Mt. Kisco, New York dining bleg

by on November 10, 2013 at 4:06 pm in Food and Drink, Travel | Permalink

That’s Westchester County, right?  I will have time for one meal there, before a trip to IBM Watson.  Where should I eat?

1 Steve Reilly November 10, 2013 at 4:16 pm

Yeah, it’s in Westchester. I like Lalibela, the Ethiopian place. Right off of Main Street. The lamb dishes are great. There was also a Mexican place I liked on Main Street, but I forget the name and I’m not sure if it’s there anymore.

2 Yancey Ward November 10, 2013 at 6:22 pm

I think I know the place you are talking about. I think it was called Azteca. I don’t know if it is still there either since I haven’t been in Mt Kisco in about 3 years. I have to say I didn’t like that place, however.

3 Greg w November 11, 2013 at 10:07 pm

I’d offer a glowing recommendation for both. Azteca can be slow if you’re in a hurry. Source: I grew up 10 minutes away.

There’s also plenty of good pizza in the area.

4 Tyler November 10, 2013 at 4:16 pm

I’m from Beekman, NY (a little farther upstate) and have been to Mt. Kisco plenty of times. Via Vanti is a good spot for Italian.

5 Yancey Ward November 10, 2013 at 6:11 pm

+1 for Via Vanti.

Also, Blackstone’s Steakhouse, or Lefteris Gyro will do for me.

6 Hilary B. Miller November 10, 2013 at 4:40 pm

Fortina in Armonk. Scrumptious.

7 prior probability November 10, 2013 at 4:48 pm

Hey, it sounds like you won’t have much time during your visit there. So what’s wrong with just grabbing a quick bite at the local Wendy’s or Quiznos or whatever?

8 Careless November 11, 2013 at 4:14 pm

Always remember, this is a man who wrote a 500 word blog post to tell everyone he would only go into a Dunkin Donuts to use the restroom

9 Dead or In Jail November 13, 2013 at 7:03 am

I think you’re trying to make him sound snobby but on this count, he’s 100% right. Dunkin’ Donuts is what you would get if you held a contest among food scientists to maximize blandness. Also, their food is poison and currently being banned by the federal government (trans fats).

10 Jonathan November 10, 2013 at 5:22 pm

Lots of Tyler-friendly choices (esp. Peruvian) in Port Chester, but if you’re flying into the Westchester Airport they’re in the wrong direction. If you have time, I’d go with either Pollo a la Brasa Misti (Peruvian) or Kiosko (Mexican cemitas). Both places may be a bit too formal for you… neither sells gasoline and both take credit cards, but I’m not as adventurous as you.

11 Simon November 11, 2013 at 6:10 am

Heartily endorse Pollo a la Brasa Misti. We alway get the lomo – full for me, half for my eldest son. Plenty of green sauce. Best lomo I’ve had. My youngest son gets the shrimp and yellow rice or the salchipapa. Roast chicken is often beautifully tender. We avoid the seating area with the fluorescent lighting. The place is always filled on the weekends with families but never had to wait more than 10 minutes

12 Rich Berger November 10, 2013 at 5:50 pm


Does your wife miss you?

13 Craig Pirrong November 10, 2013 at 6:00 pm

Village Social or Lexington Cafe.

14 Alexander Variano November 10, 2013 at 6:26 pm

Lefteris Gyro or Lexington Square.

15 Mark Thorson November 10, 2013 at 6:46 pm

The cafeteria at IBM? I’ve never been to the Watson Lab, but I worked at IBM Almaden for a year, and the cafeteria there is superb. You can probably get your host to comp the meal — that was no problem at Almaden.

16 TMC November 10, 2013 at 6:47 pm

Holy Smokes in Mahopac – Awesome BBQ.

17 Dave November 10, 2013 at 7:14 pm


18 ibaien November 10, 2013 at 7:42 pm


i’m always amazed when people recommend ethnic restaurants to tyler in categories that will obviously be outclassed by his options in NoVa (ethiopian and peruvian, for instance). i’d study his dining guide top restaurants carefully before offering any kind of suggestion.

19 Jonathan November 10, 2013 at 7:52 pm

Not saying you’re wrong ibaien, but what are you basing your putdown of New York’s largest Peruvian community on exactly? I love Tyler’s guide, and have used it in NoVa. But Washington doesn’t have the only ethnic communities in the country, right?

20 prior_approval November 11, 2013 at 12:36 am

‘i’d study his dining guide top restaurants carefully’

Such an inspiringly loyal reader.

Of course, some consider the idea that choosing a restaurant based on how the women within it look to be deliciiously laughable, but then, they aren’t reading here because of any need to study what is written carefully. This remains one of the best satire sites on the web – and remember, loyal readers, the future is offering bright opportunities to those willing to become servants.

21 Steve Reilly November 11, 2013 at 1:13 pm

Did you seriously just argue that we should do careful study before giving a guy advice on where to eat?

22 Adam November 11, 2013 at 12:28 am

If you’re willing to try something fancier, Blue Hill Stone Barns is about 15 minutes from downtown Mt. Kisco (towards Watson, I think), and fantastic.

23 Steven November 11, 2013 at 2:08 am

Go to Maestro’s in New Rochelle. It’s a really solid classic New York “red sauce” Italian joint, no frills. I mean, might as well get a food that DC doesn’t have.

Get the manicotti or the lasagna or the chicken scarpiello.

24 Sammler November 11, 2013 at 3:31 am

I would like to read Mr. Cowen’s review of Skytop restaurant. They are “at the airport!”, as their sign on I-684 states. If you consider “obsolescent-American” as an exotic ethnicity, you’ll immediately see the case for it.

I should also note that eating at Blue Hill Stone Barns in the winter is a really bad idea. Not enough interesting ingredients can be sourced (radishes, ice lettuce, meat) and the kitchen is not up to the challenge of transmogrifying them into first-class food.

25 Dead or In Jail November 13, 2013 at 7:08 am

> If you consider “obsolescent-American” as an exotic ethnicity, you’ll immediately see the case for it.

I have had to spend significant time in New Jersey for the past couple of years and that has meant resorting to diners. Despite some inexplicable nostalgic appeal, they are basically awful and should go the way of the drive-in movie theater sooner rather than later.

26 Dirck November 11, 2013 at 6:04 am

Crabtree’s Kittle House in Chappaqua ,one of the very best wine lists in the USA .

27 JJ November 11, 2013 at 8:13 am

Tarry Lodge.

28 Jonathan November 11, 2013 at 10:21 am

Seriously overrated, and not just because it has good looking women. I love the market next door, but the restaurant is third-class Batali. (To be fair, I think Batali is second-class Italian, so YMMV) if you’re going to avoid authentic dining in Port Chester, I’d had head to Bar Taco around the corner from Tarry Lodge. Inauthentic, but genuinely tasty.

29 A.S. November 11, 2013 at 8:58 am

Long time Westchester resident. Mt Kisco’s got a pretty vibrant dining scene, but there isn’t anything there that I would consider “can’t miss”. Mostly typical upper middle class suburban fare. Yes, if you head down to Pocantico Hills to Blue Hill, or to Crab Tree’s Kittle House, you can get a special meal up there with the best restaurants in the country (I’d argue, though, that the very best of Westchester is X20 in Yonkers). And if you head over to Port Chester, there is a large immigrant community with the types of restaurants that I associate with Tyler. But if you are going to stay in Mt Kisco, I’d recommend the following. For cheap fare, Lefteris is the best. Typical Greek diner, with excellent souvlaki and fakes. I know, Greek diners are a dime a dozen, but the sheer multitude of them means that the best are really pretty good (the original Lefteris in Tarrytown is better than the one in MTK, but either will give you a good meal). If you want cheap Central American, Tacos La Cabana is nice (its Guatamalan), but it isn’t anything different than the average you’d get in the DC area. For regular restaurants, I like La Camelia (Spanish) and Via Vanti (Italian).

30 RR November 11, 2013 at 10:55 am

Often there are these blegs with so many choices offered but rarely does Tyler indicate what his choice was and how he rated it. At least not immediately thereafter ; I’m sure they get covered in the Dining Guides later.

31 T N F November 11, 2013 at 10:57 am

I used to work in a restaurant in Mount Kisco, which was farm-to-table (sadly it is closed). Mount Kisco has a large Guatamalan population, and therefore, a few good hole-in-the-wall ethnic places with this type of food. A.S. mentioned Tacos La Cabana, which is pretty good (as is Lefteris). Azteca (Mexican/Guatamalan) is very good as well, especially if you don’t mind spotty service. The food makes the service easily tolerable, and this is where the Guatamalan restaurant staff would want to go when I took them out. If you’re looking for something more upscale, Blue Hill, as others have mentioned, is very good. Kittle House is just down the road (maybe five minutes) and has one of the best wine cellars in the country.

32 rif November 11, 2013 at 11:48 am

If you can make it to Mamaroneck, Walter’s Hot Dog stand is basically the platonic ideal of hot dogs.

Hot dogs, potato puffs, milk shakes. Unbelievable.

33 Mike November 11, 2013 at 3:38 pm

Go eat beans.

34 Careless November 11, 2013 at 4:15 pm

I want to see what Watson has to say about it.

35 Jayson Virissimo November 11, 2013 at 4:49 pm

Shouldn’t you be asking Watson where you should eat?

36 Matt November 11, 2013 at 10:30 pm

Lefteris serves awful, oversalted gruel that is mostly off of a Kontos truck (apparently that’s Greek for “Sysco”). VIa Vanti is merely passable.

Passage to India has great food (their hariyali kabob is the best I’ve had). Mana Thai, despite its strip mall location, was quite good the two times I have been there.

37 Will November 12, 2013 at 4:16 pm

Mount Kisco born-and-raised (and long-time reader) here: Lefteris is delicious and not a diner. Shoot for Little Kebab Station on Main Street, though. The owner’s domain is fast expanding and for good reason.

38 holman jenkins November 14, 2013 at 6:38 pm

bit of drive from mt kisco, but worth it:

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