480 Westchester Ave, Port Chester
(914) 939-8889; www.thesichuanpavilion.com
If you want to move beyond the standard greasy and cheap food that characterizes 95 percent of Chinese restaurants, come to this small eatery where serious thought is given to ingredient quality and dish preparation. Try any of the dumplings, the General Chan’s chicken (dark meat, though white is available), orange beef, shredded beef, Shanghai surf and turf, or prawns with chili sauce, and you will become a devotee. And there’s an under-$10 lunch special Tuesday to Friday to assuage any cheapos warded off by the higher-than-average prices.