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How do you send back food without pissing off the server or chef ?

babette has it right...

Roof/facade collapse closes Tequila Sunrise, Larchmont...

It happened lunchtime last Friday, and fortunately no one was hurt. The restaurant is closed indefinitely while an investigation of the incident moves forward...

Scavello's On The Island opens on City Island...

A friend told me that proprietor Paul Scavello owns Scavello's Marketplace on City Island and now he has totally renovated the former Lido Caterers and turned it into a restaurant and banquet facility called Scavello's On The Island. There are two restaurants, a casual wood burning brick oven pizza enclave downstairs, while upstairs there is an airy, more formal dining room serving an Italian seafood menu.
On our first visit our group tried a tasty hot antipasti platter with shrimp, clams, stuffed mushrooms and eggplant rollatini. One of their crusty pizzas came next topped with prosciutto di Parma, baby arugula, parmigiano Reggiano and a hint of Balsamic glaze. I had the broiled filet of sole as a main course surrounded by a caprese salad and good old potato croquette. Miss those. All in all, it was a pleasing dining experience...it is down toward the end of City Island Ave and open for lunch and dinner.
www.scavellocityisland.com

Aug 21, 2015
gutreactions in Outer Boroughs

Amerigo's in da Bronx - anything close???

I fondly remember Amerigo's on E. Tremont. It was a special restaurant. I can still taste their great Hot Antipasto Platter, and their Carbonara sauce. Hard to compare it to anyone else, though.

Aug 20, 2015
gutreactions in Outer Boroughs

First visit to New Rochelle Diner...

They have been open for months now, but I visited for a late night diner meal last evening. Had a simple Greek omelet and home fries. Just what I was in the mood for, and it turned out quite good. Glitzy interior and friendly staff...

"Farm to Table"

At the end of the day, I believe the term is a bit tired and overused...
P.S. A few of our original 'farm to table' advocates were the American Indian, and the likes of Thomas Jefferson and his buddy John Adams.

Aug 17, 2015
gutreactions in General Topics

Anyone tried Yuengling ice cream?

I have enjoyed the beer from 'America's oldest brewery' from Pennsylvania over the years, and now Yuengling ice cream? Their website claims the ice cream has been around since 1920. Just spotted it for the first time at my local market. Anyone tried it?

Aug 17, 2015
gutreactions in General Topics

La Casa Azul taco truck at Botanical Garden

Agree with your comments about the Casa Azul taco truck at NYBG...worth a try, but they have to add another tortilla.

Aug 17, 2015
gutreactions in Outer Boroughs

Pomme Frites in Lower Westchester

I have had deliciously addicting pommes frites at Encore Bistro Francais in Larchmont and at their new location in Rye...

Red's Eats in Wiscasset, Maine - Overrated?

I have not eaten every lobster roll on the coast of Maine, no. That would be quite a feat. But of all the spots I have tried Red's Eats is the best. The lines come and go. Visit at an off time, like I did this past May, and there was hardly a line. When I visit Maine later this month, Red's will be on my list again. The Lobster Roll served at Red's is the mother load...sides are pretty darn good, too.

Great Pho at Pho Va, Eden Center

We usually go to Huong Viet at Eden Center, but will definitely check out Pho Va. By the way, who prepares the better Bahn Mi in the area?

Harrison--Keste Pizza & Vino

Confusing post, so far. Maryld saw an opening soon sign, sounds promising. drew22 says, I'm guessing it's related to the very popular spot in NYC (Kestepizzeria). Then Maryld says, haven't been able to get a closer look at the sign yet, but I don't think it will be called Keste, but it is the same people.
What?

A&P bankruptcy

There have been a few takers on Pelham Road, New Rochelle but for some reason they could not make it. It may just be that the space is just too big for that section...
Meanwhile, a long running DeCicco's (C Town) closed in the Chester Heights area of Eastchester and was replaced with, guess what, another CVS. It left quite a hole in that area...

5 Napkin Burger at Ridge Hill in Yonkers...

Stopped into the new 5 Napkin Burger at Ridge Hill after a movie this past weekend and enjoyed the burgers and fries. They are good though a bit pricey, but this group was always a few notches higher than McDonald's. While the place was busy (we had to wait about 20 minutes for a table), the staff was quite nice and accommodating...

A&P bankruptcy

A & P has been getting bad press for years, going from a major grocery market retailer to a dwindling concern. While there has been more bad news recently, the A & P in Bronxville is still going strong, well maintained and well stocked. Locals there really support it.
DeCicco's has been on a growth pattern for a few years: re-designing some of their stores, re-stocking with more specialty merchandise (beers etc.), even hiring a PR firm to help spread the word. It is an interesting dynamic that is still playing out.
Westchester County had been under-marketed for years, but that has been changing in some areas...

Lefteris in Tarrytown, what the hey

I have had good and bad experiences at Lefteris in Tarrytown. Never tried Mt. Kisco. I believe the one in Ridge Hill is still humble enough to serve a good inexpensive meal, though...

Best tacos in Westchester and Rockland

Beg to differ 51rich, but the growing restaurant community in the downtown area has become a lure for many people. We made a bounce last night and I can tell you that it looked very active. But this is meant for another discussion, no? Let's stick to the tacos...

Crosstown Diner in the Bronx hit the mark last evening...

It was getting late and we were hungry. Most other kitchens in the area were closing and we just wanted some good old-fashioned eggs and home fries. I got the Greek omelet and my guest had the California omelet. Generous portions and tasty, too. Sitting in this flashy diner along the Bruckner Expressway at E. Tremont Ave. brought back a lot of memories..

Jul 24, 2015
gutreactions in Outer Boroughs

Best tacos in Westchester and Rockland

Megan, thanks for the list. Looking forward to trying the places I have not been to. I would also suggest Guapo in Yonkers. Their tacos may be small (they give you 3 to an order)but I have found them to be tasty. For a more playful take, I would also suggest the big tacos being served at Rio Bravo in Larchmont.

Brother Jimmy's Stamford: Yikes

Sorry about your bad experience at Brother Jimmy's. My experiences with this group have been mixed over the years as well. I would much rather go to Dinosaur BBQ in Stamford...

What is it that really turns your stomach?

Amazing! Anyone watch Andrew Zimmern's food encounters?

Jul 22, 2015
gutreactions in Not About Food

A guy walks into the movie theater with his own sandwich...

I guess we all have our levels of tolerance on this subject. There was a vintage movie theater in Alexandria, VA. where they required you buy a minimum amount from their concession counter along with a drink, wine included which was served in those plastic cups. So, if there was a little excitement on the screen the cups would rattle and sometimes spill over. Of course, after a time the room would be like a smelly tavern.
This movie theater has since closed...

Jul 22, 2015
gutreactions in Not About Food

Club Car Closes in Mamaroneck, Modern Restaurant to take over in Sept...

You are right, Cheese Boy. Opposites sometimes attract, though. We will wait and see...

Good bar/restaurant for an outdoor drink or meal in Lower Westchester?

Had a fine time and good food and Gaucho Grill in White Plains last night. Their tapas menu is a delight. It was beautiful out on the deck facing North Broadway...

Gloucester and Ogunquit - recommendations please

Some are and are labeled accordingly, some are not. They are happy to give you the lineage...

Club Car Closes in Mamaroneck, Modern Restaurant to take over in Sept...

A lot of storefront shuffling going on right now. Club Car at Mamaroneck train station has finally called it quits. The Modern Restaurant of New Rochelle will open a joint venture with Dubrovnik Restaurant in the fall: The new Modern...

Gloucester and Ogunquit - recommendations please

For creative local products you may want to stop at Stonewall Kitchen's outlet and restaurant in York, on the way to Ogunquit. Tastings abound, and their lobster BLT is terrific!
Agree about MC Perkins Cove, too...

A guy walks into the movie theater with his own sandwich...

AdamD, you guessed it. This is not a knock on the Jacob Burns which I do like, but the theater we sat in held about 50 tops...
Yes, and I like a previous posters comment regarding 'dinner and a movie', at separate locations.

Jul 13, 2015
gutreactions in Not About Food

Brunswick/Bath/Harpswell, ME: What's Good?

I guess we were lucky this past May. There was hardly a line. And the staff works pretty fast. It is the mother load of lobster rolls, in my opinion.
Now, what about those spots across the street. Sprague's? Has anyone tried, are they any good? Treats is more like a gourmet food shop with a community table. Yes, it carries some good larder, but entirely different. I was happy to see it is still around...

Brunswick/Bath/Harpswell, ME: What's Good?

I often stare at the restaurants across the street from Red's. Is it really better? It would be hard to beat Red's...