF Chang's. In every way.

                            2. re: menton1

                              Menton1, I must disagree w/ you, respectfully. The issues I have w/ Water Moon have nothing to do w/ the noise. I find the service, especially at lunch, to be atrocious. The servers are incompetent and sometimes, downright rude. Some of the dishes are OK. Others, not so good at all. Sadly, I find good Chinese lacking on this side of the county although we do like Asiana Cafe in Greenwich, CT not to far away. However, I wouldn't call Water Moon the "best" anything.

                              1. re: MRS

                                I agree, service can be a bit spotty at times at Watermoon.. The food, however, is awesome and worth waiting for.

                                Asiana and Penang, in Greenwich CT are the same ownership as Watermoon, BTW. (Alan Lee). Lots of the same dishes. My favorite is Penang, a dressed down version of Asiana with lower prices and, it's BYOB, which is great.

                                1. re: menton1

                                  sichuan pavillion on Bowman ave in Port Chester does a fine job. Place is small though very neat. Table cloths even. Call me cynical but prices have gone up as the menu has been freshened since Rays closed. Such is the case when supply and demand must cross. They provide what is now in dwindling supply, very good chinese food in a a clean comfortable environment. Though the 15 dollar a person minimum at dinner is really annoying.

                                  1. re: stu

                                    Rays was nice. Loved the healthier fried rice. We like panda pavilion for delivery. Aberdeen for eating in and dim sum and the place in hartsdale next to best buy for dim sum and generic menu items a la general tso and ribs.

                                    and for the record menton here's the way that watermoon is exactly like pf changs: Asian Inspired Menu dumbed down for Mass consumption by (for lack of a better name) non adventurous suburban gringos.

                                    happy new year to all!!

                                    1. re: cubanat

                                      Water Moon wants to be all things to all people with items like: Thai Spring Roll, Vietnamese Summer Roll, Tempura Shrimp, Pad Thai, Chow Fun, Udon Noodle.

                                      PF Chang is gringo Chinese.

                                      1. re: pabboy

                                        So jack of all trades...? Let's just say gringo asian! Like when Lettuce Entertain You Inc does Bao Bar or was it Bao Bao? Just because you stuff pulled pork in a steamed bun does not a bao make. I think they even did a BLT bao once. jumped the shark indeed but at least it was 15-20 years ago

                            3. Thanks to EVERYONE!!!! Soo much information. We have already eaten from Haiku and Little Thai Kitchen, and we may go to The Burrito Poblano for lunch. I forgot to mention, anyone have any thoughts for Jamaican or Cuban in Westchester?

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                              1. re: dhenry18

                                Not sure if the Cuban-American Cafe is still open on Post Road in White Plains. That was about it. For Jamiacan there is a new place on Central Avenue in Hartdale that has opened otherwise scout around Mt. Vernon shying away from the chain of fast food patty places

                                1. re: cubanat

                                  is sunsplash bakery still open next to loehmans in elsmford?

                                  1. re: cubanat

                                    Latin American Cafe did burn down along with Bengal Tiger and, since they had been regular hangouts for us for years, we've had a big hole in our lives. The above mentioned Sofrito, while Puerto Rican rather than Cuban, does have some overlap -- for instance, my entree was ropa vieja, one of my favorites from LAC, and it was terrific at Sofrito. Karamba, next door to Sofrito (Main St., WP) seems to be some sort of pan-Latin-Caribbean and includes some Cuban-ish food. It is in a different category price- and atmosphere-wise. It seems to aim for working class and local office sorts, while Sofrito is aiming for a hipper destination vibe and costs more, though is not, for most Chowhounders, I would think, prohibitive.

                                  2. re: dhenry18

                                    I gave up on Jamaican in Westchester 6 years ago when Cappelli bought the building Petite Patisserie (yes weird name for Jamaican) was in and built the Ritz in White Plains. Alpha Hound Jim Leff alerted us to their patties. I loved Cheryl's husband's jerk sauce. It was more than a Jamaican take out counter, it was a defacto Jamaican community center. Cheryl treated everyone like family, even this Chinese boy.

                                    I haven't tried the joints in Mt Vernon but I can say Ruth's on Battle Ave and Sunsplash on Saw Mill are not worth the trip.

                                    For Japanese, Sushi Nanase is at the top. Azuma is next followed by Nishi, Fujinoya and Sazan. Each has their strengths and weakness.

                                    For Mexican, I like little neighborhood hole in the wall taquerias. Sunshine Deli and Roberto's in White Plains, Hacienda Azteca in Elmsford, Little Mexican Cafe in NR. I'm not a fan of Mariachi Loco.

                                      1. re: cubanat

                                        Sazan is in Ardsley just north of CVS.

                                      2. re: pabboy

                                        Totally agree with pabboy on Westchester and Jamaican food. Thank God there are parts of the North Bronx where we are a 20 minute drive from some really great Jamaican restaurants -- we also just go to the Bronx for Caribbean food as well!

                                        Sofrito is good, but nothing tops the cuchifritos on Fordham rd and in the Castle Hill section of the Bronx!

                                    1. Israeli food in Westchester? Falafel, Shwarma, etc ...?

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                                      1. re: dhenry18

                                        Done! Try Taiim Falafel Shack in Hastings. Very good falafel. Their lime hummus is delicious.


                                        1. re: Sra. Swanky

                                          agree!! but do be aware it's kind of a small space, and cash only as I remember. Nothing wrong w/ that...just something to know going in.

                                        2. re: dhenry18

                                          Somebody brought me a wonderful falafel from somewhere in New Rochelle, I believe its a new spot that opened a few weeks ago, I have to find out.

                                          Taim is also really good - -I wonder if they are relate to the Taim in the West Village?

                                          1. re: RawTunaFan

                                            Taiim (2 i's) in Hastings in NOT related to Taim (1 i) in the city.

                                            1. re: pabboy

                                              Thanks for clearing that up, pabboy ... I thought the one in the city tasted a lot better with more innovative selections...

                                        3. Only "authentic Italian" anywhere close is Spadaro in New Rochelle, though it's in a weird little spot and the price only comes down to "reasonable" if you use a coupon from restaurant.com. Everything else nearby is mostly over-priced (for what it is) "Italian American", but hey, that done in a fun, unpretentious atmosphere at reasonable prices (think Francesco's in White Plains, Carlos in Yonkers) is a great category.

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                                          1. re: addictedtolunch

                                            I agree, Spadaro is great, but not sure if it's reasonable... dinner for two with two glasses of wine set us back a couple hundred dollars - -granted, there was tons of food and we probably ordered more than necessary -- we had 2 glassed of red, shared a salad, split a pasta, an order of shrimp and that mouthwatering steak -- $207. Not sure if I agree with the verbal menu approach, especially for first timers, blind prices... but now that we know to order less and that the portions are enormous.

                                            But you are right, it is our favorite (and maybe only "authentic" Italian in the area) is Spadaro-- Interestingly enough, we did enjoy a wonderful lunch at Tutta Bella in Easchester the other day -- its 3 course feast for about $15!

                                            1. re: RawTunaFan

                                              Agreed Spadaro is excellent. Besides that, if we want our Italian fix, we often make the 20-35 minute drive to Arthur Avenue (specifically, Tra Da Noi, Roberto's or Zero Otto Nove). Much better and cheaper than most Westchester joints.

                                              As another poster mentioned, Port Chester has some of the best overall dining in lower Westcheter:
                                              -Los Gemelos for authentic tacos
                                              -Misti (Pollo A La Brasa) for cheap and tasty Peruvian
                                              -Aqui es Santa Fe for their cheap Columbian breakfasts and fresh juices
                                              - Kneaded Bread is an absolutely wonderful bread bakery
                                              -Nessa and Tarry Lodge offer up tasty modern Italian with a vibrant scene to match (also check out Tarry Market next door - particularly their fresh pastas)
                                              -Bar Taco similarly has a great vibe and drinks with good food

                                              Other Westchester favorites are The Cookery in Dobbs Ferry, North in Armonk and an off the radar place in Elmsford called Alaroma that makes killer chicken scarparo.

                                              We recently moved from White Plains to Greenwich and can attest to a few stellar but more upscale dining spots in Fairfield County as well - Harvest Supper (New Canaan), LeFarm (Westport) and Schoolhouse at Cannondale (Wilton) remind me as a former Manhattanite of some of the better places in the city.

                                              As others have mentioned, good spots are fewer and farther between here in the burbs but with a bit of research and patience (ie you may have to drive a bit to find something good), they can be found. Happy eating!

                                              1. re: mla19

                                                Buffet de la Gare in Hastings is the best French restaurant in the county that's remained under the radar.

                                                Juniper in Hastings needs no more press. Getting a seat for dinner is near impossible already.

                                                1. re: mla19

                                                  LeFarm is really good, mia19, have you tried Patricias on Morris Park in the Bronx for Italian? It's surprisingly good, I think they revamped their menu (used to be just pizza)
                                                  It's our new go-to place for "Arthur Ave. style" Italian!

                                                  They use high quality cuts of meat and their ossu bucco special was spectacular, I think they stew it in white wine which was quite lovely!

                                                  1. re: RawTunaFan

                                                    Ooh thanks for the tip. I'll add Patricias to our list. Haven't been there yet. Thanks!

                                                2. re: addictedtolunch

                                                  sorry, just re-read your post and noticed the part about the coupon/ "reasonable" from restaurant.com.

                                                  1. re: addictedtolunch

                                                    Also for Italian that is close to if not euql to or better is the sister's place in mamaroneck: La Scarabitta. and printed menu to boot! and more seats!

                                                    1. re: cubanat

                                                      I have never had worse lasagna than at La Scarbitta in Mamaroneck. We went after the glowing NY Times Review and were thoroughly disappointed. My lasagna was soggy and flavorless. Everything else was unremarkable. One positive thing: the bartender was very friendly while we waited for our table.

                                                      1. re: cbn456

                                                        must have been an off night if everything was unremarkable although i don't order lasagna when i'm out to eat. this is one of the more solid places in the area for pastas and apps & service.

                                                  2. Malabar Hill in Elmsford has been recommended for Indian -- they're part of the same group as Dhaba and Chola in Manhattan. A bit upscalish but Dhaba at least is always full of Indian people and it's yummy.

                                                    There used to be a good sushi place across from the Ardsley train station (can that be right?). Also one in a strip mall in Hartsdale, but that's gone. Since getting rid of my car I've lost track, but it seems that there are a lot of Japanese ex-pats in the area, so you should be covered there.

                                                    Also, unless you abstain from alcohol, I assume you've found Zachy's, the destination wine store.

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                                                    1. re: Kantarell

                                                      Ardsley hasn't had a train station since the 50's when the NY Thruway was built.

                                                      1. re: pabboy

                                                        Totally right - and I can't find a likely MetroNorth station on Google Maps. But I did have fabulous sushi across from some station in SW Westchester...just a heads-up that there are enough Japanese professionals living in the area to support not only Japanese after-school programs but good Japanese food. It's out there somewhere...

                                                        1. re: Kantarell

                                                          I think you are talking about Azuma in Hartsdale. Yes there are many quality Japanese in Westchester namely Sushi Nanase, Azuma, Fujinoya, Nishi, and Sazan. I'm not familiar with the ones on the eastern side of the county.

                                                      2. re: Kantarell

                                                        The "Ardsley" Metro North station is actually in Irivington. 1 Ardsley Avenue, Irvington, NY 10533. http://as0.mta.info/mnr/stations/stat...

                                                        1. re: NCVeggie

                                                          They're talking about the now defunct Putnam division, the 4th line of the NY Central.

                                                        2. re: Kantarell

                                                          went to malabar hill for lunch recently....terrible experience....waiter would bring 2 quarters of naan at a time for a table of 4 ("tandoor is backed up")...stringy spinach mush masquerading as palak paneer, so called "achari" aloo had no pickling flavour whatsoever...onion pakoras (labeled as medu vada) were dripping in oil...only dosas were edible along with the sambar

                                                          reminded me why I had stopped going there in the first place...never again.

                                                          1. re: gurud

                                                            love that place, better than ever

                                                        3. Also, I would like to add that there is a great hole-on-the-wall Salvodorean place in Mt. Kisco (sorry, no ideas on Columbian food), called Rincon Santaneco's- on Main St, if you are willing to drive out that far. It is very tasty, fresh & cheap! There are some worthwhile foodie places nearby, including a smokehouse & a excellent fish market on Lexington, and a nice little Saturday farmers market in nearby Pleasantville.

                                                          1. Again, thak you for all your responses. We've already had Haiku, Burrito Poblano, Little Thai Kitchen, Frank Pepe, and Candlelight. Best burger in Westchester is?

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                                                            1. re: dhenry18

                                                              Piper's Kilt in Eastchester, love their cheddar burger!

                                                                1. re: dhenry18

                                                                  well a little out of the way but still in westchester is somers 202 great food in general but
                                                                  Hamburgers are the best i have had in westchester and that includes pipers kilt.If you heading in that direction i also suggest blazer pub in purdy.

                                                                  1. re: dhenry18

                                                                    Wetschester Burger in Rye Brook is very good. I have not been to the one in WP, so i can't comment on that one. Rye Grill and Bar also makes a very good burger. The Bubba Burger at North is crazy good, too!!!

                                                                    1. re: dhenry18

                                                                      There is a very good place for burgers in the area that you will have to email me to find out about. Click on my name and you will see my profile, which lists an email address. Apparently, there is an issue with posting about this place, having nothing to do with the place itself. Mysterious, I know...

                                                                      1. re: roxlet

                                                                        That sounds rather intriguing and bizarre...do you mean that when you post about it other Ch'ers go batty on you? Or do you mean CH won't let you post about it?

                                                                        1. re: MRS

                                                                          CH won't let me post about it because apparently weird things happen. THAT was a weird thing that happened!

                                                                          1. re: roxlet

                                                                            hmmm....i need to know more about this.

                                                                    2. I urge you to ignore the naysayers. I have lived in Westchester and Brooklyn (Park Slope and Brooklyn Heights/Cobble Hill) and work in Manhattan. There are plenty of good food choices throughout Westchester county. Most pf the people who live here have at one time or another lived in NYC or work there, and demand good food.

                                                                      Pizza is definitely to each individuals taste, I am not a fan of Frank Pepes but many are. However I highly recommend Gino's on Pondfield Road in Bronxville and Pelham Pizza on 5th Ave in Pelham. I think the quality of pizza in Westchester far exceeds any cheap slice I have ever had in NYC.

                                                                      For bagels, and I do consider myself a bagel snob, the best has to be Hot Bagels in the Highridge Shopping Center in Yonkers on Central Avenue. Every weekend morning the line is to the door and for good reason.

                                                                      I agree with those who recommended the Cookery.

                                                                      Westchester also seems to be growing beer options to rival Williamsburg. The DeCicco's grocery stores offer an impressive selection and the new Yard House restaurant has a steller selection of 119 beers ON TAP. After that you can head over to the new Whole Foods and fill up a growler to take home.

                                                                      If you are interested in finding restaurants to try, in addition to this board, I would recommend checking out the Westchester Magazine website and then just trying things, you are sure to find a place you love as much as what you found on your old corners.

                                                                      Also, don't forget that Dan Barber's Blue Hill at Stone Barns is in Westchester!!! Though that is really a special occasion place.

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                                                                      1. re: argica

                                                                        I agree with everything argica says except for the Westchester Magazine. It's nothing but an advertisement rag.

                                                                        1. re: argica

                                                                          Agreed there is more food snobbery in Westchester, which leads to our negativity about the local choices. The "proof" is the preponderance of Westchester posts here over those from Nassau/Suffolk, even though the latter counties have higher population count and density. Westchesterites, perhaps because they are more likely from or working in Manhattan, have high expectations and find them to be unfulfilled.

                                                                          1. re: addictedtolunch

                                                                            Although having lived much of my life in Westchester but also several years in Nassau and Suffolk counties, I can say that there are many more good restaurants on Long Island than there are in Westchester, in all categories of food and price points.

                                                                            1. re: Shawn

                                                                              I've been both too. More in Nassau at more accessible price points,certainly, maybe more overall. Different approach here, and high expectations. I think Westchester is more Manhattan-centric.

                                                                          2. re: argica

                                                                            im a fan of goldbergs bagels across 87 from cross county shpt ctr

                                                                            1. re: intrepid

                                                                              Me too, that is where I purchase my bagels. In the past when ordering a dozen,there would be one or two bagels that were not as fresh as the others. Recently however no problems.

                                                                            2. re: argica

                                                                              Totally agree with Ginos Pizza. And they also make it with whole wheat crust.

                                                                            3. Southeast Asia on Garth Rd is great and friendly- they deliver, and their vedgetables are good; Bosphorus in Hartsdale is good and friendly

                                                                              1. Italian-Moscato's in Scarsdale.
                                                                                Greek food-Niko's Greek Taverna in White Plains

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                                                                                1. re: sabbo

                                                                                  Also Elia's Taverna in Chester Heights fir Greek food. Not sure if it was previously mentioned...