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What is your family's go to affordable restaurant in Westchester area?

Places we repeatedly go back to with the kids (and you will get the sense that we live just off Central Ave): Frank Pepes (Yonkers), Central Seafood (Hartsdale), Mariachi Loco (White Plains), So Gong Dong (Hartsdale), Thai House (Ardsley). We also like takeout roasted chickens from Braza Roja but sounds like you already have that type of meal. And of course Jakes Wayback or any 5 Guys for burgers and fries

about 21 hours ago
Bloombee in New York State (exc. NYC)

Toddler Friendly suggestions Lower Westchester

Forgot to mention that Polpettina has good brunch (and drink) options and Central Seafood's weekend dim sum is fun for the kids (esp with a group).

Toddler Friendly suggestions Lower Westchester

Well I have plenty of recent experience with 8 and 4 year old boys in the area. We found the Eastchester casual Italian places Burrata and Polpettina work well. They are small and atmosphere is not formal but the food is creative and they were good with the kids (Burrata actually brought them each a hunk of pizza dough and a tray for them to play with like playdough). Polpettina is also in Larchmont but I haven't been to that one. If the new Spadaro's on Central Ave in Scarsdale is open it also is fine for kids. Other places that have worked well for us may not be in your MILs wheelhouse such as Chutney Masala (Irvington. Indian and nice atmosphere); Fantasy Cuisine and Central Seafood (both in Hartsdale both Chinese but very different). I have on my "to try with the kids" list Mambo 64 in Tuchahoe (tapas) and Wolferts Roost in Irvington. I recommend going early (5:30 or 6) and of course Happy Birthday!

good italian in central westchester

I second L'inizio and also Mima Vinoteca in Irvington.

Sadly I need unexciting recommendations!

Craft and ABC Kitchen come to my mind for more straighgt forward well prepared food. Perhaps Narcissa (but I confess I have not been there yet so i am just going on others reviews and probably just getting caught up in how good the veggies are supposed to be).

Jun 17, 2014
Bloombee in Manhattan

Visiting Manhattan in July, seeking restaurant suggestions

Plenty of veggie options at Hudson Eats - not sure about vegan. At any rate, the veggie platter at Digg Inn is a good deal. For $5 you get a base of rice or bulgar and 3 veggie sides (I had sicilian roast cauliflower and chick peas; roast sweet potatos and kale and apple salad) for an extra $2 you can upsize your sides. I have had veggie sandiwches at Num Pang (caulifower bahn mi), Little Meunster (grilled cheese with squash puree, sage brown butter and asiago) and Olives (roast mushroom sandwich). Tartinery also has veggie options but they are above my $10/lunch limit. Black Seed has been sold out of everything but salt bagels when I have gone by but I do want to try the ricotta, apple, honey sandwich there sometime. Of course, the salad place will have veggie options as well. I have not checked out Dos Toros or Umami yet either. Sorry to go on so, I work in the building and after 2.5 years of eating at the same 3 places for lunch I am a little over excited....

Jun 09, 2014
Bloombee in Manhattan

Peruvian Roast Chicken in Hartsdale

We tried take out from Braza Roja last week. the chicken was nice and moist and had good flavor. The yucca fries and maduros traveled well and were quite good. We thought the black beans were kinda flavorless. Our only real complaint is that we ordered by phone and they said it would be ready in 20 mins, then when we got there 20 mins later, that is when they started preparing our sides (so it took 15 or so mins). Obviously the chicken is already ready so its just the sides. That said, we will be back - food was good and it is very convenient for us.

buying a large brisket in westchester- where?

We have had good luck with buying larger briskets for smoking at Stew Leonards

Hershey/Grantville Suggestions?

Spent a couple of days in Hersey last summer and surprisingly my favoriate food stop was Troegs Brewing Co. www.troegs.com. Its billed as a snack bar (and you do you order at the counter and take your food back to your seat) but it was serious food (not just snacks - we had dinner there) inventive and quite good. I recommend the Mad Elf fondue. And its good place to have a beer or two :) Now, we were traveling with kids so could not be too high end or adventurous. We also ate at Sorrentos and Chocolate Ave Grill which were ok but nothing special.

May 07, 2014
Bloombee in Pennsylvania

Why do people go to All-You-Can-Eat Buffets?

I generally do not like AYCE buffets - but do go from time to time because I have 2 young children and (i) most importantly there is no waiting to be served (my kids go to regular service restaurants as well but its not as easy on them or me), (ii) I can get them to try new things and if they dont like it, no big deal they get something else and (iii) they think its fun.

Mar 05, 2014
Bloombee in General Topics

Top Chef NOLA - Ep. #7 - 11/13/13 (Spoilers)

I thought Brian did not get chosen because other strong competitors were concerned he would not go all out given his immunity, and not because they think he is a weak chef when he tries...but who knows

Nov 14, 2013
Bloombee in Food Media & News

Great Affordable eats near 55th St and 5th Ave...HELP!

Well, I have not worked in the area for 3 years now, but based on those old memories you actually have been given decent responses to your request fort hat area. My regular sit down and eat cheap(ish) place was Topaz Thai. Sometimes, I moved up a notch to the $25 lunch menu at Molyvos. La Bonne Soupe, Angelos, Menkui-Tei and a long gone indian buffet were my other semi-regular haunts. Good luck

Nov 12, 2013
Bloombee in Manhattan

With Hilltop almost gone, what is now the most Iconic Boston Area Restaurant?

I grew up in that area - so I would add the Ship and the Continental to that classic Route 1 string. many memories

Oct 16, 2013
Bloombee in Greater Boston Area

When did you last go to the Hilltop in Saugus?

I can give you the date - Oct 2, 1993. It was an old family fave (grandparents and parents) and where we all went out for dinner the night before my wedding day. I had moved out of the Boston area by then (and have not moved back since) so have not had the opportunity to go back. Great memories.

Oct 11, 2013
Bloombee in Greater Boston Area

Kids' Cookbook For My Granddaughter?

My son quite likes the Kids Kitchen recipie cards from Barefoot Books. He received them as a birthday present at 5 years old (though their recommended age is older) and loved to look at the pictures and pick thing for him and daddy to make together. Now that he is 7 and reading, they are even more useful. Its nice to be able to take an individual laminated card out and not worry about dirtying a page in a book.


Oct 11, 2013
Bloombee in Home Cooking

breakfast in midtown

Cafe Centro is actually my go to breakfast place in midtown - because its very convenient (I commute into Grand Central on my way to the financial district so its a good place to have a morning meeting with midtown folks), its bright and airy, the service is good, and the food is solid. Nothing earth shattering, but consistently good.

Oct 11, 2013
Bloombee in Manhattan

Trader Joe's Yay/Nay Thread - September 2013 [old]

Also a big fan of the green chile and cheese tamales and I quite like the black bean and corn enchiladas

Sep 17, 2013
Bloombee in Chains

Anniversary dinner recommendations

Tocqueville is the first one that came to my mind for this request

Jul 23, 2013
Bloombee in Manhattan

Dining out with toddlers

I havea 3 year old (and a 7 year old but he is in a different eating out category now), and I do not think there is anything wrong with asking for a to go cup and lid for your daughter. We usually bring a sippy, but sometimes we forget - and if they have to go containers its not an inconvenience for them to bring you one (no more than if you asked for your leftovers to take home). One Japanese restaurant we frequent uses their to go soup containers and lids (with a cut hole) for kids drinks without us even asking. I also think any quiet toy is fine. Unless its a family-oriented place, we try to dine out at early hours with our kids and we do tip extra (25-30%) if the kids haved been messy but not if they have been neat.

Jun 03, 2013
Bloombee in Not About Food

Lunch for 20 in Midtown

Not sure why - but your request made me think of Molyvos, if that is not too far west (7th Ave). They have a good prix fixe at lunch for $25 and the burgers and lighter fare are less $ as well. Its not a high profile choice (and not someplace I typically go with just my husband) but I have found it to be solid and a good place for a group to have something different but not too different.

May 21, 2013
Bloombee in Manhattan

Shake shack

The "distracting" ice cream (actually custard) selection is actually my favorite thing about shake shack! Many of the special flavors have been great and the concretes are yummy (also love that they have different mixes based on location). You should give the custard a try. Otherwise, I agree that the hamburgers are fine and the fries a bit weak. I have not tried the dogs.

May 15, 2013
Bloombee in Chains

First Time in Nashville - Nailed it?

We just returned from 4 days in nashville (with kids) and looks like you are planning to hit up most of our highlights:

1. City House. Loved the frico, bread gnocci and trout. Kids enjoyed pizza but were starting to get restless so we skipped dessert

2. Monells. Its an experience. Very solid food (esp the fried chicken which they serve at every meal, the corn pudding, and cinnamon apples)- enjoyed the family style service and meeting new people at our table

3. HattieBs for Hot Chicken. Right across the street from our hotel so we ate here 3 times. The medium was tasty, juicy and left a nice tingle. The hot made my nose run but still good, I could not handle more than that. Sides were fine but nothing special.

4. Pancake Pantry. Arrived early on a Wednesday morning (8:45am) no line at all. Sweet potato pancakes with cinnamon cream syrup really really good,

We also enjoyed Merchants, Sunset Grill and Taco Mamacita (and legato gelato next door) but not as much as the above.

Wish we could have gotten to arnolds but without a car its not easy to get to and we just kept going across the street for lunch :)

have fun!

Apr 04, 2013
Bloombee in Kentucky & Tennessee

Cheese of the Month Nominations (April to September 2013)


Mar 21, 2013
Bloombee in Cheese

Help! Any recs for an upscale Chinese?

Perhaps Hakkasan, 311 West 43rd (btw 8th and 9th). the things I can vouch for there is the steamed veggie dim sum and Pipa Duck.

Mar 15, 2013
Bloombee in Manhattan

POLL: Cheese of the Month (Week, Etc.)

(and thanks for taking the initiative on this)

Feb 27, 2013
Bloombee in Site Talk

Last Chance Kitchen 02/06 (spoilers)

I believe Kristen is going to go up against the Save a Chef winner in the final LCK contest and the winner gets the spot in the TC finale. Good Luck K!

Feb 07, 2013
Bloombee in Food Media & News

Trader Joe's Yea/Nay Thread - January 2013 [OLD]

and the coconut oil is great for moisturizing dry skin too

Jan 29, 2013
Bloombee in Chains

NYC Dec 17-20 with a 5 month old....

You hit my trick as well - we took our little one out to all but very high end (ie per se) restaurants when he was immobile and portable in an Ergo (or a carrier on a chair) but never later than a 5:30 reservation so we were out of there before the main dinner crowd. We had to give even that practice up for a few years once he became mobile until he learned to have enough sitting stamina.

Also, there is a stroller "parking lot" outside the Landmarc in the Time Warner Center if you are looking to fill in a meal.

Dec 04, 2012
Bloombee in Manhattan

Custom Order Cake - Riviera Bakehouse?

We have always orderd our son's birthday cakes custom from Riviera (but they are local for us), and generally love them. Last year, for the first time we ordered a vanilla cake (since he was having his 6th bday party at a chocolate shop, I thought the usual chocolate cake would be too much) and I have to admit it was my least favorite. It was fine, just not great and we did not finish all the leftovers like usual. But thumbs up to the chocolate cake with strawberry or raspberry mousse !

Quick review of eating in Seattle with the junior set

Just a quick review of our 3 fun days in Seattle with our 2 little ones (6 yr old and 2 yr old) earlier this month in case it may be helpful to others traveling with kids:

Saturday: Breakfast Top Pot Donuts on 5th (Downtown). 2 blocks from our hotel. Kids were in heaven – they love donuts and for the rest of the trip every morning the first thing they asked for was to go back to Top Pot. My favorites were the apple fritter, maple bar; and blueberry cake donut with cinnamon sugar. DH loved all the variations on chocolate and the kids were very into the frosted ones.

Lunch: snacking through Pikes Market. Excellent crumpet with orange marmalade and blue cheese from the Crumpet Shop for me; DH had a sausage piroshky from Piroshky Piroshky – it was average - and crab cocktail from one of the fish sellers that he really enjoyed and some oysters at Elliott Bay on our way to the ferry; a random smoothie, bagels and apples for the kids (no need to travel from NY to Seattle to have bagels but it made them happy so I am ok with that) and various other samples along the way

Dinner: BBQ at a friends house on Bainbridge. We brought cheese from Beechers and sausages from Ulis (merguez, linguica, Spanish chorizo and a pork and apple breakfast sausage) from the market to contribute to the fare. Both very well received and enjoyed.

Sunday: Breakfast: Dahlia Bakery. The warm donut bites in a bag. Kids thought they were great although they are not a good value. DH had a pretty good blueberry corn muffin and I went with yummy apple brioche.

Lunch. Big fail here. We were reasonably near and decided to walk and try Toulouse Petit. After we trudged over, we discovered a 30-40 min wait for a table. Older kid getting cranky, younger guy asleep in Daddy’s arms, we just ducked across the street to the first thing we saw where we could sit – Pagliacci’s Pizza. Edible but the sauce was sweet and crust too doughy. Later, looking at my list of potential places to eat, I noted we were near a Serious Pie. GRRR

Dinner: Long Provincial Vietnamese. Total recovery from lunch and more. We loved our meal here and it worked well for the kids. Our reaction may be colored by the fact that we don’t have good Vietnamese near where we live. Started with 2 satays (squid and shitake mushroom) and cinnamon pork rice balls. Squid was very tender; mushrooms a little sweet and great with the dipping sauce. The pork balls are a little dry but really good flavor. Kids shares a pork and egg roll noodle bowl. DH and I shared braised coconut and browned pork and a bowl of pho with beef (well done – I know its wrong but that is what I like). Both had wonderful, deep, rich flavors. Also enjoyed a tangerine martini. The bill was very reasonable from our perspective.

Monday: Breakfast: Back to Top Pot. Many smiles.

Lunch: Lecosho. DH very much enjoyed his tuna melt. I did not like the porchetta sandwich as much as I anticipated– I think it was a matter of expectation as the texture of the pork just did not work for me. The atmosphere was fine for the kids (good view of the ferris wheel we had just ridden before lunch) but they were not overwhelming accommodating (not willing to make off menu pasta with butter, though they do have a pasta on the menu) so the kids had side of spaetzle and a cheese plate app. Overall, good and no regrets going here but I would not add it to my return list.

Dinner: Lola. Shared appetizer of warm feta. Good salty cheese. I had the non-meat kebabs (haloumi and figs, mushroom) served over ouzo fired onions; DH had a salmon special and the kids had chicken kebabs and couscous (older son really wanted couscous – it is served with some mains but not separately on the menu. They were happy to bring him a bowl in lieu of the fries that come with the kebab). Chocolate custard , triple coconut pie and yes, more donuts bites in a bag for dessert. Everyone was happy. They have a kids menu and gave them crayons and a placemat to color – kid friendly with very solid food for grownups. A nice way to end the trip.

Many thanks to others who have posted on kid-firendly places in Seattle before more - great resource for advance prep! And my 6 year oold wants to move to Seattle for the donuts alone....

Aug 29, 2012
Bloombee in Greater Seattle