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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.

Mar 10, 2014
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blood oranges- who has them in Westchester?

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

Feb 06, 2014
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restaurant suggestions for my Club meetings ? [mid-Westchester]

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

Feb 02, 2014
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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.

Jan 24, 2014
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Westchester- Best soups

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

Jan 16, 2014
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Dim Sum Westchester or Rockland County

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

Jan 11, 2014
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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.

Nov 17, 2013
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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

Nov 08, 2013
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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.

Nov 08, 2013
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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.

Oct 26, 2013
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Nice dinner @ Fortina in Armonk

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

Oct 12, 2013
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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.

Sep 14, 2013
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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
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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.

Aug 24, 2013
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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.)

Aug 23, 2013
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Private Rooms Lower Westchester?

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

Aug 17, 2013
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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.

Jul 30, 2013
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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.

Jul 04, 2013
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Visiting Tarrytown on a Saturday night.Restaurant for the whole family?

Not directly in answer to this post, but re: Tarrytown -- Noted Caravela's was dark last night. Have they closed??

Jun 30, 2013
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looking for the best pancakes in westchester

It's been some years since I've ordered them, but City Limits had very good ones.

Jun 08, 2013
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Pre-Fixe dinners in Westchester

Halstead Ave Bistro in Harrison has one for under $30.

May 01, 2013
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Quiet restaurant lower Hudson Valley?

Halstead Ave Bistro in Harrison is very handy, and their noise level is always low -- but quality usually high.

Mar 13, 2013
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Saigonese-Vietnamese-Central Ave-Hartsdale-Has Opened!

We also had lunch there today. Thought the staff were well-intentioned, but they definitely need to get a bunch of kinks worked out. I think they are a bit overwhelmed by the large number of people who seem to be flocking there. They were particularly disorganized when the place was totally full, better when things calmed down a bit. They had run out of some broths and other things by the time we got there and, yes, sometimes the servers didn't know until after they had taken the orders. The waitress's problems probably stem from the fact she is Chinese and does not (yet) know much about Vietnamese food.

Feb 17, 2013
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looking for vg Thai tonite - Westchester

Not a good area for Thai. I'm not aware of any in PC. I know there is one on Post Rd. on Mamaroneck/Larchmont border, but it has changed identities since I was last there and I can therefore not say anything about quality -- tho I noticed a passing negative word about it in a recent posting of some sort.

Feb 16, 2013
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Best Mexican Food in Westchester?

Que Chula es Pueblo?? It's our go-to place.

Feb 11, 2013
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Peking Duck in Westchester

I agree this mgr is lass adept, even with customers he should know well, but while I don't think he responded as well as I'd have liked when we did have a problem, he never behaved THAT badly with us. I hope he was just not feeling well that day (tho no excuse.)

Feb 11, 2013
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Peking Duck in Westchester

We have been regulars at CS, also for years and have occasionally run into service, etc, problems. But, then we go back a couple of weeks later and everything's fine. Don't know about ownership change, but certainly management change a year or two ago with departure of Jackson. Still, we're usually happy with the food.

Beyond the problems specific to CS, we occasionally have a bad night at other restaurants at which we are long time regulars and comment to each other that if this were our first visit, we'd be unlikely to return -- but, since we have a long history, we DO go back and all is well.

Feb 11, 2013
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decent casual options for dinner near Cortlandt Town Center or on Rt 202 in Yorktown

Our one experience there was quite different from yours. I agree fairly mild, but certainly cooked and tasty.

Jan 08, 2013
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Ben's Deli [Greenburgh, NY]

I have no problem with Epsteins (Hartsdale),but a little variety never hurts. The Wegman's suggestion is of a whole other order however -- I would LOVE that. It would probably leave me having to visit at least one market a day each week, though, with all the interesting options available.

Dec 30, 2012
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Westchester- open christmas day, chinese or other suggestions

I'm pretty sure just about every Chinese restaurant would be open, as well as other ethnicities that are not Christian. Both Central Seafood and Aberdeen are very good: we tend to opt for Central SF more often because parking is easier and they are bigger (also, I think, a bit cheaper for fish, etc.) Both cater to large Chinese groups, so at least most of their food is authentic. Each has certain dishes that I prefer over the other's as, I suppose, would be true of any other type of restaurant. For years we celebrated Xmas at Bengal Tiger but, of course, they are no longer available. I assume other Indian establishments must also be open.

Dec 24, 2012
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