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Toddler Friendly suggestions Lower Westchester

Polpettina in Eastchester more than doubled their seating capacity with the changing of the next door market into an additional dining area. They still don't take reservations but if you go at at off time you'd probably be fine.

Larchmont location takes reservations.

Twisted Oak in Tarrytown - any comments?

I imagine if you got there early you'd be fine. They open at 5:30 and the show this past Saturday started at 8. If you got there at 5:30 and ordered pretty quickly, I'm sure you'd be done by 7:30. You could always skip dessert (though it's hard for me to say that! haha).

I concur about the ads. I have adblock on my computer but looking at CH on my phone is an exercise in futility.

Fortina opening in Rye Brook

I have noticed their beer seems overpriced. Their online menu is not completely up to date so I wouldn't be surprised if the restaurant menu said $11.

I'm Angry and I'm not Taking it Anymore! Westchester NY

Rivermarket is an example of a place with cocktails that are completely worth it and comparable to NYC (price but also quality). Sit at the bar there and watch them make cocktails-- I don't know the guy's name, but the main bartender there is like an artist! Blue Hill's bar and North in Armonk also make incredible cocktails that are well worth the price tag.

On a less positive note, I had a horrific cocktail at Tarry Lodge recently. It was listed on the menu as a "specialty" winter cocktail and I watched the bartender literally take a bucket from beneath the bar and pour from the bucket into my glass. I will NEVER order a cocktail there again-- what a joke.

Twisted Oak in Tarrytown - any comments?

I had a really great meal at Twisted Oak on Saturday. Searching for reservations last Monday I came upon a 7:30 reservation at Twisted Oak so I grabbed it. When Saturday came, I was about to cancel it due to the lack of menu and the "unknown" of it but my husband convinced me to go.

Service- a bit slow, but extremely friendly and accommodating. Our table wasn't ready till probably close to 8 but we were seated comfortably at a high top by the bar while we waited. Once we were seated our meal was leisurely. This is not a place for a quick meal.

Atmosphere- the space lacks a bit of character, except for the area closest to the bar. It still seems like a work in progress. They need to establish a host station with a dedicated host at the front of the restaurant like they have at North so that people aren't just standing around in the foyer waiting for someone to come and seat them.

Drinks- beer list is pretty boring but has some good basics like Capt. Lawrence Liquid Gold. There's a nice cocktail list and my Aviation cocktail wasn't as good as at Fortina or RIvermarket, but it was quite good (and potent). The wine list BTG is decent and the price point is fair starting at $10.

Food- this is where Twisted Oak really shines. We loved everything we ate. We started with the rabbit meatballs-- four small tender meatballs in a fragrant broth/sauce. The potato leek soup was also great. For entrees, my husband had tagliatelle with a pork ragu and kale. The pasta is made in house and the sauce was rich and creamy. My entree was the winner, though, we agreed- the short rib over oats. The short rib was fork tender and moist. A bit pricey but not a skimpy portion at all. For dessert, we had trouble deciding but we went with the smores pudding, which was a rich chocolate pudding topped with graham crumbles and toasted marshmallow... a perfect sweet ending.

Overall this was a great meal and a fun night out. I will definitely be returning. I do wish they would post a sample menu online. The entrees are pretty pricey for this to be a regular spot for us-- most are about $30, except for the pastas, which are a little cheaper.

I'm Angry and I'm not Taking it Anymore! Westchester NY

The Parlor in Dobbs has good cocktails-- they bottle some of them. They range between $11-$12. Link: http://media.wix.com/ugd/ca759e_544cb...

Fortina makes great cocktails and I swear they are so strong they are like having two. Their Aviation is pricey but one of my favorites. I'm a lightweight though. :)

Anniversary dinner in Lower Westchester

I had a great meal at Twisted Oak on Saturday. I'll post separately on that thread. One thing is that it was sort of loud when we got there (7:30) but it seemed more mellow after 8:30 or so. The food was excellent.

I usually go to North with my husband for our anniversary, and we have frequent date nights at Kittle House Tap Room, which I find cozy.

Fortina opening in Rye Brook

Glad to hear you had a good experience! Those Brussels sprouts are incredible! Can't wait to get there in a couple weeks.

Hopscotch. Anyone been yet? [Croton-on-Hudson]

I completely forgot to post about a meal I had at Hopscotch several months ago. It's really annoying to me there is no menu available online. We dropped by and looked at the menu and I really was not inclined to stay but my husband convinced me to try it. It is quite pricey for such a casual atmosphere. The food was creative and all delicious (especially a fish main that I can't recall the details of)... perhaps a bit too creative for Croton as we witnessed some people getting up and leaving after finding the menu too out there. Also, the menu doesn't really seem cohesive. It's very limited and the non-vegetarian/pasta entrees are all in the $30s which seems outrageous to me given you feel like you're eating in a cafeteria.

Until they post a menu online and I feel enticed by it I won't be returning. They're doing themselves a huge disservice by not posting the menu (or at least a representative sample menu) online, in my opinion.

Fortina opening in Rye Brook

Fortina has opened inRye Brook!

Costco in Yorktown Heights?

Thanks for posting! It'll be nice to have an alternative to the Costco in Yonkers. I've just entered the Costco phase of my life. :)

I don't go to Whole Foods too much but when I do I like the one in Ridge Hill. I'm not a fan of Ridge Hill on the whole but to get to Whole Foods you don't really have to enter the fray on the main street, and the parking lot never seems to be crowded. It's actually a pretty pleasant shopping experience.

Cocktail party eats -- a report

Sort of off topic, but I've made two Saveur recipes recently (goat cheese truffles and mini crisps for a smoked salmon appetizer) where the quantity they noted the recipe was supposed to make was ridiculously wrong. I was really annoyed and it has definitely turned me off their recipes!

Looks like a great party!

Tagine (Croton-on-Hudson) accepts reservations now

Have you been lately, Elisa? I haven't been in about a year and a half. I wasn't that happy with what I got that time but I'd make a repeat visit with some recent good reports...

coconut milk, northern westchester?

Have you tried CTown in Ossining? Not an Asian market of course, but they do have a wide variety of ethnic groceries.

Westchester Wish-list

I also like LaMonicas.

Pear desserts

I made the whiskey pear tart from one of the Baked cookbooks yesterday and it was a big hit!

blood oranges- westchester?

Has anyone seen them anywhere?

Nice dinner @ Fortina in Armonk

Another great meal at Fortina. We had six people so we shared a ton of things and had an amazing celebratory dinner.

Highlights:
*brussels sprouts- their wood-fired veggies are outstanding. I can't believe I'm even saying this but these sprouts were one of the favorite dishes of the night (at a table including two hardcore carnivores). Served with an addicting dipping sauce. Do not overlook the vegetable sides at Fortina (the cauliflower was also great though not as mindblowing)!!
*tenderoni- my personal favorite pizza, just a perfect combination of flavors- spicy, sweet, salty
*baked ziti- ordered as an afterthought, and fought over to the very last bite. Creamy, crunchy at the edges, cheesy, al dente. Wow.
*bread pudding- the trained pastry chef at our table declared this the best bread pudding he's ever had, and I have to agree-- you must taste this buttery creation to believe it.

We shared a couple other pizzas, two salads (love the fresh ingredients and nicely sized portions for sharing), the meatballs, the braciole, the tartufo, and the tiramisu. Beer and wine flowed and they have my favorite cocktail (Aviation) on the menu, pricey but potent and delicious.

They seem to send out free "shots" (more mini drinks than shots) of delicious sangria to bigger groups, which we loved, and they offered to buy us drinks when we were finished, which we took them up on. They clearly wanted the table but we had been there a long time at that point so we were ready to go anyway. The bar area was packed and they were sending around servers with strombolis and pieces of pizza to feed the hungry masses.

I'll be back New Year's Eve. This is definitely the place in Westchester for a festive evening out with excellent food!

Campagna Bedford Post- First Take

I usually don't like tiramisu but I sampled an excellent petite version at Fortina last weekend. In fact, I should go over to the Fortina thread to post about our amazing meal there. Yum.

Campagna Bedford Post- First Take

I'm glad you enjoyed. I have to disagree about the price point being similar to the COokery, though, having just been back to the Cookery this week. For example, the Cookery has (generous) pours of wine starting at only $10 per glass. The pasta portions at the Cookery are all under $20 and are actually a generous dinner sized portion, which I did not find to be the case at Campagna. Also, the actual appetizers at the Cookery are all in the low teens, some even under $10.

Of course at Campagna you are paying for the beautiful atmosphere and the almost flawless service, and the Cookery is much more casual. I'd say there's little to compare between the two other than the food is good at both.

What'd you have for dessert? I'm still thinking about our blood orange tart there and trying to figure out how to recreate it at home.

Pomegranate Molasses Butter Cake, The New York Times Cooking Recipe

Thank you for posting this. I have a rarely used container of pomegranate molasses in my kitchen and I'm looking forward to trying this recipe!

I bought it to use with cooking with Ottolenghi's books but it's gone mostly unused so far.

Appetizer meatballs for molasses sauce

Can you please post the recipe link? Sounds good!

Crabtree Kittle House [Chappaqua]

Only for today KH is selling 50$ gift cards for $40. You must buy two at a time.

Thanksgiving Guests! What are you bringing?

We are in charge of the cornbread stuffing, a huge tray of it. I also made a mixed platter of dark chocolate brownies, candy bar Blondies, and bourbon spiked pecan pie "truffles."

Campagna Bedford Post- First Take

Hahaha!!!! My husband turned to me as we are leaving and whispered, "Who are these people-- Where are we!??!?" He's an upstate transplant and has lived in Westchester with me for almost 10 years, and he said that Campagna was what people who are not from Westchester imagine when they think of Westchester. We were happy to go back to humble Ossining! Ha.

Ooh, have fun at Kittle House! I'm celebrating my birthday in the tap room next week, can't wait!

Campagna Bedford Post- First Take

Maybe the crowd skewed older because our reservation was at 6:30? There was one other couple about our age (30s) and the rest were considerably older. But regardless of the age, yes really a different crowd than we are used to. The 1% is alive and well at Campagna.... :)

Campagna Bedford Post- First Take

I had dinner with my husband at Campagna on Saturday. Overall I enjoyed it but I can't see myself returning often due to the price.

Atmosphere-
I love the old building and the interior is beautiful. Acoustics are not great; it is quite loud. The two tops against the bench in the room to the right of the entrance are way too close together. Once both tables on either side of us were occupied we were ready to go because it was a little too cozy.

Service-
The service was excellent. You can see that they are trained well, and we were treated very well, despite the fact that our bill was probably half of the average bill here. The manager came around to every table to say hello, truffles or no truffles, and asked our feedback when we left.

Crowd-
We felt very out of place here. The crowd definitely skews to an older crowd and there are lots of big spenders. As I said, people were ordering truffle shavings and expensive bottles of wine left and right. It was just not our kind of place.

Food-
Food quality was excellent; portion size was not great. The size of our appetizers were fine. My salad was wonderful but at $14 not a great value; my husband loved his pork terrine but at $18 could have come with more accoutrements. The pastas are definitely not intended to be main courses, despite their pricing in the $20s. I had the risotto with barolo and bone marrow, a flavorful and toothsome rendition which brought me back to a meal I ate in Italy. The portion was fine for me for dinner since I don't have a huge appetite, but I couldn't figure out what on the plate was costing over $20, since there was not an abundance of risotto and 4 tiny thin pieces of meat. Maybe really expensive Barolo was used to make it...!? My husband's fusilli was even more mystifyingly priced, over $20 for a plate of (albeit delicious and perfectly al dente homemade) fusilli with ricotta and pork ragu. I would NOT recommend going here starving and ordering pasta as your entree. We were not starving so we were fine with the portions, and it left us room for dessert, which was an outstanding blood orange tart in a buttery crust, served with tart blood orange sorbet. One of the best desserts I've had all year.

Drinks-
Limited beer menu, though my husband liked the Piedmont beer selections. Wine list BTG is very pricey. Agree with WCG that the pours are not terribly generous. The Sonoma Pinot Noir I had was fine but $16 and sells by the bottle for only a couple dollars more than that, and the pour was skimpy. And not great enough to order another glass at $16!

Price-
This meal was not a great value. We were in and out in an hour and a half and it didn't have a special occasion feel. Definitely not romantic due to the very close proximity to our neighbors. We could hear every word of their conversations and they ours. I'd go back to the bar for a plate of pasta and dessert, but I'm more at home at Fortina, the Cookery, or Tarry Lodge for Italian.

duck fat in Westchester?

www.hudsonvalleyduckfarm.com

I have gotten the duck bacon numerous times (for a special pizza I like to make), which I love, and duck meat once or twice. I think the quality is very good.

Not sure they'll be at the winter market.

Thanksgiving Guests! What are you bringing?

Can you post more details on that pie? Im intrigued!

duck fat in Westchester?

I think the duck vendor at the Pleasantville Farmers' Market sells duck fat. Also, I think Whole Foods does... or at least they carry other D'Artagnan products. You could call.