20 New Fabulous Restaurants in Westchester

Where to see, be seen, and get your eat on in 2010



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Frankie and Fanucci’s Wood Oven Pizzeria
202 E Hartsdale Ave, Hartsdale
(914) 725-8400

This neighborhood pizzeria occupies the space previously inhabited by the much-lamented Lia’s, and—thanks to a pre-existing wood-fired oven—cranks some of Westchester’s favorite pies. Look for a thin, Neapolitan crust studded with soft, white fior de latte cheese, crisped in a rocket-hot 800°F oven until perfect—charred, bubbling, and lightly wood-scented.

And the folks at Frankie and Fanucci’s don’t waste that precious fuel between pies. Look for wood-baked little clams stuffed with breadcrumbs, as well as crisp panini of wood-roasted chicken.

Turkish Cuisine of Westchester
116 Mamaroneck Ave, White Plains
(914) 683-6111

Sure, you late-night revelers can stick with your nasty burgers and slices—but we know where we’re going to be after our next long night on the town. This small Mamaroneck Avenue Turkish restaurant offers greaseless, fluffy felafels—which make the perfect drinking snack paired with samplers of pita-paired dips—until 3 am on weekends. Though we confess, we’ll stop here at any time for kebabs and buttery baba ghanoush, hummus, and lebni.

Shiraz’s interior may be ho-hum. but the Persian fare is anything but.

 

Shiraz
81 E Main St, Elmsford
(914) 345-6111

This stellar Persian restaurant in Elmsford won a three-star rave from this magazine’s reviewers Marge Perry and David Bonom, who note that its nondescript digs hide a seriously fabulous kitchen. Hits include smoky, chunky, kashk-e-bademjan, an eggplant dip topped with a big pile of caramelized shallots, and an unforgettable boorani-e-spinach—garlicky sautéed spinach capped by fantastically rich homemade yogurt.

Shiraz’s moist Cornish hen kebab is served with barberry rice.

 

 

If you can survive past the starters—most are rich dips served with buttery naans—mains stress stick-to-the-ribs kebabs, and come with barberry rice. Look for chunks of Cornish hen on the bone, and flavor-soaked filet mignon—though moist chicken-breast kebabs are fabulous, thanks to saffron and other spices. P.S.: If you dare to try to pronounce it, don’t miss the koobideh—it’s a spiced ground-meat kebab as mouthwatering as the menu describes.

 

Black Cat Café
45 Main St, Irvington
(914) 231-9060

Fair-trade coffee and healthy, seasonal fare set this cozy Wi-Fi enabled space apart from Starbucks saturation; its 19 seats are often filled with locals who come for tasty wraps, panini, and fabulous quiches. Expect loads of nutritious soups, like Black Cat’s signature velvet mushroom and fortifying carrot, ginger and artichoke—but, sadly, the crowd often lingers through coffee and dessert, which are baked in-house by Chef Emily Feliciano. Come early for a seat (this mostly-lunch spot closes down at six or eight, depending on the night)—though many savvy scenesters simply drop by the counter for healthy take-home dinners.

{Let’s Do Lunch}

Melt Sandwich Shop
277 Mamaroneck Ave, White Plains
(914) 358-1364

The swiftly moving line says it all at this lunch-centric Mamaroneck Avenue sandwich shop, where 1 pm means a queue that can snake right out the door. They’re here for gooey pressed sandwiches made from house-roasted and brined meats (including Cuban pork, porchetta, and pastrami), which get slapped onto tasty breads and then showered with blankets of cheese. After a thorough hot pressing, the paper-wrapped perfection is delivered piping hot—and we defy you not to crack this sucker open within 45 seconds of plonking down your bills. Our favorite? A lush Reuben made with house-corned and brined beef, where the tart sting of sauerkraut and pickles is softened by the lush whiteness of melted Swiss.

Julia Sexton, omnivore, is a restaurant critic, food writer, and blogger (check out Eater at westchestermagazine.com). Her ideal, multi-course meal is resplendent with Champagne, oysters, salumi, and marrowbones...yet still gets her home in time to watch Mad Men.

 

 

 

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