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AJ’s Burgers & America’s Favorite Foods

542 North Ave, New Rochelle (914) 235-3009; ajsburgers.com. This burger and chili joint down the street from Iona College and across from City Hall is a favorite among local politicians. Favorites include grilled 5-ounce burgers ($5), cheeseburger sliders, char-grilled ribs, thin-crust pizza, hot dogs, and fresh-cut, skin-on fries. Don’t forget to pair your burger with a thick shake (vanilla, chocolate, or strawberry). Or ask for Gifford’s award winning ice cream. Open every day for breakfast (8 am-11 am), lunch, and dinner. $ TRADITIONAL AMERICAN
 

Spadaro

211 Main St, New Rochelle (914) 235-4595. This tiny (36 seats) Italian eatery has no menu; Chef Antonio Spadaro decides what to offer each day. Expect dishes such as fettuccine with prosciutto, mushrooms, Parmesan, and egg; simply grilled fish (branzino, swordfish), baby lamb chops, and pappardelle with wild boar. Open Tues through Sun for lunch and dinner. Reservations recommended. $$$ ITALIAN
 

55 Degrees Wine Bar & Restaurant

55 Miller St, Fairfield, CT (203) 256-0099; 55winebar.com. Multi-level, modern Italian restaurant and wine bar from the same owners as Cava Wine Bar in New Canaan. Entrées include grilled halibut with spicy broccoli salad; cioppino (seafood stew), and pan-seared veal chop with arugula gremolata. House-made pastas also are offered, including black-olive fettuccine pomodoro, goat-cheese ravioli, and tagliatelle with bitter greens, fennel sausage, herbed ricotta, and garlic bread crumbs. Patio seating for 60 available during warmer months. Lunch Mon to Fri; dinner every day. $$$ ITALIAN
 

BarCar

706 Locust St, Mount Vernon (914) 668-1100; barcareatery.com. A romantic and chic New American eatery located off Mount Vernon’s main avenue. A few of the most popular dishes include buffalo chicken spring rolls, open-faced Black Angus burger topped with a mushroom and onion sauté and a poached egg; shrimp and crabmeat tomato tart, and garganelli meat ragù trio. BarCar offers live jazz and blues monthly. Open every day for lunch and dinner; open until midnight Fri and Sat. Reservations are recommended. $$$ New American
 

Johnny’s Pizzeria

30 W Lincoln Ave, Mount Vernon (914) 668-1957. Open since 1942, Johnny’s is one of Westchester’s oldest pizzerias. Its pizza philosophy is old-school: ultra-thin-crust pizza served by the pie only. Though the pizza is the real star, traditional Italian menu items (eggplant Parmesan, baked ziti, ravioli) also are available. Open Tues. to Sat. for lunch and dinner. $ PIZZA
 

Cristina’s Ristorante

1 Baltic Pl, Croton-on-Hudson (914) 271-2600; cristinas-ristorante.com. This low-key Italian restaurant caters to families with familiar dishes such as veal piccata, steak pizzaiola, chicken saltimbocca, and tortellini in a cream sauce. An accessible wine list is offered. Dinner Tues to Sun. $$$ ITALIAN
 

Bistro Z

455 S Broadway at the Doubletree Hotel, Tarrytown (914) 524-6410. Chef Claude Moreau, who owned Chez Claude in Hartsdale, brings some French influences to the menu at this New American bistro. Dishes to try include salmon filet over endive marmalade, Peking duck breast with wild rice in a cognac-and-cherry sauce; veal tenderloin with roasted garlic mashed potatoes; and herb-crusted rack of lamb with crispy goat cheese-and- mushroom polenta. A mostly California wine list is offered ($28-$98). Open every day for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. $$$$ NEW AMERICAN
 

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