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Seems like the "Rosie's Bistro" gang in Bronxville took over the the failed Latitude across from the Post Office and jumped right in and took over Scarborough Fair. Seems the old Latitude will be a steak house and the latter will server Italian. Yippee. Another Italian restaurant. Just what we need.

I have many pictures of my experience at X20 on the Hudson. I’m at a loss for words. I will post them when my account on Chow allows it.

Wild Ginger in Bronxville is not for Sushi lovers. I doubt Haiku has any worries with regard to competition.

I finally caught a glimpse of the new restaurant opening on Midland Avenue in Yonkers (across from Taras). The buzz about this place has been circulating for the past year and from what I saw, it’s gonna’ be worth the wait. The owner is naming is simply “O”. Sort of like Trotters lounge style.

Has anyone been to the old Spinning Wheel in Bronxville? They turned it into a very trendy New York City style lounge. Worth visiting.

Anyone have any info regarding the old Seafood Peddler changing over to Mexican? Can't wait for some new Mexican so as not to suffer the pains of Casa Maya.

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  1. billyparsons, are you saying that the rosie's people will now own three restaurants in town? doesn't the bronxville board of commerce feel that this is an issue? i am very surprised, what with all i have heard recently about nyc resturateurs looking northward for venues. i would imgine that there should be some good competition to open a locale in B'ville, considering the town's popularity with non-residents. maybe bronxville is just afraid of getting some truly different, interesting food options (no offense to Haiku, which I do enjoy). on a side note, billy, have you ever eaten at Kraft Bistro? I am intrigued, but have not tried it yet. thanks for the info

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    1. re: vvvindaloo

      Yes. The Rosie's crew will now operate 3 restaurants in Bronxville. Can they get away with it? Sure. Problem in Westchester is that there is simply a lack of competition. Rosie's is extremely inconsistent and still packs the people in. Where elses you gonna' go? With regard to Kraft, sure I've been there. It's "good". But be warned, if you sit at the bar, they'll refill your drink before it's done and charge you. My friends and I have actually coined a phrase called "krafting" where a bartender will add wine to your glass when it's not empty and charge you full price. Zagat was pretty much "on point" giving them a 19 out of 30 for food.

      1. re: billyparsons

        "...where a bartender will add wine to your glass when it's not empty and charge you full price."

        Noooooooooooo.

        But can this happen more than once? Like Reka's owner sitting at your table and then charging you for the food she 'graciously' orders for you, wouldn't everyone be on the lookout for this to happen?

        Refill my glass? Why thank you, you've just bought me a drink, barkeep.

        Sheesh. What ARE these restauranteurs thinking?

        1. re: dolores

          Until the Rekas situation gets some publicity it will not stop. I had someone interested in looking into it but I could not find contact info for either of the two people who had posted about it here. If it has happened to you and you're interested in speaking to someone contact me at my screen name here less the 2 but add 99, at gmail.com.

        2. re: billyparsons

          billy, i'm with you.

      2. I was at the Spinning Wheel the other night after dinner at Rosie's. It was fine. Nothing to write home about. Indifferent service, ok drinks.
        As for the 3 restos in one town, if they do it well then why would anyone have issue with it?
        Look at Rye for example, the three most popular restos are owned by the same group.
        Rye Grill, Ruby's, and the new Morgans.
        If they build it well they will come, and so will I.

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        1. re: momof3

          momof3, i see what you're saying. If the restaurants are great, it should not be a problem. However, aside from the theoretical issue I had with Rosie's opening 2 more locales, and somewhat dampening the opportunity for competition, I happen to feel that Rosie's is way overrated, and far from great Italian food. I guess they manage to keep it profitable though, and new B'ville resturants seem to have trouble sticking around.
          As for Rye, I do like Ruby's, but I have to say, I think WaterMoon and Koo are better restaurants than the others you mentioned. Have you tried them?

          1. re: vvvindaloo

            Yes, I love the food at Watermoon, the service has always been and remains atrocious.
            I haven't been to Morgans yet, but friends of mine have and have raved.
            I found Rosie's to be a bit overrated as well. Food was good, but I had very high expectations based on CH and other reviews.

            1. re: momof3

              If you like Watermoon you should like Wild Ginger in Bronxville, the same owners.

              1. re: Jim P

                I was at Wild Ginger and had a sushi roll with lobster. I ate it and threw up into my napkin. It tasted like rotten mayo. With Haiku as a benchmark for sushi in Bronxville, it's hard to take Wild Ginger serious. Although it is very trendy inside.

        2. Love Underhills Crossing. It's understandable why it has had staying power. Actually a good value for an upscale place in an upscale town. Beautiful inside, servers try very hard, and food is very nice. The raw bar oysters are particularly good and they have a great variety. Definitely worlds above places like Rosies.

          1. The new Mexican place that took over from the Seafood Peddler won't be opening anytime soon as they failed their inspection. Hopefully they'll make the changes and get it underway.

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            1. re: eclecticladyland

              Health? Building Department? How did you find out?

              1. re: billyparsons

                it's open now... saw people coming from it/banners, etc... will probably have to try it soon.

            2. Looks like the first if the two 'Rosie's" places just opened. I believe it is called Scalfani Osteria. We're thinking of checking it out this weekend. Does anyone have any other news about it?

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              1. re: SweetPea914

                SweetPea, did you end up going to Scalfani Osteria? I am thinking of trying it tomorrow evening. Walked by on Saturday and it looked lovely inside, a little brighter than Scarborough was.

                1. re: hermanifesta

                  No, there were baseball games on, and we weren't very hungry We ended up doing "the usual" drinks at Palm lounge (I think it's called) and dinner at the sushi bar at Japan Inn. Let me know if you try it though, would love to hear a report on the place!

              2. I agree about Haiku being superior to Wild Ginger. I haven't been to the new Scalfana, but I did have a good dinner at the Village Cafe the other night, right across from the train station. I was very pleasantly surprised with their food.

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                1. re: streamwise

                  ITA with Village Cafe. I find them to be a bit of the "underdog" in town. If you really want good Sushi in the area, go to Japan Inn! That's where we go if we know we JUST want traditional sushi/sashimi. If we're looking for more eclectic dishes, with a little sushi or some rolls thrown in, then of course Haiku is the way to go!

                2. I just caught wind that Scalfani, the newest opening in Bronxville, was not the working of the Rosie's crew, rather that of the Mamma Assunta guys from Tuckahoe. I now stand corrected. Let's see if they can pull it off in Bronxville.

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                  1. re: billyparsons

                    i was just going to reply how the new scalfani is owned by mama assunta of tuckahoe. i miss scarborough fair because i have been going there forever and the owner was a very nice guy. the food, the last couple of years definately fell off though. hopefully scalfani will be good whenever it finally opens(i always see workers cleaning and milling around when i drive by). About the new mexican place-rancho grande- replacing seafood peddler, i was there last night. very attentive service, but it was a slow wednesday night so it was kind of expected. the sangria was a-mazing. dessert was lacking in both number of options and taste. they prepare the guacamole table side which is something i always enjoy. we both ordered fajitas, chicken and steak. the chicken was juicy and decently marinaded. the steak was lovely, perfect marination, tender, buttery. the pricing was very decent. 2 drinks, an appetizer of guacamole, 2 entrees and one dessert to split came to about 65.00. on the wild ginger note, i refuse to eat there because i have the "pleasure" of working at a store that shares an alley with wild ginger and the smells/cooking staff are repulsive. im heading to rosie's tonight for some drinks and maybe dinner, havent been in about a year but i remember their fish was delightful and service impeccable for such a busy restaurant.

                  2. Here's some new info on Scalfani (which sounds really good!) and Sammy's Downtown aka the new Rosie's place. They made a mistake at the end though. The owners of Rosie's had a place on 66th and Madison, but it was called Cafe Nosidam (Madison spelled backwards).

                    http://myhometownbronxville.com/stati...

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                    1. re: SweetPea914

                      they also owned cafe segale in rye and cafe antico in mt. kisco. the food at rosie's is basically the same menu as both those places. but i am glad to know that they didn't take scarborough fair as well, and just pane e vino's old location. it would be a shame for bronxville to become another restaurant monopoly like rye.

                      1. re: wm3

                        With several dozen restaurants in town, it's hardly likely for a "monopoly" to take over the town. Still lots of different choices.

                        Underhills Crossing is a terrific place, IMHO. This is owned by a group with several restaurants, but I believe Underhills is the only one in Bronxville. Definitely a wonderful restaurant, and it slips under the radar with "joints" like Rosie's getting all that buzz.

                        1. re: menton1

                          I was underwhelmed by Underhills on two visits myself. I believe it is owned by the Harry's of Hartsdale owner.

                          1. re: menton1

                            I've been to Underhill's twice. Both times were for lunch and we ordered 4 or so dishes plus 2 apps, we shared everything and I thought everything, one dish aside, was great. We stuck to mostly vegetarian options since 2 of our group are vegetarian's. If we weren't watching our budget right now I think we would go much more often!

                            1. re: menton1

                              My last experience there was definitely sub-par. 3 bad oysters out of $50 sampler. Never happened to me in any other respectable restaurant...

                            2. re: wm3

                              Sorry, I'm from LI...what do you mean about monopoly in Rye?

                          2. Rosie's Bistro gang do own Sammy's but the old Scarborough Fair was taken over by the folks from Mama Asunta in Tuckehoe.

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                            1. re: wjky5

                              We ate a Scalini and number of times and it's superb. I have to say that the gnocchi is delectable. Right now it is a homemade ricotta and butternut squash gnocchi with porcini mushrooms- it seems like a lot but every entree I've had has never been "overdone." The great thing about this restaurant is that the styles change with the season! Right now the types of food served are very warm, with lots of stews and comfort food. Other customers who I've spoken with noted the unconventional way that the chef pulls off conventional foods, like mozzarella in carozza, which is spin off of spedini (fried mozzarella in a gravy-like sauce) that is served at more traditional Italian restaurants (like Scalini's sister restaurant, Mamma Assunta in Tuckahoe). I have friends very specific and picky with their Italian food, and they even loved this place. The pastas are extremely unique yet never leave you wondering why you chose them.
                              I really recommend this place, not only when there's outdoor seating, (which is beautiful- you sit in a little courtyard with birds chirping above you as you sit under umbrellas between vine-covered walls). The atmosphere inside is comforting, small, and romantic, the service is great, and the options change with the times!

                            2. Just got home from dinner at Scalini in Bronxville (the old Scarborough Fair) - great food, very nice atmosphere, friendly service (even to us, a couple with a 2 year old!). Prices seemed reasonable (2 appetizers, 2 entrees, 2 glasses of wine, 1 dessert for $90). The entrees we got were both home-made pastas - I know, sounds boring, but oh, the flavors! The one was a tender parpardelle with wild boar sauce that was comfort food with a certain elegance. The other was a fig and gorgonzola ravioli with duck ragout sauce - it was inventive, delicious. We have found a restaurant in Bronxville worth recommending!

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                              1. re: liyuan

                                liyuan, nice to hear about Scalini, will give it a try...another suggestion in the area, just over the Bronxville line in Eastchester is the new Casa Brusco, 219 Main St., where Mar D's used to be...it's sleek and quite good!

                              2. I am just catching on to this site, but these reviews are great. We recently moved to Scarsdale from Bronxville and boy do we miss the restaurant scene (even though we still go to B'Ville almost every week).

                                I went to Sammy's (not knowing that they were the same owners as Rosie's) when they first opened (it was their second full week of service) and it was not good. I usually have a good Rosie's experience, but the second I walked in I said, "What is this? An imitation of Rosies?" I actually know the people that did the interior and was going to call and say, "What, you liked your work at Rosie's so much you copied it here?" The decor leaves something to be desired. Even my husband was embarrassed by some of the pictures hung on the walls!

                                The food gets a solid "meh" and the service was horrendous. It always annoys me at new restaurants when a staff of 10 (servers and bussers) stands around looking at the patrons. I blame management for that. Why should I wait for or need to motion to ask for water refills or more bread when the staff SEES that I don't have any?

                                I am trying Scalini next week and I am SOOOO relieved to hear it's not another Sammy's.

                                p.s. I love Kraft. Yes, it's pricey, yes, that bar thing is obnoxious (but never happened to us and we've been there at least 20 times...eaten at the bar about 6 times) but the ambiance and the food is always good.

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                                1. re: kamcc12

                                  ditto about Kraft. Best bar scene in the immediate viscinity (though I still have to check out the new Tap House in Tuckahoe). And I enjoyed my food very much.

                                  1. re: kamcc12

                                    Scalini was incredible. The service was great and the food was to die for! We had appetizers, two pastas (they offered to let us try half plates when we couldn't decide between two), and entrees. Then, we finished with espressos and blueberry creme brulee. It was AWESOME. Very excited about this addition to the scene

                                    1. re: kamcc12

                                      OP, is Haiku in Bronxville good? They're opening one in Mamaroneck, right next to the CVS on Mamaroneck Ave.

                                      Is it on a par with Toyo? Thanks.

                                  2. i recently had lunch at Scalini in Bronxville and everything i had there was pretty good!
                                    I started off with the Beet salad... it was nothing special, however the "spiced almonds" did give it a nice little kick! My mom got the duck appetizer... she said it was alright... again nothing really special.
                                    But our entrees were delicious! My mom had the special fish of the day which was a monkfish with this eggplant puree and grilled onions. Very light and lemony yet EXTREMELY flavorful. Perfectly cooked too.
                                    My Gnocchi with mushrooms was so so so so so so yummy! Gnocchi was perfect and the sauce was this creamy tomato-y, mushroomy sauce. However, the dish is VERY heavy and VERY filling, so i definitely had a lot of leftovers!
                                    I also really liked the focaccia in the bread basket. The bread also comes with these beans marinated in olive oil and onions. Yum!
                                    For dessert, we had the Espresso Panna Cotta. YUMMM!!!! Super thick and the subtle coffee flavor was so good! Came with fresh blueberries and a strawberry jam like sauce (This was a bit too sweet), and a chocolate drizzle.

                                    All in all, the food was good and the service was good. im gonna check it out for dinner!

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                                    1. re: MikiLovesSugar

                                      hmmm sounds good, were the gnocchi with truffles or mushrooms?

                                      1. re: RawTunaFan

                                        Mushrooms!