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Monteverde in Cortlandt Manor

Has anyone eaten here? I am thinking of having my wedding here and would love some feedback on the food!

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  1. imho food is just fair, nothing great, however the venue is quite wonderful

    1. I believe they recently got a new chef. Check out Westchester Magazine's article on the new 10 best.

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      1. re: Doreen

        magazine is a questionable source, I do not depend on

      2. New chef recently opened a place in NYC (Allen & Delancey), so active presence at Monterverde may not be fulltime? My service experiences at Monteverde have been very poor (inexperienced and lame to the point of laughable -- until the check came), so I would investigate throughly...location is fabulous, however. Eat there a few times and test the waters.

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        1. re: jmtoconnor

          Thanks for feedback... my fiancee did not like the red carpeting, so the place is out anyway!

        2. Not the enchanting experience we'd hoped for... expensive, unable to get entrees out on a timely basis ("so many reservations at the same time tonight" - 7:30pm on a Saturday --- why is that a surprise to the staff???). Shaved hamachi tuna with pink grapefruit appetizer looked like puke on a white dish. Made a good Old Fashioned for me, which is not easy to find. Tiny portions on most of the entrees. Back to Zeph's for us. Too bad - it's such a pretty spot...

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          1. re: Nancy C

            Thanks for the feedback - it is such a shame that some of these restaurants with beautiful locations can't get their act together when it comes to the food! Same thing with the Central Park Boathouse!

            1. re: Feaster18

              I couldn't agree more - it's not like the restaurant staff is out tending the grounds or sprucing up the view of the Hudson River... it's a restaurant, it's not rocket science. Make a great menu, cook it over and over and over again until you get it right. Get the boss or someone with food/marketing background to look at the food - does it look puke on a plate? Then rethink the dish or get a new one. Clueless waitstaff? Time for more training or get new folks. Think about serving a vegetable with the entree...duh. Don't "trio" every dish on the menu... duck with potato with leeks.... beef with carrots with fennel... fish with parsnips with toast points... Oy! Why not do 12 dishes really well, instead of 36 midldling ones...

              1. re: Nancy C

                I agree! I am so sick of menus that are larger than the Sunday Times. Just stick to what you do well and that's it!

                1. re: organiclover

                  their menu is not that large, its just that the food is mediocre, and so is the service

                  1. re: intrepid

                    Ah ok, thanks for that. I was planning on going, but not anymore!

                    1. re: organiclover

                      what kind of place/meal you looking for?? what general location ?

                2. re: Nancy C

                  right on...just like gordon ramsay and kitchen nightmares

              2. re: Nancy C

                Hi Nancy,

                Yeah, Zeph's is certainly a very good place to eat. I had a close friend who was the Pastry Chef there for many years. Always a good meal! I've lived (born & raised) in Peekskill my whole life, and still find it hard to believe that there's a restaurant like Zeph's there... hehe

              3. Not one to pile on but...no, not a keeper inspite of the view. Mediocre food, less than mediocre service and quite pricey, as well.

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                1. re: frank113

                  Crain's NY Business keeps running their 4 star review-ette of Monteverde (and the other restaurant the chef's involved with in NYC). Feel like dropping Bob Lape a line that he needs to come back on a Saturday, wearing a disguise and try the Montverde experience again.

                  1. re: Nancy C

                    We should send him the link for this thread!

                2. Well.......let's see........it's a gorgeous place..... awesome scenery......BUT!

                  The food is another story....I've had better.....For MUCH LESS! Kind of a disappointment. OK...It had been a while since I'd been there, so, maybe this has changed....I certainly hope so....

                  If a place makes you dress up in a suit...JUST for dinner, that food better be the best damn food in the world. (PS: I HATE to wear a suit)

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                  1. re: laney50w

                    I forwarded a link to these postings to Crain's, who said they'd forward them to Bob Lape, which I appreciate. Should probably send it along to the reporter from the NY Times, too. I hope they get their act together, as it would be so nice to have a fine restaurant in this neck of the woods.