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oldies but goodies in westchester-- wobble cafe, zephs', malabar hill


Restaurants & Bars New York State (exc. NYC)

oldies but goodies in westchester-- wobble cafe, zephs', malabar hill

i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream | | Jan 13, 2011 02:35 PM

Recently I've been back to some places I haven't been lately so I thought I'd post some update. I haven't seen much of these places on the boards and they all deserve a shout-out.

I had breakfast at Wobble Cafe last week and while the service was slow, this place turns out an excellent breakfast at a fair price in a really homey atmosphere. Wobble is so welcoming. My banana pecan pancakes were huge, fluffy, and complemented by a drizzle of real maple syrup. My husband's omelet was stuffed to the brim with cheese and bacon and veggies and accompanied with hash browns and toasted homemade bread. I can't see any reason to choose a diner over Wobble for a satisfying breakfast in the Ossining area.

Last week, I also got to get back to Zephs' for a belated birthday dinner. This was the first time we went on a Saturday, and I was so happy to see that they were totally booked and not too-too quiet as I found them to be the previous times we've been (usually Wednesday or Thursday). This place is another local gem, so unique. I love the old fashioned warmth and quaintness of the room and the server can only be described as jolly. The food is not trendy or fancily plated, but it is delicious across the board, and the hearty choices were perfect for the cold night. My husband had a special for his app-- lentil soup with lamb meatballs, bellywarming and perfectly flavored. I had Vietnamese shrimp fritters, which I can only describe as sweet potato latke- type fritters with bits of shrimp mixed throughout the batter, which came with a tangy dipping sauce. They serve warm bread and salad as well. For my entree, I had the duck confit, which is a marvel-- crisp skin, buttery, rich. It came with a chutney, potatoes, and roasted brussels sprouts and celery root. My husband had the osso bucco, which again, is so in tune with the season-- hearty, with a rich flavorful sauce and plenty of winter veggies. For dessert, we shared a chocolate mousse cake with a scoop of vanilla malted ice cream. This place is fantastic!

This past week, I made it to Malabar Hill despite the snow. I've been rather disappointed with Khan's lately and wanted a menu to order off of. I know Malabar Hill has mixed reviews on CH, but I've always liked it, and we were really pleased with our meal. The mango lassi was silky and thick, samosas crisply fried but greaseless. We shared the lamb malabar (boneless, in a coconut sauce) and a tomato cream paneer dish, both flavorful and in generous portions. The rice and naan are not the best I've had, but soaked up every last drop of the sauce well. The service is excellent and they seem to have redone the interior (again) and it's very nice.

It's really great to go back to places after not visiting for a few months and have the meals be just as good as remembered!

Zephs' Restaurant
638 Central Ave, Peekskill, NY 10566

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