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Baby Shower Recs Needed (Lower or Central Westchester)

River City Grille in Irvington was very reasonable when I went to a neighbor's baby shower a couple of years ago - you can probably take over the whole back room for privacy. I don't know if City Limits Grill (White Plains) has a private room, but their food is much better, IMHO.

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River City Grille
6 South Broadway, Irvington, NY 10533

City Limits
1557 W State St, Olean, NY 14760

May 28, 2011
Retrokitch in New York State (exc. NYC)

Where do you eat at the Palisades Mall?

My vote would definitely be for Stir Crazy - very fresh, menu choices suitable for all, quick, convenient and reasonable prices. Although they don't take reservations, I find that it's rarely crowded except at peak periods. I like the hot and sour soup, stir crazy stir fries, most appetizers... in my opinion, the healthiest ( and tastiest) choice at the mall!

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Stir Crazy Cafe
4422 Palisades Center Dr, West Nyack, NY 10994

May 28, 2011
Retrokitch in New York State (exc. NYC)

Back in Chicago after 30 years - where should we go?

Definitely on the list - and if we don't make it in this time, then definitely the next - as well as Alinea. But with only 4 nights and almost 5 days, it's hard to fit everything in - and I won't be waiting another 30 years! I'm hoping that if we are there when the doors open that we'll have a shot at it!

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Alinea
1723 N Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60614

May 26, 2011
Retrokitch in Chicago Area

Back in Chicago after 30 years - where should we go?

Decided to call Schwa a couple of days ago - and someone actually answered the phone, but said that they would be booking July the first week of June, so although I'll call and see if we can get a reservation, I am still leary since I've noticed that they have a history of last hour cancellations. Made a reservation at Sprout, since that has had some good CH reviews. And may try to go to G&TG when they open and see if we can get in for an early dinner. If not, that may be one of our pizza outings. Thank you everyone for all of your recommendations - I'll let you know how it all turns out! Still mapping out breakfast and lunch destinations once I get our itinerary settled.

May 26, 2011
Retrokitch in Chicago Area

Back in Chicago after 30 years - where should we go?

First of all, I want to thank all of you Chowhounders for your recommendations - I can't wait to be back in Chicago (too bad the Pretenders had the same idea for Ohio)! So far, I've lined up Sable and Bonsoiree for dinners. I'm thinking that I may leave the 4th of July open and go for a late lunch/early dinner so we can enjoy the fireworks (which we no longer have back home in Westchester). But, now, for the birthday dinner, the killer question........ great food, above all, but definitely on the casual side - my DH does not travel with a sports jacket on vacation. What tops the list of recommendations (off the beaten path - and Zagat's is welcome)? And do I need to make reservations for lunch? I was hoping to keep things flexible based upon museums, etc, but don't wan't to miss out on something!

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Bonsoiree
2728 W Armitage, Chicago, IL 60647

May 24, 2011
Retrokitch in Chicago Area

Back in Chicago after 30 years - where should we go?

Thank you - I love your thoughtful and deliberate manner. And I can tell by others responses that your recommendations are dead on. Too many wonderful choices - or too few days! Perhaps we can eat 5 or 6 meals a day to make a dent in the list! :-) Glad to hear that Walker Brothers has expanded - I'll check it out - it would be a shame to come all that way and not have the fabulous apple pancake. And I didn't even realize that Frontera Grill was there when I was - and only 10 blocks from where I lived - but that will probably be near the top of the list as well. Sable is way up there as well. And Opentable is fabulous! I'm sure I'll have more questions before I return - many thanks for all your help!

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Frontera Grill
445 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60654

May 23, 2011
Retrokitch in Chicago Area

Back in Chicago after 30 years - where should we go?

Thanks - it was probably a lot smaller back then, and a fun thing to do with other 20 somethings on a budget. And thanks for the memories - I remember having dinner with my father at Le Peroquet when he'd be in town on business (as well as Morton's), and Printer's Row as well........

May 23, 2011
Retrokitch in Chicago Area

Back in Chicago after 30 years - where should we go?

Thanks - I did mean Taste of Chicago - chalk it up to a senior moment! And noticed that you liked Bonsoiree - I was thinking of it for Sunday night. Noticed that it's chef's choice, but it doesn't seem that we could go wrong.

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Bonsoiree
2728 W Armitage, Chicago, IL 60647

May 23, 2011
Retrokitch in Chicago Area

Back in Chicago after 30 years - where should we go?

I lived in Chicago for a little under 2 years in the early 1980s (working for Marshall Field's - gone, but not forgotten). I have fond memories of going hors d'oeuvring on Fridays with my friends, as we all had no money to spend on food. Now I'll be back for 5 days with my husband (who really hasn't been to Chicago although born in Evanston) for 5 days at the beginning of July to celebrate his 56th birthday. We are staying at the Hotel Monaco (having had a great Kimpton experience in DC), and I'm looking forward to the tail end of Chicagofest (which started, I think, when I lived there). As everything has changed (and we won't have a car, but a taxi or the el is fine), where should we go??? I loved Ambria for a special dinner (long gone, I understand) Walker Brothers for the apple pancake and coffee served with heavy cream (I am salivating right now), and Dues and Bacinos for pizza at the time; now I see that Lou Malnaniti's is the place to go. We definitely need a pizza fix, so recommendations are welcome. Have been cruising the boards, and have the following marked as potentials: Sable, Sprout, Frontera Grill, Bongo Room, North Pond. Eliminating Girl and the Goat because I doubt we can get in. I want our trip to be memorable - all suggestions are welcome! We will be going to Oak Park one day to see Frank Lloyd Wright's house (something I never got to do when I lived there), so if there's a great place for lunch, please weigh in on that as well. We love all cuisines - and food quality trumps atmosphere. I love Chowhounder's opinions, and look forward to hearing yours!

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Bacino's
75 E Wacker Dr, Chicago, IL 60601

Bongo Room
1152 S Wabash Ave, Chicago, IL 60605

Frontera Grill
445 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60654

North Pond
2610 North Cannon Drive, Chicago, IL 60614

Ambria
2300 N Lincoln Park W, Chicago, IL 60614

Girl and the Goat
809 W Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60661

May 22, 2011
Retrokitch in Chicago Area

help me find Bon Appetit reciepe PLEASE!

A little late for posting,but this was always my uncle's favorite dessert at Christmas time during family get togethers. I used holly leaves instead of lemon leaves in keeping with the season. Thanks for bringing back the memories!

May 17, 2010
Retrokitch in Home Cooking

Amelia Island

One of our favorites is Horzisons Continental Cuisine, in Palmetto Walk. Only open for dinner Wednesday - Saturday (also open for lunch), but consistently good. www.horizonsameliaisland.com For casual fare, try Ciao Bistro for Italian (on the other side of the bridge), and Arte Pizza or Joe's 29 South Eats - both in downtown Fernandina Beach. I have found Espana to be uneven, and the menu rather limited. Have been going to Amelia for 30 years, and fine dining is truly limited. Despite staying at the Plantation, the restaurants are underwhelming, IMHO.

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Arte Pizza
109 N 3rd St, Fernandina Beach, FL 32034

29 South Eats
29 South 3rd Street, Fernandina Beach, FL 32034

Ciao Bistro
474305 E State Road 200, Fernandina Beach, FL 32034

May 11, 2010
Retrokitch in Florida

Baked Goods In Westchester

It was Debbie's Soulful Sweets - which got great press. But I called today about placing an order and got a message that the kitchen has closed. But Nancy's looks like a good alternative!

Apr 21, 2010
Retrokitch in New York State (exc. NYC)

Favorite Patricia Wells recipe

I am about to make the provencal beef stew, so I can't comment on that (yet), but my family LOVES Mistral's Chicken (with 40 cloves of garlic) that is in Bistro Cooking (and reprinted in the New York Times by Alex Witchell).

Feb 12, 2010
Retrokitch in Home Cooking

sleepy hollow ;finalmente and villa napoli

Had a friend who used to love going to Villa Napoli with her gym group from the Y, but called today - number has been disconnected.

Jan 30, 2010
Retrokitch in New York State (exc. NYC)

Looking for a good, sort of cheap restaurant for a friends birthday get together in Westchester(White Plains)

The Cookery in Dobbs Ferry has many small plates that could be served family style - very good food and prices are not exhorbitant. www.thecookeryrestaurant.com They don't take reservations for less than 5 and I would strongly recommend them. The noise level in general is a bit loud, so your table wouldn't stand out.

Nov 30, 2009
Retrokitch in General Tristate Archive

New Sandwich joint in White Plains, MELT, anyone try?

My husband and I had lunch there yesterday, rather late in the afternoon (around 2:00). A very nice woman manned the cash register, there were 3 men behind the counter. Several customers already waiting for their orders. Agree with Jon1856 that service line is inefficient - had ordered the brisket, only to be told 10 minutes later that they were out of it. However, enjoyed the pulled pork cuban style on flatbread (although there was way too much mustard in it), and hubbie had the top round with bacon, chipolte mayo and I don't remember what else. Definitely a value at $7 apiece. Ate outside at the tables - must say that I don't know how people could each the sandwiches on ordinary white and wheat bread from the deli next door when they could have had a freshly roasted sandwich instead! Will definitely try again (and get there earlier for the brisket!) - but am wary of how long the wait would be during peak lunch hour.

Aug 08, 2009
Retrokitch in New York State (exc. NYC)

Aqui Es Santa Fe Cafe, new Colombian place in Port Chester

Thanks to fellow Chowhounders, another enthusiastic supporter of Aqui Es Santa Fe - my husband and I had dinner there tonight. The restaurant was totally empty, but Olga (the owner) could not have been more gracious and welcoming (by the way, her son's name is Carlos, and her sister also works in the kitchen). We shared a platter of cheese empanadas and fried plantains with guacamole and a salsa, then had the Jerusalem platter and the Bethania platter. At $11 each they were filling entrees indeed, accompanied by the arepas, salad (mixed greens, grapes, dried cherries, blue cheese and balsamic vinaigrette) and guacamole. I had cappuchino, my husband the chocolate muffin with ice cream. Brought a bottle of wine - the corkage fee was $10. Total bill, including tax, was just over $50. Olga asked how we had heard about her, and I said that it was based upon the reviews on Chow hound that we had found her. Hopefully others seeking delicious Columbian food at extremely reasonable prices will find her as well! Olga, and her restaurant, are really a treasured find! And by the way, I noticed diet coke in the refrigerator in the back room.

Aug 08, 2009
Retrokitch in New York State (exc. NYC)

Has anyone tried Wasabi Grill (New City) yet? Any comments?

Have been going to Wasabi in Nyack for years - and while we always enjoy, the menu options seem to become more limited all the time (loved the tempura portabellas!) and it winds up being a pricey dinner for 4 (including 2 hungry teenagers). Read that Doug Nguyen opened a more family friendly place in New City during the winter, but have been unable to find any reviews for it. Would love to hear comments from those who have been - is it worth the drive across the bridge?

Aug 05, 2009
Retrokitch in New York State (exc. NYC)

Beware of Molly Wizenberg recipes

Have to agree with wholeheartedly on this one - also got the book out of the library. An enjoyable read (one of the only things better than eating food in my opinion, is reading about food!), and I photocopied a few of the recipes, including the pound cake. Decided to make it yesterday since I had all of the ingredients on hand. Used 1 c. blackberries, and 1/2 c. each of raspberries and blueberries; orange and lemon zest instead of the kirsch (I hate buying expensive ingredients for something I may only make once). Despite ample greasing and flouring of the bundt pan, about 1/3 of the cake remained in the bottom. Just tasted the cake, as it would be unfair to comment completely without trying it. And must report that it was certainly unexceptional: berries were suspended nicely (I think the flour trick does work well for that one), but the raspberries became a pale unappealing pink, and I didn't like the seeds in the blackberries. If one were to make this again, I would suggest using an angelfood pan and lining the bottom with parchment before greasing and flouring to facilitate getting it out of the pan (I always do that when I make angelfood cake, minus the shortening and flour, and never have a problem getting it out). Would use blueberries and the orange zest as the flavor came through nicely. However, this is one that I won't be repeating. I did bookmark a recipe for a raspberry buttermilk cake on Epicurious that I may try next (not a Molly recipe). And thanks for the tip on the dutchbaby pancake - I've always loved David Eyre's pancake recipe too (it's an old NYT recipe) - but made a copy of the new one to try. That one will go directly into the recycling bin as well. Also checked Epicurious for the latest results on the coffee crunch bars from Gourmet - not encouraging. Many negative comments and only 62% would make it again. Think I'll just stick to reading her.

Aug 05, 2009
Retrokitch in Home Cooking

Southern Maine Coast

We have stayed in Lewiston for the last 3 summers while visiting our kids at camp, and will be there again next week. Restaurants in town are certainly lacking, but last year we discovered Fishbones, on the Auburn border, in an old Bates Mill building and were very pleasantly surprised. I had an excellent lobster choppino (I don't know what it was called) with lobster meat, red potatoes, and fresh corn, among other things. A lobster body, with a cornbread stuffing, was positioned as if standing. My description is lacking, but it was beautiful to look at, and delicious. Also good wood fired thin crust pizzas. I already made our reservation for next week. We are also going to try a French bistro that I found on the Chow website - Fuel. Will report back when we return!

Jul 17, 2009
Retrokitch in All New England Archive

Sushi in central Westchester

Sushi Mike's is a good choice, albeit noisy and crowded on the weekends. An interesting selection of customized rolls that you won't find at most other places in the area. Very reasonable for lunch if you're in Dobbs Ferry. My Japanese neighbors swear by Sazan in Ardsley, but it is pricier, although more authentic.

May 17, 2009
Retrokitch in General Tristate Archive

Where to Buy Fresh Pasta in Westchester?

I agree that they're friendly at Trottas, but Dante's is closer to me, and they'll custom cut it, since I usually prefer pappardelle for my favorite pasta dishes, and I don't remember if Trotta's will (sorry!). I've never had a problem with the owner, but one of the women behind the counter usually waits on me and they've all been very pleasant. But if you haven't been to Borgatti's, you must put it on a future visit! :-)

May 17, 2009
Retrokitch in New York State (exc. NYC)

Palermo July 2009 recommendations please

We had an excellent dinner at Cin-Cin in March 2008 - one of the best meals of our trip. A choice between 2 3 course meals (seafood/meat) at about 35 euros per person. Would definitely recommend.

May 17, 2009
Retrokitch in Italy

Emma's Ale House, on Gedney Way where Sunset Grille was [split from another thread]

Would have to agree wholeheartedly with Baja Pepe. Waited over 30 minutes on a Saturday night, despite a reservation, and once seated, were unable to hear our server, or hold a conversation (good thing we've married almost 19 years! :-)) Enjoyed the crabcake appetizer, although the salad with cranberries and almonds could have used a little goat or bleu cheese. The burger was cooked well, although the accompanying fries were limp and pale. Lamb confit sandwich was very good, but did not like the seasoning on the housemade chips. Was very disappointed by the krispy kreme bread pudding - a solid block of compressed donut, with a drizzle of caramel sauce and a scoop of vanilla ice cream (if you ever get to Fernandina Beach, FL, check out the version at 29 South Eats....... crumbled donuts held together by a little custard, served in an oversized coffee mug with homemade coffee ice cream - absolutely delish!!) Prices for the food were reasonable, although wine by the glass, at $12, was overpriced. Although the food has potential, the noise level was a dealbreaker for us. Definitely would not go back on a weekend night.

May 17, 2009
Retrokitch in General Tristate Archive

Best Red Velvet Cake in Hudson Valley Area?

The only red velvet cake I've had in Westchester was from Riviera for my daughter's birthday - dry and tasteless. However, there was an article in the NYT last year about a woman in Tarrytown who will bake cakes to order, and the red velvet cake looked so good that I jotted down the website: www.debbiesoulfulsweets.com . I'd suggest checking that one out!

Apr 10, 2009
Retrokitch in General Tristate Archive

Where to Buy Fresh Pasta in Westchester?

Borgatti's (on 187th street, across from the church) does have sublime ravioli and pasta (a friend's late mother said it was like eating silk :-) ), but when I can't get down there my favorite place in Westchester for fresh pasta is Dante's on Central Avenue (not wild about their ravioli - the pasta is a little thicker than I like). They'll cut it to any width you want. It's also an amazing grocery/takeout store - just don't go at lunch unless you're willing to spend a long time in line! Trotta's would be my second choice.

Apr 10, 2009
Retrokitch in New York State (exc. NYC)

The Cookery in Dobbs Ferry

A group of 6 went today for a birthday lunch outing, and were very favorably impressed - personally, I thought the food and service was better than Mima's, which I think is a little pricey for what it is. The Cookery seems closer to what Mima's was supposed to be - a more casual, family friendly, lower priced alternative to Zuppa (which, by the way, does have wonderful food!). We decided to share a variety of small plates: the easter pie (more of a quiche, very good), maccherroni e formaggi (upscale mac and cheese that was a favorite of the birthday girl), organic lettuces with a quince dressing, fresh mozzarella and toasted rustic bread, ricotta crostini (delicious!), grilled scamorza cheese (a little gluey, probably the least successful item of the group), pork au plancha (meltingly tender), mussels and calamari salad, and the cauliflower ravioli (a huge hit). 6 cappuchinos and a chocolate bread pudding with vanilla bean ice cream. Everyone was pleasantly full, not overstuffed - and the bill with tax came to $102, which we considered to be a bargain! Definitely a place we'll go back to. I've heard that it's been crowded in the evenings, but we were the only ones there for lunch. Hopefully others will discover it for lunch as well.

Apr 02, 2009
Retrokitch in New York State (exc. NYC)

Blue Moon Cafe in Bronxville

My husband and I would have to concur with your opinion, at least regarding the food. We went to the new Hastings location for lunch this week. The chips, held in a huge plastic Tupperware type tub near our table, were tasteless and thick. The salsa was nothing more than pureed canned tomatoes with a little diced white onion. No seasoning, no cilantro, just totally boring. I had the Ensalada El Paso (nixing the probably canned pineapple rings on top), which had small cubes of cold chicken that had been tossed in barbecue sauce, lending an unpleasant slipperiness to the dish. The smoked gouda was almost non existent, and the corn and black beans were definitely canned. No zip in the chipolte ranch dressing. My husband's fajita steak sandwich with fries was more successul, but not enough to draw us back. The only positive was that our sodas were quickly and efficiently replaced when needed, at no additional charge. Service was friendly and attentive, but since only 3 other tables were occupied, have no idea how they would do if the place was packed. All in all, a disappointment. California Pizza Kitchen is a chain that does a much better salad, and in terms of chain Mexican, I'd hit Chevy's in the Palisades Mall before driving to Hastings again. We used to enjoy Little Mexican Cafe in New Rochelle, but it seems to have changed ownership and was not as good the last couple times we went. Also have had uneven food at Que Chula es Puebla in Sleepy Hollow. Would not recommend Santa Fe in Tarrytown (except for the margaritas), Guadalajara (Ossining) or Sunset Grille (White Plains). Guess we'll have to head north to Port Chester......

May 16, 2008
Retrokitch in General Tristate Archive

Palermo restaurants

We were in Palermo last month for one night before flying home. Had an excellent meal at Cin Cin, a lovely restaurant near the harbor, just off the main shopping boulevard. I had made reservations in advance, and didn't realize that there were 2 4 course prix fix meals: meat and fish. I had the fish - caponnata with octopus (which I had always been squeamish to try, but it was delicious), swordfish rolls, pasta with seafood, and lemon mousse for dessert. My husband and daughter had the meat - a ricotta zucchini pumpkin souffle, pasta with a pesto made with 3 kinds of nuts, filet mignon with potatoes, and a hazelnut semi freddo for dessert. Very reasonably priced (I think it was about 30 or 35 euros a person), and good house wines by the glass. Vincenzo Clemente, the owner, was charming and attentive. Our son is not the most adventurous eater, and he customized his dinner selection - our son voted it the best dinner of our 10 day trip! I agree, and would certainly recommend this restaurant without hesitation!

Apr 22, 2008
Retrokitch in Italy

Glens Falls, NY Fabulous Find

I suggested this to a friend who was in Glens Falls a couple of weeks ago on business with a group from her office, and she agreed that ithe food was terrific. She had the seafood paella, described as non traditional but excellent, and everyone else enjoyed their meals as well. Hoping to stop there on a trip to Vermont!

Apr 22, 2008
Retrokitch in New York State (exc. NYC)