More than half a century ago, the first Epstein's Kosher Deli opened its doors on the bustling streets of the Bronx in New York. In 1973, the Epstein family moved to Yonkers, where they continue to whip up a New York?style menu of kosher sandwiches and specialties?repeatedly winning the honor of Best Kosher Restaurant from the readers of Westchester Magazine. The staff piles plates with generous portions of stuffed cabbage and potato pancakes as patrons slide into bright red booths to nibble on sandwiches assembled from slices of corned beef and pastrami. Accommodating special diets, the cooks make gluten- and lactose-free items and offer health-conscious selections such as whole-wheat breads, fat-free dressings, and lean meat from turkeys who could run five-minute miles.
While growing up in Italy, chefs and owners Al and Gino became accustomed to large family gatherings that featured hearty platters of homemade pasta. It was in that environment that the duo learned its way around the kitchen and how to mix sauces with a motorboat engine. After moving to the States, they opened a small pizzeria in 1975 to let their new community experience the authentic dishes they had known their whole lives. Since then, the duo has remodeled their kitchen and expanded the space by building a solarium dining room to accommodate a larger crowd looking to sample their menu of more than 100 options. Today, Al and Gino still craft dishes such as lasagna and chicken scarpariello by hand, which can be paired with a cappuccino or wine.
From dawn to dusk, seven days a week, grills crackle with the sizzle of sandwiches and burgers, which pair with plates of hearty appetizers, daily specials, and glasses of imported beers and wines. At both locations, a covered outdoor patio overlooks verdant golf courses, and separate dining rooms hold private parties or space-shuttle launches. Thursdays at the Saxon location yield a boundless barbecue buffet that stretches across the patio alongside local bands, and on Saturday nights, the Sprain location hosts live DJs and dancing.
A blue awning heralds the entrance to Greek Express, a cozy restaurant tucked away in a narrow storefront along Riverdale Avenue. Appetizers such as spanakopita and grilled octopus lead into a variety of entrees, including pitas stuffed with gyro meat, chicken souvlaki, and pork souvlaki. The eatery’s decor is influenced by the flag of Greece, and bright blue shutters open to reveal painted murals of famous Greek locales, such as the island of Santorini.
With its crisp white tablecloths, glimmering chandeliers, and elegant banquets, the American Dream Steakhouse exemplifies the classic American steak house. A soaring photograph of Lady Liberty watches over the dining room, where nimble servers balance trays of fine steaks, juicy burgers, and sizzling chilean sea bass. Diners clink wineglasses over slices of new york cheesecake drenched in fresh berries and clouds of whipped cream.
Gennaro Addeo left his native Naples for the United States three generations ago, and opened a bakery on Arthur Avenue. Gennaro taught his grandson Laurence the craft of rolling pizza dough and brewing up savory plum-tomato sauce. Thanks to that education, Laurence now preserves treasured family recipes?such as hearty bolognese meat sauce, handmade brick-oven pies, and cheesy baked pasta dishes?at Addeo's Pizza.