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wait before you go to MP TAVERNA [Irvington]

MP Taverna has a new Greek tapas happy hour menu served every day from 3-6:30 at the bar and tables near the bar. There is a list of 8 $3 small plates. They also have numerous drink specials. Definitely worth checking out. We enjoyed the pork souvlaki, olives, feta, and beets and yogurt. You could go make a meal of it for sure.

http://michaelpsilakis.com/menus/mp_i...

Places with great service (anywhere in NY State not NYC)

In the past few weeks, I've experienced great service at both MP Taverna in Irvington and Sweet Grass in Tarrytown. MP Taverna was at the bar (which is where we usually sit there) and both bartenders who served us were friendly, helpful, and prompt with food and drinks. They are offering a much more extended happy hour menu that is an excellent value. At Sweet Grass we had a really great waiter who was very knowledgeable about the menu, very friendly, and eager to please. Slightly slower but also pleasant bar service.

Hudson Valley Restaurant Week - Fall 2014, November 3-16

Thanks for the tip on saint George. Are they doing Fridays and Saturdays?

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Great new things at North!! [Armonk]

It's interesting that you mention age. My husband and I also look pretty young (though the birthday approaching in a few months tells me otherwise... eek! haha) and I sometimes wonder how that affects the service we receive. But at North it may just be that we are not regulars. I see the owner or manager or whoever he is and the chef hobknobbing with regulars but they'll never come over to say hello to non-regulars. At X2O (which I haven't been to in a few years) Peter Kelly would always make the effort to come around to many different tables regardless of whether they are regulars or not. At Kittle House, though the service is often very scattered and disorganized, we are ALWAYS treated very, very well even though we are younger than their typical customers and aren't spending big bucks on wine. They seem more interested in cultivating a relationship and making a pleasant experience for the diner. The hostesses are always gracious, polite, and accommodating, and so are the waiters and the kitchen. You feel like they want you to return, whereas at North, if you're not a regular, it's like they don't really care.

Cubanat, interesting thought on bar service.

How much is that dog in the window?

Haha!!

Great new things at North!! [Armonk]

An hour? That's crazy.

You guys are right that there shouldnt be so many caveats/issues for a place like North. The biggest issue to me is it's a neighborhood place catering to people in the neighborhood with prices of a fine dining restaurant. The food has been excellent in my experience (and I haven't had the same inconsistencies notes by others but that may just be luck) but I go maybe four times a year, two of which are for Restaurant Week. I am not their target demographic and I guess that the regulars that go often can reconcile the prices with the often too-casual atmosphere but I can't. At that price I want it to be special. A place like The Nomad in Manhattan has a similar price point and the service is amazing and you feel like it's a special experience. As much as I love and recommend Kittle house the service there leaves a lot to be desired. Sadly I have come to expect very little in terms of service locally.

Is the service at the new j-g restaurant good? The bar service at BHSB (it'll be a long time till I make it back to the main restaurant now that the minimum price is like $195) is excellent but that's not a real sit-down meal you can reserve.

Great new things at North!! [Armonk]

I had a really nice meal at North on Sunday. I didn't know that they do not use the upstairs room on Sundays so I was a little wary of sitting downstairs-- the past few times we've been there the downstairs has been really raucous. It was rather loud when we arrived but they put us at a table where the noise was blocked a bit by a partition. It definitely wasn't as sedate as the upstairs room, that's for sure, and so I probably wouldn't go back on a Sunday.

The food was excellent. I agree that it's annoying that of the two kinds of bread they offer one is gluten free but obviously there must be a big demand for gluten free there with their regulars so I guess that is just smart business on their part. The gluten-full bread is their amazing and buttery focaccia served with mint and sweet corn butter. The hazelnut encrusted egg served with vegetables was delicious though it is a bit precious for the price (very small portion). My husband went for a braised lamb appetizer which was cooked and served in a cute Staub cocotte and could have been an entree with a side order. It was tender and flavorful. He went on to have the burger (which he couldn't finish, surprise surprise, after all the lamb!) which was stupendous with bacon jelly and heavily herbed fries. The burger was nicely seared outside and had a juicy pink interior. My veal was very tender and came on top a generous bed of seasonal vegetables, including carrots, kale, and a potato puree (that was a touch too salty for me).

We usually go for the cookie skillet but kept it light this time with their gorgeously textured panna cotta and peaches and meringue. A somewhat less calorific end to the meal than their sinful cookie skillet.

The beer on tap was served at optimal temperature and freshness, the cocktail list is varied and interesting, and my glass of sancerre was wonderful.

Service was not as polished or professional as I'd like at a restaurant of this price point. I think it's also the atmosphere of the downstairs area that made our meal there feel a bit more casual than we would have liked (we were celebrating our anniversary). But sitting upstairs would remedy that, which means avoiding Sundays. I definitely would not cross this off the list for an excellent meal for the poster who was looking for one, with the few caveats I listed.

Looking for New Years Eve dinner and stay over in the Hudson Valley

I second Kittle House, though I have never stayed in the inn and I don't personally know anyone who has so I'm not sure what it's like. You could check TripAdvisor.

Cookbook/supplies rec for absolute beginner- kosher and somewhat picky!

Yeah, I am having trouble too (aside from the kosher aspect) since I've been baking and cooking for a long time so I think I take seemingly obvious things for granted. I am excited she wants to learn but definitely don't want to overwhelm her. Thanks for all he suggestions!

Cookbook/supplies rec for absolute beginner- kosher and somewhat picky!

This may be up her alley, thanks!

Cookbook/supplies rec for absolute beginner- kosher and somewhat picky!

Maybe I will ask to have this thread moved there, thanks!

Cookbook/supplies rec for absolute beginner- kosher and somewhat picky!

This is a great idea and I think she would enjoy it! Thanks!

Cookbook/supplies rec for absolute beginner- kosher and somewhat picky!

Hi all,
I'm trying to think of a good present for my dear childhood friend's bridal shower. She mentioned that she would like to learn how to cook now that she is getting married. She has boiled pasta, but beyond that has absolutely zero cooking experience.
They do not keep kosher when they eat out, but as far as I know they will be keeping kosher in their new home together. I only have a limited understanding of what that means. In addition to the kosher restriction, they are a bit picky. I managed to extricate the following information from her. They both eat pasta, chicken, and beef. He does not eat fish, though she does. She adores cheese. They enjoy eating Mexican food and Thai food. She loves brisket. He loves cookies. :)
Does anyone have any recommendations for beginner cookbooks that would be kosher-friendly, or ideas about any other gifts for a complete novice in this case?
Years ago my mom bought me Great Food Fast from Everyday Food, which I think is a pretty good basic cookbook, but I'm not sure how many of the recipes would be considered kosher... time to research!

Affordable Restaurants [Lower Westchester]

What about polpettina? They have other things on the menu other than pizza and it's pretty reasonable.

Peanut, almond and nut butters recalled on fears of salmonella

Thanks for posting this.

good food on the road the western new york

What route are you taking?

hudson restaurant, briarcliff manor, ny

Enjoy! I made a reservation for Saturday but may end up at the Parlor.

hudson restaurant, briarcliff manor, ny

Me too, I wish I could eat out every night but alas... Have you tried the Parlor yet in Dobbs Ferry? I wonder what you'd think of it compared to Fortina. Off topic, ha..

hudson restaurant, briarcliff manor, ny

My husband is more into beer so my wine or cocktails will add more to the tab than his beers... and a $24 glass of wine would probably be lost on me, my palate is not that discerning when it comes to wine! :) Since I cook most of the time, in general we eat out max once a week, sometimes only once every two weeks, so we are definitely usually looking for a date night type place and a three course meal which by definition seems to mean bare minimum $100 for both of us. And I never skip dessert!

hudson restaurant, briarcliff manor, ny

With the groupon I do think it makes it a decent value. We had four drinks so that alone would have been over $40 without the groupon. So $70 for an appetizer, two entrees, a dessert, tax, and tip doesn't strike me as that high. But I guess I have become inured to the fact that we can't seem to go out and spend less than $100 for a decent meal in Westchester (partly because we do like to have a few drinks and like to get appetizers and desserts in addition to entrees). I can think of a few places where it is possible but in Ossining our options are really limited. I'd much rather go to North or Fortina or the Cookery or Kittle House but sometimes we don't feel like driving 20-30 minutes (and that's how long it takes for us to get to all of those places) for a meal so for us this is a decent local option with the groupon. The food wasn't exciting but it was good and it was nicer than going to the windowless Keenan House, for example, and spending probably the same amount for a less nice experience. In no way would I consider this a destination restaurant worth driving out of your way for.

hudson restaurant, briarcliff manor, ny

I used my Groupon here last week. It's a pretty good deal and I would go again with a Groupon, but probably not without one.

The location is great for me, very convenient, and it is really a pretty place with a lot of character that reminds me of Kittle House. We had a fairly early reservation (6:30 pm) so we had our choice of seats in the room to the far left facing the Hudson and the sunset. This was an unexpected surprise as I didn't know they had river views (not sweeping views, but views nonetheless). We chose to sit inside since it was rather warm out but they are offering outdoor seats too. We were the only ones in the room for about 45 minutes, which was nice for us. The tables are spread out which I really like as we were not elbow to elbow with the other diners.

The service was fine, but not polished. Our waitress (an older lady) was very sweet but appeared to be extremely nervous. Someone named Anthony was circulating, maybe a manager or someone? We had no issues with service snafus though the people next to us had trouble getting someone to open their bottle of wine.

Our groupon included two glasses of wine, and the sauvignon blanc I had was wonderful--Jean Paul Malinge 2011 from the Loire Valley. Our shared appetizer included in the Groupon was miniscule: the beet salad was about ten pieces of roasted beets with three tiny crostinis, each with about a teaspoon of goat cheese on them. I wish we had been warned about the size of this, because even though it was tasty, it was comically tiny for two people to share.

Entree portions were fairer and we both really enjoyed ours. The food isn't particularly adventurous or exciting but it was well executed. My duck was cooked perfectly (though lacked the crispy skin I like) over toothsome farro and a rhubarb ginger puree (with some forgettable steamed broccoli that seemed superfluous). My husband's salmon was also cooked perfectly and came in a mustard sauce with more beets and crispy potatoes.

For dessert was a very large, rich brownie cut in half with a scoop of ice cream. Standard, nothing exciting, but a nice brownie that seemed to be homemade.

Including the groupon, two extra drinks, tax, and tip we ended up paying about $110 for the meal, which seems about right. Without the groupon it would have been much, much more expensive and for us this is not special enough to go above what we paid. We really appreciated that they let us linger leisurely and the room was lovely but the food is (in my opinion) not up to the price point on the menu. Also, they are billing it as farm to table so I would love more information on the menu about where they are sourcing their ingredients from.

The bar area is nice and they have a cheaper bar menu so I can see us more likely to go there for a light dinner and some drinks since we are local.

Delirium Cafe Brussels

YES to both Mort and Moeder Lambic! Loved both of them. Delirium wasn't really my scene though you sorta have to go for at least a drink....

Aug 17, 2014
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Root & Bone

I searched but didn't find a thread or much at all related to Root & Bone, so I thought I'd do a quick post about my great brunch there last week.

I went to the sister restaurant, Yardbird, in Miami a few years ago and loved it. I was thrilled that a similar restaurant would be opening here. So I gathered up some friends and headed over for brunch.

We got there a couple minutes before they opened at 11 and there were already about 10 people in front of us. They won't seat you until your whole party is there so we had to wait for someone who was delayed. Because of that, there were no tables left but the four of us sat at the counter seats next to each other. It wasn't ideal for sharing, but at least we didn't have to wait.

We shared a ton of things and almost everything was great. Seemingly simple things are embellished in very creative ways without taking away from the integrity of the dishes. For example, the cornbread is served with clotted cream and delicious preserves. Delicious on its own, the cornbread was even better with the toppings. Same went for the airy biscuits-- almost textbook perfect on their own, but elevated to another level dipped in the chicken jus and sesame seeds. The salad was a gorgeous array of seasonal veggies including a rainbow of neon peppery radishes.

We also ordered the mac and cheese, waffle fries, two chicken and waffle sandwich orders (total of 4 mini ones), and the waffles benedict. I'm not a huge fried chicken person but it was tasty (my fried chicken obsessed friend said it was close to perfect in her eyes). Not too greasy and the coating was crispy and flavorful. I preferred taking apart the sandwich and eating the components separately-- especially with the addition of the suggested (amazing) syrup it just ended up falling apart and was too difficult to eat. The waffles are really too delicate to be used as bread. The waffles benedict I loved-- the combination of the waffle and egg with the syrup on top was over the top rich and delicious. Mac and cheese came out gooey and cheesy with a really nice crunchy crumb topping. The fries I could have done without but I liked the remoulade.

We had the ice cream sandwich and the banana bread for dessert. The best part of either dessert was the strawberry ice cream sandwiched between the fresh baked chocolate chip cookies. I've been making an embarrassingly large amount of homemade ice cream this summer and I neeeeeed this ice cream recipe. Unbelievable. I'm not really into banana desserts but my friends liked it.

Cocktails were somewhat forgettable and the beer list is not great.

Our server was really, really friendly and chatty (in a good way) and all the hosts and bussers were friendly too. It got very crowded and there is not much aisle room for passing. Our waitress said the only time the crowds die down is really late at night, like 11, so keep that in mind.

We had a really great time and enjoyed our meal here as much if not more than Yardbird (probably more because with four of us we were able to try so much of the menu). Can't wait to go back...

Nice dinner @ Fortina in Armonk

So... I haven't been here in months. Maybe since New Year's, I can't remember. How have recent meals been?

Hudson Valley Restaurant Recommendations

Have you tried a search on this board? This question is asked frequently and I'm sure you could find lots of options.

Sunday Croton Farmers Market

Pura Vida (at Pville and Ossining) has spoiled me so much.... one week I missed the market and bought fish at Whole Foods and I was so disappointed-- I realized right then how much I take the freshness and quality of Pura Vida for granted!

What is the name of the place at the Croton market?

"Back" button, still not working right.

On my phone I sometimes have to click back up to three times for it to actually work. This only happens with chowhound...

Crabtree Kittle House [Chappaqua]

Glad to hear it. We just ate there tonight . It's a reliable and pleasant experience, always. I'm done with Birdsall. We spend the same and are always rushed or something is disappointing.

Also it's easy to get 1000 point open table reservations which are basically worth $10.