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Aug 17, 2007 05:58 PM

Moving from Yonkers to Briarcliff

Hi, my husband and I are moving from Yonkers (Bronxville/Mt Vernon area) to Briarcliff Manor where we will be in the northern part, very near Briarcliff the town and about 5 min from Ossining and 10-15 min from White Plains. I have been in Yonkers for almost 5 years and am originally from Manhattan (Upper W side and Soho with a little Park Slope Bklyn thrown in for good measure) and hubby is a Yonkers boy who has loved the chowhounding explorations I have lead him on :-)

SO: we are wondering: any recs for where we are headed? Mrs. Greens looks great for prepared foods, I have heard YES to Amalfis and NO to Flames but what about pizza, chinese food and any other specialty stores (that gelato place near the UPS Store?). Also we love diners for pancake and omelette bkfast, and we were hooked on Capriccios in Yonkers for overstuffed heros of fresh mozz, broc rabe, grilled chix, etc. The guy who sold us the house (the seller not the broker) used to own the fish/meat store in town and he made it sound good, he said a young 31 yr old ambitious sous chef has taken over the business with all the same staff so that sounds promising.

Being a Manhattanite, I only learned to drive a couple years ago so am more interested in easy-to get-to places......Pleasantville is fine but I probably won't be hitting White Plains right away. to lurk here, used to post a lot...........................

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  1. I'm just going to give you some immediately local suggestions, I'll let others will you in on WP, et al.

    Mrs. Greens is hit or miss on the prepared foods -- sometimes stuff is sitting for longer than you'd want. But their burritos (peppers and goat cheese is a fave) are usually fresh and are huge. Otherwise for prepared foods you may want to try Tastefully Yours, which is also in-town on Pleasantville Rd. (same shopping center as March, just past the intersection with N. State Rd). They do a large catering business but do have a select amount of food available for purchase if you walk in.

    Amalfi's is OK. My husband likes their short ribs, and they have a spinach linguine with wild mushrooms that I like. Otherwise, it's just a fine local place. They almost always mess up our take-out order, which is annoying. I prefer the pizza and most of the pasta across the street, at Paese, but if you are a fan of very thin crust pizza you won't find it in town. (Pleasantville Pizza may be the closest for thinner crust.)

    Definitely skip the Chinese next door to Amalfi's -- it's greasy and what you'd find in the mall. Instead try Hunan Garden on N. State Rd. next to the gelato place you mentioned. They will make your food with less oil if you request it, and I think everything from there tastes better that way.

    The gelato place next to UPS... it's been here a year or so and I can't ever remember seeing anyone in it. I'm not sure how it is still in business. We went once when it first opened, the ice cream was fine. Carmela's Bakery in Briarcliff has a sign in the window saying they now offer homemade ice cream, but I haven't tried it yet.

    My picky husband gives the fish/meat store in town a thumbs up for quality.

    We head to the Landmark Diner for breakfast, which is on Rte. 9 in Ossining. It's good enough, nothing to write home about but reliable. They have a garden omelet that is very fresh and delicious. My kids love the waffles there, and the service is friendly if not always terribly prompt on the weekends. I prefer it over the Pleasantville Diner. You might also try Wobble Cafe in Ossining for breakfast -- I've only been for lunch and it's good.

    Flames is pricey and the atmosphere is kind of bare, but the steak is delicious. Owner Nick is very friendly, and I do think it's the best steak house around. The have a beet carpaccio salad that is delicious. Skip the desserts there, though, they're just ordinary.

    Finally, we've had some pleasant meals at Terra Rustica on N. State Rd. Strangely, the best place in Briarcliff for bagels is the deli right in the middle of town. They bake them on-site and they are a lot better than Briarcliff Bagels on N. State.

    Good luck with your move!

    1. Welcome!

      Briarcliff: Yama Sushi has really good sushi, Dom & Vinnie's Pizza is just OK, Carmela's bakery is awesome (try the cannoli donut!), and the bagel place on p'ville road is decent as mentioned above

      Ossining: Brasserie Swiss is pricey but is a unique Swiss place, Quimbaya is a Colombian coffee shop with great pastries, Inthipak has ceviche and Peruvian specialties, the C-Town is great for international cooking ingredients, and the farmer's market is GREAT, of course gelato at Ossining Pizza (the pizza's ok too!), and Wobble Cafe is a cozy local spot for brunch, Enjoy tea house is adorable-- we moved here last summer and still have yet to exhaust the options in Ossining

      Pleasantville: Pony Express for trans-fat free fast food, Bollywood Bistro for Indian, Lucy's for drinks till the wee hours of the morning, Jean-Jacques for coffee and fussy desserts (open late too)... you can park your car and wander for a while throughout P'ville-- there are so many cute shops and food places

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      1. re: i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream

        Forgot to link!

        Yama Fuji
        1914 Pleasantville Rd, Briarcliff Manor, NY 10510

        Carmelas Bakery
        1205 Pleasantville Rd, Briarcliff Manor, NY 10510

        Dom & Vinnie's of Briarcliff
        1872 Pleasantville Rd, Briarcliff Manor, NY 10510

        Brasserie Swiss
        118 Croton Ave, Ossining, NY 10562

        193 Main St, Ossining, NY 10562

        109 Croton Ave, Ossining, NY 10562

        C Town Supermarket
        100 Croton Ave, Ossining, NY 10562

        Ossining Pizzeria & Restaurant
        181 Croton Ave, Ossining, NY 10562

        Wobble Café
        21 Campwoods Rd, Ossining, NY 10562

        Pony Express to Go
        30 Wheeler Ave, Pleasantville, NY 10570

        Bollywood Bistro
        68 Wheeler Ave, Pleasantville, NY 10570

        Lucy's Lounge
        446 Bedford Rd, Pleasantville, NY 10570

        Jean-Jacques Culinary Creation
        468 Bedford Rd, Pleasantville, NY 10570

        1. re: i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream

          I also like Terra Rustica and just down the street from that is another pretty good basic Italian place but can't think of the name of it. Squires has good burgers and fries and Ossining Pizza has good gelato. I've recently heard good things about the restaurant where Dudley's use to be, I think it's called Goldfish?? Also if your up in the Croton area try Ocean House, I haven't been in awhile but they always had good food. I have a question for I eat alot of ice do you get all those links into your post?? Jessica, good luck with your move.

          1. re: GIOny

            GIO, you're thinking of Torchia's, I think. The often have family-style take-out specials which are an excellent deal in the Clipper Magazine. I know some people think those coupons are the kiss of death for a restaurant, but I think their food is good and straightforward. You always know what you'll get.

            518 N State Rd, Briarcliff Manor, NY 10510

            1. re: theatmosphere

              Thanks atmosphere, yes that is the name of it. I agree with you the food is good and it's not overpriced. They have a seperate window for pizza that seems to do a pretty good business although I have never had it. Jessica, the farmers market that ice cream was talking about (I believe) is right in downtown Ossining every Saturday from 8:30am - 2pm. But like all farmers markets, the earlier you get there the better. Also up in Peekskill is Zeph's, it has a smalll menu and it's not cheap but the food is very good. Pleasantville also has some excellent restaurants, like ice cream said it's a good town to explore.
              atmosphere, do you click permalink to link to the restaurants (like you did with Torchia's?) Not sure how to do it.

              1. re: GIOny

                When you are writing your reply, there is a "Link to a place" icon below the box you're typing in. Click on that, and it will prompt you for the place you're mentioning.

      2. Thanks so much, so far everyone!!
        BTW: where is the farmer's market?

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        1. re: jessheslin

          The farmers market is at Main and Spring Street in Ossining on Saturdays. In that area are also two good, authentic, inexpensive Portuguese restaurants--Churrasqueira Ribatejo on Spring Street and Doca's on Main Street.

        2. Flames is as good as peter lugar. paese, is better than amalfis. the best icecream is in croton @ the blue pig.

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          1. re: bwise

            Yum, the Blue Pig does have good ice cream, they are open seasonally. This is an easy drive from Briarcliff, pretty much straight north not even 10 minutes.

            Blue Pig Ice Cream Factory
            121 Maple St, Croton On Hudson, NY 10520

            1. re: theatmosphere

              LOVE blue pig. And, you can get dinner first at Umami in Croton!-- the mac and cheese, calamari, duck quesadilla are just a few of my favorites. Service is maddeningly slow, though...

            2. re: bwise

              As for the steaks I completely agree--while it may lack atmosphere, the staff and meat are excellent.

            3. Hi Jessica! Funny coincidence - just like your hubby, I'm a Yonkers native who moved north! A big welcome to you both to the neighborhood!

              Ok, I've tried the pizza within a 10 mile radius of Briarcliff, and found my favorite to be Lucio's Pizzeria which is 5 minutes away in Pleasantville. They're consistently good - the only pizzeria that compares with my favorite Yonkers pizzeria (Catania's on Central Ave.)!

              Great local Chinese is again in P'ville - Magic Wok on Wheeler Ave just across from the train station. Great veggie dumplings & seafood specialties.

              And my hubby's and my favorite diner is Thornwood Coach, right on the boarder of Pleasantville and Thornwood on Marble Ave. Great breakfasts, complete dinners, and their spinach pie rocks.

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              1. re: Sra. Swanky

                Great thanks, Sra Swanky. We tried the Thornwood Coach when we were house-hunting and like it.

                To my hubby Pizza is one of the major food groups so we'll be sure to try Lucios and the Ossining one people have rec/d. Our faves in Yonkers are Fleetwood Joe's (very near us and reminds me of the great slices you could get anywhere in NY in the '70s plus the toppings rock--peppers caramelize and the onion is sliced super-thin). The others that make our rotation here are Johnny's in Mt Vernon, Angelina's in Tuckahoe, Tottonno's in Yonkers just to give you an idea of what we like....

                I love spinach pie and veggie dumplings.....getting psyched to move!

                1. re: jessheslin

                  Squires Pub in Briarcliff is really good. Crowded and small, but great food.

                  1. re: elleinthecity

                    Wow, I'll say. Really good burgers, the bartender knows how to make a drink, and the atmosphere is pure pub.

                    Squire's and Briar's, that's all I know about Briarcliff.

                    1. re: dolores

                      I have been going to Squire's and Briar's for the last 20 years, and I would recommend them for good pub food.

                      1. re: arylinth

                        I was just at the Briars (I refuse to acknowledge their horrible incorrect apostrophe) Wednesday night for a birthday dinner. The amount of food we were served was unbelievable. The waitress was very nice and helpful, and they gave my friend a cake/ ice cream/ whipped cream mountain with a candle in it, for her birthday. Another friend requested some of their cole slaw to take home for her husband, and they didn't even charge her. The Briars is definitely moving up the list for me, although they seriously need vegetarian dishes- I had to order the one single, lonely pasta dish off the appetizer list because there was no other option for me.

                  2. re: jessheslin

                    You made me nostalgic for Yonkers pizza!! I love Totonno's too - especially their half white-half margherita pie! Yeah - you'll definitely be busy trying all the yummy options up here! Also - Solstice recommended Rocky's Deli below - I'm a big fan of Rocky's too. It's in Millwood - just up Route 100 north from Briarcliff. It's an institution around the area and a great place for late night eats (or eats around the clock!). They have great eggplant, chicken parm heroes, cheesesteaks - and they'll make you and your hubby whatever you want! They made us a delicious artery-clogging garbage plate once - even though it's not on the menu!!