Where to Get Chicken Parm in Westchester Just in Time for Cuffing Season
Dubbed ‘NYC’s aphrodisiac of choice,’ the humble chicken parm might just be the sleeper hit of the year. Here’s where you can go to grab some of Westchester’s finest.
“Cuffing season” — that magical time of year when singles semi-purposefully fall into short-term relationships because winter dating is just not a pleasant experience — is firmly in swing and Westchester residents might be looking for cozy, heartwarming ways to spend time with their new belle or beau.
Luckily, the New York Post recently decreed that a disproportionate number of male online daters specifically name-dropped an Italian-American staple as the cornerstone of a romantic date, making certain Westchester eateries the new unofficial dating destinations for thirsty local daters. Here’s where you can score some of the absolute best chicken parms in the county.
12 Russel Ave, New Rochelle
Profiled by Rob Petrone on Restaurant Hunter, the classic parm at this New Rochelle pizzeria is big and beautiful, organic Bell & Evans chicken thighs get a 24-hour brine and a light crisp before being absolutely bathed in plenty of spicy sauce and house-made mozz.
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340 Downing Dr, Yorktown Heights
Even with veal, eggplant, and shrimp variations, we know who the true parm star is at this northern Westchester diner and restaurant — in fact, the place is famous for it. Served with soup or salad and spaghetti with marinara, with a cozy blanket of creamy mozzarella, this might be one of the closest approximations to how you remember your nonna’s cooking.
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211 Mamaroneck Ave, Mamaroneck
Speaking of nonna, with a tomato sauce that includes garlic confit and tomato marmalade and topped with four different kinds of cheese (including Muenster!) this variant manages to make an old-school tasting dish with a few new-school methods.
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600 Mamaroneck Ave, White Plains
If you’re looking for full-on old-school chicken parm in sandwich form, look no further than Francesco’s. We called this White Plains mainstay a “hidden gem” one year ago and we stand by it: Wide, toasted bread and crispy deep-fried cutlets pair with perfectly gooey mozz and a classic sauce that doesn’t need updating (unless you want to try to Fra Diavolo style, that is).
171 E Post Rd, White Plains
Another traditional variant, the menu at Pax Romana in White Plains offers up entrée and sandwich versions of the classic parm, both pounded thin with deliciously crispy edges. While the sandwich comes on a seeded bun that’s pretty substantial, the entrée comes on a plate the size of your head, so you know which one we vote for.
Locations in Armonk, Rye Brook, Yonkers, Stamford, and yeah okay Brooklyn
This is the plate our dining editor Sam Garbarini calls “The most R&D’d Chicken Parm in the County.” Relentlessly tested and perfected by celebrity chef Christian Petroni, this take is effectively an enormous fried chicken nugget, slathered in finely honed sauce, dusted with mozzarella and parmesan. It also comes with a choice of sides, but Sam is very clear here: “Always go fries.”
252 E Main St, Mount Kisco
Known for its gargantuan takes on everything from burgers to shakes (topped with entire cake slices, for scale), this otherwise humble-seeming diner knows how to please. For the classic, get your parm served atop heaps of linguine with a house salad or cup of soup. In sandwich form, pick one up with house-made marinara on a toasted hero with fries, crispy coleslaw, and a pickle. Or, for the truly adventurous, try The Superman Sub: chicken cutlet, American cheese, mozzarella sticks, bacon, and vodka sauce on a hero, with fries. (You can also try The Godfather Wrap, just ask to add chicken.)
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