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

"Half foods" would have been funnier (assuming your intent was to be funny, I wasn't sure).

YELP's algorithm fail in Westchester

So what do you trust, other than Chowhound? I find that Opentable seems to have decent reviews, and at least you know that the person actually ate there.

Foodie in St. Martin - please help

So I know this is an old thread but do you have a name for the lolo you describe as "the one to the back right on the water"? A name would be nice so I make sure I find the right one. The reviews here and on the Internet at large have seemed to say that Talk of the Town was the best, but some recent reviews on TripAdvisor have not been great and Sky's The Limit's reviews have been better. I don't see any other than those two mentioned. We'll be there in a couple of weeks on a cruise, I'm renting a car and will hit Grand Case for lunch.

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

So, this week's Yorktown News has an article about this same clown reaching out to Whole Foods to get them to come to Yorktown. Clearly he missed the news that they're coming to Chappaqua because while the odds of Trader Joe's coming in is very slim, the odds of WFM coming to Yorktown and Chappaqua are close to the proverbial snowball's chance in hell. I also wonder if Turco's is a member of the Yorktown Chamber of Commerce, since a Whole Foods would seriously impact their business. He claims that Trader Joe's had "some interest" in coming to Yorktown. I personally don't believe it.

The only store mentioned in the article that makes sense is Bob's Discount Furniture, but they have obviously ignored the area previously when there have been plenty of available locations.

Le Chateau in South Salem Closing

They didn't seem to do anything to encourage new customers to try them at anything other than full price. I never saw them do Restaurant Week, and I hadn't seen them on Groupon although searching shows that they were in 2011 -- with an offer of $15 for $30 for 2 people or $20 for $40. That's ridiculous, it wouldn't cover a single person. We only ate there one time many years ago and remember them being particularly snooty (as my wife put it). Their competition, La Cremaillere is on Groupon all the time and is doing HVRW this time. Now, I know that people say that being on Groupon is not a good thing for a restaurant, but closing your doors is worse.

Hudson Valley Restaurant Week - March 9-22, 2015

I just made my reservations for North for the 2nd Friday (3/20). They book 4 weeks out, so it finally opened up today.

Some restaurants (but not all) have their menus posted. I just saw that X2O has theirs posted.

Hudson Valley Restaurant Week - March 9-22, 2015

I did a poor job planning my vacation this winter and we'll actually be away for one week of HVRW :-(. We were also supposed to be away one week during this November's HVRW, but I changed that trip to January!

Hudson Valley Restaurant Week - March 9-22, 2015

Another option, although I don't see them currently listed on the HVRW site so you'd have to check directly, is Duo Bistro in Kingston. They've done the past few HVRW's and their menus always look great. I just can't get myself to drive to Kingston for dinner.

Hudson Valley Restaurant Week - March 9-22, 2015

Thanks!

Hudson Valley Restaurant Week - March 9-22, 2015

Some new places I've noticed -

Dish Bistro & Wine Bar in Mahopac
La Cremaillere in Bedford

Hudson Valley Restaurant Week - March 9-22, 2015

The CIA is probably booked by now, so I'd recommend Crave in Poughkeepsie. We've had numerous great HVRW meals there.

Last time I recall that there was a big fan of Queen City Bistro here (and I see someone already posted that they were going), they're also in POK.

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

You should have used LOL. More universally known :-).

Here is an example of its use relevant to this thread:

"The new president of the Yorktown Chamber of Commerce thinks he can get Trader Joe's to open in Yorktown by calling them and asking them to. LOL."

Although now that I think about it, SMH is probably more appropriate.

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

Their frozen chocolate croissants are excellent. Never been a fan of their fresh bakery stuff (which of course isn't actually freshly baked).

Their burrata are excellent too. There's something not precooked.

Costco in Yorktown Heights?

I'm pleased to tell you that I was there last Friday and made it out unscathed, so you now have a new data point.

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

It's not that big, it's 44,500 square feet according to the listing at Friedland Realty.

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

"Whole Paycheck" is not original, and they actually have some decent prices and sales. I don't think they're any worse than Turco's, which is ridiculously expensive for the area (although they do very well, so I guess people don't care).

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

No way Whole Foods comes to Yorktown, especially with them going to Chappaqua.

And Fairway is probably even less likely, given that they aren't anywhere north of the Bronx border in Westchester. You'd think they would want to go to a more lucrative area. Plus the store is much too small for them.

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

They've been asked to come to Yorktown before (I believe the town supervisor called), not to mention other Northern Westchester locations and said no. Rumor has it they look for locations near highways these days, not downtown. And most importantly, they don't make their decisions because someone calls and says "please open a store". It's not like they were looking for something in the area but weren't able to find it.

BTW the new Chamber of Commerce president used to be the town highway supervisor. I personally wouldn't believe a word that he says.

The problem with that location is that it's owned by A&P and they've refused in the past to rent to a competitor, they'd rather have it empty. It's bad enough that they're Turco's landlord as a result of a lease they signed with another grocer which was able to be sublet. That said, it's currently listed with the same company who is leasing the rest of the shopping center. I wonder if maybe A&P sold the location? I hadn't heard that.

I wouldn't mind an Aldi, there are none in the area. But once again you'd need to get A&P to agree to rent to another grocer, if they still own it.

Costco in Yorktown Heights?

Wouldn't BJ's have already done that? And almost no one shops at Kmart already, at least on the rare occasion that I shop there, they're not very busy. I'm surprised they are still open.

Your disappointing purchases from Costco

To each their own. I really prefer the small ones and have stopped buying the big overly big ones when that's what they have.

Feb 01, 2015
MisterBill2 in Chains

Your disappointing purchases from Costco

Not sure why you say they were harvested too early. If you look at a stalk of bussel sprouts, there are large ones and there are small ones. Personally, I much prefer the small ones since I like to slice and grill them (or bake in the oven in the winter). I find that when I get the larger ones they're not as good, the flavor is too strong. Maybe just my personal preference.

Feb 01, 2015
MisterBill2 in Chains

Your disappointing purchases from Costco

OK I went back and looked at the post you were responding to (which, BTW, was from 3.5 years ago). I agree that in general fruits are not a great deal (and I haven't really been happy with the quality I bought there), but disagree on vegetables. I buy the two pound bags of brussel sprouts all the time and they last for weeks in the fridge. Similarly for the 5 pound bag of assorted colored potatoes. We like the kale salad mix that they sell, we get uses out of it. The 6 heads of romaine hearts is too much for a small family but is very competitively priced.

Jan 31, 2015
MisterBill2 in Chains

Your disappointing purchases from Costco

You shouldn't buy their stuff if you can't use it before it goes bad. Mushrooms can be sliced and frozen, we do that all the time even when buying smaller packages. You should always know your prices and not assume that something is a deal just because it's at Costco. I find that many of their grocery items are not as cheap as I can get at the supermarket if I buy on sale.

Jan 31, 2015
MisterBill2 in Chains

Toddler Friendly suggestions Lower Westchester

The Cookery has a nice brunch menu.

sue and hai asian fusion, yorktown heights

We had lunch there today. I had the Sriracha chicken and hot and sour soup. My wife had an egg roll and General Tso's chicken (real healthy!). The soup was excellent. The Sriracha chicken was disappointing, not very spicy and didn't really taste like sriraha, and it was very salty (and I don't usually notice such things). The General Tso's was excellent, nice spicy sauce with lots of peppers. I will definitely go back, but I'd get a different entree.

Strange thing is the lunch menu in the restaurant is different than what's online. For example, chicken lunch specials are $6.50 online but $6.25 on the menu. They don't even list Sriracha Chicken as a menu item in the restaurant (although they have the beef version). I asked the waiter (owner?) about it and he said the website was updated 2 years ago but the menus are 4 years old. I guess it's worth losing a little bit on lunch to not have to pay to reprint menus. It smelled like paint, so perhaps they're fixing the place us.

Anniversary dinner in Lower Westchester

I really enjoyed Saint George when we ate there in March. The profiteroles were amazing and the frites were as well. In fact, it was among our top RW meals. Went back in November and it just wasn't as good. The frites were ok but nothing special. And the chocolate sauce on the profiteroles tasted like warmed up Hershey's syrup, not the gobs of ganache we had the last time. I had read a review on Opentable complaining about the chocolate sauce and mentioned it to the owner when we got there, because I was sure it couldn't possibly be trued based on our first visit, and he claimed they were not doing anything different. Well, it was definitely not ganache the second time. I've since seen someone else complain about this in an OT review, so something is definitely up there.

Oh, and the server didn't bother to tell us that we could get the daily specials as part of the HVRW menu for a surcharge. I only found out when I heard her telling the table next to us when we had already finished eating. And this was the last day of HVRW so it's not like they didn't know about this.

I really meant to email the owner about our visit, but never got around to it.

hudson restaurant, briarcliff manor, ny

So, they are still closed, and they've been offline on Opentable for several weeks, and no Facebook updates either. I just called their number and it says they're making some renovations and closed for vacation and will reopen on February 5th. I guess we'll see if they actually do open next week. Meanwhile, I got my Opentable points for my reservation from when they were closed (since the restaurant had not cancelled it when they called me to say they were going to be closed and have been offline since). Too bad it wasn't a 1,000 point reservation!

Anniversary dinner in Lower Westchester

They might be more related than you would think.

Anniversary dinner in Lower Westchester

Correct. I didn't want them to make me something special, just a different side from another entree.

Anniversary dinner in Lower Westchester

Wasn't just some seats, it was half of the upstairs seats and even those that faced in the correct direction didn't have a very good view.

As I said some will say I was being unreasonable in complaining about no substitutions, but I've never had another restaurant refuse my request, even with similar wording on the menu. I originally asked if they could make the lentils without bacon and was told no. I've had other places agree to make a separate batch of a side for me, even during Restaurant Week (and was very impressed when they did) but I understood that they had them pre-made so I asked to get a different side and they again said no. I ended ordering a different entree that I didn't enjoy nearly as much as the one I actually wanted. If they'd honored what was a fairly small request, I would have a much better memory of the meal than I do and might have considered going back.