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Nov 9, 2007 05:39 AM

Zen Tango, Plates, or ... ?

I need to take a prospective employee out to a nice place in Westchester (anywhere from the Bronx to Port Chester, but preferably not that far north). This is on an expense account, so money is not the most important factor - good food is. I'm new in the area myself and haven't been to any very good restaurants in Westchester (with the exception of Sonora in Port Chester, which is good but not very good). The consensus on this board this summer was that Zen Tango was not that great; is that still the case? And I tied searching for Plates in Larchmont, but every post that talks about a plate comes up - what an unfortunate restaurant name in the digital age! So is Plates as good as it looks? And does anyone have any other suggestions? Thanks in advance!

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  1. Plates was excellent, last I was there. Here is Plates:

    Zen Tango has changed menus, I believe, towards a more casual bistro type menu. If they have not yet changed, DO NOT GO THERE. They were AWFUL, last I was there.

    I haven't been to MacMenamin's Grill of late, but they used to excellent.

    If you want to overpay for steak, I have heard that Mo's is good.

    I recommend Pinocchio in Eastchester for Italian not of the red sauce variety, others recommend Lusardi.

    I am sure there are others here with good ideas.

    1. Dolores, Zen Tango at the Radisson is no longer. The restaurant space has changed formats for the umpteenth is now as you observed a more casual bistro with prices to match. Other fine options for NickEats might be: upscale, Mulino's, White Plains; very good Italian in a strip mall, Fratelli's, New Rochelle; dinner (surprisingly good food) and lounging afterwards, the newly reopend Prophecy, White Plains(formerly Coughlan's); fine Itialian with an Adriatic theme, La Fontanella, Pelham; or for dinner, their sister restaurant in Mamaroneck, Il Teatro, a real gem I thought...

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      1. re: gutreactions

        Thanks, gutreactions, yes I found that out when I last at ZenTango.

        I almost forgot -- how about X20 in Yonkers!?

        1. re: dolores

          I have been to X20 twice and have been, for the most part, pleased. To make a long story short, it is a major dining destination in Westchester with many evolving attributes...

        2. re: gutreactions

          Gut, have you personally eaten at Prophecy? If so, can you address quality, pricing?

          1. re: Dim Sum Diva

            Dim Sum Diva, I have had two tastings there covering a cross section of the specialties and I left pleasantly surprised. The combination of nightclub and restaurant does not always mix well, but I found the kitchen and front of the house staff quite affable. Prices can get high though, but there is a fine menu of appetizers if you are on a budget...the Filet Mignon Quesadillas and the Tuna Tartare are fabulous!

          2. re: gutreactions

            I'd be curious to hear more about Il Teatro. I pass it all the time, but don't know anyone who has been there.

            1. re: Shawn

              Shawn, Il Teatro is sister restaurant to La Fontanella in Pelham with a similar menu, Italian with an Adriatic theme. I have found it to be quite good. They had to close as a result of the terrible flooding that hit the area not long ago, but they have recovered. It is a charming adult dining room, moderately priced.

              1. re: gutreactions

                gr, is Il Teatro the Italian restaurant down the alley way?

                1. re: dolores

                  Il Teatro is at 576 Mamaroneck Ave., Mamaroneck...forlerly Satsuma-Ya. They are currently open for dinner only 7 nights.

                  1. re: gutreactions

                    Thanks, gr. So it's near Le Provencal. I'll have to check it out, since I am not enamored of Enzo's.

          3. Thanks, all, for the recommendations. In the end, I decided not to go for Italian, and after some more hunting through this board I settled on Le Provencal in Mamaroneck. It was quite good (although not out-of-this-world good) and the service was very friendly and competent. If you are in the mood for French bistro food, this place certainly hits the spot.

            I'll try Plates next time!

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            1. re: NickEats

              Wondering if anyone else has seen the commercial for the reincarnation (from the looks of it, not for the better although I could be wrong) of Zen Tango in the Radisson in New Rochelle, now City Chow?

              It's...ack...Vinny Pastore doing a bada bing fugheddaboudit on all the dishes served at City Chow.


              1. re: dolores

                I cannot begin to tell you how disgusted I am by this commercial. I guess he did a couple of seasons on a show about "the mob", and now feels he needs to be a cafone for the rest of his life. The glob of sauce on his cheek and the tomato-stained napkin tucked into his collar are especially classy touches, don't you think?
                It's even worse than those old commercials for "Augie's" and their "Augie Doggie Bags". Remember that? Boy, did my mom curse at that one....

                1. re: dolores

                  lol that commercial is so disgusting. he's stuffing his face and having difficulty breathing. that's supposed to be appetizing?

                  also, the production values on it are hilariously awful. if i remember right, the shot is bad and the wall behind him bare.

                  i'm actually looking forward to seeing it again. thought i must have imagined it the first time.

                  1. re: rafi

                    Afraid you didn't! I too can't look away, like a car wreck.

                    Oh, and take note -- he's sporting a manicure. No doubt, on his way to Bouley, he stopped in and said 'okay let's get this done'. Ugh.

                    On food -- do you in the LEAST want to eat at that place? I don't.

                    Yup, I remember those vvv. I can still see the last shot with the 'husky' (remember the husky section of Liebmann's?) guy carrying out the doggie bag. At least Augie's isn't too bad of a restaurant, occasionally.