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Worst restaurants in Westchester

They're on Savored aka Groupon Reserve for 20-50% off, depending on the time of day.

Apr 20, 2014
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Worst restaurants in Westchester

Oh no! I have a gift certificate for them (won it in a HVRW contest last year) and had been meaning to go for brunch with my wife and kids, or maybe dinner just with my wife. Then I saw the note about the bad duck and figured "ok we'll do brunch", until I saw your write-up.

Apr 20, 2014
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Central Avenue Updates - Scarsdale/White Plains

I was told by someone in their Queens location that the current date is October.

Apr 14, 2014
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Oh great, we'll never be able to get into Restaurant North (Armonk) again

Couldn't have happened to a nicer bunch of folks!

Apr 12, 2014
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Saint George Bistro, Hastings

We ate there for HVRW and had a great meal. I would go back just for the profiteroles!

Apr 08, 2014
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North Country Red Hots/Michigans [Clinton County]

I feel like this post was written in some sort of code that I don't understand.

Apr 03, 2014
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Ben's Deli [Greenburgh, NY]

I ate at Ben's in Bayside today and someone who I think was the manager told me the opening will now be in October. He actually said that he'd been up to the Westchester location in the past couple of days.

Mar 31, 2014
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Barcelona Tapas in White Plains

Well, that's not going to cause any confusion!

Mar 28, 2014
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Anyone know of a similar restaurant to Backyard Bistro in Montgomery?

I just read on Lohud today that the owner of Good Life Gourmet is going to open a restaurant in the former Cupcake Kitchen space in Irvington in late spring. His was the pop-up restaurant we ate at (at that location) and it was excellent and very BYB-like. Will look forward to seeing the menu at the new place when it opens.

Mar 27, 2014
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Barcelona Tapas in White Plains

Are you sure it's called Barcelona? That's a chain with locations in CT, and I don't see a WP location listed on their website in White Plains (or anything else named Barcelona when I searched on Google).

Mar 27, 2014
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Season"s 52 has anyone been there?

Has anyone managed to find an online menu with prices? They don't put it on their website and I haven't found another site that has it, either.

Mar 25, 2014
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Hudson Valley Restaurant Weeks Spring 2014 - March 10-23

Well, since you asked, St. George was amazing! We got there and were pleasantly surprised to find that the Steak Frites did not have a surcharge (the menu they'd emailed me had a $12 surcharge, presumably for a better quality steak. they had hanger steak when we were there). My wife and I split the chicken liver mousse (it had a cryptic French name but I had looked it up when I saw the menu) and an onion soup with a duck base. Both were excellent; the onions in the soup were incredibly sweet and there wasn't much cheese like a normal French Onion soup, but it was still great. My wife loved her Steak Frites, and the fries while not as thin as you'd normally expect, were crispy and great. I had the duck confit. It was quarter duck and was very crisp on the outside and tender on the inside. It came with lentils which were watery, but I give them a pass on that since the dish was supposed to come with bacon and I ordered it without and I would have to believe that the bacon would have made a major difference in them. For dessert, we both got the profiteroles after seeing the people at the table next to us get them (plus I'd seen photos online). They were just amazing. The chocolate on top was ganache and they were probably the best profiteroles I've ever had. I wish they'd had a dessert like apple tart tatin that would have traveled well so we could have gotten it to go and split an order of profiteroles, but I can't say it was a burden to eat 2 of them each. They had a surprisingly large menu, and even had specials, most of which were available on the RW menu (except for the $20 foie gras). Bottom line, one of our best RW meals and I'd definitely go back.

Oh, and the tables were really crammed in together. We declined one table which was really squeezed in and got one that wasn't quite as bad, but a server still had to lean over my wife to serve the people in the corner. On the other hand, we had a very nice conversation with the guys sitting next to us.

Co-owner Jason is a really nice guy, too.

Mar 25, 2014
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Hudson Valley Restaurant Weeks Spring 2014 - March 10-23

Well, I do tend to notice knives because some places give you fancy, heavy knives. The knife they put down at Twisted Oak was a cheap one with China stamped on it. It just seemed strange for someplace that is trying to be high end.

I like places like North, Crave and Valley. I ate at all 3 of them during Restaurant Week. And after last night, I REALLY like Saint George! And I especially like them when I can dine there for $30 and they don't have a dumbed-down menu.

The original reason for the timing of RW's in general was because it was a slow period. At this point I would agree that there are so many participating that some places feel like they have to, but if it didn't work to their benefit I doubt they'd come back. It definitely gets people to dine out and go to places they'd never go to. If only 5% go back, that's still a reasonable amount of new customers. In the case of HVRW, you get full houses on weekdays in March and November when you'd normally be 3/4 empty and not have your entire staff working.

Mar 24, 2014
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Hudson Valley Restaurant Weeks Spring 2014 - March 10-23

I updated my post.. it was Twisted Oak. And I noticed that their HVRW write-up on Lohud wasn't all that positive, either. Maybe it's a matter of their being new and being able to handle the load (the duck lasagna was great) . And here's a picture of the knife. It reminded me of old cheap knives I have at home (and try not to use). And I showed a picture of it to a restaurant owner (of a well known not high end place) who I happened to sit next to at Saint George tonight and he and his dining companion agreed with me.

Mar 23, 2014
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Hudson Valley Restaurant Weeks Spring 2014 - March 10-23

Really sorry you feel that way. I don't know where you're eating (and you're not the first one I've heard this from) but we did not find that. We ate at 8 places over the past 2 weeks and in almost all cases I got something I normally would have ordered. I had duck breast twice (Swift and Valley) and duck confit once (Saint George), and I love duck. I'm not sure if you're checking the RW menu before eating there but I always do and never book someplace that I haven't seen the menu for unless it's somewhere that I know will not disappoint me (and even then I like to see it before actually going). Virtually all of our meals were full sized and we had leftovers many nights. Even Swift, which I had been concerned about portion size on because of comments from past HVRW were very generous. And to end our RW dining, we had a truly amazing meal at Saint George tonight. I'm not sure if I would have ordered the $20 foie gras appetizer if I were there off RW, but the onion soup and chicken liver mousse that my wife and I shared were both excellent, the steak frites and duck confit were amazing, and the profiteroles were sublime.

As for people never going back after RW (and your condescending remark about people who are too cheap to go ordinarily), I will tell you that I never had been to North before HVRW and have been there several times since (and also brought them some business from work). Backyard Bistro (RIP) is a place we never would have known about if not for HVRW and ate at regularly as a result of reading things about them and eventually trying during HVRW. Not all of us can afford to eat at expensive restaurants all the time and I, for one, love being able to splurge for a few weeks each year. It also gives me an excuse to travel further than I normally would other than for a special occasion. These are generally slow periods for the restaurants and I'm sure it works out well for them, or they would not participate.

Oh, and one place (which is relatively new and has had some positive write-ups, oh what the heck, it was Twisted Oak) that we were somewhat disappointed in was serving stuff from their normal menu. And I still can't believe the cheap knives they're using.

Mar 23, 2014
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Hudson Valley Restaurant Weeks Spring 2014 - March 10-23

I suspect that I would have read about bad service on Opentable. When we got there back in November (after initially missing the entrance because there was no sign), I told the server that I had read about bad service and good service online, and hoped that she was the good service. Alas, it did not work, and it was bad. Among the things I remember from last time, the bread took forever to arrive and when my wife requested more they brought bread for one person (after several minutes). I recall seeing our entrees being carried to us and then past us, because no one had cleared the appetizer plates. Once someone came over and cleared them, our food made another pass and was delivered. And when they brought our leftovers, for some inexplicable reason they had decided to combine two of the same dish into one container, even though that was not requested.

Now back to a current report. My daughter went for lunch on Friday with co-workers and enjoyed it, so she and my son went for dinner tonight (my wife and I went to Saint George). Service was once again terrible. Their meal took 2 hours with long waits between courses. They brought them the entrees that were supposed to go to the table next to them (this was while they were waiting for their appetizers). They gave them the wrong silverware for the entrees. They did not pack up my son's sides as requested (he had finished the duck), but to their credit they did make him fresh ones when he pointed it out. This time it arrived quickly but they never offered more (and apparently it was not as good as last time). However, they did enjoy the food.

If you want more the details, here is a shameless plug for my son's food and sports blog where he detailed our meal at Rivermarket (and has other reviews there as well, including both NYC and HV Restaurant Weeks):

http://wallstreetgourmet.tumblr.com/p...

Mar 23, 2014
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Hudson Valley Restaurant Weeks Spring 2014 - March 10-23

That wasn't the HVRW menu on Saturday night, was it?

Mar 17, 2014
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Anyone know of a similar restaurant to Backyard Bistro in Montgomery?

Yes. And the chef at Swift used to be at Valley.

Mar 17, 2014
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Anyone know of a similar restaurant to Backyard Bistro in Montgomery?

Swift is the first place we've been to this week that did an amuse bouche, and they brought us truffles at the end of the meal. Valley does that as well (or has in the past).

Mar 17, 2014
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Anyone know of a similar restaurant to Backyard Bistro in Montgomery?

So, I've been thinking about this post as we ate our way thru the first week of HVRW, and in terms of food presentation, I think that Swift at the Roundhouse in Beacon is probably s close as you're going to find. Of course, it's a big room. not a small garage like Backyard Bistro was. But some of the food tonight (especially desserts) reminded me of BB.

Mar 16, 2014
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Hudson Valley Restaurant Weeks Spring 2014 - March 10-23

I had the beet and barley soup, chicken and panna cotta. I agree that all were excellent (I actually took most of the panna cotta home, since as you say the cookie is enough for 2 to share). I actually thought that the chicken was all breast, cut in half with part of it underneath (as opposed to thigh). I hope they still have tuna when we go back on Wednesday night. For the cookie, I spoke to the chef and told him that when we were on a Celebrity cruise recently, they did a similar cookie dessert at one of the specialty restaurants, and it came out runny (not sure if it was intentional but we got it 3 times and it was like that all the time), like melted cookie dough and it was delicious that way. He said that other people have asked for that, and they can do it if you order it "medium-rare". It came out soft in the middle but still kind of done on the edges. Next time maybe we'll try ordering it rare!

Mar 16, 2014
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Twisted Oak in Tarrytown - any comments?

So I found their website (which has nothing on it) and an email address that actually worked (info@thetwistedoakny.com). They emailed me their HVRW menu:

Start:

White Bean Polentina
Mustard Greens, Pancetta

Radicchio & Fennel Salad
Cider, Farmhouse Cheddar, Toasted Almonds

Kale Salad
Grapefruit, Serrano, Mint, Ricotta Salata

PEI Mussels
Aqua Pazza, Grilled Bread

Meatballs
Pomarola, Locatelli, Basil

Continue:

John Fazio Duck Lasagna
Mushrooms, Kale, Duck Egg

Creamed Cabbage Risotto
Green Market Brussels, Apples, Black Pepper, Coach Farm Goat Cheese

Chicken & Dumplings
Hen of the Woods, Mustard Greens, Frascatelle

Pastrami Spiced Chatham Cod
Rye Pain Perdue, Braised Red Cabbage, 1000 Island

Short & Sweet
Beer Braised Short Ribs, Whipped Maple Sweet Potatoes

Finish:

Zeppole
Sheeps Milk Ricotta, Cara Cara Caramel

Meyer Lemon Angel Pudding
Huckleberry Compote, Chantilly Cream

Saffron Panna Cotta
Orange-Fennel Marmalade

Mar 14, 2014
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Hudson Valley Restaurant Weeks Spring 2014 - March 10-23

Oops, didn't see your message. I can tell you that my daughter went back tonight with a friend and the menu was changed - for the better. The short ribs were not on the menu last night, and the fish was tile fish last night and tuna tonight! We didn't get the cheese dessert, sorry. We all had the chicken, which was really good, although one of us would have had the short ribs and another the tuna if we had the choice.

Mar 14, 2014
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Twisted Oak in Tarrytown - any comments?

Good guess since that's where Twisted Oak is :).

I called a little while ago to find out what was on their HVRW, since they didn't respond to my message on FB (nor have they updated the page in a month). They have a pretty good selection. I didn't get to write everything down, but for appetizers they had a white bean soup, mussels, kale and radicchio salad (not sure if that was one or two different salads, I guess they are since Julia Sexton talked about the kale salad), For entrees they had the Duck lasagna, chicken and dumplings. and the pastrami cod that Julia Sexton raved about. For dessert the only thing I wrote down was zeppolis. The caveat is that the menu may change. But it seems like there was plenty of choice. I have a reservation next Tuesday and will report back.

I don't know what it is about Tarrytown and restaurants that don't care about their online presence. Tarry Tavern has had a "under construction" website since they opened (although they do have a menu there) and don't put their HVRW menu up online, either. I guess Twisted Oak has an excuse since they're new.

Mar 12, 2014
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Gleasons in Peekskill: Reviews?

I agree that $25 was too much for dinner (even The Parlor is giving a glass of wine with their HVRW dinner menu). We went for lunch for $15. We had the squash soup and red lettuce Caesar salad. The soup was really good, the salad good, but kind of plain. We had the "For cheese" (white) pizza and the winter pizza (squash and Brussels sprouts). The white pizza was excellent the winter pizza interesting but not as good. Dessert was actually the unexpected high point of the meal. My wife had the Chocolate Olive Oil Cake layered with whipped ricotta frosting and I had the Chocolate Panna Cotta.

I probably would have preferred the mushroom pizza, but it wasn't on the RW menu. I'd go back and split a pizza with my wife and have dessert, we took home more than a full pie (which we did have for dinner).

There were only a few tables filled and only one server, and it was OK. We were actually going to go to Birdsall House for lunch on Sunday, but I decided to call before we left to verify that they were doing the RW menu, and the guy who answered the phone said they were only doing brunch so we didn't bother going. Strange, I had spoken to one of the owners while at Gleasons and told him we were thinking of going to Birdsall for lunch Sunday and he didn't say anything, but looking on their website it seems like Saturday brunch they also do the lunch menu but not Sunday.

Mar 12, 2014
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Is there a better place to buy fresh orange/grapefruit juice or lemon/limeade than Stew Leonards?

Interesting. Of course, one has to wonder if raising prices helps or if it just reduces sales.

That they've now given up most of Westchester to Whole Foods isn't a particularly smart thing to do, either. And if WF goes to Chappaqua as seems possible, it will be even worse for Fairway, should they ever get around to opening another store here.

Mar 10, 2014
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Willett House, Port Chester...Closed

What's sad? That they closed, or that they're tax deadbeats? Or both?

Mar 10, 2014
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Twisted Oak in Tarrytown - any comments?

I trust Julia a lot more than Lohud, although I guess you could say they're both in the business of selling advertising. Actually, Julia's weekly post is about Twisted Oak, I just noticed it. And it does read like a fluff piece.

http://www.westchestermagazine.com/Bl...

I have not seen a normal menu, lots of comments about it being limited, whatever it is.

Mar 10, 2014
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Twisted Oak in Tarrytown - any comments?

Has anyone been to Twisted Oak in Tarrytown? Other than a fluff piece in Lohud (which even a review there would be), I haven't seen anything other than Opentable and Yelp. Yelp reviews are mostly positive, Opentable seems to have some negative reviews although overall it's positive. I'm thinking of trying them for HVRW. Sadly they have not posted their menu (either regular or restaurant week). The duck lasagna does look excellent.

Mar 09, 2014
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Is there a better place to buy fresh orange/grapefruit juice or lemon/limeade than Stew Leonards?

An increased price at Fairway, what a surprise.

Mar 09, 2014
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