Rarely do two burgers at Burke's Restaurant and Bar ever look the same. Not only do diners get to choose from four buns—including pretzel buns and english muffins—but they can also crown their burgers with more than 16 toppings, such as chipotle mayo and Irish bacon. Burgers, however, are just one of many options available at Burke's, whose remaining menu sports everything from chicken parm sliders to Irish chicken curry. Bartenders complement hearty feasts with myriad libations, from 19 draft beers to liquor-spiked milk shakes, which visitors can sip while watching games on 14 flat-screen TVs and two widescreen projectors.
Route 100 Wine Bar & Grill's seasoned flame wielders compose a menu brimming with salads, burgers, and hearty entrees, and friendly servers furnish chalices with aged sippables from an expansive wine list. Kick things off with a starter, such as a batch of sauce-soused chicken wings ($7.50), or lightly fried spring rolls ($8.50) before bolstering mastication muscles with a kobe-beef burger ($15), which can be dressed to the nines in up to five cheeses, sautéed onions, mushrooms, or bacon ($1.50 each). The chicken mediterranean ($18.50) shines the spotlight on simmered morsels of poultry swapping kitchen gossip with artichokes, sun-dried tomatoes, and gaeta olives beneath a canopy of a white-wine sauce. Chefs utilize their years of cooking experience to craft the Route 100 jambalaya ($20), a seafood menagerie of shrimp, clams, and calamari floating with julienne vegetables in a light tomato broth. Grilled and sautéed entrees also populate the eatery's lunch menu, including the spicy Cajun-chicken linguini ($13), tender skirt steak ($18), and chicken parmigiana ($13).
Empire City Casino at Yonkers Raceway thrills patrons with casino games and live horse races, and keeps them filled with gourmet fare from Empire Terrace Restaurant's menu. Share a plate of Maryland crab cakes packed with lump crab meat or the beefsteak tomatoes and mozzarella, pillars of layered tomato and fresh cheese arranged to complement a balsamic-glaze pesto sauce and imitate Stonehenge's lunar chart. Chefs grill up 24-ounce prime porterhouse and 10-ounce filet mignon cuts from corn-fed beef naturally raised on Brant Farms. Filets of red snapper seal in their juices while sautéed in a mushroom, tomato, shallot, and garlic sauce before sidling onto plates alongside rice and the vegetable du jour. Diners unfold emerald napkins in the sweeping dining room bounded by a wall of windows that reveal an unblocked view of the raceway's half-mile dirt track, home to standardbred speed demons too hooved to get drivers' licenses.
The chefs at Paradise Biryani Pointe prepare a sprawling menu of Indian cuisine that showcases authentic flavors drawn from Hyderabadi and Mughlai traditions. Chefs kick off meals with succulent appetizers that range from peppers coated in chickpea flour to fried cauliflower florets coated in sauces to boneless fish fried with curry leaves. Soft slabs of naan—with or without garlic and onions—mitigate the intense, spicy flavors of chicken or goat vindaloo’s tender chunks of curry-laced meats and potatoes. Desserts round up sweet teeth with qubani ka meetha’s dried apricots, dates, and rose petals or gulab jamun’s traditional milk dumplings served in sugar syrup. In addition to chai and mango lassis, Paradise Biryani Pointe also offers beer and wine, perfect for sipping alongside the restaurant's ample lunch buffet.
More than half a century ago, the first Epstein's Kosher Deli & Restaurant 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.
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.