Ripe Restaurant Mount Vernon NY ?
I've been to RIPE twice recently. The food is very flavorful, delicious in fact. However, the service is consistently terrible. By terrible, I mean completely substandard given the prices. It is a shame, because the kitchen does a fantastic job, but the front of house simply is unacceptable. We vowed not to return due to the poor service we received and that we witnessed others receiving. Shame.
Ripe's been a fave haunt of mine for 2 or 3 years now and I'd recommended them a year or so ago. I agree with Sweetpea and was not surprised that Chef Spence beat Bobby Flay. Here's my take...
Pros - Not expensive at all. It is not a large space especially in the winter but has a great ambieance - in summer as the back yard dining features a "fence" of tall bamboo trees that survive through the winter, is lit by lanterns and candles only and the big draw - amazing food. Though they have mainly Caribbean food and the regular menu is not large, the owner and chef does some really great things with the specials....curried barracuda, steamed bok choy drizzled with passion fruit oil, mussels in red stripe beer etc. have been some of my personal favorites.
Cons - They're not open for lunch and do not accept reservations. There's usually a crowd on Fridays so you might want to choose another night to avoid a long wait. A lot of blooming flowers and plants in the back yard that might affect you in the summer if you have a major allergy (luckily I don't). Parking isn't always easy to find but again, worth the effort.
Know they have a web site but don't know it off hand. Hope this helps.
After being so very anxious to try this place and hoping to find a wonderful alternative to the s/o, s/o in Westchester, we went last night. I have to admit I was not thrilled. The food was good -- plantain boat with shredded codfish and spring rolls, hubby had the jerk steak with rice and beans (they were out of fries), but not reallllly good.
For a Sunday, they were busy, which is nice, but they took forever -- 10 minutes? -- to get the drinks on the table. The pace was fine afterwards. Oh, and they charge for bread.
As opposed to Zitoune (although a writeup here indicates they are inconsistent), whose bread alone was worth the price of admission, I'm afraid I wouldn't go back to Ripe.
We went a couple months ago. The food was really good and very reasonable. I had the jerk chicken and it was one of the best I've ever had. My husband had the steak that was done for the cook off episode, at $20-25 it was by far the most expensive thing on the menu. We also shared the shrimp appetizer which was also very good. we will definitely return, but probably in the spring when it's nice enough to sit outside in the back.