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New to Mount Kisco, need the lay of the land

Another update...

Tried Rocky's Deli in Millwood, got the Untouchable (chicken cutlet, grilled proscuitto, fresh mozzarella). Pretty good, but didn't blow me away. Some of the other sandwiches look interesting, any must-gets? It looks like if you don't get something with chicken, it's pretty much just Boar's Head all the way, which doesn't interest me as much.

The best sandwich I've gotten around here so far was the porchetta and broccoli rabe hero at A&S at the Route 117/128 intersection. Very tasty, and a lot of their other sandwiches look good as well.

Tried a slice at Gianfranco's in Bedford Hills, pretty mediocre. However, the slices at Mario's (at the MK Metro-North train station) were very good. Best tasting crust out of all the slice joints in the area, if it was just a little less saggy, it would be perfect. They also have Foxon Park sodas, a New Haven pizzeria staple! Saw they had a clam pie on their menu, any chance it could rival the one at Pepe's? One can hope...

Jul 05, 2014
kdgchow in New York State (exc. NYC)

New to Mount Kisco, need the lay of the land

Oh, and if you're a beer nut and haven't checked out the DeCicco's in Armonk yet, run, don't walk. Fantastic selection on two floors, plus a beer bar that fills growlers, at extremely reasonable prices, IMO. I went to a Brooklyn Brewery tasting there a couple of weeks ago and it was terrific.

Jun 05, 2014
kdgchow in New York State (exc. NYC)

New to Mount Kisco, need the lay of the land

Wanted to keep this thread going with an update.

Tried Bedford Bagel and Bakery on Sunday. Pretty good, their bagels definitely look and taste more like bagels than the inner tubes that masquerade as bagels at most other places.

Gerardo's is the best pizza I've tried in Mount Kisco so far.The regular slices are solid and the grandma slices are very good. How's the rest of the menu - pastas, heros, etc.? Basilico on Lexington Avenue was eh, on the level of Bellizzi. I was also a little disappointed with Via Vanti, definitely more flatbread than pizza, and pricey. How is their non-pizza fare?

Turco's in Yorktown is very good, I usually rotate my shopping between them and DeCicco's in Armonk, depending on who has the better sales.

My wife liked Mt. Kisco Wines and Spirits in the A&P Plaza, said it reminded her of Vino 100 in White Plains, only larger.

Also tried Salsa Fresca - the one in Yorktown Heights - definitely a Chipotle clone. It's ok, but for that type of food, I'd rather go to Tijuana in downtown MK.

Little Crepe Street is fast becoming a semi-regular weekend brunch spot. And I have to say that for a diner, the recently-remodeled Mount Kisco Coach Diner is pretty damn good.

Jun 03, 2014
kdgchow in New York State (exc. NYC)

New to Mount Kisco, need the lay of the land

Is that Bedford Bagel & Bakery? Will have to buy some there and confirm.

May 04, 2014
kdgchow in New York State (exc. NYC)

BGR IN MT KISCO CLSD

It's in Pleasantville. Pretty good stuff, and good for kids: http://www.ponyexpresstogo.com/

I think they recently moved into expanded digs.

May 04, 2014
kdgchow in New York State (exc. NYC)

New to Mount Kisco, need the lay of the land

BTW, I'm assuming it's pretty much a lost cause for good Chinese food around here? Back when I lived in White Plains, at least I had Imperial Wok and Aberdeen nearby.

May 03, 2014
kdgchow in New York State (exc. NYC)

New to Mount Kisco, need the lay of the land

Tried Lefteris with my 2-year-old and was pleasantly surprised - it's much better than the original branch in Tarrytown, which stinks, IMO. It was also packed on an early Sunday evening, maybe the turnover helps.

Got some nova and sable from Mt. Kisco Smokehouse for a party we were hosting and while it was pricey, it was very good, especially the sable. And wherever they get their bagels from, they're good, better than the ones from Mount Kisco Bagel Co., which I thought were disappointing.

May 03, 2014
kdgchow in New York State (exc. NYC)

salsa fresca-mamaroneck

Is it better than Pancheros? Went to the White Plains one when it opened, now THAT was a weak Chipotle clone. And I'm not even wild about Chipotle.

May 03, 2014
kdgchow in New York State (exc. NYC)

New to Mount Kisco, need the lay of the land

Thanks for all the recs, everyone! Will have to check out Rincon Santaneco and the Smokehouse ASAP.

Apr 26, 2014
kdgchow in New York State (exc. NYC)

New to Mount Kisco, need the lay of the land

Just moved to Mount Kisco and have only started exploring its food options. So far, I've sampled Little Kebab Station (very good), Village Social (ditto), Azteca (ok) and Bellizzi (ok, good for kids).

What are some other places worth checking out? There are a bunch of Mexican/Central American places in town, any highlights? How about food stores/bakeries/wine and liquor shops, etc.? Now that I no longer have easy access to Fairway, the Mt. Kisco Smokehouse looks interesting, any reports?

Also, anything in the immediate surrounding areas (Bedford Hills, Katonah, Yorktown Heights, etc.) worth checking out?

Apr 23, 2014
kdgchow in New York State (exc. NYC)

the original pancake house (white plains)

Eagerly awaiting the opening as well. I go to the ones in the Detroit burbs at least once while visiting my in-laws, it's way better than IHOP. Hopefully, the crowds aren't as insane for the White Plains one as they are for the ones in Michigan - if you don't show up before 9 a.m. on a weekend, you're waiting an hour-plus for a table!

Apr 11, 2014
kdgchow in New York State (exc. NYC)

Lazy Boy Saloon and Lazy Boy Lounge - White Plains

Hadn't heard that. It would be a big shame if it was replaced. Not only does the beer selection elevate it above all the other pubs on Mamaroneck Avenue, it's also the only pub on the strip that doesn't feel like a meat market on the weekends and summer evenings. It's decent for bar food as well, certainly better food than places like The Black Bear.

Apr 07, 2014
kdgchow in New York State (exc. NYC)

In White Plains...

I go to the OPH at least once every time I visit my in-laws in the Detroit burbs. It might be IHOP/Denny's-like, but it is MUCH better. It's actually one chain restaurant I don't mind coming to WP. That German pancake - and its smaller cousin, the Dutch Baby - is terrific.

Dec 10, 2013
kdgchow in New York State (exc. NYC)

Red Plum - White Plains

In Port Chester, Tortilleria Los Gemelos is great for Mexican, and I like Asi Es Colombia Bakery for arepas and such. I know Tarry Lodge gets mixed reviews on CH, but I've had both lunch and dinner there and thought it was very good both times.

In Mamaroneck, Sal's is good for a solid slice of NY-style pizza, regular or sicilian. Certainly better than the slice joints I've tried in White Plains. Turkish Kitchen is also very good.

Nov 22, 2013
kdgchow in New York State (exc. NYC)

Red Plum - White Plains

Don't know about the parking situation - yeah, it sucks, but I don't think it'd be a deal breaker if there were a better selection of restaurants. You bring up a good point about the bars and pubs, and there's little variety in those places as well! Aside from the Lazy Boy and its excellent beer selection, it's pretty difficult to distinguish one Mamaroneck Avenue-area pub from another.

Nov 09, 2013
kdgchow in New York State (exc. NYC)

Red Plum - White Plains

Not only that, another Asian fusion place - which I increasingly believe is just a way to sell sweet, gloppy Chinese-American food at higher prices. That must be at least four fusion places within two blocks of each other - they're becoming as ubiquitous as the pubs.

On a broader note, having lived in WP for 4 years now, I have to say this: the restaurant scene here stinks. For a city this size, it's embarrassing that smaller places in Westchester like Port Chester, Mamaroneck, even Dobbs Ferry, have a more varied and interesting restaurant scene. What's the biggest reason? Is it because WP is such a government, 9-5 town? Is it the mall-ification of downtown?

Nov 08, 2013
kdgchow in New York State (exc. NYC)
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Chinese food in lower Westchester?

I ordered from there a few weeks ago, the Sichuan food - dan dan noodles, braised beef - seemed as good as ever.

Oct 29, 2013
kdgchow in New York State (exc. NYC)

Best noodle soups in Union Square area?

With the weather turning chilly, thoughts turn to noodle soups for a work lunch - hot, flavorful broths, chewy, springy noodles, the whole schmear. Unfortunately, I work in Union Square, not Chinatown.

What are the best noodIe soups within a 5-10 minute walking radius of the square? I know Republic has them, but the dry noodle dishes I've had there were mediocre - are any of the soups any better? How are the noodle soups at Laut - any particular recommendations? Any other candidates in the neighborhood?

Oct 24, 2013
kdgchow in Manhattan

Mulberry Street - White Plains - Closed

Ditto. Mediocre Italian-American food you could get anywhere else in WP, and overpriced to boot.

Aug 23, 2013
kdgchow in New York State (exc. NYC)

Lower Westchester--Sesame Noodle Quest

While not sesame noodles per se, I think the Szechuan cold noodles on the Sichuan menu at Imperial Wok in North White Plains are pretty good.

Jul 11, 2013
kdgchow in New York State (exc. NYC)

Spicy & Tasty baby-friendly?

I've been to Spicy & Tasty plenty of times, yet have never remembered seeing any babies/toddlers there. Was thinking about heading there for a Father's Day lunch with my 14-month old son after hitting the Queens Botanical Garden - do they have high chairs available? Not necessarily worried about finding him food to eat there, we can bring his own.

If not, any other Flushing spots that would be baby-friendly, and are at least as reasonably spacious as S&T?

Jun 14, 2013
kdgchow in Outer Boroughs

In search of proper ice-cream sundaes in Westchester

They also sell Longford's at Sweet Anniez on Mamaroneck Avenue in White Plains - although they used to make their own.

Jun 13, 2013
kdgchow in New York State (exc. NYC)

Westchester Burger

Brazen Fox is good, but as far as the best pure burger among the Mamaroneck Avenue pubs, I'm going to have to go with Porter House.

Mar 30, 2013
kdgchow in New York State (exc. NYC)

Talenti Gelato

I'd try Fairway, I know they carry a wide stock of Talenti gelato flavors.

Mar 23, 2013
kdgchow in Manhattan

Westchester Burger

I went to the WBC in White Plains and thought my burger was pretty good - at least, on par with the burgers you can get at the pubs on Mamaroneck Avenue.

Underseasoned burgers are a reason I never go to Five Guys - they put plenty of salt on their fries, but apparently never thought to put even a dash of salt on their burgers.

Speaking of the Piper's Kilt, do they have a decent veggie burger on the menu, or at least, some decent veggie sandwich options? I'd love to try their regular burger, but my wife is vegetarian.

Mar 22, 2013
kdgchow in New York State (exc. NYC)

Restaurants near The Westchester in White Plains?

If you're up for Indian, there's Taj Palace on South Broadway between Post Road and Maple Avenue, right across the street from Westchester Pavilion. Everything I've had there - vegetarian and non-vegetarian - has been good to very good.

As far as any restaurants closer to downtown, a lot of them are participating in Restaurant Week, so it may be tough to snag a table on short notice.

Mar 22, 2013
kdgchow in New York State (exc. NYC)

Cholula's Deli: Best Mexican in Tristate Area

High praise indeed, will definitely have to check that place out since it's so close to me. How much sampling of its antojitos did you do? Anything stand out there?

BTW, have hit Veracruz on Post Road just south of Lexington Avenue a few times recently and one dish I've particularly liked is their chilaquiles. Their green sauce is pretty spicy - I can only imagine that their red sauce is fiery - and I got it topped with their carnitas, which was fork-tender. Only thing was, I had to eat it quickly before the tortillas got soggy. It cost $12, but could easily feed two.

Mar 14, 2013
kdgchow in New York State (exc. NYC)

Mighty Quinn's BBQ

Recently had a sampling of stuff at a birthday party. While the pulled pork was very good and spare ribs were terrific - great, peppery rub - I thought the beef offerings were what really shone.

The brisket was outstanding: smoky and juicy with a great bark. And the beef rib...wow. Unbelievably tender and had a great charred flavor, not to the point where all you could taste is burned meat. Definitely matches the beef rib at Daisy Mae's, it might even exceed it..

Mar 09, 2013
kdgchow in Manhattan

Westchester Red-Sauce Roundup: What's good, what's bad?

Ate here a few months ago, but wanted to put in a plug for Casa Rina in Thornwood. Had a very good chicken scarpariello on the bone and thought the cubes of parmesan cheese and olives they provided with bread beforehand was a nice touch.

Portions are large, too, you definitely get your money's worth.

Feb 23, 2013
kdgchow in New York State (exc. NYC)

Groupon Restaurant Craze

Unfortunately, we didn't get to use it before it expired. At least it still has the cash value so it's not completely wasted when we do eventually get to 42.

Feb 11, 2013
kdgchow in New York State (exc. NYC)