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D'Ag RyeBrook closed!

I'm sure the landlord will pick the tenant that offers the highest rent and brings the most people to the center.

A&P bankruptcy

It's definitely better than A&P.

A&P bankruptcy

So it includes Long Island and Westchester/Hudson Valley, and the disposition of A&P stores is different in each of those areas. Specifically I was referring to "most of the others are being sold to Stop and Shop", since only one in Westchester is going to S&S.

A&P bankruptcy

It means you have a crappy S&S I guess. I just wanted to point out that not all of them are as terrible as is being made to seem here. They carry a lot of local produce during the summer, as does Shoprite.

BTW I have found that emailing S&S corporate gets a pretty quick response.

A&P bankruptcy

The A&P in Danbury doesn't have a new owner yet. ACME did not purchase it, nor did S&S.

A&P bankruptcy

I don't understand all the complaints about S&S. I've never had a problem with the produce at the Somers (Baldwin Place) store.

Where do you eat at the Palisades Mall?

I just got email from Stir Crazy saying that they were closing their Palisades Center location this coming Tuesday (20% off until then). Coincidentally, we were planning to have dinner there today since it was my wife's birthday and we had a B1G1F entree coupon. Will that leave Chili's as the last original restaurant? Too bad, we really used to like that place, although I haven't been there in a while.

A&P bankruptcy

The bids and bankruptcy court approvals won't be finalized until September according to an article I read, and it will probably take some time after that.

A&P bankruptcy

Maybe we don't go at the same time but I never have a problem parking when I go on the weekend. I pull into the entrance between Smashburger and the dog place and find a spot in that back aisle. HMart's lot is much busier, although the layout is better.

Yes, it's cash only. Certainly it's not as nice as HMart, but for some stuff it's worth a stop on the way. It's not out of the way for me (or Donna).

A&P bankruptcy

Apple Farm has reasonably priced fish, and some of their produce has better prices (quality is not always the best). I buy tuna there for $10.99 a pound. They cut it to order and it grills fine. The sushi grade tuna at H-Mart is great, but I refuse to buy it for $40 a pound since I'm not using it for sushi.

Wegmans in Montvale

No, they're going out of business. They've announced the buyers of 120 stores so far (which I believe at the top stores), and 25 that are such dogs that they're just closing them rather than even trying to sell them. The rest are also being sold, but either in smaller batches, or nothing's been decided yet.

Jul 22, 2015
MisterBill2 in New Jersey

Wegmans in Montvale

So what else did you expect would buy large numbers of stores since you seem to hate all of the big store chains? There are still a number of stores whose buyer haven't been announced. Presumably they could become Shoprite or other smaller chains, or not a supermarket.

Jul 22, 2015
MisterBill2 in New Jersey

Hudson River Valley 1st Timers - Help!

We had not been there in a while until the past year, when we had two HVRW meals there (American Bounty and Bocuse). Both were very good. We also ate at Caterina last year with a gift certificate that we won from HVRW and it was also very good. As you say, service and food are dependent on the students, although at least in the case of the food you'd hope that the instructor is checking stuff before it goes out.

I just bought tickets for a show in September that's going to be in the on-site theater and will probably go to American Bounty for dinner beforehand (although I guess that Crave is also an option).

They definitely used to be cheaper and are no longer a bargain, and I don't like the 17% service charge they add (used to be 12%) to pay for graduation uniforms and scholarships.

A&P bankruptcy

The A&P in Mt. Kisco is supposed to be sold to Stop & Shop. I'd been thinking the Thornwood location would have been good for S&S, but it's probably too close to the North White Plains location. I'm sure they will do very well in Mt. Kisco, given that they're next to Target.

The expansion of the SR in Thornwood is complete. They did a nice job. ACME stores are supposed to be very nice, although somewhat high priced (like A&P). From what I have read elsewhere, their meat is supposed to be very good.

A&P bankruptcy

Define "smaller stores". I've seen people spend a bundle on a Sunday afternoon at Stop & Shop in Somers. People go in there, buy their Starbucks, do their weekly shopping and don't seem to care about prices.

A co-worker who's rather clueless about grocery shopping said to me yesterday (about the A&P closures) "Wow, imagine when the big one in Triangle Shopping Center or in Cortlandt die. Costco will really be of interest to people". I had to explain to him that they could already be buying similar stuff at BJ's, and that there are many other options for normal grocery shopping other than A&P. I also had to point out that another chain was buying those locations. Sigh.

Premium prices at Ben's Deli in Scarsdale

When we ate at Liebmans in Riverdale when my mother-in-law was still alive (and living in the apartments at the Hebrew Home), they often had so many walkers that they told me they sometimes had to stack them!

A&P bankruptcy

Actually, the list is ordered with the worst at the bottom (the lower scores are worse). So Pathmark was at the bottom. Stop & Shop was the "best" of the worst.

I'm not sure that I understand the bad scores for Stop & Shop. Their regular prices are high (although not always, they are cheaper in area where they have more competition). The shopping experience is much nicer than A&P. The Stop & Shop store in Somers is always busy on weekends while the A&P a few blocks away is almost empty. And their regular prices are higher than their store in Peekskill.

A&P bankruptcy

The buyer will probably put their own floor plan in, so I can't see that being the reason for the reorganization. Likely someone decided that it would increase sales.

A&P bankruptcy

You should say where you're located since this board covers a wide area (too wide, but that's another story). There are 25 stores that have been announced as closing. Most of the rest that have been announced as sold are going to ACME. 25 in total are going to Stop & Shop. A number are in neither list, which means still looking for buyers.

A&P bankruptcy

Most of the Westchester/Putnam stores are being purchased by ACME. The Mt. Kisco store is being purchased by Stop & Shop (great move for them). The Peekskill store and some others further south don't have buyers yet. Here's an article with the list of stores being sold.

http://couponsinthenews.com/2015/07/2...

I'm surprised that they are taking the smaller stores like Millwood and Shrub Oak. I was thinking that Millwood would make a great location for Trader Joe's (understanding that the focus is to bring them to Yorktown, but Millwood would be so much better for them). None of the sales are final yet because they in bankruptcy and if there is a higher offer it would have to be accepted (although I wonder how that works with the bundle of stores that ACME is buying).

I personally have never shopped at ACME but it can't be any worse than A&P. On the bright side, now maybe the opposition to the Wegmans they've been trying to build in Montvale, NJ will go away since A&P had been funding them.

Restaurant North opening Market North in Armonk

They're opening for lunch starting in early August, the 4th I believe. Eventually open for dinner as well.

Hudson River Valley 1st Timers - Help!

Tennisboy, please come back and tell us about the rest of your meals.

Wegmans to open in Bergen county

Well, A&P has filed for bankruptcy and appears to be going out of business. Let's hope this means less funding for the opposition to Wegmans in Montvale!

Jul 20, 2015
MisterBill2 in New Jersey

Wegmans in Montvale

So, A&P filed for chapter 11 and is apparently going out of business. Hopefully this means that the opponents to this location will lose their funding and Wegman's can proceed.

Jul 20, 2015
MisterBill2 in New Jersey

Premium prices at Ben's Deli in Scarsdale

Is there any kosher deli that serves sandwiches as thick as Carnegie or Katz's? Ben's sandwiches are not huge, it's not just Scarsdale.

Restaurant Week - Dining Opportunity or Cue to Turn & Run?

So, since this thread is alive again, I'll give my take. I live in Westchester County, NY, just north of NYC. I am a BIG fan of Hudson Valley Restaurant Week, which runs 2 weeks each in March and November. I often get to 4 places per week. My experience up here is that most places give you a decent size portion and varied choices on the menu. A few places we only tried because of HVRW have become our favorites. There are places that you can tell aren't really into the whole RW thing by looking at their menu (minimal and boring choices). I avoid those. It's rare for a restaurant to not automatically offer the RW menu when you sit down (as opposed to having to request it and suffer the consequences). When we dine during RW, the staff treats us well, not different than a normal diner would be treated. HVRW also has a theme of encouraging restaurants to use local ingredients from the Hudson Valley, so maybe that makes them more interested in doing dishes that aren't just cheap and boring.

My son is in his 20's and lives in Manhattan. He went with us to RW dinners for many years (and I think became a much more adventurous eater because of it) and has done a few in NYC. He generally avoids them now because it seems like RW in NYC you do get treated differently, as has been mentioned here. Plus, there are so many great places there where you can eat really well for cheap, even less than $38, that the need isn't really there.

Bottom line, I think maybe there is a difference in how restaurants and staff act for restaurant weeks based on where they're located. The trick is finding the places that treat you like a normal customer. Apparently in NYC this is not the norm.

Hudson River Valley 1st Timers - Help!

Everything is made by students. The restaurants are staffed by more senior students, so I would expect it to be better, but not everyone is a top student (although there are supposed to be professors watching to make sure that everything is running smoothly and food is prepared properly). The service isn't as polished as you get at a fancy restaurant, but I've never had a problem with the food.

Hudson River Valley 1st Timers - Help!

By "PROFESSIONALLY MADE" are you implying that they bring them in from outside of the CIA?

I've been happy with my meals in the CIA restaurants. It will be interesting to see what tennisboy says about his meal there, I think he went for lunch yesterday.

Bastille Day, July 14th: Where to dine and celebrate in greater Westchester?

I had a couple of good HVRW meals at Le Provencal Bistro in Mamaroneck.

Need shiva platter in Rockland County - any suggestions?

Does it have to be glatt or is regular kosher OK? I agree with Fairway if regular kosher is good.