Red Plum In White Plains Is The Latest Asian Restaurant In Region

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Peter Chen owns Red Plum.
Peter Chen owns Red Plum. Photo Credit: Brian Donnelly
Peter Chen, left, and White Plains Mayor Thomas Roach help cut the ribbon at Red Plum.
Peter Chen, left, and White Plains Mayor Thomas Roach help cut the ribbon at Red Plum. Photo Credit: Brian Donnelly
Red Plum is open from 11:30 a.m. to 10:45 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 4:30 to 9:30 p.m. Sunday.
Red Plum is open from 11:30 a.m. to 10:45 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 4:30 to 9:30 p.m. Sunday. Photo Credit: Brian Donnelly
From left, Denise Friend, Bob Shandly and Gina Perriello eat lunch at Red Plum.
From left, Denise Friend, Bob Shandly and Gina Perriello eat lunch at Red Plum. Photo Credit: Brian Donnelly
Red Plum offers Asian cuisine, hibachi and a lounge.
Red Plum offers Asian cuisine, hibachi and a lounge. Photo Credit: Brian Donnelly
The Birds Nest includes chicken and shrimp sauteed in bell peppers and sweat peas, all held in a taro basket made of potato.
The Birds Nest includes chicken and shrimp sauteed in bell peppers and sweat peas, all held in a taro basket made of potato. Photo Credit: Brian Donnelly
The Coconut Seafood Chowder contains scallops, clams, potato, shrimp and corn with a milky coconut cream.
The Coconut Seafood Chowder contains scallops, clams, potato, shrimp and corn with a milky coconut cream. Photo Credit: Brian Donnelly
Red Plum offers Asian cuisine, hibachi and a lounge.
Red Plum offers Asian cuisine, hibachi and a lounge. Photo Credit: Brian Donnelly
Peter Chen's wife, May Wang.
Peter Chen's wife, May Wang. Photo Credit: Brian Donnelly
Red Plum offers Asian cuisine, hibachi and a lounge.
Red Plum offers Asian cuisine, hibachi and a lounge. Photo Credit: Brian Donnelly
The second floor at Red Plum.
The second floor at Red Plum. Photo Credit: Brian Donnelly
Mayor Thomas Roach and state Assemblyman David Buchwald attended the grand opening of Red Plum Modnay.
Mayor Thomas Roach and state Assemblyman David Buchwald attended the grand opening of Red Plum Modnay. Photo Credit: Brian Donnelly
Mayor Thomas Roach congratulated Peter Chen on the opening of his second Red Plum restaurant.
Mayor Thomas Roach congratulated Peter Chen on the opening of his second Red Plum restaurant. Photo Credit: Brian Donnelly

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. – Asian cuisine has taken off in popularity in Westchester because of a growing number of health conscious consumers, said Peter Chen, who has opened Red Plum, his second Pan Asian restaurant, in the former location of Nicky’s Restaurant in White Plains.

Chen opened the original Red Plum in Mamaroneck about 10 years ago when he said the only other Asian restaurant in the village was Abis, which has since closed. Now, there are about a hand full in downtown Mamaroneck alone.

He said his business is not only the most consistently successful Asian restaurant in Mamaroneck, but said its success has helped revitalize the once sleepy avenue. Now he hopes to accomplish the same with his White Plains location, which had its grand opening Monday, July 28.

With Asian cuisine, hibachi and a lounge, Chen said Red Plum has broad appeal that has made it successful. Another element to its success is that Asian food offers many healthy choices.

“Any cruise you go on, any vacation you go on anywhere sushi is one of the top options out there because of the fact that fish is healthy for you overall,” Chen said, adding sushi has no fat or cholesterol.

Some of their signature dishes include Pad Tai and sushi, along with the Birds Nest, which includes chicken and shrimp sautéed with bell peppers and sweat peas all inside a taro basket (made of potato). Another popular dish is the coconut seafood chowder, which Chen said won an award. It includes scallops, clams, potato, shrimp and corn with a milky coconut cream.

Red Plum’s chefs are Chen’s brothers-in-law, who he said were high-end chefs in Japan and are very creative.

With competition in White Plains from Haiku – which is also in Mamaroneck – Asian Temptation and Full Moon, Chen said he is focusing on making Red Plum the best it can be.

“I don’t worry about what other people do, I worry about my own business and try to do our best, keep up the quality and consistency of the food and service,” he said. “And that’s what we’re about. And people see that.”

“It’s always good to have another restaurant,” said Kevin Nunn, executive director of the White Plains Business Improvement District. “Restaurants do better when there are many around them. So, we’re looking forward to a very successful operation here. And I think it will be.”

Red Plum is open Monday through Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 10:45 p.m. and Sunday from 4:30 to 9:30 p.m. The bar stays open late. 

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It would be useful to have the actual address listed for those of us who don't know where Nicky's Restaurant used to be. Thanks.

It took some time for your restaurant to open but I am glad that the boarded up exterior was taken down. I like the look from the street of your restaurant. One day, I might buy some take out but it not that close to my home. I don't drive in the downtown area. Your menu looks good and I took one today. Good luck and keep things like you did at the opening. Your location is great and the restaurant you replaced had been a mainstay on the street for many years. Service, product and looks are the things that make or break a restaurant in White Plains. Keep your street area in front of store clean and don't depend on BID to always be out there. We have a number of people who just hangout on your block all day trying to sell things or convert people. Make sure you shovel your sidewalk in the winter!