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A healthy, sit down lunch in Westchester

I am having an off-site lunch with a small group of colleagues this Friday. Our office is in Purchase (at the spot where the Hutchinson Pkwy meets 287), and I'm thinking that we could drive to White Plains, Rye, or pretty much anywhere w/in 10-15 mintues.

Quite frankly, this crew has no opinions about food. I on the other hand would like to steer us some place where we can have a simple, sandwiches or a healthy salad for a reasonable price. I would like to avoid diners, pub food, and I don't think that my officemates would go for ethnic. It doesn't have to be macrobiotic or vegetarian, but ideally some place that puts a little attention into the quality of the bread, the ingredients, etc. - That might be asking a lot around here in the 'burbs.

Can someone suggest a spot that is essentially a deli with seating or maybe a Whole Foods-style food court? Of course, easy parking is a plus.

Thanks!

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  1. There is a Whole Foods in White Plains or maybe Cheesecake Factory would work for you, it's in the same building.

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    1. re: debmom

      I was thinking exactly the same - just do Whole Foods if deli food court atmosphere is okay or Cheesecake Factory - good variety of salads and sandwiches and perfect for non-chowish types. Decent food for a chain but also terribly long waits.

    2. I didn't know that there is a WF in White Plains! That might work. Can someone tell me a bit about Cheesecake Factory - Do they use healthy ingredients (i.e. whole grain breads), are the portion sizes reasonable (most chain sit-downs have gargantuan portions), and how much can I expect to spend for a sandwich and a glass of seltzer. I know all of this sounds so spartan, but I eat very healthy during the day and indulge in the evening.

      Also, does anyone know of a healthy restaurant (or again, a sit down deli) in Rye or Portchester? These towns may work out better for the group. Thanks.

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      1. re: cumincat

        kneaded bread in port chester would be good, except it's pretty small...if you don't mind chains, i like panera a lot (also in port chester). great variety of sandwiches, soups, and salads. parking is free and diagonally across the street. probably your meal at panera (i think they have soda machines) would be under 8 dollars....

        1. re: cumincat

          Cheesecake Factory portions are huge but very shareable and you don't have to eat the whole thing if you don't want to. Most people don't/can't. I never had a sandwich there so am not sure about the breads. Whole Foods would be a better option in that respect.

          Kneaded Bread is fabulous for baked goods. They have decent sandwiches (premade) and salads (also premade) as well as a few soups each day but not good seating. Really is a bakery with a few tables in it.

          Kisco Kosher is anything but healthy - Jewish deli although you can try to be healthy there by picking turkey over pastrami but not really worth bothering if you're looking for lite and whole grain.

          Port Chester is fabulous for ethnic, particularly Latin but it doesn't seem to be what you want.

          I had take-out from Rye Ridge deli in Rye Brook about a year ago - thought it overpriced and below average quality. Not kosher but a Jewish style deli. Don't know about salads but from the menu it doesn't appear to be their "thang" and definitely doesn't sound like what you are seeking.

          If your casual, reasonable, healthy requirements are must haves and sit-down restaurant/atmosphere not important, I'd stick to Whole Foods.

        2. In White Plains there is Kisco Kosher Deli on East Post Rd, or Manna Foods, 171 Mamaroneck Ave., (914) 946-2233 or (914) 946-2224. All-veg.

          1. What about the newly redone Rye Ridge Deli? You can certainly get healthy salads and sandwiches and they are HUGE!! This is my new go-to spot when I want a great big fresh salad.

            1. Rye Ridge Deli is very expensive for what it is. Also almost always teeming with toddlers at lunch time. On Purchase St in Rye is Aurora (Italian with a prix fix lunch) and Ruby's (french bistro style with lots of lunch options), Rye Grill and Bar is right off of Purchase St next to the train station. None of these are "cheap" per se, but nicer in my opinion for a colleagues lunch out. Lots of parking both on street and off-street. Whole Foods is ok too, have to pay for parking, but they will validate above $15.