6 Spicy Dishes to Warm Your Taste Buds in Westchester

When the weather turns cool, heat up your meals with savory, spice-filled dishes at restaurants across the 914.

With the frosty winds picking up to welcome 2024, many Westchester County residents are eagerly trying to avoid the cold. Fortunately, these delicious, spicy, and soul-warming meals provide a unique and energizing method of combating New York’s winter lethargy.

Roc N Ramen

Order: Jerk Chicken Ramen

Bringing Caribbean and Japanese flavors into a fiery fusion, this jerk chicken ramen is guaranteed to put a pep in anyone’s step. Garnished with a blend of colorful vegetables, a boiled egg, and a gorgeous edible flower, each bowl takes both the eyes and the palate on an unforgettable journey. Open seven days a week, Roc N Ramen offers plenty of time to ignite the spirit with savory noodles and tonkotsu-jerk broth.

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Roc N Ramen
19 Anderson Street, New Rochelle; 914.365.2267

Jewel of Himalaya

Order: Momo Set

Served alongside a hot tomato sauce, this dish offers a selection of beef, chicken, or vegetable momo, with this mouth-watering momo set providing piquant portions of all three. To heat things up, Jewel of Himalaya allows customers to order their dumplings steamed or deep-fried, making for a difficult choice between a hearty chew and a satisfying crunch. Taking a bite of this popular Tibetan and Nepali cuisine offers a comforting warmth that is sure to thaw the body and mind, making it a must for spicy food lovers.

Jewel of Himalaya
34 Triangle Center, Yorktown Heights; 914.302.2886

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Zero Otto Nove

Order: La Riccardo Pizza

Sometimes all it takes is a spark of spice to act as a reminder that spring is on its way. With the La Riccardo from Zero Otto Nove’s Armonk location, the well-seasoned pancetta balances its spice perfectly with a golden butternut squash puree to deliver sunshine and a kick in each slice. On top of these complementary flavors, there is a layer of smoked mozzarella and a fresh basil spread that blend with the crispy crust to create a truly distinct pizza. True spicy food lovers won’t hold back on adding a sprinkle of red pepper flakes on top.

Zero Otto Nove
55 Old Route 22, Armonk; 914.273.0089

 

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Sambal Thai & Malay Cuisine

Order: Fish Dynamite

Exporting organic spices and herbs directly from Thailand and Malaysia, the staff at Sambal are determined to craft complex and aromatic flavors. So, it was no surprise when the restaurant was voted the “Best Thai Eatery” in the county by Westchester Magazine readers in 2023. Be sure to check out the explosive Fish Dynamite, featuring a battered tilapia booming with capsaicin (chili pepper extract) from the sriracha mayo glaze.

Sambal Thai & Malay Cuisine
4 West Main St, Irvington; 914.478.2200, 914.478.2700

 

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Donjito

Order: Lomo Roll

At the center of Mamaroneck village lies Donjito, a Latin fusion restaurant whose menu invites guests to experience tastes from around the globe. Among the culinary delights developed in this vision was the iconic Lomo Roll, a towering dish with signature Latin sushi at its base. Layered above the seafood is an expertly cooked skirt steak and a medley of tomatoes, peppers, and onions that will transport the taste buds to a summery destination when combined with a flaming aji sauce that spicy food lovers will lap up.

Donjito
122 Mamaroneck Avenue, Mamaroneck; 914.902.5486

 

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Exit 4 Food Hall

Order: Habanero X4 Wings

In its passionate efforts to design a communal space showcasing consistently changing menus and local ingredients, Exit 4 Food Hall has an electric atmosphere that could jumpstart any hibernating mind. Home to nine varying food stations supporting service, delivery, and takeout, the food hall is also the place to find habanero X4 chicken wings, a discovery akin to finding a burning red ruby in a treasure chest of meal possibilities. The glistening double-fried skin tossed in a zesty habanero sauce bestows a bounty of vitality and heat upon any customer seeking refuge from the freezing winter chills.

Exit 4 Food Hall
153 East Main St, Mount Kisco, 914.241.1200

 

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