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Blaze night in Van Cortland Manor | Where to eat?

juweee Sep 20, 2007 01:43 PM

We have 9:30 PM tickets for the Blaze night in Croton. We are not from that part of the county, so I would appreciate your help. We are 2 couples. Nice atmosphere and around or under $75 per couple. Homey food (italian, new american, french, etc.), and must be suitable for a vegetarian. TIA.

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    DGresh RE: juweee Sep 20, 2007 01:51 PM

    Umami Cafe in Croton might fit the bill; it's pretty casual, but has eclectic food--


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      Marge RE: DGresh Sep 20, 2007 05:03 PM

      I second Umami. A little further up the road in Montrose is a pretty decent Indian restaurant, appropriately called India House.
      If you want upscale pub food, Justin Thyme is ok.
      Unfortunately, there aren't any Italian restaurants in the area I would recommend.

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        i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream RE: Marge Sep 20, 2007 05:22 PM

        I LOVE Umami! Thirded! Homey food taken to a new delicious level-- like their mac and cheese. It's more fun not going veggie there, but they do have options.

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          arylinth RE: i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream Sep 21, 2007 06:59 AM

          I have to say, Umami used to be very good, but for the past year I have found the quality of the food itself has declined greatly. The tuna taco's were a favorite of mine, but now they have sinew running through them that I cannot bite through. For rare seared tuna that is a MAJOR no no. It seems to cut costs they have been buying lower quality food. Hopefully they will address this problem, but so far they have not.

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            mfenimore RE: arylinth Sep 21, 2007 08:27 AM

            I agree, the last time I ate there it was definitely not as good

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              MisterBill2 RE: arylinth Sep 23, 2007 11:23 PM

              Ugh, that is disappointing. We used to eat their Fishkill location, which I always thought was better than Croton. I was going to mention that I was told that the Fishkill chef is now in Croton (which would be good news) but if the problem is the quality of ingredients then a better chef won't help.

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        mfenimore RE: juweee Sep 21, 2007 06:52 AM

        If you eat fish, Ocean House in Croton is great, get there early though, its small and they don't take reservations

        1. Nancy C RE: juweee Sep 25, 2007 06:28 PM

          A little bit of a drive, but Juliana's in Cortlandt Manor is very nice food, too. I'd second the sentiments on Unami - a mixed bag these days. We prefer piecing together a meal from their appetizers. Ocean House can be very yummy. Memphis Mae's also provides a good barbeque option, and you can put together a veggie meal there from a selection of side orders.

          Anyone out there able to say anything about Goldfish in Ossining? Haven't been there, but that's a possibility, too.

          Nancy in Ossining (formerly of Croton)

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            mfenimore RE: Nancy C Sep 27, 2007 06:41 AM

            Goldfish is OK but I like the qulaity of the seafood at Ocean House better and it is more reasonable

          2. GIOny RE: juweee Sep 27, 2007 10:21 AM

            Tutte Bene is right on the same street at VanCorlandt Manor, maybe about 1/4 of a mile on the right side (going north). Food can be good, it depends who's cooking.

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