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Cookies! (lower Westchester)

Yes, I regret my Trilogy purchase. Spent a decent amount of money and nothing looked really yummy.

Cookies! (lower Westchester)

Thanks, will try too!

Cookies! (lower Westchester)

Thanks so much. Lulu's is do-able for me. Good to know!

Cookies! (lower Westchester)

Thanks. I've been hearing about Kneaded Bread for years! Will try.

Cookies! (lower Westchester)

So, I ended up in Trilogy in New Rochelle http://www.yelp.com/biz/trilogy-bake-.... Very sweet coffee shop/bakery with a decent enough selection for me to fill a box. A variety of cupcakes and mini cheesecakes, banana bread, and oatmeal and choc chip cookies. Looked pretty good -- but not outrageous. Was assured all had been baked yesterday. I tried nothing though.

Interestingly, I was in Mamaroneck later in the day and thought to sample some of Boiano's wares. I had gotten good biscotti there in the past. Disappointed to say, out of the 5 I tried, none seemed fresh and one was downright stale. Tested = mini cannoli (not so good), cranberry almond biscotti (stale), raspberry filled cookie (very stale), pignoli (not stale, but pignoli's were slightly rancid) and a couple of other non descript ones. (Don't worry, I only had one bite of each). However based on the day and your selection, you might fare better Keeping such a large quantity of each cookie is a guarantee they won't always be fresh.

I'm convinced that the best route is to take an hour and bake a batch of something from scratch -- gotta be better than 90% of bakery cookie offerings. In fact, here's my favorite, no-fail choc chip cookie recipe. You can make a batch for under $10 and everyone loves them (I do make them a smaller size than recipe calls for
)http://allrecipes.com/recipe/best-big...

Would love to try Neri's but too far a drive today.

Thanks again!!

Cookies! (lower Westchester)

Personally, I love it all but agree w/you & always get a selection. I actually want to support a local bakery and I'm reading good things about Trilogy in New Rochelle where I live. + they are open all day. Will report back!

Cookies! (lower Westchester)

Thanks! Both Artuso and Boinano got serious mixed reviews on Yelp -- love or hate -- although the idea of cannolis is appealing. I'm near Pelham Bakery, so will check if they are open today and Fleetwood is do-able. Not close to Riveria but use them for annual Thanksgiving pies. Appreciate the suggestions!

Cookies! (lower Westchester)

I wanted to get some thank you cookies for my wonderful neighbors who helped me this winter with snow removal. They are a large family, so I thought a variety of cookies/bars would be nice. I usually bake my own, but if I could run out today, Sunday, and find some good homemade style cookies, that would be great. I know there are a few bakeries in Mamaroneck with Italian cookies by the pound, but am not sure of quality. Also, I've been referred by Yelp to Provisions in Pelham and Trilogy in New Ro. Can any cookie lovers comment please?

Anniversary dinner in Lower Westchester

I agree with you totally! Many people don't eat bacon and they should be ready to sub potatoes or other veggies, especially as different sides must already be prepared to go with other menu options. What happened to "if you have a food allergy or special requirements, please let us know?"

Anniversary dinner in Lower Westchester

Ditto here. Not crazy about the menu. Fortunately, there are always occasions/reasons to try new places. Plus Hudson Valley Rest Week coming up for more sampling. Cheers!

Anniversary dinner in Lower Westchester

Please do let us know where you end/ended up.

I'm Angry and I'm not Taking it Anymore! Westchester NY

A couple more places that have creative drinks in the $12 range as well as excellent food/service/atmosphere:

Park 143 Bistro in Bronxville, cocktail menu follows:
http://143parkbistro.com/uploads/cock...

Also, Vintage 1891 Kitchen in Larchmont. I can't find their cocktail menu so not 100% sure of prices, but I do know they are good. They have a Facebook page more so than a website.

Anniversary dinner in Lower Westchester

North is definitely not lower Westchester, but worth a 20 minute drive. I also stand by my suggestion of Vintage 1891 Kitchen in Larchmont, which is lower Westchester.

I'm Angry and I'm not Taking it Anymore! Westchester NY

Love the drinks at Bar Taco in Port Chester. Fruit juices are fresh ... drink menu follows.
http://www.bartaco.com/menu.html

You can find good inexpensive drinks at many/most Mexican restaurants and the food is typically acceptable++ and the atmosphere fun.

Anniversary dinner in Lower Westchester

2nd North

Anniversary dinner in Lower Westchester

I like the food and atmosphere at Vintage 1891 Kitchen right on Boston Post Road in Larchmont. It's really lovely and we've been happy with the menu/food both times we went. Service was mostly good. Fit for a special occasion.

http://www.opentable.com/vintage-1891...

Great new restaurants in New Rochelle New York

Those really were the "old days". I grew up here too!

Great new restaurants in New Rochelle New York

LOL

Great new restaurants in New Rochelle New York

Tried Patrias Sat night per Chowhound22 recommendation. We went early, before any possible crowds. Mostly a positive experience. Loved the seafood empanada as an app and my grilled tuna main was pretty good. I also had a nice veggie timbale. Plating was lovely. Negatives = they will do no subs on sides, even for allergies, etc. at least on Sat night, per waitress. Good to know. The food, overall, for my taste, had too much oil, although I always ask that it be kept light. Might not bother others. Boyfriend was not crazy about his crab/avocado salad app -- again, too much oil and he felt it was faux crab. His entrée was the steak and shrimp which he liked very much. Bread was good. Portions right sized. Too full for dessert. Very nice fresh décor and accommodating servers.

We will go back -- saw other menu options we'd like to try.
Parking is convenient.

Great new restaurants in New Rochelle New York

Agree 51rich! As I said above, you also need to pay parking meters until midnight, as if it's Manhattan.

Great new restaurants in New Rochelle New York

Dudley's?? For real or kidding??!!!

Great new restaurants in New Rochelle New York

Thanks for the Patrias mention. I didn't even know Cholo's had closed. (Wish there was more reason to go to downtown NewRo and I might have noticed.) It looks like it's definitely worth a try -- lots of fresh fish. Hmmm, maybe tonite....
Not a big Coromandel fan anymore -- too inconsistent. I've had the best and the worst of Indian food all at the same place!

Great new restaurants in New Rochelle New York

Mrs: Re Little Mexican
Well you can always get a table on a Saturday night, which gets it points for starters. Food is good standard Mexican fare -- the tableside guacamole is usually a winner (depending on who's making it) and I like the Mexican shrimp cocktail with avocados and tomato sauce, the shrimp with spicy green sauce (can be very hot), and the chile relleno. Service can be spotty. Don't go with stellar expectations and you'll get a good meal at a cheap price. Drinks are exceptionally good -- I've had the mojitos, margueritas and white sangria, and was happy! There is no shortage of Mexican restaurants in NewRo and I don't claim to have tried them all -- I'm a little pickier as I don't eat chicken or meat so they've gotta have some reliable fish options. I keep coming back to Little Mex. Try and let me know.

Great new restaurants in New Rochelle New York

Dubrovnik is my favorite resto in NewRo -- they can have a little attitude until they've seen your face a few times, but I've had consistently good meals there. They have a wonderful way with fish. Can end up being a little pricey. I ate at Sorell when it first opened and there was fish on the menu (perfectly cooked, but oh so salty), but when I tried to go back again, there was nothing on the menu for a pescatarian. They do have a great wine selection and it is kind of a cool place with an open kitchen and access to the chef. Modern has a nice/pretty environment but the food is only average -- nice place to meet for a drink. Unfortunately, NewRo has a long way to go before developing a restaurant scene. I still like Little Mexican Café on Main St for an casual dinner and great drinks. Unfortunately, Spadaro's, which was a fun/unique foodie experience, has suffered post expansion -- liked it better before they got a printed menu, although others hated the fact that they had none. Look forward to more new restaurants openings, but the City of NewRo makes it difficult for businesses to thrive downtown (parking meters must be fed until midnight!!). Oh, and people seem to really like The Roadhouse in Trump Tower for ribs, etc. -- not for your vegetarian friends.

Sunday Eve Post Theater Birthday Dinner -- Saju or Bar Americain?

True gforce. I'm in town daily but usually eat closer to home in Westchester. Clearly there's a need to improve my NYC options. Cheers.

Oct 02, 2014
cloverose in Manhattan

Lower Westchester bars/restaurants with quality cocktails

Vintage 1891 on Boston Post Rd in Larchmont. If I veer away from wine, I usually drink stoli & something, but I remember having a really lovely/interesting cocktail there this summer.
Food was great too. They seem to use a Facebook page rather than a website for some reason...

Park 143 Birstro in Bronxville

We went as "walk-ins" on a Saturday night this summer, which I guess you can get away with only in the summer. Interior was busy/too noisy so we opted for a table outdoors on a warm summer night which was perfect. We were both in love with our food -- except I can't remember exactly what we had at this point. I do know that my fish was flakey perfection and a surprisingly large portion too. None of the appetizers or entrees disappointed. We've been waiting to go back again and I recommend!

Woodstock - A place to sit for a while with good food

+1 for Red Onion. Not very far out of "downtown", but I'm not from the area. Had a nice dinner there this summer.

Sunday Eve Post Theater Birthday Dinner -- Saju or Bar Americain?

Wouldn't call it a bad experience. Dinner overall was good -- a solid 7.5 or 8 out of 10. If you don't mind spending the $ and know what you like on the menu, it's okay. Just nothing special -- as predicted by ALL CH's.

Oct 02, 2014
cloverose in Manhattan

Sunday Eve Post Theater Birthday Dinner -- Saju or Bar Americain?

We did end up going to Bar Americain -- on my part reluctantly after all the reviews. While the meal/service was good, I agree with all posters that there are much better places to spend $$$$$. We both had the lobster/avocado appetizer which was good/large chunks of lobster and nicely spiced with cilantro, etc. At the beginning of the meal, I told the waiter to have the kitchen go very light on salt/oil for me. The first lobster cocktail that came out was so salty as to be inedible and they made a new one. My sense is that monkeys could be in the kitchen there turning out pre-designated, rehearsed menus. My boyfriend's steak was good. My snapper was okay too -- again too salty for my taste -- but with a nice mango salsa and black bean puree. Espresso crème brulee at end was coffee-y and rich. The food overall was too rich for me -- especially the corn bread that was yummy but like eating a bar of butter. We did not go to places like Betony (which I would have liked to try) partially because of complaints of small portions. After leaving Bar Americain queasy and too full, I would have appreciated more refined food. ( We passed DB on the way to the theater and I thought "Shoot, love the menu -- why didn't we go there?...").
Anyhow, no digs -- it was a nice dinner for a one-time only Bar Americain experience. You were right!!! ;-)

Oct 02, 2014
cloverose in Manhattan