Westchester Magazine has published their annual "Best of Westchester" edition for 2010. New Rochelle put in a strong showing in the "Food & Drink" and "Nightlife" categories but was otherwise shut out by the magazine's editors.
Don Coqui and Little Mexican Café were Editor's Picks in the Restaurant category (Don Coqui was also a "Reader's Choice"). Don Coqui was noted for its dancing and brining "A little bit of South Beach flavor" to Westchester. The magazine suggests giving the taco al pastor, a taco with chili-spiked pork roasted under a pineapple, a try at the Little Mexican Café which has previously been honored for Best Authentic Mexican Food (2004) and Best Margarita (2007).
Spectators Sports Bar was selected in the Nightlife category as "Best Out-of-Frat-House Experience" where "the co-eds are just as cute and the beer just as cheap" as you remember from your college days. Gary Torigian is quoted saying “It’s like Happy Hour twenty-four/seven".
An epicurean web site in New Rochelle, ceramiccanvas.com was noted for its "seductive recipe and its selection as a “Best of the Web” seal by Saveur Magazine. The magazine recommends trying the "skinny sweet-potato fries with ginger five-spice ketchup"
Cherry Lawn Farm Market's Low-fat Tuna Salad (low-fat mayo, scallions, apples, and cranberries) is called "addictive". Costco's Kalamata Olives get a nod as delicious and a bargain to boot.
New Rochelle had no listings in "Shopping", "Arts & Leisure", "Health & Beauty", "Home" and "Kids". Dog Commander, a local dog trainer, was a Readers Pick in the "Services" category.
None of last year's winners made the list in 2010 (Westchester Magazine: Best of Westchester 2009), a list which included The Gnarly Vine, Ethnika Home Decor and Antiques, transFORM as well as two businesses in the "Chains We Love" category -- New York Sports Club and Home Goods.
Who do you think should have been on the list for New Rochelle but did not make the cut with Westchester magazine?
Here is the video from last year: