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Sofrito White Plains

If you're wanting to chat with your companions, I'd suggest trying to be seated in the back room. The main room is very noisy even at a mostly empty lunchtime. The food is good, though, especially if you appreciate Puerto Rican cooking. (I'm particularly fond of the ropa vieja.)

New French in Eastchester

It's probably a year since we went. Whatever it was my husband ordered, he was disappointed, but I had the onion soup and thought it was one of the best I'd ever had. My husband has not been eager to return, so we haven't been since.

Places with great service (anywhere in NY State not NYC)

I remember a few years ago eating at a local restaurant we've been patronizing often for many years, obviously happily. But that evening various things went wrong, i remember thinking that if this were our first visit, we might never return. But it was not our first visit, we had a considerable history with them, so of course we did go back, and our experiences since have been just fine.

Nice dinner @ Fortina in Armonk

I've decided to add my two cents to the Fortina discussion. We've only been at lunchtime, when it's not crowded and is certainly quieter. Based on all these comments, we will probably never go for dinner, which is too bad because our lunchtime experiences have been terrific. Our first time there my husband was really wanting some soup, and we figured an Italian restaurant would certainly have some. But they did not, and he expressed his disappointment -- and the manager said, "give us a few minutes and we'll see what the kitchen can do." And a few minutes later out came one of the tastiest soups we have ever had. They appeared to have thrown together some pizza/pasta toppings with some broth and it was really terrific. SO, next time he reminded the staff of our earlier experience and could they possibly do it again. This time it was a variation on strachetella (sp?) and again it was terrific. We've not had occasion to request more soup, but the staff have always been lovely and accommodating and the food tasty.

Pizza Cucina- Post Road-White Plains

Ernesto has just moved the pizza/take out part of his operation over there. My understanding is that the original parts of the restaurant will be reconfigured to more easily accommodate big groups with separate rooms, etc.

Kneaded Bread in Port Chester

Next time try the chocolate challah. Sounds as if it could be disgusting, but it's quite addictive. (Chunks of cholcolate scattered through quite good challah.)

Central Seafood Hartsdale

I have a personal liking for their version of moo shu pork and frequently order it for lunch and sometimes as part of a dinner. Beyond that, we wander around the menu, frequently ordering one of their fish dishes and always paying attention to their daily specials, which can be quite interesting. We tend not to be attracted to any of the gloppier dishes.

Central Seafood Hartsdale

Our experiences have all been good re the food (one or two difficulties with service through the years, but we've been regulars for years and it certainly balances out on the positive side.). The menu includes some "Chinese-American dishes but also more authentic ones, therefore attracting a mixed bag of customers -- BUT LOTS of actual Chinese groups, which would seem to seem be a better recommendation.

buying a large brisket in westchester- where?

Decicco's, at least sometimes, has the big cryovac briskets.

Pig or lamb roast caterer - Westchester ny

Great American Barbecue, I believe.

Best restaurant in Tarrytown, Sleepy hollow area

Give them a call. Haven't been for lunch in a while. Management is nice and might be willing to change things around for you, if nrecessary.

Outdoor dining in lower Westchester

Piccolo mulino has a very nice backyard and good food.

Where to find achiote paste in Lower Westchester?

In White Plains on Post Rd, heading toward Scarsdale, across from where car dealerships have been knocked down, are a couple of Latino markets. Or even Stop and Shop in WP or other community with a size able Latin population.

blood oranges- who has them in Westchester?

$1.69/lb today (Portchester, but I assume in all the rest of their stores, too.)

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

Sam's of Gedney Way in W.P.??

Central Avenue Updates - Scarsdale/White Plains

Maybe we passed each other in one of those locations -- visited the same places. I went into Mrs G's because I knew they carried some very good breads, but ended up also buying some produce because they looked good and were no more expensive than elsewhere. I thought maybe they were moderating some prices to attract more customers since this is a big store to keep going otherwise. But, yes, a lot of their food is just more expensive than I care to shell out. I happen to be feeding three generations of family these days, with many different tastes and requirements, and I spend a lot of time in a lot of different markets trying to meet most of these needs, making some compromises on costs just to keep the number of market visits within some reasonable parameters, but not a roast for $34/lb.

Westchester- Best soups

Probably ALL of the latino restaurants will have terrific soups. Besides the Colombian ones, the Peruvians certainly do.

Dim Sum Westchester or Rockland County

Central Seafood near Best Buy in Hartsdale also has dim sum.

Nice dinner @ Fortina in Armonk

Went for a late weekday lunch a couple of weeks ago. 2 of us shared a pizza ("spicy meat-ah-ball) and interesting salad with apples. It was very good and, as far as I was concerned, a more-or-less perfect lunch. Servcie and noise level were fine, but of course it was not crowded and others around us appeared to be business folks.

Jackie's Bistro not closed yet! [Easterchester]

We ate at Jackie's Bistro several times over the years, without any of the problems mentioned here -- we may well only have gone on weeknights and never encountered any disasters with the food. And we DID try the new incarnation, where I had what I considered a terrific meal, but my huisband was not so happy with his and thought it cost too much for what he had. One major difference between our respective experiences had to do with appetizers, He ordered a salad which, while nice, was quite small and cost as much as a much larger and more interesting salad he'd had elsewhere a few days before. I had the French onion soup, which, with a salad, would have made a filling meal by itself. And I thought it was one of the best examples of its kind I've ever had

Mulberry Street - White Plains - Closed

Had dinner there with friends a couple of weeks ago on a Sat. They were, of course, recently opened. Waiter was good, but food SERVERS were totally fouled up, which we excused (and even found hilarious) since they were new and, we figured, working out training kinks. And, yes, the food was quite good -- and we thought, if this keeps up, we've got a new regular go-to place. But then came time to pay the bill. We had a "Double Take" coupon, which, it turned out, had in very small print, a proviso that one had to be seated by 5pm to use on Sat. Even the server sent to give us the bad news, required a few minutes fo find it.
The managers were adamant about not honoring it (and apparently there were several other customers who hadn't noticed the fine print.) One of their arguments was that they "had a contract" with the coupon issuing people and, therefore, couldn't ignore this proviso, as if the Double Take people would care. They were doing a lively business, but we were clearly not keeping anyone else away. It seemed to be rather odd customer relations for a restaurant located in a place that has been unable to keep predecessors operating for very long. And, of course, we will not be back.

port chester whole foods

Well, it confused me since it's laid out so differently from the WP store, which I frequent on a regular basis- but that's not a bad thing. Found some items I'm pretty sure don't exist in WP(marinades, for ex.) Noticed the much greater selection of prepared foods, but didn't buy any. Went day 2 (I think) and it was quite crowded and harder to evaluate than if it had been a more leisurely visit. WP is located more handily for me, but with the problem parking situation, I only go at certain times when the lot is less busy. Since I have to be in PC fairly often for other reasons, I'll likely be visiting that store again periodically.

Nice dinner @ Fortina in Armonk

A "Very Good" review in this weekend's NYT.

Kaito in Bronxville

By the way, Fujinoya itself has changed hands. The only way to tell these days is that there are different people behind the sushi counter. Menu and decor have not changed a bit. So far, food seems more or less the same.

Three Dinners in Denver (Plus Casa Bonita)

We recently visited Denver and our experiences included:

Parallel 17 -- nominally Vietnamese, but not totally, so your wife might find something to like. We had lunch that consisted, for me, of their quinoa salad and, for my husband, the noodle salad. They were just perfect for the time and place, generous portions and very tasty.

Il Posto -- highly recommended to us, and the food was very well prepared and tasty. Prices higher than others we experienced in Denver, and portion sizes seemed to vary. My husband had the "chicken" entree (description did not specify what part of chicken, but it was the breast, boned) and portion was not very big. I had the "pork" and asked what cut it was, which seemed to flummox the waitress, who had to go ask the chef, who then specified the shape -- it seemed to be the tenderloin and was more than I could eat, so my husband, who was still hungry, finished it. We don't drink, but they seemed knowledgeable about their wines and very eager to discuss them. They also have a number of pastas, etc.

Another dinner,at Limon, which happens to be next door, more or less, to Parallel 17, all of the above on 17th Ave. We were a lot less happy with this. They specialize in Central and South American cooking, with which we are very familiar, and the couple of things we ordered were either inauthentic or just not well prepared. One egregious item was supposed to be chimichurri sauce to accompany a skirt steak. It bore no resemblance to an Argentine food -- more of a Mexican enchilada accompaniment. And the skirt steak was very tough, as was my duck.

Sep 03, 2013
Westjanie in Mountain States

Peruvian Restaurant in Harrison???

While Acuario and Inca & Gaucho are each excellent in their own ways, Quenas is a much different experience -- more genteel, partially because of the ambience set by the owners, and also, because it is small, doesn't lend itself to large boisterous groups.

Peruvian Restaurant in Harrison???

Have been to Quenas a couple of times, but not in the past few months Fairly limited menu, but done well, and the folks who run it were really lovely. It's very small, so a nice outdoor space would be a big benefit (as long as the weather holds up -- and rain holds off.)

Private Rooms Lower Westchester?

Sam's of Gedney Way in WP has a room.

ISO Best Mexican in Westchester

We like Que Chula es Puebla in Sleepy hollow, tho we worried that a few Saturday evenings ago they were pretty empty -- didn't seem like a good sign. They are basically authentic and have a decent ambience.

Visiting Tarrytown on a Saturday night.Restaurant for the whole family?

Thanks for the link. It's sad for us: we never had a bad meal there -- and there was easy (and free!) parking.