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Hudson Valley Restaurant Week - Fall 2014, November 3-16

Very few restaurants have their menus up and it starts a week from Monday. I just found Rivermarket's on their website. I was planning to go to Swift in Beacon the first Sunday, but just discovered that they've "simplified" and amongst other things, the main dining room is no longer open for dinner on Sunday.

about 3 hours ago
MisterBill2 in New York State (exc. NYC)

Zero Otto Nove in Armonk

Yes, Westchester Magazine has been doing a lot of fluff pieces on restaurants lately that read like ads (there was one on a chain recently which was "written" by an editor that sounded like it came from the chain, although they claim he really did write it). Is Julia Sexton even there anymore?

Hudson Valley Restaurant Week List - November 2014

Well given that there's more information in the other thread it seems like a waste to have parallel conversations. On other boards, this would be closed as a duplicate post.

best restaurant in Poughkeepsie?

That's pretty standard for tapas, which is what they seem to be doing. Granted getting the last one 20 minutes after everything else is a problem.

best restaurant in Poughkeepsie?

What restaurant are you talking about??? You didn't say and did not reply to anyone.

Hudson Valley Restaurant Week List - November 2014

I really hate to reply here because there is absolutely no reason to have two parallel threads on this topic, but since you chose to post here and not heed my earlier message saying there was another thread, I will point out that it's still almost 3 weeks before HVRW starts so it's not all that unusual for restaurants not to have their menus posted. Now, when you get to the weekend before and they're still not posted, or worse, after it starts, that isn't right. Sometimes you can find the menus on the restaurant's websites and for some reason they are too lazy to send it to Valley Table for posting on their site. It *is* foolish of them because at least some people won't book without seeing the menu.

Hudson Valley Restaurant Week - Fall 2014, November 3-16

Make your reservation for North quickly. They open up 4 weeks in advance.

BTW the Gaucho Grill menu *is* posted on the HVRW site.

Season"s 52 has anyone been there?

They seem to have changed their ways and their website menus now have prices. It's about time! And yes, some locations have higher prices, but the menus are specific by location.

Oct 10, 2014
MisterBill2 in Chains
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Eataly settles on Century City location

That comment makes no sense. Seasons 52 is owned by the same company that also owns Capital Grille and Yard House Does that make it sound better?

Oct 10, 2014
MisterBill2 in Los Angeles Area

Hudson Valley Restaurant Week - Fall 2014, November 3-16

Not on either Friday or Saturday per the HVRW site, which is finally updated.

Hudson Valley Restaurant Week - Fall 2014, November 3-16

I just made reservations for North. As I mentioned in my posting, they open 28 days in advance, so the first Friday is available now. I got lucky and was able to get a table at 7:15. I really meant to book it at midnight when they first opened.

There are a few menus up but nothing of interest, other than 42, which is only interesting if you like a place with a $29 surcharge for a steak on a $29.95 menu.

Hudson Valley Restaurant Week List - November 2014

You could have just posted in the thread I created a month ago.

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/988224

TGI Fridays opening in White Plains ?

FYI the kosher deli has been closed for a while. Not sure about the others on your list.

elita's deli, ossining

Someone created an Urbanspoon page for them and uploaded a copy of their menu (also posted a great review). The prices are higher than you mentioned but I guess that's to eat in vs. take out. I'm planning to check it out on Wednesday, I have an appointment for my car and can head down Route 9 towards work after that.

http://www.urbanspoon.com/cities/327-...

Costco Food Finds - 3rd Quarter 2014

The chocolate croissants were excellent. Rather large, but full of chocolate. We heated them in the toaster oven for a couple of minutes to crisp them up.

BTW TJ's raised their price and they are now $1.12 each ($4.49 for 4 vs $3.99). Still a bit cheaper than Costco, but smaller.

Sep 29, 2014
MisterBill2 in Chains
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Costco Food Finds - 3rd Quarter 2014

Nice on the Ahi Poke... we don't get that on the east coast (obviously). I remember when we did a Hawaiian cruise many years ago, I rented a car on every island and we toured on our own. We visited every Costco along the way (for gas and because we love Costco) and I bought myself some of that Poke as a snack at one of them!

Sep 29, 2014
MisterBill2 in Chains

The rumors are true: WholeFoods is coming to Closter, NJ

For some reason I thought I had read that they were opening soon and checked their website this past weekend because I was going to be in the area. That was when I read the current news and discovered that they're no closer to opening (or even being constructed) than they were when I looked six months ago!

I did discover that a number of people were thinking of boycotting A&P because of their part in the lawsuit.

Sep 29, 2014
MisterBill2 in New Jersey

Should I Join Costco in CT?

They only have a limited selection of kosher meats. Ground beef, rib eye steaks, london broil, recently pepper steak. Maybe brisket and one or two other things. In poultry, they have Empire chicken and turkey cutlets and I think drumsticks. And whole chickens. I have been fairly unhappy with Fairway's kosher meat recently. I just used a roast beef from them last week that was full of fat, and a recent london broil also had a lot of fat and something inedible running thru the middle. They seem to be getting away from cutting their own meat (which is good given my recent experiences) and I believe they are using the same pre-packaged brand that Costco sells, which is excellent. They even have a second poultry brand (KJ?) so when they put it on sale you don't get the Murray's brand that they exclusively sold at the start. Recently I got lucky and they had large packages of Murray's cutlets for $4.99 when the sale was supposed to be KJ. Since $4.99 is what Costco charges, if it's not Murray's I don't buy it at Fairway.

I do like their rotisserie chickens, but you have to watch out because some of them are tiny. If you look carefully a few are decent weight.

Sep 29, 2014
MisterBill2 in Kosher

Costco Nanuet Kosher Beef

Not sure if this is true at all Costco's, but we were at the Nanuet store today and they were having a sale on kosher beef. The 3 pounds of chopped meat were $8.99 (yes, $3/lb!), rib steaks and London Broil $9.99/lb (not as much of a sale but still a good deal).

Sep 27, 2014
MisterBill2 in Kosher

Kosher Spare ribs at Costco

Just the opposite for us. Brisket has been great. Ribs were disgusting.

We also like the stuffed cabbage. The Passover variety isn't as good as the normal, the meat mixture is kind of mushy. The normal stuff is good. Not like my mother used to make, but that's no longer an option and my wife doesn't have any interest in making them.

Sep 27, 2014
MisterBill2 in Kosher

Kosher Spare ribs at Costco

Hmm.. we just bought the turkey stuffed with quinoa in mushroom gravy today. The brand was Mon Cuisine, but I see from the back of the package that it's Meal Mart. They also had a chicken stuffed with wild rice. I hope it's not as bad as what you had!

Sep 27, 2014
MisterBill2 in Kosher

Kosher Spare ribs at Costco

Why do we buy the cooked spare ribs? Because some of us don't have easy access to a kosher butcher, and even if we do the price would probably be higher than buying a package at Costco.

Sep 27, 2014
MisterBill2 in Kosher

Kosher Spare ribs at Costco

That sounds like the package I got (although I think we had a higher percentage of fat/gristle). They were disgusting. We ended up bringing the packaging (with the bones) back for a refund. which they gave us without question. We almost never do that at Costco. Very disappointing.

Sep 27, 2014
MisterBill2 in Kosher

Should I Join Costco in CT?

Yuck, I can't believe you like the Meal Mart cold cuts, I think they are terrible. The one time I made the mistake of buying them, the pastrami had no flavor (I'm not sure what the brown stuff was on top but it wasn't spices) and the corned beef was full of fat.

Sep 27, 2014
MisterBill2 in Kosher

Should I Join Costco in CT?

The Best Kosher cold cuts at Costco and BJ's were excellent. The Meal Mart cold cuts that Costco sells are terrible. I can't believe enough people buy them for them to continue to carry them. The one time I made the mistake of buying them, the pastrami had no flavor and the corned beef was full of fat.

Sep 27, 2014
MisterBill2 in Kosher

Should I Join Costco in CT?

If you can get down to New Rochelle (Westchester) or Nanuet (Rockland) occasionally, they both have fresh kosher meat/poultry and kosher certified bakeries.

Sep 27, 2014
MisterBill2 in Kosher

Costco Food Finds - 3rd Quarter 2014

I found Chocolate Croissants at the Nanuet Costco today. $7.99 for 6, so higher priced than Trader Joe's frozen, which are $1 each but have to be baked. Have not tried them yet, will do so it the AM. They seem to have lots of chocolate. Interestingly, in a store location where all of their baked stuff is certified kosher, these were not.

Sep 27, 2014
MisterBill2 in Chains

The rumors are true: WholeFoods is coming to Closter, NJ

Not really a rumor since WFM shows it as coming soon on their website. Sadly, it's not clear when it will be built.

Sep 27, 2014
MisterBill2 in New Jersey

The rumors are true: WholeFoods is coming to Closter, NJ

So, amazingly this thing is apparently not yet approved. The latest I read was that A&P filed a lawsuit in April. I am still amazed the Whole Foods has this location up on their website.

Sep 26, 2014
MisterBill2 in New Jersey

zeytinia trouble? [Croton]

So, a year later and the store is still empty. I can't find it at the moment, but I thought that in another thread that someone said they knew what was going on but could not say. Is there any word on what might be going there?