Around the World in Westchester Restaurants: No Passport Required

by Katie Schlientz
chutney masala irvington

I have to admit, I hate the word “staycation.” Clever way of putting two concepts together (I’m guilty of doing it all the time), but I just don’t feel like you need a vacation—or an excuse—to take advantage of the things going on in your backyard. (Stepping off the soapbox now…)

It always feels like there is plenty to do in and around the county that you can turn into an all day excursion. While I understand the motivation behind planning a budget-friendly trip that doesn’t require a passport, you don’t have to travel far to get a taste of countries around the world. You just have to find the Westchester restaurants that have a little character and authenticity…

 

India

Place to go: Chutney Masala in Irvington

What to order:

  • Dahi aloo paapdi: an appetizer of semolina crisps, savory yogurt, spiced potato and chickpeas and tangy chutneys
  • Tandoori chicken in Masala sauce
  • Mango lassi

{IntoxiKate Tip!}

Love nan? Try the sweet version. Chutney Masala has a version stuffed with nuts and coconut.

Details: 4 West Main St., Irvington, 914-591-5500, chutneymasalabistro.com

 

Puerto Rico

Place to go: Don Coqui in White Plains (Also in New Rochelle)

What to order:

  • Empanadas
  • Pernil (roasted pork) with yellow rice and black bean sauce (Come hungry!)
  • Paella (shrimp, clams, mussels, lobster, chicken, chorizo, calamari)

{IntoxiKate Tip!}

Swing by Thursday and Friday for some great salsa music!

Details: 105 Mamaroneck Ave., White Plains, 914-576-7676, doncoqui.tv 

 

France

Where to go: Le Jardin du Roi in Chappaqua

What to order:

  • Mussels and fries
  • Half chicken marinated in mustard
  • Duck breast flambéed in honey

{IntoxiKate Tip!}

Keep your eyes open! Vanessa Williams has been spotted there!

Details: 95 King St., Chappaqua, 914-238-1368, lejardinchappaqua.com

ichiro sushi

Japan

Where to go: Haiku in Bronxville

What to order:

  • Shumai
  • Passion Roll (spicy tuna, salmon, yellowtail, caviar, seaweed, avocado)
  • Szechuan crispy shredded beef

{IntoxiKate Tip!}

Although it’s listed as an appetizer, the chicken lettuce wraps, made with pine nuts, is the perfect portion for lunch!

Details: 56 Pondfield Rd., Bronxville, 914-337-5601, haikuasianbistro.com

 

Ireland

Where to go: Eileen’s Country Kitchen in Yonkers

What to order: 

  • Shepherd’s Pie
  • Irish breakfast with blood sausage
  • Soda Bread

Details: 964 McLean Ave., Yonkers, 914-776-2001

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