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Are Sub Zero refrigerators worth the price?

When I gutted and redid my kitchen a few years ago, I learned a bit about this stuff. From what I understand, the only difference between a Sub Zero and other fridges are that the Sub Zero doesn't mix air between the refrigeration side and the freezer side. This is good because food odors from the refrigerator don't get into your frozen food and, most importantly, ice.

To some people, this is a big deal, to me, it wasn't. I got a GE built in (I know you said you didn't like those) which was still pretty pricey, I think it was $4000, which 8 years in has recently required a repair which ended up being just under $1000. The lessons I've learned from buying high end appliances are that they are NOT worth the money and are generally a big rip off. The only high end appliance that I've owned that has performed well with no repairs needed is my Bosch dishwasher. It's also so quiet that you don't even know it's on.

After zillions of problems with my expensive washing machines, I finally just went on line, ordered the least expensive washing machine for the size I needed, and guess what? It washes the clothes exactly the same way! And, I can buy a new one for what it cost me to repair the old one's once.

Nov 19, 2010
touchdown in Cookware

Place for classic cocktails in White Plains or elsewhere in lower Westchester?

Harvest-on-Hudson has excellent bartenders, even if the food is mediocre. They also open up an outdoor bar in the summer, although the bartender out there is usually B team. I'm not sure what reasonably priced means to you but Harvest is an excellent place for cocktails.

Aug 02, 2010
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New Bar-b-que restaurant - Hartsdale

LOL . When is the vegan BBQ place going to open?

Aug 02, 2010
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Red Hat on the River in Irvington worth trying?

Have you been there recently? I love the location of half moon and they have good drinks but the last time I was there (last summer or fall) the food wasn't so good. It had been much better the first times I was there. If they've improved the food that's great.

Jul 16, 2010
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Red Hat on the River in Irvington worth trying?

If you are trying to reserve on open table or something similar don't bother, call them directly. I had a conversation with the owner about electronic reservations and he says he hates them and only lists times like 5:30 and 9:30 on it. Usually they keep a few tables open for walk in anyway.

Jul 16, 2010
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LA Hound transplanted to Sleepy Hollow

I'm not ignoring anything. It is a fact that compared to the West Coast, our Asian and Mexican restaurant choices are far worse. However, the OP didn't even mention Mexican food, that was me, so maybe you should help her out. Thank you wpfoodie for the suggestion, I'll try it out.

Jul 16, 2010
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Good Irish Breakfast for watching world cup?

bummer

Jul 09, 2010
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LA Hound transplanted to Sleepy Hollow

Compared to the West Coast, our Asian and Mexican restaurant choices stink. There are less of them and they tend all be mediocre. The only good Mexican food I've had in the NYC area was in the city. We have some good Japanese choices though due the large Japanese expat population in Westchester, like Sazan in Ardsley. I've heard there are some good Korean places in Westchester but I havn't sampled them personally.

Keep in mind you live in the 'burbs now. :)

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Sazan
729 Saw Mill River Rd, Ardsley, NY 10502

Jul 06, 2010
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bars with nice outdoor/patio areas in southern westchester?

Red Hat and Half Moon are places you can just drink outside, although at RH you may have to go to the roof

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Half Moon
1 High Street, Dobbs Ferry, NY 10522

Jul 06, 2010
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Good Irish Breakfast for watching world cup?

Try James Joyce in WP

Jul 06, 2010
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The Cookery in Dobbs Ferry

Austin's , the restaurant in the same place before cookery, was also very loud. I think it's just the acoustics of the space. Personally, I hate a very quiet restaurant.

Jul 06, 2010
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Anyone Tried Day Boat Cafe in Irvington Yet?

I went to Day Boat about a month ago. I'd grade it as "ok." We ate at the bar as we had no reservations and it was a bit crowded. The decor and atmosphere was good. The drinks were good. I had some oysters from the raw bar that were not. Limp, no bite, blah...didn't taste fresh. My wife had the crispy oyster, which she liked.

I had the fish tacos as well. They were good, not great. As someone else said, no zip. They did have a nice, grilled flavor though, and there was plenty of fish in them. My wife had the mahi, which she said was ok, nothing special. I had ordered the brussel sprouts as a side, which never came, and I forgot about them. It was just as well, as I had more than enough food, but given the long time it took for the food to come out in the first place, it wasn't a plus for the service.

This place is a decent, casual place to meet people or get a bite, but not a place worth a trip for. As I live in Irvington, I'll probably be back.

I was thinking about Day Boat because I was eating at The Breslin in the city last night and had some of the best oysters I've had in a while, and I couldn't help but notice the contrast between the two restaurants. The Breslin was very good by the way, all around.

Jun 29, 2010
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italian hero / coldcuts

I used to caddy at Winged Foot almost twenty years ago. If that's the same place I used to get Italian combos from down the road from the GC I agree, it was very good. I still remember the bread.

There used to be a good Italian deli in Sleepy Hollow but the building was sold and knocked down for some offices.

Battaglia brothers in Dobbs Ferry is pretty good.

May 13, 2010
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need a party space for about 150 people on a saturday night in westchester.

Try Life just off the Saw Mill Pkwy in Ardsley. Great space, very adaptable, I think the go to caterer is Abigail Kirsch.

http://www.lifetheplacetobe.com/

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Saw Mill
501 South Ave, Schenectady, NY 12305

Apr 22, 2010
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Are there decent farmer's markets in Westchester?

Apr 16, 2010
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Need some help around Tarrytown - in town for a wedding ...

Sweet Grass Grill , Jack's Dill , and Chiboust right on Main street in Tarrytown are all good. Jack's has what appears to be a boring menu but everything is done pretty well.

Depending on the weather, and the date, try and make some time to go have a drink at either Sunset Cove or Stripe bass as they are both right on the river.

Also, stop by the little store Mint also on Main street for great cheeses and other interesting goodies. The owner is great and loves to give tons of free samples.

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Sunset Cove
238 Green Street, Tarrytown, NY 10591

Sweet Grass Grill
24 Main Street, Tarrytown, NY 10591

Apr 16, 2010
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"Comfort" Lounge?? Hardly...........

My wife and i went there about a month ago. Although the food was pretty good, the rest of the experience was not. It was a busy night for them, but if you can't handle a busy night you shouldn't be in the restaurant business. We had a reservation, checked in, and were told it would be a little while to be able to sit as "alot of these people seem to be lingering." We said, no problem, we'll be right here at the bar, just let us know. I made eye contact with the bartender, he said he'd be with us "in a minute" and that he was "very busy." After fifteen minutes, we finally gave our drink order, off the drink menu, only to find out they didn't have most of the liquors that are ingredients in most of the drinks on the menu. I then ordered a gin martini. They didn't have any gin except for some shitty well gin I've never heard of. Plus, they had no dry vermouth. I mentioned to the bartender that there was a liquor store right across the street from them. I asked a a gin(the crappy one) and soda. They had no club soda! My wife, after getting shot down on her first two tries, asked for a vodka and tonic. They had no tonic!

We finally setlled on some Key Lime concoction off the menu that was tasty. We got our drinks about 40 minutes after we first arrived at the place.

About 20 minutes later, still savoring my hard won drink, I noticed that alot of the tables had finally emptied out, and figured we'd be called momentarily. I turned my back on the tables and continued my conversation, and when I turned back to look at the tables they were almost all full again! I went over to a waitperson and asked why we hadn't been seated, as we'd been waiting for an hour, and all the people that had just been seated had just walked in. They said "you've been waiting an hour!?" and then the staff had a quick huddle and found a seat for us in a few minutes.

The food was good, and they at least gave us the drinks for free, which I think was about a $22 value, but the place was just so poorly prepared and run that I can say that I won't be back again. They were out of numerous menu items and I had to tackle the waitress to give her my credit card at the end, in addition to all the other stuff.

Nov 10, 2009
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Recent dining at 42 in White Plains?

I havn't been there in a few months but I thought it a huge disappointment. It was a saturday night, the bar and dining room were both dead, the food was good but not to the caliber of the prices, by far. I found the whole place very pompous, I have had a better time at BLT. Plus, when you leave your cell phone at the table after you drop $450 for two people, it'd be nice if the bus boys didn't steal it, as they did, and call people and send things to people on my contact list. I also found the sommelier to a a pompous windbag.

Jun 22, 2009
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Westchester Wine Shops

Grape expectations in Tarrytown is small, with very knowledgeable people there. Rochambeau in Dobbs is good too, but not as good. Westchester Wine Warehouse has a great selection and prices but it's not for you if you like personal service.

Jun 22, 2009
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Ultimate Westchester Restaurants 2006

This is a tough one, but my 5 westchester favorites are, in no order:

Iron Horse Grill
Blue Hill
Red Hat
Buffet de la Gare
Zuppa

Jun 10, 2009
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outdoor eateries

Yes, Innovo, Red Hat, Mima , Chutney Masala, and Il Sorriso are all good. River City Grille is good too but I usually go there with my kids as it's more family friendly.

Jun 09, 2009
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Innovo/ One- excellent evening!!

Bridge Street cafe is a different restaurant. It is right next to Innovo/One and is owned by the same people. It is open for lunch only. Innovo is not a new restaurant, it is One, but with a different name. The story I heard was that there was a problem with another restaurant in the city that had the same name previously and was giving them legal trouble. Innovo has excellent food , btw.

Jun 09, 2009
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X20 Xaviar's on the Hudson

I've been there twice. First right after it opened, I sat in the Asian influenced bar area, and it was quite good, although more casual and quick. The second time, The experience was marred by a spat with my wife :) , and an appetizer that was dissapointing, so much so that I can't remember what it was. I had the Hog chop(pork chop) for my entree and I thought it probably the best pork chop I've ever had.

Jun 01, 2009
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outdoor eateries

I'll start in Hastings and go north. Hastings has Harvest on Hudson, which is a terrific setting with good, but not spectacular food. I used to go there quite a bit but the food and service took a bit of a dive a year or so ago, although they've since improved. Dobbs Ferry has Half-Moon, with the same owners as Harvest. It has a ton of outdoor seating so it's hard not to get a seat outside if you want one. The food is again, good, but not spectacular. There is a concentration on smaller plates and Tapas like dishes there. Great place for cocktails on a nice evening. Next up going north is Red Hat, in Irvington. The food is also good there, the owner is almost always present and I always end up having a conversation with him, and that extra attention by the owner , IMO, gives it an edge in making the customer feel welcome and well attended to. It also comes out in the food. It has an outdoor deck on the roof, just for drinks, with a bar, and seating outside along the the ground floor area next to the river. Tarrytown has Striped Bass and Sunset Cove, neither of which have much to recommend them except that they are next to the river. Farther up I don't know, since I live in Irvington, I tend to eat around here most often.

Jun 01, 2009
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