Westchester’s Ridge Hill just received a taste of Asian flair with the opening of Little Buddha.
A diverse menu draws influence from all corners of the Asian continent — China, Japan, Thailand, Malaysia, even India: a pancake served alongside a curry dipping sauce. Appetizers include Spicy Edamame, which is tossed with Japanese shichimi peppers, and “Amazing Crispy Calamari” served with a spicy Chinese sauce. Presentation matters here: Many entrees are served with an orchid on the plate, and the Five Spice Chicken (among other entrees) also features a colored LED light “cube” flashing under a pile of translucent crispy white noodles.
Owner Peter Lin has opened four restaurants in Westchester in five years, including Buddha in Rye Brook, Lucky Buddha in Thornwood, and Yumi in Pelham Manor.
“We wanted to bring Manhattan style to here. We provide quality food, quality service, and the freshest ingredients,” says Lin. “It’s entertainment, it’s fun, it’s food — it’s everything!”
Long hanging Edison bulbs and grommeted panels lend the space a hip industrial vibe that blends nicely with more traditional cultural elements such as the lacquered wooden latticework separating different areas of the restaurant and the jade lucky dragons standing sentry at the entrance to the main dining room.
The sushi bar, presided over by chef and partner Andy Chan, features a white onyx counter through which red LED light shines. A special selection of “fancy rolls” includes the Angry Dragon (crispy shrimp tempura, spicy tuna and papaya, topped with spicy crab and sweet citrus sauce) and the “Out of Control” (tuna, yellowtail, salmon, avocado, asparagus, scallion, tobiko, and spicy miso sauce.
The walls of the hibachi area are tiled with hundreds of little Buddhas, and the hibachi stations feature the same red glow as the sushi bar. Twelve hibachi stations serve up to 20 people each; a party room also accommodates hibachi for up to 25 people.
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If you go …
Little Buddha, 1 Ridge Hill Blvd. (in Westchester’s Ridge Hill Fountain Plaza, above the Yard House restaurant), Yonkers. 914-358-9468, www.littlebuddhany.com.
Hours: 11:30 a.m.-10:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 11:30 a.m.-11:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, noon-10 p.m. Sunday.
Great for: Big Groups, Date Night, Solo Dining, Take Out, Cocktails, Dining at the Bar, Girls’ Night Out, Kid Friendly, Late Night Eats, Meeting for a Drink, Going Out on Mondays, Private Room, Romantic, Dinner with Grandparents, Special Occasion Dining, Vegetarians.