During Lent, many Christians refrain from meat on Fridays, making it a great time to go to a great local seafood restaurant.
Aberdeen Seafood and Dim Sum, White Plains: Besides Asian dishes such as stir-fried noodles and chicken moo shu, the repertoire also includes more exotic seafood dishes: assorted seafood in a bird’s nest, squid with pickled vegetables, jellyfish with egg. confit, sizzling oysters in black pepper sauce and oven-baked shrimp with squid. Also, don’t miss the soup dumplings or the dim sum brunch. Go: 3 Barker Avenue, White Plains, 914-288-0188. www.aberdeenwhiteplains.com
Eastchester Gourmet Fish, Eastchester: Fresh seafood from the nearby market served in an elegant white tablecloth decor that always manages to be casual and inviting. Start with raw oysters or a peeky toe crab salad. As a starter, speckled trout almond with spinach and grilled almonds, sautÃ©ed wild salmon with parsnips and apple puree, or crispy octopus served with a fennel and candied lemon vinaigrette. Go: 837 White Plains Road, Eastchester, 914-725-3450. www.eastchesterfish.com
Gilligan’s Clam Bar, Pomona: The restaurant branch of C&M Seafood Shop is more of a pseudo-Caribbean vacation than a seafood shack. Spacious and exuberant, it is decorated with sunny peach walls and adorned with potted palm trees. The atmosphere is festive enough to engage the kids, but not so hokey as it turns adults off. Everything is fresh and expertly cooked. As good as the food is, the best thing about Gilligan is the service, with its well-trained friendly, attentive and energetic staff. Their enthusiasm is contagious, especially when they passionately perform Gilligan’s birthday song. Go: 366 US-202, Pomona, 845-354-2139. www.gilligansclambar.com
Cuisine of Maura, Nyack: The go-to place in Nyack for great Peruvian food, whether it’s roast chicken or fresh ceviche. There is a cozy oak bar that can seat a dozen people, as well as new tables and chairs. To accompany Peruvian paella and marinated tilapia and shrimp ceviche, there are glasses of Peruvian wine, beer and pisco sour. Go: 248 Main Street, Nyack, 845-535-3533. www.mauraskitchen.com
Momiji, Harrison: One of our favorite sushi restaurants in Westchester. A cozy place (it can only seat 30 people, including the sushi counter), and the perfect place for an intimate meal or a relaxing one-on-one lunch or dinner. The Japanese menu is light and fresh. Try the tuna with grilled peppers on watercress with citrus vinaigrette. Go: 261 Halstead Avenue, Harrison, 914-835-1078.
Morgan’s Fish House, Rye: An elegant and welcoming transformation, this trendy and relaxed restaurant focuses on good fish in styles that are both classic and inventive. Try raw sea bass selections, halibut sprinkled with porcini mushrooms, or small platters, like pastrami salmon with a cucumber salad. And don’t skip dessert. Go: 22 Elm Place, Rye, 914-921-8190. www.morgansfishhouse.net
Ocean House Oyster Bar, Croton-on-Hudson
As with any good seafood restaurant, the emphasis is on specialties. A blackboard lists the daily appetizer and appetizer selections, along with an impressive and ever-changing list of east and west coast oysters. There are classics too, including a clam chowder with bacon, Maine crab cakes, and a lobster roll with fries and coleslaw. Ocean House is BYO. Go: 49 North Riverside Ave, Croton-on-Hudson. 914-271-0702. oceanhouseoysterbar.com
Restaurants we love: Ocean House Oyster Bar and Grill
Purdy’s farmer and the fish, north of Salem: A restaurant with a New England clam shack menu with a farm-to-table twist in a Revolutionary War era setting. He has his own shop on the farm, located next to the restaurant and open from 10 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday to Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Sunday. The seafood comes from one of the owner’s wholesale businesses, Down East Seafood. In addition to ready-to-go prepared dinners, whole and filleted fish is available, as well as a full selection of raw vegetables, local produce, meats, homemade bacon, sausages and fresh pasta. Go: 100 Titicus Rd., North Salem, 914-617-8380. www.farmerandthefish.com
Ruby’s Oyster Bar and Bistro, Rye: Gather at the large communal table in this friendly bistro and share a plate of oysters. Ruby’s often has more than six types listed on the large blackboard on the back wall, from Peconic Bay to St. Simons, and solid wine choices to go with them. Don’t miss the brunch either. Go: 45 Purchase Street, Rye, 914-921-4166. www.rubysoysterbar.com
Wasabi, Nyack: Hip, very trendy. Chef-owner Doug Chi Nguyen’s stylish sushi and sashimi creations have an equally stylish home with crisp green walls and a tiled sushi bar. Fusion dishes with flair include risotto with tuna sushi, lobster tempura, and Asian glutinous black rice pudding. Go: 110 Main St, Nyack, 845-358-7977. wasabinyack.com