I am happy to report that recently Scarsdale has really stepped up its selection of restaurants in town. Scarsdalians and foodies from neighboring villages have been enjoying the new variety of flavors and ambiance available closeby, without having to go into the city. Whether you are a long time resident, just moved here or searching for Scarsdale homes for sale, be sure to try out these new (& old favorite) local restaurants the next time you’re dining out!!
46 Christie Place
When craving a lunch or dinner that pops with international flavors, visit Popojito.
This 100% gluten-free restaurant creates cuisine unlike anywhere else in Scarsdale. Their menu celebrates Mexican classics combined expertly with a Mediterranean sensibility. What results is an innovative, fresh, and delicious selection. The spacious and industrial interior invites guests in, while the floor-to-ceiling windows offer ample light. Diners can eat inside or on the intimate patio.
Start strong with the calamari Mexicano. This seafood dish brings the heat with jalapeno and chipotle aioli. Tacos are served in a soft shell or refreshing lettuce wrap with an extensive selection of fillings. Go savory with the braised short rib and sauteed onion, or fresh with the octopus and mango pineapple pico. Entrée dishes include the chimichurri skirt steak, its spice tempered with a truffle mashed potato. The beverage list is just as varied, with a large selection of margaritas and cocktails.
13 Spencer Place
Breathe in the irresistible smells of Korean barbecue grilled right at your table at Yeomiji.
Located in an exposed brick building, the red-framed entrance leads guests clearly into the establishment. Front porch seating gives guests the perfect vantage point for people watching over a meal. The bright and earthy interior welcomes diners to sit at tables or along the long bar.
To begin, try the mouthwatering Korean pancakes, a large dish incorporating veggies, kimchi, and seafood. While enjoying your appetizer, start grilling at the table with some soy-marinated short ribs or bulgogi with vegetables. For those wanting a plate to themselves, the bibimbap is a great option. The rice-crusted base is topped with additions like salmon sashimi or spicy sauteed pork. Other entrees include the braised short ribs. These beef short ribs are tender and packed with flavor. Pair a bite with some crunch from a radish or scallion.
3. One Rare Steakhouse
16 East Pkwy
For high-quality food and top-tier service, dine at One Rare Italian Steakhouse.
Boasting a welcoming atmosphere paired with a tantalizing menu, this restaurant excels at having great hospitality amid a modernly decorated space that’s ideal for celebrating special occasions, having a romantic date night, or even just looking for an unforgettable dining experience.
The menu has a broad range of savory meat dishes, including staples like ribeye and filet mignon. If you feel like venturing out, try the dry-aged Tomahawk or wagyu beef. All the beef and chops are dry-aged in their own aging box and can be served with a choice of specialty sauces. In addition to beef, chops, poultry, and seafood, One Rare also has a robust pasta menu featuring authentic favorites like tagliatelle bolognese and linguini frutti di mare. Lastly, be sure to pair the meal with one of their tasty cocktails or curated wines.
4. Cafe Alaia
128 Garth Road
For another delicious Italian option, plan a visit to Cafe Alaia.
With a cozy inside and warm atmosphere, this restaurant is a great option for lunch or dinner. In both 2020 and 2021, they were awarded the Michelin Bib Gourmand, and their sister restaurant, Aperiti, a wine bar serving Mediterranean eats, is right down the street.
When dining at Cafe Alaia, be sure to start the meal with an antipasti such as the caprese or impepata di cozze. They also have several tasty salad options, but the real star is their specialty crostini which comes in three different styles with mouth-watering toppings. When you’re ready for the main course, try the gnocchi al pesto or the salmone in padella.
5. Tipsy Taco Bar
56 Garth Rd
For a vibrant and fun time, pay a visit to Tipsy Taco Bar.
Serving authentic Mexican food in a vibrant setting, this eatery prides itself on making everything from scratch, using organic meats, and featuring a 90% gluten-free menu. They originally opened in Mount Kisco, NY, and this is now their second location.
Between delicious drinks and a robust menu, choices abound at Tipsy Taco Bar. If you plan a brunch visit, try their Tipsy Benedictos for a tasty spin on the classic eggs benedict. Or, stop by for lunch or dinner to sample their extensive menu featuring empanadas, tacos, enchiladas, fajitas, and more. As a bar, there are plenty of drink options, and make sure to round out the meal with a sweet dessert.
6. Moscato Ristorante
874 Scarsdale Ave
is known for its “Al Fresco Dining” in a warm, professional setting. Offering both catering and in-house lunches and dinners, this upscale restaurant has a casual, comfortable atmosphere perfect for big celebrations or quiet nights out. They also make all desserts and bread on-site, offering the freshest, homemade options.
Being named after the sweet grape often used to make wine, Moscato has a curated wine list to accompany their menu. If going for lunch, make sure to take advantage of their Three Course Pre-Fix, which gives a choice of appetizer, soup, salad, and pasta. Delicious appetizers like the burrata and calamari fritti are popular favorites, and there are over ten tasty pasta dishes to choose from. If dining for dinner, try a second course option like the zuppa di pesce or pollo alla cacciatora. Regardless of what you’re in the mood for, you’re sure to find something to love.
7. Akai Scarsdale
57 Spencer Place
For modern Japanese dining, Akai
is a must-try. Mixing traditional and innovative Japanese cuisine, this modernly decorated space features an expansive menu with fresh daily-delivered sushi, sake, wines, and martinis. Open for both lunch and dinner with take-out and delivery options as well, there’s plenty to choose from and love at this sushi bar.
The menu at Akai is nothing short of vast, even going as far as to have different sections depending on diners’ preferences. For those who enjoy raw fish, choose an option from the “A Little Adventurous” or “A Bit of a Renegade” sections. If not interested in raw fish, there’s also “Not Ready to Raw Fish,” with familiar options like the super California roll and dynamite roll. In addition to rolls and sushi ala carte, they also have plenty of soups, salads, and appetizers, along with Japanese noodle dishes.
8. Eastchester Fish Gourmet
837 White Plains Road
Regularly rated No. 1 for its seafood, Eastchester Fish Gourmet
is the best place in Scarsdale to find fresh and delicious cuisine. This fine dining establishment, alongside its fish market and counter service restaurant, has served Scarsdale for 40+ years. A long-standing pillar of the community, this restaurant keeps options fresh with its nightly changing menu. Guests can enjoy a seat within the warmly decorated interior, the circular lights a subtle nod to the nautical.
Start a dinner any day of the week with their raw bar selections. The Kumamoto oysters’ reel in flavors from the west coast, while the Pink Moon oysters are sourced from Prince Edward Island. The Petrossian Tsar-cut smoked salmon is a savory appetizer, paired with smoked trout roe. The fresh pickled veggie salad balances out this appetizer. Entrees bring filets into the limelight with the Dover sole served in a sweet brown butter sauce. Stop by this restaurant on a hunt for Scarsdale homes for sale.
Ready to dine in Scarsdale?
This town’s culinary scene impresses with its mix of fine dining, international cuisine, and great dishes. Italian doesn’t disappoint, while the fusion of flavors at Popojito and Yeomiji offers something new every visit. When searching for Scarsdale homes for sale, partner with an agent who’s local to the area. They can tell you all about Scarsdale’s dining scene and amenities that residents love. If you’re ready to start looking in the area, contact experienced local agent Cindy Schwall
to guide you through the process.Recommended Reading: 5 Reasons Why People Love Living in Scarsdale