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Pinocchio (Eastchester) is closed

Well, let's stipulate for the moment that it IS old school. Is it very good though?

Sep 30, 2013
bdr in New York State (exc. NYC)

Pinocchio (Eastchester) is closed

That's too bad. I went there for years. The host/owner was a great guy, super friendly. Loved their pasta dishes, great gnocchi and great pesto sauce. Prices were high but they dropped them a few years back. Not sure where to go for good old-school italian these days.

Sep 24, 2013
bdr in New York State (exc. NYC)

Italian Kitchen - NYT Review [Ardsley]

I disagree, Westchester magazine presents pluses and minuses in each review. I trust their opinion actually. though a plethora of chowhounds outweighs any one critic, any day.

Jan 15, 2013
bdr in New York State (exc. NYC)

Harry's -- Bad Food, Bad Service

Yes, Harry's in Hartsdale, sorry, should have specified in the title.

Jan 13, 2013
bdr in New York State (exc. NYC)

Italian Kitchen - NYT Review [Ardsley]

That Octopus pasta main dish is incredible. I've only been there twice, but HAD to order it the second time, which isn't my norm, I like to explore a menu.

Jan 13, 2013
bdr in New York State (exc. NYC)

Harry's -- Bad Food, Bad Service

Was at Harry's for dinner last night, and had a new low for Westchester in terms of food quality and service. One dish was completely and utterly inedible, had to send it back (mahi mahi). When I complained about it, the hostess/manager respond with attitude, though agreed to replace it. Needless to say, I won't be visiting there again, and I'd advise you all to be wary of the food and preparation quality there. It's a shame, I liked it there years ago.

Jan 13, 2013
bdr in New York State (exc. NYC)

hudson restaurant, briarcliff manor, ny

I had mixed reaction. Liked the food (especially the duck), but the service was spotty though friendly. And finding a silverfish on the tablecloth that I called over a passing manager to take care of is never fun. Nor is there lack of a sufficient apology.

Nov 25, 2012
bdr in New York State (exc. NYC)

French Restaurant Recommendation

+1 Jean-Louis. Sit at the bar, Chef's Mercy. Trust me.

Jul 21, 2012
bdr in New York State (exc. NYC)

Where can I purchase swordfish in Westchester?

C-Town (DeCicco's) in Scarsdale puts their swordfish on sale one week per month, for $15.99/lb I think. Got some today, looked very fresh. Of course, sometimes it doesn't look as fresh, so buyer beware, as always when buying fish. The fishmonger is pretty surly though, especially if you ask him to cut a piece not exactly how he wants to...

Jun 05, 2012
bdr in New York State (exc. NYC)

Are Food Critics The Emperor With No Clothes?

At least crowd-sourcing can ferret out the terrible food reviewers out there, like Judie Dweck in the Scarsdale Inquirer in NY. Has never written a single negative word in her reviews, and clearly gets the restaurant to comp her meals, not the paper. I asked the paper, they confirmed she isn't paid by them. And she interviews the chef before every meal.

May 29, 2012
bdr in Food Media & News

Savona in Scarsdale?

I saw a "review" of Savona in the Scarsdale local paper this weekend. Judie Dweck, the cooking columnist, liked it. Of course, that puts her at 117 consecutive positive reviews, with nary a criticism to be uttered, for her comped meals.

May 29, 2012
bdr in New York State (exc. NYC)

Dylan Lounge @ X2O, Porchetta?

Wow, sounds awesome. I'm going tonight around 6pm, can't wait.

Apr 05, 2012
bdr in New York State (exc. NYC)

Dylan Lounge @ X2O, Porchetta?

Anyone try the Thursday nite Porchetta meal? Looks good, curious if it lives up to the promise.

http://www.icontact-archive.com/qjf-s...

Apr 03, 2012
bdr in New York State (exc. NYC)

Anyone been to Van Horne yet?? Reviews??

I went there last Friday night, and was very happy with the food quality and the service. The Cobia main dish was one of the best fish main dishes I've ever had, Mustard crust really made it work, and there was a lot of food (always a plus) in that dish. Mind you, it was better than the meat dish my wife had. Appetizer salad with roast veal was also excellent.

amuse bouche were appreciated as well. Desserts good, but not what I'd been led to believe by some reviews.

And that toilet, I took a picture of the controls. Definitely worth checking out!

Jan 04, 2012
bdr in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Playa Del Carmen with Kids at the Ferry

I believe there's a gap between 3pm and 5pm, and my flight gets in at 1:15pm, so I figure I'll just miss the 3pm, what with Cancun airport slowness and all. La Tarraya sounds OK. Hotel might be best bet.

Dec 15, 2011
bdr in Mexico

Playa Del Carmen with Kids at the Ferry

Going to have a couple of hours to kill waiting for ferry to Cozumel next week, where can I hang out with young kids and grab a bite? Unfortunately the kids aren't big on Mexican food (yeah, yeah, shoulda gone to Orlando, I know...). Is there anyplace with food we'd all like, and casual enough to hang out at?

Dec 13, 2011
bdr in Mexico

Benjamin Steakhouse-White Plains

Was there for dinner tonight. Their quality is dropping over the past 12 months, from repeated visits. Worst part tonight was they blew off my daughter's birthday, even though I told them when making the rez, and at the restaurant too. Manager was cluelessly unhelpful. Won't be rushing back there, I can tell you that.

Nov 13, 2011
bdr in New York State (exc. NYC)

Vega in Hartsdale

Yup, was there during the snowstorm. Food was OK, seemed a bit weaker than past visits. The Carnitas didn't come as I had asked for it (crispy), I complained to the waitress, she gave me a surprised reaction, headed off immediately for the kitchen. Then, well, there was no then... She never came back.

Nov 05, 2011
bdr in New York State (exc. NYC)

Harvest in the Square - Worth it?

I'll repeat the question, thinking about going next week. Anybody have any experience there? Is it a madhouse? Can you get enough to eat? Places to sit?

Sep 15, 2011
bdr in Manhattan

Restaurant X PSA--Special This Thursday through Sunday

Went there on Saturday. That sure was a good value. Rib-eye was nice size, prepared well. Problem we had was, we were a group of three. Figured we'd get the special and one other dish, divvy it up. So, we order the Squash/Veggie main dish along with the special Dinner, and add in a third salad as well.

Everything good, until the check. They charge us a $15 "extra plate/sharing" charge. We DID ask for an extra plate to better share stuff, but since we ordered a full meal for the third person, the sharing charge is ridiculous. Told the waiter, he says "You got an extra plate, so $15." I said "Well, if I ask you for another plate to put my bread in because I don't like the small one, is that $15 too?"

He won't credit us, says he has to ask a manager if it's OK. I don't think English was his first language, incidentally.

Finally got the $15 knocked off. Principal of the thing. Pretty lame on their part. I could see it if the RibEye was all you could eat, but otherwise, makes no sense in our situation to be charged for the plate.

Jul 18, 2011
bdr in New York State (exc. NYC)

Has anybody been to Massa yet?

But in a shocker, the Scarsdale Inquirer gave Massa a glowing review. Of course, it's only the 108th consecutive "fabulous" review by their reviewer, so take it with a gallon of salt.

May 22, 2011
bdr in New York State (exc. NYC)

Jackie's Bistro -- Eastchester

Went back to Jackie's Bistro yesterday for first time in five years. Was disappointed. Started with Endive Salad, which was actually pretty good. Main course I had the Cassoulet, which I haven't had in a while. Suffice it to say, if you're a fan, is that it doesn't stack up very favorably with La Cote Basque's version. Not by a longshot. Was bland, found myself adding salt, pepper and mustard. The meats were kinda blah too, tasted boiled. I think my home version of franks and beans is way better. And cheaper.

Rest of the table had kidneys, which I won't touch, so can't comment on that. Though they seemed to like it.

Service was typical for there. The daughter served us, and after making an inappropriate crack about my wife asking for all veggies instead of veggies and potato with her kidneys ("come on, that's like getting a 1000 calorie meal then asking for splenda with your coffee. Just enjoy it." "Well, she's diabetic and can't have carbs." "oh.") the service went downhill.

All in all, IF I go back, I'll stick with the Steak Frites. My mistake.

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Jackie's Bistro
434 White Plains Rd, Eastchester, NY 10709

May 15, 2011
bdr in New York State (exc. NYC)

Worst Print Reviews [moved from New York State board]

I just am stunned that they could print something so obviously gotten in return for a free meal.

May 10, 2011
bdr in Food Media & News

Worst Print Reviews [moved from New York State board]

Has anyone had a chance to read the "reviews" in the Scarsdale paper, the Inquirer? They are 100% positive, 100% of the time. The reviewer interviews the chef, so they know who she is. Gets a free meal presumably. Pretty lame.

May 09, 2011
bdr in Food Media & News

Al Antica Pizza in Scarsdale under new management

Pizzaman, I'd come in alot of Wednesdays, and pick up salads too occasionally. Loved your soups. Why'd you leave us suffering with mediocre pizza in your absence? WHY?

May 09, 2011
bdr in New York State (exc. NYC)

Deerfield Beach.

Went last night. Fish dip was good, Lobster bisque very good, but highlight was the baked dolphin. One of the best fish dishes I've had in a long time, even at much fancier places. Dying to go back for their fried dolphin sandwich from the Diners, Dives and Drive-ins show.

Mar 05, 2011
bdr in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Charm City Burger Company, Boca

Was just there, it was good, but i'd give it maybe a 7 outta 10. Had cowboy style. Paled in comparison to Brass Ring up in West Palm. As did the wings, for that matter. Won't be back soon.

Mar 05, 2011
bdr in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Five Guys Coming to White Plains?

Just walked by, posters for Five Guys, Employment Possibilities. Right across from Wal-mart, on Main, right on the corner across from City Center, near where old A&P was.

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Five Guys
7 Southside Dr Ste 107, Clifton Park, NY 12065

Feb 16, 2011
bdr in New York State (exc. NYC)

Juniper in Hastings?

Was back tonight, had chicken again, wasn't same prep, wasn't nearly as good. And they didn't have a pasta app I wanted, as it had fried egg. And couple salads had egg too, which I don't like. Oh well, will be back anyway.
Had to love the table next to us, two couples, in their early 50's I'd say, FOUR bottles of wine, and they were finished the first before the apps came!

Jan 22, 2011
bdr in New York State (exc. NYC)

Bellota for Tapas at 42 in White Plains

Thought I'd give it a try after frequenting Peniche. Won't be rushing to return, as Peniche is a better value by far. Belotta seems to charge about 20% more per portion, with smaller portions overall.

Quality-wise, have to say I liked Peniche better the last few times. Hot food wasn't hot enough. Warm stuff was cold. Padrones were good. Octopus was good. Pork belly was so-so. Sea bass in Soy was ridiculously salty, verging on inedible.

Had 2 cheeses for dessert, for $9. Holy crap, that portion size was comical. Had to cost them $0.70 at Fairway.

Great view though.

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Peniche
175 Main St, White Plains, NY 10601

Dec 11, 2010
bdr in New York State (exc. NYC)