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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
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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

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

Agreed. I also liked what I saw for Betony as recommended above. But my boyfriend said to leave our res alone, so it's on his head. (I'm even on the wait list for Gramercy Tavern and he said don't change if they call!!). On the plus side, I think he'll get a good steak at BA which will please him, and I'll fend for myself with the fish offerings and we'll save the gastronomic highs for a different night. I am going without expectations so will be happy with a few good cocktails and a decent meal. The atmosphere at BA at least seems nice and Sunday will be a slow night, so hopefully relaxing. I'll report back on Monday. Have a nice weekend!

Sep 27, 2014
cloverose in Manhattan

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

Good to know! Don't want to chance a long wait on Sunday, but will def check it out on another night. Appreciate all input.

Sep 26, 2014
cloverose in Manhattan

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

Oh have tried Gato, but no reservations available for Sunday as of last week. Neither one of us is a huge BF fan and there would be no thrill in seeing him there. Just thought the space looked nice and some reviews (including my friend Claire) are excellent. I've been second guessing/re-thinking which is why I posted here. Been running into problem re Sunday closings, but will check out a few more options. If we do end up going I will definitely post after and you can say "told you so" ...

Sep 24, 2014
cloverose in Manhattan

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

Hey, thanks a lot! Waaah, wish it wasn't Sunday! I will certainly investigate everyone's wonderful suggestions so I don't find myself at a loss in the future. My boyfriend thinks Bar Americain will be fine and not to overwork it -- do you share the other poster's disdain for Bar Americain?

Sep 23, 2014
cloverose in Manhattan

Our 1st time in Paris!! Want to do it right!!

Kismet. I was just posting to recommend
La Table d'Eugene
18, rue Eugene Sue, 75018 Paris, France (Montmartre)
+33 1 42 55 61 64

and I see that there's a new CH thread re this small, charming, out of the way place right next to yours. There are numerous reviews online. We enjoyed it -- getting there was a bit of an excursion, but if you are sightseeing in Monmartre, food is lovely and a bargain for Paris.

Sep 23, 2014
cloverose in France

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

Sorry, before someone calls me out on this, I meant Estiatorio Milos above, not Esca.

Sep 23, 2014
cloverose in Manhattan

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

I've been to and liked Molyvos, although that was years ago. Was thinking to try Esca along the same lines. I love grilled fish and seafood of any kind. We eat out a ton, mostly in Westchester where we live, and have kind of od'ed on Italian and maybe even Greek for the moment. My boyfriend loves French food -- duck and steak. I thought to go somewhere different for us, which is how I came up with Bar Americain. Wish there were more options for a Sunday night. I guess I'm paying so would like to keep it $100 pp or so without wine. Thanks so much for responding and I'm definitely going to check out Hakkasan for a different night (need birthday cake!!).

Sep 23, 2014
cloverose in Manhattan

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

Alas, Aquavit is closed on Sundays or it would have been on the short list. I checked menus and reviews for both DB and Saju and didn't think one looked better than the other. Thanks for your thoughts!

Sep 23, 2014
cloverose in Manhattan

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

Grrrr. Thanks. May have to go out of the neighborhood for above average. I've already met Bobby Flay and I doubt that he pops up in that restaurant very often anymore anyhow -- the food/service are more important. Do you have a recommendation? It's too late for reservations for the top places and many are closed on Sunday night ...

Sep 22, 2014
cloverose in Manhattan

Our 1st time in Paris!! Want to do it right!!

We made the mistake on more than one day of waiting for a late lunch and finding most of the restaurants close at around 2:00 or 2:30. I'm sure you'll find yourself at some point on Rue Mouffetard in the Latin Quarter. As everything else was closed, we ended up by chance at a delightful and quite delicious restaurant, La Grotte, at #85 for lunch. I assume it's still there and still good. I recommended to a friend traveling to Paris and she and her son said they had a wonderful dinner there. Wait, scratch that -- I just checked online and, sadly, it's closed. Oh well. The point being, I'd definitely leave myself open to what the universe offers for lunch -- not dinner though as that proved to be a bad idea in our case. Enjoy your trip!!!

Sep 22, 2014
cloverose in France

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

We've zeroed in on a couple of Theater district restaurants for dinner next weekend after a Sunday matinee, neither of which we've been to before. Since it's a birthday celebration, just 2 of us, was hoping for some CH feedback. We made a reservation at Bar Americain, but are also intrigued by Saju French bistro, recommended highly by a friend. We are foregoing Italian. Think either would be fine. My boyfriend usually orders lamb/duck/steak, while I only eat fish. Any words of wisdom? Thanks!

Sep 22, 2014
cloverose in Manhattan

Mexican - New Rochelle

I live in NewRo and have probably eaten at most of them. Little Mexican has the best drinks and I like them, but not as much as I used to -- they changed their shrimp recently which is usually what I order. Still, I would put them near the top of the heap. Nice size portions and reasonable prices. El Herradura in Wykagyl stay away from, but the original one on Main St. is much better. Their shrimp quesadilla was fantastic - pricey but huge. Drinks not quite as good as Little Mexican, but fine. Nice servers at both places. I haven't been back to Mexican Corner in several years as they don't have much fish on their menu, but many people seem to like it. Last, but not least, is El Tio across from New Roc City. Their food is good/homemade. Service is sloooow so don't go when you're in a hurry. Some of the best tres leche cake I've had. Please post when you've tried a few.

Best jelly donuts in lower Westchester?

Ok, now I'm going to totally embarrass myself. After reading this thread I had an overwhelming craving for a jelly donut, which never happens. I drove myself to the nearest Dunkin Donuts and got the jelly donut with powered sugar. For me, it was great -- fresh, soft with right jelly ratio. Of course, you wouldn't want to bring a box from DD to a special occasion ....

Sushi/Sashimi Westchester

I was there last year, based on CH reviews. For me, it was just ok. Would not make a special trip back or recommend.

Pinocchio (Eastchester) is closed

I'm not the best person to discuss merits of Valentino's as I've only been one time. It was indeed old school, and even fun, but I was utterly overwhelmed by the amount of garlic inundating every dish -- even those that typically don't contain garlic besides what's in the sauce, such as eggplant parm and seafood fra diavolo. Because I wasn't expecting to encounter it, I didn't think to tell them to tone it down. Anyhow, if you LOVE garlic, you won't be as put off as I was.

dubrovnik [New Rochelle]

We tried it last night. I feel compelled to try any restaurant that has the chutzpah to open on Main Street in NewRo and would like to support the good ones so more will come. This is a good one and it will stay on my list. We had an appetizer of grilled calamari -- I am not a huge garlic fan and couldn't get beyond the first overwhelming whiff/bite, but my boyfriend was happy to finish it. For main courses I had an absolutely perfectly cooked fresh branzino over diced potatoes and swiss chard and the waiter made sure that they left off the garlic and extra oil. My other had a filet mignon that he also thought was superb. Portions are large. Prices, a tad high. Some good wines by the glass. The bread that was brought at the beginning of the meal was good and the red pepper spread accompaniment was excellent. No room for dessert, but the dessert menu only had 4 items, 2 of which contained nutella. The others were flan and fruit salad. Service gets a mixed review -- our waiter was certainly competent, but acerbic. It may well have been his sense of humor and he did warm up the closer it came to tip time. The Manager at the door was a sweet gentlemanly person who checked up on us during the meal 2 or 3x. We were there on a Weds night and it was more than 1/2 full -- I imagine it will be quite crowded on the weekends.

Recommendation for nice, but not too fancy?

If you didn't know Devon has other locations, there's nothing about it that yells "chain". I eat out a couple of nights a week and since I'm a pescatarian, fish is usually on my plate. The guy at the next table over at Devon was having a 2lb lobster ($55) that made me swoon -- he said it was perfectly steamed. Our oysters were pristine. I was hot to try Vernick which really does sound like a unique Philadelphia experience (but no tables available) and certainly I can't profess to be an expert on dining in your city but we were very happy to have ended up where we did. However, I am making note of your recommendations (love BYOB Italian) for our next visit. Cheers!

Jul 15, 2013
cloverose in Philadelphia

Recommendation for nice, but not too fancy?

We were visiting Philadelphia from NY a few weeks ago and had a wonderful, wonderful dinner at Devon Seafood Grill. Very lively place where I think anything would go fashion-wise -- and good for a special occasion (my birthday in this instance). We had lovely service, perfect drinks and some of the most skillfully prepared fish that we've had. It is right in Rittenhouse Square. Recommend highly! Also, I signed up for their email list before going and ended up with a $25 off coupon for my birthday -- they have frequent special offers.
http://devonseafood.com

Jul 11, 2013
cloverose in Philadelphia

In search of proper ice-cream sundaes in Westchester

The Longford's in Larchmont, unfortunately, was sold and is now called something else. The new owner does not stock Longford's, but a variety of other ice cream brands that are not nearly as good.

They do sell Longford's ice cream in Mamaroneck on Boston Post Road at Chocolations -- and at a good price. It may be marginally closer than Rye, depending where you live.

Longford's is my personal favorite and their espresso nugget is incredible.

The Swedish princess hits Philadelphia

Let me preface this by saying I'm a NY'er who seldom dines in Philadelphia. I am a seafood lover. In Phil last weekend my s.o. and I had a spectacular dinner at Devon Seafood Grill. They know their fish. Oysters were immaculate and instead of having to ask for horseradish, they came with fresh grated root. We followed the oysters with a perfect, flaky piece of halibut and an amazing yellowtail sushi grade tuna. The sides were also delish -- especially the apple celery root coleslaw with mustard, the grilled asparagus and lovely stringbeans. The man at the next table was chowing down on a 2 lb lobster that looked incredible -- he said it was. The dessert, a creme brulee, was also wonderful. Nothing bad about that meal and our server was friendly, knowledgeable and attentive. Loved the clubby atmosphere. Oh, and the drinks were expertly made with fresh juice, I might add. Sure wish I lived closer!!

May 29, 2013
cloverose in Philadelphia

Lunch in Saratoga

I see the original post here is from 2003, but for anyone in the current decade who wants a good casual lunch in Saratoga Springs, I'd recommend the newly-opened Spot Cafe. I was at a party that was catered with wraps from Spot and the hummus was the best I ever had. Desserts were great as well. Here's a link to more info. It's close to Comfort Kitchen -- also recommended.
http://www.yelp.com/biz/spot-coffee-c...

Need dinner rec for Port Chester by Capitol Theater

We ate at Acuario before a show at the Capitol. We parked very close to the restaurant and after dinner drove over and parked right by the train station a couple of blocks from the theater. Of course, it was a weekday night, so that might not work on a Friday or Saturday.

Worst restaurants in Westchester

I used to love Coromandel years back but got really turned off the last few times I ate there and never went back. Food went from fresh/well-spiced to oily. But, since it's been a while, maybe it's a situation like Cholo's. Would be interested to hear ....

Westchester, near New Rochelle, excellent Chinese Take-out?

I happen to think that Red Ruby on North Ave NewRo (near Iona -- a door or two down from Dunkin Donuts) is as good as I've found in the area for take out. I love their big shrimp!! Wherever you end up, you'd probably want to sample a few dishes first....