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The Parlor- new restaurant in Dobbs Ferry

Did you know you can request the North cookie skillet prepared "rare"? It's even better that way!

1 day ago
MisterBill2 in New York State (exc. NYC)

The Parlor- new restaurant in Dobbs Ferry

Bummer -- we drove right past the Chappaqua market last week but we'd just been to Pleasantville so I didn't stop.

1 day ago
MisterBill2 in New York State (exc. NYC)

Costco in Yorktown Heights?

Costco employees are usually pretty friendly.

2 days ago
MisterBill2 in New York State (exc. NYC)

Costco in Yorktown Heights?

I don't think the PC Costco is smaller. Maybe it seems that way because it's on two levels with an escalator for your cart). I just looked it up and the PC store is actually bigger - 142k square feet vs. Yonkers at 135k. There may be traffic heading into the PC lot but compared to the parking lot in Yonkers it's not a big deal. If you get down to New Rochelle (which I agree is a schlep), they have their own gas station. So does Nanuet. So will Yorktown, if/when it gets built.

And you can go to the Whole Foods in Port Chester and not have to deal with Ridge Hill, if you do that as well.

2 days ago
MisterBill2 in New York State (exc. NYC)

Costco in Yorktown Heights?

You're referring to the Yonkers store, right? The employees aren't as friendly, either.

Jul 16, 2014
MisterBill2 in New York State (exc. NYC)

Costco in Yorktown Heights?

Yes, Danbury (actually, Brookfield) is our normal store, but I believe that i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream lives in Ossining, so I figured it was not convenient to her.

Jul 16, 2014
MisterBill2 in New York State (exc. NYC)

Costco in Yorktown Heights?

They're opening a Chick-Fil-A right down the road from Costco. And that Shoprite is really nice. Of course, given that I live in Yorktown, I would LOVE to have one here. I would probably still have to hit the one in Nanuet or New Rochelle from time to time since they carry kosher meat and I would be surprised if a Yorktown store would (not enough of a Jewish population in the area).

Jul 16, 2014
MisterBill2 in New York State (exc. NYC)

Your best items at Sam's Club

You have to buy them in bulk.

Jul 16, 2014
MisterBill2 in Chains
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Tour guidance/guide for Ossining's ethnic restaurants?

Sorry, I just found it odd to see two posts in a row from you and one was a great review and the next a poor review of the same place.

Jul 15, 2014
MisterBill2 in New York State (exc. NYC)

Costco in Yorktown Heights?

I rarely go to the Yonkers Costco unless I am in the area. Port Chester is a MUCH nicer store and about as far, at least for me. Or go across the river to Nanuet. Or if you're heading to Fairway in Pelham, go to the Costco in New Rochelle, only a couple of miles away (of course if you go to Nanuet you can go to Fairway as well and their sales are better). Any of them are nicer than Yonkers.

Jul 15, 2014
MisterBill2 in New York State (exc. NYC)

Costco in Yorktown Heights?

Costco and the developer came in saying from the start that they were willing to spend millions of dollars to improve the roads. The opponents said that traffic was terrible and there was no way it could be fixed, even though absolutely nothing had been done to try to fix it for as long as I've lived here (which is 25 years). Only recently did the state improve 202 from just past where Costco wants to be down a couple of miles west (but not far enough) and they did a really nice job. You had people saying that it was going to be an environmental disaster even though what they have there now is even worse and no one is clamoring to have it fixed. People were complaining about the huge gas station even though when a similarly sized Shell station opened a mile down the road a few years ago no one said a thing. So-called "retail experts" said there is no way that BJs and Costco could co-exist and BJ's would go out of business, yet BJ's just opened a new club right down the road from Costco in Brookfield, CT. Opponents in one breath said the traffic from both stores would be terrible and in the next said that BJ's would be sure to close. They complained about the huge trucks that would have to come thru town to stock the store but couldn't explain why no one notices similar trucks stocking BJ's now. They said that crime would be a problem and we might have to hire more police but the police chief told me they get very few calls from BJ's. Oh, and best of all, one delusional person said that if there was an Indian Point emergency, the traffic from Costco would slow down people trying to evacuate (clearly everyone will be shopping for muffins to take with them).

In any event, I just heard today that the developer delivered the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) to the Planning Board last night, so hopefully things will start moving again. Kudos to Costco for not packing it in and going with plan B.

Jul 15, 2014
MisterBill2 in New York State (exc. NYC)

Your best items at Sam's Club

Update: the burrata were excellent. The brand is Belgioioso I was missing a couple of o's.

Jul 15, 2014
MisterBill2 in Chains

Your best items at Sam's Club

I just found a one pound container of BelGioso brand burrata at the Sam's in Fishkill, NY on Sunday. It has 8 2 ounce burrata and cost $7.49. I haven't tried it yet, but I haven't seen burrata at Costco or BJ's in a long time, and never at Sam's, so this was exciting for me. Hopefully they are good. The normal burrata that I buy (TJ's and BelGioso's when the other warehouse chains carried them) are 4 ounce servings.

Jul 15, 2014
MisterBill2 in Chains

Campagna - the old Bedford Post, Bedford, NY

I'm still surprised that the existing Campagna restaurant in Shrub Oak (Yorktown) hasn't sued them over the name. I wonder how many people looking for the new restaurant have found the old one instead? Although I guess if they're calling it "Campagna at the Bedford Post Inn", maybe they did realized their mistake. Or else they still wanted to be associated with the BPI name.

Jul 15, 2014
MisterBill2 in New York State (exc. NYC)

How Are the Restaurants at The Culinary Institute of America?

Well, their goal there is to teach cooking, not to teach them to be master servers. However, I'm sure they have some service training. That said, we've had some really good service and some poor service during our meals there. I actually have to get back there this summer since I have a gift certificate for Caterina that I won during an HVRW contest although I do wish I could use it at American Bounty instead, I need to call them and ask).

Jul 15, 2014
MisterBill2 in New York State (exc. NYC)

Costco in Yorktown Heights?

I had forgotten about this thread. Sadly the Costco is still not approved, there were a number of points (many bogus) that were brought up during the public hearing that needed to be addressed by the applicant. Amusingly, in that time, BJ's opened a new club right down the block from Costco in Brookfield, CT, so clearly they think they can co-exist with them. Oh, and BJ's in Yorktown is about to come to the town board for permission to add their own gas station. Competition is great for the consumer!

Jul 14, 2014
MisterBill2 in New York State (exc. NYC)

Tour guidance/guide for Ossining's ethnic restaurants?

So I'm guessing you're not trusting your sister's opinion of restaurants anymore. Kind of amusing to come here and read one positive and one negative review of the same place, both posted by you.

Jul 08, 2014
MisterBill2 in New York State (exc. NYC)

Tour guidance/guide for Ossining's ethnic restaurants?

Have you tried Tierras Tropicales on Croton Avenue (I think across the street from the supermarket)? It's also Ecuadorian and is on restaurant.com. I keep meaning to buy a coupon and try it out but hearing from someone who already tried it would be nice.

Jul 08, 2014
MisterBill2 in New York State (exc. NYC)

Inn at Pound Ridge open

So I gather they didn't do anything for your anniversary? I guess they might have had you ordered dessert. BTW how much cheaper was the original champagne that you ordered and they were out of? That's one thing I certainly would have complained about if it was much more and they didn't tell you when suggesting the substitute.

Jul 07, 2014
MisterBill2 in New York State (exc. NYC)

Should a chain comp an item (or offer some other compensation) if an entree is prepared wrong?

People who prefer their meat medium rare feel the same way about eating overcooked meat. Why pay $10+ for something that you're not going to enjoy (and that will be even worse when you microwave the half you don't eat at restaurant for lunch the next day). Anyway ,my wife kept the fries (they were in a separate container) so she was snacking on those while waiting for the new burger.

Jul 07, 2014
MisterBill2 in Chains

New to Mount Kisco, need the lay of the land

We had pizza at Sinapi's a while back when they had a Groupon-like offer and thought it was really good. They're not easy to find, on the side street across from Kohl's.

Jul 07, 2014
MisterBill2 in New York State (exc. NYC)

Chopped: Hannah Hopkins of Dish in Ma HO pac

So long as they don't call it upstate on NYC news broadcasts, I'm happy. Typically that is reserved for anything north of Putnam, but sometimes folks with a real NYC mindset draw the line at Westchester.

Jul 07, 2014
MisterBill2 in New York State (exc. NYC)

Should a chain comp an item (or offer some other compensation) if an entree is prepared wrong?

Getting the wrong side is a much different story. It doesn't involve the person whose food was prepared incorrectly waiting 10-15 minutes for their food while everyone else is eating theirs, and then everyone else waiting for the other person to eat their delayed meal.

Jul 07, 2014
MisterBill2 in Chains

Should a chain comp an item (or offer some other compensation) if an entree is prepared wrong?

I've had a couple of experiences recently at mid-level chain restaurants where an entree was prepared incorrectly (burger overcooked in one case). In both cases they made them again and the manager came over to apologize and checked when the replacement was delivered. However, in neither case was the item comped or was anything offered like a free dessert. Am I expecting too much in a situation like this? Should I just be satisfied with them redoing the item (which of course gets me nothing but a longer meal)?

Jul 07, 2014
MisterBill2 in Chains

Chopped: Hannah Hopkins of Dish in Ma HO pac

When I was a kid, we used to go to the Dean House in Mahopac for vacation,. In those days we used to consider it "the country" (when we lived in Queens and not the next town over). We always pronounced in May-o-pac. However I have heard other pronunciation and use it at times. It does not appear that people care about it the way they do in New-ARK, Delaware.

BTW to get back to the Dish topic, if you look to the left while in their parking lot, there is a very nice 3 panel mural of old time Mahopac on the side of another building and the Dean House is in that. I actually emailed a picture of it to my father when I first saw it, since I figured he would enjoy seeing it.

Jul 07, 2014
MisterBill2 in New York State (exc. NYC)

New to Mount Kisco, need the lay of the land

Salsa Fresca has benefited from Chipotle's decision to ignore Northern Westchester (a common theme).They've opened a place in Mamaroneck, which has a Chipotle nearby in Rye Brook. I wonder if they'll do as well.

Jun 19, 2014
MisterBill2 in New York State (exc. NYC)

New to Mount Kisco, need the lay of the land

NEO is very good. I haven't seen them on Groupon lately. My only complaint about them is that they charged me for green tea the last time I ordered it, which bothered me. It wasn't clear if they charged everyone for it, or just got me because I used a Groupon (the danger of giving them the certificate before you see the check). My solution is not to order green tea when I go there. The owner's previous restaurant in Thornwood, Ace, did that, but in that case it was on the menu (but I missed it the first time, since they didn't do it originally)).

Jun 19, 2014
MisterBill2 in New York State (exc. NYC)

Where do you eat at the Palisades Mall?

Yes, and Texas De Brazil is going to be downstairs where Restoration HW used to be, across from CF.

Jun 19, 2014
MisterBill2 in New York State (exc. NYC)

Gleasons in Peekskill: Reviews?

That's too bad. Your 55 minute 3 course meal reminded me of an HVRW dinner I had at another place in Peekskill -- Monteverde. Equally rushed.

Jun 02, 2014
MisterBill2 in New York State (exc. NYC)

Ramps at Bronxville Farmer's Market

I got around 8 and it was just under a quarter pound. i did get some largish-bulbs since they were not pre-bunched and I could take what I wanted. I had given up hope finding them again this year since WF has been out the last few times I checked. I was blaming myself for ramps popularity and not being able to find them since I suggested it as a topic to Produce Pete for his WNBC segment a few weeks ago :).

May 27, 2014
MisterBill2 in New York State (exc. NYC)