Among the many options along Mamaroneck Avenue in Mamaroneck, Red Plum stands out. The pleasure of watching master Hibachi chefs prepare their steak and seafood dishes over an open flame never gets old.
For a very high-end Asian experience, Haiku in White Plains offers a modern and polished setting; you can even linger around after dinner and spend some time in the stylish lounge. Haiku is a fusion of Thai, Chinese, Japanese, and Malaysian foods, which I like, because you can have a sampling of many different styles all in one spot.
Also in White Plains is Sushi Nanase, which is a more traditional take on Japanese fare. Chef and owner Yoshimichi Takeda actually makes his own soy sauce. The restaurant is rather small, with only a handful of tables and a sushi bar, so don’t even think about trying to get in without a reservation. But you will not be disappointed, because the sushi just might be the freshest and best in all ofâ€„Westchester County.
For no other reason than I’m really craving Thai food, my choice for this category is Reka’s Thai Restaurant in White Plains. I order the tom kha gai, which is an aromatic coconut cream soup seasoned with chicken, lemon grass, kaffir lime leaves, and galangal roots. For an entrée, I get the gai pad khing, which is sautéed, sliced chicken breast with fresh ginger, onions, celeries, and mushrooms in a light bean sauce. The taste, in a word, is unparalleled. I don’t opt for a specialty drink (even though they sound yummy) because I’m more excited about ordering a rich and creamy Thai iced tea. To top it all off, Reka intrigues me by mentioning her purple rice dessert served with coconut milk—somehow I find room to finish every last morsel.