Cafe Alaia

4.7
77 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
Situated just a short walk from the Scarsdale Metro-North Station, Café Alaia, a Michelin award winner 2020 thanks to its cozy décor, soaring ceilings and welcoming owner (Vincenzo Alaia), the dining room is all buzz. Thoughtfully arranged tables, framed by rustic wooden chairs, typically bear elevated versions of regional Italian dishes. Pastas are a highlight and fittingly so, like tender spinach- and ricotta-filled ravioli bathed in a melted sage-infused butter. Squid stuffed with crab, spinach and breadcrumbs is augmented by perfectly poached cherry tomatoes, not unlike the fresh figs set atop a crostata di pere. A bar in the middle is ideal for solo or couple diners who want to linger.

Our brand new space has plenty of room to accommodate social distancing. We have installed the highest rated air purification system with state of the art UV technology combined with MERV 13 Filtration.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 77 people are saying
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4.7
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Noise · Moderate
92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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AlonB
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant . The service, food and ambiance are great . Our server Enzo was outstanding . Recommend the restaurant to anyone who loves food .

Great job

Alon

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vipGeorge
New York Area
46 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always it is wonderful experience. The food is amazing as well as the service.

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vipHolly
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Cafe Alaia is a neighborhood Gem, good food, ambiance, and value.

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NSM5858
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is definitely the restaurant to go to! Food was AMAZING! The calamari was to die for with its special sauce! Pappardelle pasta with lamb ragú, yummy!! Excellent service! I’m going back with my guy soon!!

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vipBettinaK
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible food, great service and good ambience. Love this place

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vipedmondd
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Way too noisy
Table for 2 very small and glass of wine very small also. It would take a good few glasses to have one singing.
Won’t be back.

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vipwzpd2chat
New York Area
69 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have been once before. Rest of my group has not been there. We all loved our appetizers and entrees. Staff was excellent. Sat for 2.5 hours outside with the right amount of attentiveness from the waiter. Highly recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this restaurant. Great Atmosphere if you like a busy place

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vipGini
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food was delicious... and service was slow but caring.

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vipForchettone
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Ask for an ingredient list. This chef likes to get creative, like subtly adding oregano to the background of a livornese. Livorno is not supposed to have oregano. What the customer cannot tolerate oregano? It was a pleasant lunch hour by an unpleasant afternoon.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was excellent but we had to wait a bit for the food. It was totally worth it. Excellent quality and presentation with generous portions!
Server was knowledgeable, fun and not pushy
All in all a great experience!!

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vipmartinl
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

enjoyed our first visit. look forward to return at an hour later in the evening when the noise level is reduced. fine food and drink all around.

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vipCitychick
New York Area
76 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restaurant has a Michelin Bib designation for good reason—the food is always freshly and perfectly prepared, and the service excellent without being stuffy. Spinach and ricotta ravioli, and the orata meals were wonderful (as was the ricotta cheesecake)

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vipchrisc
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was good, bar area was a little loud.

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JasonK
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good service. Outstanding food Roomy Good Ambiance wine by the glass had good selection red and white

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
36 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food. Great service. VERY loud. Table of 6 next to us more or less screaming the entire night.

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vipMargotM
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Awesome
Great dinner

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

I had heard mixed reviews but this place is always packed so I was curious. It was alright. It wasn’t bad, but I’m certainly not tempted to go back. I feel like the food wasn’t tasty enough for an Italian restaurant. The outdoor seating is super cute but I’d rather make the trip down to somewhere equally casual like Extra Virgin in the west village.

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LuigiC
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food Vincenzo is a great host and chef ! Food was so good can’t say enough about it .

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vipAnitaB
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cafe Alaia has a great vibe, delicious food, great service and inventive cuisine. The specials are just that, interesting combinations of flavor and ingredients. You’ve got to check this place out. You’ll keep coming back for more.

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vipBummed
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Had high hopes but the place is noisy and the food disappointing. The cesar salad appetizer was ok, the zucchini parmesan appetizer was underwhelming; too cheesy and not enough zucchini. The branzino was nicely prepared but the ravioli, which was a pasta special, was lacking. The sauce is not good and pasta was soggy, not at all el dente. Overall underwhelming, disappointing and we will not be going back.

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vipNay320
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely enjoyed every aspect of our dining experience. Great food, great drinks and great service!

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vipPwresk
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding restaurant and service. Really loved the NYC vibe inside for a Westchester restaurant. Buffalo Mozzarella, zucchini flowers, parpadelle….all incredible. Owner connected us with a rare Sardinia wine to complement meal. One of the top 5 restaurants in Westchester.

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FrancoisC
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is excellent, the service is great and the owner Vincenzo is very friendly. I highly recommend the braised lamb ragu pasta dish.

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vipdebrab
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience2

WAY too noisy. Had to yell to have a conversation. No atmosphere. Food was good but wouldn’t go back.

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vipSliv33
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Lovely to eat outside for a light lunch of appetizers. Food was prepared well and served hot and service was very prompt even though they were finishing up with a large noisy party. Since we just had a two appetizers it’s difficult to speak for the whole menu, but we will definitely go back.

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Piero
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent, authentic and inventive Italian food, with an emphasis on seafood. Will definitely go back and make it our ‘go-to’ when in this area of Westchester. Reminded me of being in a hip ristorante along the Amalfi Coast. Highly recommended!

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ShannaL
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food. Menu is different and interesting but also lots of go-to items. Servers were friendly.

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VyeM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and wine! Was perfect outdoor dining for lunch. Staff was friendly and helpful.

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joannaw
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was fresh and delicious. Service was excellent. Attentive and charming staff. Will definitely be back soon

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vipamarino
New York Area
100 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great creative food offerings

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vipBelindaP
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Anniversary. The food was bland and not interesting at all.

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MichelleC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Our dinner at cafe alaia felt very special. The ambiance is nice and the service is unobtrusive though at times it would have been nice to easily flag a waiter down.

The eggplant soufflé appetizer was one of the most incredible dishes I have ever tasted. It was light and airy but meaty at the same time. We ordered a second one. My husband got the rack of lamb and was in heaven. I ordered the shrimp and white bean appetizer but it was way too heavily seasoned with rosemary.

Overall it was a very special evening.

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vipTracy
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service and food was great! Love the new space

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible service and food

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vipFADS
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the finest restaurants in southern Westchester. The God's Honest Truth. lol Rev. Anthony D. Sorgie

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vipAndreaC
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always a great meal and a wonderful wine selection of smaller (top notch) Italian producers. A neighborhood treasure. Vincenzo and his staff are wonderful.

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vipJemm
New York Area
120 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The only hiccup was that I was seated in one room and my dining companion was seated in another room. I finally got up to see if they had arrived and found them seated in the bar room.

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vipMaria
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Everything started out lovely and the busier it got the less service we received. We were not able to get the attention of anyone to order dessert and coffee. We finally got someone and by that point we just got the check and left. I may be back to try and get the full experience.

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viplove2eat
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is phenomenal. Everything is fresh and delicious.

FAQs

Cafe Alaia offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (914) 725-3000.

Cafe Alaia is rated 4.7 stars by 77 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.