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stephsu May 21, 2007 12:39 PM

We are going to be a group of 6 going to dinner for a Birthday celebration somewhere in Westchester. Anywhere from Croton-on-Hudson to Tarrytown to White Plains as that's where we're all coming from- nothing much farther north or south.

We don't need anything too fancy but something nice- like in the $20ish range for entrees. American, or anything not too ethnic would work. Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks!

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  1. voxbop RE: stephsu May 21, 2007 12:47 PM

    Blue Hill at Stone Barns in Tarrytown might be a little over your price range, the three course prix fixe is $65 per person, but the food, location and atmosphere are the best in Westchester.

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      tada RE: stephsu May 21, 2007 12:51 PM

      I would recommend Le Provencal Bistro in Mamaroneck. Lots of stuff in that price range and the food is awesome.

      1. GIOny RE: stephsu May 24, 2007 11:31 PM

        That's alot of territory to cover but just to name a few, I like Grazielllas in White Plains, if you want to keep the prices down you could go to Laguna also in White Plains where they serve family style. If your want a place by the water with a good view there is Striped Bass or Sunset Cove in Tarrytown. I went to B4 in Valhalla the other day for lunch and that was very good. In Croton they have the Japanese Habachi place that is also alot of fun to go with a group but I can't think of the name of it, it starts with an S, maybe Sakuri or something like that, maybe someone else will know it. It also serves Sushi. There's also Mediterraneo or Iron Horse Grill in Pleasantville but it may exceed your price range. One last thought, I remember going to Travelers Rest in Ossining many years ago and it seemed to be popular for birthdays (like I said this was many years ago and I don't know what is going on in there now, but I do know they decorate it really nice around Christmas time.

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          raider RE: GIOny May 25, 2007 05:32 AM

          laguna is mediocre on its good days. lots of food tho, for the $$.

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          laylag RE: stephsu May 25, 2007 06:28 AM

          I second tada's Le Provencal recommendation but it's in Mamaroneck and you don't want to go south.

          Just had a very good meal at American Bistro - in Tuckahoe, price range in your specifications and it features cafe/bistro style American Comfort food. I've heard here that the burger is very good.

          Also, haven't been and it's Italian but heard very good things about Rosie's Italian Bistro in Bronxville.

          Don't know if Mexican is "too ethnic" but Sunset Grille in White Plains is really good, very "festive" but not tacky.

          1. MisterBill2 RE: stephsu May 27, 2007 08:44 PM

            Entrees at Iron Horse at mid-high 20's and you can get a 3 course meal for $48 or so (plus tax and tip, of course). If that's not too much, I'd do that.

            Of course in Croton there is always Umami, but not overly fancy for a birthday celebration.

            If you want to go down to Yonkers, Peter Kelly's new restaurant X2O is opening soon. Not sure of the price range as I have not seen a menu yet. I'd certainly consider that.

            Another thought -- how about driving a little further north and going to Zeph's in Peekskill?

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              Elisa515 RE: stephsu May 27, 2007 10:57 PM

              I think all the suggestions here are over your price range.

              How about Woble Cafe in Ossining? It's on Campwoods Road. Only problem is the lack of air conditioning.

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                MisterBill2 RE: Elisa515 May 28, 2007 09:24 AM

                And lack o fany sort of ambiance (and the odds are there will be screaming kids). And lack of reservations.

                (This was in response to your Wobble suggestion). It's a fine place for a family but not for a celebratory dinner for 6 adults.

                I know that Umami also suffers from lack of reservations but at least it's a nice looking place.

                I'd go for Zeph's or Iron Horse. Zeph's is probably more in line with the price range.

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                  Elisa515 RE: MisterBill2 May 28, 2007 07:52 PM

                  From what you write, I think we have similar food sensibilities.

                  I'd choose Zeph's over just about any place any time for any occasion, but--having been there recently--I think the only entree under $20 is the vegetarian selection. Umami barely makes it into that category, and it's really necessary to have other courses to make a real meal there.

                  I could easily celebrate with a few friends at Wobble, but that's just me.

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                    Marge RE: Elisa515 May 28, 2007 08:17 PM

                    Although I love Wobble for breakfast, I can't imagine having dinner there, let alone an adult celebration dinner. What is dinner like there? Are there, as another poster put it, screaming kids running around? Can you/do you BYOB--if so do they provide wine glasses/ice buckets? Most importantly, how is the food--what would you recommend? Thanks!

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                      Elisa515 RE: Marge May 28, 2007 10:22 PM

                      I have been to the location that is now Wobble for dinner, when it was Papillon. There weren't kids there, but I don't usually go to dinner until 7:30 or later.

                      Another good place in this geographic and price range--and we've had birthday celebrations there--is Santa Fe in Tarrytown.

                      When someone says "Birthday celebration" and "no more than $20 entrees" I doubt the person is asking for a quiet private room with a large wine list.

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                        i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream RE: Marge May 29, 2007 03:33 AM

                        Maybe a later dinner at Wobble would be fine for an adult celebration, but we went around 6 one night and would definitely not describe it as ideal since kids tend to be catapulting off couches and banging on things-- so just know that if you go there for dinner (but the food is always delicious, and I personally don't have a problem with all the kid chaos).

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                        MisterBill2 RE: Elisa515 May 30, 2007 10:49 PM

                        I haven't been to Zeph's lately but the entrees were low to mid 20's when we were last there. Also, it includes a salad, so you can skip appetizers if price is important.

                        Although Umami has recently raised their prices (and I still think it's not as good as the closed Fishkill location), their entrees still top out under $20. Also, the request was for $20ish range for entrees. Both of these meet that requirement. Even Iron Horse does.

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                    phoodrider RE: stephsu May 28, 2007 06:03 AM

                    What about North Star in Pound Ridge?

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                      MisterBill2 RE: phoodrider May 28, 2007 09:26 AM

                      A little out of the way, no? It would be at least a half hour from the Tarrytown-Croton areas.

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                      Sambossanova RE: stephsu May 28, 2007 09:20 PM

                      I think Zeph''s is worth paying 3-5 dollars more per person for a special occasion. The location is interesting and the service is very attentive. Entrees are probably mid 20's to low 30's, not too bad.

                      Sunset grill is mexican but its not too ethnic. They will suit most people's taste (not too spicy, more authentic, tex mex, simple dishes...). Very nice place and not expensive.

                      Chiboust in Tarrytown is a very nice slightly french place with great dessert that would be nice for a birthday celebration. Never had dinner there but the space is nice and cozy.

                      If everyone is into seafood then Eastchester fish gourmet would be great and they do take reservations for larger parties.

                      Other places you might consider are Red hat, trendy in irvington and also Pascal's in larchmont, which i think is better than la provencal and has a great prix fix deal on sundays and weekdays.

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                        GIOny RE: Sambossanova May 30, 2007 12:01 PM

                        I like Chiboust also but some would substitute the word cozy for cramped. I don't think it would be that comfortable for a party of 6 IMHO.

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                          MisterBill2 RE: Sambossanova May 30, 2007 10:51 PM

                          Chiboust is more like $30+ entrees, isn't it? Red Hat in Irvington could work. How about One in Irvington? Or is it too expensive?

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                            RawTunaFan RE: MisterBill2 May 31, 2007 05:21 PM

                            Chiboust also has a lot of attitude and pretense. IMO not worth the negative vibe. The food's not that spectacular. I second Red Hat, or American Bistro for great food in that price range. We went Kraft Bistro in Bronxville last week and the food there was in the $20 price range and also quite good. Underhill Crossing and Harrys of Hartsdale are also great for American, but not sure if Harry's is open after the floods.

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                              addictedtolunch RE: RawTunaFan May 31, 2007 05:46 PM

                              For a very nice dining experience for the money I heartily recommend American Bistro. Never had a bad meal there, never felt ripped off. And leave some room for dessert.

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                          cubin10 RE: stephsu May 29, 2007 08:44 AM

                          The North End in White Plains where Sweetwaters used to be is really good. I have eaten there a few times since it opened a few months back

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                            dolores RE: cubin10 May 31, 2007 06:12 AM

                            At a disappointing (Denzil left, *sob*) dinner at Zen Tango last evening, I learned of A'Mangiare in Elmsford. Sounds like a must-try and it might fit the bill for stephsu.

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                              i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream RE: dolores May 31, 2007 04:04 PM

                              A'Mangiare is a great suggestion. The pasta-- everything really-- is excellent. The atmosphere in Elmsford, if the TV at the bar is not blaring, is nice too. Much more cramped at the P'ville location, and noisier at the WP location.

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                            adrouault RE: stephsu Jun 4, 2007 01:49 PM

                            kittlehouse, chappaqua

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                              MisterBill2 RE: adrouault Jun 13, 2007 06:06 PM

                              Kittle House is too expensive for what the OP asked for.

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                              jennym RE: stephsu Jun 4, 2007 05:37 PM

                              How about Kalbi House (Central Ave, white plains)? Korean food, and you can cook right at the table. They make a big deal out of birthdays there, too, but not in a weird way. Corny but nice.

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                                menton1 RE: jennym Jun 5, 2007 10:05 AM

                                Le Jardin du Roi in Chappaqua is a really nice place, really good value. Interior right out of Paris, exterior garden is great in good weather. Owner John and staff is very accommodating, and food is wonderful and a good value. Bill & Hil have frequented the place, but they are too busy now, I suppose! :)

                              2. MisterBill2 RE: stephsu Jun 15, 2007 07:43 PM

                                So, OP, where did you choose???

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