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Oporto in Hartsdale...update?

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lucyis Jul 17, 2007 07:19 PM

I haven't seen anything current about this restaurant. I'm meeting friends here for a weekday dinner. Any reco's or caveats?

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    yeshana Jul 18, 2007 11:23 AM

    1 MONTH BEFORE OUR VISIT TO PORTUGAL, WE DECIDED TO TRY IT(I THINK IT HAD FIRST OPENED)IT WAS AWFUL.THAT WAS A COUPLE OF YEARS AGO AND I GUESS THEIR STAY POWER MAY PROVE ME WRONG. I'M INTERESTED TO KNOW OTHERWISE IN ADDITION TO WESTJANIES COMMENTS.

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      Westjanie Jul 18, 2007 03:36 PM

      They HAVE improved -- I think there was a change of owner early on. We had a similar experience, but there were reports on this Board of the change, and we decided to give it another try, with mostly positive results.

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        lucyis Jul 19, 2007 11:19 AM

        Two other women and I ate there last night. We ordered from the special before 6:30 P.M. menu which offers dinners for 19.95 including wine, salad, and dessert.One of the women lives in the neighborhood and knew it was available but we had to request this menu. My roasted chicken was nicely seasoned and was accompanied by thin french fries. I liked the roasted zucchini that was another side better than the potatoes because the fries were coated with flour to make them crisper and that is a bad sign in my opinion. It makes me think they were a frozen product. A friend had the spicy tiger prawns and she was happy with them although surprised that she had to peel them herself. We all drank a syrupy sangria that was served in little bottles like the ones you see balsamic vinegar sold in. Neither of the desserts was not worth eating. All told it was a pleasant inexpensive meal in a pleasant place.If I return I will try something more indicative of Portuguese cuisine and skip the bargain chicken.

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          sausagekingofny Jul 20, 2007 11:12 AM

          One of my favorites. I two had a similar unpleasant experience when they first opened and avoided it for a while until Jeff the manager from Harry's of Hartsdale told me that new owners took over a few months after they opened and they changed the name to "O porto". I feel that it is one of the best values in Westchester when you combine the food, decor and service. If your expecting a Blue Hill or Xaviers I would not recommend this place. If your expecting a very decent meal at reasonable price point (which is hard to find in Westchester) I highly recommend it. I agree with lucyis above regarding the desserts, that it needs to be jazzed up a little more. I have told the manager about this and he said that they plan on revamping the entire dessert menu. One of my favorite dishes is the steak with egg on top over a bed a fries is superb. One final comment the sangria is a must probably the best i have tasted, go there late just for the sangria and sit outside that's what I always do.

          P.S. - Hartsdale is fast becoming a nice restaurant destination with Azuma, Lias, Harrys, Oprto, Piave, Cassanos and hopefully to return K-Fungs.

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            debmom Jul 20, 2007 12:28 PM

            Went to Oporto once and enjoyed it. I don't know why we haven't returned. It was very pleasant.

            Sausageking, what's with K-Fungs? did it close?

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              lucyis Jul 20, 2007 04:31 PM

              As of Wednesday the word on Hartsdale Avenue is that K-Fung will not re-open. This is a real sad loss for the owners and local c'hounds.

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                sausagekingofny Jul 21, 2007 05:40 AM

                K-Fungs to me was always a decent chinese food experience. When the choices of Chinese food are usually either a store front (no tables) take-out counter or an oversized buffet with tacky decor. K-Fungs was the perfect balance for an inepensive meal with nice tablecloths to boot! I heard that the owner who is an attorney in Manhattan and after the flood did not want to be troubled with the expense of reopening it (close to $450,000.) was tying to sell the business to her manager and chef but that deal has been slowing dying. This is all told by the staff at Harry's which is a couple of stores down.
                It will reopen as chinese restaurant eventually (because K-Fungs did so well) it just remains to see if it will still be K-Fungs

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      Westjanie Jul 18, 2007 07:12 AM

      Last couple of times I was there (it's been several weeks) they had a prawn dish with garlicky sauce -- a bit messy to eat but delicious.

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