Cafe Alaia

4.7
53 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 53 people are saying
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Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.7based on recent ratings
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4.8
service
4.7
ambience
4.5
value
Noise · Moderate
97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipdebrab
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
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
20 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
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
6 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
119 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.

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schuylerk
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food great ambience always new specials. It my favorite

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

Great food and good service!

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vipSophiaK
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always an amazing experience! Live the food, staff, and owner!

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vipkimmie
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Food was great. The place was very loud and very full. Service was a little disjointed due the crowd and lack of wait staff which was understandable given the difficulty in hiring right now. Worth going for the food!!!

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Amanda
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Wonderful atmosphere and food. Thoughtful and friendly staff!

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Pilbup
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience2

Busy night. Slow service. Very loud - poor acoustic insulation, if any. Friendly and conscientious staff. Food was generous and fresh but ordinary.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
25 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Very good food and service. Noise level unacceptable, need to do something to deaden the noise level

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful dining experience with top notch food amd service.

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Rachel
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food, good ambiance. Would definitely go here again.

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vipMichaelR
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mother’s Day dinner was great. Service was excellent considering the day. Food is always great here. Every choice is always delicious. Dining here is a must do.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Way too noisy after 6 pm to hold a conversation...they need some noise-abating material.

Bread-good texture; totally lacking salt or taste
Sauce for red snapper was way too salty
Veggies good; eggplant starter as well

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Kellydaughter
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

My husband and I were celebrating our anniversary out at a restaurant for the first time in a long time. We were brought to an extremely small two top table- no room for crossed arms or two plates- more than enough for distancing.

I ordered a Jack and ginger cocktail only to find that they had no Jack Daniels and the waiter proceeded to offer other scotches.... Not bourbons...

The service was just “okay” we waited a long time to be cleared and asked for a couple of items which took two people to get. There were a lot of staff “milling” around.

The food was good but for these prices, the service should be better.

Also, why ask if it is a special occasion if the restaurant does nothing with that information?

It was nice to be out celebrating our anniversary.. it would have been nicer with a better experience.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Glorious experience.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and brand new space. Owner comes out to every table and asks how your experience is. Highly recommend.

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vipAmyKnyc
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful atmosphere, service and food! The staff is so nice! We love it here!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience4

Hard to have a conversation below the shouting level when the room is full

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vipMarie04
New York Area
98 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional quality and unique preparation made this meal an event. Octopus carpaccio was tender, gently flavored and beautifully presented. Eggplant soufflé with burrata could have been a meal on its own. We had salmon and Bronzino for entrees, and each was wonderful. Even the simply roasted and carrots were perfection.
The chef/owner circulated throughout our meal, never imposing his presence, but clearly attentive. The restaurant is warmly rustic, with strict adherence to Covid restrictions.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place so much! The food is amazing and so different and ambience is great!

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vipAnnT
New York Area
86 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was bland but when seasoned it was good. Vet crowded. Think they overbooked. Prices were high especially dessert was $12,

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Joseph
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best dining experiences I’ve had.

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vipRobinS
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it there! Will totally be back!

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jljnyc
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service. The new location came out looking excellent. Looking forward to going back soon!

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vipMargaretY
New York Area
41 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Very good pasta and homemade breads. Proprietor on site and solicitous

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely anniversary dinner. Can't wait to come back!

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 53 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.