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Restaurants in the New Year...

threads on New Year resolutions and restaurant reviews prompted me to scour my Zagat and I came up with a list of local restaurants (only 24!) that I vow to try in the New Year. Anyone have any other recommendations or opinions on these? Thanks!

A'Mangiare -- Elmsford
Barnstormer -- Newburgh
Big W's BBQ -- Wingdale
B4 Bistro -- Valhalla
Brickhouse -- Marlboro
Da Vinci's Cafe -- New Rochelle
Ebb Tide -- Portchester
80 West -- White Plains
Eveready Diner -- Hyde Park
Holy Smoke -- Mahopac
Il Teatro -- Mamaroneck
Iron Horse Grill -- Pleasantville
La Fontanella -- Pelham
La Lanterna -- Yonkers
Nessa -- Portchester
Ocean 211 -- Stamford
Ripe -- Mount Vernon
Ruby's Oyster Bar -- Rye
Rowayton Seafood -- Rowayton
Spaccarelli's -- Millwood
Sterling Inn -- New Rochelle
Sushi Nanase -- White Plains
Winfield's -- Greenwich
Zitoune -- Mamaroneck

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  1. Freelance Cafe--------Piermont, NY
    Xavier's, the more formal restaurant adjacent to Freelance
    X20----Yonkers
    These are all Peter Kelly's restaurants.
    Restaurant X in Congers is another one of his restaurants..............it can be spotty.

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    1. re: Raisel

      Fraiche- Fairfield, CT
      Market Place- Stamford, CT

    2. ferrante (stamford) for lunch. prosecco to start. split an antipasto with your favorite lunch friend and share your pastas. pricey and good.

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      1. re: steve h.

        Thank you all for the recommendations. I've been to X and X20 for brunch, but would like to try them for dinner.

      2. On Sterling Inn (because I live nearby) I'd save my money for the next restaurant that comes in to that spot after they inevitably fail. What can you say about a restaurant that charges an arm and a leg for o.k. continental food while they play "La Vie En Rose" on a continual loop? But they've bought a lot of good press.

        1. delores, it has not hit the media yet...they recently opened quietly...but I believe the new Casa Brusco in Eastchester deserves a visit. I am sure we'll be hearing a great deal about it...

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          1. re: gutreactions

            Thanks, addictedtolunch, I'll cross them off then. That spot seems to be the kiss of death to all those who came after....? I can't remember their name but they were there for years and years.

            GR, where is Casa Brusco exactly? Thank you.

            1. re: dolores

              delores, Casa Brusco is located at the same spot that previously housed Edmondo's...219 Main St., Eastchester (346-5170)...Have a merry!

            2. re: gutreactions

              About Casa Brusco in Eastchester, just went there on Saturday night. I have to say, from the hostess who chatted with us while we waited for friends to arrive, to the knowledgeable and thoughtful waiter (Sean) to the delicious lamb and pasta bolognese.....this place will be a winner!!

            3. you will not be disappointed by the eveready diner! still has mostly diner food, but it is delicious! favorites are definitely the disco fries with all the fixings and gravy on the side, all desserts are great, and my personal favorite is the reuben, which is delicious.

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              1. re: radioactivebetty

                Thanks, GR, I now have Casa Brusco on my list...and Sterling Inn off it.

                radioactivebetty, I look forward to the Eveready, I love good diners. No chance they have chicken fried steak, is there?

                1. re: dolores

                  http://www.theevereadydiner.com/ Looks like they don't, but there are lots of other good choices. I don't think the Daily Planet has it either www.dailyplanetdiner.com/

                  1. re: chowdom

                    chowdom, if there were a truck stop local to White Plains, I would be there now. Since first tasting chicken fried steak and grits and real biscuits, I'm hooked. I can't properly duplicate any of them myself, either.

                    The items look good at Eveready -- I've been to Daily Planet and like them.

                    1. re: dolores

                      I think Tyler Florence devoted an entire episode of food 911 to chicken fried steak with several sides, not sure if he made grits, but almost positive he included buscuits, My hubby is a fan of this dish as well, and orders it when he sees it on a menu. I'll let you know when we come accross it again.

                      1. re: dolores

                        Dolores - I love Chicken Fried steak. Surprisingly, the best I've had was at a Cracker Barrel on the way home from Baltimore. I was in a bad mood, didn't want to stop driving and then got outvoted by the ladies in the car. So glad I did. It was smothered in what they call a Sawmill Gravy. Serv ed with fresh biscuits (I'm not a bread person, I made the exception for this). it's also served with three vegetables or sides. If I remember correctly I had fried okra, hasbrowns, and green beans. The best part about this was the fact that we waited 45 minutes and I didn't want to leave!

                        I have made it myself, sans the biscuits and okra, and it came out pretty good. I simplified the whole process by using cube steak. I actually used a chicken gravy but added some flour to thicken it up. Came out pretty good!

                        1. re: jhopp217

                          jhopp217, I've had biscuits and gravy at a Cracker Barrel, but never the chicken fried steak. There's actually a CB within driving distance, I'll have to remember this. Thanks.