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Westchester Dining News You Need to Know in April

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Photo courtesy of Hand Held Kitchen

A plant-based eatery in Rye Brook, an Indo-Mediterranean restaurant in White Plains, a Cajun hotspot in Mount Kisco, and more make the month delicious.

Considering the bread and pickles are house-made, and ingredients are sourced from small Hudson Valley farms, the sandwiches at the new food truck Hand Held Kitchen (914.400.8351; www.handheldkitchen.com ) are likely to be something special. Among the offerings: a Cubano; BLT with pesto aioli; roasted beet with goat cheese and balsamic mayo on ciabatta (pictured above); and a steak sandwich with roasted red peppers and Peruvian aji verde sauce.

Green & Tonic (15c Rye Ridge Plz, Rye Brook; 914.305.4525; www.greenandtonic.com ), a counter-service plant-based eatery serving breakfast and lunch items including toasts, salads, wraps, grain bowls, cold-pressed juices, superfood smoothies, and tinctures and tonics, has opened in the space that once housed Organic Pharmer.

The dishes at Anar Indo-Mediterranean Restaurant (98 E Post Rd, White Plains; 914.437.9596; www.anarwhiteplains.com ) feature the flavors of Southern India, Mediterranean cuisines, and any overlaps. Expect falafel, shawarma, clay-oven specialties, kabobs, curries, and more.

Mount Kisco will be the location of the first Shaking Crab (220 Main St; 914.218.3562; www.shakingcrab.com/mtkisco ) in the county. The chain offers Cajun-style seafood such as lobster, shrimp, mussels, and more, shaken up with myriad spice blends and several sauces. Bib and gloves provided as things can get messy.

Mount Vernon’s near 25-year-old bakery Fleetwood Pastry Shop (www.westchestercakes.com ) has opened its second location in the space that previously housed Pleasantville Bakery and Café (57 Wheeler Ave; 914.773.2014).

Café Brazil has closed and, in its place, scheduled to open sometime this spring is Leftovers Artisan Cuisine (41 N Main St, Port Chester).

Salsa Picante Mexican Restaurant in Port Chester (www.salsapicantemex.com ) is opening a second location in the space that formerly housed Esposito’s Ristorante & Pizzeria (359 Mamaroneck Ave, White Plains).

Westchester County Tourism & Film has launched Dine On Westchester (www.visitwestchesterny.com/things-to-do/dining/dine-on ), a county restaurant database searchable by five regions and by service options: takeout, curbside pickup, delivery, outdoor dining, etc. It also enables restaurateurs to highlight health and safety measures. Approximately 50 restaurants had signed up by press time.

Photo courtesy of Angry Orchard

Orange County-based cidery Angry Orchard (Walden; 845.713.5180; www.angryorchard.com ) debuted a national delivery Cider Club for 2021, featuring a curated package of 3 small-batch ciders including new or early releases, current/recurring favorites, and vintage offerings.