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Possible Good News in Mt. Kisco - Mt, Kisco Farms

Reasonably priced? Then it must not be the same as before. Or maybe we just have a different definition of reasonable.

New Yorktown Chamber of Commerce Pres hoping to attract Trader Joe's

BTW, there is a Facebook page of people trying to get TJ's up here. There was also an article in the Journal News today. I wonder if the author saw the posting here?

https://www.facebook.com/groups/85890...

New Yorktown Chamber of Commerce Pres hoping to attract Trader Joe's

Amusingly, they did announce a new smaller store chain that they're going to roll out :-).

http://www.forbes.com/sites/kathleenk...

New Yorktown Chamber of Commerce Pres hoping to attract Trader Joe's

Well, I think they (the chamber) has been trying to interest them in the old Food Emporium location. While it would be good for downtown Yorktown, I don't see it as desirable as something on 202 near where Costco is going to be. I think it's also much too large for TJ's, unless they can split it with someone else (the impracticability of that location for TJ's shows why I don't have any faith in what the CoC head says). So my guess would be either something like the old Best Plumbing location in the Staples shopping center, or that empty piece of land across the street where they're looking to build retail and housing. Right now, all that has been mentioned is CVS. A TJ's manager told me not too long ago that they're focusing on stores near major highways, and the 202 area would meet that goal (although their trucks wouldn't be able to use the Taconic).

Here's a map of the Staples shopping center. Interestingly, it appears that Staples is going to be shrinking, given that some of their space is listed as "pre-leasing". According to wikipedia, the typical TJ's is between 8,000 and 12,000 square feet, so the old Best location at just under 12k that would probably work. Also amusing how they show the proposed CVS across the street and yet to be fully approved Costco on their area map.

http://www.ubproperties.com/images/pr...

New Yorktown Chamber of Commerce Pres hoping to attract Trader Joe's

I still don't know that I believe that there is serious interest, but the Yorktown Chamber of Commerce claims that TJ's is coming to look at a location in Yorktown and suggests that everyone go to the location request form on the TJ's site to request a store here. I guess it can't hurt.

The email from the CoC is here:

http://myemail.constantcontact.com/IM...

The location request form is here:

http://traderjoes.com/contact-us/loca...

BTW I would think they'd prefer something on Route 202 near Staples and BJ's to a downtown location.

D'Ag RyeBrook closed!

What would Wegman's put there, the prepared foods department? The article in the NY Times said that their Brooklyn store at 70,000 square feet would be their smallest store. This is a third of that. Wegman's is supposed to be coming to Montvale, NJ, just over the border from Rockland, but they're stuck in court with (surprise) A&P and the opposition. Yeah, I know you were kidding.

Whole Foods prices are actually pretty reasonable in Manhattan since they are the same price as their suburban stores (everything is relative). Trader Joe's is a major bargain there.

D'Ag RyeBrook closed!

Hey, why should it be any different than it is in their NYC stores? For anyone who shopped there, did they lose a lot of business when Whole Foods opened in Port Chester? I wouldn't be surprised if they did. It's probably why they're hurting in Manhattan, given all the Trader Joe's and Whole Foods that have opened there (plus Fairway, even if they're not cheap anymore).

D'Ag RyeBrook closed!

There are many stories and they all say the same thing -- the store closed without notice and Dag's isn't responding to the landlord (or presumably anyone else).

D'Ag RyeBrook closed!

There are already have two stores within a mile of that location, don't they? But I could see Walgreens taking it, as they did in Chappaqua. I just found a leasing diagram and it's only 22,373 square feet. That's probably big enough for TJ's (or a drug store) but I wonder if it is for DeCicco (although they took the Jefferson Valley location which I think was the first Dag's to close, and would have been absolutely perfect for a Trader Joe's).

D'Ag RyeBrook closed!

OK I found the thread where someone reported back in 2011 that D'ags was closing. Obviously it did not turn out to be true at the time.

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/802635

D'Ag RyeBrook closed!

I'm surprised they lasted this long. I thought I had seen a discussion here a while ago about them planning to close and either Trader Joe's or Decicco's being interested, although I can't find it now. If you take a look at TJ's other Westchester locations, and write off the northern part of the county since they apparently have no interest in opening here (despite repeated requests), it's a perfect spot in terms of distance from their other locations. Question is, can TJ's move quickly to open a store that is not in their plans when a good location unexpectedly becomes available?

Kosher Spare ribs at Costco

Stop making excuses. Should I expect that the 2.5 pound package is only enough for a single person (if that)?? The other large Meal Mart prepared entree packages are not single serve. I buy the $14.99/lb kosher rib eye steaks at Costco and each of the roughly one pound steaks feeds two of us. So for $30 I get two really good meals. Here I paid $17.50 and didn't have enough for a single person. And it's not like I was able to trim off a reasonable amount of good quality meat that I enjoyed eating. It was a challenge finding the edible portions. This is a terrible product and I am very disappointed that Costco continues to sell it. I know that Meal Mart is just trying to make a buck but Costco should do better.

Jun 22, 2015
MisterBill2 in Kosher

Kosher Spare ribs at Costco

$6.99/lb. The package was $17.50. And that would assume that 1.875 pounds were actually edible. As I said, I did not weigh the sauce, or the fat, or the cartilage (or whatever other inedible stuff was there). I doubt there was a half pound of meat total in the package.

The sauce was good. Too bad there was very little to actually eat it with.

Jun 22, 2015
MisterBill2 in Kosher

Kosher Spare ribs at Costco

I found them for $6.99/lb at Costco recently, so I decided to try these again. Sadly, another disappointing purchase. There wasn't as much congealed fat as there was in the previous package, so that was promising. But once I heated them and cut into pieces, it became apparent that there was very little meat. We had a 2.5 pound package, and when I weighed the bones after we finished eating, it was 10 ounces of bones. I'm mot sure how much of the weight was sauce, but it must have been a fair amount. Particularly annoying in this package were a few small pieces consisting just of bone, which were just inexcusable to include (and dangerous for anyone who chose to mistake them for something edible). There wasn't enough meat on both pieces combined for a single person.

We brought the package (with bones) back to Costco yesterday and they cheerfully refunded our money. I'm wondering if maybe when you get a heavier package, the larger chunks of rib have more meat on them, or if it's just completely random and lack of quality control/interest in providing a reliable quality product. Needless to say, I won't be trying these a third time.

I've attached photos of the open package as well as both pieces.

Jun 22, 2015
MisterBill2 in Kosher

Has anyone been to the pop-up at the Culinary Institute in Hyde Park?

So, we had dinner at Pangea on Friday night. All four of us really enjoyed it. It was unusual, but in a good way :-), a very different experience, certainly for the CIA. They're closing in less than two weeks and it may be tough to get a reservation on some days but I would definitely recommend it if you have a chance to go on or before July 1st.

Chows Caribbean Chicken, Ossining

I'd also like to try the curry chicken, and in fact both times I was there it was a Thursday so it should have been available. I asked about it the first time, hoping he'd offer me a sample, but he did not. This is where his making everything fresh in the other room without any displays of food is an issue. If he had a tray of the curry chicken sitting there, he could offer a piece (one would expect that it's cut into small pieces in some sort of sauce), or at least I'd see what it looks like. Please report back if/when you get to try it.

Chows Caribbean Chicken, Ossining

So, I've been here twice so far. The first time I had a restaurant.com coupon (which I need to warn everyone here that the owner says they never agreed to take, so don't buy it), so I had to spend $20. I got a half drum pan BBQ chicken, a dozen jerk wings and the corn bread. It was REALLY good. The BBQ chicken was a little dry but the BBQ sauce was great and it had a nice smokey flavor. The jerk wings were excellent and the cornbread was great. The half chicken came with a piece of flat bread which wasn't that great, but it did serve as a vehicle to mop up the sauce.

Today I was in the area so I just got 6 wings and cornbread. The wings were even better than the last time, huge and liberally coated with spices and falling off the bone. And yes, they're really spicy. I had a bunch of extra spices in the bag the wings were in so I put it in the refrigerator and will find something to put it on when I am back at work next week.

My only complaint about the place is that he makes everything to order in a side room, so you can't see him cooking and you can't see what stuff looks like prior to ordering. When I went the first time I had hoped to get a look at stuff before ordering, but that's not how it works here. If you just walk in without ordering, you'll have a 20 minute wait before you get your food. Today I called before I headed over and my food was waiting for me when I got there.

Wegmans in Montvale

Yes, A&P can't compete in their stores so they just buy up other chains and bring them down to their level (and sue to keep competitors out in this case). Stop & Shop is actually a fairly nice chain around here, although they're overpriced.

The lawsuit is similar to what we're seeing in Yorktown, NY, where gas station owners have teamed up with anti-development people to oppose a Costco that wants to open with (you guessed it) a gas station. Just when I thought they had all the approvals, they're now both suing the town over signage approvals given to both Costco and an existing BJ's that got permission to open a gas station of their own.

I'm sure a Wegman's over there would get a lot of business from Westchester/Rockland shoppers. It's really a shame that it's taking so long.

Jun 17, 2015
MisterBill2 in New Jersey

Wegmans in Montvale

So, it's still in court, thanks to A&P and some local residents, and it seems like 2017 is the best case scenario. So sad that a few people can get in the way of something that will be welcomed by many.

http://www.northjersey.com/news/crime...

Jun 17, 2015
MisterBill2 in New Jersey

Wedding in Hudson Valley

Valley at The Garrison (in Garrison, duh) has great food and a great view. Not sure about fees other than dining costs.

Queston about Pagoda on Central Park Ave [Scarsdale]

Cold noodles served warm? Seems strange.

The reviews on Yelp are almost funny. One woman who was apparently a regular did not like the new spicy food at all. One person gave it 1* because of their clientele. They do seem to have a cleanliness problem.

Winston's in Mt. Kisco - the old Brass Horn Location

Gets a Very Good in this Sunday's NY Times. They loved the duck breast.

Winston's? [Mt. Kisco]

Gets a Very Good is Sunday's NY Times.

4 New Restauranst in Mt. Kisco

My son recently told me about a meal he had at a place in Koreatown at a place called Broadway Bites, which is apparently a set of booths, like a mall. He had Korean fried chicken wings and waffles. I'd be thrilled to eat something like that in a mall setting.

I guess you wouldn't be happy with something like Shmorgasburg, either. He loves that, too.

please recommend [Will travel from Rockland and New Rochelle]

The Cookery is a great choice! We're actually going there for Father's Day since my son can take the train up from NYC and walk from the station.

It's not as fancy as some of the other places mentioned, but we've never had a bad meal there.

please recommend [Will travel from Rockland and New Rochelle]

How about the Inn at Pound Ridge (Jean Georges)?

Ramen in Westchester?

RameNesque has apparently taken over the Abis location, since their banner was over the sign when I drove past today. Actually, from their FB page it looks like it had already happened at the start of May.

La Cremaillere in Beford: still very good?

They also offered a Groupon at one point that did not require you to purchase the price fixed menu. The one I used allowed me to order $100 of whatever we wanted. My wife and I eat different things so a price fixed where we both had to get the same entree (as I think was is the case here) would not work with us.

La Cremaillere in Beford: still very good?

We ate there on a Groupon several months ago. It was very good. They have a price fixed deal on Groupon all the time, and it seemed like most of the people there the Thursday we dined there had one.

Mother's day brunch in Great Neck, LI area

I don't want to suggest doing something questionable, but if you have a friend who is an Optimum customer, they can probably help you get access to the site.