10 Dishes We Obsessed Over in 2019
Old favorites and new openings brought us lots to love this year.
Sliced Tomatoes with Imported Olive Oil and Sea Salt at Boro6
549 Warburton Ave, Hastings-on-Hudson
Summer simplicity hit its apex at Paul Molakides and Jennifer Aaronson’s super stylish wine bar back in August, when we ate this plate of in-season tomatoes, grown in the restaurant’s Hastings garden, finished with DOP extra-virgin Tuscan olive oil and French grey salt.
Custardy Yolks & Toast at Eugene’s Diner & Bar
112 N Main St, Port Chester
Reengineered breakfast classics comprise an entire section of the menu at David DiBari’s retro-inspired diner, which opened this past spring. Among the top picks are his riffs on eggs (also try the crispy salt and pepper eggs), like this slice of griddle-toasted Wave Hill buttermilk bread, topped with a single, low-and-slow-cooked, custardy egg yolk; green onion; sea salt; and parm. Caviar optional.
Photo by Andrew Dominick
Tiger Mom Dumplings at Fatt Root
11 Wheeler Ave, Pleasantville
The Village Social Restaurant Group’s first foray into the fast-casual space has lots of delicious, Millennial-friendly dishes (super-grain fried rice, Impossible dan dan noodles, salted calamansi lemonade), but the ultimate umami bomb is these egg-and-vegetable dumplings on an Insta-worthy swoosh of avocado purée, finished with a drizzle of super savory avocado oil.
Crab Rice at Goosefeather
49 E Sunnyside Ln, Tarrytown
At his first Westchester restaurant, Top Chef’s Dale Talde doesn’t shy away from a little luxury, upping the game on Chinese food with ingredients like dry-aged beef, truffle soy, and cultured butter. Case in point: The generous amount of crab meat that finds it way into this complex triumph of Jasmin rice, charred scallion oil, shallots, pickled jalapeños, and red and black tobiko.
Famous Hamburger at Kelly’s Sea Level
413 Midland Ave, Rye
First of all, it’s one of the best damn deals in Westchester: Just $5 buys a gargantuan 10oz, sirloin-and-chuck-blend burger, served on poppy-seed Kaiser roll. The consistently juicy, beefy burgers are even better with a little bacon and cheese — still a steal at just $7.
Strozzapreti at Maple & Rose
690 Mamaroneck Ave, Mamaroneck
This all-day café is uncrowded and perhaps even more delicious at dinner, when Chef Ryan Hart, who did stints at NYC’s Barbuto and Via Carota, turns out excellent plates of pasta. We were particularly seduced by these strozzapreti — if it’s on the menu, order it — with a luscious mix of cream, melted leeks, bacon, and revelatory crispy parsnip chips.
Hummus at The Nook Eatery
229 Main St, New Rochelle
The wait felt almost comically long, but our patience was well rewarded with this silky smooth, lemony, made-to-order hummus that’s the lightest, best iteration we’ve had in Westchester.
Vegan Dark Chocolate Coconut Ice Cream at Penny Lick Ice Cream Co.
580 Warburton Ave, Hastings-on-Hudson
Never. That’s how often we’ll choose vegan ice cream over the traditional stuff. Or that was the case until we tried Ellen Sledges shockingly good, deeply dark, Mounds-esque, coconut-milk-based version that’s every bit as craveable and satisfying as a real-dairy scoop.
Pesto Pizza from Pizza Vitale
Owner Francesco Vitale slings some of the county’s most underrated Neapolitan pies from this silver, Mamaroneck-based food truck. And while you really can’t go wrong with any of Vitale’s creations, we’re partial to this white pie with plenty of pesto and blistered pine nuts.
Scotch Egg at The Rare Bit
23 Cedar St, Dobbs Ferry
The Rare Bit ditched its British-gastropub concept earlier this year, but thankfully a short list of anglo-approved dishes have stayed on the menu, chief among them a proper Scotch egg with a jammy yolk, house-made pork sausage, and crispy, deep-fried exterior.
Brownie at Suzanne’s Table
75 Main St, Irvington
The platonic ideal of what a brownie should be, the one at Suzanne’s boasts a glossy, paper-thin top; chewy, fudgy centers; and plenty of chocolate because isn’t that the whole point?
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