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Buffet de la Gare, Hastings, NY

  • j

Here's another place to go in Westchester for an
excellent, elegant dinner, but somewhat pricey (moreso
than we expected).

Buffet de la Gare is just uphill from the
Hastings-on-Hudson train station. Its style is
somewhere between French haute cuisine and brasserie.
Specials last night ranged from vol au vent as an
appetizer (crab and leeks in a pastry shell with a
light lemony cream sauce, served in this case with a
crab claw and a small lobster tail) and halibut with a
morrel sauce as a main dish, to coq au vin. They make
a nice cassoulet, year round, though not quite as good
as Trois Jeans, I thought. Their cheese plate was
quite good -- an absolutely amazing roquefort -- and
their desserts are lovely. The one we ordered,
chocolate mousse with a pistachio sauce, was easily big
enough for two people to split. Maybe three.

Dinner for two (two appetizers, two entrees, a cheese
plate, a dessert, and coffee) was about $100. The wine
lists is very good, mostly French, and not cheap. A
half bottle of 1988 Chateau Simion (a good St.
Emillion) was $24.

I'd love to find a good, inexpensive, French-style
brasserie; but for the occasional splurge, this is a
good choice. I didn't notice if they serve lunch.

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  1. Thanks for telling us about your dinner. I'd
    heard about it a few years ago and forgotten about it.

    Chow,
    Grace

    1. i usually go to this place for lunch because i can't
      afford dinner, and because it's close to where i live.
      it's very hard to find good french in westchester, and
      even harder to find reasonably priced places (auberge
      argenteuil and la panetiere are fine, but
      astronomical), so you might try jackie's bistro in
      eastchester. cute, authentic, unfussy, and prices that
      won't decimate the trust fund. bonne chance!

      1. I ditto Jackie's- tres authentique. Le Mas in Bedford
        Hills was, until last week when I drove by and saw it
        was for rent, Provencal and lovely, but on the high
        side. There is a nice French bakery in Pleasantville
        (near Strega), another in Mt. Kisco-L'Anjou and La
        Gourmandise in W.P, which might partially satisfy your
        hankering. I believe the owners of Buffet are actually
        Belgian; there used to be a Belgian bakery in
        Pleasantville too. try Belgo and Pommes Frites for
        Belgian sensibilitie

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        1. re: Judy Hausman

          It's called L'Elysee, on Broadway right next to
          Michael's Pub, and well worth a trip. The place looks
          and smells like Paris. Croissants and brioches are
          first rate; baguettes, unfortunately, leave something
          to be desired. Lemon cake, chocolate ganache cake,
          most other pastries are all delicious, though I'd
          avoid the lemon meringue pie (which is probably not
          what you'd get anyway if you were hankering after
          something French).

          1. re: Sharon A

            Sharon was having some problems with the message board
            software...she asked me to add that she's writing about
            "the Pleasantville French bakery that's sorta across
            the street from Cafe Strega"

            ciao

          2. re: Judy Hausman

            Another option might be Encore Bistro, Larchmont. The food isn't particularly creative, but it is flawlessly executed--it's like a French diner serving gallic comfort food to the large (proportionately)French population of Larchmont. You'll find steak frites, moules mariniere, roasted chicken, salade parisienne, pates, croque monsieur--not fancy, just well done and reasonably priced. The French community settled in Larchmont for proximity to the French American school--families of execs who want to keep the kids in a french-style education while they're stationed in NYC. There's another French-for-the-French resto in Larchmont, on the corner of Chasworth and Palmer. I've never been, but I hear it's fairly authentic, tho more expenive and ambitious than Encore.

          3. Thanks for posting the info.

            Would you recommend this restaurant for a party of about 15? I've heard good things about the food, but have no idea about the layout.

            1. Best restaurant in all of Westchester.

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              1. re: tamasha

                When were you last there? I'd like a recent review done after the Goulets sold the restaurant.