As Westchester plows head-long into holiday season, many residents will be taking time out of their busy lives to go searching for that perfect present in the heart of the county. While White Plains has tons of great dining options, we realize you may be in that delicate place between “Savor is great but I need to get out of this mall,” and, “If I have to walk more than a couple blocks I’m going to collapse.”
If that sounds like you, read on for a few of our absolute favorite places to eat, all conveniently located within just a few minutes drive of The Westchester, Galleria, and other White Plains’ prime retail locations.
On the Italian front, Graziella’s and Serafina are definite go-tos. Graziella’s has been serving up impeccable dishes in White Plains for more than two decades now, while Serafina quickly secured a place in our hearts with their award-winning pizza and sublime bruschetta. The recently relocated TVB by Rax Romana is an especially warm welcome after a full day of consumerism, offering a full menu of rustic, house-made pastas and entrées as good as your nonna makes.
For pizza, Nicky’s Pizzeria by Mistura and Iron Tomato are great options. Nicky’s specializes in gourmet, old-school slices, and even though “Iron Tomato” sounds like something out of a Veggie Tales superhero parody, its brick over pizza is to die for. (It’s also a full deli and catering service, so load up on hot and cold sandwiches, salads, calzones, sushi, pasta, entrées, desserts, and after to pass out be sure to grab some take-out from their breakfast menu.)
If you’re feeling like something Asian-inspired, Gyu-Kaku Japanese BBQ is a delicious DIY option, while India Café is great for anyone looking to throw a little more spice into their culinary adventures. Little Drunken Chef’s new White Plains location also offers up great world cuisine, but with plenty of Indian influences to the flavor palette.
Noodle+ has classic Chinese dishes at an appealing price, as well as modern faves like soup dumplings and even Japanese ramen. Chen’s Poke is also a fabulous health-conscious option, especially considering how much we’re going to be eating over the next few weeks….
In the mood for something a bit more South/Central/Latin American? Mitsura Peruvian Fine Cuisine is a big favorite, as is Don Coqui, both on Mamaroneck Ave. Over on Main Street, Karamba Restaurant offers classic café items like espresso, Americanos, and iced beverages alongside Cuban and Latin favorites like mofongo (filled and friend mashed plantains), empanadas, seafood paella, tacos, and tons more.
While we’re on the subject of cafés, if you’re really just looking for a quick pick-me-up refresher between beaucoup buying binges, Hastings Tea & Coffee will perk you right up with a nice cappuccino, tea latté, or hibiscus squeeze.
For classic American, Ron Blacks and the nearby Brazen Fox offer good options in both pub-style and more upscale atmospheres, while Westchester Burger Co. offers some of the best burgers you’ll ever have (and more but, hey, we know what you’re really there for). Lilly’s does great pizza, small plates, and seafood, with KEE Oyster House another perfect option if you’re in the mood for something from the sea — or if you need a quick protein/omega-3 boost before you head back out to the shops!
The Benedict Burger at Westchester Burger Co. is a perfect choice for a mid-shopping brunch.
Photo by Dave Zucker