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Oct 26, 2006 03:42 PM

BYOB in Westchester?

Are there any? I know that comfort in Hasings is BYOB, but are there others?

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  1. Ocean House in Croton is BYOB. But there is a $10 corkage fee, which, considering they do not have a beer or wine license, I think is kind of obnoxious. Also considering that given the location and atmosphere (and no reservation policy, which can make for long waits) it is kind of pricey, albeit for pretty good food.

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    1. re: Marge

      I'm guessing that they're so small -- and not benefitting from the standard revenue streams from alcohol that most restuarants absolutely rely on -- that they feel that they need to eek out every nickle they can from wherever they can. It does feel unfair that you have to pay the restaurant for something that you already bought, when they're not offering any alternative. I wonder why such an aesthetically ambitious restaurant doesn't have a license?

    2. Conte's in Mount Kisco is also BYOB with a corkage fee for the first 2 bottles.

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      1. re: Missy Barks

        What would they do if I brought my own wine opener?

        A corkage fee. Amazing.

      2. indian in tarrytown on broadway. cafe tandoor?

        1. Corkcage, indeed! I suppose if they provide someone to open your bottle, give you wine glasses (and wash them when you're done), and chill your white wine, they ought to get something, but $10/per bottle? Wish my business had those kinds of markups for what is considered gracious service.

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          1. re: Nancy C

            In addition to the costs that the restaurant bears (service/chilling/opening, providing/washing glasses), corkage fees help to discourage BYOBers. Restaurants routinely charge 300%-400% of their wholesale per-bottle wine cost, and they really rely on these charges because profit margins on food are small. If they didn't charge corkage, what's to stop everyone from just bringing their own, and eliminating that profit source? After all, you wouldn't bring your own food in, why should you bring your own wine?

            That being said, if a restaurant does NOT offer wine or beer, I think it's a little unfair to charge corkage.

          2. Corkage fees are designed to offset lost revenue. Generally the average markup on the lower end of the Wine List $18 to $25. More in higher end restaurants ($65 at Per Se). I don't mind it, actually it is kind of cool that restaurants allow people to bring their own wine. What if people brought their own food??? However, if they don't serve wine, charging corkage is just plain crazy!

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