The gastronomic journey one can embark on here is simply remarkable.
From tantalizing Thai to mouthwatering Mexican cuisines, the culinary scene is as diverse as it is sumptuous.
Every time I step out of my front door, I am met with the enticing aromas of delicious dishes being cooked up in the many incredible restaurants scattered across our beautiful city.
Welcome to a culinary adventure, you won't forget!
While this list showcases some remarkable restaurants, it's important to note there are many other exceptional dining establishments in New Rochelle that are not featured here. Our aim is not just to guide you to popular eateries but to encourage you to venture out and experience the city's diverse culinary landscape for yourself.
I've had the pleasure of visiting many local eateries.
However, I must admit that none has captured my heart and stomach quite like Rebecca's Café.
The food here is nothing short of excellent.
I vividly remember the first time I ordered a steak torta and tacos al pastor for my kids.
The flavors were so rich and authentic we were instantly hooked.
The size of the torta was impressively large, making it a substantial meal.
In my quest to explore their menu, I had the opportunity to try their birria tacos.
Prior to this, I hadn't come across any place that did birria tacos justice.
But Rebecca's Café, they really nailed it.
The tacos were loaded with meat, and every bite was an explosion of flavor.
Along with the tacos, I also had a burrito that was far from dry and bursting with taste.
But the food isn't the only thing that makes Rebecca's special.
The ambiance is always inviting.
The Horchata and Agua de Jamaica are two of my favorite drinks to wash down the delicious food.
One Seventy Nine Bar and Grill
Over the years, I have dined at many different places around the city, but none have left quite the impression on me as One Seventy Nine Bar and Grill.
My friends and I decided to try this place out for a friend's birthday celebration, and we were totally amazed by our experience.
The variety of dishes we ordered was simply amazing.
The Bronzino, Salmon, Seafood pasta, and Prime New York Strip steak were all divine and cooked to perfection.
I was particularly impressed with the desserts, which were not only delicious but also artistically presented.
The ambiance of the Bar and Grill was also quite impressive.
On another visit, I discovered their outdoor seating, which turned out to be a delightful way to enjoy a sunny day while having some drinks and appetizers.
I also tried their delivery service through GrubHub when I was in the mood for some quality food at home.
Their steak tacos and fries were a pleasant surprise.
However, not every dish landed; the chicken parm meal didn't quite meet my expectations.
It seemed a bit overpriced for the portion size, and I would have liked more cheese on it.
Even the cheesecake, though it may have been homemade, was more of a sliver than a slice.
It was just another Saturday night when I decided to pay a visit to Tlaquepaque.
I was in the mood for some authentic Mexican cuisine, and boy, did it deliver!
The ambiance in the restaurant was simply perfect.
It was warm and inviting, reminding me of a cozy Mexican home.
For starters, I ordered the adobada and chorizo nachos based on Victor's recommendation.
As for the main course, I went with the grandma and grandpa specials.
Every single bite was a burst of flavor, taking me back to my childhood days in San Diego where Mexican cuisine was a staple.
It's been a while since I've enjoyed Mexican food of this quality.
Not only was the food great, but the service was stellar.
They made sure that every customer was treated like family.
Next time, I'm looking to try the mango shrimp that is served with rice and salad, and I've heard that the camarones a la diabla is a must-try for spicy.
Every Sunday morning, the bustling streets of my neighborhood lead me to one place: Tecalitlan Mexican Restaurant.
As I walk through the door, the first thing that hits me is the unique hand-drawn decorations that exude a warm and inviting vibe.
This compact counter-serve eatery is always filled with both English and Spanish-speaking locals, some of whom are there for the massive takeout portions.
The breakfast tortas are a must-try, a perfect blend of flavors to kickstart the day.
I often find myself ordering the steak with garlic sauce, which is always cooked to perfection, but I also cannot resist the delicious burritos that seem to be a favorite among many patrons.
There's a beef bowl that I tried once; it was so hearty and satisfying it left me wanting more.
I have to tell you about the night I had at Da Giorgio restaurant.
It was last minute decision to grab a late dinner with my boyfriend, but they managed to fit us in, despite our late arrival.
As soon as we entered, I was taken away by the charming ambiance of the place, nestled unassumingly in a strip mall, it’s a gem in the rough.
We started our meal with the calamari appetizer and a burrata with fruit special.
I have to say, the calamari was cooked to perfection - not rubbery at all.
The dipping sauce it came with was simply divine.
Then came our main dishes, the linguine Vongole for me and the special linguine dish with shrimp for my boyfriend.
My pasta was easily the best I’ve had in a while, loaded with clams and just the right amount of garlic to balance out the flavors.
I didn’t get to try my boyfriend’s dish, but he seemed to enjoy it more than mine, mentioning a delightful kick of spice.
While we didn't stay for dessert this time, I already have my sights set on the ricotta toast appetizer for our next visit, which we’re planning in the next 2 weeks.
We got to chat a bit before being seated, and they frequently checked up on us throughout the meal.
If you're planning to dine here, I'd recommend considering one of the daily specials.
One of the best parts of living in New Rochelle is having Magno’s Grill right in our backyard.
The gourmet dining experience this place offers is simply beyond compare.
There’s something about Magno’s Grill that's always felt like home to me.
But trust me, it’s a feeling that’s hard to come by in most restaurants.
And let’s not forget about the food.
My eight-year-old daughter, who is a notoriously picky eater, adores their soup.
That alone speaks volumes about the quality of their meals.
Every dish is a culinary masterpiece, a feast for both your eyes and palate.
But what truly sets Magno’s Grill apart for me is its vibrant, friendly atmosphere.
Whether it's a romantic dinner for two or a night out with friends, the place never fails to create the perfect ambiance.
I've traveled a lot, but nothing beats the pleasure of finding a hidden gem right here in my own neighborhood.
Dubrovnik, located in New York, is one such treasure.
It's a high-end bar and eatery right here that brings traditional Croatian delicacies to life in an old-world atmosphere.
Once you step into the backyard of Dubrovnik, you feel like you've been transported to the Adriatic coastline.
It feels like a small European garden, with the coals of an outdoor oven adding to the ambiance.
The menu is a rich tapestry of flavors, with a wide variety of dishes, all made with fresh, high-quality ingredients.
The fish, even though transported from as far away as New Zealand, and the oysters from Canada, still maintain the authentic Croatian taste.
A unique feature is their fish cart service which is simply excellent.
And yes, they do have valet parking, which just adds to the charm of this place.
Now, I've been to a lot of dinner places, but my dinner at Dubrovnik on Valentine’s Day was something special.
The wild boar, the venison, and the elk on the menu were adventurous choices, but the freshly made pasta and the aroma of truffles in the risotto were simply divine.
The food is not cheap, but the experience and the explosion of flavors in your mouth are well worth the price.
And don't get me started on their house-made olive oil - it is exceptional.
I loved it so much that I ended up buying 3 bottles.
Smokehouse Tailgate Grill
One place that never disappoints is Smokehouse Tailgate Grill, which I've frequented ever since they reopened.
Their website has all the details you need to plan your visit.
Every time I walk through the doors of this pub-style venue, I'm greeted by the mouthwatering aroma of smoked wings and BBQ.
The atmosphere is always buzzing with energy, thanks to TVs scattered throughout the venue tuned into the latest sports games.
I'm a creature of habit - I tend to order the same things on each visit.
My go-to dish is their wings.
They're simply irresistible.
But the other day, I decided to try something different - their brisket.
And boy, was it tender.
The burgers are also worth a mention, by far some of the best in the city.
One unique thing about Smokehouse is their cocktail flight, which my daughter particularly enjoys.
It's an unusual offering but very well received.
And, of course, we always have a bucket of craft beers on our table.
I've also got my sights set on the Mikes Hot Honey Chicken sandwich.
Agostino's Italian Ristorante
I've had the pleasure of dining at Agostino's Italian Ristorante on more than one occasion, and it never disappoints.
This charming, family-owned Italian gem, nestled in the heart of our community, serves up housemade pasta, traditional entrees, and a great selection of wines.
On my latest visit, I started off with their mouthwatering burrata with red peppers and prosciutto - it was divine.
The freshness was indisputable and set a high bar for the main course, which, I must say, did not disappoint.
I had their Veal Rolled with Shiitake Mushrooms and Provolone Cheese - a specialty of the house, served in a luscious wine sauce with polenta.
The veal was cooked to perfection, melting in my mouth with every bite.
My dining companions had ordered the scallops and spinach ravioli.
The scallops were cooked to perfection, while the spinach ravioli was a delightful surprise with its fresh spinach filling.
We also indulged in their Cioppino Alla Barese - a hearty seafood dish served over linguini.
The service at Agostino's is always impeccable.
The eatery may be quaint and doesn’t seat a lot of people, but that’s part of its charm.
It’s never too noisy, making it easy to have a conversation at the table.
To top it all off, the wine selection at Agostino's is top-notch, and their bread is always warm, fresh, and delicious.
The portion sizes are just right, leaving you satisfied without feeling overwhelmed.
I must admit, being surrounded by a plethora of food options in New Rochelle, AJ's Burger stands out for me with its diversified menu that goes beyond just fantastic burgers.
Don't get me wrong, the burgers are mouth-watering, but there's more to their menu than just that.
I remember the time when I tried their rib eye cheese steak sandwich, it was absolutely delicious, and it left me craving for more.
And let me tell you, their milkshakes are the perfect treat for a sweet tooth like me.
The minute you step into AJ's Burgers, you'll feel at home.
Not to mention, the service is always top-notch.
I recall this one time when I was part of a big group, they were so accommodating and even set up outdoor seating for us, making the entire dining experience even more enjoyable.
And when I say it's more than just the food, I mean it.
The atmosphere at AJ's is always lively and vibrant, with music that complements the overall mood.
In my opinion, this place is a blessing for New Rochelle.
But what truly sets AJ's apart for me is the community spirit.
This isn't just a place to eat; it's a place to connect, share, and feel part of a larger family.
And that, for me, is what makes AJ's Burgers truly special.
I'm lucky to live right around the corner from Colombian House, a vibrant little spot that serves traditional Colombian food.
It's a lively place, always filled with the rhythm of festive music and the chattering of patrons.
You know a place is good when it's packed on a Friday night, even if it means a bit of a wait for your food.
But trust me, the wait here is worth it.
The food has always been on point, full of rich, vibrant flavors that take me right back to the streets of Bogota.
The beans, oh the beans!
They are unlike any I've had at other restaurants, a surprising burst of flavor that's a meal in itself.
The main dishes, too, are always cooked to perfection and served promptly.
As a traditional New Rochelle dweller, I've always been partial to our local cuisine and eateries.
Amongst the multitude of options, Pepe's Place has quickly become a personal favorite.
This cozy storefront eatery, tucked into one of our city's charming streets, serves up a delicious array of international halal fare, from shrimp to lamb gyros.
Stepping into Pepe's, you're immediately engulfed by the warm and welcoming ambiance.
The person behind the counter is always friendly, ready to offer helpful suggestions, and perfectly communicative about how long your food is going to take.
I often order the chicken, which can take a while, but it's always worth the wait.
Picking up my order, I'm always amazed at how it still remains hot and fresh.
They seem to have mastered the art of timing, preparing the other foods close to your pickup time.
My personal favorite has to be the Thai Chili Shrimp - a crispy, larger-than-average delight served with a generous portion of fries.
It’s this kind of attentiveness and personal touch that makes dining at Pepe's a standout experience.
I've had their Moroccan Style Lamb Gyro, the NY Style Buffalo Shrimp, and their signature Fruit Punch, and let me tell you, they were all simply divine.
I've had my fair share of Italian food, but my experience at Maria Restaurant took it to a whole new level.
Nestled in a cozy corner of the city, Maria's offers the perfect setting for a romantic evening out here.
The atmosphere was warm and inviting, with a dash of romance added for good measure.
It was a small space, offering an intimate dining experience that I thoroughly enjoyed.
My evening started off with their juicy, flavorsome meatballs and baked clams - a must-have for seafood lovers.
Following the appetizer, I ordered their signature dish - the octopus, cooked to perfection.
The star dish of the night, however, was the Italian donut - a perfectly balanced sweet dish that was neither too sugary nor too plain.
The drinks menu at Maria Restaurant was quite impressive too.
I would highly recommend the smoked rosemary negroni, a unique cocktail that isn't too sweet and is a great way to start your meal.
For the main course, I tried their gnocchi with short rib ragu.
The gnocchi was silky smooth with a savory flavor that paired well with the tender and flavorful short rib.
I've always had a soft spot for Posto 22, a charming little Italian trattoria tucked away right here in my neighborhood.
It's one of those places where you can always count on the food to be tasty and the service to be top-notch.
So, you can imagine how often I find myself stopping by, whether it's for a quick lunch or a dinner date with my partner.
My partner is a big fan of their chicken with pasta, while I tend to lean towards the daily fish specials.
They also have a nice selection of gluten-free options, which is always a plus.
The drinks are decent and add a nice touch to the overall meal.
The place also attracts a family-friendly crowd.
I remember this one time when my niece and nephew came to visit.
We had a blast sharing an antipasto fried calamari with buffalo sauce and a mouthwatering burrata.
For mains, we tried the scallops risotto, risotto of the day, lasagna, and rigatoni of the house.
They were all flavorful and fresh, with generous portion sizes.
Spadaro Roman Kitchen
I've been a Westchester resident for the majority of my life, and I've seen plenty of restaurants come and go.
But Spadaro Roman Kitchen? It's a mainstay.
Tucked away in a strip mall, Spadaro Roman Kitchen is one of those places that may not catch your eye at first, but once you step inside, you're drawn right into an inviting Italian trattoria.
The place serves Italian cuisine with a Roman twist, and they do it family style.
Every time I sit down to dine, I feel like I'm in a quaint Roman restaurant, with dishes that are rich in flavor and a homely atmosphere that instantly puts you at ease.
Now, let's talk about the food.
It's to die for.
I've never had a bad meal here, and believe me, I've tried pretty much everything on their menu.
Their Mare & Monte pappadelle with shrimp and asparagus is one of my favorites, even though I have to admit, the noodles are a bit too al dente for my liking.
But to top it off, they offer an amaretto drink as a finish, which is always a delightful surprise.
Sweet Spice Restaurant
Oh, Sweet Spice Restaurant! The name says it all.
This spot is my go-to when I'm craving that authentic Jamaican flavor.
You know, the kind that makes you feel like you're sitting on a beach in Montego Bay or strolling through the streets of Kingston.
You can find it right here in our city, tucked away at this location.
Don't get me started!
It's beyond delicious.
I'm talking about heaping plates of jerk chicken, cabbage, and rice with peas swimming in rich oxtail gravy.
It's the kind of meal that you want to savor but find yourself devouring because it's too good to resist.
And their stew chicken?
I swear, it's the best I've had outside of Jamaica.
But Sweet Spice isn't just about the food.
It's also about the experience.
They're also prompt, ensuring your food arrives hot and ready to be enjoyed.
And then there are the homemade drinks.
These are not your average soda or iced tea.
Tzatziki Greek Grill
My neighborhood has been graced with the presence of Tzatziki Greek Grill, a quaint little eatery that has quickly become my go-to spot for Greek cuisine.
This mom-and-pop establishment, nestled comfortably in our local area, encapsulates the essence of Greece in its dishes, all served in a delightfully laid-back atmosphere.
If you're curious about their menu, why not visit their website?
If there's one thing that stands out about this place, it's their Tzatziki wings – succulent, aromatic, and too good to resist.
I've also grown fond of their unique feta cheese guacamole.
It's an unexpected combination but surprisingly tasty.
Their traditional Greek salad, topped with gyro meat and paired with pork, forms a satisfying main course that hits all the right notes.
But the most intriguing item I've sampled is their Tzatziki nachos.
It was a new and delightful flavor experience for me.
While the food is exceptional, the service is what really makes this place shine.
There's something intensely comforting about a neighborhood restaurant that has stood the test of time, and Mexican Corner is no exception.
This charming little eatery, tucked away in our community, has been serving up delicious, homely Mexican food for as long as I can remember.
I decided to drop by on a random Wednesday night, not expecting anything spectacular, but boy, was I wrong!
The food was deliciously authentic and had that special homemade touch that restaurants often lack.
The steak fajitas, in particular, were the best I've ever had, perfectly cooked and spiced just right.
I was also delighted by the three soft-shell tacos, which were an explosion of flavors in my mouth.
But what really set this place apart was the service.
It was phenomenal, genuinely friendly, and super accommodating.
It's rare to find such personal care and attention in most restaurants today.
As if the food and service weren't enough, the Sangria was just the cherry on top.
It was excellent!
Modern Restaurant & Lounge
One of my favorite spots in the city has to be the Modern Restaurant & Lounge.
The place is a beautifully designed, vaulted-ceiling space that adds an extra dash of elegance to the dining experience.
I must confess finding a parking spot around here can be quite tricky, but thankfully, the restaurant offers valet parking, which is a real lifesaver.
Now, coming to the food - it's nothing short of delicious.
From the brick-oven pizza to the range of modern Italian dishes they serve, every bite is an absolute delight.
However, it's not just about the food here.
The craft cocktails are another star attraction.
My preferred hangout spot in the neighborhood has always been Beechmont Tavern.
It's an age-old pub that's been around for as long as I can remember, and the relaxing atmosphere there is perfect for winding down after a long day.
One thing I really appreciate is their variety of food and drink options.
I've had the chance to sample a good portion of their menu over the years.
Their delicious burgers and shots are a combo that never disappoints.
I remember my friends and I challenging each other to try out their drink specials, it gave our evenings a fun twist.
As for the food, their wings are a must-try.
I usually opt for the garlic Parmesan wings, which are some of the best I've ever had.
They are cooked to perfection and taste absolutely incredible.
On a side note, their waffle fries are another favorite of mine.
Alvin & Friends
I am blessed to have Alvin & Friends close by, a destination that offers a unique fusion of Southern and Caribbean cuisine.
The moment you walk through the door, you're enveloped in a warm, elegant atmosphere accentuated by vibrant artwork.
You can find out more about the place here.
My friends and I were seated promptly since we had a reservation, and we were pleasantly surprised when we were greeted with sweet and moist cornbread squares.
Their menu, innovatively presented on tablets, offers a variety of appetizing dishes.
We went for the mango wings, calamari, and codfish fritters for starters.
The wings had a spicy kick to them that was balanced by the sweetness of the mango, while the calamari was perfectly crispy.
The codfish fritters were just as delightful, each bite bursting with flavor.
To wash it all down, we ordered the Jamaican rum punch, which was the perfect blend of sweet and strong.
The music, the setup with a band, and a black piano, all came together to create an unforgettable dining experience.
Looking back on my culinary journey through New Rochelle, I'm struck by the sheer diversity and quality of restaurants we have in our community.
From the comforting, home-style flavors of Rebecca's Café to the tantalizing Mexican dishes of Tecalitlan and Tlaquepaque, there's something to satisfy everyone's palate.
It's safe to say the culinary scene in New Rochelle is a true reflection of our diverse and vibrant community, and I look forward to discovering and indulging in more of the city's gastronomic treasures.