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Ima Foodie Nov 5, 2007 01:55 PM

Haven't lived there for years and a bit out of touch, but looking to find a place around Larchmont or Mamoroneck for birthday dinner on Sunday evening. Nothing too upscale but something really good. Thanks!

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  1. momof3 Nov 5, 2007 03:00 PM

    I've really enjoyed Chat 19 on Chatsworth Ave. It's owned by the same family as Lusardi's but it's not Italian, and not as "fancy". I would also recommend Ruby's in Rye. Not sure if Chat has a website, but this is ruby's rubysoysterbar.net

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      pobo Nov 7, 2007 12:48 PM

      I live in Larchmont and we eat out all the time. Chat 19 strikes me as very loud and casual for a birthday, for that type of meal, I prefer Palmer Crossing (prices are better, too). La Villetta is great for italian/fish, although similar in price to Lusardi's (and Chat 19, depending on what you order). Pascal's is also good, especially the weekday $20.00 prix fix. And we also like Le Provencal. For middle eastern, I like Cafe Meze in Mamaroneck the best, although I ate lunch at Tourquoise yesterday and it was very good.

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        cswim06 Jun 12, 2008 09:50 AM

        Guess it depends on the type of birthday, because Palmer's and especially Pascal's strike me as a bit staid for a party dinner for anyone lacking an AARP membership. Any more details, OP?

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          Ima Foodie Jun 12, 2008 10:57 AM

          very old post. Ended up at Le Provencal, which was great. Have been to chat 19 many times prior, and have always enjoyed.

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        laylag Nov 7, 2007 01:07 PM

        I'm with Pobo. Not a fan of Chat 19 but love Le Provencal in Mamaroneck and Turkish Meze too. Both have very good food, not too upscale price or atmosphere. Le Provencal is a bit more appropriate for a "birthday dinner" I think. Zitoune - mixed reviews here and I haven't been - a newer Moroccan on Boston Post Road could work as well.

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          Ima Foodie Nov 12, 2007 10:25 AM

          Thanks -ended up at procencal and it was perfect! really great food and nice atmosphere.

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          gypsy1783 Nov 9, 2007 06:07 PM

          Zitoune is my favorite restaurant right now! It's perfect for a birthday -- "exotic" and fun atmosphere and the food is excellent. To celebrate, start off with their rose cocktail (don't remember the exact name of the cocktail; I just remember that it was fabulous!). My favorite appetizers are the cigars, duck b'steeya and the sardines (don't be afraid of the sardines; here they're light and delicious and not at all unappealingly "fishy"). My favorite for the main course is definitely the tangia marrakchia... and for dessert, the b'steeya.

          you could also try Plates. I love the ambiance here - simple, yet elegant. The food is delightful!! My favorite drink here is gin cocktail... "Park" something... You have to wait a bit while the bartender makes it, but it's worth it!

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            pobo Jun 13, 2008 12:53 PM

            We loved Zitoune when it first opened, before they changed the entrance. There was a wonderful little lounge area where you could have a cocktail, and order food if you wanted. We went several times, but the last time (1 1/2 years ago) we went with friends and it was a horrible experience. The food was so-so, the service was awful and to make matters worse, there was some mix-up with the bill and the credit cards and it took, I kid you not, an hour to resolve it. We haven't been back since.

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            MaxAvery Nov 14, 2007 10:02 AM

            i like lusardis and chat 19. also theirs a french restaurant right on the main drag in mamaroneck near the movie theaters, forgot the name. but the fois gras there was quite impressive!

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              dolores Nov 14, 2007 10:12 AM

              I don't like Lusardi's.

              No to Enzo's.

              I like Plates.

              I really like LeProvencal.

              Haven't been to Il Teatro, but good things have been said about them.

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                MaxAvery Nov 14, 2007 10:28 AM

                yeah thats it le provencal. never been impressed with plates for some reason. perhaps we should give it another try. third times a charm??

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                  laylag Nov 14, 2007 11:01 AM

                  I'd love to hear from someone about Il Teatro. I pass by often and have been wondering about them since they opened. They never appear busy.

                  I'm with you on Enzo's Dolores but like Lusardi's. I haven't been to Plates yet and, as per my earlier post, love Le Provencal.

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                    gutreactions Nov 15, 2007 04:23 AM

                    laylag, Il Teatro was opened by the same people who own the highly successful La Fontanella in Pelham...they got off to a difficult start due to the damaging floods that hit that area not long ago...I have been there quite a few time and the cuisine (similar to La Font's) is quite good for the area. I bit more refined than red-sauce Italian, with a little Adriatic thrown in. A charming room too. Prices are moderate to above...

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                stu Nov 20, 2007 07:34 PM

                Pascals does a wonderful job and very civil. If you venture to Harrison Emilios is top notch also , very civil

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                  phishphood Jun 11, 2008 10:48 AM

                  I think Chat 19 is quite a nice place - calm atmosphere and decent food (the tuna sandwich with wasabi is very good and I love the french fries). But the service is definitely inconsistent. http://labarrigabelly.blogspot.com/

                  1. AManHastoEat Jun 14, 2008 05:33 AM

                    Since this post got resurrected I feel obligated to write about, for the upcoming father's day, my dad's favorite restaurant. I can't believe no one mentioned Encore, the smaller French bistro in the area. In my opinion, Encore defines bistro dining with a menu that ranges from steak frittes to sweetbreads.

                    We go quite frequently and every day of the week sees the dining room occupied. More importantly, the kitchen is one of the most consistent we've found in Westchester.

                    James
                    http://amanhastoeat.blogspot.com

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                      laylag Jun 14, 2008 07:34 AM

                      I've not had dinner at Encore James and went only once for lunch which I know is not sufficient to make a grand judgement. However, while it was pretty good IMO it didn't compare to the food at Le Provencal so didn't see a need to return to Encore. I like Le Provencal's decor better too.

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                        AManHastoEat Jun 14, 2008 10:16 AM

                        I agree that Le Provencal is a more sophisticated restaurant, both in terms of menu and design of room, but I really enjoy the neighborhood atmosphere and consistent output at Encore. It is also interesting to note that we always are seated by a table speaking French in Encore.

                        Most of the time when we go to Le Provencal it is at lunch for mussels and an early drink.

                        -James

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