A chic new restaurant for classic Chinese cuisine is expected to open today in Hartsdale.
Formerly the home of the Italian eatery, Caffe Azzurri, the place has been transformed into Fantasy Cuisine.
The 88-seat interior with a bar feels modern with clean slate tones, beige woodwork and a dash of mango-yellow in the leather booths. The menu has a dim sum category with small plates meant to be ordered by the handful and shared by the table, including steamed pork soup dumplings and house special buns. The Sichuan page offers the type of traditional Chinese stir-fry food not offered in the area, said general manager Chiahung Chu. It is not the American version of Chinese food seen at takeout joints.
“We live around this area and every time we want to get authentic Chinese food, we have to drive to Flushing or Chinatown in Manhattan,” Chu said. “So now you can get the same quality of food here.”
Several tables are built with induction burners inside and will be used for hot pots, a family style of cooking and eating meats and vegetables in a soup broth at the table — sometimes called shabu shabu. The restaurant will have a full-liquor bar in a few weeks once licensing is completed. A kids’ menu is available, plus weekday lunch deals for $8.95 and $9.95.
The restaurant, 20 N. Central Ave., Hartsdale, will be open 11:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Monday to Thursday; 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday; and noon to 9:30 p.m. Sunday. Call 914-358-9046/9047.
(Note: The restaurant had to temporarily close due to technical issues)
— By Amy Sowder