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PJ Kelly's in Peekskill Closing

Went (4ppl)for lunch there Tues around noon and was very dissappointed. We sat outside and there were 2 other tables sat and one waitress. It took forever for her to take our order. We had shrimp cocktail, corned beef sandwich and 2 caesar salads with chicken. The shrimp was fine with nice sized shrimp that were cooked well. The corned beef came on a hamburger roll and we were told that they ran out of rye bread and the owner was bringing some in at some point that day. We asked for another bread choice but whole wheat seemed like a worse option. We were in a rush and didnt have time for something else so my companion took the meat out of the bun. There were 3 small thin slices of watery corned beef. Not at all tasty. The caesar salads had good grilled chicken but the dressing was obviously a pre-package(not homemade)dressing and was not good. It was that tangy kind of dressing. The croutons were inedible as the were soaked with oil. We would have complained but the waitress never came back again. We did tell her about our meal when we called her over for the check. She seemed flustered and explained that she had no busboy that day and was a little crazy busy. Again, 2 other tables besides ours. Well 2 of my guests had to go before we could get change because it took so long. I think that $60+ for what we had, and 4 club sodas, was crazy not to mention that the food was not up to par. Will not return.

In Search of Large & Unique Fall Wedding Venue for 2010

The only reason to choose this venue would be for the history of the park and maybe the Inn, if they ever open it.. The food and service leave a lot to be desired. It is your typical chicken francaise fare. If you are looking for something even a little upscale or festive for your wedding, skip the Bear Mt.

Arnold's in Mohegan Lake?

Oh no! Not more pizza/Italian in the area.

Little Sorrento's (Yorktown)

The food is very good and I just love the bread that they serve!

Striped Bass T-Town-insulting!

DGresh, BTW, I totally agree about your point of them not having the menu items, therefore making the possibilty of making the prix fixe menu impossible. It was the way they went about it. I don't think the owner would be very happy about how his choice of manager is handling business.

Striped Bass T-Town-insulting!

I appreciate you point of view and being in the food biz both front and back of house for over 20yrs, she could have handled it a lot better than how she did. After explaining that we had never dined there and the draw of the prix fixe brought us in, even a more humble apology would have sufficed. I personally, as a manager, would have apologized profusly about the website mistake, gone over the top in welcoming my potential new regulars and would have even offered to buy the table a drink as a way to show how glad I am that my place was chosen and that my guests would leave with a good feeling after a bad begining...but that's just how I roll.

Striped Bass T-Town-insulting!

I was meeting friends in Tarrytown last night and were looking for a place to dine. Someone suggested Striped Bass so I went online, checked out the menu and saw that they had a $25.00 prix fixe dinner and the choices were ok enough for us to choose. With the economy being what it is, finding a good deal for dining out is a big plus. We walk into the restaurant and were standing there waiting to be seated. Finally the waiter sat us. Looked like there was only 1 waiter and 3 tables were filled. Another 7mins go by before he comes back to take a drink order. At that point we were only given the regular menu so we asked for the prix fixe menu. He stated that they stopped the menu 2 weeks ago. I said that it was still on the website. He got the manager. A young woman wearing camoflage shorts and sneakers witha lot of disheveled hair came to our table and said "can I help you". Side note...the money wasn't the issue and we were willing to order off the regular menu, It was just the point that was the draw to get us in to a restaurant that we never tried before. We stated to her about the website she said "oh, yeah, we stopped that 2 weeks ago and just took it off the site today". My friend asked her if the could honor the special. She said no but we could "eat outside where it is cheaper". What an insult to us! Here we were, 3 well dressed women(not that this matters)but more than able to pay the price of dinner, being insulted to go outside where they sell hotdogs and burgers. We all looked at eachother and walked out. We went down the street to Sunset Cove and had a great meal(really great). Our bill for the 3 of us was $200 apps/entrees/drinks/coffee/dessert. So it was never really about the money. It's amazing to me that a place(striped bass) can charge the prices that they do, with cafeteria silverware, mismatched bread plates and an unprofessional staff and expect to bring in the people. I guess they do well just because of the location. Word of mouth is a powerful vehicle and I will pass along my bad experience as well as the great experience that I had at Sunset Cove.

Looking for outdoor lunch in northern westchester...any recs?

I've been wanting to try Juliannas. Are they open for lunch or just dinner? Either way, going to give it a try, thx

Looking for outdoor lunch in northern westchester...any recs?

Thx all for the recs. I never knew about the bean runner and checked the website, looks cute. PJ Kellys is nice to sit outside but the food really isnt all that great. Been to Division st for dinner, didnt know they did lunch as well. I will leave my thoughts of 12 grapes alone for the moment as they are posted on another thread. Needless to say, I was not happy with the 2 visits for dinner. Murphys is always a stand by and the food isnt too bad. Didnt know that Bella Vita was open for lunch. Had dinner there, just ok. I did have lunch at Mediterranean taverna in Ossining and the food was really very good and the price was reasonable for what we had. It was too bad that the outside seating wasnt ready yet but I will be back soon.

Looking for outdoor lunch in northern westchester...any recs?

Not exactly sure where sunset house is. Saw it on restaurants.com. Ricks is in mahopac off of rt 6, a few doors down from a liquor store. Its basically a fish market with tables inside. The fish is really fresh and a good value for lunch. I have been there for dinner as well and its always crowded. Its BYOB so having the liquor store there can be a good thing! I have eaten at Umami and will go back soon. Passed the boat house the other day. How is the food?

Looking for outdoor lunch in northern westchester...any recs?

Now that the weather is getting nicer, looking for a place to have lunch where we can sit outside. Been to Cunninghams in Mahopac,. Sat outside at Ricks seafood but didnt really enjoy the parking lot atmosphere. Has anyone tried Sunset House in Peekskill? Looking to go anywhere from Peekskill, Croton, on up to the Cold Spring area.

Steak in White Plains?

Well I guess all of the negative feedback on BLT has finally caught up with the restaurant and Capelli. I hear from my friends that work for Tourondel, that they will be closing BLT at the Ritz in 2 months. In this economy(and even with money not being a factor) a restaurant really has to do it right. I am not sad to see it go, from a food perspective. It's just a shame that more people in this business have to lose their jobs.

Why do some foods taste better when made by someone else?

Great question! I am a professional chef and I could never duplicate even the simplest dishes my mother makes. I've made baked chicken a million times but my moms is better. Her meatballs taste better than mine as well. Its got to be the love cause I don't think she is that great of a cook!

Dec 30, 2008
ChefDell in General Topics

Steak in White Plains?

Thanks Billy. My numbers weren't current, just a rough estimate for illustration. The saving grace is still the banquet dept which keeps the entire operation looking...no too bad. I probably know your buddy in south beach if he's in culinary!

Steak in White Plains?

Can't speak for all BLTs but the one in WP shares its food cost with the Ritz Carlton culinary operations. With banquets/hotel food costs hovering around the 23% area, they can rob Peter to pay Paul if you get my drift. This property is leased from Ritz so it falls under the hotels culinary umbrella. The others in the city have to stand on their own. It is a shame and true what Billy said in reference to the "3 hail mary's". There are no warm and fuzzy feelings in that kitchen and the turnover rate is high. The Exec chef of the hotel is too busy running hotel operations and is basically hands off when it comes to BLT. Perhaps things are different when a cook actually get s paid by BLT as opposed getting their checks from Ritz Carlton. The training was a problem from the begining, not the meat.

Danbury CT and Brewster NY

What is the status of Marcus Dairy Bar? I don't live near by but heard it was closed down to build retail space, restaurants etc. Has is been rebuilt or just never closed down? Would love to get some up to date info.

Can't believe they're still in business!

I hear ya Billy! I've worked for the "under-capitalized" or the "my husband has money and I'm bored so he bought me a restaurant, even though I know nothing about the business" demise. Even without this economic situation, those are sure to fail without a whole lotta luck.

Can't believe they're still in business!

Dolores, you are right when you stated that some good restaurants never make it. Perhaps I should have put that thought into my original post. Sadly, I have seen really good restaurants (ok, what I thought were really good)close and I could never understand why. These places actually had good food and good service so...go figure!

Can't believe they're still in business!

Thanks rpk, this was sort of the spirit I was searching for when I put up this post. It is subjective and it is our opinion but isn't that what these boards are all about? Sharing our opinions. I am quite sure we all have felt this way about specific restaurants and shake our heads why...or how do they stay in business.

What dishes are improved by truffle oil?

Toss french fries with parmesan and truffle oil...fantastic!

Dec 13, 2008
ChefDell in General Topics

What food gives you butterflies in your stomach?

A juicy med rare burger on a buttery soft roll topped with sauteed onions and gorgonzola cheese. Add a side of well done homemade shoestring fries and the butterflies start to flutter!

Dec 12, 2008
ChefDell in General Topics

Steak in White Plains?

BLT in WP is not the place to go for a good steak. I think that the problems are specific to WP because the other BLTs(Prime and Market) in the city are good and consistant. It is sad when a place that calls itself a steakhouse, can't cook or season meat. The sides are even salt laden. I don't really like Mortons either but if it's a choice, being that they are probably the only 2 "steakhouses", I would choose Mortons. I wonder if Mulinos has a good steak?????

Pacifico gone - Route 1 Bar and Grille? Sogno?

I never really enjoyed the food at Sonora but I never had a bad meal at Pacifico. I'm actually sad to see it go because I enjoyed the atmosphere and the food. Especially the margheritas!

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

I think the area is saturated with American fare. There are no really good "ethnic" restaurants. I don't know about you all but I don't think people are going to run to this place at $20.00 for fried chicken and a $15.00 grilled cheese sandwich. I don't think Sams has anything to worry about!

Mints

There are different mints in different restaurants. Are you refering to the ones that are covered in chocolate and are round little balls? Or the peppermints that are kind of puffy and dissolve when you suck on them? Then there are the kind wrapped in the Asian looking wrapper.......so many! I just re-read my post and at quick glance I should be sensored!!!

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

Lets just hope the drunken rowdy crowd from Mamk Ave(Black Bear goers) don't find their way to Gedney! I don't think that will happen, too many other bars on the Ave to hang out in. Perhaps he wants a more mature crowd? Going to be really hard with the following that Sams has. I checked out the menu online and can't really figure out who they are targeting as a customer base. I guess time will tell if he did his homework!!

Desert Island Chowhound

Cases of Veuve Cliquot! Who needs to bring food with basic produce and meats!

Nov 29, 2008
ChefDell in General Topics

best turkey sandwich (or panini or wrap or spring roll) for thanksgiving leftovers...?

Just had this last night!

Thick cut casa bread
pulled leftover turkey
stuffing
sweet potato
mayo (cranberry instead of mayo optional)

a thin layer of mayo on the bread. pile with above. sqwish it together and butter the outside of the bread. Stick on the forman grill or panini press and brown. Yummy! Getting hungry for another right now!

Nov 29, 2008
ChefDell in General Topics

Can't believe they're still in business!

This post was certainly not meant to be a forum to bash anyplace or revel in the misfortunes of restaurants gone under. Lets get real, I'm sure we all know of places that have survived and thrive and we just can't figure out why.

Can't believe they're still in business!

fourunder, I do agree with all that you have said. What's the point of going out to eat if you are going to look for fault? That's just no fun at all!
If the food is predictable and reliable, it certainly wouldn't be a candidate for this post. Of course the topic is very subjective but I'm talking about places where, when you are with a group of people, the comments on dissapointing restaurants gather more than just one vote.
I personally don't go for trendy type restaurants. I prefer the tried and true favorites. There's nothing better than a Dagwood burger and onion rings from the Sycamore Drive In in Bethel!