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Where do you eat at the Palisades Mall?

debmom Dec 10, 2006 07:47 PM

Just returned from a day of shopping at the Palisades Mall in West Nyack. We had lunch at the Cheesecake Factory and all the food was cold, service slow and not very good. Any suggestions for something better next time around? Thanks!

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  1. chocolate chick RE: debmom Dec 10, 2006 08:13 PM

    No real stand outs, but we often eat at Stir Crazy. You have the option of creating your own wok meal. You pick out the vegetables, protein, noodles and sauce yourself and the cooks cook it in a wok in front of you. They have a regular menu which is adequate, but we like the other option better. It's also considerably healthier than most of the food at that mall. It's located on the top level.

    1. georgeb RE: debmom Dec 11, 2006 11:02 AM

      Fatburger in the food court. Closest thing to In-N-Out in the tristate area. Cheaper than a trip to California...

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        LaurainCT RE: debmom Dec 11, 2006 03:49 PM

        I like Fox Sports Grill. It's an upscale sports bar. The food is similar to Cheesecake Factory's, but much better, and better service/atmosphere as well.

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          JRBlack RE: debmom Dec 12, 2006 02:09 AM

          Aroma D'Italia, on the ground floor just outside Bed, Bath and Beyond, has very good salads and light meals, but it can feel a little uncomfortable sitting right out there in the mall, rather than in an enclosed restaurant.

          Another option that gets you out of the dreaded mall environment is East, a Japanese restaurant on either the third or fourth floor (sorry, can't remember which) toward the east end (Macy's/Lord & Taylor) end of the mall.

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            i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream RE: JRBlack Dec 12, 2006 10:15 AM

            The Italian place you mentioned also has great gelato!

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              michele cindy RE: JRBlack Dec 12, 2006 11:43 AM

              Hi J, East is on the 4th floor, going towards Target. If you passed Chilli's you have gone too far.

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                MisterBill2 RE: JRBlack Jul 21, 2011 09:58 PM

                It appears that the location next to Bed Bath and Beyond is going to be an Italian place again. There is a sign for something called Giovanni Rana, which I know from their packaged pasta. It claims to be a ravioli place so I assume it is the same company.

                I miss the picture of the couples dressed up in their formal wear to go to the mall.

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                  michele cindy RE: MisterBill2 Jul 22, 2011 04:31 AM

                  I saw that too. I wonder if it will be a restaurant too. I can't imagine folks buying fresh pasta to take home from the mall. Most of the time you don't go straight home afterwards. Maybe they will sell bags to keep the stuff fresh in. Now that you mention it I miss that silly wall as well, always gave me a laugh.

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                    MisterBill2 RE: michele cindy Jul 22, 2011 07:39 PM

                    I think it will be a cafe, probably like the Italian place that was there before. There was a URL on the sign but I did not write it down. The Giovana Rana site does not seem to have anything about restaurants on it, or at least not that I found.

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                      MisterBill2 RE: MisterBill2 Sep 9, 2011 07:23 PM

                      The URL of the new pasta place that's opening downstairs is http://www.dagiovannirana.com/index?l... . Looks like this will be their first restaurant in the US. Here's a picture of the sign.

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                        MisterBill2 RE: MisterBill2 Nov 22, 2011 07:34 PM

                        The Giovanni Rana place is open. They charge $5-10 (most are $8) for assorted raviolis and other pastas. The ravioli is not made fresh, they have it in the prepacked stuff you get in the supermarket (although the guy I spoke to said they get fresh shipments weekly and it is never frozen). The sauces are made fresh on site. It seems like they're supposed to have a self-service ordering station, but it was not working when I stopped by.

                2. michele cindy RE: debmom Dec 12, 2006 11:54 AM

                  I also like the Itailan place mentioned above. I had a pretty good Ceaser salad there a few months ago. I'd give the Cheesecake Factory another chance. If I go I usually sit at the bar, and the service has always been good and haven't had a food temp problem yet. If you have the time, always send it back if you get something not up to your expectations. A few items which are usually good are: Fire grilled artichokes, buffalo blasts (I think that's what they are called?), Shrimp Scampi, Asian chicken lettuce wraps (I've gotten them with shrimp instead of chicken. The coconut cheesecake is also really good.
                  Chilli's isn't all that bad, not great, but I like the buffalo chicken salad, with extra bleu cheese crumbles. I never ordered a burger there for me, but the kids menu burger is really tasty. I don't know what they mix into the meat but it really has a good flavor. Also, they have a margarita special, 2 for like 2.99 or something like that. Just get it made with Roses lime, their sour mix isn't good.
                  I tried Chevy's a few weeks ago. It is similar to Chilli's, but it is a small notch above in the flavor department. The kids get a housemade cone with ice cream for dessert. This was the best part of the meal.

                  1. sadie RE: debmom Dec 12, 2006 02:03 PM

                    Legal Seafood. Or Johnny Rockets!

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                      johnfogelman RE: sadie Jul 16, 2012 09:16 PM

                      Legal Seafood drowned long ago. Gone for several years.

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                      hungrylikeawolf RE: debmom Dec 12, 2006 08:58 PM

                      Chili's or CF

                      1. engarcon RE: debmom Dec 13, 2006 01:27 AM

                        Get in your car and drive to Sakana for unusual sushi Rolls located on Rt 59 in Nanuet and great service

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                          tarrytown hound RE: debmom Dec 13, 2006 01:41 AM

                          Don't like any dining options in that mall. We once were served several pieces of raw chicken in our meal at Stir Crazy and never went back there again.

                          Cheesecake Factory always has a long wait for overpriced chain restaurant food.

                          I'd venture outside of the mall to get some good food.

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                            maggiekismet RE: debmom Dec 13, 2006 01:09 PM

                            I concur GET OUT OF THE MALL(S)!!!!

                            Nyack has wonderful restaurants--from The Runcible Spoon (bakery great for breakfast/brunch/light lunch) Indian, Thai (in a funky diner one block north of the Main drag), and for upscale Italian: Lanterna--their soups with one of their salads or a margherita pizza---a wonderful lunch!!!

                            Shop local, too, no wonder the country all looks alike: we've been malled!

                            ciao, Maggie

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                              Kenneth Potter RE: debmom Jun 24, 2007 03:38 PM

                              Legal Seafood and Stir Crazy are the best places to eat. Legal is truly outstanding with a superb wine list. For a burger, you can't beat Fat Burger in the food court. I've become addicted to their burgers. Their onion rings are homemade and wonderful. For a cheap sit down, Chili's isn't bad, but my wife hates it. We agree to disagree. I agree that it's worth getting in the car and heading for Sakana in Nanuet for Sushi.

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                                Dim Sum Diva RE: Kenneth Potter Jun 25, 2007 06:05 AM

                                Soup Man kiosk!

                                There is also a mongolian BBQ place on Rte. 303, outside of the mall, maybe 10 minutes away, if you are a fan of that kind of stuff.

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                                  CheesyGnome RE: Dim Sum Diva Jun 27, 2009 10:08 AM

                                  They added a mongolian type bbq in the mall as well, it's called Fire and Ice. I went to one in Cambridge, the food was ok. Good for chain food certainly. It's a really fun place though!

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                                    michele cindy RE: CheesyGnome Aug 24, 2009 04:30 AM

                                    For some reason I kept hesitating to try Fire & Ice, but on Saturday, the place was hopping and I figured on giving it a go, + I had a 20% off coupon from the mall. I thought it was pretty good for the mall... My only complaint, they could use more of a variety of sauces, yes there were plenty to choose from, but they all overlapped in taste. I would have liked to see a Thai curry, & Indian curry choices. I shared a turkey burger with my daughter that was great. I think it must have picked up some of the flavors from the grill. I had a seafood combo with a schzeuan sauce which was not spicy to me at all. chicken fajitas, not same without all the fixings for me, but the taste was ok although pretty salty. Anyone else have a special combo recipe they find a winner?

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                                bevoray RE: debmom Jun 25, 2007 07:57 AM


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                                  OrganicLife RE: bevoray Jun 25, 2007 12:02 PM

                                  I have to agree with some others on this thread....if you want a decent meal, you need to leave the mall. Otherwise it's just chains and chain-like restaurants. If you MUST eat at the mall, I'd go for Legal Seafood. At least some of their food is fresh and not loaded with salt and preservatives.

                                2. wench31 RE: debmom Jun 26, 2007 01:43 PM

                                  There's a Japanese place in the mall called East. Cute place. The sushi is constantly moving around on the belt. My daughter got a kick out of watching the sushi moving around!

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                                    MisterBill2 RE: wench31 Sep 4, 2007 09:07 PM

                                    Do they have regular food as well as sushi if you sit at the conveyor belt? My wife doesn't eat sushi but she would eat tempura or teriyaki if she could order it from there.

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                                      wench31 RE: MisterBill2 Sep 5, 2007 07:40 AM

                                      I believe everybody is seated at the conveyor belt whether or not they eat sushi.
                                      Yes, they do have cooked foods. They give you a menu for that.

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                                        JRBlack RE: wench31 Sep 5, 2007 10:57 AM

                                        There are tables, too, helpful if you're part of a group and sitting side by side doesn't help the conversation flow. But menus are available either at the counter or in the booths.

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                                    pumpkin donut RE: debmom Jun 26, 2007 02:32 PM

                                    East has good quality & selection which really surprised me. Turns out they have 3 locations all in Manhattan. Also Cafe Tu Tango on the 3rd or 4th flr has local artwork displayed for sale & a good unique menu with lots of small plates that are inexpensive & quite filling.

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                                      addictedtolunch RE: pumpkin donut Jun 27, 2007 01:24 AM

                                      Also voting for this sushi place. Good and cheap for sushi at this level.

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                                        newmeric RE: pumpkin donut Jun 27, 2007 06:35 AM

                                        We also had a pretty good meal at Cafe Tu Tu Tango (4th floor) - however it was SO LOUD. I can't remember if it was a weekend or weeknight, but they had dancers and every time they would dance around the restaurant they would crank the music up to an almost painful level. I do remember thinking that the chocolate mousse was worth going back for.

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                                          MisterBill2 RE: newmeric Sep 4, 2007 09:05 PM

                                          I am happy to hear you had a good meal at Cafe Tu Tu Tango as I was thinking of eating there this weekend. We usually eat at Stir Crazy but my daughter won't be with us and she doesn't let us eat there without her. My kids have mastered the stir fry thing so they can fill the wok so full that it looks bigger than an adult portion. The seared tuna appetizer and entrees are very good, although I generally get the Blazing Noodles, which is made with very hot red Fresno peppers (and is much cheaper than the tuna). The chicken satay appetizer is also excellent. Legal Sea Foods is good but more expensive.

                                          I can't speak for the food but the Lucky Stripe bowling alley/restaurant had incredibly attractive female servers in very short skirts! I just walked through to check out the place, did not eat (or bowl) there.

                                          Oh, and we had dinner at the Fox Sports Grill once and I recall the food was surprisingly good. The wings were excellent (smoked not fried) and my wife had an excellent salad.

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                                            JRBlack RE: MisterBill2 Sep 5, 2007 10:57 AM

                                            Cafe Tu Tu Tango seems to have closed its outpost at the mall.

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                                              MisterBill2 RE: JRBlack Sep 5, 2007 09:32 PM

                                              Interesting (and too bad).. I did not see the location listed on their website but assumed it was just old info. They certainly did not last long for a chain (but then again Macaroni Grill did not last either, and Tu Tu Tango had a crappy location where movie goers wouldn't see it. BTW I just tried calling their # (at 12:30am) and it's not disconnected but I did not get a recording with info as I would have expected, either.

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                                                michele cindy RE: MisterBill2 Sep 6, 2007 06:18 AM

                                                They are putting a new Itailian place where the Macaroni Grill was. Bravo,http://www.bravoitalian.com the menu looked interesting. Non pasta entrees were overpriced, but the appetizers were ok. I also read that the new motorcycle store may be combined with a bbq restaurant from the man behind r.u.b. + a place called Buffalo Wild Wings http://www.buffalowildwings.com is also going to open soon.

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                                                  MisterBill2 RE: michele cindy Sep 6, 2007 06:58 AM

                                                  I saw the menu from Bravo and I have a problem with expensive restaurants that insist on having menu items end in 99 cents.

                                                  Buffalo Wild Wings would be interesting. They're in New Rochelle and Port Chester but I haven't tried them.

                                                  I never understood that Opus place where the motorcycle place is going. Was it some sort of concert place? Was there a restaurant there?

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                                                    michele cindy RE: MisterBill2 Sep 6, 2007 07:59 AM

                                                    It was a place that played previously recorded concerts, also they had a few live acts come by. They also served food. The .99 is strange, I had not noticed it. In another post I mentioned that Chevy's had a happy hour that is really decent for what it is. Apps are 3.00 and they are full size portions, the fresh juice margarita is 3.25. I think it is the best deal in the mall food wise. Also East has specials Salmon Tues, and Tuna Thurs. They reduce the cost on all items made with these fish. One thing though, I order from the chef vs. the belt. Or- you can just watch as they put the stuff on to get the most fresh pieces off. There's been a few times where the piece I took from the belt must have made too many rounds...

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                                                      MisterBill2 RE: michele cindy Sep 6, 2007 04:49 PM

                                                      Yes, check out Bravo's menu on their website for an example of their 99 cents prices. Here's an example:

                                                      Wood-Griled Double-Cut Lamb Chops Full rack, perfectly seasoned and grilled to order with Tuscan mashed potatoes 23.99

                                                      It's like they want to fool their customers into thinking that it's cheaper than it is.

                                                      The East Tuesday and Thursday specials sound great. Sadly, we will be there on Saturday. Good idea about not picking stuff off the conveyor unless you see that it's free. My son and I used to go to a sushi place like that in Flushing near Shea Stadium, we'd go after Mets games.

                                                      Outside the mall, how's Lemongrass Thai in New City? I was checking iDine for stuff in the area and found that. I know there's Thai in Nyack as well but New City is just as convenient for me since I head north to go home.

                                                      Is the Chevy's Happy Hour only at the bar or is it in the dining room as well? I don't think my 16 year old son would be appreciated at the bar :-(.

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                                                        michele cindy RE: MisterBill2 Sep 7, 2007 04:25 AM

                                                        I'm not familiar with the Lemongrass in New City, but the Lemongrass places in NYC are usually decent. For Chevy's you need to sit in the bar area. There are plenty of tables and booths to sit at, you do not need to go to the bar. We bring our kids and it is not a problem. It's really a good deal. Fresh table side made guac for only $3.00... can't go wrong.

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                                                          MisterBill2 RE: michele cindy Sep 7, 2007 06:53 AM

                                                          Is the Chevy's deal on weekdays only or is it all week? It could certainly be interesting.. my wife and son love guacamole and could find some other stuff to get, and I could have the wings for dinner. BTW I see you weren't too thrilled with Chevys when you posted back in December.

                                                          Reminds me of when we went to the Gordon Biersch brewpub in Miami and discovered that they had half price appetizers on Sunday night, so we made a meal of appetizers (including a nice seared tuna). When we tried to go back the following week they no longer had the offer :-(.

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                                                            michele cindy RE: MisterBill2 Sep 7, 2007 07:37 AM

                                                            I had gone to Chevy's soon after it opened. It's improved. This special is 4-7 weekdays only. It may not be the greatest mex. around but for the price this is a good deal. I also like the fact that they give you freshly pressed tortillas.

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                                                              MisterBill2 RE: michele cindy Sep 7, 2007 01:42 PM

                                                              Thanks, I just called them (before seeing this post) and they told me it was M-F only. Oh well, onto the next option :-(.

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                                                          newmeric RE: MisterBill2 Sep 7, 2007 09:37 AM

                                                          I really like Lemongrass in New City. Personally I preferred it over the two places in downtown Nyack, although I am also biased by my dislike of parking in Nyack, especially on a weekend night. I always had very decent meals there. They have a separate vegetarian menu as well.

                                                          Across from Lemongrass is a great Greek place called Nesto's - www.nestosny.com, which has really good fish.

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                                                            MisterBill2 RE: newmeric Sep 7, 2007 01:44 PM

                                                            Yeah, I am not thrilled with parking in Nyack either. Maybe we wil ltry Lemongrass. The prices seem reasonable and 10% off with iDine is nice.

                                                            I noticed Nesto's when I was looking for Lemongrass in Zagat (Nesto's is there, LG is not) and it looked interesting but I'm in the mood for Thai since I had bad Thai at a new place in Shrub Oak (Yorktown) last week.

                                        2. michele cindy RE: debmom Jul 5, 2007 04:33 AM

                                          I went into Chevy's last week and came back again last night. They have a happy hour special. From 4-7pm appetizers (original huge portion sizes) are all $3.00. The drinks are also $3.00. They have a special watermelon margarita that is made with FRESH watermelon juice for $3.25. I rec. getting it frozen with salt. The salt accents the sweetness of the watermelon nicely. It's a great deal. We had nachos, a huge plater and they were good. Their salsa is also very good, and they make the soft tortillas to order so they come out nice and hot.

                                          1. michele cindy RE: OffTheBroiler Jul 5, 2007 07:44 AM

                                            Thanks. I've been to Baily's many times. I love it too. There are a handufl of places outside the mall that are great. BUT If you find it a hassle to leave the mall to find them, it's good to know you can still find options within it to find something edible. p.s. your blog is great too.

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                                              MisterBill2 RE: michele cindy Sep 5, 2007 09:35 PM


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                                              lilbyt165 RE: debmom Aug 4, 2008 07:18 AM

                                              I would suggest Buffalo Wild Wings....Just opened up not too long ago! Great place if you like wings and they have a variety of awesome appetizers such as ballpark sampler which includes cheesebuger dippers, mini corn dogs, and onion rings!! Such good food...I go there several times a month! :)

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                                                Shawn RE: lilbyt165 Aug 4, 2008 07:23 AM

                                                I guess to each his/her own. I only went to Buffalo Wild Wings once, but found the food far from "great." To me, it was awful. Chemically tasting, dry and skimpy portions. Once was plenty.

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                                                  michele cindy RE: Shawn Aug 7, 2008 04:30 AM

                                                  Have to strongly agree with you.

                                              2. misspastina RE: debmom Aug 6, 2008 02:58 PM

                                                Oooh! I've never had a Fatburger, but that's what I'm trying next time I'm there.

                                                I generally go to Johnny Rocket's because I'm a sucker for a gooey cheeseburger and good iced tea. Also, if I'm in a mall, I don't want to spend much time or money on a meal. That's not what I'm there for.

                                                Legal Seafood is good, but too expensive for a mall day.

                                                Chevy's is mediocre at best.

                                                Cheesecake Factory was extremely disappointing. It took forever (and wasn't crowded) and was pretty lousy.

                                                I do second the idea of going down the road to the Mongolian Grill place, if you can wait until you're done shopping. It was fresh and good and not something you see everywhere.

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                                                  robertjsweet RE: misspastina Aug 6, 2008 04:50 PM

                                                  Is Cheeburger Cheeburger still there....one is Westfield is a great spot...wonders if the one in the mall is equal....

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                                                    michele cindy RE: robertjsweet Aug 7, 2008 04:31 AM

                                                    It closed.

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                                                      bonacbub RE: michele cindy Aug 18, 2008 10:06 AM

                                                      wow, when did it close?? it was the best burger in the mall

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                                                        MisterBill2 RE: bonacbub Aug 18, 2008 10:39 AM

                                                        Wow, that is too bad.. we also had a very good meal there. But I did just check the website and West Nyack is no longer listed.

                                                        BTW I am pretty sure I mentioned it before but I really like Stir Crazy. Lots of interesting stuff on the menu and you can eat relatively cheap. Portions are fairly large.

                                                        BTW Fox Sports Grill has also closed.

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                                                    varsitysg RE: misspastina Aug 6, 2008 07:12 PM

                                                    My first and second experience at Fatburger was in Venice, CA and really loved the burger and onion rings. My third experience was at the location at Palisades Mall and I was crushed as I watched the young lady continuously press down on the patty with the spatula as she cooked it. I told her I didn't want a burger that was cooked like that and told her to either cook another for me or I'd demand my money back. Her attitude made me ask for my money back and I won't go back to that location again.

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                                                      frequentdiner RE: varsitysg Aug 7, 2008 07:59 AM

                                                      Fatburger at the mall had a huge sign hanging over the lineup area, advertising a combo price for a small burger, fries and a coke. When they rang it up, it was about $0.30 higher than advertised on the sign.

                                                      When I said they made a mistake, first the cashier, then the manager after her, told me the computer price was the right price and the sign was wrong. I was furious.

                                                      Got to love customer service. Whatever happened to consumer protection? I'll never go back. I walked away and didnt eat there over principle.

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                                                        MisterBill2 RE: frequentdiner Aug 18, 2008 10:37 AM

                                                        You should have reported them to the Rockland Department of Consumer Affairs. And the mall management.

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                                                          frequentdiner RE: MisterBill2 Sep 8, 2008 07:20 AM

                                                          No need to report them.......

                                                          As of September 6, Fatburger at The Mall was closed.....

                                                          Another one bites the dust.

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                                                            michele cindy RE: frequentdiner Sep 8, 2008 07:40 AM

                                                            Have you noticed that the mall food stands and restaurants are dropping like flys?

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                                                              frequentdiner RE: michele cindy Sep 8, 2008 08:38 AM

                                                              Yes... Lots of vacant spaces. Perhaps another sign of a weakening economy. Want to see even more vacancies? Take a look at nanuet mall.

                                                              Survival of the Fittest..... There are restaurants at the mall that seem to be busy and are providing what people want to eat. (East Sushi comes to mind) Others cant seem to make it.

                                                              Since the mall opened in the mid 90's, there have been numerous restaurant failures: Mickey Mantles, Tango Tango, Cheeburger cheeburger, the dreadful Churrascaria on the 4th floor, Romanos Macaroni Grill, Rainforest Cafe (who ever thought that one would fail after the long lines when they opened)...Jeepers (they DID serve food) and the numerous food court comings and goings.. Im sure there were other failures as well that i cant remember now.

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                                                                michele cindy RE: frequentdiner Sep 8, 2008 11:28 AM

                                                                the Greek place, and the Indian, FOX, all went out this year in the food court. I too was surprised the Rain Forest went out, I guess not really the food wasn't good, but with all the kids in the area I thought it seemed more viable. I wonder how Bravo is doing, it never looks very crowded. I remember seeing lines going into places and I no longer see lines for Chilis, Legal Seafood, or Outback.
                                                                I've been to East a few times, but now I go to Sakurabana on Rt. 59. It's a bit quirky as far as timing. Sometimes you go and you wait and wait for your food, but if you hit it right on the early side (Fri./Sat. night) it's a better bet then East. It's far from the quality of Wasabi's, but it is doable, and some of the hot dishes are also pretty tasty. It's 19.95 AYCE, + they have 1/2 price drinks from 5-7, Not bad...

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                                                                  valerie RE: michele cindy Jan 27, 2009 05:40 PM

                                                                  We were just at the mall this past Saturday. Legal Seafood is now gone. Looks like it just closed recently but I'm not sure since we haven't been to that mall in a while.

                                                                  We ate at Buffalo Wild Wings. Mediocre, but my husband likes wings and with 2 kids, it's actually not such a bad place to go. Certainly wouldn't go out of my way to eat there, but while entertaining my kids on a winter day at that mall, it was fine, especially considering the alternatives.

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                                                                    MisterBill2 RE: valerie Feb 5, 2009 10:11 AM

                                                                    Yes, I just read elsewhere that Legal ahd closed. That is too bad.

                                                                    I have not been to the BWW at the PS but the wings were pretty good at the one in Port Chester. Of course, it's not gourmet food, but it's decent.

                                                                    My favorite place is still Stir Crazy. We checked out the new Fice+Ice place a few weeks ago but the food did not look sanitary at all (and I am generally not that picky about stuff like that).

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                                                                      Booper69 RE: MisterBill2 Jun 26, 2009 09:48 PM

                                                                      Update from this mall. Nathans (yes, the hot dog place) just closed after the rent was raised from $22,000/mo. to $30,000/mo. Aroma D'Italia, on the ground floor, closed months ago as did neighbor kiosk Soup Man (now a junk jewelry booth).

                                                                      Rainforest Cafe closed all their mall stores, the concept only works in tourist areas where guests spend $$$ on souveniers.

                                                                      Fat Burger was replaced by a local pizza place which lasted 4 months before closing. Panda closed in Jan and was replaced by an unknown Chinese place.

                                                                      Fire+Ice is doing great on weekends and seems to have a decent weekday trade.

                                                                      The underlying problems with this mall 1) the recession 2) the demographics, especially on weekends, the higher end customers stay away because of the shabby appearance of the whole place, and expensive stores/eateries can't survive. Which is why Legal closed. The big chains survive, such as McD, BK, Wendy, Sbarros pizza, etc. These are the choices of the young and people on a tight budget.

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                                                                        MisterBill2 RE: Booper69 Jun 28, 2009 11:56 PM

                                                                        Thanks for the update. I am always amazed to see Fire+Ice busy given that I was not impressed when I walked through shortly after they opened.

                                                                        How's Lucky Strike Lanes doing (where Jeepers used to be)? I walked through there once and was impressed with the waitresses and their short skirts but it doesn't seem like the place I want to eat at.

                                                                        We still love to eat at Stir Crazy. They have a new $8.88 menu which is a great deal. and through the end of June you get a free $10 gift card when you buy one for $25. You gotta love free money!

                                                                    2. re: valerie
                                                                      MisterBill2 RE: valerie Jul 28, 2010 10:04 AM

                                                                      Was just at the mall the other day (ate at Stir Crazy again). Tony Roma's is going in where Legal was. Quite a drop in quality. Even my son was sad to see that.

                                                                      Stir Crazy Cafe
                                                                      4422 Palisades Center Dr, West Nyack, NY 10994

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                                                      mkl19 RE: debmom Jun 27, 2009 07:24 AM

                                                      A five minute ride from the mall is a great place called Lulu's Cafe. It's on West Nyack Rd. in West Nyack. Atmosphere is of an old time diner. They have lovely salads, nice, interesting sandwiches, cupcakes and to die for homemade ice cream.

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                                                        chezzie5 RE: mkl19 Feb 27, 2010 01:49 PM

                                                        MKL19, I could not agree with you MORE! Lulu's Cafe in West Nyack, NY is the BEST!!!! Their burgers, fries, and onion rings are to DIE for, and they also have the BEST chocolate chip cookies (even better than MINE!!)!!!! The wait staff is pleasant, knowledgeable, and efficient, and the decor is redolent with quirky nostalgia. If you are in the area, DON'T MISS IT!!!!!

                                                        Happy eating!!!!! ~

                                                        Cheryl in NJ (who works in Rockland)

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                                                          barbgail61 RE: chezzie5 Apr 27, 2010 11:33 AM

                                                          Cheryl, I agree, and I should, since this is your sister, who just recognized your post on this board. Since I'm the one who first introduced you to Lulu's Cafe, I'm glad you like it! I do too. And their brunch on Saturday is wonderful - great omlets, chocolate chip pancakes, etc. Great place.

                                                      2. michele cindy RE: debmom Sep 12, 2009 07:46 AM

                                                        The Red Mango has opened. Last week. Been there 2x's and it's great. While not my favorite place for fast food, there is going to be a taco bell opening in the near future. I like it better then the dessert moon place that's there but it's still just a taco bell... I think it will do well considering Wendy's and Burger King are always busy.

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                                                          debmom RE: michele cindy Sep 13, 2009 04:36 AM

                                                          What is Red Mango?

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                                                            wench31 RE: debmom Sep 13, 2009 12:21 PM

                                                            It's a yogurt place like Pinkberry


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                                                              debmom RE: wench31 Sep 13, 2009 03:34 PM

                                                              thanks, wench!

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                                                                michele cindy RE: debmom Sep 14, 2009 05:29 AM

                                                                There is a ton of link in the chain section on red mango. IMHO it is tons better the Pinkberry and any other frozen yogurt place I've ever been to.

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                                                            mom22tots RE: michele cindy Aug 11, 2010 05:47 PM

                                                            The Red Mango in Palisades Center has closed! :( So sad...it was my favorite!!

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                                                            Xclusivestilo RE: debmom Dec 4, 2009 08:22 PM

                                                            Qdoba. Best place to eat in the palisdaes. Steak burrito best bang for the buck and very tasty with the sauces + guacamole

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                                                              passionate_sense RE: debmom Dec 11, 2009 12:03 PM

                                                              I work at the Palisades Mall (not in a restaurant) and the best places for a quick lunch are East & Qdoba. For something more sit-down, Bravo is okay (I worked there briefly), Fire and Ice is okay, but Stir Crazy is the best.
                                                              There aren't any exceptional dining options at the mall- although the sushi at East is delicious!
                                                              The last time I went to Cheesecake Factory, I ordered a green salad with grilled chicken. The chicken that came back was raw. Completely raw. I asked for the manager, he treated it like it was no big deal, said that mistakes happen, and asked if I wanted to fill out an incident report. Will never eat at that location again.

                                                              I recommend driving into Nyack and checking out Velo. The parking has gotten much better with the lot behind Riverspace.

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                                                                debmom RE: passionate_sense Dec 11, 2009 04:40 PM

                                                                Thanks for the low-down PS, we have found Stir Crazy to be consistently good and FUN, too!!

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                                                                  MisterBill2 RE: debmom Dec 11, 2009 07:20 PM

                                                                  Yes, I think Stir Crazy's food is excellent. Their $8.88 specials are a very good value. And my daughter has mastered how to get the most food in one of the woks.

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                                                                    debmom RE: MisterBill2 Dec 12, 2009 04:14 AM

                                                                    What's the $8.88 special, Mr. B?

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                                                                      MisterBill2 RE: debmom Dec 13, 2009 01:18 PM

                                                                      They have a section on their menu with $8.88 meals. You get the entree (a smaller size) and a veggie spring roll. My wife likes the sweet & spicy chicken and it's on there for $2 less than the regular menu. They have some sandwiches as well. It should be on their website.

                                                                      Their wings are pretty good, with the same sauce. Heavily breaded but nice and crispy. Both the wings and the chicken satay (which is our usual appetizer there) come with really good Asian slaw. My favorite dish is the Blazing Noodles, which is the only 3 pepper item on the menu because of the Fresno peppers that are included.

                                                                      Also, if you eat there regularly, you can get a free $25 gift card if you buy a $100 gift card before the end of the year. You can buy the gift card as a gift for someone, or as a gift for yourself (which is what we do).

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                                                                        debmom RE: MisterBill2 Dec 14, 2009 03:47 AM

                                                                        Very Interesting! We usually go for lunch and stick with the stir fry! We might just have to try some of these other items-- they sound great! Thanks.

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                                                                hungrykids RE: debmom Dec 30, 2009 03:24 PM

                                                                We spent most of the day at the mall...not my first choice but the halfway point between my house and my mother's - and she wanted to see the hungrykids before she leaves on vacation next week. For the second time, we ate lunch at Fire & Ice and, I have to say, we were really pleased. If you haven't been there, the format needs explaining. My kids call it "American Hibachi." Basically you go to an "ingredients bar" where you choose your protein (between us today we had sirloin, turkey burger, chicken, shark, salmon, and shrimp) and other items to go with it (noodles, potatoes, lots of veggies, chopped garlic, onion, scallions, etc., some spices) and a sauce (e.g. honey ginger, szechuan, mesquite bbq, marinara, etc.). Then you hand your bowl of ingredients to the guys standing in front of the grill and they stir fry it while you watch. There's also a regular salad bar. Lunch was $9 per person for the adults and half-price for the kids. Wait staff takes drink orders and brings rice and/or warm tortillas to the table. You can go back as many times as you wish for more food. Everything looked and tasted fresh, except the corn on the cob (cut into 3-inch sections) which tasted as if it had been previously frozen. The only downside was that with all the hopping up and down to get different foods and wait for the cooking, I'm not sure we were all at the table for more than a few minutes at any one time. (Oh, wait, given the way the hungrykids fight with one another, maybe that was the UP side....)

                                                                Is it unbelievable gourmet food? No. Of course not. But for a shopping mall, it's a decent alternative at a reasonable price. It's the second time we've had a good meal there and I'm sure we'll go again in the future.

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                                                                  outofthebox RE: debmom Jul 28, 2010 08:40 AM

                                                                  next time try Good earth Potato on the third floor, they have the best chopped salad ever and every thing you imagain on a baked potato, plus its very good price.

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                                                                    chloe4ever RE: outofthebox Aug 1, 2010 10:45 PM

                                                                    I have to concur with the sentiment about Good Earth Potato. I tried their Santa Fe potato and it was really good! And they have tons of toppings.

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                                                                      mom22tots RE: outofthebox Aug 11, 2010 05:50 PM

                                                                      Really? Huge fan of a great chopped salad and I am always at a loss at the mall. Are the ingredients fresh?

                                                                    2. i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream RE: debmom Mar 19, 2011 06:04 PM

                                                                      After reading this thread and checking the website, it was clear to me that there would be nothing I'd want to eat in the mall, so we went to Cassie's pizzeria 10 minutes south in Orangeburg. We had a huge caesar salad and large brick oven pizza. The salad was pretty standard, but the pizza was great. Thin crust, no droopy slices (a pet peeve of mine), nicely flavored sauce, and fresh basil. It was definitely worth going out of the way for and saved us from Cheesecake Factory. Recommended if you need a bite near the mall!!

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                                                                        Shawn RE: i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream Mar 19, 2011 07:10 PM

                                                                        I work about 2 seconds away from Cassie's, and I'm a bigger fan of their salads than pizzas. To my taste, there's something not so great about their crust-- I can't put my finger on the issue, but I don't love the pizza. I have never tried the caesar salad there, but they do a good, albeit overpriced, chopped salad. Many of my coworkers rave about the pear and gorgonzola salad, though I haven't tried it.

                                                                        I do agree there's nowhere worthwhile to eat at the mall, but if you're willing to travel 10 minutes or so, there are better options. As I_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream said, Cassies is fine. There's a place in Blauvelt, also on 303, called Lanie Lou's, which is also decent for salads and sandwiches. Milano on 303 in Blauvelt is a perfectly fine red sauce Italian. And Thai Garden in Orangeburg. And Bailey's barbeque in Blauvelt. And tons of better options if you just follow route 59 into Nyack. There's no reason at all to eat at the mall if you don't want to.

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                                                                          mom22tots RE: i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream Mar 20, 2011 05:24 AM

                                                                          We also really like Cassies...there's one in Englewood, NJ as well--I like the atmosphere of that one better--the one in Orangeburg is in a space that used to be a diner and you can tell--but we really enjoy the salads. Haven't been in a while but there used to be a stacked salad with fresh mozzarella, tomatoes and balsamic that I remember being very good. Heads and shoulders above anything you'll find at the Palisades.

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                                                                            chloe4ever RE: mom22tots Mar 23, 2011 11:21 PM

                                                                            Well, Good Earth Potato is gone. Saw them boarding up the place tonight. Too bad. It was a good choice in the food court.

                                                                            They are opening up an Ihop soon across from the recently opened Tony Romas.....

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                                                                              michele cindy RE: chloe4ever Mar 24, 2011 05:03 AM

                                                                              I was in the food court too last night too! I saw that as well. A KFC is going to open up soon where Desert Moon used to be.. While I am not crazy about KFC, I do crave a piece of extra crispy once a year, being around one more frequently, could be a problem... As far as the IHOP goes, I think it's going to do really well. I'm not a fan of IHOP, but from a marketing standpoint this mall seems like a good pick for one.

                                                                              Desert Moon Cafe
                                                                              650 Lee Blvd, Yorktown Heights, NY 10598

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                                                                                chloe4ever RE: michele cindy Mar 24, 2011 09:03 AM

                                                                                We have good timing! I am with you about KFC, I am not one who seeks out the place, but if it is an option, I will partake in some of their chicken, especially the extra cripsy. As far as IHOP goes, I like some of their omlettes and I think their pot roast melt sandwich is very good.

                                                                                I just realized that admitting that I kinda like IHOP and KFC might get me kicked off the chowhound boards......I will have to risk it and the public shame that it will bring.

                                                                        2. MisterBill2 RE: debmom Apr 3, 2011 08:32 PM

                                                                          Add Fire+Ice to the defunct list. We were at the mall at lunch time Saturday and my son noticed that it was closed. A closer look showed that the signs and menu were gone. I never ate there, I walked through it when the first opened and it looked terribly unsanitary the way they had raw poultry and meats out on the buffet (and I don't consider myself that picky about that).

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                                                                            chloe4ever RE: MisterBill2 Apr 3, 2011 09:27 PM

                                                                            Fire and Ice wasn't bad.....you just needed to eat a lot in order to justify the price....and then it took a long time (especially if it was crowded) to get a second helping because you had to wait for all the others to have their food cooked, so for two times up, you had to be at the place for at least an hour and a half.

                                                                            The raw food didn't bother me....that is why we have an immune system ~) And they cook it anyway....

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                                                                              Booper69 RE: chloe4ever Apr 3, 2011 09:40 PM

                                                                              We never ever went in on a weekend, esp. Sat Nite when the lines stretched out the door. We ate there several times on weekdays and weekday evenings and never felt it was that crowded.

                                                                              The demographics at this mall have been sliding downhill for years and only the big name chains are doing well (BK, Mcd, Wendys, etc).
                                                                              And the rents are shooting up which is why Nathans was shuttered for 4 months until a new operator took over. The manager at Blimpies told me about this and now, a year later, Blimpies is gone, I guess they couldn't compete with Subway.

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                                                                                michele cindy RE: Booper69 Apr 4, 2011 02:40 AM

                                                                                I'm betting IHOP will do well just because of the change in the demographics, not sure about Tony Roma's, haven't been there, it seems more expensive then the Cheesecake Factory, at least at a quick glance of the menu.

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                                                                                  MisterBill2 RE: michele cindy May 17, 2011 07:25 PM

                                                                                  I checked out the menu at TR on Sunday and it was surprisingly expensive. They did a nice job on the place, it's very open -- much different than Legal.

                                                                                  I did see an amusing mural ad down on the ground floor for the mall restaurants, showing two couples all dressed up eating dinner. The women were in dresses, the men wearing jacket. Hard to image anyone dressing like that to have dinner in any of the mall restaurants.

                                                                                  Also while having dinner at Stir Crazy, I was trying to figure out which of the original non-fast food restaurants are still there. I could only come up with Stir Crazy, Chili's, Dave & Busters, and Outback (I think). Everything else has changed.

                                                                                  Stir Crazy Cafe
                                                                                  4422 Palisades Center Dr, West Nyack, NY 10994

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                                                                                    michele cindy RE: MisterBill2 May 18, 2011 08:15 AM

                                                                                    I noticed the same ad, I asked my daughter "do you really think folks would dress like that to go to the mall?" I think the women were even wearing pearls. The menu at TR was expensive, I just ordered a sandwich, pulled pork which wasn't very good, but the kids ribs were about $7.00 which was a good deal, and they were not bad. My husband liked it more then me. He had a pasta/shrimp dish. (Doesn't eat meat).

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                                                                                      MisterBill2 RE: michele cindy May 18, 2011 07:59 PM

                                                                                      My kids are too old for it now, but Legal had a great kids menu, possibly the best I've ever seen at a restaurant. Good to hear that TR's is decent.

                                                                                      I guess the people who make the ads for the mall haven't noticed the downgrading of the mall's restaurants. Unless IHOP is going to be a new fine dining concept :-).

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                                                                                        smilingal RE: MisterBill2 May 19, 2011 07:32 PM

                                                                                        speaking of fine dining - you all got me excited about Popeyes - so I put in an order for someone to go and pick up - only to find out that it hasn't opened yet! Anyone know when??

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                                                                                MisterBill2 RE: chloe4ever Apr 5, 2011 12:25 AM

                                                                                I actually got email from them at the start of March saying that they had a new single trip dinner for $9.95 (I wonder how they enforced that?). An amusingly psychic message was in the ad -- "don't be the last 1 to try it!". They also claimed to be the #1 restaurant at the Palisades Mall, for whatever that was worth.

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                                                                                  Booper69 RE: MisterBill2 Apr 5, 2011 07:08 AM

                                                                                  I was on their E-Mail list, getting all kinds of notices and specials. That stopped a couple of months ago I think.

                                                                                  As a whole, the mall is having problems with it's food places. The mall is empty during the week and has to survive on weekend traffic.

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                                                                                    MisterBill2 RE: Booper69 Apr 8, 2011 05:18 PM

                                                                                    My last email from them was on 3/4 for the 1-trip dinner. Got two copies, even.

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                                                                                      chloe4ever RE: MisterBill2 Apr 8, 2011 07:42 PM

                                                                                      Well, KFC is out and Popeyes is in!

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                                                                                        michele cindy RE: chloe4ever Apr 9, 2011 04:35 AM

                                                                                        now I am doomed. I prefer popeye's over kfc...

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                                                                                          michele cindy RE: michele cindy May 6, 2011 07:19 AM

                                                                                          It seems as if they are going to keep both. A KFC and a Popeye's. Kind of reminds me of the Blimpie/Subway - Subway is left, Blimpie is gone. On the other hand I think they will both get equal diners. There's still a BK and McD, it's like Coke or Pepsi, both have strong followers depending on tastes.

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                                                                                          smilingal RE: chloe4ever May 6, 2011 08:10 PM

                                                                                          oh now we are in trouble - Popeyes!!!!!! - she admits sheepishly while salivating!

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                                                                                            ltlevy RE: chloe4ever Jul 1, 2011 08:51 AM

                                                                                            For all you fried chicken lovers...

                                                                                            Was at the mall yesterday and KFC is open. Popeye's had a sign that they would be "Opening Later Today". That was around 2 or so, so maybe it was open for dinner.

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                                                                                  FOOD IS LIFE RE: debmom May 6, 2011 01:38 PM

                                                                                  I have allergies to nuts and soy. I have been able to enjoy meals at both the Cheesecake Factory and Stir Crazy.

                                                                                  Stir Crazy Cafe
                                                                                  4422 Palisades Center Dr, West Nyack, NY 10994

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                                                                                    rkaene RE: debmom May 22, 2011 06:09 PM

                                                                                    Went to TR's for dinner, high priced and mediocre quality. Ribs were not great, very heavy on the sauce, and salads were sort of tired. Cheesecake is much higher quality.

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                                                                                      Retrokitch RE: debmom May 28, 2011 08:30 PM

                                                                                      My vote would definitely be for Stir Crazy - very fresh, menu choices suitable for all, quick, convenient and reasonable prices. Although they don't take reservations, I find that it's rarely crowded except at peak periods. I like the hot and sour soup, stir crazy stir fries, most appetizers... in my opinion, the healthiest ( and tastiest) choice at the mall!

                                                                                      Stir Crazy Cafe
                                                                                      4422 Palisades Center Dr, West Nyack, NY 10994

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                                                                                        tokki75 RE: debmom Jul 16, 2011 10:16 AM

                                                                                        I prefer TGIF, Outback, Bravo, Stir Crazy, and East. I tried every restaurant on Palisades Center on the top floor. My favorite used to be Fox Grill but it's been closed for a while. New Tony Romano placed opened up and I checked it out on few occasions but it wasn't what I expected. I love the double grilled Jack Daniels chicken in TGIF, Prime Rib at Outback, Seafood combination at STIR, seafood pasta at Bravo and bunch of different things at East. Afterwards go check out Coldstone right by Barnes and Nobles for some dessert. Yummy!

                                                                                        Stir Crazy Cafe
                                                                                        4422 Palisades Center Dr, West Nyack, NY 10994

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                                                                                          smilingal RE: tokki75 Jul 16, 2011 08:48 PM

                                                                                          i thought coldstone had closed?!

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                                                                                            michele cindy RE: smilingal Jul 17, 2011 06:48 AM

                                                                                            still going strong.

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                                                                                              smilingal RE: michele cindy Jul 19, 2011 11:57 AM

                                                                                              thanks! I'll remember that next time - I don't really like the mall - try to avoid it - even this past weekend - saw a great movie there - OT - Horrible Bosses - but ate at Posa Posa. Usually don't go there, but the other people selected it. It was a decent place, although my chicken breast in the pasta dish with peas and onions was a bit dried out.

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                                                                                                michele cindy RE: smilingal Jul 20, 2011 03:04 AM

                                                                                                Posa Posa has a good basic slice, and their grandma slice is great.

                                                                                                Posa Posa
                                                                                                121 Rockland Ctr, Nanuet, NY 10954

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                                                                                          ultimate warrior RE: debmom Sep 2, 2011 02:49 AM

                                                                                          the qdoba looks like its closed as well. there is a little place on the top floor I hadnt seen before called cafe l'amour. they have falafel among other things.

                                                                                          1. michele cindy RE: debmom Sep 3, 2011 09:12 AM

                                                                                            A new hibachi place is going into the Fire and Ice space. Forgot the name... Hopefully it will be good, but sadly that space seems to get restaurants that never make it. I'm having doubts about Tony Romas making it too. Recently I received coupons in the mail for the mall location. Do they send coupons for all of their locations? I wouldn't expect them to do that if they were doing well.

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                                                                                              MisterBill2 RE: michele cindy Sep 9, 2011 07:27 PM

                                                                                              I think Tony Romas does do coupons. Was it discounted entrees or for an appetizer? You have to figure that they'll get lots of walk up traffic from people at the mall who won't have the coupon.

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                                                                                                michele cindy RE: MisterBill2 Sep 10, 2011 04:58 PM

                                                                                                I think it was something like that. Free appetizer with dinner.

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                                                                                                  MisterBill2 RE: michele cindy Sep 12, 2011 06:54 AM

                                                                                                  Yeah, and look at the prices of their entrees.

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                                                                                              ultimate warrior RE: debmom Nov 10, 2011 09:37 PM

                                                                                              Chevy's is now closed down. There were workers literally taking down the furniture and fixtures. Hibachi place still not opened yet. Cafe L'amour closed, cold stone coming soon. Ihop and comedy restaurant place not opened yet.

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                                                                                                michele cindy RE: ultimate warrior Nov 11, 2011 01:59 PM

                                                                                                Thanks for the update. Chevy's is a huge spot, wonder what will go there?

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                                                                                                  MisterBill2 RE: ultimate warrior Nov 11, 2011 09:59 PM

                                                                                                  Interesting about Chevys. I ate there once and it was really terrible. Cold Stone is already at the mall, in the "aisle" heading to B&N. Is it moving?

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                                                                                                    michele cindy RE: MisterBill2 Nov 12, 2011 06:25 AM

                                                                                                    My guess is they are moving for more visibility. Can't see them keeping 2 locations.

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                                                                                                      ultimate warrior RE: michele cindy Nov 13, 2011 10:10 AM

                                                                                                      Yeah I forgot about that location. Also there is a grilled cheese place called Cheeseboy coming to one of the "deluxe kiosks". Seems its a chain with 4 other locations on the east coast.

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                                                                                                        MisterBill2 RE: michele cindy Nov 22, 2011 07:36 PM

                                                                                                        OK we were there on Sunday and now I understand where Cold Stone is moving to. It's right across from McDonalds. Definitely a better location than they have now, hidden in the aisle heading to B&N. The comedy place claims that someone will be there for deliveries starting 12/1.

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                                                                                                    Booper69 RE: debmom Nov 12, 2011 07:21 AM

                                                                                                    The Kohr Brothers soft custard operation has now closed both booths, on the ground floor and the 4th level. The owner tried switching to a different, cheaper supplier and renaming the operation Tina T's but that didn't work.

                                                                                                    Also, the Original Soupman on the lower level, next to the Kohr Brothers booth, has also shut down.

                                                                                                    Both food booths have been replaced by non food kiosks

                                                                                                    1. MisterBill2 RE: debmom Jan 3, 2012 06:27 AM

                                                                                                      Bravo! (the Italian place on the 4th floor where Macaroni Grill was originally) has closed.

                                                                                                      There is a new comedy club next to Imax where numerous failed ventures have been. I wonder how long it will last?

                                                                                                      The hibachi place that is going in where Fire+Ice and other failed restaurants were is still not open yet (at least not as of the 26th). Bravo must have just closed because I'm pretty sure it was open on the 26th but a co-worker just told me they were closed yesterday and their phone is disconnected.

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                                                                                                        Booper69 RE: MisterBill2 Jan 3, 2012 09:42 PM

                                                                                                        We have eaten at Bravo! several times and the last time, In November, something seemed off with the place. Couldn't put my finger on it but now it seemed to be malaise.

                                                                                                        Coldstone Ice Cream has a new spot under construction on the main corridor, around the corner from their current location outside B & N.

                                                                                                        A lot of food operations have gone under at this mall. The poor economy is really hurting them.

                                                                                                        I had the Chicken pot pie at KFC tonight, not bad, and reasonably priced at $7 including a Diet Pepsi. I haven't eaten at KFC in a long time (decades) and now will try their grilled chicken next time.

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                                                                                                        tokki75 RE: debmom Jan 3, 2012 08:24 AM

                                                                                                        I stick to my favorites at the palisades mall: Outback, Stir, TGIF, and Dave and Busters. =) And of course my favorite ice cream store Coldstone. Yummy! I was looking forward to IHOP opening for few months now and was recently pleasantly surprised that they finally opened. Looking to visit IHOP soon!!!

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                                                                                                          michele cindy RE: tokki75 Jan 4, 2012 04:28 AM

                                                                                                          I went to the IHOP last week for breakfast. It was your standard IHOP. Everything was ok, except my fries were pretty bad. Normally, I would have sent them back, but we were going to a movie and didn't have the time. They were barely warm, and tasted as if they were under a heat lamp, not fresh at all. Our server was really nice and did a good job. I think the IHOP is going to do well here. Each time I've passed by it always has customers. As for the newly empty Bravo, I heard another Itailian place is going in. No info on the name.

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                                                                                                            MisterBill2 RE: michele cindy Jan 6, 2012 07:54 PM

                                                                                                            If it's Brio, they are the same company as Bravo. I thought that Brio was cheaper but I just compared menus and they seem comparable in price.

                                                                                                            Or maybe Macaroni Grill wants to make another try of it? Or just admit defeat and let Olive Garden move in.

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                                                                                                              michele cindy RE: MisterBill2 Jan 7, 2012 02:20 PM

                                                                                                              I think you are right, I've never been to an Olive Garden but something along those lines would do better there then what's been there. If I had my way, I'd make it a Golden Coral! Really, I think it would do great there.

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                                                                                                                MisterBill2 RE: michele cindy Jan 7, 2012 10:17 PM

                                                                                                                I was at the mall today. It's becoming a Yard House. I think of it as a higher end Buffalo Wild Wings because they have lots of TV's and a bar with lots of beers on tap, but more food choices. There's one at the new Ridge Hill Shopping Center in Yonkers that I refuse to shop at because of their parking charge. People seem to like it, based on the posts in a thread here.

                                                                                                                I spoke to a bartender at one of the restaurants today. She said that rumors have Tony Roma's being the next to close.

                                                                                                                BTW, Pottery Barn is closing in addition to WS. Very disappointed about WS. I spoke to an employee there a couple of weeks ago when I first saw the sign. She said that corporate was not happy with how the mall had changed (many fewer high end stores) so they were pulling out. They're closing their store in the Garden State Plaza as well! I hope that Danbury survived the cut! The store at The Westchester is staying open but I refuse to pay for parking there :-).

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                                                                                                                  Booper69 RE: MisterBill2 Jan 7, 2012 10:48 PM

                                                                                                                  We were at the mall at 4:30 today, decided to have an early supper at Tony Roma's. That place is expensive, don't see how it can survive with the new demographics at the mall. The cheapest burger was almost $12.00. If you have four people, with sodas it will be almost $100.00. Talking about parents with two kids here. Even with all ordering burgers, it will be almost $75.00.

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                                                                                                                    michele cindy RE: MisterBill2 Jan 8, 2012 07:08 AM

                                                                                                                    I wouldn't be surprised if Tony Roma's closed either. No one is ever there, not enough to support the rent, and build out they undertook.
                                                                                                                    I'll have to look at the Yard House, sounds like something suitable for the mall. If you look around, Friday's and Chili's usually have a steady flow. So there is a niche, you just have to be the right one and you can do well in the mall
                                                                                                                    Update - I just took a look at their website, and it kind of reminds me of a Cheesecake Factory. My DH is a vegetarian, although he'll eat fish. There's a section featuring a meat substitute, so this may be perfect for us. http://www.yardhouse.com/menus/snacks...

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                                                                                                                liza219 RE: michele cindy Jan 7, 2012 12:20 AM

                                                                                                                Everything is leaving that mall.Even William-sonoma is bailing.

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                                                                                                                MisterBill2 RE: tokki75 Jan 6, 2012 07:56 PM

                                                                                                                I have a co-worker who I keep trying to get to try Stir Crazy, but his wife is a stubborn picky eater who does not like Chinese food and refuses to look at their menu to see what she could eat. He used to eat at Legal before they closed and the Italian cafe downstairs after that before it closed. He ate at IHoP last week and I suspect it will be his new go-to place.

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                                                                                                                  debmom RE: MisterBill2 Jan 7, 2012 07:18 AM

                                                                                                                  We have been eating at Stir Crazy for years, but it just isn't as good as it used to be. The last few times it is not as clean.

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                                                                                                                    MisterBill2 RE: debmom Jan 7, 2012 10:20 PM

                                                                                                                    Not as clean where, the stir fry bar? I was there a few weeks ago and it was fine. BTW you can get $100 worth of Stir Crazy gift cards for $79.99 at Costco (same price as for Xaviars cards).

                                                                                                              4. MisterBill2 RE: debmom Jul 16, 2012 12:08 AM

                                                                                                                So, Yard House is finished and they will be opening on July 27th (the sign in the window said they were training). It's bigger than its predecessors, it goes all the way down to B&N on that middle aisle. That's obviously why Cold Stone moved.

                                                                                                                Stir Crazy has changed their Market Bar (the stir fry thing where you pick your veggies, meat/etc and noodles/rice). It's now unlimited trips, and they don't make you finish the first one before you ask for another (and yes, you can take home leftovers from the first trip). My kids always managed to fill their bowls higher than most people, but with this new multiple trip policy I don't see them making money on us. On the other hand, my daughter said that since she was able to make a second pass, she did not feel as obligated to overfill the bowl on the first trip. Our server didn't think that policy was going to last long. At minimum they should give you the smaller lunch-sized woks on return visits (similar to the smaller bowls you get at Olive Garden during their unlimited pasta deal).

                                                                                                                The place that used to be Fire & Ice (and Mickey Mantles initially, who can fill in all of the intermediate places it's been?) is now becoming some hibachi place. Presumably not part of a chain since the email address on the sign was a Gmail account.

                                                                                                                I peeked into IHoP as I was taking the escalator down and was surprised that it was not very busy on a Saturday night. I noticed that they are open 24 hours Friday and Saturday, according to a sign in the window.

                                                                                                                Tony Roma's is still open but I wonder if they will be the next to go once Yard House opens.

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                                                                                                                  michele cindy RE: MisterBill2 Jul 16, 2012 06:27 AM

                                                                                                                  Thanks for the heads up on the Stir Crazy menu. I'm looking forward to trying the Yard House. One good thing for our family, is they offer a meat substitute on the menu for a lot of their dishes. My husband doesn't eat meet so this will be a plus. I've noticed Ihop always has more folks in it then say Tony Romas does any given time. I agree, not sure how long Tony's going to last.

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                                                                                                                    rolise RE: michele cindy Jul 16, 2012 07:19 AM

                                                                                                                    We have a yardhouse in the RidgeHill complex in Yonkers. If your husband eats fish the ahi sandwich is amazing. Beer selection is also really good.

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                                                                                                                      michele cindy RE: rolise Jul 16, 2012 03:52 PM

                                                                                                                      Yes he does - great.
                                                                                                                      I think they have 150+ on tap - that's crazy - hope they do flights.

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                                                                                                                        MisterBill2 RE: rolise Jul 16, 2012 06:01 PM

                                                                                                                        I've been to YH in Ridge Hill. I like not having to pay for parking at the Palisades Center so I will go to that one (of course parking is cheaper than the Tappan Zee toll, but I take the Bear Mountain so that's only $1.25). Yard House at RH really blew it not getting some accommodation to validate parking for their customers like Cheesecake Factory has. The food, however, is really good. The ahi poke appetizer is quite good. The fish tacos not so great.

                                                                                                                        BTW if you are signed up for the Stir Crazy mailing list (and if you aren't, you should be), the birthday coupon is now good for any food item on the menu. They show pictures of appetizers on the coupon but it can be used for any entree as well. We used it for an $18 entree :-). Also, for the 2nd pass on the Market Bar, you can change your meat and noodle/rice. Tofu, chicken and beef are all $11.99.

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                                                                                                                      MisterBill2 RE: MisterBill2 Sep 3, 2012 10:58 PM

                                                                                                                      I think that SC has switched back to one trip pricing. I got a 50% off an entree email and it says one trip in the fine print. Or maybe that's just if you use the coupon.

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                                                                                                                        spa RE: MisterBill2 Sep 5, 2012 06:13 AM

                                                                                                                        Nope, I was there last night and we were encouraged to go back for more.

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                                                                                                                          MisterBill2 RE: spa Sep 5, 2012 08:55 PM

                                                                                                                          Interesting.. maybe leftover from a previous version of the coupon.

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                                                                                                                      johnfogelman RE: debmom Jul 16, 2012 09:25 PM

                                                                                                                      We live in the community and rarely ever eat at the mall. By chance on a recent night, after a very late movie, we reluctantly went to the Cheesecake Factory because it was the only alternative to a diner. (June 2012 )We were astonished with their veggie burgers, which we try out everywhere. It may have been the BEST VEGGIE BURGER we have had. When we have an unrelenting need for a veggie burger, the Cheesecake Factory is definitely our destination.

                                                                                                                      1. michele cindy RE: debmom Sep 2, 2012 05:50 AM

                                                                                                                        The Hibatchi Factory has opened. There were a few folks in it on Saturday, not packed but decent. The menu is expensive enough that I won't be going unless for a special occasion.

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                                                                                                                          michele cindy RE: michele cindy Sep 2, 2012 03:54 PM


                                                                                                                        2. michele cindy RE: debmom Nov 24, 2012 03:35 PM

                                                                                                                          Latest one - Red Robin. Coming soon. Right next to IHOP. Never ate at one. I've seen the commercials for awhile, and wondered where it was and why they were advertising so much in our area. Now we know. However I'm much more excited about the uniqlo coming.

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                                                                                                                            MisterBill2 RE: michele cindy Nov 24, 2012 08:37 PM

                                                                                                                            We've been to the one in Poughkeepsie and really like it. Be sure to sign up for their mailing list, you'll get a free burger for your birthday. Same is true for Stir Crazy (not a burger, of course). The coupons they've been sending out of late are for anything on the menu, including the most expensive entree. Of course, they only picture appetizers on the coupon but it works fine for entrees.

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                                                                                                                              michele cindy RE: MisterBill2 Nov 25, 2012 04:39 AM

                                                                                                                              Thanks for the tips! I found this, I guess we need to move to the chain section to get the Red Robin low down http://www.redrobin.com/menu

                                                                                                                          2. michele cindy RE: debmom Feb 28, 2013 11:56 AM

                                                                                                                            Crumbs Bake Shop is going to be open on March 4th, not sure where. I've had their cupcakes and I think they will do well. The pasta place Giovanni is out, I can't see how they lasted so long. There's a new yogurt place called Swirl on the 4th fl. Something else to report too, I can't remember what it was...

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                                                                                                                              MisterBill2 RE: michele cindy Feb 28, 2013 06:36 PM

                                                                                                                              Crumbs is great. Agree about the pasta place lasting as long as it did. That's just a stupid location for a restaurant.

                                                                                                                              What you forgot is that Joe's Crab Shack is opening in the rest of what used to be Chevy's. I thought it was all going to be Red Robin, but obviously not.

                                                                                                                              The hibachi place has been on Groupon lately if anyone is inclined to eat there. We ate at Yard House last week and had a pretty good meal.

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                                                                                                                                michele cindy RE: MisterBill2 Mar 1, 2013 04:05 AM

                                                                                                                                I think I wrote about Joe's in an early post. I haven't heard good comments from anyone who's been to their other locations. Unfortunately as crabs are my most favorit food in the world to eat. The Yard House has a great happy hour. There are a bunch of 1/2 price appetizers, and drink specials. You can make a nice dinner out of them. We've gone a lot, and the bill usually is about $50, for a family of 4 including beers and soda.
                                                                                                                                We went to the hibachi place one time. Not sure I'd go back, it was just ok, but it we did have a fun time. I've heard good stuff about Red Robin.

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                                                                                                                                  MisterBill2 RE: michele cindy Mar 1, 2013 06:37 PM

                                                                                                                                  Don't see anything else here about Joe's. I did not realize that they weren't good If that wasn't it then what else did you have to report but couldn't remember?

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                                                                                                                                    michele cindy RE: MisterBill2 Mar 2, 2013 05:31 AM

                                                                                                                                    I wish I could remember :) ! I hope Penzey's sticks around, but I can't fathom how they will. How can you keep up with the overhead with such a low cost item? Maybe I was thinking about the non food related Uni Qlo store which is exciting.

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                                                                                                                                      MisterBill2 RE: michele cindy Mar 2, 2013 07:36 PM


                                                                                                                                      My wife checked out Uni Qlo in Paramus and was not impressed. But we are clearly not their target and apparently they are popular

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                                                                                                                                        michele cindy RE: MisterBill2 Mar 3, 2013 05:04 AM

                                                                                                                                        http://www.penzeys.com/ Spice shop - good stuff. Joe's was a different thread I started. Wonder if it is best just to keep all mall stuff in one place? http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/875139

                                                                                                                            2. michele cindy RE: debmom Apr 15, 2013 05:09 AM

                                                                                                                              Not sure when this place will be opening or where in the mall it's going to be, but the Clay Oven sounds like something I'd really enjoy. http://www.hotclayoven.com/menu.html
                                                                                                                              Joe's Crab Shack opens tomorrow. Even with the bad reviews from their other locations, I will try it out later in the week.

                                                                                                                              1. michele cindy RE: debmom Jun 10, 2014 04:53 AM

                                                                                                                                A new restaurant is coming to the mall:

                                                                                                                                Also if you haven't tried the Happy Hour at The Cheesecake Factory give it a go. It's a great deal. $5.00 cocktails, $4.00 beer, and full size appetizers, only $5.00! Best H.H. deal in the mall IMHO. I do like the Yard Houses deal, but the CCF has better appetizers, and better drinks.

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                                                                                                                                  MisterBill2 RE: michele cindy Jun 19, 2014 10:51 PM

                                                                                                                                  Yes, and Texas De Brazil is going to be downstairs where Restoration HW used to be, across from CF.

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                                                                                                                                    michele cindy RE: MisterBill2 Jun 20, 2014 06:15 AM

                                                                                                                                    We went back to happy hour again last night at the Cheesecake Factory. Once again it was a great deal.

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                                                                                                                                      smilingal RE: michele cindy Jun 20, 2014 06:36 PM

                                                                                                                                      Not to detour much...but...can you recommend any other good happy hours in the county?

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                                                                                                                                        michele cindy RE: smilingal Jun 22, 2014 01:06 PM

                                                                                                                                        We've only been to the ones in the mall. Well, Baily's has a happy hour, they just put out a tray, usually wings or mozzarella sticks, and drinks are a bit reduced. Nothing to go out of the mall for. I'd love to know some other good ones too. Let's start a new thread!

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