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Iron Horse in Pleasantville, ny Anyone?

bmgjrg Dec 11, 2007 06:19 AM

Has anyone dined at Iron Horse in Pleasantville, NY? I would love to hear about any experiences there and also about the food. Many thanks.

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    mfenimore Dec 11, 2007 11:25 AM

    In my opinion one of the best restaurants in Westchester, reservations are a must

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    1. re: mfenimore
      winston1 Dec 11, 2007 12:49 PM

      Agreed. Always an enjoyable experience!

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      rpk Dec 11, 2007 03:23 PM

      I've eaten at Iron Horse a few times, first in 2000, most recently about 1 year ago, and enjoyed those visits every time. Dishes I've liked are crabmeat w/corn & caviar, scallops, roast hen, rack of lamb, apple galette, and chocolate marquis. (Of course, over time things change, so I have no idea if those things are currently on the menu.) Although I liked it, my wife didn't care for the duck, and we agreed that the strawberry shortcake was just OK. Reservations are definitely necessary at all times; on a Tuesday in June of 2004, it was jammed full by 8PM.

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        dhammer53 Dec 23, 2007 07:38 PM

        Been going here for years. Never a bad meal. Weeknights are quieter than weekends. Reasonably priced. Figure $125 a couple depending on what you order. Wine list is reasonable and well thought out.

        Considering that some poeple pay that type of money and more at the ho-hum Legal Seafood or McManimins Grill, I'd say The Iron Horse Grill won't disappoint. The dining room is an intimate setting.

        1. MisterBill2 Dec 23, 2007 10:22 PM

          I like Iron Horse but the menu doesn't seem to change much. Not that this is a bad thing since there are some things on the menu that I really enjoy eating. I like their priced fixed 3 course meal for $47 or so. I can definitely second (or third) the need for a reservation. I find if we try to call a week or two away we get put on the wait list, and of course they never call.

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            bmgjrg Dec 24, 2007 07:47 AM

            Thanks very much for all your replies. It sounds like we are in for a delicious dining experience....no one that I talked to had a negative thing to say about the Iron Horse. It is especially wonderful that we will be part of a small group, one of the party is a friend's husband who will be hosting a birthday dinner (tab on him) for his wife. YUM!

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              MisterBill2 Dec 24, 2007 01:13 PM

              Hopefully you'll be in the small room that used to be the waiting room. It's very nice in there. I've hosted a couple of business dinners in there.

              Feel free to contact me if anyone cancels out and your friend needs extra people :-).

              PS park in the station parking lot in back of the restaurant and just walk over the tracks to get there. It's easier than finding parking on the street.

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                bmgjrg Dec 29, 2007 06:52 AM

                Thanks for the parking tip MisterBill2. We are having dinner there tonight (Sat) so I think parking in the station lot should be OK. I've been reading their winter menu on line and I'm just so impressed. We are going to be in a private room so I assume it is the waiting room you mentioned. Many thanks.

                1. re: bmgjrg
                  MisterBill2 Jan 9, 2008 06:15 PM

                  How was your meal?

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                    bmgjrg Jan 12, 2008 10:14 PM

                    MisterBill2...sorry for not reporting on the experience. I was very glad we were in the private room as I remember thinking when we entered the restaurant initially that it was a little noisey and not very impressive. But our table was beautifully decorated at the expense of our host so it added to the ambiance. The food was wonderful. I had the sear diver scallops for appetz (delicious) and my husband had the ny state foie gras (he said it was "different"). We both had one of the specials of the evening which was Artic Char. It was so mild and flavorful that I almost didn't think it was salmon. Dessert was also a "special". Very delicious and light chocolate layered creation with vanilla ice cream. All in all, a delicious...sorry to keep using this word... and very lovely plated meal. We would go again at our own expense.

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              bitesoflove Jan 1, 2008 08:17 AM

              This place smells like old people and diapers. No joke. The food is ok at best.

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                Tay Jan 1, 2008 08:28 AM

                Nonsense... It just sometimes has that odd, musty smell when it's very damp. I think it's probably one of the better restaurants around that area in terms of consistancy and reliability.I wouldn't call it "outstanding" but then again, it a comparative issue.
                I think the OP probably had a great evening. Good friends, decent, no surprises dinner and someone else picking up the tab. What's not to like?

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                frank113 Jan 2, 2008 04:12 AM

                Have eaten there many times over the years. Up and down. Up and down. Lately is been several downs in a row. Afraid they're off my list for a while.

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                  bdr Jan 11, 2008 12:21 PM

                  I go to Iron Horse once per year. Was just there last week. Wasn't pleased. Had to wait 20 minutes for my 6:30 table (though Phil did comp our drinks after we complained). The food was good, but I have to agree about the menu getting a bit stale, 2/3 of it never changes. My duck was OK, appetizer salad a bit boring. Wife's food was better, but my thought at the end of the meal was "Not bad, but it ain't Frodo's"

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                    southlake Jan 11, 2008 06:35 PM

                    really? tell me about Frodo's......I've been meaning to try them out.....

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                      Doreen Jan 13, 2008 05:12 AM

                      Frodo's menu changes each season. Right now would be a great time to try it. Very Interesting choices. It's a casual place but Dan Petrilli, formerly of Strega, is cooking Manhattan quality food. We're very lucky to have he and George in Pleasantville.

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                        bdr Jan 29, 2008 07:30 PM

                        Was just at Frodo's again last week. Salads are great there, there's an apple, endive one where everything is julienned (sp?), worth trying. had the short rib main dish, it rocks. It's casual, but upscale, not like a diner or anything.

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                          snowjewelz Feb 13, 2008 11:49 AM

                          I totally agree with the casual but upscale attitude. The food was great too!

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                            kerryfood Feb 15, 2008 12:50 PM

                            I read that they are closing for a week and re-opening as "Haven" - new decor and theme, but similar food. Any other reports? (And FWIW, I actually prefer Iron Horse to Frodo's - I've been consistently impressed at Iron Horse - but enjoyed Frodo's as well - the service was just very haphazard when we were there. I would try it again though - the creme brulee was terrific!!)

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