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Feb 17, 2008 01:54 PM

Got those kitchen renovation blues

Our kitchen renovation begins tomorrow, and since we are passionate cooks, we dine out infrequently. We live in Bronxville, and are familiar with the Haiku/Johnny's/A Mangiare/Rosie's/Scallini nexus, but we are looking for off-beat & unusual restaurants in the immediate area. Weeknight trips to Port Chester are not really an option with a child, so we'd love to get familiar with any near-by restaurants that we don't know. By near-by, I mean Eastchester, New Rochelle, Yonkers, Mount Vernon, etc. Take out preferable, but not absolutely a must. Any ideas?

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  1. roxlet, for starters you may want to check out Spice Village in Tuckahoe, a darn good Indian eatery...Spring Asian Cuisine on Gramatan Ave., Mt. Vernon, which offers a variety of Asian cooking styles...Joe's Quarry Inn on Marbledale Road in Tuckahoe for some good retro tavern food (their Tuesday night Nantucket Dinner is a delight and reasonably priced)...the Fixed Price Winter Dinners at Mamma Francesca, New Rochelle...half priced a la carte sushi at East Harbor on Central Park Ave., Yonkers. served daily for lunch and all day Monday and Wednesday...By the way, in all of these spots children are welcomed.

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    1. re: gutreactions

      Thanks Gutreaction-- some good recs. We love Indian food, so we will definitely give Spice Village a try. I had heard that it was pretty good. I may have eaten at Joe's Quarry a while back. Is that in the spot that used to be where An American Bistro was?

      1. re: roxlet

        Yes it is, but Joe's Quarry now has a new owning family that has infused it with a little dose of broccoli rabe...much of the regular menu remains the same, perhaps even a bit better than before...

        1. re: gutreactions

          We'll give it another try. Do you know anything about a Thai restaurant in Eastchester? I also understand there's a good burger joint that just opened opposite the train station in Tuckahoe... name escapes me. Anything of interest in southern Yonkers? I saw the board about the Mexican joints in New Rochelle. Problem is, with a kid who had sports practices, piano practice and tons of HW, it's hard to do a civilized restaurant meal most weeknights. This will be a challenge!

          1. re: roxlet

            roxlet, the places you are referring to probably are: TapHouse in Tuckahoe, it is what they are calling a 'gastro-pub' an upscale tavern with contemporized cuisine (it is lovely), and Garlic & Pepper in Tuckahoe, which I feel has been the pits since it opened...if you are looking for some good Thai, Spring has a Thai chef in the kitchen...

            1. re: gutreactions

              Where is Spring? With the renovation going full bore, I just got back to the board today.

              1. re: roxlet

                Spring is at 545 Gramatan Ave., in the Fleetwood section of Mt. Vernon (914-699-2828)...Charlie is the affable owner.

              2. re: gutreactions

                I think Garlic & Pepper is pretty good (for Westchester). It Thai owned & operated. The chef and waitress are all Thai. All you gotta do is ask for "Authentic cooking" and you'll be happy.

      2. Just wanted to echo Spring Asian on Gramatan in Mt. Vernon. I highly recommend the shrimp with honeydew melon, broccoli and walnuts. I don't remember what it is really called, but they are the biggest and best shrimp I have ever had. Alice

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        1. re: Bigbird

          We ate at Spice Village in Tuckahoe tonight, and it was quite good. Nothing too out of the ordinary, but certainly a completely reasonable choice and better than much other Indian food we have had in Wstchester.