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What is a great restaurant in driving distance of NYC for native new yorkers who are sick of NYC restaurants?

dogooder Nov 27, 2006 11:10 PM

Need a great restaurant that is not in Manhattan for 4 native New Yorkers who are looking for something great to celebrate a birthday. We are on the waiting list for Blue Hill at Stone Barns in Westchester.

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    AssociEat Nov 27, 2006 11:13 PM

    Does it have to be as high-end as Stone Barns?

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    1. re: dogooder
      The Chowhound Team Nov 28, 2006 10:16 AM

      We ask that questions and recommendations for Brooklyn restaurants be posted on the Outer Boroughs board:

      Discussions of restaurants outside of the 5 NYC boroughs, of course, should continue here.

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    2. karins Nov 27, 2006 11:40 PM

      ryland inn in whitehouse station...frog and the peach in new brunswick...both are in jersey...not too far

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        MRS Nov 28, 2006 12:36 AM

        La Panetiere in Rye.
        Crabtree Kttle House in Chappaqua.
        Le Cremalliere in Bedford
        Freelance Cafe in Piermont.

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        1. re: MRS
          engarcon Nov 28, 2006 12:37 AM

          Try Restaurant X and Bully bar in Congers....worth the drive !

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            MRS Nov 28, 2006 12:54 AM

            Oh yeah! Good call. I forgot about them.
            Also, Thomas Henkelman in Greenwich, CT

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          Daniel76 Nov 28, 2006 01:08 AM

          Frog and the peach is out.. I would think a Stage Left or even a Soho in New Brunswick over the Frog and Peach.. But even then, drive to Montreal for g-ds sake.

          1. karins Nov 28, 2006 02:23 AM

            you dont like frog and the peach..any reason why?..have you tried catherine lombardis yet...(stage lefts italian restaurant)...they certainly create pretty places...just read a review for panicos in new brunswick..havent been there in a while...

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              gastrognome Nov 28, 2006 10:29 AM

              Sringipai(bad spelling) good thai food in Queens
              theres also great portugese in gridiron section of Newark

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                Ted in Central NJ Nov 28, 2006 07:23 PM

                I assume that you are referring to The Ironbound section of Newark, unless there is a neighborhood of which I am unaware. Yes, the Spanish, Portuguese, and Brazilian food in The Ironbound (known to locals as "Down Neck")is very good indeed, and a walk through the area provides a true multicultural experience for the newcomer to the neighborhood.

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                  gastrognome Nov 29, 2006 08:55 AM

                  Thanks for the correction ted!

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                dolores Nov 28, 2006 11:54 AM

                New Rochelle is within driving distance of NYC (obviously, with all the ugly building going on there) and two of my favorite restaurants are there -- Zen Tango in the Radisson and MacMenamin's Grill.

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                  Concetta Nov 28, 2006 06:33 PM

                  Head over to the Ironbound in Newark for Portuguese/Spanish/Brazilian.

                  1. DrSkimeister Nov 28, 2006 07:25 PM

                    Either Latour in Hardyston, NJ or Dish in Clifton(?), NJ

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                    1. re: DrSkimeister
                      RGR Nov 29, 2006 02:56 AM

                      Dish, which was in Passaic, has closed. Btw, there is another restaurant in NJ called Dish, which is in Red Bank.

                      My suggestion would be Nicholas, in Middletown, NJ, about an hour's drive from the Lincoln Tunnel. It's one of the best in the state and the equal of many of NYC's top tier restaurants.


                    2. jenniebnyc Nov 28, 2006 09:57 PM

                      Jedediah Hawkins Inn in Jamesport, LI.


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                      1. re: jenniebnyc
                        MMRuth Nov 29, 2006 12:11 PM

                        A great recommendation - we had a wonderful lunch there - I posted a review on this board.

                      2. ericalloyd Nov 29, 2006 11:11 AM

                        depuy canal house in high falls ny [near new paltz in ulster county]


                        1. ballulah Dec 8, 2006 06:52 PM

                          I'm surprised Frog and Peach didn't get a resounding recommendation. A friend of mine just had her wedding reception lunch there and it was one of the best meals I've had in a very long time.

                          Does anyone know if Le Petit Chateau in Bernardsville, NJ is still open? And still good? I used to live nearby and always heard it touted as one of the best restaurants in NJ.

                          Chatfield's in Peapack Gladstone, NJ was always very enjoyable. Ambitious bar food. It was a good place to stop after the horse races in Far Hills. And a gorgeous drive if you stay off the highways starting in about Morristown.

                          1. ballulah Dec 8, 2006 06:58 PM

                            Oh! What about the Ryland Inn in Whitehouse, NJ? I've been dying to try it.

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                              wplady Jan 9, 2007 06:56 AM

                              Don't even have to leave the city limits....Le Refuge in City Island in the Bronx. Wonderful french restaurant, historic mansion, and it's an inn and you can spend the night.

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