With temperatures suddenly plummeting, I find myself turning to my comfort food of choice: Asian noodle soups. This was a problem a few years ago, when Westchester restaurants that offered noodle soups were few and far between, but today there are plenty of authentic and delicious choices. I recently went on a little food tour to find the best that Westchester has to offer.
Tonkotsu Ramen at Ramensque
A foodie friend recently recommended to me the ramen at Ramenesque, with locations in Thornwood and Peekskill. The tonkotsu ramen, a spiced pork bone soup with a swirl of black garlic, looked and smelled fantastic, but I found that the broth was not as rich as it is at my favorite Westchester ramen place, Fuji Mart Ramen Q’s in Scarsdale. Ramenesque has a great, family-friendly ambience, however, and there’s so much more than just ramen on the menu, including all sorts of Japanese and Korean dishes (gluten-free options are even available), so we’ll be back to sample other items.
14 Marble Avenue, Thornwood, 914-741-5100
1008 Main Street, Peekskill, 914-930-1788
Beef Pho at Dumpling + Noodle
When Saigonese opened in Hartsdale a few years ago, it was literally the only place selling pho in the entire county. Now you can also find it at Dumpling + Noodle in Bronxville, a cute little space on Palmer Avenue. The restaurant tries to do it all, offering just about all the popular Pan-Asian dishes you can think of. We tried the miso ramen, tom yum noodle soup and beef pho, and found the latter to be the best of the three. The brisket is a little too well done for my taste, but the broth is tasty and the noodles are very tender. Bonus points go to this restaurant for its wide selection of Asian drinks, which range from Thai iced tea to bubble tea.
26 Palmer Avenue, Bronxville, 914-779-0902
Soondubu with Kalguksu Noodles at So Gong Dong
It’s hard to find authentic Korean food in Westchester. I’m a bit snobby about it because my husband is Korean-American and I’m used to eating his mother’s delicious cooking. But So Gong Dong in Hartsdale is the real deal. You can come for the Korean barbecue or bibimbop, but what this place specializes in is soondubu, a spicy tofu soup. Opt to add in the chewy kalguksu noodles and you’ve got yourself a bowl of fiery goodness. My kids can’t tolerate the heat, so they get the plain version (not a drop of spice), which is also excellent. In my book, So Gong Dong wins the battle of the Westchester noodle soups. It’s probably where you’ll find me slurping away all winter long.
411 N. Central Avenue, Hartsdale, 914-397-1790