MisterBill2's Profile

Title Last Reply

Hudson Valley Restaurant Week - March 9-22, 2015

Sadly, it's often from experience or reading reviews, typically on Opentable. I actually knew that Le Jardin had small portions based on prior reviews (they're not on OT so I believe I read it on Yelp), but I had a gift certificate so I went (and as the reviews had pointed out, I still did not leave hungry). I think it would be good for people who are making claims about tiny portions to post the names so others will know, or at least post reviews somewhere.

Hudson Valley Restaurant Week - March 9-22, 2015

For the most part, that was not my experience. I did 5 HVRW meals this time: The Cookery, Le Jardin Du Roi, North, American Bounty, Crave. The entree portion sizes at Le Jardin were small but the service was excellent (and dessert was certainly not small). Portion sizes at all of the others appeared to be normal and the service was excellent. Clearly there are some places that do not work this way. I avoid them.

Hudson Valley Restaurant Week - March 9-22, 2015

That is always the case when it comes to tipping.

Sushi grade fish source in Westchester

I've purchased the sushi grade salmon and tuna at H Mart, but then I grilled them briefly just to sear. Maybe sacrilege but it tasted great.

Taking a day trip from NYC and looking for a unique or noteworthy lunch spot in the lower Hudson valley area.

Feh.

Taking a day trip from NYC and looking for a unique or noteworthy lunch spot in the lower Hudson valley area.

Unless you need to be on the other side of the river for something, going up I-87 and then back across on I-84 is a waste of time and tolls. Just head up the Taconic to I-84 instead.

That said, Freelance Cafe in Piermont is very nice (and on the other side of the river). Depending on what day you're going, you could do lunch at the CIA. It's further north than you were planning to go, however.

birthday cake in westchester

Where are you located? Homestyle Desserts in Peeskill is excellent and not nearly as expensive as someplace like Lulu.

Hudson Valley Restaurant Week - March 9-22, 2015

That's what they do at the CIA, except they take 17% these days, and it doesn't go to the students, because they're not employees so they are not allowed to receive tips. The CIA claims they go to pay for graduation jackets and scholarships. Personally, I liked it better when it was only 12% (or even 15% might have been acceptable), since your server does not get it directly (they might get a small piece of it, but so does everyone else).

Hudson Valley Restaurant Week - March 9-22, 2015

No, not if the server is used to getting a tip on a $100 check and is only getting it on $60, and the customer doesn't tip at a higher percentage than normal. Isn't that the real issue? Well, that plus whether RW diners, being "value seekers" are less likely to be generous on a tip (which I'm not sure I would agree with for the most part, but there are probably some who are).

Hudson Valley Restaurant Week - March 9-22, 2015

By "as generous" do you mean $ wise, or % wise?

Hudson Valley Restaurant Week - March 9-22, 2015

The opportunity is because the restaurant is busier during times when they might not normally be full. If you have a popular place that's going to be full anyway, then obviously the reduced price will effect the server, unless you push the customers out quickly (which has other problems, see the earlier post about RiverMarket). But on a normal weeknight in March or November where you might be half full on a good night, you have an opportunity for a full house, leading to extra servers working who might not be called in on a weeknight, and getting more tables than normal.

Hudson Valley Restaurant Week - March 9-22, 2015

I don't know why I'm responding to this, but here goes.

It's the current page on their website, which I linked to above. I added the year to my search and still got that page. I did find the article from the Boston Globe that was referred to but I will argue that it is referring to a business etiquette class and he's talking about business meals. It's easy to tell people to be generous in tipping if they're getting reimbursed for it from their business.

Hudson Valley Restaurant Week - March 9-22, 2015

"HVRW customers often get less attention from the wait staff because the servers anticipate the HVRW guests will be less generous tippers."

That's what one might call a self fulfilling prophecy.

Hudson Valley Restaurant Week - March 9-22, 2015

http://www.emilypost.com/out-and-abou...

RESTAURANTS: Wait service (sit down)
15-20%, pre-tax

In any event, this thread is not the place for a discussion or lecture on tipping.

Hudson Valley Restaurant Week - March 9-22, 2015

Let's not turn this into a tipping discussion, I'm sure there are plenty of those here and I don't need for you to tell me what I should be tipping, nor do I care in the slightest what your opinion is.

For the record, since it was the first place I found when I looked online, Emily Post still says that the normal tip is 15-20%. If the new norm is 20%, then Emily and I both missed the memo.

Hudson Valley Restaurant Week - March 9-22, 2015

We closed out HVRW tonight with a great dinner at Crave. This is the time of the year that I really miss Backyard Bistro since you'd never see the same dishes on the menu on repeat visits. Crave is the same way -- nothing we had tonight was even remotely the same as previous meals there and it was all delicious. Sadly, I don't think they're viewed as a destination restaurant for people outside of the immediate area, which is too bad. We've never had a bad meal there.

Hudson Valley Restaurant Week - March 9-22, 2015

I don't see what using gift cards has to do with tipping. I don't consider those to be a discount, just a different way of paying. The bigger question is what is the appropriate amount to tip when getting a discounted meal. I haven't always done it, but the last few HVRW's I have tipped 20% on the HVRW price, which I would never do at regular price. Granted, this is probably less than a normal tip would be at full price, but it's reasonable, and as MrEaterouter said, they're busier than normal so they do get more tips normal, although popular places would be full on a some nights anyway.

Hudson Valley Restaurant Week - March 9-22, 2015

We ate at Rivermarket during their first HVRW and were not impressed. The food was OK but the service was terrible and portion sizes were inconsistent (two people ordered the same thing and got different size portions). My kids went back the next time hoping it would be better, but they weren't impressed again (that was the night my wife and I went to Saint George and had an amazing meal, which sadly they were unable to come close to replicating during the following HVRW).

This week we went to Le Jardin Du Roi, North, American Bounty and tonight we're closing it out at Crave. I had a surprisingly good meal at Le Jardin, the dishes weren't French and the portions were not huge but it was uniformly good, and I had a gift certificate to use there so I only paid tax and tip. North was excellent, we even sat downstairs for the first time during dinner because our favorite server was down there that night. American Bounty was really good, our server wasn't the best, but that is the chance you take when they're students. Fortunately the food was excellent, so I guess the students in the back of the house were better at that (I suspect that was probably true of my server as well, she said that she's going to pastry school after graduating).

Palomino Larchmont

Thanks for adding Andrew's name, which I could have found via checking the articles about the Iron Horse sale. In any event, what I'm saying is that he is somehow involved in the ownership of Palomino's restaurants, or at least that was what I got from the Iron Horse party.

Palomino Larchmont

So here's the interesting thing. The guy who bought Iron Horse (some elderly guy with silver hair, sorry for the generalization) also owns/co-owns (I'm not sure of the exact details) Rafael's restaurants. They had a farewell party one Sunday afternoon for Phil McGrath at Iron Horse when he sold, and they invited people from their mailing list and Phil as well as the new owner were there. They announced that he owned other restaurants in Westchester, including Palomino (I gather that he likes horses, thus the name of Palomino and the new horse logo for Iron Horse). It's unclear what involvement Rafael has in either location of Iron Horse.

Palomino Larchmont

The guy who bought Iron Horse also owned Palomino, so I guess he decided to open a clone. I recall reading that they were planning to open others when they bought it.

ISO a casual/business lunch spot in/near Piermont

Freelance Cafe in Piermont.

hudson restaurant, briarcliff manor, ny

The big guy who was one of the owners (and seemed in charge) clearly did not know how to run a restaurant. I remember talking to him after they had first opened and it was obvious that he had no experience. We sat next to that huge floral arrangement in the middle room, which was terrible. They apparently never fixed the drafts in the room with the windows, from what I've read. Maybe if someone who has experience running a successful restaurant buys it there will be hope.

Best fine dining: Westchester restaurant recommendation?

Not true -- he sold it in December 2013 per articles I was just able to find. So unless it has changed ownership again, I think it was the current owners last spring.

They had a really nice Sunday afternoon party to say goodbye to Phil and introduce the new owners that they invited everyone on their mailing list to when it occurred. It was quite nice. Sadly it did not convince me to eat there with the new ownership.

hudson restaurant, briarcliff manor, ny

You win! Just found this on their website:

Haymount House has closed its doors

We thank our loyal customers!

What have you been enjoying in Rockland County...

Yes, we've been to X for several restaurant weeks and had a great meal each time. Ran out of days this time around.

Hudson Valley Restaurant Week - March 9-22, 2015

No, but maybe I should be :-).

Best fine dining: Westchester restaurant recommendation?

They're participating in HVRW, so I hope they're open.

I haven't been there since Phil McGrath sold, so I'm not sure how it is these days.

Hudson Valley Restaurant Week - March 9-22, 2015

She said she can't complain MUCH -- she had minor complaints. Seems fair to me. We'll be there Friday night.

I think we're going to try Le Jarden Du Rois in Chappaqua tomorrow night. Their menu looks good (although strangely not French for many of the dishes) and I still have a $60 gift certificate that I won in an HVRW contest a couple of years ago. Then this weekend we have North, American Bounty and Crave.

Hudson Valley Restaurant Week - March 9-22, 2015

We had a great meal last night at The Cookery (as usual). In addition to the menu posted on their website, they had a bunch of specials that were available, including duck tongues (which I have to report that I did not try). For appetizers, my wife and daughter had the buttery salty potatoes (their favorite) and I had a special of cured salmon (supposedly beet cured, but mine was not red and they removed the word beet from the specials board while we were eating -- I thought they were going to remove the whole thing but just erased the word beet). For entrees, my wife and daughter had the steak, I had the fried chicken, both were delicious. We tried all 3 desserts - Stickabutta Pie, Donut Bread Pudding and Corn Cake and they were all amazing (the corn cake was unlike any polenta cake I'd had, much softer and creamier).