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  • RichK Mar 10, 2005 05:21 PM

Daughter will be inducted into an Honor Society at Manhattan college and we are looking for a nice resturant to visit after the ceremony.
Any recommendations would be appreciated.

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  1. I just recently had lunch at Zuppa on Main St. It is a beautiful restaurant and the food was really great. It would be perfect. Congrats.

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    1. re: Doreen

      Sorry to disagree but I thought the food was second rate during a dinner not long ago. They try way too hard to be Babbo and fall way short.

      1. re: Doreen

        While I haven't been there I know many who have... and who know food... and no one ever wants to go back. It hasn't had any real quality reviews, ever. Mediocre is the main response to this place.

        1. re: The Rogue

          So, where's the recommendations? Was hoping to make a trip to Yonkers to explore new culinary turf...

        2. re: Doreen

          i disagree..food is horrible..it is a nice venue..but food is poor

        3. So what type of food are you looking for? That would help us make some recommendations. Otherwise we are shooting in the dark here. Does it have to be Yonkers? Or anywhere in Lower Westchester? Or the Bronx? Where will you be travelling to after dinner? How long a drive to the restaurant from MC is good for you.

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          1. re: The Rogue

            Rogue,
            Any GOOD food is what we're looking for. Wife and I are staying at the Holiday Inn in Yonkers, but we will be driving daughter back to MC regardless of where we eat. Thought of Arthur Ave, but ceremony starts at 7PM and don't know how long it will last.
            Obviously, the closer to MC the better.
            TIA

          2. I am a big fan of Ya Hala on South Broadway in Yonkers. It's authentic Middle Eastern food. I believe the owner is an Israeli Palestinian, and the food tastes very authentic. I especially like their Shakshooka (tomato/garlic egg dish) and their Foul (lentils over rice, with fried onions) Their baklava and desserts are also fantastic.

            1. If you like Indian food, Patang on Central Avenue in Yonkers is great.

              1. I absolutely love Tres Chaves on Myrtle St.--fabulous Portuguese food hidden behind an unassuming little door. If they have roast suckling pig or the seafood casserole with salsa verde on the specials menu,these are musts. Go early because they make every fresh and run out of the most popular items on busy days.

                I am also a big fan of Ya Hala. Again, the specials are always full of unique flavor, using almonds, lemon, fantastic yogurt sauces --not your typical falafel, hummus choices.

                1. Does anyone know the story about the diner/restaurant on S. Broadway in Yonkers-- Malecon? They've been doing work there for a long time, it looks like it's ready to open, but it always seems closed. Any inside info?

                  1. I cannot hear Yonkers anymore without thinking Valentino's, one of my new favorite restaurants.

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                    1. re: dolores

                      Where is Valentino's?

                      1. re: yoyochow

                        Sorry I can't tell you how to get there, even from White Plains, but this is their info:

                        Valentino's
                        132 Bronx River Rd
                        Yonkers, NY 10704

                        (914) 776-6731

                    2. I've eaten at Zuppa four times in the last six weeks--outstanding each time.

                      1. Has anyone tried Lejends near the Yonkers train station?

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                        1. re: yoyochow

                          I was once of those individuals who waited patiently while the owners of Lejends restaurant got themselves together and opened their doors to the public. Admittedly, by the time they actually did, I was no longer in any hurry. I figured that I would try them sooner or later.

                          Since then, on many occasions, I have wondered why I see people going to the door and then being turned away as I sit at the light or pass by. On many other occasions, I have passed by the restaurant at a variety of times and seen the place empty. Well, now I know. I attempted to enter the empty restaurant without a reservation and was told that they are booked for the entire evening. I guess that they may be taking the catering hall direction since they seem to be empty most of the time and turning people away the rest of the time.

                          What can I say. I tried and good luck to them.

                          Instead, we enjoyed yet another great dinner at Ya Hala on South Broadway.

                          1. re: yoyochow

                            I had brunch at Lejends last Sunday. The interior of the restaurant is really beautiful. While brunch is not a real indicator of the regular food at a restaurant everything that we had was quite good. The little basket of warm biscuits and corn bread was such a treat. The biscuits are to die for! The service, however, seems to still be working out some kinks. Once again, brunch may not be a great indicator of regular service since the a-team isn't usually on the schedule. Our service was sloppy and slow. We weren't in a hurry so it didn't matter but be aware.

                            1. re: yoyochow

                              Tried Lejends last week. The service was not just slow, but also incompetent. I was served "Corona" in a glass. The beer was yellow, but most definitely was not Corona. The waitress returned twice and asked us what we ordered. Food was delivered to our table twice, then subsequently taken away, once after five minutes, and given to diners at another table. We left before our food arrived. The food that was taken away from us, boiled babyback ribs, looked like it had been sitting under a heat lamp for 20 minutes before we got it, and couldn't have been any more appetizing by the time it reached its final destination at an adjacent table. Not an enjoyable experience; I cannot give Lejends a good recommendation.

                              Tired and hungry, we got tacos from Taco Mix on Park Hill. These were delicious, as always.

                              1. re: Elcali

                                Regarding Lejends, I gave it a shot for the lunch special last Thursday. It was deserted at 12:15 pm, and stiflingly hot. No a/c?? I ordered my takeout, chicken roti, and stood around for 25 minutes waiting. It was $6.50; I gave the server seven bucks and she asked me if I wanted change. That really rankled, for some reason. In the event, though, the food was pretty good. I'll go back a few times and try other stuff, but I hope they can get some momentum up or they won't be there long.

                            2. Since she's at MC, I would STRONGLY recommend Jake's Steakhouse on Broadway right down the hill. It is a fantastic restaurant with very good wait staff.