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Southbound BBQ, Valhalla shuts down...

The phone has been disconnected too...What happened?

Mamma's Baccala: first taste of the season...

dolores, I know a lot of people feel that way about 'lowly' Baccala, but I enjoy a good taste of the traditional from every culture from time to time...(by the way, he had Tripe on the blackboard too.)

Mamma's Baccala: first taste of the season...

Dropped in to Mamma Francesca in New Rochelle last night and enjoyed a blackboard special of traditional Baccala di Pomodoro with olives, onions and herbs...it was a precursor to the coming holiday season for sure and quite satisfying.
Also noticed Mamma's Fixed Price Dinners are back too as a clip on to the menu...available every day: 3-courses with sides for $23.

Westchester requires chains to post calorie counts on menus...

A news report this morning coming out of Westchester County N.Y. says that lawmakers have passed a bill requiring chain restaurants to post calorie counts on their menus. It is one of the first of such laws in the nation...Is this a good idea? Where will this lead?

When a knife and fork just won't do...

In a restaurant setting: You're finishing off a riblet from a tasty Rack of Lamb...do you pick it up with your hands to complete the task? Or that good Prime Rib bone for that matter...
The Chicken Sarpariello on the bone needs finishing off and some sucking too...do you pick it up with your hands and finish it off?
Let's try one more...Lobster or King Crab, Mussels too...Using your hands sometimes completes enjoyment of the dish, no?
Eating in the privacy of your home is one thing...but in a restaurant dining room do you feel paranoid about using your hands when the knife and fork just won't do? What have been your experiences and what do you feel is the proper etiquette?

Nov 10, 2008
gutreactions in Not About Food

Mumbles in Gramercy Park: good and cheap...

Stopped in to Mumbles on 3rd. Ave. for a chat with a local friend recently and ended up with a darn good meal at a reasonable price: their deconstructed Cobb Salad was good as was my guest's Quesadilla...generous portions too. Not fancy by any means, but imho fine for a casual meal that won't threaten your wallet...

Nov 09, 2008
gutreactions in Manhattan

Has anyone reviewed Ferran Adria's work?

We've heard so much about Chef Adria and his restaurant El Bulli in Spain. His experimental takes on cuisine are compelling...but have any Chowhounders actually eaten there? Are there any reliable reviews about his work or his place? Or is he viewed as one of those unique talents that are beyond such things. I am curious...

Yankee Stadium eating places...

What's the latest buzz about eating places in and around the new Yankee Stadium once it opens...Are there any new spots coming...or will you still be better off eating out of the area before or after a game?
I did hear that a Hard Rock Cafe was in the offing...

Nov 09, 2008
gutreactions in Outer Boroughs

Why go to Manhattan?

roxlet, you bring up a good point...the dining scene in the greater Westchester area has certainly matured over the years for the better, being just 15 miles or so from the center of Manhattan...I personally have plenty of places I can enjoy right here in the county but I always try to visit a spot in the Big Apple that intrigues me. I still enjoy the occasional foray into the city. That list never seems to get shorter...

People who fold menus in half...

mpjmph, both of your descriptions are correct...when I see it happen at my table or at another it just bothers me for some reason...like the person is not paying attention and has no respect for what he is holding...

Oct 30, 2008
gutreactions in Not About Food

People who fold menus in half...

Exactly as fern states...I find it to be bad table etiquette.

Oct 30, 2008
gutreactions in Not About Food

People who fold menus in half...

You're sitting at a table and the waiter brings over the menus...one of your party takes the menu and folds it in half while looking it over, like it was a newspaper or something...does that bother you?...it does me, though I would not say anything.

Oct 30, 2008
gutreactions in Not About Food

Chef Ferguson to leave Allen & Delancey report...

Eater is reporting, confirmed by Liz Johnson of The Journal News in Westchester today, that Chef Neil Ferguson is leaving the highly praised Allen & Delancey in Manhattan and Monteverde in Cortlandt, N.Y....

Oct 29, 2008
gutreactions in Manhattan

Boes - now Gervasi's?

Someone is spreading some bad info about this newly opened spot. It is not closed. It is open 7 days a week as of a phone call I made to inquire a few minutes ago...Please, let's get the facts straight thru some simple research before posting heresay...

Strega in Pleasantville closes?

Patrilli cooked at Strega during the period prior to chef d'Aprile's arrival from Grappolo...and as Doreen mentions, he is still at work in his own place.

Best way to enjoy Quince...

Just picked up a big yellow Quince and looking for best recipes etc...Thanks, Chowhounds!

Oct 27, 2008
gutreactions in Home Cooking

Hill Country: Most overrated BBQ in NYC

The debates can go on and on about BBQ in N.Y.C. or elsewhere for that matter...but I respectfully disagree with you regarding Hill Country. I find it one of the better bbq options...all the meats we tried, the ribs, the spicy smoked sausage, even the sides were quite tasty. As for the layout, if you travel to Texas and surrounding BBQ territories many of more authentic 'joints' sort of serve in the 'cafeteria' style.
I would go back...

Oct 26, 2008
gutreactions in Manhattan

Strega in Pleasantville closes?

It was a hot Italian restaurant for a while that had recently gone thru renovation and management changes...now the phone has been disconnected.

best buffalo wings in/near White Plains?

I would also try the wings at Elements on Mamaroneck Ave., White Plains...they are unique, not pre-packaged and quite good along with other surprises found on this menu...

You knock over a glass of wine...

Happened to me recently...You are with a group of friends and someone in the party gets very excited during a discussion and knocks over a glass of wine...some of us have been there...the immediate embarrassment etc...then we all make excuses for that person...It's o.k... The house always seems the rise to the occasion, cleans up no questions asked...Is it a no fault situation? Would love to hear your experiences...

Oct 23, 2008
gutreactions in Not About Food

The party is over but the party lingers....

You've all been in this situation...the party or group event has had several hours to enjoy and communicate with each other...the restaurant/caterer has done its job...then its over. Why do people linger like they did not have a chance to talk all that time?

Oct 23, 2008
gutreactions in Not About Food

Spadaro's wine list & update

I have been watching the posts about this restaurant for several months and I must say they run from Leff's mediocre take on it to the obsessive...the Nov. issue of Westchester Magazine gives it a fair-good rating. Not so great, via Julia Sexton...It is truly a controversial eatery. Either you like the way they do things or you don't, but I don't hear people bitching about the no menu policy at Dominick's on Arthur Ave....What's up?

Fish Houses in West./Fair...

Just rediscovered Caffe Regatta in Pelham last night where we shared a wonderful primarily seafood meal...their Lobster, Crab & Shrimp Spring Rolls, Flat Iron Steak and Shrimp Satay, and lovely Pan Seared Alaskan Halibut were delightfully fresh and flavorful....
What about your fish house experiences...the new Armonk Lobster House in Armonk, Eastchester Fish, Conte's in Mt. Kisco, Ocean House, Croton-on-Hudson...Any recent visits and what do you recommend?

Favorite Fall Dishes...

Recently enjoyed a decadent hunk of short rib with garlic mashed...

Oct 23, 2008
gutreactions in General Topics

Bastone's in New Rochelle shuts down...

The former 'big plate' Frankie & Johnny location on the south end of North Ave. and Pelham Road in New Rochelle has closed...surprisingly.

Sushi Hana UES: why so cheap yet so good?

Had a delightful meal there Friday evening with a group and it was very good and reasonably priced. They were quite friendly and willing when it came to requests for extra sides etc. at no charge and the flavors were right on...What does this say about all the pretentious Japanese and sushi restaurants around town?

Oct 18, 2008
gutreactions in Manhattan

What do Morton-Williams markets bring to the table?

This company has been buying out older supermarket locations throughout the metro area. After visiting several times up here on Central Park Ave., Scarsdale/White Plains (the former Turco's spot) outside of their new logo, I am wondering what are they adding exactly to the market basket we don't already have? I cannot see a signature reason to shop there...can you Chowhounds perhaps enlighten me...

Do flat screen tvs really need to be everywhere?

No, not necessary at all and most annoying...How about TVs in the bar/lounges or dining rooms with those never ending talking heads, be it sports or politics, TVs on with no sound no less...really. (I find myself forced to read lips and I am getting good at it!) Many restaurant workers just seem to put the TVs on programmed channels at the start of their shifts then pay no attention...it is robotic and annoying.
Locally we have these baseball 'personalities' who anchor radio talk shows and we have to watch them do nothing for hours in the studio...oh, excuse me, perhaps they do answer a few phone calls on the air for excitement!
Oh yes, I should not leave out the workers and customers who use the TV clickers as their own, switching channels at will...forget about what someone else may be watching...don't even ask.

Oct 18, 2008
gutreactions in Not About Food

Gold's Wasabi?

I grew up on Gold's red and white horseradish, now I noticed Gold's Wasabi on the refrigerated shelf at the market...same type of bottle too. What's up? Anyone tried it?

Oct 18, 2008
gutreactions in General Topics

The Speckled Door, New Rochelle closes...

There is a for sale sign in the window on Main St. This one did not last very long at all...