So to all the people living in the Westchester area–lower that is, here are a few finds that can satiate your hunger for some inexpensive food, decent portions and a real authentic feel.
One day we were in Yonkers and after going to Longhorn Steak House and Red Lobster we opted to YELP it and see what the people were saying. So we ended up in the back of Mount Vernon at a Brazilian place called Chalanas that operated partly like a churrascaria. There was a little area where the guy was cooking meat on spits and also grilling. It was the size of a bathroom and that was all the space he needed. Then they had a buffet area: plantains, beans, roast pork, roasted chicken, potato salad, two kinds of rice, and the list goes on. So we had some of both (the cooking meat and buffet) and we only spent 19$-my husband and daughter were with me. We were filled and satisfied. It was not fancy but the place was small and felt like 95% local people, which is great as there were no pretensions.
The second place is in Hartsdale at 10 Cross Street. It is a small Mexican Restaurant. (Laguana Gourmet) Its so small, it is inside a house practically and partly. There is no grand parking scheme, so only a few people at a time and probably a lot of people walk as it is close to major apartment complexes. (guessing?) It is off of Central Avenue almost hidden away. The first time we went, we were not sure where it was. The food counter area is like a small parlor with only a few tables to sit -2 really. Then up a 1/3 set of stairs to the right is a small room that has tables around the perimeter-maybe 8 and that is where we sat. The few times we have been there it has only ever had one other set of people there and sometimes none. (sitting down but people going going to the counter to pickup) The food is good however.
The third is in Port Chester and it on the main drag, Main street towards the Greenwich line to be exact. This one is our go to for Peruvian–Pollo A La Brasa. (right next door is a bbq place and that is good to but we are doing South American (plus Mexican) restaurants in this blog) It is like a large cafeteria but with a mirrored wall. Whenever we went it was always 75% plus full. Our favorite dish is Lomo Saltado. We had the chicken (Pollo Saltado) but the beef (Lomo) is the best. They also have their own drinks. That is fun as well. Street parking is paid parking so just get prepared.
So give them a try and if you visit or know someone who has visited, please feel free to comment.