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  • Phil Banner May 27, 2001 11:49 AM

Looking for local recommendations for very inexpensive but delicious places in Pleasantville, NY or nearby region(Thornwood, Valhalla,).

Thanks.

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  1. Iron Horse Grill
    Meddeterreano

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    1. re: manipson

      Neither one of these places is inexpensive. I second Pony Express, which is mentioned below.

    2. For inexpensive and very good try Pony Express. It's the owner of Iron Horse Grill's new take-out place. There are 8-10 seats to eat in as well. The menu has sliders (maybe the best I've had in a long time)three come to an order for $5.99. It's all
      sirloin and very tasty. They also have quesadillas, hot dogs,
      and chopped salads with either fried calamari, chicken or shrimp on top. In the past week I think I've eaten there three times. It's that good. One of those places that when word gets around will spread like fire. It is located literally right next store to Iron Horse.

      1. Iron Horse has ok food but portions are small and the room is small and very noisy. Very expensive and definitely not worth the money.

        Pony Express is not a place I would recommend as delicious.

        Great Buffet at Southbound if you enjoy good BBQ. One of the better BBQ places in the area.

        Goldfish in Ossining had great dishes in spite of the Times review. A little noisy, but the food was good. The herb fries were a nice touch.

        Jackson & Wheeler has Chef from the Kittle House. That made me try them out after couple of year hiatus from original Chef. Talk about night and day. Food was excellent and priced reasonably for area. Had great server who gave me golf tips for my game.

        If you want very casual, Lucios Pizza for take out or sit in with a few tables. Great sandwiches and tremendous calzones.

        Of course, Kittle House is a standard but not inexpensive.

        Hope this helps.

        1. Michael's has great burgers (and some good wraps/salads, but seriously overpriced). If you want great Italian, A'Mangiare is next door.

          Michael's Tavern
          150 Bedford Rd, Pleasantville, NY

          A'Mangiare
          152 Bedford Rd, Pleasantville, NY

          Jean-Jacques (468 Bedford Road) has pretty looking (very rich) treats and hot drinks and is a fun place to hang out, even late.

          Excellent Italian pastries at Artuso's in Thornwood.

          Whatever you do, do NOT go to McArthur's!!! It's horrible.

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          1. re: i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream

            I do not recommend Jean Jacques. The last 3 times I've gone in, they've either messed up my food to the point of inedibility or 'lost' the order, even though we were the only people in there. The staff ranges from somewhat capable to barely functioning.
            While McArthur's isn't terrific either, I'd rather go there than JJ. And the Pleasantville Diner beats both of them.
            :::ducks:::

            1. re: marmite

              Jean Jaqcues is OK in a pinch (soups are usually good) but it's expensive and the service is fair at best. I, too, would rather hold my nose and go to McArthurs, though I never find much there I really want to eat (I don't eat meat), and it's also overpriced.

              What do you like at the Pleasantville Diner?

              1. re: spa

                I mostly like the dependability- I can go there before movies at the Burns and know I'll get what I ask for in a timely fashion, with no attitude. I've never had an issue with the food. The waiters are nice. And I love the murals! :)

          2. For pizza and Italian food. Lucio's is good but Amore pizza in the Shoprite shopping center is a step above. The misses loves there salad slice and there house dressing. Chicken Parma and all there Italian fare are up to par as well as their portions are fairly liberal.

            Silvio’s in the Rose hill shopping center is just as good. Just the portions are a litle bit smaller. This may not be a bad thing if depending on your situation.

            Alexandros in Valhalla is absolutely amazing. From the outside it looks like a pizza shop but inside there are white tablecloths and beautiful ambiance. The service is not white tablecloth but there meals. Are. Try the chicken Campangnia simply to die for.

            Also check out The Valhalla Train Station. Great pub food. Different takes on favorites. All there sandwiches are available on gourmet breads and there entrée’s are always well presented and full of flavor. Also all their plates are very generouse in there portions. A litle pricey but definitely worth it. They also have a 50 ft bar with plenty of TV’s and bands that come in certain nights to entertain..

            Thornwood diner and Pleasantville diners are good as well. Typical safe diner food. Great for those late nights snacks and breakfast and or if you’re with a group with varying taste. Those Greek Diners always have something for everyone. Well at least the ones that are not run like a Wal-Mart or dollar store like the Eldorado and Tarrytown diner

            Michaels I would stay away from $15 for burgers and the prices just keep going up. I don’t care how good a burger is. $15 is absolutely uncalled for...

            American Grill down the street from Lucios is the same as Michaels. Completely overpriced.

            Jean Jock has an eclectic flare to its menu and there desserts are the best in the immediate area. Definitely a worthwhile destination.

            Hope this helps

            1. I had a promising experience at the newish Sunrise (or Sunshine or something like that) Deli kattycorner from the train station (Iron Horse side). In addition to the usual offerings, they have an array of inventive sandwiches, wraps and salads, each assembled right after ordering-- aside from grilling/frying the chicken everything seems to be ala minute (and thus customizable).

              I tried a Sunrise salad (greens, walnuts, apples and dried cranberries in vinagrette) and asked for it in a wrap (for bringing on a hike) and a California wrap that I can't remember all the ingredients for, but it included crispy chicken and avocado. Both were very tasty (even after bouncing around in a backpack) and reasonably priced ($5 plus to $6 plus).

              Nice folks-- they gave us a plate of chips and salsa (both very fresh and homemade, the former from wheat tortillas) to munch on while we waited.

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              1. re: platypus

                Yes! I had one of those salads, too, and was very happy with it. I've been told that "everything" is good. Will try more and report back.

                1. re: spa

                  Yes, please do! I live in Manhattan, so it's a bit of a trip for me, but I've been looking for a decent excuse to return.

                  1. re: platypus

                    I went back this weekend as a group of 5 (incl 3 kids). The kids were a bit confused by all the choices and ended up getting "normal" sandwiches, including 2 with roast beef. The deli guy thought it wasn't done yet (gotta love a place that roasts its own beef) but he was mistaken. We got two delicious wraps (one with chicken and avocado-- think it was called a Santa Fe wrap and another meaty concoction), plus 2 roast beef sandwiches and one chicken and bologna (for a 4 year old). Everything was delicious (the roast beef was still warm and so juicy), and the kids were really impressed with the size and freshness of their sandwiches.

                    This place is really a find. They also have some prepared dishes like chicken and rice, and it's not much of a stretch to imagine that those would be worth ordering as well. They were doing steady business on Saturday at lunch time, which was good to see.

                    1. re: platypus

                      I'm told that their Mexican food is terrific. Someone I know even had them cater a party, to much acclaim. Big raves for the chicken mole.

              2. For basic Italian food I like Bel Paese in Hawthorne and I've also heard but still have not tried Azzurri in Thornwood. In Pleasantville as i eat alot of ice cream mentioned Michaels is a good burger/fry place (really good fries) but it is a college hang out and will get very crowded late night and weekends.