Westchester Food Lover's A to Z Guide
Let your fingers do the walking with our up-to-date dining and drinking guide.
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Port Chester’s modest, flat-screen dominated, lino-clad nook is revered among foodies for stick-to-your ribs Colombian comfort food. Yet, while arepas con carne desmechada—think Colombian-style pulled pork—beckon, it’s the beef empanadas at Asi that keep us coming back for more. These soulful, house-made beef pastries are fried to order, with a crisp, deliciously greasy corn crust that yields an onion-y, potato-y filling. Hot and hearty, it’s heaven in a meat pie—and all for just $1.25 each.
➤ Asi Es Colombia Bakery and Restaurant
174 N Main St, Port Chester (914) 934-7675
Frugal Fish and Chips
Okay…get over it. It’s deep-fried fish and potatoes, and there isn’t even a table at which you can sit. Yet, despite its challenges, this family-owned fish-fry has fans raving about never-frozen, fried-to-order whiting fillets clothed in a clean-tasting, bread-crumb coating. Grab an order to go—complete with dips of creamy tartar sauce—and make your way over to the Hudson Riverside. It’s a seafood feast with a glorious water view, and all for only six-and-a-half clams.
➤ Lonnie’s Fish and Chips
172 N Highland Ave, Ossining (914) 432-7260
Glamorous Golden Tomato Gazpacho With Lobster
Iron Horse Grill’s chef/owner Phil McGrath serves up a summer vacation in a bowl with this cooling nod to August’s bounty that begins with roasted golden tomatoes. For luxury—and a bit of protein—he adds chunks of juicy lobster, making this sippable, summery sojourn one of our favorite edible staycations.
➤ Iron Horse Grill
20 Wheeler Ave Pleasantville (914) 741-0717
Historic Hot Dogs
At the risk of stating the obvious, we’ll keep it succinct. Walter’s. 1928. Chinese-style roadside architecture. Greasy, buttery, split-and-griddled weenies. Icon. Be prepared to wait…and give up on the calorie-count: calculators don’t go that high.
➤ Walter’s Hot Dogs
937 Palmer Ave, Mamaroneck
Cheapskate gourmets unite for Bengal Tiger’s ode to subcontinental excess. This mile-long, ever-changing lunch buffet of biryanis, tikka masalas, dosas, naans, and kulchas wins our hearts for a good-value feast. And lest you think that we’re blinded by a bargain, foodies take note: Bengal Tiger has been Westchester’s go-to Indian since 1975, and it’s still the short-odds favorite.
➤ Bengal Tiger
144 E Post Rd, White Plains (914) 948-5191