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Purchase NY - Need Suggestions

re bar and grill is gone. they are doing a major reconstruction and its set to open in 2008. livorno is doing some construction with their upstairs. been going on for a few weeks. not sure if its open or not.

Oct 24, 2007
n00b in General Tristate Archive

Best Indian Food in Lower Westchester

It closed a few years ago. I think there's a kosher deli there now.

Apr 26, 2007
n00b in New York State (exc. NYC)

Advice Needed - Honey Brown Stage of beer appreciation

Thanks all, I did not expect to get so many suggestions, and I definitely look forward to trying them all! As for what Josh and Chinon00 pointed out, liking Bass Ale lately, and not being well educated in any of this, I only assumed I was in that second stage because I have only started trying different things. I definitely am digging the rich, warming, malty, and buttery. Maybe I need to read (and drink) up on what I am liking before asking for suggestions? These are all great, now to find some food that pairs well with some of these. I am off to my local beer place to get afew of these, I'll probably post back in a week or two, or three, hopefully, asking for more advice!

Mar 15, 2007
n00b in Beer

Pho in Lower Westchester?

yes, true, at least they have one. Thanks for the info. I know ppl ask this every once in a while, but since no one has posted this question in a while, I figured it was worth asking again, in case anyone had made any discoveries lately.

Mar 15, 2007
n00b in General Tristate Archive

Pho in Lower Westchester?

So, I did the requisite search before posting this and while I found many "Pho in [insert specific tristate location here]s?" I did not see anything about lower westchester. Does anyone know of any restaurants in lower Westchester that serve Pho (good or bad)? Any vietnamese restaurants, in general?

Mar 13, 2007
n00b in General Tristate Archive

Advice Needed - Honey Brown Stage of beer appreciation

I read a post on here about the different stages a beer drinker can go through in terms of beer appreciation. While I do not want to re-hash that very interesting discussion, I did recognize myself as being in the "second stage" of beer appreciation, where I am starting to look for Honey Brown/tastier types of beers. So, I humbly come to you, experienced beer drinkers, and request that you think waaaaaay back to the time you started to care about taste. And I mean when you first started caring. Because lately I am into Bass Ale, which might not even fit into this category, so I not what you would call very far along in my beer appreciation journey. So, does anyone have any recommendations to help me along?

I am pretty well travelled and have had beer in Europe and Asia so the only thing this request is about it helping me along in this second stage of the journey, if that makes any sense. Any suggestions would be much appreciated!

Mar 13, 2007
n00b in Beer

Cookbooks

sounds like a great start, I will definitely check those out, thank you!

Mar 13, 2007
n00b in Home Cooking

Cookbooks

Does anyone have recommendations for cookbooks for beginner/would be/noob cooks? It's just me, so I usually just cook for one. I am looking for recommendations where recipes are uncomplicated in cooking method, flavorful, basic ingredients, and healthy!

Mar 13, 2007
n00b in Home Cooking

Best Indian Food in Lower Westchester

Went to Rani Mahal recently and was v. disappointed. But then, I do not like Bengal Tiger either. Order their tandoori chicken and it was not prepared in a tandoor -- most likely marinaded in a tandoori sauce and grilled. Their paneer was dry. Also ordered some saag and beef korma which were good, typical "indian restaurant" food which is heavy on cream. Naan was ok, a bit crispy. Staff was very friendly and nice so I feel terrible saying anything bad about their food, but it was just not to my liking.

Feb 09, 2007
n00b in New York State (exc. NYC)

Cafe Livorno, Rye or other for 16 on a Saturday

Livorno is alright. I was there a few months ago. For some reason, I found the staff a little aloof/distant. I am a n00b, and no expert foodie, but the pasta dish I had was typical frozen, not very fresh tasting. I can't remember exactly what I got though.

I have not tried many restaurants in Rye, but from what I have read here on the board, Livorno would be closer to the bottom of the list in terms of food. That said, you do have other considerations. I am not saying the food is terrible, it is just ok. You'd leave there w/ a pleasant dining experience where everyone would have more or less found something they wanted to try but no one would be raving about the food. I guess with a large group, you can't really ask for anything more?

Dec 21, 2006
n00b in General Tristate Archive

Birthday Dinner in a Brewery within 40 miles of White Plains??

I checked out their website, it looks sort of like what I had in mind, but they describe themselves as casual, and even though the BF is a casual guy, I wanted to take him somewhere a little more formal than that, or at the very least, a little more intimate, for his birthday (although, I will definitely check it out soon). Thank you for the suggestion, it's definitely his kind of place!

Nov 13, 2006
n00b in General Tristate Archive

Birthday Dinner in a Brewery within 40 miles of White Plains??

Ok, I have posted questions the last few weeks and all of the replies I received have been amazing. Seriously, this is a really wonderful board.

Here is my issue: I am taking my boyfriend out for his birthday dinner. He is a casual guy who enjoys Italian food, steak, I guess, really "traditional" food, if that is even a way to describe it. A friend of mine suggested a brewery/restaurant where you can sit, sample beer, and get a really nice meal in a quaint/somewhat romantic setting. The problem is, she is from California and doesn't know of anything like that in New York. Does anyone know of a similar type of place anywhere is Westchester or Fairfield CT, or within a 40 mile drive of White Plains?

If not, a brewery type of place, then I am open to suggestions, based on what I mentioned above. I am definitely looking for a fun place, nothing too fancy and definitely not pretentious. But not obnoxiously loud either. Also, I want to spend about $50-60 per person. I am not sure what other information I could provide in terms of preferences. I guess I am open to suggestions. I realize this is quite a lot to ask, being so open-ended, but I would really appreciate your suggestions.

Thank you.

Nov 13, 2006
n00b in General Tristate Archive

Good Takeout Rye/Portchester

These are all some very good suggestions. I recently moved to the area, so I will definitely be checking out these places. Thank you all so much for taking the time to reply!

Nov 13, 2006
n00b in General Tristate Archive

Good Takeout Rye/Portchester

Hey all,

I'm looking for some good food for takeout. Sick of the regular takeout scene of pizza, asian food. Looking for a nice, hearty meal, but not Panera Bread or whatever that place is called. Any recommendations? You guys give the best foodie advice. Thanks!

Nov 10, 2006
n00b in General Tristate Archive

Sunday Birthday Brunch Ideas in Rye/Portchester?

Wow, thank you all so much, these are some very good suggestions and I was not expecting them to be so close to home! I am going to check each of these out, probably leaning towards Arrowood, since 2 of you suggested it, but will end up trying all at some point!

Nov 02, 2006
n00b in General Tristate Archive

Sunday Birthday Brunch Ideas in Rye/Portchester?

I am the least creative person I know when it comes to setting up a special meal. So, I am turning to you wise foodies for some help (see the sequel to this, entitled "Birthday dinner Ideas?" coming soon).

I am looking for a low/mid-priced non-stuffy, casual, cute, fun brunch place to take my boyfriend for his birthday. I am thinking something with really good eggs/omelettes and really good dessert/sweet type stuff, either in Rye or Portchester.

Thank you!

Nov 01, 2006
n00b in General Tristate Archive

Stroopwafels in Southern Westchester?

I stumbled across these yummy caramel-filled wafers while in the Netherlands a couple of years ago but cannot find them here at all. Anyone know whether they are available either in White Plains, Portchester or Rye? Or somewhere up to 10 miles from either of these towns? Thanks!

Oct 27, 2006
n00b in General Tristate Archive