Central Park Avenue is our go-to for a variety of Asian eats, and with the opening of two new restaurants there this year, we’ve been heading there a lot!
It was big news when Saignonese opened in Hartsdale a couple of years ago, as it was literally the only Vietnamese restaurant in all of Westchester at the time. But now there’s a new show in town, and it’s probably giving Saigonese a run for its money – Vietnam’s Central is dishing out authentic, flavorful dishes that include more than just pho. In fact, pho encompasses only a small section of the menu. More popular are items like grilled steak and beef carpaccio (although I still get the pho, pictured above, which is absolutely delicious). Last time we visited, we saw a couple trying the DIY summer rolls; the owner shows you how to roll your own at the table. We’ll definitely be ordering that next time! 694 Central Park Avenue, Scarsdale
Some of Westchester’s finest restaurants are tucked away unassuming strip malls, and O Mandarin is definitely one of these places. Situated in the same mall as H Mart, it looks like a casual Chinese restaurant from the outside, but walk in and you’re suddenly transported to an ambiance that rivals upscale dining in Brooklyn or Manhattan. Think Wuji before it shut down, but less austere. The Sichuan-style cuisine is more approachable as well, with old favorites such as scallion pancakes presented in unexpected ways. Where Wuji failed in Westchester, I think O Mandarin will succeed. It’s got the same level of presentation and quality, but you’ll spend less and get more. Pro-tip: If you’ve got your eye on a dish but the menu indicates it’s very spicy, ask for it with no spice so the kids can eat it, too! 361 Central Park Avenue, Hartsdale