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Best Japanese Restaurant in Southern Westchester?

We love Hajime in Harrison and haven't had any attitude issues with Alice. We always sit at the sushi bar and are well taken care of by Sam (head chef/owner) and the rest of the staff.

An Ode to Pesto

Please share what restaurant you ate in!

Aug 04, 2015
cbn456 in Italy

Casual in Port Chester (Westchester County)?

I would also add that I think Bar Taco is rather inexpensive. Their mini tacos are about $2-4. I think the last time I was there my meal (no drinks) was $12 without tip. We did wait over 2 hours for a table for dinner on Saturday, but that's another issue.

I would fully support Tarry Lodge. I think it's reliably good and a great value.

I completely agree with Mary and 51Rich about Port Chester Hall. It's a fun spot with good drinks.

What about Q Restaurant? I've only ever done take-out there, which I admit is not the best way to experience their food, but it always looks like a fun spot.

Venice - Input on Restaurant Itinerary Requested

Does anyone have any thoughts on Osteria Alla Staffa? We're planning a similar trip in September and one of my travel buddies said he thought it looked "amazing", but I don't see it mentioned much on Chowhound. We only have 2 lunches and 2 dinners in Venice, so I had thought I would try to do cicheti and Fiaschetteria Toscana for lunches then book Antiche Carampane and Stellato for dinners. (P.S. I'm traveling with a vegetarian.)

Jul 21, 2015
cbn456 in Italy

juice/smoothies??? lower westchester

The Meli-Melo juices are great.

Also, the Equinox gym in Mamaroneck has a Green & Tonic juice bar right at the front entrance. I'm pretty sure you don't have to be a member to shop. I've never actually tried any of the juices though, so I cannot share any opinions.

The new Whole Foods in Port Chester also has a juice bar. I've had a smoothie there and was very happy with it.

Outdoor dining in lower Westchester

Hello all! Now that the weather has finally gotten a bit nicer, I would love to eat outside. What are your favorite restaurants in lower Westchester (we're in Mamaroneck) with outdoor seating? Bartaco in Port Chester and Bar Harbor in Mamaroneck come to mind, but I think Bartacos tacos are just ok, and my husband will never go back to Bar Harbor (it was that good). Thanks!

Lower Westchester bars/restaurants with quality cocktails

I remember having a fun champagne cocktail at Barlees in Mamaroneck. They seem to have a decent whiskey selection, and the owner and bartender were very accommodating. Might be worth a try since it's close. They often have live music.

mamaroneck ny restaurant

I think it's open now as Andrea's 25 North ( Has anyone been?

dubrovnik [New Rochelle]

I think maybe I was unclear. The most expensive entree on the menu was maybe $33 (I don't remember the low end of the range though). The lamb special was higher than the rest.

dubrovnik [New Rochelle]

The lamb special was $38, which I think was the most expensive entree by maybe $5.

We waited at the nice fully-stocked bar. The 2 bartenders were very good, actually--less European with their service. One was making some special mojitos that I regretted not ordering, especially after getting my odd Croatian wine (Babic?). My fiance's Croatian wine (Lirica, I think?) was good though.

And I forgot to mention they gave us some Croatian grappa-ish drink at the end of the meal. I could not finish mine.

dubrovnik [New Rochelle]

My fiancé and I went to Dubrovnik Friday night, inspired by this post and an article in Westchester Mag ( Without boring you all with the details, I called at 6 for a table outside, they said come at 8:45, and when we arrived at 8:45, we waited at least a half hour for a table. There was an open table but they saved that for someone else. Annoying. Then we waited longer for a menu and water.

We both had the lamb special that had been done in the wood burning oven with roasted potatoes and green beans. It was fantastic. I also enjoyed the ciabatta-ish bread, but at that point I was starving, so it's not really a fair assessment. Then, it took forever to get the check. Basically, the service is authentically European. The food was enjoyable though, so if you're not in any hurry, go. I think we were there for over 2 hours, and we just had a main course (which was plenty of food for me).

Also, they have free valet parking, which was nice.

Lisbon - Ramiro question

I was there last month. If I recall correctly, there was a steak sandwich, and of course, ham, but it's really predominately seafood.

Jun 09, 2013
cbn456 in Spain/Portugal

Dessert Destination in Westchester / Fairfield County

I cannot vouch for any of these (hopefully other chowhounders will weigh in), but what about one of the wine bars in Larchmont or Mamaroneck? They're usually open a little later than the restaurants in the area. (has a Groupon right now

Or in New Rochelle:

I just re-read your original request, and see that you were interested in coffee with your dessert rather than these may not exactly work (maybe they also have coffee?), but I thought I would through them out there anyway.

Meyer Lemons in New Rochelle?

I bought some at Trader Joe's in Larchmont on Sunday

New in Mamaroneck

I'm glad we tried it, so no need to apologize (it's literally across the street from my house, so I'd been meaning to pop in for a while). We had a fun dinner regardless. I would agree with your assessment that the staff behavior borders on stupidity. I did see coffee pots, so I would assume they had coffee, but I didn't ask specifically. I also agree about the bar with food rather than restaurant with drinks summary.

New in Mamaroneck

We went to Bar Harbor last night after reading this post. My boyfriend said "Well, we don't need to go back there" when we got home. I'm always a little more forgiving than he is. I thought the chowder was good--really creamy, almost in a way that made me wonder what was in it. I got the fish and chips. Fine, but the chips were much better than the fish. He had the chicken sandwich, which I guess wasn't too enjoyable. The service was comical--and really they weren't rude, just inexperienced, so I know that's not my boyfriend's reasoning for not going back. We had a nice girl who had clearly never waited tables before. She took one drink order then just left when no one immediately said their preference rather than asking the rest of us what we would like. There was no one there on a Sunday night at 7 and we felt very rushed--entrees came out before our apps were finished. They were quick to get us the check and sign the bill. It was just kind of awkward. I will say that they have done a great job on the interior of that place. It's kind of nautical and clean, a far cry from what the Barnacle used to be. I could see myself grabbing a drink (probably not wine again though...and I'm not a beer drinker either, but it did seem like they had quite a few fun varieties on tap) on the back terrace in the summer, but that's about all. Or maybe a bowl of chowder too.

Harbor steak and seafood in mamaroneck

I got a menu too. I found it odd that it refers to it's salad bar as "famous." How can a new restaurant have something that is famous already? Is this a chain??

Here's the website: No menu is posted there yet.

Thanksgiving dinner on Oahu

Sounds like I should keep my Roy's Wikiki reservation, but should spend some time having a couple cocktails beforehand at House Without a Key. I feel like this is the makings of a pretty awesome Thanksgiving.

Oct 11, 2012
cbn456 in Hawaii

Thanksgiving dinner on Oahu

So, I think it's between Michel's, Hau Tree, and Roy's Waikiki. Orchid's & La Mer sound a little to pricey/fancy for us (more expensive than Roy's?). We're going to do Duke's Barefoot for lunch. And Azure has no availability/doesn't sound like it's worth it. I think Roy's is the recommended winner, no?

Oct 09, 2012
cbn456 in Hawaii

Maui report!

We're actually attending a wedding with the reception at Nick's (and we're staying at the Fairmont), so I'm very excited about that. Still on the fence about Mama's. Spago is creeping up on my wish list. Maybe surpassing Mama's. We have 4 dinners to plan, but I'm going to have to limit the high-end dinners to 2-3. I was thinking Amasia too, but if we're going to Alan Wong's in Honolulu, maybe I don't need to do Amasia too...decisions decisions.

Oct 09, 2012
cbn456 in Hawaii

Maui report!

This is a great report! Thank you!

I was all set to go to Mama's on our November trip to Maui, but now I'm not sure it's worth it. What do others think?

Oct 07, 2012
cbn456 in Hawaii

First time to Hawaii - need Kauai and Maui picks!

This is a great Maui report as a jumping off point:

Oct 07, 2012
cbn456 in Hawaii

Thanksgiving dinner on Oahu

Great. Thanks! One more Q: Roy's (the original one in Hawaii Kai) is closed on Thanksgiving. Is the Waikiki one also good? Or should I wait for the original one?

Oct 03, 2012
cbn456 in Hawaii

Thanksgiving dinner on Oahu

Thanks for the great recs. One Q: Is "Michele's" Michel's at the Colony Surf or some other restaurant that I can't find? Thanks again!

Oct 03, 2012
cbn456 in Hawaii

Best Hudson Valley Farms for Apple or Pumpkin Picking

Here's an updated link to the Hudson Valley guide from Sept 2012:

New in Mamaroneck

It's on Halstead in Mamaroneck right on the corner of Melbourne. My googling indicates that a restaurant called Mi Cabanita used to be there. I drive by it everyday and just thought I hadn't noticed it before rather than thinking it was new. For what it's worth, I just read a glowing review on Yelp too, so maybe it's time to stop by.

I live right by the old Barnacle/new Bar Harbor, but have yet to stop by there. I have high hopes for a good neighborhood joint, but I have a feeling I'll be let down.

Any word on the place going into the old Applebee's spot? They have some minuscule signage up, but it looks rather depressing still.

Thanksgiving dinner on Oahu

Hello Hawaiian Chowhounders!
We'll be spending Thanksgiving day in Oahu (Waikiki area with no rental car, but not afraid of a good walk). We need a suggestion for Thanksgiving dinner. It doesn't have to be traditional turkey and gravy, but we'd like something a little more special that the rest of our stay. I tried Alan Wong's, but they are closed for the holiday...bummer. So we'll be eating there Friday night. Still need something for Thursday. Thanks!!

Sep 11, 2012
cbn456 in Hawaii

Destination Brunch Spot in from Manhattan

I'd look into North or Modern Barn in Armonk. I haven't been to either for brunch, but they are 2 of the best dinners I've had in Westchester. Oh, or The Barn at Bedford Post, that was also a delicious dinner.

Olive Oil and Balsamic Tasting Room?

There's one in the Chelsea market: We had fun tasting the various salts there too!

Where should I go for dinner in Westchester tonight?

We love Zitoune in Mamaroneck ( The TANGIA MARRAKCHIA (Cumin infused Beef Short Ribs slow cooked with Lemons and served with steamed Couscous in a traditional terracotta Tangia pot) is amazing. I feel like every time we're there they have some kind of happy hour or other special to offset the somewhat high (for Westchester) menu prices. I've never gone on Saturday though, so I don't know if they're offered then. There's also Bartaco in Port Chester or Cienega in New Rochelle.