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Help a Chicagoan With Westchester Co. Recs?

Paul SL Feb 7, 2008 12:04 PM

I'll be spending much of the next couple of months in New York, staying in Chappaqua. Although I plan to commute into the city most days, I'll be eating many dinners out in the 'burbs and spending weekends there. So, I'd really appreciate some recommendations from Chowists familiar with the area. High-end dining recs aren't necessary-- I prefer casual, ethnic and divey places. BTW, I love BBQ, Asian (except sushi), Indian, Italian and Middle Eastern food. Thanks in advance for your thoughts.

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    dolores RE: Paul SL Feb 7, 2008 12:42 PM

    First ones that come to mind -- I assume you have GPS? -- are Candlelight Inn for wings and burgers in Scarsdale, and Zitoune in Mamaroneck for Moroccan.

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      Paul SL RE: dolores Feb 7, 2008 03:03 PM

      Thanks. Affirmative on the GPS.

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      pobo RE: Paul SL Feb 7, 2008 01:05 PM

      Also "Q" in Port Chester for BBQ.

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        adamclyde RE: pobo Feb 8, 2008 08:19 AM

        I second Q in Port Chester for BBQ. And if you are missing some of those great Michoacan haunts of which Chicago has so many, head across the street to Paleteria Fernandez, for some awesome Mexican ice cream.

        Paleteria Fernandez
        33 N Main St, Port Chester, NY 10573

        Q Restaurant & Bar
        112 N Main St, Port Chester, NY 10573

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        new_west_foodie RE: Paul SL Feb 7, 2008 01:46 PM

        If you want to stay more local to Chappaqua... In Chappaqua itself, I would recommend le jardin du roi for casual french bstro type experience and grappolo locando for italian. Still staying close, for indian, try Bollywood bistro in Pleasantville.

        1. jfood RE: Paul SL Feb 7, 2008 03:21 PM

          outside jfood's zipcode for dinners (except Kittle house, but it's been a few years) but for the weekend up in Mount Kisco is the Mount Kisco Smoke House.

          Then if you want to learn what a real Hot Dog is (without the bright green relish) :-)) you can ask for some recommendations in CT. Then to expand the reach from chicago on CT pizza we can give some recos for that. But there is nothing like Ribs n' Bibs out here for those delicious morsels.

          Mt Kisco Smokehouse
          520 Lexington Ave Mt, Kisco, NY

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            Paul SL RE: jfood Feb 7, 2008 06:46 PM

            When I come out, I'll have a car, so I'll be sure to make it up to Mt. Kisco. Can't be too far from where I'm staying. IIRC, it's the last stop on the Metro North line, isn't it?

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              jfood RE: Paul SL Feb 8, 2008 02:38 AM

              again out of jfood's zip code. Mt kisco is Harlem Line and jfood is on New Haven.

              Jfood agrees with Laylag below and look up Adamclydes suggestions in the Stamford area. he has performed the perfect Latin Lasso Round-up.

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                spa RE: Paul SL Feb 8, 2008 05:07 AM

                It's not the last stop. It's the next stop up from Chappaqua and a five-minute drive.

                Don't forget to visit Stone Barns (off 448). Eat at the Blue Hill restaurant or cafe (or not) but definitely walk around the farm and hike down into Rockefeller State Park, which is also accessible from 117 among other ways.

                From there you can head toward Tarrytown or Sleepy Hollow for some good eats, most more divey than anything you're likely to find in Chappaqua.

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                  shellyesq RE: Paul SL Feb 8, 2008 05:08 AM

                  Mt. Kisco is close to Chappaqua, but far from the last stop on Metro North.

                  I'm not sure if it's reopened yet after a recent fire, but the Blazer Pub in Goldens Bridge has some of the best burgers around. I recommend the hard rolls.

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                laylag RE: Paul SL Feb 7, 2008 05:38 PM

                If you do come down the Mamaroneck way - Turkish Meze for, obviously, Turkish. If you want to go for a little drive for BBQ and you have the GPS - try BigW's in Wingdale - in Putnam County I think it is but not terribly far out. As jfood said, if you want to go into the whole pizza thing - NY pizza and New Haven pizza and he has a favorite other type pizza place in Stamford - let us know. FYI - for you and Dolores - have heard mixed on Zitoune and most recent one was not good - dry lamb in the tagine.

                Oh also, I know you guys have some great authentic Mexican in Chicago and surrounds but if you're hankering for some more - check out New Rochelle and Port Chester. Several threads on both if you search. Check Adamclyde's posts. He's written some fabulous round-ups on the Latin food in those areas.

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                  Paul SL RE: laylag Feb 7, 2008 06:44 PM

                  Thanks, laylag. Seems like a GPS device is a prerequisite in Westchester Co. Here in Chicago, the city is laid out like a sheet of graph paper.

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                    laylag RE: Paul SL Feb 8, 2008 07:57 AM

                    Graph like here for most of Manhattan and Long Island too Paul. But, I've been in Westchester over two years now, am fairly directionally adept and am still figuring the roads out here. Almost nothing is due east/west or north south. Much meandering and diagonals. Oh and to further add to the confusion, many name duplicates and street name changing mid-course too.

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                    dolores RE: laylag Feb 8, 2008 01:43 AM

                    Uh oh, laylag, not already on Zitoune?

                    Paul, I'm sure you have equally excellent places in Chicago and will find same in Manhattan, but Mamma Francesca in New Rochelle is good for red sauce Italian and Le Provencal in Mamaroneck is also good, for French.

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                      Paul SL RE: laylag Feb 15, 2008 06:13 PM

                      I had a marvelous brisket sandwich tonight at Big W's. I couldn't finish it, but it was so good, I'm going back again this weekend to try the ribs, chicken and pulled pork. Thanks for the recommendation, laylag.

                    2. Sra. Swanky RE: Paul SL Feb 8, 2008 05:23 AM

                      Welcome to NY, Paul! These places are not too far at all from Chappaqua - and worth the few extra miles. Casual, ethnic & divey - these are my kind of recs! :)

                      Westchester Grocery - Commerce Ave.in Thornwood - a little gem with delicious and very inexpensive Pakastani/Indian food.

                      Pony Express - Wheeler Ave. in Pleasantville - when you're craving a good hotdog, a lobster roll and few slyders. (cause the nearest White Castle to Chappaqua is 25 minutes away!)

                      Swaddee's House of Thai - Franklin Avenue/Route 141in Thornwood - very good.

                      Sabatino's pizzeria - right on 9A in Hawthorne - great coal oven thin crust pizza.


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                        Fairfield.Foody RE: Sra. Swanky Feb 8, 2008 08:09 AM

                        Do you have kids? Route 22 in Armonk is a good place to bring the fam...decent grub, fun atmosphere/decor.

                        BTW-The original location is MUCH better than the one in Stamford.

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                          Paul SL RE: Fairfield.Foody Feb 9, 2008 03:56 AM

                          Nope. Kids all grown and scattered. But 2 of them are dedicated foodies!

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                          i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream RE: Sra. Swanky Feb 8, 2008 03:33 PM

                          Pony Express has lobster rolls!?!? Please expound, Sra. Swanky!

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                            Sra. Swanky RE: i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream Feb 8, 2008 04:36 PM

                            Is True, is true, ice cream!! :o) Pony Express has lobster and peaky toe crab rolls. Easier than a trip up the New England Thruway!! Check it out:


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                              i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream RE: Sra. Swanky Feb 9, 2008 04:29 AM

                              I had no idea-- thanks for the tip! I'll have to go back and give those a try!

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                            Paul SL RE: Sra. Swanky Feb 9, 2008 03:54 AM

                            Those all look great. Can't wait to try them.

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                            corky RE: Paul SL Feb 8, 2008 08:13 AM

                            I second bigW's in wingdale

                            1. i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream RE: Paul SL Feb 8, 2008 03:34 PM

                              Don't forget delicious homemade Indian food at Khan's Indian Kitchen in Thornwood!

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                                Paul SL RE: i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream Feb 9, 2008 03:56 AM

                                Noted. Thanks so much.

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