At Westchester Burger Co., the eponymous burger comprises a 10-ounce patty topped with smoked mozzarella, tomato, pickles, frisée, and a secret sauce that has helped it receive local accolades. But it was quite a journey to get the burger to where it is today: the chef and owner, who has no formal training, spent many long hours in the kitchen using trial and error and complex algorithms to uncover the delicious combination.
That burger and the rest of the menu have proved to be so successful that three Westchester Burger Co. locations have opened in three years. They serve burgers nestled between grilled cheese sandwiches made with texas toast, Kobe beef burgers on a brioche bun, and italian-sausage burgers topped with a balsamic-vinegar glaze and broccoli raab. They also serve smoked Saint Louis–style ribs, vegetable lasagna, and root beer–braised short ribs.
Asian Temptation Restaurant entices taste buds with a sweeping, Zagat-rated menu of sushi, stir-fries, and other delights that embody the Pacific Rim's palate. Creative chefs dream up 44 classic, innovative, and solar-powered sushi rolls, studding fried soft-shell crab with glittering black roe for the Temptation Special ($16.95) and paring tuna with goat cheese and sun-dried tomato in the daring Blood Diamond roll ($14.95). A confederation of waterborne morsels joins forces in the Thai seafood casserole ($26.95) to enrapture tongues with shrimp, scallops, and lobster tail in a coconut-curry sauce. Chopsticks carefully inject themselves in succulent mixes of spice-rubbed duck sautéed in fresh ginger ($18.95), and forks twirl jubilantly in bowls of spicy rice noodles prepared Singapore-style with your choice of protein, including chicken ($10.95), beef ($11.95), or shrimp ($11.95).
"Near-perfect" are the words that one Metromix writer used to describe the chicken enchiladas at Hacienda Azteca, a Mexican eatery with white tablecloths and wood floors. Enchiladas aren't the only specialty, though; cooks also marinate red snapper for ceviche, flavor grilled steak with brandy sauce, and stuff vegetarian quesadillas with zucchini, cauliflower, carrots, and broccoli. After dinner, they step out of the kitchen to prepare desserts at diners' tables: ice cream with Kahlua-sauteed bananas is just one option.
The namesake chefs at Cerbone of Naples Pizza enlist family recipes that originated in Italy in the early 1900s to construct gourmet pizzas and traditional entrees. An arsenal of upscale pizzas unfurls on the eatery's lengthy menu, which touts the arugula salad pie, a union of avocado and kalamata olives swimming through balsamic vinegar, and the chicken scarpariello pizza, a base of marsala wine sauce splashing on sun-dried tomatoes and cherry peppers.
Ben & Jerry’s has double-handedly transformed ice cream from a dreary and dreaded after-dinner chore into a dazzling treat whose flavors take inspiration from unexpected places. Each Ben & Jerry's shop offers a variety of frozen confections, including milkshakes, large ice-cream cups and cones, hot-fudge sundaes, and blended coffee drinks. Spoon the cuddly depths of Ben & Jerry’s famous original flavors, such as Cherry Garcia, Imagine Whirled Peace, Triple Caramel Chunk, Peanut Brittle, Chunky Monkey, Half Baked, Coffee Coffee BuzzBuzzBuzz, New York Super Fudge Chunk, and more. The company is also proficient in frozen cakes, now also offered in no-sugar-added varieties so that desserters of all dietary inclinations can spoil their supper. For social ice creaming, ready a band of spoon-armed eaters and dive into the Vermonster sundae, a heaping pail of 20 scoops, hot fudge, bananas, cookies, brownies, and toppings of your choice.