Driving up Westchester Avenue last week we noticed that Café Mirage
had reopened at 223 Westchester Avenue. They were our
go to restaurant for years when they were located on North Main St…but after several
inexplicably bad meals we threw in the towel and stopped going.
I have since come to learn that they were priced out of their previous location by a new
landlord…I can’t imagine what they went through after 15 years in that space … having
to figure out how to stay afloat while wrapping their heads around the fact that they needed
to find a new space. I apologize if I complained about the decline in the quality of the food…
Regardless of past experience we went in and ordered…we kept it pretty simple… the food we had was
was very, very good. We started with half a dozen clams and half a dozen oysters, and the
Steamed Little Neck Clams with Chorizo all old favorites, a cheddar burger with chili, an
order of fried chicken, chocolate mousse and an order of coconut macaroons…I know!!!
The fried chicken I would recommend to anyone who likes fried chicken…it was a very generous portion, three
nice sized pieces, photo was taken after a piece or two had been scarfed. The slightly sweet, crunchy poppy seed slaw was delicious as were the fries that came with the chicken…the burger was juicy with fatty juices running and cooked medium rare as ordered, the chili was fabulous with a really nice kick…the French fries are still IMO hands down the
best in Westchester. The house made desserts are always really good…If you like bread pudding order it here.
Next time I will order two more of my two old favorites The Arugula salad with Grapefruit, blue cheese,
red onion, pignoli, with poppy seed vinaigrette and the Pan Fried Oysters with Bearnaise aioli…