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Mar 2, 2008 06:59 AM

Dining at the Bar in Rockland/Westchester

When my wife and I go out together for dinner, without other friends, we often like to dine at the bar of a nice restaurant...... We enjoy good food, pleasant bartenders, and talking to people... Some places we enjoy include:

Lu Shane's in Nyack: George the bartender is the reason we go.......

X20 in Yonkers : They have a great bar menu. But if you go on a Saturday night, get there before 7 to get bar seats.....

Restaurant X in Congers: Its a small bar area, but the food and service is excellent. The Cotes de boeuf (for two), which is not on the menu is to die for...... On request (saturdays excluded) they will sometimes have single portions..

Wasabi in Nyack: Active bar scene....... Sushi is very good....

Hudson House in Nyack: Also excellent but the bar is very small.

BLT Steak in White Plains: A new addition. For special occasions due to the prices, but it was excellent.

Does anyone have any other suggestions?

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  1. I've had dinner at the bar at Freelance Cafe a few times and it was quite enjoyable.

    Also went to Stone Barns on a Friday night (around 7) and got two seats at the bar!! They have a 3 course prix fixe for $45, with a few less choices (and $20 less cost) than the "regular" 3 course. You also can get anything from the menu or bar specials.

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    1. I agree with Freelance. I've had some ok meals at Change in Nyack. I haven't discounted it completely yet because when I go I always have one item that I really like.
      I haven't bee to Lushanes in a while, but they used to be good and you can also eat at the bar there too.
      And I know this does not count as fine dining, but the Olde Village Inne is like my second living room. It's a great bar for a snowy night, a nice shepherd's pie and a pint of Guinness and of course Lenny the bartender can't be beat.

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      1. re: HungryRubia

        I forgot to mention O.V.I. We go there a LOT when we dont feel like spending a lot of money for good food and good drinks.

        Freelance is wonderful, but i can't count on getting seats, so it's off the radar. There have been too many times when I've tried and it was too crowded.

        "Change" never struck me as a good option and the times i've been there, the bar scene was really quiet. (i was there about 4 times the first month or two it was open.

        One other place i like is Harvest Bistro in Closter, NJ. The food is excellent, and the bar scene is busy. They have a good bar food menu too, and lots of lounge tables and comfortable chairs if the bar is too crowded. Havent been there in a few months. I think it may be time to go back..

      2. Freelance, is great for sitting at the bar, but it is often very crowded.
        There's a new restaurant in Sparkill, Woody's Grill. The food is and atmosphere are casual. The food is very good. The Journal News did a review recently. The bar is a bit of a local scene. I sat at the bar and it too was very crowded but still was pleasant. Especially good if you like to converse with others.

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        1. re: michele cindy

          Thanks for the info on Woody's, Michele. Mr HR and I eat next door at La Bamba quite a bit and wondered what Woody's was like.

          1. re: HungryRubia

            Here's the link to the lohud review.
            I haven't been to LaBamba in awhile (except to pick up produce, and tortillas here and there). What are your favorites there? I recall I liked there special hot sauce a lot.

            1. re: michele cindy

              My husband always gets the "Bistec Azteca" and I like their chilaquiles A LOT.
              Their guacamole is also very good. The same people also own Viva Zapata down on 340 in Palisades near the NJ border. It's much larger and a little more expensive with an expanded menu, but still good.
              Thanks for the link for Woody's.

          2. re: michele cindy

            my dude and i were wondering about Woody's while waiting in our car for Relish to open, as it had quite a crowd coming in.,..thanks for the heads up and we'll be checking it out.

          3. Peniche in White Plains has a very nice bar area (and surprisingly reasonably priced drinks), but in a way the whole restaurant is like a happenin bar.