The October Dining Updates to Note in Westchester

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A Cuban cafe in Hartsdale, Mediterranean dishes in Hawthorne, and more make the month delicious in Westchester.

In the space that previously held Kyo Sushi is Matanzas Cuban Cafe (17 E Hartsdale Ave, Hartsdale; 516.621.5130; matanzascubancafe.com). Owner Annarella Hernandez, a Yonkers resident, attempts to capture the essence of the sun-soaked streets of Havana with a menu of classic dishes including fried green plantains with mojo (garlic sauce); fries loaded with fried, shredded flank steak, onion, and mojo; medianoche (slow-cooked roasted pork, ham, Swiss, pickles, and mustard pressed on sweet Cuban egg bread); and marinated steak, onion, lettuce, tomato, and potato sticks on toasted Cuban bread. Look for daily specials such as ropa vieja; bite-sized fried chicken topped with garlic mojo sauce and raw onion; and chicken stew cooked with potatoes in a tomato base.

Offering Greek/Mediterranean dishes as well as traditional Peruvian fare is La Casa de Nina (415 Commerce St, Hawthorne; 914.810.7705) in the location where Unionville Tavern had been. Owners are Lino and Victoria Cacsire; Lino founded El Miski Peruvian restaurants in White Plains and Elmsford.

Enbu Asian Fusion (Boyce Thompson Center, 1086 N Broadway, Yonkers; 914.881.9688; enbuasianfusionny.kwickmenu.com) has opened in the space that formerly housed Iso Japanese Cuisine. Shrimp tempura, chicken katsu, beef negimaki, and red snapper teriyaki are among the entrées.

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L’inizio owners Scott and Heather Fratangelo have opened Freebird (116 E Putnam Ave, Greenwich; 203.599.9100; freebirdfood.com), a fast-casual chicken restaurant with a menu focused on chef-driven sandwiches, salads, and wraps. Try the crispy Hot Bird with red cabbage slaw and sriracha honey.

A new food truck is offering the flavors of Asian cuisine combined with the rich tradition of Filipino cooking. YUM Bro (914.907.7646; yumbro.co), situated most days at Mamaroneck’s Harbor Island Park from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., serves such dishes as grilled pork and purple onion empanadas, deep-fried pork belly atop garlic-Parmesan cheese fries; Hawaiian pork barbecue; and ube (purple yam) cannoli for dessert.

The Pleasantville Farmers Market’s (pleasantvillefarmersmarket.org) annual Apple Pie Contest takes place October 14. Only amateur bakers can enter; winners announced around 11 a.m. Slices are $3.

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