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Fantasy Cuisine [Central Ave, Hartsdale]

The closed Cafe Meze/Cafe Azzurri space is now being reopened as "Fantasy Cuisine". Looks like it will be pan-Asian? Not really sure. Any info out there? I can't find anything on line.

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  1. One of my neighbors heard that it's going to be Asian.
    Speaking of which, the Little Gems space on Central Ave. (can't rememeber full name) has reopened under another name, and probably another owner. It is now Asian fusion.

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    1. re: Maryld

      Gem Cuisine in Yonkers has been Tasty House, an Asian-fusion place, since this past Spring:

      1. re: foodiemom10583

        I swear--one family/company must own all these fusion places. The menus are almost identical. I love Asian food, but enough already.

        1. re: Maryld

          We can thank the Department of Redundancy Department for yet another pan-Asian restaurant. At least it isn't a furniture store.

            1. re: foodiemom10583

              Who can we thank for the redundancy of Italian restaurants?
              I guess it's better than a petco.

        1. re: Elisa515

          Fantasy Cuisine will be on Central Avenue, about a block past Four Corners (Hartsdale) on the east side of the street, in the old Cafe Azzurri/Cafe Meze space. The other place is also on Central Ave., but in Yonkers.

          1. re: foodiemom10583

            Thanks. I've put in a request to have the header changed.

            1. re: Elisa515

              Thanks! I wanted to edit my post to add the location but it wouldn't work.

              1. re: scarsdalesurprise

                For future reference, all you have to do is click Flag (whether it's your post or someone else's) and ask the moderators to change a subject line.

                Now, as for another Asian fusion place...at this point, if I'm heading to Central Ave. for Asian food, I pretty much go H-Mart's food court. No fusion there, but plenty of options at good value. Definitely not "fine dining" though. :)

        2. I read somewhere that it's from the same people behind Dumpling+Noodle in Bronxville.

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          1. Yes it is same owners as Dumpling+Noodle and will be specifically Chinese. If its anything like the other restaurant in Bronxville, it will be different than the other local Chinese spots with soup dumplings, handcut noodles, etc. Very fresh and so good!

                1. re: djca

                  Saw people in the restaurant today. I was apprehensive to go with out knowing the menu.

                2. I went to try it out today, but they were closed. The owner (?) said that they had an exhaust problem yesterday, so it has to be fixed and again inspected before they can open.
                  I did get a copy of their menu.

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                  1. re: djca

                    There were a number of firetrucks in front of the restaurant yesterday. Glad it wasn't a fire!
                    Appreciate the menu images, but does anyone know how to enlarge so as to be readable? I've tried a few things, but no go.
                    Thanks again for the menu!

                    1. re: mrsdebdav

                      We were told they had a gas leak yesterday. I hope whatever it is gets resolved soon.

                          1. re: djca

                            Thanks! Very similar to noodles + in White Plains. Even the format of the menu is strangely similar.

                            1. re: djca

                              Looks very interesting! Thanks for the scans.

                        1. We ate here last night. Overall, we liked it. Started off with soup dumplings, which, while not quite as good as you'd get in Queens, etc., were pretty tasty. We also had Kung Pao shrimp (flavorful, decent spice level) and a fried chicken dish that was crisp and spicy. They don't have a liquor license yet, but we brought our own.

                          Service was gracious, but you can tell much of the staff is new at this. I think this will be a great addition to the neighborhood.

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                          1. re: Shawn

                            Thanks for the update. Do they have chinese hot pots? The lohud article said that they do but it doesn't look like they have any on their menu.

                            1. re: HOHMich

                              Probably because you can't really take out hot pot. ;)

                              I'm sure it's on the in-house menu.

                              1. re: HOHMich

                                I don't remember seeing them on the menu, but that doesn't mean they aren't there.

                            2. We've been getting take-out from there regularly for the past few weeks in our effort to eat through the menu.

                              The ma po tofu was made with plenty of ma la and was beautifully aromatic. The house special buns are a pleasant balance between the rich, skin-on duck, lightly pickled cucumbers, and plum sauce in a pillowy steamed bun. The steamed custard buns were lovely, too. My husband has had the crispy shrimp cakes about five times so far and has no intention of making an order without them. In fact, the first time he got them for take-out, they stayed crispy in the container for at least half an hour after he brought them home.

                              Tonight's vegetable mei fun was surprisingly and addictively springy. I haven't gotten a review of the salt-and-pepper chicken my son ordered, but there was nothing left on his plate, so one may assume he enjoyed it. I just finished my jasmine milk tea with bo ba and I am again sated for the night.

                              Regarding previous questions about hot pot, they will start offering it in "late autumn."

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                              1. re: foodiemom10583

                                Wow, this sounds wonderful. I will have to try to get over there this week for lunch with my son since he is my Chinese food partner in crime, and he leaves for college on Friday.

                                1. re: roxlet

                                  I hope you guys like it as much as we do! My son came home yesterday after 5 weeks at Berklee in Boston and he was practically drooling for Chinese. This place opened while he was gone and really fit the bill, especially since he is so fond of their other eateries.

                                  Please wish your son all the best from us CHers! I'm sure he will continue to make you extraordinarily proud.

                                  1. re: foodiemom10583

                                    Thank you! That's so kind of you to say! I will miss him so much, but know that adventure awaits him.

                                    1. re: roxlet

                                      My pleasure, Rox!

                                      I'm counting on you to give me tips on how to deal with that when it happens to me. Hopefully, some suggestions would involve excessive shopping, restaurant crawls, cocktails, and dark chocolate. ;)

                                      1. re: foodiemom10583

                                        How far away is your son from college? My first piece of advice is to treasure the remaining years that he will be under your roof. It's not so much the going away to college, but the transition to adulthood and autonomy. While both those things are wonderful, they mean less time together and never a time again when I will be this involved in his life. I will miss both those things tremendously. And as I mentioned, he is my partner in crime, and we do many things together!

                                        1. re: roxlet

                                          He's starting his junior year. We are trying to create lots of new memories before he starts his adult life. Unfortunately, his schedule is really full, even during school breaks, so it's harder to do everything we want to do with him.

                                          Both he and his dad are musicians, so they perform together at jams and we go to concerts as a family. He's foodie-ish, too, so he's always up for an interesting meal with us. (While he was away this summer, I received weekly photos of his food adventures, including a scary-looking, beer-battered burger called "The Artery-Clogger.") A night of watching cheesy movies can usually get his attention for a few hours as well.

                                          I feel like I want to record everything we do from now on just so I can keep those moments fresh forever. :(

                                          1. re: foodiemom10583

                                            I feel what you're saying...deeply!

                                            Your son sounds like a very interesting kid! My son is a musician as well (voice and piano), and is hoping to be in a singing group in college. My son was in Europe this summer, and wrote a wonderful blog that was mainly about food. Big surprise coming from this house!

                                            1. re: roxlet

                                              Thanks, Rox. It's a pleasure to find a sympathetic ear.

                                              I remember you mentioning that he was going to Europe (and the process of getting his passport!). So glad he enjoyed it! Is the blog public? I didn't know he was a musician, too. That's fabulous! Being sporty and musical is a great combination! I'm sure he will be successful in whatever he chooses to do.

                                              Thank you for your kind words about my boy. He's a keeper. He went to Italy last February and was introduced to Ligurian trofie al pesto. Still hasn't gotten over it. He also discovered prosciutto cotto and is now spoiled for all other pork products. If he's in Madrid this spring, he plans to go to El Museo Del Jamon. For better or worse, he is truly his mother's son.

                                              1. re: foodiemom10583

                                                My email is in my profile. Please email me.

                                2. re: foodiemom10583

                                  Can anyone tell me if they serve dim sum? cart style or a la carte? Thanks

                                  1. re: cubanat

                                    No carts. You place your order with the waitstaff. I posted a link to the menu below:


                                    1. re: foodiemom10583

                                      great thanks. nice selections but no dim sum section! dumpling section looks super...

                                      1. re: cubanat

                                        No problem!

                                        I hope they'll expand their offerings to add more dim sum items like turnip cakes (my personal favorite), lotus-wrapped sticky rice, tofu skin rolls, shrimp-stuffed eggplant or peppers, and chicken feet.

                                        We personally cannot wait for them to start serving hot pot.

                                3. My son and I had a really lovely lunch here on Friday. I was happy to see that the majority of the people dining were Asian. We loved the shrimp and pork shu mai and the crispy shrimp cakes, which are sort of like a sophisticated shrimp toast minus the toast. The Dan Dan noodles were excellent, with lots of ma la. Ma po tofu was excellent as well if a little soupy. It was a huge portion. We will definitely return!