34 Amazing Restaurants In Southern Westchester
Some of the best pizza in the county, a tiny Italian gem in Ardsley, and a bustling city with a multitude of dining options make Southern Westchester a diner’s paradise.
City Limits in White Plains is known for its morning eats, including country-style breakfasts like this.
Photo by Andre Baranowski
Fiesta Mexico Restaurant
Try authentic Mexican fare along with a medley of Tex-Mex offerings. Grilled pork chops in a tomatillo sauce, enchiladas poblanas, tacos al carbón, and fajitas with grilled marinated shrimp are popular dishes. Lunch and dinner are served every day. Reservations recommended on weekends.
468 Ashford Ave, Ardsley
(914) 478-4672; www.fiestamexicoardsley.com
La Catena Italian Restaurant
On the menu at this white-tablecloth Italian restaurant: pappardelle Emiliano; chicken paesana (on-the-bone chicken with vinegar peppers, cottage potatoes, and mushrooms); pork braciola; and grilled swordfish. Desserts, including apple strudel, are homemade. Open every day for lunch and dinner. Reservations recommended.
871 Saw Mill River Rd, Ardsley
(914) 231-9260; www.lacatenaardsley.com
Executive Chef Scott Fratangelo’s menu at L’inizio is divided along traditional Italian lines: antipasti, primi, pasta, secondi, and sides. Go with a pasta and choose from dishes like ricotta cavatelli with fennel sausage, Bolognese, and Parmesan or acorn-squash ravioli with Crown Maple brown butter; or opt for one of the secondi-like seared New York strip steak or wild striped bass. Reservations recommended.
698 Saw Mill River Rd Ardsley
(914) 693-5400; www.liniziony.com
Food: ★★★½; Service:★★★½; Atmosphere: ★★★ (08/2014)
L'inizio's interior may be small, but the restaurant delivers big with its food.
Dumpling + Noodle
Auston Chu and his wife Iwen Chen opened Dumpling + Noodle in January 2013. The menu selections include homemade soups and all types of noodle and rice dishes. Delivery is offered Mon to Sat from 6 pm to 9 pm. Dumpling + Noodle is open daily for lunch and dinner.
26 Palmer Ave, Bronxville
(914) 779-0902; www.dumplingnoodle.com
Ernie's Wine Bar + EATS
Organic and biodynamic wines-by-the-glass are offered at this 38-seat wine bar with a regularly changing blackboard menu. Expect selections such as mushroom tarts, poached salmon, chili con carne, charcuterie, and house-made terrines and pâtés. Wine school/tastings are held three Saturdays each month (except August). A private cellar room is available for parties up to eight. Open Mon to Sat evenings only (5 pm to midnight).
7 Pondfield Rd, Bronxville
(914) 652-7859; www.ernieswinebar.com
Park 143 Bistro
American Bistro $$
Jason Holmberg, formerly sous chef at Picholine in Manhattan, is executive chef at this 65-seat American bistro. On the menu: made-to-order savory crêpes (ham, red pepper, duck confit with asparagus and Burrata cheese) and fresh pastas. Cocktails with ingredients ranging from chipotle syrup to fresh dill are offered. Open weekdays for lunch, every day for dinner, and brunch on weekends.
143 Parkway Rd, Bronxville
(914) 337-5100; www.park143.com
French Bistro $$$
Stephane Kane of Bistro SK on City Island in the Bronx brings French bistro dining to Eastchester with iconic dishes like steak au poivre, coq au vin, duck confit, and more. Keep an eye open for menu additions like cassoulet, boeuf bourguignon, and sweetbreads. A must-try is the apple tarte Tatin for dessert. Open Tues to Sun for dinner only.
434 White Plains Rd, Eastchester
Food: ★★★; Service: ★★★½; Atmosphere: ★★½ (07/14)
Burrata Wood Fired Pizza
This upscale pizzeria and restaurant offers wood-fired, 10- to 12-inch personal pies baked in a gold-mosaic Stefano Ferrara Napoli oven. Among the pizzas: burrata with fresh garlic and wild mushrooms, Gruyère and pancetta with cognac onions, and spicy sopressata with fresh mozzarella. Italian wines and beers are offered. Open every day for lunch and dinner. A $10 lunch prix fixe (a soup or salad and pizza) is offered Mon to Thurs.
425 White Plains Rd, Eastchester
(914) 337-3700; www.burratapizza.com
Traditional American $$$
American-style pub serving burgers and steaks, as well as fish, wraps, and French onion soup. Psychic readings Tues at 5 pm; live jazz Tues at 9:30 pm; karaoke on Thurs; live rock and folk music Fri and Sat. A late-night menu is offered 10:30 to midnight. Open daily for lunch and dinner.
8 W Main St, Elmsford
(914) 592-9849; www.petessaloon.com
Halstead's Bar & Grill
John Muscatella, formerly owner of T&J Villagio Trattoria in Port Chester, has opened Halstead’s in the space that was previously Trinity Grill in Harrison. His menu is an Italian take on traditional pub fare, offering brick-oven pizza, sandwiches like the paesano burger (topped with crumbled sausage and onion), and entrées like scallops with risotto and white wine (there are also traditional pub dishes like braised short rib over mashed potatoes). Open from 11:30 am to 10 pm Tues to Thurs; 11:30 am to 11 pm Fri and Sat; 2 to 9 pm Sun. Reservations recommended.
7 Purdy St, Harrison
(914) 835-8335; www.halsteadsbarandgrill.com
On the menu at this Vietnamese restaurant are summer rolls (i.e., Saigon roll with dried Vietnamese sausage, jicama, scrambled egg, vermicelli, and black-bean sauce); banh cuon cha lua (steamed rice crêpes); and six versions of pho. Try the lychee drink and, for dessert, the traditional Vietnamese rainbow ice with coconut milk. Open Tues to Sun for lunch and dinner.
158 S Central Ave, Hartsdale
Ristorante Buona Sera
This taste of Tuscany in the Fleetwood section of Mount Vernon offers such dishes as chicken reggiano, homemade pasta purses, veal Buona Sera, and Chilean sea bass marechiare. Don’t miss the Gorgonzola-broccoli rabe garlic bread. Also offered are nine $11.95 lunch specials. Party room available for 50. Open every day for lunch and dinner.
546 Gramatan Ave, Mount Vernon
(914) 665-9800; www.ristorantebuonasera.com
French Bistro $$$
Eric Mauro is the executive chef at this French bistro serving steak frites, Mediterranean sea bass, oven-roasted cod, and braised veal with risotto, peas, and pancetta. For dessert: raspberry Napoleon or dark-chocolate Marquise. Outdoor seating available. Open Tues through Sun for lunch; Tues to Sun for dinner. Reservations recommended on weekends.
142 Fifth Ave, Pelham
(914) 633-0780; www.bistrorollin.com
Brick-oven pizzas (try the arugula, goat cheese); pastas (squid-ink tagliatelle; orecchiette with fresh ricotta and porcini-pork Bolognese); and mains such as chicken scarpariello, veal osso buco, and pan-seared branzino are served at this 110-seat regional Italian restaurant. WiFi and a large private dining room are available.
Live entertainment Thurs 8 to 11 pm. Open every day for lunch and dinner. Reservations
632 Anderson Hill Rd, Purchase
(914) 481-5811; www.trattoria632.com
The Atrium at Doral Arrowwood
This conference center/hotel restaurant serves buffet-style lunches and à la carte dinners amid verdant views through floor-to-ceiling windows. The Saturday night dinner dance is a popular event. Sun brunch is served at 11:30 am to 1:30 pm, accompanied by live music. Open seven days. Reservations suggested.
975 Anderson Hill Rd, Rye Brook
(914) 935-6600; www.doralarrowwood.com
New American $$$
Chef/owner Kevin Allmashy sources produce locally from Scarsdale’s Ramsey’s Farm, and poultry from Murray’s Chicken in South Fallsburg, New York. Choose from a long list of farm-to-table breakfast items, or, for lunch and dinner, an equally long set of starters, mixed salads, sandwiches, and entrées, the last including herb-roasted chicken, pan-roasted cod, and seafood fra diavolo. Sidewalk seating in warm weather; wine tastings and live jazz on occasion. Open from 8 am to 9 pm Mon to Fri; 10 am to 10 pm Sat; and 10 am to 8 pm Sun.
1096 Wilmot Rd, Scarsdale
(914) 725-1062; www.chefstableny.com
Eastchester Fish Gourmet
Monday is Lobster Night at this casual restaurant serving fresh seafood, including a raw bar with oysters and clams. Popular dishes include fish and chips, Parmesan-crusted cod, grilled branzino, Dover sole, crispy octopus, and soufflé for dessert. Thurs night is Raw Bar night. Reservations requested only for parties of five or more. Dinner every day; lunch on Thurs and Fri only.
837 White Plains Rd, Scarsdale
(914) 725-3450; www.eastchesterfish.com
Executive Chef and Owner Erion Hasko drew influences from “wherever the hot Mediterranean sun touches”—namely Israel, Greece, Albania, Turkey, Southern Italy and France, and Spain—to craft his menu of small plates, salads, and panini. Small plates include arancini (truffle risotto balls, fried quail egg, Parmesan); ceci fritti (fried chickpeas); and gambas a la plancha (shrimp, saffron, spicy aioli). Live music on Sun from 6:30 to 9:30 pm. Open from 11:30 am to 10 pm Mon through Thurs; 11:30 am to 11 pm Fri and Sat; 11:30 am to 9 pm Sun. Closed between 3 and 5 pm every day. Reservations recommended.
11 Boniface Cir, Scarsdale
(914) 723-6900; www.taiimcellar.com
Southern Italian $$$
Enjoy authentic Italian fare from Chef Peter DiNardi at this cozy restaurant. Try chicken Angelina, eggplant Genovese, or Chilean sea bass portofino in a piccata sauce over spinach and topped with rock shrimp. The mostly Italian wine list includes about 200 selections. Open every day for lunch and dinner. Reservations recommended on weekends.
97 Lake Ave, Tuckahoe
(914) 779-7944; www.angelinasoftuckahoe.com
Growlers Beer Bistro
A turn-of-the-century power station is now a beer bar with 17 taps split between locally (New York, Delaware, Pennsylvania) and distantly brewed selections; four bottled beers (from the US and Europe); cask-conditioned ale; and Fentiman’s craft sodas. The menu proffers snacks such as blue-cheese-stuffed prunes wrapped with bacon plus salads, sandwiches, and charcuterie and cheese. Tues is Trivia Night, and on Wed and Sat, there’s live music. Open Sun to Thurs, 12 pm to 12 am; Fri and Sat, 12 pm to 1 am.
25 Main St, Tuckahoe
(914) 793-0608; www.growlersbeerbistro.com
Latin American/Caribbean $$$
This Latin- and Caribbean-style restaurant offers Tapas dishes like Arlen’s Guacamole, Brazilian cheese puffs, sherry-sautéed shrimp, and bite-sized empanadas. Large plates include mole chicken, camarones sofrito, and chimichurri-marinated and grilled hanger steak. Menu contains gluten-free and vegetarian options. Open for lunch and dinner Tues through Fri; dinner Sat and Sun. Reservations recommended.
64 Main St, Tuckahoe
(914) 222 9964; www.mambo64.com
Mambo 64 in Tuckahoe is one of the more sophisticated Latin dining destinations.
This 350-seat restaurant owned by ex-Peter Luger staffers Ben Sinanaj and Benjamin Prelvukaj is a sibling of midtown Manhattan’s Benjamin Steakhouse. Offerings include dry-aged steaks and chops, Chilean sea bass, and a 4-lb jumbo lobster broiled or steamed. Open Tues to Sun for dinner and Sun for brunch and dinner. Reservations recommended.
610 W Hartsdale Ave, White Plains
(914) 428-6868; www.benjaminsteakhouse.com
Brother Jimmy’s BBQ White Plains
You can guess what’s on the menu here—barbecue, in all forms: on salads, “snacks,” platters (combo rib, Carolina pulled pork, sliced biscuit), and, of course, sandwiches. Go for sides like candied yams, fried Brussels sprouts, or traditional cornbread. For brave groups, there’s Jimmy’s Pig Pick for Four, which offers your choice of meat with four sides and cornbread. Catering and private event space available. Open 11:30 am to 10 pm Sun to Thurs, 11:30 am to 11 pm Fri and Sat.
147 Mamaroneck Ave, White Plains
(914) 358-4881; www.brotherjimmys.com
City Limits Diner
Traditional American $$
The diner’s menu offers a broad selection of dishes: Oriental chicken salad, grilled salmon sandwich, and homemade desserts and breads. A selection of gourmet pizzas ($12 to $14) are also on the menu at White Plains including roasted mushroom, truffle Pecorino, Parmesan, and truffle oil. White Plains also has an expanded bar/lounge section where at 9 pm daily glasses of wine or draft beer are $4, cocktails at the bar are $7, and all apps are 25 percent off. Open daily for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
200 Central Ave, White Plains
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Emma’s Ale House
Comfort American $$$
Among the entrées on this neighborhood pub’s menu: brick chicken, braised short ribs, and sesame-crusted ahi tuna. For dessert, try the famous Krispy Kreme bread pudding. A large assortment of craft brews are offered; bottles of wine are half price on Mon. Emma’s is a Certified Green Restaurant. Open daily for lunch and dinner; brunch on Sat and Sun. Reservations suggested.
68 Gedney Way, White Plains
(914) 683-3662; www.emmasalehouse.com
42 The Restaurant
New American $$$$
Atop The Ritz-Carlton, Westchester on the 42nd floor, is this Anthony Goncalves-helmed restaurant offering sophisticated American fare with Iberian influences such as halibut with Japanese yams, Portuguese fried chicken, and pan-roasted duck breast and duck leg confit. Wine Director Ernani Silva oversees a 3,600-bottle wine cellar. Dinner only Mon to Sat (closed Mon March to September). Reservations recommended.
The Ritz-Carlton, Westchester, 1 Renaissance Sq, White Plains
(914) 761-4242; www.42therestaurant.com
An Argentinian steakhouse that also serves Italian specialties in a spacious downtown White Plains location. Entrées to try: homemade gnocchi and broccoli rabe pesto, almond-crusted tilapia, Argentinian mixed grill, and grilled colossal shrimp. A three-course, $19 prix fixe and a wine and tapas menu are also available. Open every day for lunch and dinner, plus brunch on Sun.
1 N Broadway, White Plains
(914) 437-9966; www.gauchogrillnewyork.com
Lazy Boy Saloon
This alehouse is beer heaven with more than 500 craft beers offered. A full menu of burgers, top-notch wings, jumbo salads, thin-crust grilled pizzas, and specialty sandwiches are offered. Live music on Wed and Fri. Open late every day.
154 Mamaroneck Ave, White Plains
(914) 761-0272; www.lazyboysaloon.com
Dumplings, noodle soup bowls, stir-fried noodles, and rice bowls are on the menu. Basil noodle, roast duck and shrimp wonton soup, and yellow curry rice bowl are dishes to sample. Most items are less than $13. An $8.95 lunch special (drink, salad, app, and entrée) is available every day except holidays. Noodle+ delivers within a five-mile radius. Open every day for lunch and dinner.
245 Main St, White Plains
(914) 948-4950; www.noodle-plus.com
Royal Palace Indian Restaurant
This 300-seat restaurant serves traditional Indian cuisine using fresh ingredients. Favorites include baingan bharta (baked eggplant sautéed with onions, tomatoes, and peas); chicken malai kebab (chicken kebab marinated with ginger, cheese, and spices); lamb vindaloo (chunks of lamb and potato cooked with red chilies, ginger, garlic, cumin, and vinegar-based masala); and fish madras curry (made with freshly ground herbs). Open seven days a week for lunch and dinner. Sun brunch is also offered. Discover card not accepted.
77 Knollwood Rd, White Plains
(914) 289-1988; www.royalpalacecuisines.com
Sushi master Yoshimichi Takeda (Nobu, Masa) and his artful, exacting cuts of pristine fish take center stage at this tiny but superb restaurant. Try the omakase ($85), which includes three appetizers, a broiled fish, sushi, and dessert. Lunch and dinner every day except Mon, Tues, Wed.
522 Mamaroneck Ave, White Plains
(914) 285-5351; www.sushinanase.com
The Travelers Club
This 100+ seat restaurant, with views of the runway at Westchester County Airport, features an Italian/Mediterranean-influenced menu with dishes like house-made gnocchi, lobster pappardelle, veal Milanese, and New Zealand lamb chops in a red wine reduction. Free valet parking is available. Open every day for lunch and dinner; brunch on Sun.
Westchester County Airport, 240 Airport Rd, White Plains
(914) 437-7650 ext 1; www.travelersclubwestchester.com
Tre Angelina Ristorante
Northern Italian $$$
This cozy, white-tablecloth Northern Italian restaurant offers chicken scarpiello, double cut veal chop, shrimp in garlic basil over fettuccine and filet of sole with toasted almonds. Reservations recommended. Closed Sun (except for private parties).
478 Mamaroneck Ave, White Plains
(914) 686-0617; www.treangelina.com
Turkish Cuisine Westchester
Apo Kilic, formerly co-owner of Turkish Meze in Mamaroneck, has opened this counter-style, bargain Turkish eatery. Chicken gyros, lamb and beef kebabs, and stuffed cabbage are dishes to try. Open daily for lunch and dinner. Reservations accepted.
116 Mamaroneck Ave, White Plains
(914) 683-6111; www.turkishcuisineny.com