There are many exciting restaurants downtown (click here to download the restaurant guide) several of which have just opened up within the past few months and weeks. Below is a list of the participating restaurants, some details on their special menus and prices for Movie and a Meal night. To participate in the prix-fix menus and event discounts YOU MUST MAKE RESERVATIONS! Call the restaurant of your choice directly. Tax and gratuity is extra at all restaurants.
Cafe El Dorado, 573 Main St., 636-5671 – Adults enjoy either Red Snapper with coconut rice, or a T-bone steak. Burgers and finger foods for kids. Prix-fixe: Adults, $16; Children, $5. Named after the legendary golden city sought by Spanish explorers in the New World, El Dorado was said to be so fabulously wealthy that the king was said to have been covered with gold dust so many times that he was permanently gilded! This softly-lit café authentically captures the Columbian roots of its Owner-Chef Wolfgang Schellenbach.
Cholo’s Kitchen, 4 Lawton St., 235-0094 – This charming Peruvian restaurant is one of the most authentic ethnic restaurants in the region. Enjoy a 20% discount on all menu items. If you’ve never tried Peruvian cuisine, you’re in for a treat. It’s a unique blend of the country’s native Inca culture, its Spanish conquerors who arrived in the 1500s, and the Chinese indentured workers who followed 300 years later. One appreciative diner turned critic posted his appreciative comments on the Internet: “Its tacu-tacu beef saltado is so tender, it’s Sangria is excellent, and its bread pudding – decadent!”
Coromandel, 30 Division St., 235-8390 – This Indian restaurant is known throughout Westchester County for its pleasing palette of colors on the walls and its delicious menu that pleases all palates! Enjoy 20% off on all menu items. A handful of specialties from the Coromandel Coast in southwest India have been added to the menu. Prepare yourself for some cooking that can be as hot as its climate! Raved one reviewer: “It’s Mangalor prawns prepared with sweet coconut, ginger and curry sauce was a winner. An amazingly subtle dish of lamb (salli boti) brought julienne of apricots into the delicate, delicious mix. Don't forget to order breads. Plain nan was so good we wanted no other.”
DaVinci’s Café, 22 Division St., 235-2464 – Part of the Division Street Renaissance, dinner at DaVinci’s is like dining in the Vatican museums. Your choice of chicken, veal, seafood or from the grill, plus several side dishes, dessert, coffee or soda. Prix-fixe: Adults, $13.95-15.95; Children, $10. DaVinci's Cafe serves delectable traditional Northern and Southern Italian cuisine, including seafood, pastas and its signature chicken dish. The restaurant's signature dessert is a luscious fresh zeppoli with vanilla ice cream and chocolate nutella. Brick oven pizza is another specialty. The bread is baked daily on the premises.
El Tio, 25 Anderson St., 633-8686 (across from New Roc City) – This authentic Mexican restaurant specializes in steaks, shrimp and traditional Mexican cuisine. A special prix-fixe menu will be offered this one night, only. Prix-fixe: Adults, $13.95; Children, $5.
Fresh Taco, 6 Division St., 633-1859 – Fresh Taco makes all of its meals fresh to order and for this one night only promotion, adults dine for just $6 each and Children, $4 each, on selected specials.
Jani, 30 LeCount Place (New Roc City), 632-1116 – Jani’s ornate Pan-Asian decoration and its sumptuous Pan-Asian cuisine of Chinese and Japanese specialties including a fresh sushi and raw clam bar, combine for an exotic dining experience. Enjoy a 15% discount on all menu items on May 24th.
Little Mexican Café, 581 Main Street, 636-3926 – This “cocina Mexicano” has planned a special menu of tajitas, enchiladas, burritos and tarta for adults, and Cheese Quesadas, chicken fingers, tacos, hamburgers and cheeseburgers for kids. Prix-fixe: Adults, $11; Children, $6. In 2004, it won the coveted distinction of being designated the best authentic Mexican restaurant in Westchester, from Westchester Magazine. House specialties include Charro, pork sausage and salted beef served with guacamole, rice and beans and Tampiquena, steak with enchiladas, guacamole.
Mo’s New York Grill, 4 Memorial Highway, 632-1442 – Opened for less than a year, Mo’s has become famous for more than its famous partners: Chef Gary Fosina, his brother and partner John – sons of New Rochelle’s beloved three-term City Councilmember Joe Fosina and wife Mickie and, of course, the even more famous Yankee’s Pitcher Mariana Rivera. Its fine steaks and chops, crab cake and fried calamari, and Tuna Tartare has made Mo’s as popular a destination for Metro New York’s power brokers as New Rochelle Downtown, itself! Baseball fans may have a hard time focusing on its extensive menu which also includes several seafood specialties, for all of its baseball memorabilia decorating the walls. And since the Yankees have the night off, May 24th, sandwiched between two home games, who knows who might show up for Movie and a Meal night! A special Movie and a Meal prix-fixe menu will be served: Adults $20; Children $10
Rangoli Indian Cuisine, 615 Main St., 235-0134 – Rangoli happily relocated to New Rochelle after several years in neighboring Pelham. Its new location is authentically decorated and can as comfortably accommodate small dinner parties as large celebrations. For Movie and a Meal Night, it will be offering both a Vegetarian and Non-vegetarian choice of Thali, a traditional Indian meal of several different dishes from both Northern and Southern India, including a vegetable-filled samosa pastry puff, a vegetable, chicken or lamb entrée, rice or bread and dessert. Prix-fixe: Adults, $12.95; Children, $8.95.
The Speckled Door, 599 Main St., 355-2050 – This may be the biggest surprise in the Movie and a Meal dining experience. Just opened, The Speckled Door was inspired by a traditional Irish pub favored by its owners when visiting Kinsale, Ireland a waterfront town (just like New Rochelle) in County Cork. Be one of the first in all of Westchester to dine at this beautifully decorated new restaurant characterized by its dark, rich woodwork, bar and cabinetry. Prix-fixe: Adults $20; Children $7.
Villarina’s, 49 Lawton St., 235-4545 – You won’t find fresher pasta than what’s homemade and served at Villarina’s, also headquarters to the company’s pasta factory servicing other restaurants and stores throughout Westchester and Connecticut. For nearly 40 years, Villarina’s has been serving “the finest authentic Italian homemade pastas, sauces, and dinners outside of Italy.” Why you would want to try anything but one of its 14 different pastas, we’re not sure! But there are plenty of antipastos, veal, chicken, beef and seafood entrees and, of course Italian desserts. And for Movie and a Meal night, deduct 10% off its regular prices.