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

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

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    1. re: dogooder

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

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

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        1. re: MRS

          Try Restaurant X and Bully bar in Congers....worth the drive !
          http://www.xaviars.com/restx/index.html

          1. re: engarcon

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

        2. 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. 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...

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

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              1. re: gastrognome

                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.

                1. re: Ted in Central NJ

                  Thanks for the correction ted!

              2. 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.

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

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

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                    1. re: DrSkimeister

                      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.

                      http://www.restaurantnicholas.com

                    2. Jedediah Hawkins Inn in Jamesport, LI.

                      www.jedediahhawkinsinn.com

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                      1. re: jenniebnyc

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

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

                        www.depuycanalhouse.net

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

                            1. 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.