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Lobster dinner in lower/mid Westchester

From the OP: "Nothing too fancy, but good and fairly priced.?

Bethel, CT celebration dinner?

Wow that place looks perfect, thanks!

Aug 15, 2015
Elisa515 in Southern New England

Bethel, CT celebration dinner?

We're looking for a place with great food for three adults to celebrate next Friday evening (Aug. 21). Any price point is fine. No dietary or food/cuisine limitations.

Aug 15, 2015
Elisa515 in Southern New England

Best Japanese Restaurant in Southern Westchester?

Ramenesque in Thornwood is run by a Japanese woman, and she has a Japanese sushi chef, too.

Fantasy Cuisine or Imperial Wok for birthday dinner for Sichuan food lover?

You can get any item from the menu at lunchtime. You just can't get any of the special Sichuan menu items as a "lunch special."

Why not call ahead and check about the chef? Ask to speak with the manager.

Hopscotch. Anyone been yet? [Croton-on-Hudson]

They said they have some specials daily depending on availability of ingredients, but they're serving the summer menu now, so it's pretty steady.

Even with a short menu, it was hard to decide!

Hopscotch. Anyone been yet? [Croton-on-Hudson]

We were there on July 14 (impromptu celebration meal, and Tagine was full for Bastille Day and Ocean House had just had a rave review in Westchester Magazine, so there were lines out the door). Our meal was fantastic!! We shared a couple appetizers, each had a different fish dish for main courses, and shared a dessert with coffee. Had several glasses of wine; great list with almost everything available for reasonable prices by the glass, too.

Every mouthful was delicious. I could have eaten twice as much not because I wasn't satisfied, but because everything was so good. I wish I could remember the details of what we ate, but it's a limited menu and I would have been glad to eat anything on it.

The service was great, too.

Prices are definitely on the "special occasion" level for us, but it was good value.

Istanblue in Saratoga

So sorry to hear this! My mother really liked that place (I did, too, but I'm not in Saratoga all that frequently).

Fantasy Cuisine or Imperial Wok for birthday dinner for Sichuan food lover?

(opening up the menu...


The ones we order over and over are the Pork Dumplings in Spicy Hot Oil (melt in your mouth freshly-made wontons in a thin packet), Dan-Dan Noodle with Chili Sauce, Sliced Pork with Fresh Garlic, Lamb with Special Szechuan Sauce, Szechuan Double Cooked Pork, Szechuan Salted Pork with Garlic Sprout (our special favorite--it's pork belly, cured on site), Prawns or Squid with Salt and Pepper, Fish Filet and Bean Curd, Bean Curd Szechuan Style.

I feel like I've enjoyed some of the chicken dishes, and I must have enjoyed them, but we keep gravitating more toward pork and bean curd for the Szechuan.

Fantasy Cuisine or Imperial Wok for birthday dinner for Sichuan food lover?

We love the eggplant with basil, and I've enjoyed any of the casseroles that we've had. I'm pretty sure it's the Taiwanese menu that has items with pea shoots, which is always a special treat (and if it's not the Taiwanese menu that has them, just find them wherever they are on the menu).

Fantasy Cuisine or Imperial Wok for birthday dinner for Sichuan food lover?

I've been to both, and enjoyed both.

Fantasy Cuisine has a less varied menu than Imperial Wok. That might be fine for you, of course--there's still plenty worth ordering.

If you and your kids want a variety of types of Chinese food, you'll do much better at Imperial Wok. We also love the other items, especially ones on the Taiwanese menu. Other threads on this board include more details on what my family and I have enjoyed there.

You'll have a good time at either one. You aren't going to make a bad choice here.

Fantasy Cuisine or Imperial Wok for birthday dinner for Sichuan food lover?

It's possible that the Sichuan chef is only there for dinnertime. Jim Leff determined that there's a specific day of the week that he is off; not sure if it's Tuesday, but it wouldn't hurt to call ahead and ask.

I've had almost all the items on the Sichuan menu at Imperial Wok in North White Plains at dinnertime, and they've always been spicy when indicated.

Bastille Day, July 14th: Where to dine and celebrate in greater Westchester?

Just got an email from Tagine in Croton. They're having a special Bastille Day menu all week. Their website isn't up to date, but the Facebook page is:

Meatballs at The Cookery [Dobbs Ferry]

Maybe they're poached before browning?

Hudson River Valley 1st Timers - Help!

You know, I was going to recommend that place, but I thought I'd get flamed for recommending something that wasn't higher-end.

Drove past the dumpling place on my way home from class tonight, but I figured they'd be closed by 9:30 (which is when I was on the road southbound).

Need shiva platter in Rockland County - any suggestions?

Have you asked on the Kosher board?

Fairway in Nanuet may be able to help you.

Ginger beer in Westchester

They don't have the syrup.

Love all the Ginger People's products!

Charming lunch spot near Lincoln Center


Jul 08, 2015
Elisa515 in Manhattan

Ginger beer in Westchester

If you put it in soda water, it's more of a ginger soda than a ginger beer...and it's delicious. We've been making Manhattans (either with bourbon or whiskey) adding in either the ginger syrup or the ginger liqueur. Really really delicious!

To further complicate--or enhance?--your ginger search, this year's Magic Hat summer brew has ginger in it. And at Fairway in Nanuet (maybe other places too) you can get Original Sin (alcoholic) cider with ginger.

Ginger beer in Westchester

Do you mean alcoholic ginger beer? If so, the latter is at Trader Joe's in Danbury--might be at one in Westchester, but you should call ahead.

If you want ginger syrup, I can tell you from experience that your best bet is to order the kind from Ginger People it through

Another option--great for cocktails--is ginger liqueur. We got a bottle from Stirrings for $10 for a liter at the liquor store around the corner from Whole Foods in Danbury, but it's a common brand that you should be able to find in one of the larger stores in Westchester.

Actually, you should be able to get regular ginger beer at Trader Joe's in Westchester and probably also in any Whole Foods.

Great Tortillas May Soon Flood NY Metro

Thanks! I look forward to tasting the effects of this superior preparation.

Bastille Day, July 14th: Where to dine and celebrate in greater Westchester?

Tagine in Croton.

Cheap Italian Birthday Dinner Restaurants??

You'll get great recommendations on the Outer Boroughs board for Brooklyn.

Jul 06, 2015
Elisa515 in Manhattan

Buttino's Italian Bistro, Chestertown (Adirondacks)

We had a great lunch on July 4 at Buttino's in Chestertown. It's located on Route 9 (Main Street in Chestertown), making it a great stop off the Northway between Lake George and Schroon Lake. We got there going southbound, which meant a lovely drive past Loon Lake.

Buttino's may look like a simple pizza and sandwich place, but everything is thoughtfully prepared with quality ingredients, either from scratch or locally sourced.

I'm making my second meal out of the generous sausage, peppers and onion hero I ordered for lunch. When I mentioned to our waitress that it had particularly wonderful tomato sauce, she included an extra container of it when she packaged up my leftovers.

The gelato is from Saratoga Gelato, the place next door to Mrs. London's. I enjoyed the creamsicle flavor, and my husband loved his peanut butter cup flavor.

This will now be our go-to stop when driving in the area. Very convenient and relaxing after shopping at the outlet stores just south of Lake George, too.

Open Wednesdays through Sundays. Dinner only on Wednesdays and Thursdays (4 - 9 p.m.), lunch and dinner Friday - Sunday (11 a.m. to 10 p.m.).

Great Tortillas May Soon Flood NY Metro

No, sorry...just that a commenter was noting the type of corn, validating your assertion that people will respond positively to this.

Am I correct in understanding from your earlier postings in this particular thread that this type of corn in tortillas is currently difficult to find in the NYC area?

Great Tortillas May Soon Flood NY Metro

Where can I find 70/30 ground beef?

Can you tell us generally where in NY State you'd like to find this?

India House? [Relocation from Montrose?]

Well, this is what my dad would have called "non-news," but the answer is: there is no news right now. Not a word on their website (which doesn't even indicate that they've closed the Montrose location). Their Facebook page in April said they were closing and hoped to reopen "ideally" in Croton. Nothing since then.

Only restaurant location in the village that isn't currently occupied is where the tapas place used to be (near Capriccio II). The old Black Cow location is still unoccupied, but I don't think it's large enough for a restaurant of any substance.

Lunch after Staten Island Ferry ride

Yeah, I only noticed the age after I posted (which was after someone else had revived it, and it was still located on the Manhattan board).

I believe the "new" place is really still the old place, with some improvements. My son lives nearby, and I've always been glad when we go there. Definitely my favorite place to go after a Staten Island Yankees game.

Jun 26, 2015
Elisa515 in Outer Boroughs

Need pre-theater dining recs for 7 near Barrymore Theater

It may be hard to believe, but many local people don't have any idea where specific theaters are located.

(but I'm nice: looking it up, the theater is on 47th Street between 7th and 8th Ave)

Jun 26, 2015
Elisa515 in Manhattan