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Premium prices at Ben's Deli in Scarsdale

Those free soda refills are smart for any business. Produce cost for fountain beverages is less than 2 cents (yes, 2 cents!) a glass.

about 18 hours ago
Elisa515 in New York State (exc. NYC)

What is your family's go to affordable restaurant in Westchester area?

We love going to Port Chester for delicious and affordable meals--and most places are family friendly. Our favorites are Inca and Gaucho, Acuaria, Los Gemollos, and Aqui Es Santa Fe. I know there are a lot of other great places in PC, too.

The Food Court inside H-Mart (Central Avenue, Hartsdale) is also really fun for any size group. Plenty of other families there, too.

For suggestions in the Bronx, you should post on the Outer Boroughs board.

Ecuadorian at El Conquistador, Peekskill

Thanks so much for this recommendation!

My family had dinner at El Conquistador on Friday night. Based on your recommendation, I had the 1/4 chicken dinner. The soup was wonderful, full of chicken giblets along with the egg, hardboiled egg and french fries. The waitress warned me about the soup, to make sure I knew what was in it. The salad that came with the chicken reminded me of Danish salad: cold cooked carrot chunks, peas, and potatoes in a bit of a mayonnaise dressing, along with chopped vinegary tomatoes. Also a big serving of rice with red or maybe pinto beans. Came with a breast/wing quarter chicken. I took most of the chicken, rice, beans, and some of the salad home. This is the bargain meal on the menu, all for $8.

My son had one of the many mixed grill combinations. His came with a thinly sliced pork chop, thin (but good sized) steak, a whole chorizo, and what was described as a green plantain. I'd never seen one cooked like this, a whole plantain grilled. He shared a chunk with me and it was quite delicious. Also came with rice and beans and a salad like mine with the addition of a large piece of avocado. He ate every bit.

Husband had the fish soup/stew, which was served with corn nuts and plantain chips.

We also had two of the fruit drinks, basically smoothies. There's a nice selection, although they didn't have everything in stock that's on the menu. Still, plenty of deliciousness to choose among.

We can't wait to go back--so many things on the menu we'd like to try! The place was about two-thirds full, even on that cold night. I think this would also be a great place to do a lot of sharing.

Entire meal (for three) was $44 before tip.

Tagine (Croton-on-Hudson): no corkage fee 2/28

Title says it all. Bring a treasured bottle (or even not so treasured, I guess) to dinner tonight at Tagine, and they'll serve it without charging a corkage fee.

Walk-ins during restaurant week?

I didn't get the impression the OP necessarily wants the Restaurant Week menu, just wants to get into a restaurant during restaurant week. Budget the OP listed is higher than RW (unless it's supposed to include a lot of extras and/or drinks).

Feb 28, 2015
Elisa515 in Manhattan

Columbia Student with foodie aspirations

Just to add about Bistro Ten 18, they've added bar specials on different weeknights. Worth checking out the website to see.

Personally, I'd be happy to just live on the pasta ragu. :)

Feb 23, 2015
Elisa515 in Manhattan

Annoyed about $6 bottled tap water charge at CraftBar

Great link, thanks! Extra stunning to have the quote from Tom C. I do understand his position, which I think is fairly summarized as saying "why would a restauranteur voluntarily give up something profitable that customers want?".

Feb 21, 2015
Elisa515 in Manhattan

Columbia Student with foodie aspirations

Up by Columbia is Bistro Ten 18. With some sharing and/or paying attention to daily specials, you can hit well below your price point.

Feb 21, 2015
Elisa515 in Manhattan

Annoyed about $6 bottled tap water charge at CraftBar

As opposed to Bell Book & Candle, which serves still or carbonated water from its own system at no charge. And does not serve any bottled water.

From the cocktail menu, on the website: "In an effort to stay as green as possible, we are serving complimentary
sparkling and still water filtered and bottled on premises."

Feb 21, 2015
Elisa515 in Manhattan

Shiraz - Persian restaurant in Elmsford, NY

Plans changed and we ate in Port Chester instead.

Westchester BYOB recs

Do you know if Shiraz is only BYOB, or does it have a liquor (or even just wine/beer) license?

Shiraz - Persian restaurant in Elmsford, NY

Has anyone been here recently? I'm going with a group tomorrow night--someone else's choice.

NJ/NY'er coming into town for one day - what would you bring home

Todaro Brothers, on 2nd Ave. around 31st St.

http://todarobros.com/

Feb 15, 2015
Elisa515 in Manhattan

Reasonable large family dining in midtown

Downstairs at Hill Country BBQ

Feb 13, 2015
Elisa515 in Manhattan

Fried egg + cheese sandwich near- 5th + 57th

Cafe Europa at the corner of 57th and 7th.

Feb 11, 2015
Elisa515 in Manhattan

Weekend birthday getaway in Hudson Valley

Weddings, graduations...May is busy!

Weekend birthday getaway in Hudson Valley

Another plus for Rhinebeck is that there's a lot more to do (walking around--can even take a train for the weekend, if that's convenient, but certainly you can park once and not think about driving until you leave the area) in the town than just where to stay and have dinner. And there are a lot of good food options besides the Beekman Arms, say for breakfast, lunch, or snacks.

Here's my write up from a recent lunch in Rhinebeck:

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/1000535

My friend and I also checked out the Beekman Arms later in the day. Beautiful place.

Trying again for dinner near Mercury lounge?? LES/East village.

Spitzers has mediocre food and is crazy busy (even on weeknights) with very young 20s crowd. Also VERY LOUD MUSIC.

Pala on Allen is worth considering (it's just south of Houston). There's also a vegan asian place a little further south on Allen called Tiengarden. I'm not a vegan (or vegetarian) but really enjoy this place.

Feb 09, 2015
Elisa515 in Manhattan

Need Help! 40th Birthday Party Venues for my Husband!

If you would submit your query as a regular post rather in this "Q&A" format, you'll hear back from people. This format is meant for polling people, not for getting advice.

Also, you need to include information about how much money you are willing to spend in order to get any useful advice.

Feb 09, 2015
Elisa515 in Manhattan

40th birthday location

You might want to repost this as a regular message. This format (Q&A) is meant for people to vote up or down on specific messages, but it won't thread.

Feb 08, 2015
Elisa515 in Manhattan

Buying a "Carousel Bakery" cake for Uncles 88th b-day. Oprah has a favorite but what's yours? Pls help, b-day Tues...

Perhaps it's Nanuet that's disabled by the snow.

(it's pretty bad up here in the north country)

Feb 03, 2015
Elisa515 in Manhattan

Children Birthday / Theme Resturant in NYC

FAO Schwartz has a tour and then breakfast with a toy soldier thing. I know they do parties, too; not sure if it's possible to do a "party of two" (but you can always ask!).

Jan 31, 2015
Elisa515 in Manhattan

Costco in Yorktown Heights?

Thanks for the update. I'll send my scout to see if he can learn more. :)

Landmark Movie Theater - 1st Ave and Houston

Sandwiches, salads, small plates, pickles. Locally sourced, fluid menu. Good drinks and draft beers too.

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/9058...

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/9667...

Jan 30, 2015
Elisa515 in Manhattan

Landmark Movie Theater - 1st Ave and Houston

Black Tree isn't Mexican, if that's what you suggesting. It is informal, though.

Jan 30, 2015
Elisa515 in Manhattan

Landmark Movie Theater - 1st Ave and Houston

I'd go to Black Tree or Pala--both short walks.

Saturday night shouldn't surprise you that places that take reservations are booked.

Jan 30, 2015
Elisa515 in Manhattan

Great Restaurant for Group of 18 in NYC

I believe a meal at John's for 18 college students would come perilously close, if not over, the OP's comment that he doesn't want to spend a grand on the meal. I think with tax and tip, even if no one has wine at John's, he'd have to worry about going over his budget at John's. I also don't think there are many vegan options there, since almost everything meatless has some sort of dairy product in it.

My group (I wasn't in charge of the selection) chose John's partly because they could accommodate so many pretty easily and also because some remembered it being moderately priced. I liked the food and the place, just was surprised at the size of the bill.

Anyway, I posted a suggestion of a restaurant that is entirely vegan but has plenty of food that is appealing to non-vegans. It's not cheap, but the OP could stay within budget.

Personally, if I were going out with that large a group that included many vegans, I'd just head down to Chinatown and wander around a bit. Plenty of restaurants there can easily accommodate such a large group without reservations or notice, and there are many vegan options. Cost would probably be about (or under) $25 a head including tax and tip.

Jan 30, 2015
Elisa515 in Manhattan

Great Restaurant for Group of 18 in NYC

I ate there recently with a group of 16 people. It was pricier than Carmine's. That did include wine, but I was rather surprised at how much it cost to eat there.

Jan 29, 2015
Elisa515 in Manhattan

Great Restaurant for Group of 18 in NYC

I can heartily recommend Caravan of Dreams, which is in the East Village:

http://www.caravanofdreams.net

Organic vegan, mostly raw food, and I (who am decidedly not vegan or vegetarian) really enjoy the food there. They have a private dining room, too, or you can get a reservation for the regular dining room, which has long bench seating.

Jan 29, 2015
Elisa515 in Manhattan

Lunch near Hunter College High School (94th & Park)

E.A.T. is nearby.

Ottomanelli is also in the area. How about calling ahead and ordering, so your food is ready right when you walk in?

Searching on CH for queries for places near 92nd St. Y should give you some other ideas. Often people going to events there have asked for fairly quick meal places.

Another idea: a year or so ago people were asking for suggestions for near Mt. Sinai. Some of those ideas will be near Hunter HS

Jan 29, 2015
Elisa515 in Manhattan