One of the best things about living in New York City is the food- the access to authentic Chinese food. Moving to the suburbs does not mean you have to give that up. The good news is you don’t have to drive all the way back to New York City for your Chinese food fix, here are the best Chinese Restaurants in Westchester and Fairfield County.
Best Chinese Restaurants in Westchester: Best Dim Sum
The best Chinese restaurant in Westchester for Dim Sum is hands down Aberdeen Seafood and Dim Sum. Aberdeen’s dim sum rivals that of the big dim sum houses in Flushing and Chinatown. Our second runner up for the best Chinese restaurant for dim sum in Westchester is Central Seafood. It’s not as good as Aberdeen but still worth a mention since it serves decent Chinese dim sum.
3 Barker Avenue, White Plains, NY
If you are looking for Chinese food that is authentic and as good as the Chinese restaurants in Chinatown and Flushing, then you should try Aberdeen. Aberdeen is one of the best Chinese restaurants in Westchester. It is a popular Chinese restaurant in White Plains serving traditional Cantonese cuisine. They serve dim sum every day (closed on Tuesdays). Their dim sum rivals the big dim sum houses in Flushing and Chinatown- the taste and food quality is authentic. Plus you will get the full dim sum experience because they serve their dim sum from a push-cart. Their Har-Gaw (shrimp dumplings), sesame balls and soup dumplings are excellent. Although be prepared to wait in line to get a table for Sunday dim sum. Other dishes to try are the Pan Fried Noodle, Pork Chop Peking Style, Peking Duck, and Fokkien Fried Rice.
285 North Central Avenue, Hartsdale, NY
Central Seafood is a popular Chinese restaurant in Westchester. They have dim sum every day and their dim sum is authentic. Like Aberdeen, they also serve their dim sum from a push-cart. They do get busy on the weekends so be prepared to wait in line. The stuffed eggplant with shrimp from the dim sum menu is delicious. They also have an extensive menu with lots of casserole and seafood choices. Dishes to try are Pan Fried Noodle and Salt Fish and Chicken Fried Rice (think anchovies).
Best Chinese Restaurants in Westchester: Best Decor
361 North Central Avenue, Hartsdale, NY
You can’t tell from the exterior, O Mandarin is located in a strip mall in Hartsdale (the same shopping plaza as H Mart, a popular Asian Supermarket), but the moment you step inside, you will be pleasantly surprised by the decor. When it comes to decor, O Mandarin wins hands down for best decor. While the other Chinese restaurants on our list lack ambiance, O Mandarin gets an A+ on ambiance. It is beautifully decorated with Chinese antiques, hand-painted scrolls, lanterns and Chinese furniture. If you need to impress anyone, this is the place to take them. O Mandarin also wins on food presentation. Try the Scallion Bubble Pancake, you will be wowed with the presentation. The good thing about O Mandarin is it gets high marks on both food presentation and taste. Their food is comparable to the Chinese restaurants in Flushing and Chinatown. They also serve dim sum but the menu is limited. Their soup dumplings are delicious. Other dishes to try are Shredded Pork with Bamboo, General Tso’s Chicken (not necessarily authentic but really good), Vegetable and Tofu Claypot and Peking Duck. O Mandarin is definitely one of the best Chinese restaurants in Westchester.
Best Chinese Restaurant in Fairfield County
Unfortunately, there aren’t a lot of authentic Chinese restaurants in Fairfield County. It used to be the closest authentic Chinese restaurants to Fairfield County was either Aberdeen in White Plains (Westchester) or Lao Sze Chuan in Milford (New Haven County). Until recently, there was a lack of authentic Chinese restaurants in Fairfield County.
Stamford Town Center, 230 Tresser Blvd, Stamford, CT
Peter Chang is a Chinese restaurant in Stamford Town Center Mall’s restaurant row. It took over the space that was once California Pizza Kitchen. This is Chef Peter Chang’s first Connecticut outpost with most of his restaurants in Virginia and Maryland. Peter Chang is an award-winning chef who has received numerous culinary accolades (he is a James Beard Award finalist). The restaurant serves authentic Szechuan cuisine that rivals the Chinese restaurants in Chinatown and Flushing. Dishes to try are the Peking Duck, Dragon Eggplant with Spicy Garlic Sauce, Sweet and Sour Chicken and Crispy Shredded Sesame Beef. They do serve dim sum but the menu is limited. Fairfield County residents no longer have to drive to White Plains or Milford for authentic Chinese food, Peter Chang is one of the best Chinese restaurants in Fairfield County.
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