Westchester County Mom Picks: Favorite Spots for Mediterranean Cuisine

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Our Westchester County Mom contributors live all over this beautiful county. Each of us knows our own corners well, and as a team, we love being able to share our collective resources and knowledge of Westchester County with our readers.

A common question on social media, especially in parenting groups, is for local restaurant recommendations. As Westchester County is home to many incredible restaurants, our contributor team is excited to share our faves! 

This month we are spotlighting our top choices for some Mediterranean cuisines. From Mount Kisco to White Plains to Armonk to Bronxville…we’ve got you covered with some delicious choices for Greek, Israeli, and Georgian food!

Bena’s Pick: 

Elia Taverna (502 New Rochelle Road, Bronxville): “They have amazing gyros!” Authentic Greek cuisine with a huge menu – they have over 25 appetizers – ample salad choices, which you can top with your choice of grilled chicken, gyro, chicken gyro, falafel, grape leaves, grilled shrimp, or grilled calamari. And of course, many traditional faves such as moussaka, spanakopita, pastichio, and baklava for dessert. A kids menu is available, as well as, catering, delivery, dine-in, or take-out.

Erin’s Picks:  

Meraki Taverna (450 Main Street, Armonk): “Traditional Greek staples served up in a more refined fashion than many of the other Greek restaurants in the area. Meraki is a welcome addition to the community! I love the gyro and zucchini croquettes. They also make an amazing cauliflower dish.” Meraki Taverna offers a large selection of traditional and modern Greek dishes, sometimes combined into one dish! They boast that all of their dishes have the Meraki touch, which translates to doing something with love, passion, and a lot of soul. Open for dine-in, take-out, and delivery. Catering is available as well. 

Falafel Taco (30 Wheeler Avenue, Pleasantville): “It is an Israeli/Mediterranean/Mexican fusion spot. You wouldn’t think those things would go well together, but they totally do.”  The story of how the restaurant came to be is adorable! They call it MexRaeli Cuisine. For example, they have a Mexican Matzoh Ball Tortilla Soup, a MexiGhanoush dip, and Mexican Latkes for an appetizer. The Tel Aviv Taco exhibits the best of MexRaeli: fried fillet fish, shredded cabbage, Mexican brown rice, black bean hummus, and chipotle mayo. You have to check this place out! A kids’ menu is available. Catering, delivery, dine-in, or take-out are also available.

Jessica’s Pick: 

Badageoni Georgian Kitchen (26-28 Main Street, Mt Kisco): “Very unique, authentic and fresh fare, unlike anywhere else I’ve eaten in Westchester. Affordable and offers interesting wines. The cheese bread is delicious and the Pkhali platter is very flavorful and distinct. Lots of yummy meat dishes like slow-cooked beef. Napoleon cake dessert is a must-try with light layers of pastry and cream.” Badageoni was opened by siblings Inga Duignan and Giga Jankarashvili as the county’s first (and only) restaurant to offer Georgian cuisine. They were given a Michigan Bib Gourmand designation, which marks a restaurant that offers a high-quality dining experience at a reasonable price typically meaning two courses and a glass of wine or dessert for around $40. Delivery, dine-in, or take-out is available.

Lelia’s Pick:

Nikos Taverna (287 Central Avenue, White Plains): “I love their grilled shrimp. The flavor and authentic seasoning are amazing!” Nikos has been a White Plains staple since 2005 and their menu offers all the Greek food faves. If you can’t narrow down your choice of an appetizer, you cannot go wrong with the Hot Pikilia Sampler: zucchini fritters, meatballs, house-cured pickled vegetables, cheese, and tzatziki. They put a different spin on their Pan Pizzas, as they are cooked Detroit-style (a rectangular pizza with a thick crust that is crispy and chewy). And top it off with your choice of Greek wines. They offer catering, delivery, dine-in or take-out, with a lovely outside dining area. 

And few of us have a taste for Lefteris Gyro.  

Angela says, “Lefteris Gyros in Tarrytown on Main Street is fab.”  
Jessica says, “Generous portions. I love their Greek salad. Their dressing is so good!”  
Erin says, “Love their gyro, too!” 

Lucky for us, they have four locations in Westchester County:

Lefteris Gyro: 1 North Broadway, Tarrytown 
Lefteris Gyro II: 190 East Main Street, Mount Kisco
Lefteris Gyro III: 242 Market Street, Ridge Hill Mall, Yonkers
Lefteris Gyro IV: 501 Marble Avenue, Pleasantville
 
P.S. – September 1st is National Gyro Day. So go for it and let us know!

We hope you give them a try! Let us know what you think. Where are your fave spots for Mediterranean cuisine in Westchester?

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Melissa Jacobowitz is a Bronx native who moved to Westchester County after she and her high school sweetheart got hitched in 1997. She and her husband live in Mount Kisco with their son Corey (b 2004) and daughter Mia (b 2007). Melissa spent many years working in Human Resources and currently works in enrollment and marketing for a child care organization. Melissa is a two-time survivor of Postpartum OCD. Melissa initially became interested in writing to raise awareness for perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, but has discovered that writing is a newfound aspect of her life that she thoroughly enjoys. She was also a contributing writer with Suburban Misfit Mom and you can find her stories at http://suburbanmisfitmom.com/writer/melissa-jacobowitz/ Melissa is also a featured writer in the book “A Dark Secret,” which is a compilation of where 15 women share their stories of maternal mental illness from diagnosis to recovery. Melissa is excited to write with the Westchester County Mom team and hopes that you’ll enjoy her stories of the trials and tribulations of a born-n-raised city girl raising a teenagers growing up here in Westchester.

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