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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Snail-Approved Slow Food
Ever since Slow Food International set out to eradicate fast food, its snail logo endorsement has been a byword for culinary craftsmanship. But while many of the The Slow Food Guide to New York City inclusions feel like a mockery of the Italian original, farm-to-table icons like Blue Hill at Stone Barns demonstrate that even burger-happy Americans can Go Slow. When not foraging for your dinner, James Beard Award darling Chef Dan Barber (winner of 2009’s Outstanding Chef Award) is the soft-spoken figurehead for a movement in which politics and food unite.
➤ Blue Hill at Stone Barns
630 Bedford Rd, Pocantico Hills (914) 366-9600
It’s a fact: influxes of immigrants always improve food culture, and with a growing population of native Mexicanos, Westchester’s taco scene is hopping. While juicy carnitas tacos draw fans to Port Chester’s Los Gemellas Restaurant and Tortillera, we’re smitten by the al pastor available at New Rochelle’s Little Mexican Café. Imagine spice-slathered fillets of pork, slowly roasted under a dripping pineapple, then sliced into peppery red chunks, and rolled in a tender corn tortilla with diced onion and crisp cilantro. All you need now is a cool cerveza and perhaps an action-packed Robert Rodriguez flick.
➤ Little Mexican Café
581 Main St, New Rochelle (914) 636-3926
Ultimate Nebayaki Udon
Thick, meaty-textured, and bouncy, Sushi Mike’s udon noodles are our idea of comfort food, in which slurping is a necessity, and splashes only collateral damage. Think simmering dashi in an earthenware crockpot, piled with noodles, shrimp, chicken, vegetables, plus a gently poaching raw egg. Momofuku’s ramen might be more famous, but Mike’s nabeyaki udon whispers seduction: we’ll brave his Dobbs Ferry crowds whenever we need a warming hug.
➤ Sushi Mike’s
146 Main St, Dobbs Ferry (914) 591-0054
Chef Anthony Goncalves broke hearts when he suspended his beloved Trotters, but the move only made way for two fabulous new venues. Goncalves’s Peniche cranks out tapas and jamón, while 42 slings chic haute cuisine, matched with killer views. From caviar to kampachi, 42’s high-flying menu is meant to stun—and though the top of the Ritz-Carlton, Westchester, location (with Sound-to-Hudson panoramas) amps up the glamour, recent Trotters inclusions seduce stalwart mourners.
Ritz Carlton, Westchester, 1 Renaissance Sq, White Plains (914) 761-4242