Here’s a departure from the usual campaign bulletin.

I’m always on the lookout for new places to eat. As Mayor of New Rochelle, I’m particularly proud of the many great restaurants that have opened and thrived downtown.

So when Jim Leff (the founder of invited me to join him for a mini-tour of local establishments that have caught his attention, I couldn’t say no. In three hours we hit nine joints within shouting distance of I-287. My favorite dish: the fish head soup at a tiny Ecuadorian spot in Sleepy Hollow called Chester Fried Chicken. The hot sauce on the side was just as good.

Now I’m inspired to find the best bites on the campaign trail.

Will you point me in the right direction? What’s the must-visit spot where you live?

Send me your tips, and I’ll report back when I find something I like as much as Chester’s fish heads!




A full list of our itinerary:

Bridge View Tavern
226 Beekman Ave
Sleepy Hollow
Blue Point Mosaic IPA

Chester Fried Chicken
166 Cortlandt Street
Sleepy Hollow
Ecuadorian Fish Head Soup and Chaulafan (Fried Rice)

Lighthouse Ice Cream & Coffee
127 West Main Street
Goat Milk Caramels

Mint Premium Foods
19 Main Street
Dutch Potato Cheese

Coffee Labs Roasters
7 Main Street
Double Espresso

Varvaro’s Delicatessen
48 Russell Street
White Plains

H Mart
371 North Central Avenue
Uni, Crunchy Rice

Cholula’s Deli
257 Battle Avenue
White Plains
Mexican Barbecued Mutton Tacos

Francesco’s Restaurant
600 Mamaroneck Avenue
White Plains
Penne w. Sausage & Broccoli Rabe, Pizza w. Garlic, Spinach Lasagna