The food courts at malls in the county are full of lowly options. That paradigm will shift substantially when Savor Westchester debuts this month at The Westchester in White Plains. Manhattan-based burger specialist Whitmans New York; fast-casual, 12-location Mighty Quinn’s Barbeque; smoothie maven Juice Generation; CT-based Tomato & Co Neapolitan Pizzeria; and Australian artisan coffeemaker Bluestone Lane are the five restaurants opening in April. A sixth, Hai Street Kitchen, a Japanese-casual mini-chain specializing in sushi burritos and poke bowls, follows this summer. The 350-seat food venue includes a dining terrace.
Spare ribs and mac ‘n’ cheese from Mighty Quinn’s, one of the new food options at Savor Westchester
New American restaurant Vela Kitchen (14 Washington Ave, Pleasantville; 914.769.2980) is now open, located in the space that previously held McArthur’s American Grill. Expect dishes such as pan-seared scallops with cauliflower purée and Australian rack of lamb with spaetzle. Co-owner Michael Madden also runs Vintage 1891 in Larchmont.
The Seafood Grill (465 Main St, Armonk; 914.730.1122) opened in February in the space that formerly housed Opus 465 and serves mostly seafood dishes, some with a Japanese influence. Executive Chef Tom McAliney heads up the kitchen.
Saw Mill Tavern’s signature Oreo cheesecake is hard to resist
Expect comfort foods such as chicken pot pie, meatloaf, fish and chips, juicy burgers, and tuna melts at the new Saw Mill Tavern (925 Saw Mill River Rd, Ardsley; 914.479.5370). For dessert try the winning Oreo cheesecake. The tavern is in the space that formerly held Pumpernickel.
Japanese/Korean hybrid GoSu Asian Fusion Restaurant (50 S Buckhout St, Irvington; 914.479.5898) opened in late January. Entrées include Korean-style marinated proteins (short rib, pork, rib-eye) served on individual sizzling stone plates as well as myriad ramen.
Rela Café (25 S Regent St, Port Chester; 914.939.7200), open since January in the space where Arrosto was, offers a menu with traditional American favorites, plus pizza from a wood-burning oven and a selection of pastas.
A wood-burning pizza oven, an antipasti bar, and house-made cheese are a few of the highlights at Centrale Italian Kitchen & Bar (90 Triangle Ctr, Yorktown; 914.352.6107), which opened in December in the space that previously housed Piatto Grill. Short-rib pappardelle, roasted red snapper, and spicy Calabrese mixed seafood soup are dishes to sample.
Opened as of Fall 2016 in the space where Tenampa Restaurant was is Yuka’s Latin Fusion (2011 Albany Post Rd, Croton-on-Hudson; 914.862.4449). Aside from tacos, fajitas, and quesadillas, plated mains include grilled shrimp in a sweet tequila orange sauce and fire-grilled skirt steak. A robust selection of mojitos, Margaritas, and original cocktails are also offered.