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X2O, The Boathouse, or Buffet de la Gare for special Mom's birthday?

Definitely Buffet de la Gare if you want to enjoy your occasion.

Sep 13, 2009
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Stew Leonards...an ongoing debate

I've only been to Stew's a handful of times. I'm not too much of a fan for the most part, but I know they do handle complaints well.

A few cons about the place are that they use partially hydrogenated fats in their pies/other baked goods. I actually left a note in the suggestion box they have about the fats being in their products, and I had someone personally call me back from the bakery section telling me that they were working on it and thanking me for letting them know what I thought. I also really hate the "buy 2 for $6.99" type of thing. Their chicken breast can also be a complete disaster (falls apart and gets all stringy).

My grandparents shop there a lot. I know my grandfather absolutely loves their ice creams, especially the strawberry and he loves going to the cheese section as well. My grandma really likes their soups, especially one of the mushroom ones. I know that one time they got a really bad item (forgot what it was) but it was so bad they had to throw it away, and my grandparents complained and they received a full refund and a handful of apologies.

I don't think it's one of those places that you go to all of the time, but it's nice to stop in once in awhile to see what kind of deals they have and listen to all the singing fruit and animals.

Jul 03, 2009
bnc in Southern New England

Anyone tried new Turkish place in White Plains?

I recently stopped into Turkish Cuisine for a quick bite. I was pretty impressed. I tried the hummus, which was pretty good. I agree with whoever said it was a little too oily though. The flavor was nice though.

The grape leaves were probably my favorite. I like that they add currants to it.

I got the white bean salad as my main dish. That was really flavorful and delicious. I'd definitely go back for all of that and more. I am interested in trying their cold appetizer platter next time.

What I liked most was probably the service. Very friendly and attentive.

I'll probably try Turkish Meze next, as I've never been and it sounds appealing.

Apr 11, 2009
bnc in New York State (exc. NYC)

X2O more like X2 no

About your "Everyone has a bad day. Maybe our visit happened to be that one day." I had that same feeling as you, and I wrote to the restaurant explaining my awful experience and told them that I understand every restaurant goes through a bad day and such, but the reply I got was saying that they stood by all of their food and service. I would've at least had some respect for them if they maybe said "Hey, maybe you're right. We'll take what you said, actually listen, and attempt to improve" But of course not. He's just going to keep serving the same stuff and these people are going to keep on falling for all of the hype and keep paying crazy prices to eat some of the worst food I've had in awhile.

I am with you on the bread thing. I was excited when the bread came over, and I was hoping for nice warm bread. Nope. Cold. And the butter? Even worse! It was practically frozen and came over 5 minutes later than the bread did. I knew right there it wasn't going to be a good meal.

I definitely agree with everything you've said though. Glad to see I'm not the only one who thinks it's not one of the greatest places ever.

Also, did anyone see how awful those dining room chairs are looking? I mean seriously. There are tons of markings everywhere in them. Awful.

Apr 06, 2009
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Sweetgrass Grill in Tarrytown sort of open!!!

I've been checking the website a lot too, and I plan to make a trip there soon. I'm glad to hear it was good. I love Tomatillo a lot, so I couldn't see Sweetgrass being a bad thing. I'm really interested to see the final menu, but fresh doughnuts are always a good thing in my book.

Apr 05, 2009
bnc in New York State (exc. NYC)

X2O more like X2 no

Hmm. That is strange for the Tarry Lodge. Every time I've gone there the waiters I've had were always great. I wish you better luck next time.

Mar 30, 2009
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X2O more like X2 no

Well for one I would have to say Tarry Lodge. I have never even come close to having a bad meal there. The waitstaff is friendly, knowledgeable, and attentive. They don't breathe down your backs the way the waitstaff at X20 has done to me. I would say it's probably one of the best places in Westchester to get the most bang for your buck.

Mar 30, 2009
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Looking for a good Salad in Westchester

I have to say I haven't been there as much as I like lately, and I'm surprised to hear that. I went maybe about a three weeks ago or so, but that was only for a small Greek salad, which seemed to be as good as all the other times I've been there.

Mar 30, 2009
bnc in New York State (exc. NYC)

Looking for a good Salad in Westchester

I have only been there once, and that was enough.

Their salad looked as if they had it laying around for some time. I was only able to take a couple of bites without being totally disgusted. The pita bread they gave with it was literally able to be cracked in half like a cracker because it was laying out for so long. The waiter knew something was wrong since I wasn't eating anything, and I told himI just wanted my check. I actually left there and walked down to Mint to grab a sandwich.

I definitely think Santorini is a much better option. They are a couple of blocks up the street and their salad is filled with delicious fresh lettuce, juicy tomatoes, lots of feta cheese, nice slices of red onion, etc. The staff is always friendly, and it also helps that the rest of their menu is really great too.

Mar 30, 2009
bnc in New York State (exc. NYC)

X2O more like X2 no

I don't care what magazine has had recipes for coconut rice. The idea is just so uninspiring and they could have done so much better.

I was not expecting to be blown away or anything by the food at X20 during restaurant week. I thought it would give me a way to try it, since I've heard both good and bad things about it. The food was beyond awful though. There is absolutely no excuse to serve a fish that was absolutely tasteless. And the pork was just as bad. Of course I didn't have to eat the cream that came with the white and dark chocolate timbale, and I didn't, but the point is, why give that dessert so much cream? Why let it look like the dessert was drowning in cream? And yes the artichoke soup had a decent flavor, but why give so much? Why not focus more on putting together some better entrees?

And the waitstaff only made things worse. It's like they were rushing everyone out of there. As soon as anyone was done with their appetizer, their entree came right out. We weren't finished with our wine yet, and the waiter asked if we wanted any coffee or anything. I told him we would, but we would like to finish our wine first. What happened? They brought out our cappuccinos and dessert right away anyway.

I don't think anyone wants to go around saying "Ohh, I bashed X2O." That's the last thing I would want to do, especially being from Southwest Yonkers and wanting to see a place like this do really well and serve really good food. I do think a lot of people go their just for the name, and you have to admit that there are way better places than X20.

Mar 30, 2009
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Looking for a good Salad in Westchester

Oh no! I'm sorry, but Lefteries is awful (I absolutely cannot stand that large metal bowl they serve their salads in. Ugh. And their pita bread always tastes like it's been laying around for awhile.Their salad dressing is terrible too). I would definitely recommend going a few blocks into Sleepy Hollow and trying Santorini. They have wonderful salads, excellent food, and their staff is so friendly and they never rush you along like Lefteries does.

Mar 27, 2009
bnc in New York State (exc. NYC)

X2O more like X2 no

So I decided to go to X2O for restaurant week, and I have to say it was so disappointing. I've heard mixed reviews from family and friends, but I thought restaurant week would give me a good opportunity to try it.

I had the Jerusalem Artichoke Veloute, which was okay. The taste was pretty nice, but I felt like the serving was a little too much, as I was practically full once I was finished with it. My boyfriend wound up getting the asparagus flan. I thought it was okay. I just didn't like the idea of the shrimp with it (I know it is supposed to create a different texture and such, but something just seemed "off" with it to me). It seemed like the rock shrimp were poorly sliced and just thrown on the plate next to the flan.

I went with the Chatham Cod. By far this was the worst entree I have had in awhile. It tasted so bland. I felt like I was being served a bowl of air. The breadcrumbs on top of the fish just made it very dry and dull. There was no flavor to it at all. My boyfriend got the pork loin, which left much to be desired. The pork was tough, the sauce was pretty bland. The "jalapeno" polenta had no jalapeno flavor to it at all.

The desserts were okay. The white and dark chocolate timbale had way too much cream surrounding it. I felt like the dessert was drowning in it. My boyfriend had the creme brulee, as the other options were of no interest to him. It was alright. The presentation was pretty awful. The taste was alright I suppose.

The worst part of the experience had to be the service. I appreciate when waitstaff is attentive, but they just seemed to push the limit. I could count at least 5 different people that came over to ask how everything was. It just gets really annoying after the second or third time, especially when you are there to relax and have a nice meal and conversation. We felt so rushed too. As soon as we finished our appetizers, our entree was handed to us. I felt even worse for the two women next to us. Their desserts were brought out, and when they were halfway through with them someone finally brought over their coffees.

I honestly could not wait to get out of there. I am glad, however, that I did get to finally try X2O, but I definitely plan to keep spending my money elsewhere.

I hope that the restaurant was just having an "off day" or something like that, but I was just not impressed at all, and I am really surprised by all of the great reviews.

Mar 27, 2009
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Lola's Tea House-You've been warned

My boyfriend and I are a fan on tea rooms, so we thought we would try Lola's Tea House in Pelham (it's new to our knowledge). What a waste.

First off, our tea had absolutely no flavor. It tasted like water. We are both know a lot about tea, and when I looked into our teapots, the tea leaves were still left in, which is usually a big no-no. To top it off, the amount of tea leaves they used were microscopic, it was no wonder the tea tasted like hot water.

The food was awful. I tried the smoked salmon sandwich, which was supposed to come on "artisan whole wheat" but when I got it, it was regular plain sliced untoasted white bread. So it kept sticking to the roof of my mouth. Ugh. Also, the sandwich was supposed to come with a "light wasabi sour cream spread" which to my knowledge, was not on the sandwich. The sandwich was really tiny, and at $7.50, you think they could do a little better. I also got a salad with mine, which was flavorful, but it was so tiny (that in itself was $6).

My meal was nothing compared to my boyfriend's though. He ordered the soup and spinach quiche. I knew the quiche would be small, but this piece made "small" look huge. It was also cold in the middle. The soup, which was "roasted red pepper and tomato" sounded awfully familiar to me, and when my boyfriend got it-I remembered that this is the same EXACT soup Trader Joe's sells in a box. For $3.95 for a small bowl of Trader Joe's soup, they have got to be making a huge profit on that alone. To top it off, the soup was cold just like the quiche. Ugh. The bill came to $36.40 and we were both so hungry after that. Neither of us even bothered to finish our teas.

The service was awful too. No one bothered to come and ask how anything was or if we needed anything. One person was behind the counter talking to what looked like friends, and the other was too busy in the kitchen making all the food. My boyfriend finally had to go up to the counter and to pay the bill.

We have always went to Silver Tips Tea Room in Tarrytown, and that is something I definitely recommend to all. They always have hot, fresh, flavorful, homemade soups that are always vegetarian. Their sandwiches are huge and I absolutely love their Mediterranean (black olive spread with basil and cream cheese) or their Tarry chicken (chicken with a hit of barbeque sauce). They have delicious wraps too, their Marakesh (vegetarian) is so delicious with lots of fresh cabbage and lentils with balsamic tomtoes and peppers. Mmm. Their teas are always brewed to perfection too. Plus their prices are beyond reasonable for the portions they give you.

I was excited to think that maybe Lola's would be another tea place we could frequent, but what a let down it was. I really do feel bad for the place. I mean, if someone takes the initiative to open up a place, I don't understand why they would let the food be so bad. To be fair, their desserts looked quite good, but I was so disgusted with the place by that point that I didn't even bother to try anything. Maybe other people have had different experiences their, but I definitely do not recommend it. Try Silver Tips instead!

Mar 10, 2009
bnc in General Tristate Archive

Favorite places for sushi-Westchester

Any suggestions for good, fresh sushi in Westchester?

Mar 08, 2009
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Best Indian lunch buffets in S. Westchester?

I have to disagree with Patang. My boyfriend and I had an awful experience. The seafood curry I ordered was beyond overcooked and the curry sauce itself was so bland and tasteless. Our naan was disgusting and tasted like it had been out in the open for days, and the service was just awful. It was so bad that we had to tell them how bad it was, and they didn't make us pay (we couldn't eat more than a bite each). That is something we have never had to do before, and I hope to never have to do again. Don't waste your time or money.

I would definitely try Malabar Hill in Elmsford. The staff is so friendly there. They always manage to remember my name, and they make sure everyone has whatever they may need. The food is pretty good, and the prices are good too. Their Sunday buffet always has so much to offer.

I like Bengal Tiger a lot, but they have gotten a little pricey. I still venture there, just not as much as previous years.

Mar 08, 2009
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Thai House in Smithtown

Did anyone else used to frequent Thai House in Smithtown as much as my boyfriend and I did? It is a shame that it closed down a few months ago. I know it is under new ownership. I have yet to try it since we now live in Westchester. Anyone try it or have any experiences? I just really miss Atiya and Chef Mike. Best Pad Kae Mao I've ever had.

Feb 27, 2009
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Thai recommendations?

Tomatillo in Dobbs Ferry makes wonderful burritos and such.

Thai House is the only Thai place I know of. Their stuff is decent, but I too would like something better.

Feb 26, 2009
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Cold Spring, NY?

I would definitely recommend Les Bouchon. Their food has always been wonderful, and I love their pomme frites, especially with their mustard! So delicious.

Feb 25, 2009
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Huntington/Northport Area

Bistro Cassis is a really nice French place. Their website is -www.bistrocassis.com

I really like the Shipwreck in Northport for breakfast. They make excellent whole wheat pancakes/waffles with fresh fruit and real maple syrup. My only frustration there is how hectic it can be, but the food makes up for it.

House of India makes some great Indian food. Their website is www.houseofindiarestaurant.com

Ariana makes really good Afghani food, and if I remember correctly, I think they have a buffet too.

European Republic Restaurant is a nice place to just grab some fries and a nice wrap or sandwich. They are known for their selection of dipping sauces. They usually have about 15-20 a day. My favorite has always been the Jamaican curry.

Maroni's in Northport has excellent Italian food. www.maronicuisine.com. And right up the street from Maroni's is a cute little Ice Cream shop that makes great ice creams. I forget the name, but you can't really miss it.

Feb 23, 2009
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Comfort in Hastings on Hudson - Food Value in Westchester

I've been here a few times, and it just doesn't seem to be that great.

The first time I did take out. I got their veggie burger and a side of their kale. So I ordered, paid, and only then did the 16 year old waitress tell me that it was going to take at least 20 minutes for my order. Perhaps she should've mentioned that before I paid, but I was hopeful that the burger would make up for the amount of time I had to stand there. I was wrong. The burger wasn't very flavorful, and it fell apart and seemed to be too large for the bun. To their credit, the kale was nice.

I've eaten there a couple times inside, hoping that would be better, but it wasn't. It is always so chaotic with the kitchen being right next to the tables. It is awfully cold in there too, especially with the door constanrly opening and closing. They even had space heaters next to some of the tables because they obviously know just how cold it is in there.

I got their chicken breast recently, and it was definitely overcooked. My boyfriend got the pork tenderloin sandwich, but nothing came with it. Not even some mixed greens. The waitress had to be no older than 17 and could barely handle our table and the table next to ours. No glasses were refilled and when I asked for the honey mustard and their "Spicy finger" sauce, she replied with "Huh? What's that?" and proceeded to hand me a jar of hot sauce. The table next to us seemed to be disappointed too, because they asked for a side of cornbread, which for some reason they didn't have that day, and then the table asked for another side, which the restaurant didn't seem to have either. Finally the waitress had to write down all the sides they didn't have that day, which seemed to be quite a lot.

I was hopeful that it would be a nice new place to go to, but's definitely not a place I would recommend.

Feb 22, 2009
bnc in New York State (exc. NYC)

Port Jefferson ?

Salsa Salsa is a pretty good place. It's not an authentic Mexican restaurant, but they always have really good specials and their soups are amazing. Their portions are huge too. A good deal for the money. Their website is salsasalsa.net

The Tiger Lily cafe is great. It's a bit small, but during this time of the year it shouldn't be too busy. They make excellent sandwhiches. I love their provencal sandwhich. They also make really great fresh fruit and veggie juices. Their website is tigerlilycafe.com

Feb 18, 2009
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Tired of the same ol' thing. Need new suggestions.

My boyfriend and I are looking to go somewhere new this Saturday for either a lunch or dinner. We are open to any kind of cuisine.

Some of our favorites in Westchester include Mima (Irvington), Malabar Hill (Elmsford), Santorini (Sleepy Hollow), & the Tarry Lodge (Port Chester).

We're not really interested in anything like 42 or X20. We were thinking about Espana in Larchmont, but we are open for some new suggestions for this weekend and the future.

Feb 18, 2009
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Any cuban or dominican food restuarants in westchester county?

Try Belle Havana in Yonkers on Main St.

Feb 17, 2009
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