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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.
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.