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Unique But Different Eateries Open In Scarsdale, Hartsdale

Skinny Buddha Organic Cafe opened at 6 Depot Plaza in Scarsdale on Monday. Photo Credit: Provided
Scarsdale's new Skinny (but cozy) Buddha cafe includes four tables and eight seats as well as a window bench that seats four across from the Metro-North railroad station. Photo Credit: Provided

GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- Two new, but very different restaurants began serving their specialties this week in Hartsdale and Scarsdale.

On Monday, Skinny Buddha Organic Cafe opened at 6 Depot Plaza in Scarsdale, across from the Metro-North train station.

Two years ago, Skinny Buddha Fitness Center co-owners Elyce Jacobson and Shaka Taffawa opened the Organic Kitchen pick-up window in Mount Kisco in response to countless requests from personal training clients wanting prepared organic meals to take home to their families.

With the Organic Kitchen proving continued success, Jacobson and Taffawa said they chose to expand their brand with the Scarsdale sit-down location, to serve healthy, nutritious food they believe also can be delicious.

On Wednesday, Kishuya Ramen Noodle Bar held its grand opening at 163 S. Central Park Ave. in Hartsdale. It offers an authentic and affordable Japanese ramen menu.

Scarsdale's Skinny (but cozy) Buddha cafe includes four tables and eight seats as well as a window bench that seats four. Its menu is the same as the one offered at the Organic Kitchen, so regular customers can enjoy their favorite organic dishes, all of which are prepared by Chef Elyce. Freshly prepared meals for pick-up, delivery and catering also are offered by the Scarsdale location.

“We know that food and fitness go together,'' Jacobson said. "Being that Scarsdale is a fitness-oriented community, we are excited to open our new café."

All ingredients are locally produced, fresh and certified organic; fats are used sparingly and selectively, and all dairy ingredients are made with pasteurized, hormone-free milk, according to Jacobson. Skinny Buddha’s products also are non-GMO and do not contain hydrogenated fats or oils.

Jacobson and Taffawa say they "strongly believe in supporting local organic farmers." They only use meats that have been raised naturally in New York state pastures without the use of any antibiotics or hormones.

For more details, visit or call (914) 472-9646.

Kishuya Ramen Noodle Bar held a reception party in Hartsdale on Wednesday evening to introduce their speciality. Ramen is a Japanese noodle soup broadly categorized by its three main ingredients: Unique noodles, rich soup and a variety of toppings. Almost every locality in Japan has its own variation of ramen, the noodle bar's owner explained. "Shoyu Tonkotsu," one of many, is a famous and popular speciality of Wakayama, formerly known as Kishuya.

Kishuya's “Shoyu Tonkotsu” ramen is prepared in a unique manner, creating a rich and smooth taste, intertwined with flavors of pork and soy sauce.

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