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Which is Better: Kam Sen or H Mart

Kam Sen is better for specialty Chinese items. Hmart, although it does carry some Chinese items, is better for Korean items.

Jun 25, 2014
rgny in New York State (exc. NYC)

Namu Korean Steakhouse in Scarsdale

Oh I am really disappointed by the menu. It looks very Americanized. No stews, which are the best thing in a Korean restaurant. I bet the beef in the bibimbop is cooked too. I was so hoping for a good nearby Korean restaurant

Jun 09, 2014
rgny in New York State (exc. NYC)

need rec for kid-friendly, foodie-friendly, beer-friendly downtown place

So an update. We ended up at Le Petite Abeille on 20th. They had reservations and a reputation for being kid friendly. I wouldn't say the food was the best in the world, and the service was pretty bad. But it was a very pleasant place to sit and talk with friend for a couple of hours, and just the right atmosphere for kids - not Chuck E Cheese, but low key and friendly.

Mar 30, 2014
rgny in Manhattan

need rec for kid-friendly, foodie-friendly, beer-friendly downtown place

I would not call Hearth family friendly in the evening, although I did go to a kiddie birthday party there once (my kid was in the same preschool class as the owner's kid). Nothing like whole suckling pig, face and all, for the 3 year old set :-)

That Cafe D'Alsace place sounds yummy

Mar 28, 2014
rgny in Manhattan

need rec for kid-friendly, foodie-friendly, beer-friendly downtown place

Yeah, I tried. No available reservations. Tomorrow night with 7 people is kind of a tough one...

Mar 28, 2014
rgny in Manhattan

need rec for kid-friendly, foodie-friendly, beer-friendly downtown place

Desperate! Some friends are suddenly coming into town tomorrow and I need to find a place to eat. Friends are foodies from Chicago, but one does not eat meat (fish is fine). I also will have my husband who likes good beer, and 3 kids (14, 12, 7) with me. I thought of Otto, but am afraid the wait for 7 people would be crazy. I also spotted a great looking place at Eataly, Birreria I think is the name, but they either don't take dinner reservations or don't have any (can't tell from the way Open Table displays things). We could also do Asian if it had beer, but not Chinese because my friends travel to China all the time and want something different. Ideas, please!!!

Mar 28, 2014
rgny in Manhattan

Central Avenue Updates - Scarsdale/White Plains

That doesn't make sense. I don't think they have much online presence. Their business model seemed to be all about getting people into the store via events and classes. The other store, in Paramus, has been increasing its events in fact. I get emails from them - they just had a chef competition last week. I don't see how this Westchester store is going to make it just as a plain old retail store - it is easier for most of us to order the gear from Amazon

Jan 18, 2014
rgny in New York State (exc. NYC)
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Central Avenue Updates - Scarsdale/White Plains

I am so sad about Chef Central. They had the BEST cooking camps for teenagers. Very professional. My kids did several week long camps and learned so much. The new Chef Central will not have any cooking facilities in the permanent location and will not be offering the camps or classes any more. I have no reason to go there any more.

Jan 14, 2014
rgny in New York State (exc. NYC)

Good Flushing Chinese with a lot of people

Help! I need to scout a place for dinner tomorrow night in Flushing, for 10 to 12 people including kids. For various reasons, we don't know the exact time so I can't make reservations in advance.
We like good Chinese food- have been to Sichuan province several times so we know the real deal. I've been to Spicy & Tasty and to Hunan Kitchen before with smaller groups, but I am not sure if they can accommodate us. I've also been to some nameless Cantonese places that looked like they could handle large groups, but I didn't much care for the food. I don't want to do the food courts because they are too rushed and not relaxing - we want to be able to talk while we eat. Beer or wine would be nice too.

So advice on interesting, good Chinese places in Flushing that could handle a bunch of people on a Saturday night, and also serve beer/wine and don't need reservations? Is this an impossibility?

Sep 28, 2012
rgny in Outer Boroughs

First Impressions of Growlers Bistro in Tuckahoe

I think it is going to be hard to survive as any kind of casual restaurant in Eastchester/Tuckahoe if you don't make families feel welcome. These are very family oriented communities, where people move because they have kids. I live in Eastchester, have 3 kids, and while I haven't been to this place, I am always looking for places where I can bring my kids and get something interesting to eat. I do not like the current trend to singles-friendly places like Fig & Olive, and suspect that some of these places will not survive because there really isn't a "young singles" scene in this area. We need more family friendly neighborhood spots, not fewer.

Mar 19, 2012
rgny in New York State (exc. NYC)

Eastchester turns down Panera

Sometimes it is just landlord stupidity. Remember the nice kids shoe store next to the Starbucks in the plaza with the Borders? It had been there for a long time. In 2007, the rent was raised, and they were forced out. The store has been empty ever since. Total stupidity.

Feb 18, 2012
rgny in New York State (exc. NYC)

Eastchester turns down Panera

Eastchester/Tuckahoe are towns primarilly made up of middle class families with kids. When we moved to the area, there were lots of decent places that were oriented to families. They have all been disappearing, replaced with the likes of Fig and Olive, or Haiku, or the place in Tuckahoe that replaced Rockwells, overpriced fancy restaurants aimed at the singles crowd. We need places to take our kids that aren't McDonalds. We still have Pipers Kilt, but the wait to get in there is too long. Polpettinas is too expensive for me to take my kids.

Feb 18, 2012
rgny in New York State (exc. NYC)

Eastchester turns down Panera

I assume the Panera would have taken over both the empty Blockbuster and the empty Studio B, because the Blockbuster space alone is on the small side for a Panera. Before Studio B was in that space, it was a day old Wonder bread outlet. We also have lovely businesses like Mr Shower Door and Jenny Craig. A Panera would have been a vast improvement over a day old Wonder Bread outlet.

Feb 17, 2012
rgny in New York State (exc. NYC)

Eastchester turns down Panera

The space is too large for a local bakery. And please, not a 5 Guys. Ick

Feb 17, 2012
rgny in New York State (exc. NYC)

Eastchester turns down Panera

That is ridiculous. So instead we are stuck with an eyesore empty store, and will probably end up getting something really boring like another Verizon store.

Feb 16, 2012
rgny in New York State (exc. NYC)

Louie & Johnny's Cheesesteak and Clam Bar - Eastchester

Does Gordy's serve beer or is it strictly sodas? I can't tell from their ads

Feb 15, 2012
rgny in New York State (exc. NYC)

New on Main St. Tuckahoe/Hearth in Eastchester

I have lived in Eastchester for 13 years, and have seen restaurants come and go in that spot. It is the Location of Doom. I don't expect whatever restaurant opens there to survive for long

Feb 06, 2012
rgny in New York State (exc. NYC)

Sichuan at Imperial Wok in N White Plains: thumbs up

I would think so. I was in Chengdu a few weeks ago - not only was the ma la taste pervasive, but I noticed heavy use of fresh Sichuan peppercorns which you can't even get in the U.S. :-(
We had hotpot that was crammed full of them.

Jan 26, 2012
rgny in New York State (exc. NYC)

Aberdeen, White Plains

I've been to Central Seafood twice with lots of Chinese people (our kids Chinese school holds their banquets there), and enjoyed it. It is definitely Cantonese food, though - don't expect spice! I haven't tried Aberdeen yet but keep meaning to. Right now, my go-to Chinese spot is Hunan Kitchen in Flushing.

Jan 23, 2012
rgny in New York State (exc. NYC)

Gem Cuisines of China - "Don't Miss"?

Sweet gloppy Asian Fusion places are already killing off Chinese food in this area. I've been to Sichuan Province twice (and also frequent the Flushing places), and I have found that I can nudge the better Chinese-American takeout places into a halfway decent mapo tofus - if I tell them I've been to Chengdu and want the real thing. Not so with the Asian-Fusion joints, which do the worst fake Sichuan around.
I realize Gem Cuisines is not Asian-Fusion, but I still fear for what is becoming of Chinese food in this area. The trajectory is in the wrong directino

Jan 23, 2012
rgny in New York State (exc. NYC)

Polpettina homestyle pizza kitchen (Fisher Ave. Eastchester) this is so much more than just pizza...

I have only been once. It is usually too crowded to get in

Jan 21, 2012
rgny in New York State (exc. NYC)

Polpettina homestyle pizza kitchen (Fisher Ave. Eastchester) this is so much more than just pizza...

I live a block away, so I am glad that we have the place and that outsiders can't find parking :-). Parking is always hard here because of the train commuters.

Jan 21, 2012
rgny in New York State (exc. NYC)

Fresh Market - Scarsdale

I went last night. Parking was horrific (it always is in that lot). I thought the store was pretty average. It reminds me of Turco's or Stew Leonards, all glitz and display with no depth. It seems to be oriented to the grab n' go takeout crowd rather than to people who cook.
The meat department was good, with several varieties of German wursts. The bread was really good. But the deli department was totally sad, with just a few offerings. The produce was no better than at the Stop and Shop, despite the lavish display. And they lacked many basics of gourmet stores. I couldn't find green lentils, for example. In many categories, there was little selection. The olive bar looked stunning, but when I looked closely, there was only 3 kinds of olives, and they looked picked over. That was kind of the metaphor for the place - looks stunning, but when you check closely, it isn't that great.
I would say that Fairway is still my favorite gourmet store followed by Whole Foods. I still do most of my real shopping at a regular supermarket though

Jan 21, 2012
rgny in New York State (exc. NYC)

Polpettina homestyle pizza kitchen (Fisher Ave. Eastchester) this is so much more than just pizza...

well, I already have a bad impression. Despite the fact that their takeout menu says "Delivery" and their window says "Delivery" (I walk by every day), when I called just now, they said they don't do delivery

Aug 05, 2011
rgny in New York State (exc. NYC)

Polpettina homestyle pizza kitchen (Fisher Ave. Eastchester) this is so much more than just pizza...

I live near this place and am interested. However, we have kids, and they don't seem to have kids portions. The menu says you can get slices of the Grandma pizza, but it doesn't have a price. How much are they? Are they big enough for a 9 year old to eat for dinner? How big is the large pizza?

This neighborhood is nearly all families with kids. I think I am typical in that I would really like a place with decent pizza, but I need to feed my kids without going bankrupt. I suspect they are going to need to cater to families to make it in that location. Hopefully they will. The old occupant, Chubbys, was dreadful.

Aug 05, 2011
rgny in New York State (exc. NYC)

does Tuckahoe still have a farmer's market?

Yep, I know about the Bronxville one, and shop there sometimes. Saturday mornings are not very convenient though, and I find the Bronxville market to be incredibly yuppified and overpriced. Lots of people selling smelly soap and fancy jarred sauces.

Jul 21, 2011
rgny in New York State (exc. NYC)

does Tuckahoe still have a farmer's market?

I recall that last year, Tuckahoe had a farmer's market on Sundays in Depot Square. Is that still the case? I can't find anything about it. Also, there used to be a mini-farmer's market - just one stand - at the beverage store on route 22 on Thursdays. It doesn't seem to be there this year, which is really disappointing. I shopped there a lot last summer. Is there anything else in the Eastchester/Scarsdale/Tuckahoe area on weekdays?

Jul 21, 2011
rgny in New York State (exc. NYC)

looking for fun birthday dinner place for kid turning 9

Does Abis have the hibachi stuff? We used to go there all the time before we had kids, but I don't remember that. My memory is that it isn't very kid-friendly. My kids actually will eat raw fish sushi, but they might be too loud for a adults-only sort of place

Feb 19, 2011
rgny in New York State (exc. NYC)

looking for fun birthday dinner place for kid turning 9

I looked online, and saw that there is a place in larchmont called Fuji Mountain. I wonder how Banzai compares. Also, where IS Banzai located? The web links seem to conflict. Is it on Central Ave, or where Mighty Joe Youngs used to be?

My kids have only had teppanyaki once - in Chongqing China of all places!

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Fuji Mountain Restaurant
2375 Boston Post Rd, Larchmont, NY 10538

Mighty Joe Young's
610 W. Hartsdale Ave, White Plains, NY 10607

Feb 19, 2011
rgny in New York State (exc. NYC)

looking for fun birthday dinner place for kid turning 9

Hi,

My son is turning 9 and wants to go out tomorrow night for his celebration. We live in lower Westchester County. He wants Japanese, and is hoping for a place that both does the grilling and has sushi. I think straight sushi would be fine too, but it has to be a place that isn't uptight about kids because we also have an 11 year old and a 4 year old. I looked at the menu for Gasho's in Hawthorne, but there is no sushi, and the menu looks kind of icky. My kids are fairly adventurous eaters - we have travelled in China and they had no trouble - but they are kids so we don't want anything ultra fancy. I heard there is some new place called Banzai that opened, but I can't find any online menus. Are there other options?

Feb 19, 2011
rgny in New York State (exc. NYC)