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North Country Red Hots/Michigans [Clinton County]

MisterBill is right, but there is an easy explanation. Candy doesn't want to reveal all the secret places for fear they will become overrun by downstaters.

Apr 03, 2014
otisman in New York State (exc. NYC)

Does Heineken qualify as 'Green Beer' for St. Paddy's Day?

I recall one St. Paddy's weekend many years ago when I was watching "The Quiet Man" on the telly. I decided I had to have green beer to complete the occasion, so I added some green food coloring to a glass of beer. I don't know the chemistry involved but I quickly had a pile of green foam on the counter and a glass of flat green beverage.

Mar 19, 2014
otisman in Beer

reuben [westchester]

Squire's in Briarcliff, the classy-hamburger place, happens to make a very satisfying Reuben sandwich (with real Swiss cheese!) I am in a men's lunch group which eats there monthly and almost as many Reubens as hamburgers are ordered. Tough choice.

Mar 15, 2014
otisman in New York State (exc. NYC)

New York-Boston...where else??

Wonderful food and rooms in the Berkshires with a wide array of sightseeing opportunities: The Old Inn on the Green in New Marlborough, MA.

Feb 09, 2014
otisman in Southern New England

restaurant suggestions for my Club meetings ? [mid-Westchester]

TGIF on rte 119 in Tarrytown has a space on the side that might work out (and a good-sized parking lot.) I've been there with a group of 15 and separate checks were not a problem.

Jan 31, 2014
otisman in New York State (exc. NYC)

Flames Bar and Grill, Briarcliff Manor

Noticed today that the sign outside Flames Steakhouse in Briarcliff Manor now says Flames Bar and Grill. Couldn't find anything on the internet about a new menu or ownership. Has anyone been since the name change or can anyone shed light on the change?

Jan 27, 2014
otisman in New York State (exc. NYC)

Potato Pancakes in Lower Westchester

It isn't Southern Westchester, and they closed 30 years ago, but the best potato pancakes I ever had were at a German Deli in Ossining! Delicious.

Dec 31, 2013
otisman in New York State (exc. NYC)

Screens back

The disappearing Discussion and all boards screens are finally fixed and readable and usable. Thanks to the support staff.

Dec 04, 2013
otisman in Site Talk

Discussion screen

The Discussion screen that appears when the board first comes on goes blank shortly after it appears. Same with the list of "all boards". These quirks have been present for several days. Is it my browser or the program?

Nov 27, 2013
otisman in Site Talk

Hudson NY September 2013

Interesting article in New York Times recently on NYC chefs moving to Hudson Valley restaurants. Mentions both Crimson Sparrow and Fish and Game.


Aug 20, 2013
otisman in New York State (exc. NYC)

westchester county or environs last hurrah before school/work

The restaurants at the Culinary Institute are lovely, or you could try the Basement Bistro in Earlton. Nearby, Xaviers in Piermont, Hudson's in Nyack, and The Arch in Brewster come to mind. Enjoy yourselves.

Aug 17, 2013
otisman in New York State (exc. NYC)

Pre-Fixe dinners in Westchester

Travelers' Rest in Ossining has a prix fixe of $29.95, including prime rib on Friday.

May 01, 2013
otisman in New York State (exc. NYC)

Private Party near Yorktown Heights/Tarrytown

Peter Pratt's Inn in Yorktown Heights is nice and the food is excellent.

Apr 23, 2013
otisman in New York State (exc. NYC)

Sunday Brunch for 15-20ppl in Lee/Lenox, MA

I wonder whether Chez Nous in Lee might be able to help. They usually serve only dinner, but...

Dec 18, 2012
otisman in Southern New England

Roasting turkey in a dutch oven like you would a beef roast.

One Thanksgiving I braised one turkey and oven-roasted another. The braised bird was tastier. I used a pile of aromatic veggies which helped flavor it. The gravy was terrific--it made a great soup the next day. Here's a blog from the New York Times.


Sep 16, 2012
otisman in Home Cooking

Here's a toughie [Yorktown Heights]

Zeph's in Peekskill is not far from Yorktown and is certainly a special little restaurant. A very classy evening.

Sep 09, 2012
otisman in New York State (exc. NYC)

Looking for a great restaurant with private space for 20-35 people - sophisticated but not stuffy

My children recently gave me a birthday party at Sam's of Gedney Way in White Plains. We had an alcove off the main dining room, and our group included 4 kids of 12 and under who enjoyed the semi-public setting. The food was very tasty and in very ample quantities--a very pleasant evening.

Aug 29, 2012
otisman in New York State (exc. NYC)

Last Restaurant Before First Baby

Sounds like it's an occasion for the Kittle House in Mount Kisco, a perfect setting for a delightful meal to celebrate entering parenthood.

Aug 01, 2012
otisman in New York State (exc. NYC)

Destination Brunch Spot in Westchester...drive from Manhattan

What about Half Moon in Dobbs Ferry. Another great view.

Jul 30, 2012
otisman in New York State (exc. NYC)

Ben's Deli [Greenburgh, NY]

Great news. I just took an extra Pepcid in preparation!

Jul 11, 2012
otisman in New York State (exc. NYC)

Cooking Swordfish - How long to marinate and bake?

I've found the Canadian Fisheries Rule to be very valuable for cooking fish. Measure the thickness at the thickest point and cook for 10 minutes per inch of thickness no matter the method of cooking. Incidently the rule recommends 400-450 deg. for baking.

Jul 07, 2012
otisman in Home Cooking

4th of July Restaurants (westchester, putnam, orange counties)

Here's the list of area fireworks. Restaurant list is up to you.


Jul 04, 2012
otisman in New York State (exc. NYC)

Looking for: Breakfast in W. Stockbridge and S/W (repost)

"Another Fork in the Road" in the town of Milan, NY just off the Taconic. BUT the website doesn't respond....

Jun 28, 2012
otisman in Southern New England

Birthday dinner in Williamstown

Sounds like the Mill on the Floss would be ideal. Its on Route 7 in New Ashford, slightly south of Williamstown. Always good food and delightful setting.

May 20, 2012
otisman in Southern New England


At one time they sold "New Moxie" which didn't taste anything like the original. In fact it was even palatable. I remember my grandparents drinking Moxie and chewing on Grandmother's molassas cookies (which were no great shakes, either.) Even so, I used to enjoy visiting them.

May 16, 2012
otisman in Northern New England

Basement Bistro - Earlton NY

The website now quotes $195 as the going price -- is it really worth that much money? Obviously the demand must push up the price, but $195!!!

May 16, 2012
otisman in New York State (exc. NYC)

Great Thai in Sleepy Hollow

Went to Tyrynda Thai in Sleepy Hollow last night for the first time. Outstanding meal. It is a very attractive restaurant with very good service. We shared the Thai Fried Shrimp and Duck Roll appetizers, which left us wishing we had more of them. I had the Panang Curry with chicken and my friends had Tofu with peanut sauce, basil eggplant, and Thai Giant Shrimp, and everyone was very satified with their meals. I'm definately going back.

Apr 15, 2012
otisman in New York State (exc. NYC)

hudson restaurant, briarcliff manor, ny

Just read a report on Small Bites on LoHud.com. Sounds good, but I'm interested in the report of a Chowhounder.


Apr 13, 2012
otisman in New York State (exc. NYC)

Special Dinner in Westchester

Would second suggestion of Iron Horse Grill in Pleasantville. Excellent food and service and they will make it a very special occasion.

Apr 09, 2012
otisman in New York State (exc. NYC)

hudson restaurant, briarcliff manor, ny

Hudson restaurant at Haymount Manor on Studio Hill Road in Briarcliff Manor has recently opened (in the building that was Maison Lafitte several years ago.) It describes itself as "farm to table" like many new restaurants. Has anyone tried it?

Apr 09, 2012
otisman in New York State (exc. NYC)