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Westchester dinner -- great food, not outrageous $$

I'm taking my mom for a birthday dinner in Westchester this coming Sunday, and I'm looking for a great place.

Let me put it this way...if I had a bit more money, Blue Hill at Stone Barns would be the absolute perfect place (and I think we're actually going to go there for a tour in the afternoon). However, $68 per person (plus drinks) is a bit steep.

If you had to pick a place that was realy great in Westchester, but more in the $40-$50 per person range, where would it be? She loves "new american" kind of cuisine (or possibly italian if it's very good), and an emphasis on fresh, locally grown ingredients would be great (but not essential).

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  1. Zeph's (in Peekskill) gets my vote for what you're looking for.

    1. Never had a bad meal at An American Bistro, in Tuckahoe, which serves in your price range and described category. Actually, it's a bit cheaper unless you also are looking for appetizer and desert.

      1. Maybe Bloom in Hastings on Hudson?

        1. RiverCity Grille in Irvington would be my rec. Food prepared with great care and creativity. Fresh, local ingredients are used in many dishes. New American style cuisine. Sister restaurant One down on the river is great,too, but might be too pricey.


          1. Harvest on Hudson in Hastings.

            1. I would vote for the Iron Horse Grill in Pleasantville - the 3 course tasting menu (I think) is just under $50, but it can be a bit less expensive if you don't do the tasting menu. The menu changes regularly but is interesting and excellent, and the service has always been fantastic as well. It's in an old train station, and the ambiance is elegant but not stuffy - we have been extremely pleased when we've been there. www.ironhorsegrill.com

              1. Thanks for the recommendations!

                I think I'm deciding between:

                Julianna's in Cortlandt Manor
                Iron Horse Grill in P'ville
                An American Bistro in Tuckahoe

                Iron Horse Grill's menu looks amazing, but is a bit pricey. I don't know whether it's worth the extra $$ over the other two...thoughts?

                Julianna's seems to have gotten good reviews, but I can't find their menu online, so it's hard to tell. Has anyone eaten there recently? What kinds of dishes do they have and at what prices?

                I've been to American Bistro a couple of times and have had a very nice meal there both times, but it wasn't amazing or anything. I would be okay going there, but maybe one of the other two would be better.

                any thoughts appreciated...

                1. P.S. Also thinking of Freelance Cafe and Wine Bar (next door to Xaviar's, same owner, but cheaper than Xaviar's...menu looks great though!)

                  Anybody been here?

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                  1. re: pixielex

                    Freelance Cafe is fabulous (food much better than Blue Hill in my opinion)! Be aware that they do not take reservations, so you might have a wait depending on what time you get there (I do not know their Sunday hours). If you want to take Mom for a very special brunch, Peter Kelly's Restaurant X has a wonderful champagne Sunday brunch at $38 pre fixe.

                  2. Did you check the website for the brunch at Xavier's?
                    They used to have a lunch/brunch on Sundays ( 3 course about $35-$40 with a cocktail). Best bargain around!!
                    Freelance is really good food but I think you are going out of your $ range if you have several courses, drinks etc.

                    1. frodos in Pleasantville

                      1. Xaviar's and Freelance are in Rockland, in Piermont--- Xaviar's is probably out of your budget range, over $75/pp, and Freelance is risky, because they are popular and do not take reservations. On weekends, unless you go before 5:00, be prepared for a long wait.

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                        1. re: menton1

                          Xavier's would be in your price range if you did the brunch.
                          Agree that the wait at Freelance will be quite long and I don't find it relaxing with so many people waiting around for a table.