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With the epic real estate bubble driving out most of the good restaurants in New York City, it is time to look outside of the box. Some of the best teams are opening restaurants in Armonk, White Plains, Tarrytown, and other sections of Westchester. But long before the trend, Mulino’s of Westchester opened decades ago.
Formed by members of the famed Manhattan restaurant, Il Mulino, the menu and concept is the same (i.e. the Abruzzi region, near the calf of the boot of Italy). However the larger dining room makes the rest of the experience totally different. This is an old-school restaurant, oblivious to Mario Batali trends, that still delivers.
Simple things like Tagliatelle alla Bolognese (linguini with red meat sauce) is noticeably better than other lesser places. The pasta is not mushy and has the right al dente. The sauce is fresh and tangy (like Uncle Steve’s). It is hard to wow diners with common boring dishes like this, but they do (try the half-sizes to be paired with entrees).
Even if you are young and hip, it is cool to go retro once in a while. From Grand Central Station, it is a 30-minute express Metro North to Mulino’s. Get out of that Bill de Blasio city once in a while.