MisterBill2's Profile

Title Last Reply

Hudson Valley Restaurant Week - March 9-22, 2015

Perhaps you can let restaurants know how important it is for them to post their menus in advance for those of us who like to see what will be available before deciding where to eat? Sometimes they hide the menu on their website and don't send it to you. Finding menus should not have to be a scavenger hunt!

Anniversary dinner in Lower Westchester

I've only been to Red Hat once and wasn't thrilled. If you're willing to go across the river, you could do Xaviar's in Piermont. Not much further than going to Tarrytown (but you will have to pay the toll).

There's also Saint George in Hastings if you want French, but I have to say that I wasn't nearly as thrilled with my second meal there as I was with my first. And the atmosphere isn't nearly as nice as some of the other places that have been mentioned.

about 24 hours ago
MisterBill2 in New York State (exc. NYC)

Hudson Valley Restaurant Week - March 9-22, 2015

They honored it all week (we went on a Saturday), and I'm fairly sure they're doing the same this time. They had not in the past, and once they changed, I forgot to make a reservation and they were booked on Saturdays by the time I remembered. I think they used to book 90 days out, now they do 60, so I remembered to look when they opened.

My only complaint about our meal was that they had more (and higher) supplements than American Bounty. Also the apple tart dessert was disappointing. But special dessert ($12 extra for 2 I think) was very good. I also paid extra ($5?) for the fois gras.

Ben's Deli Scarsdale Opening Night - Oy

I think the construction was delayed for so long, well over a year I think, that they wanted (needed?) to open as soon as they could. They've opened other restaurants before so they obviously (should) know what they're doing. With the location on Central Avenue, they probably couldn't open quietly since people saw they were open when driving by. It's too bad they didn't take more time to better train their employees before opening the doors.

Ben's Deli Scarsdale Opening Night - Oy

People comparing it to Katz's and Carnegie obviously do not since they would not eat at either if they did.

Hudson Valley Restaurant Week - March 9-22, 2015

The restaurant list isn't up yet but since we're less than 60 days from the start of the March Hudson Valley Restaurant Week, I figured I'd start my usual thread. Dinners are $29.95 and lunches are $20.95.

We went to Bocuse at the CIA last November for HVRW and had a really nice meal. The CIA takes reservations 60 days in advance so you can book now while reservations are still available. We're doing American Bounty this time, their menu looked really nice last time and they had fewer supplements than Bocuse (which I normally object to for RW, but put up with to get foie gras and their fancy dessert with liquid nitrogen ice cream). We haven't been to AB in years, so it will be nice to go back. I have confirmed that they will be honoring the HVRW menu all week (in the past they only used to do it weekdays at the CIA).

Reservations for Restaurant X and X2O should also be open, as well as other popular spots. North only does reservations 28 days in advance. The person at Valley Table tried to tell me that they normally only post their list 30 days in advance, but I know it's been up much earlier in the past, because I remember seeing the list before the 60 days than many restaurants open reservations at. I think it will probably cut back on the number of early reservations that people make, since most won't remember which places participate, certainly the non-major places.

Pepper Steak on Long Island (not chinese)

Still can't make an effort to get the name right, eh? Steak Au Poivre is not called pepper steak, at least not by most people. It's not like you have to pronounce it.

Ben's Deli Scarsdale Opening Night - Oy

FWIW, neither Katz's or Carnegie is kosher. Ben's is. I know most people don't care.

sue and hai asian fusion, yorktown heights

Actually, it was formerly Paul Ma's (a long time ago, then Ma's Family Kitchen, then Sue & Hai's). I recently got takeout from there for the first time in a long time because I had a Grubhub coupon. I had the Drunken Noodles, which I thought were pretty good, and the sesame noodles, which I thought were too pasty, although my wife enjoyed them. I don't really think of it as a fusion restaurant, since it has the full Chinese menu. Glad that you liked it, maybe I'll go back since I live nearby.

Nice dinner @ Fortina in Armonk

Sorry, but the whole discussion was the result of your saying "It's not a channel; it's an ISP/cable provider (like Optimum)."

Ben's Deli Scarsdale Opening Night - Oy

I hate to be a downer, but their "overstuffed" sandwiches haven't been that thick for a while at their Queens location. Other than their cole slaw (which is excellent), I think that Leibman's in Riverdale is better. And I used to be a big Ben's fan, ate there regularly when my mother-in-law lived in Queens.

The menu layout sounded like the same it is at other locations, but I just checked and I see it's different, lots of pictures and wasted space. Looks like they tried to modernize and got rid of a bunch of stuff like the tongue appetizer in sweet and sour sauce. Sandwiches are around $2 more expensive than in Queens. The soup portion is the same. Order an extra matzah ball and split it between two people, that's what we always did.

Nice dinner @ Fortina in Armonk

Everyone should get it if they have FiOS. It's fairly new so some people may not be aware of it.

Here's a link to their website where you can view the past segments.

http://www.fios1news.com/lowerhudsonv...

Nice dinner @ Fortina in Armonk

That's not true. It's a channel (1 in SD, 501 in HD) on the Verizon FiOS cable system, their answer to Cablevision's (oops, Optimum's) News12.

Nice dinner @ Fortina in Armonk

That's too bad.

Update: the party is now full. In response to a question I asked in my RSVP, they told me that only appetizers and snacks are free, and other food has to be purchased. I think I'll go anyway since it sounds like it will be fun, and I've always wanted to try it (plus I have gift cards to use there courtesy of AMEX Small Business Saturday).

it looks like they have clips from past shows on their FB page, so I'd expect stuff from this show to go up as well:

https://www.facebook.com/RestaurantHu...

Nice dinner @ Fortina in Armonk

If you have Verizon FiOS, they're going to have Fortina (as well as North and a grilled cheese place called Melts, also in Armonk) on a show called Restaurant Hunter on their FiOS1 channel (channels 1 and 501), this coming Thursday 1/15 at 8pm.

They just did a story about the show where they offered tickets to a free viewing party with "food, fun and free giveaways" at Fortina starting at 7pm on Thursday. You have to RSVP to RHLHV_Fortina@fios1news.com. Obviously I have no idea how many people have already responded.

Costco in Yorktown Heights?

Sorry, I'll stop now. Was just so pleased to find posters validating what I'd been thinking all along.

hudson restaurant, briarcliff manor, ny

That's it? I was expecting a long (and preferably juicy) story!

Costco in Yorktown Heights?

Good to hear that I'm not the only one who shops at both. The opponents said they were the same store so people would never go to both (of course they had probably never been to either). Sorry to keep bringing that up, but it's great to hear real-world examples of how wrong they were and why having Costco is going to be so great.

Costco in Yorktown Heights?

Their one day pass says it's 15%. I know it used to be 5%.

http://www.bjs.com/one-day-pass.conte...

Yes, you can often get 60 day memberships for free. Better yet, Groupon has had deals recently for a 60 day membership and $10 gift card for $5.

Costco does not have day passes or free trial memberships but they will refund your membership at any time if you are unhappy, up to the last day of the membership.

hudson restaurant, briarcliff manor, ny

The menu on their website isn't current, either, given that it talks about an Autumn Soup and recent reviews talked about a Winter Soup. I mentioned this on FB (where the menu was also old, but different) and they told me they'd update it when they got back from their vacation, but they never said when that was. Of course, given that Opentable (which still had Father's Day menus) only had reservations blocked for a week, I thought the vacation was ending today. That is, until they called me the other day to say that they were closed all month and that Opentable had made a mistake and allowed a reservation to be made. More likely THEY made the mistake and didn't block the dates properly.

Bottom line is they really need someone who knows what they are doing to run this place. It was a problem when it opened a few years ago, and it doesn't seem to have gotten any better.

Empanadas in Thornwood

I called and they're $2 each. I'm going to try to get there on Friday.

Jewel of Himalaya in Yorktown Heights

It was in Westchester Magazine, I believe. And their new article listing ethnic cuisine you can only get at one location in Westchester mentions their Yorktown location (without mentioning that they only qualified because Harrison had recently closed).

Costco in Yorktown Heights?

Yes, my response was always "Of course, I'll need to pick up muffins on my way out as we're evacuating".

You can shop at BJ's without being a member. You just have to pay an upcharge (15%, I think). It makes the items more expensive, but if you're only buying a few things, less than the membership fee.

Jewel of Himalaya in Yorktown Heights

They've closed the Harrison location.

Costco in Yorktown Heights?

Exactly! And Costco's response when BJ's decided to build there was to add gas to make them more competitive, which is exactly what BJ's is doing in Yorktown!

My favorite reason why Costco should not be approved from the public hearing a couple of years ago was that if there were an emergency at Indian Point, the Costco traffic would impact those trying to evacuate from the area. It got a good laugh, although I suspect it was unintentional.

Costco in Yorktown Heights?

I dunno, $1.50 hot dog and soda at Costco (although now that they're no longer Hebrew National, I don't buy them anymore). But I guess that won't travel well. But Costco now has a brisket sandwich, I noticed last week on their menu.

Costco in Yorktown Heights?

The same people who were opposed to Costco claimed it would put BJ's out of business (which is unlikely, the two co-exist in many places, and it's not like there are other clubs nearby). They also couldn't point to any business that closed because of BJ's, traffic jams as a result of trucks, etc, added strain on the police department, all the things they claimed that Costco would cause. And in claiming that it would "suck the life our of Yorktown" they couldn't understand that we're not just talking about Yorktown residents shopping there. People will come from out of the area and it will make Yorktown a destination -- something it isn't now (well, maybe for the few people who come to Turco's). The nearly deserted JV Mall isn't bringing anyone in, but maybe if they ever renovate it (they got approval from the town board over a year ago but haven't done a thing and I'm becoming less optimistic that they wil) it will give people another excuse to shop here.

fantasy cuisine hartsdale

Yes, but one would have to know that it had celery to begin with, and it's not listed on the menu!

If/when we go back I'll ask about the Ma Po w/o pork.

Costco in Yorktown Heights?

I don't see people going to the Berkshires for the weekend being a large amount of the people visiting Costco.

Costco in Yorktown Heights?

Well, I guess it is possible that people who buy their meat and fish at Turco's will buy it at Costco instead. On the other hand, people who come to Yorktown to shop at Costco may decided to venture into downtown Yorktown to visit Turco's. And I agre that they are different types of stores. Certainly there is expectation among people who actually understand how things work that Route 202 businesses will benefit from additional customers coming to the area. Hopefully it helps the empty storefronts in the BJ's/Staples shopping center to finally get filled.