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Sushi grade fish source in Westchester

Thanks for the suggestions all!

Sushi grade fish source in Westchester

This would certainly be more convenient for me than some of the other places. Any tips for a novice sushi maker? :)

Sushi grade fish source in Westchester

Someone gave my husband a sushi making kit for Christmas and he wants to finally try it. Does anyone know of a place in Westchester that specifically sells sushi grade fish? My quick search turned up Daido in White Plains, Nijiya in Hartsdale, and JJR Highridge Fishery in Yonkers. Any firsthand experiences with these places?


Hudson Valley Restaurant Week - March 9-22, 2015

I tip 30% for restaurant week as opposed to 20% normally. In general I'm pretty tolerant (perhaps overly tolerant) of not-amazing service as long as the food is good. I can only think of two places in Westchester where our service has been so bad and aggravating that I have voted with my feet and will never, ever return unless they go under new management (Birdsall House and Gleason's, and neither were RW experiences).

I did mention in this thread feeling rushed at my two meals. While I definitely found that significant enough to mention, I didn't deduct tip for it. My thought is the meal would have cost significantly more on a regular night. Also, for better or worse, I don't expect the service to be stellar during RW, nor do I take it as a representation of a non-RW week experience.

I still do feel like Rivermarket did themselves a disservice by rushing my table as they probably could have gotten another round of (pricey) drinks out of us and they were certainly not full or lacking tables (there were literally no other people in the section we were in). They were on such auto-pilot with service that they didn't take time to read the table and potentially pull in an even bigger bill/tip. North is more understandable as they were a full house on a Friday and I'm sure were going to turn our table once if not twice more.

Peekskill Ramen - Ramenesque

Thanks Elisa! I'm down that way often so I will check it out. It's been way too long since I've been to H mart!

Peekskill Ramen - Ramenesque

I stopped by Ramenesque recently for a quick bite with my husband. The place itself is adorable and the owner and her daughter (I think?) are really nice. I was a bit underwhelmed by the service and the food. We had to wait quite a while to get our salads. Once they did came we were quite surprised at how good (very fresh ingredients, good flavors) they were for 3 or 4 dollars. The ramen was a mixed bag. I've had it in Manhattan on several occasions at places known for their ramen and there really is no comparison whatsover here as the OP noted. My husband's nontraditional tom yum ramen had a really delicious broth (not as fiery as noted on the menu; had I known that, I would have gone with it), half an egg, assorted veggies, pork, and noodles. Mine was nowhere near as good. My shoyu broth was lacking almost any flavor whatsoever and in desperate need of salt. In fact, every accompaniment with it also needed salt. At $10 a bowl this is a nice place for a sit down meal but I don't think I'd order ramen again except for the tom yum version.

Hudson Valley Restaurant Week - March 9-22, 2015

Rivermarket's RW menu wasn't thrilling but everything was delicious. We were rushed even though the restaurant wasn't full (because of the snow) which I didn't understand especially since we were ordering drinks and if they had let us linger we would have probably ordered more. Food highlights were the gnocchi appetizer, lobster bisque (not much actual lobster bits but flavorful and perfectly seasoned bisque), short ribs. Salmon and chicken were well prepared but more standard. Dessert highlight was the bread pudding with a very very boozy creme anglaise.

Their beer list, cocktail menu, and wine list all deserve mention as being exceptional. I especially love the fact that after dinner I was able to go next door to the wine shop and buy the wine I'd had. I'd definitely go back for RW and while it's in general too pricey for me for a regular meal I still like having bites and drinks at the bar.

Restauranting during SXSW

Rptrane, I was planning on driving from Austin to Lockhart for lunch one day my husband and I are there next month (we'll be there 5 days/nights). It sounded like it'd be a really fun experience. Do you think we'll wish we'd spent our time elsewhere?

Hudson Valley Restaurant Week - March 9-22, 2015

Thanks Misterbill. :) Enjoy your meals!

Hudson Valley Restaurant Week - March 9-22, 2015

This past Friday I had another great meal at North for RW, though the service was a bit lackluster. They do not dial down the quality of the food for RW although we did feel a bit rushed. Highlights were my beet carpaccio, very well balanced overall, and the pumpkin polenta cake, which stole a bit of the spotlight from my all time favorite dessert there, the cookie skillet. I prefer my non-RW meals there but at that price I can't complain much!

Best fine dining: Westchester restaurant recommendation?

Primosprimos, did you have a similar waiter? He was a bit gruff but took good care of our table.

We stayed away from the more expensive entrees. They don't offer their lunch menu on Sundays, which we weren't expecting. The dinner menu is quite expensive. My friends' and husband's entrees were the cheapest (in the low $20s) and I chose two appetizers for my meal (sardines and the shrimp). The fresh fish and other fish entrees are quite pricey.

Best fine dining: Westchester restaurant recommendation?

I've never had Croatian food either. It has elements that are similar to Greek and Italian food. My husband had a gnocchi with veal stew that was outstanding and the gnocchi itself was better than much of the gnocchi we've had at Italian restaurants. The menu is very seafood heavy (they come around with the raw catch of the day) and the flavors are light and clean. The salmon, sardines, and shrimp were all very fresh and simply prepared. Desserts reminded us more of French desserts, with light crepes filled with ice cream and nutella, and a delicious puff pastry filled with pastry cream.

The service was a bit idiosyncratic (the guy was sort of grouchy and opinionated, but in an endearing way, plus he sent us a free dessert at the end). The interior is very attractive, with lots of wood and a subtle nautical theme. Lots of light and the tables are not too close together. We were there for lunch so we didn't have any drinks but the Croatian wine list looks intriguing.

Too bad it's such a schlep for me (took almost 40 min to get there) because I definitely want to go back.

Best fine dining: Westchester restaurant recommendation?

I just had a really great meal at Dubrovnik, good call... not sure how their wine list is though.

Recommend me a great restaurant for dinner tonight near the Rivertowns in Westchester

Twisted oak for sure... Although I like mp too. Not a fan of red hat...

Hudson Valley Restaurant Week - March 9-22, 2015

Here's the North (Armonk) menu. I'll be there this week and Rivermarket next week.


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Bedford, New York: 3 questions/requests for recommendations

Existing discussion is here for those who'd like to see what has been recommended already.


Surprise Birthday for 18 year old in Westchester

Fortina or polpettina

Twisted Oak in Tarrytown - any comments?

My husband and I had another great meal at Twisted Oak on Saturday. This time we were seated in the back room, which needs work in terms of acoustics... it was really hard to hear. However, the food was excellent. Creamy mushroom bisque with arugula pesto, and rabbit rillette croquettes served with a brussels sprouts salad with candied pecans to start. We shared two entrees, the risotto with cabbage, goat cheese, apple (maybe?), and some sort of crispy pork product-- excellent flavors-- and a perfectly pink pork tenderloin (I think) with mashed potatoes and baby greens. The entrees are a bit pricey (the pork was $30ish) but they are large and could serve two if you're having a bunch of small plates too (which I would recommend).

The dessert was a perfect vanilla bean panna cotta and a little play on PB&J with a berry compote on top and delicious dense peanut butter gelato on the side.

My husband had a great beer from a brand new Tarrytown microbrewery, Duncan's Abbey, and I enjoyed my sauvignon blanc.

Service was less scattered than last time.

I really wish they would post their menus on Facebook or somewhere as it would be nice to have an idea of what they have any given day. However, given how much we have enjoyed everything so far, a little surprise isn't so bad.

How does my itinerary look? Excited for five days in Austin in April!

Too bad we'll miss that... sounds fun!

How does my itinerary look? Excited for five days in Austin in April!

We want to see a band at Hole in the Wall on the Thursday so I figured we'd check out the one right there.

How does my itinerary look? Excited for five days in Austin in April!

Wow, my husband will go crazy for this... I'm going to have to carry him home since it's near Austin Beerworks.

How does my itinerary look? Excited for five days in Austin in April!

Yes! Maria's is on my list. So much food so little time! WHat's special about Sundays though?

How does my itinerary look? Excited for five days in Austin in April!

Thanks for the ideas GOTW! I don't think we are going to end up doing Dai Due Thursday night anyway. There's a show we want to see at Hole in the Wall that night and I don't think we'll have time to stop there on our way back from our day trip.

I made an Odd Duck reservation for the Tuesday. Looking at the menu for Barley Swine, I don't think I could handle it and have room for drinks (not to mention ice cream) after. Gourdoughs is definitely on my list! We missed Voodoo Doughnuts in Portland, OR (line was too long) and this sounds just as ridiculously decadent!

How does my itinerary look? Excited for five days in Austin in April!


USDA introduces new maple syrup grading system

Thank you for posting this!

New to Mount Kisco, need the lay of the land

Fresh produce is pretty scarce right now and will continue to be for several months. That said, the indoor winter Pleasantville farmers' market is a great (though often chaotic) place to shop for dinner ingredients. I would definitely check out Kittle House for your breakfast reservation. La Tulipe is a must for breakfast pastries. Have fun!

How does my itinerary look? Excited for five days in Austin in April!

Yeah, I am anticipating we won't have room for all the food I listed. I have a chronic case of eyes bigger than my stomach. Unfortunately the only day jester king is open that we are there is the Friday and that's non negotiable. I do like the idea of a bbq dinner instead of lunch that day to mix it up a little and spread out our heavy eating. Thanks!

How does my itinerary look? Excited for five days in Austin in April!

Thank you for the goat tips!! Wow, that cassata ice cream sounds like what I've been searching for (seriously) to no avail! Will definitely check it out.

Austin for 1st time this weekend-recs

Thanks for your report! I made a reservation at Odd Duck for our trip. Sounds delicious from what you said. Can't wait!

How does my itinerary look? Excited for five days in Austin in April!

Thanks so much for the recommendations! I'm pinning them on my map and will research.

Another question... I've been writing down happy hours for various places. I have a lot so far...Lambert's, Parkside, Salty Sow, Firehouse, Driskill, Peche, Licha's (thanks lixlix), La Condesa, Salt and Time, Jeffrey's, Uchi, Freedmen's, Swift's Attic, Hole in the Wall... any more of note?

Also, I would love to have some goat (not very common here)... are there any places (Mexican or otherwise) you all know of? Found La Fruta Feliz so far.

Oh, and ice cream... because... well...!