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Premium prices at Ben's Deli in Scarsdale

Basically a cream puff recipe made with matzah meal. This is similar to what we use:

http://www.food.com/recipe/passover-r...

Premium prices at Ben's Deli in Scarsdale

One that is providing meats and other dishes for people to have for their Passover holiday.

Premium prices at Ben's Deli in Scarsdale

What part of "Passover is different" don't you get? Since you can't have a sandwich during Passover (although my wife does make some good Passover rolls), there's no need for corned beef and pastrami. Try going there when it isn't Passover and see what they have.

You would have been really upset to find them closed on the first and last 2 days of Passover as well, since they are Orthodox. And don't bother trying to eat there on a Friday night or Saturday even when it's not Passover.

Premium prices at Ben's Deli in Scarsdale

I am not familiar with the New Rochelle deli you're talking about.

Premium prices at Ben's Deli in Scarsdale

They've charged extra for Manhattan for years now and had it in their ad, so I guess they figured there was nothing wrong with different prices for Scarsdale. They wanted to put prices in the ad, and only wanted to have one ad, so what were they going to do, they had to list them all.

Premium prices at Ben's Deli in Scarsdale

Yes, closed for Passover, because they don't make the restaurant kosher for Passover, thus they would not be considered Kosher during the holiday (and who would want a deli sandwich on matzah). And it is on their website. Maybe not as large as you'd like, but it's there. I've ncluded it here so you can see.

Go to Katz's (or Rye Ridge, mentioned earlier) or one of the other non-kosher delis if you want kosher-style deli during Passover.

Peekskill Pub Food - The Branding Iron

I should really create a new thread for it, but I saw a name with the word vine in it. Has anyone tried Iron Vine, also in Peekskill?

They're on Main Street, just down the block from Birdsall. Menu is available on their FB page.

https://www.facebook.com/ironvinepeek...

Hudson Valley Restaurant Week - March 9-22, 2015

Asking you to order dessert at the same time as the rest of the meal is pretty standard for restaurant week (a few places did not, like Crave) I never thought about it being to speed the meal, but I guess that makes sense.

Kosher Spare ribs at Costco

But they should be trimming the meat appropriately so that you don't end up with more gristle and fat than meat.

Apr 01, 2015
MisterBill2 in Kosher

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

Worst HVRW experience I ever had was at Equus. Bad service, sat us in a corner somewhere, small portions, charged for parking when they normally did not (and you had no choice but to pay because they're so far off the street). The perfect example of a place that clearly didn't want to be participating, but did. I don't think they do HVRW anymore. And I've never been back.

Kosher Spare ribs at Costco

Has anyone tried these recently? Have they improved, or is there still a chance that I'll get a package with more bone and fat than meat? I saw them at Costco last week and didn't want to take a chance on them, but might buy a package after Passover when they're marked down, if I stand a a good chance of getting meat in the package.

We did buy the pot roast and stuffed chicken breasts (and of course the kugels). We've had the non-Pesach stuffed turkey breast (with quinoa, I believe) and it was pretty good. It's great that Costco has such a wonderful selection of reasonably priced Passover dishes.

Mar 31, 2015
MisterBill2 in Kosher

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

That's unfortunate. We had not been there in several years but had a great lunch there on Valentine's Day.

birthday cake in westchester

Glad to hear it! I've ordered several cakes from them for work and everyone loves then. I order 4 1/4 sheets rather than one full sheet so we can try 4 different flavors. My favorite is the Chocolate Mousse Truffle.

I don't know what their price is for a fancy cake but I'd be surprised if it's as much as the more famous places further south.

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.