Culinary Port Chester

Tandoori interior. Courtesy Tandoori Taste of India.
It was a tough job but someone had to do it. We take a tour through the flavors of Port Chester. Yum.

Over the past few decades restaurants have transformed Port Chester into a United Nations of good eats, attracting hungry foodies from all over the county (including us). With places like Coyote Flaco and Marianacci’s offering comfort food with Latin and Italian influences, respectively, and spots like Appetit Bistro and Sonora providing modern twists on old favorites, Port Chester’s restaurant scene truly has it all. Join us as we journey through the ever-changing flavors of Port Chester, from casual lunch spots to fine dining experiences: 

Acuario — Serving Peruvian specialties, Acuario has become a destination with fresh seafood offerings like its fish ceviche. Other Peruvian classics include pollo à la Brasca, a spicy grilled chicken dish. 163 N. Main St., 914-937-2338,

Alba’s Restaurant and Bar — Named after the famous white truffle region of Italy, Alba’s features traditional Northern Italian cuisine with a home-cooked taste. This family run business makes all of its pastas fresh every day, offering such classics as penne alla vodka or gnocchi alla Alba in an expanded-yet-homey atmosphere. 400 N. Main St., 914-937-2236,

Appetit Bistro — This sleek space presents a modern twist on traditional French cuisine, including duck à l’orange and steak frites, using an array of fresh ingredients to provide customers with a contemporary French dining experience. 540A Willett Ave. 914-690-2000,

Aqui Es Santa Fe — With an Instagram page that captures photographs and videos of home-cooked Colombian classics, Aqui Es Santa Fe provides a balance of old and new. In a modern-yet-homey environment, guests can feast on dishes like bandeja Santa Fe (grilled skirt steak served with Colombian chorizo, rice, beans, avocado, a fried egg and tostones). 32 Broad St., 914-305-1060,

Bartaco Port Chester — A blue-and-white interior, beachy wooden tables and plenty of natural light create a coastal atmosphere in this modern Mexican spot, which serves up equally light-but-filling fare like baja fish tacos and grilled corn (with lime, cotija cheese, cayenne pepper). 1 Willett Ave., 914-937-8226,

Coals — This local favorite features unusual offerings — as in the Smokey Joe pizza of Fontinella, smoked Mozzarella, tomato, Pecorino, sweet coppa and red onion — as well as 10 beers on tap in an intimate storefront setting. 35 N. Main St., 914-305-3220,

Coyote Flaco — A large outdoor seating area blends with an array of Mexican dishes, including  a classic chimichanga and the adventurous quesadilla Linda (stuffed with cheese, mushrooms, pico de gallo, meat and, yes, baby cactus). 115 Midland Ave., 914-937-6969

Kiosko Restaurant Bar — A full bar, a large seating area and a host of Mexican favorites characterize this eatery, which promises “authentic Mexican Food.” 220 Westchester Ave., 914-933-0155

Marianacci’s — This family owned business has provided patrons with a fine dining experience for more than 60 years with a wide-ranging menu organized in the tradition of a multicourse Italian meal. 24 Sherman St., 914-939-3450,

Rye House Port Chester — This American restaurant and bar offers artisanal spirits, craft beer, and dishes with a Southern twist, like voodoo shrimp and Cheshire pork chop, all in a cozy, modern atmosphere. 126 N. Main St. 914-481-8771, 

Salsa Picante — Salads, tacos and taquitos, along with such Mexican sandwiches as the torta al pastor (pork marinated in a blend of dried chilies, spices and pineapple) are served up in a bustling, casual setting. There’s a substantial children’s menu. 110 Adee St., 914-481-5488,

Saltaire Oyster Bar and Fish House — Set inside an historic warehouse along the Byram River, this bar and restaurant offers fresh seafood from waters near and far, artisan wines and craft beverages. The three-sided raw bar offers a seafood tower of oysters, shrimps and more. 55 Abendroth Ave., 914-939-2425, 

Sonora — Chef Rafael Palomino prepares a tour of Latin cultures, touching on the cuisines of Argentina, Portugal and Puerto Rico, with tapas and the tacos de churrasco (grilled skirt steak, mushrooms & lettuce) among the highlights. 179 Rectory St., 914-933-0200,

T&J Pizza and Pasta — This family-owned restaurant, established in the 1990s, continues to provide generous servings of Italian dishes in a casual, modern setting. 10 Pearl St., 914-939-4134,

Tandoori Taste of India — The menu features classics such as curry, masala and vindaloo along with house specials like biryani, which includes basmati rice and a choice of chicken, lamb, goat, shrimp or vegetables, all in a traditionally colorful setting. 163 N. Main St., 914-937-2727,

Tarry Lodge — The wide-ranging menu of meats, seafood, pasta and pizza includes Zuppa Di Pesce Alla Siciliana (made with shrimp, calamari and clams) as well as Pork Chop Milanese with arugula, tomatoes and red onions. 18 Mill St. 914-939-3111, 

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