2.5.21 - 3.14.21   vol. 17

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Dining with a Theme in February!

The Chinese Lunar New Year celebration begins on Friday, Feb. 12th. Many Asian eateries will be extending the festivities thru the week with special dishes and menus. Be sure to check ahead for exact dates, times, and pricing.


Over at Aberdeen Seafood & Dim Sum, 3 Barker Ave., White Plains (914-288-0188), in the Residence Inn, they will be offering a special Chinese New Year’s menu. You can also celebrate with a run thru their popular Dim Sum, or from the regular menu. www.aberdeenwhiteplains.com.


Ku Asian Bistro, 480 New Rochelle Road, in the Chester Heights section of Bronxville (914-668-8877), has a fine hand with their regional Chinese fusion specialties. ‘Ku’ is a Chinese word meaning ‘fantastic’, so let Chefs Wang and Qiu surprise you with their delightful Asian fusion flavors. From the Chinese kitchen try the Spareribs, Shrimp with Long Bean, Moo Shu Pork, Kung Pao Chicken, and General Tso’s Chicken. Check ahead for hours. Free parking. www.kuasianb.com


Mister Chen, 265 Mamaroneck Ave., Mamaroneck (914-777-1212), the newest Chinese spot along this Asian strip, serves wonderful house made soup dumplings and buns prepared on the premises, chicken lo mein, and tasty honey glazed BBQ spare ribs. www.misterchenny.com


All restaurants offer take-out & delivery.



If you are an intrepid home cook and want to pull the old wok out of the closet and oil it up, you may want to visit big bustling H-Mart for a wide variety of pan-Asian products. They are located at 371 N. Central Ave., Hartsdale (914-448-8888). There is another H-Mart in the Highridge Shopping Center on Central Park Ave., Yonkers.  www.hmart.com Though smaller, New Golden Village Oriental Market, 365 Central Park Ave., Scarsdale (914-437-9795), would also be a good bet. Enjoy a fresh bubble tea while there. The Chinatown markets in Flushing and Manhattan are great but take a bit longer to reach.



Freebird Kitchen & Bar, 161 Mamaroneck Ave., White Plains, serves a Southern-themed menu that includes such specialties as: Pimiento Cheese Balls served with pecans and Ritz crackers; Fried Green Tomatoes; Shrimp & Grits; and Chicken Fried Steak. Look for a dramatic swarm of flying birds hanging from the ceiling. Open daily for lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch. Rooftop. Happy Hours are back: Tues.-Thurs., 4-6 pm; Fri., 2-6 pm. Phone: 914-607-2476. www.freebirdkitchenandbar.com


Proprietor Peter Van Cott of The Bayou Restaurant, 580 Gramatan Ave., Mt. Vernon, has been serving up the spirited sounds and flavors of Cajun country since 1991, and the place is still funky and enjoyable. So, if you can’t make it to New Orleans, this is the spot to revel to authentic blues and zydeco music while hunkering down to an overstuffed Po’ Boy or such house specialties as: Big Muffulettas, Southern Fried Chicken, Grilled Peppered Catfish, Tender Pork Ribs Smothered in BBQ Sauce, Jazzy Jumpin’ Jambalaya served with Louisiana Andouille Sausage, Alligator Sausage, and Crawfish Tails Smothered in Rich Creole Gravy. Reservations are suggested. Phone: 914-668-2634. www.bayourestaurantny.com




(Morris Gut is a restaurant marketing consultant and former restaurant trade magazine editor. He has been tracking and writing about the food & dining scene in greater Westchester for 30 years. He may be reached at: 914-235-6591. Email: gutreactions@optonline.net)