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Best Pizza in Westchester (again)

Believe it or not, the best pizza in Westchester may actually be in Rockland County, and in New City no less, in a small shopping center to the north of the main drag (near a Citibank) -- the place is called Agnello's, it's only been open for a year or two(but it originated in Brooklyn, I believe). Coal-fired, paper thin crust properly charred yet still some chew, fresh mozzarella, fresh (just enough) tomato sauce. As good as just about any I've had, and I've been to a lot of the (known) best in the northeast. If you have any reason to be near there and craving pizza, give it a try.

Sweetgrass Grill in Tarrytown sort of open!!!

I really can't believe all the carping -- geez, I've been to any number of restaurants, from modest to fine dining, during their opening weeks and rare is the one without numerous kinks to be worked out. Plus all the carping about kids -- not that atmosphere doesn't matter, but if you care so much, just go to dinner after 8 pm (they're open late).

What counts here is the food -- my wife and I went to dinner last week (on a Thursday at 9:30, btw, with the dining room 1/3 filled and no kids in sight). The chicken soup was nothing short of superb, perhaps the best soup we've ever had, the arctic cod was absolutely wonderful, and the brownie desert sublime. We also had the sausage with white beans, which was excellent, though perhaps not everyone's cup of tea, and a fine spinach salad with poached egg. As good a meal (actually better) as we've had just about anywhere, including such starred eateries as the Gramercy Tavern. The service was attentive and polite, if not polished, but it's not that type of place. And all of this with three drinks and 2 coffees for $80.

The only negatives were that the room is noisy, the chairs not terribly comfortable, and the napkins thin paper (I'd expect the latter to improve). But such minor shortcomings pale in comparison to the incredibly well-prepared, creative and marvelous food, delivered at way-more-than reasonable prices.