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Sunset Grill - White Plains

I was unpleasantly surprised last night when I went to Sunset Grill in White Plains for dinner. The place is closed and a new bar is going to open there. Supposedly the owners of Black Bear Saloon on Mamaroneck Avenue have take over the space.
I was there a month ago and there was not hint of anything amiss. It's a shame because it was avery good Mexican restaurant. Can anyone recommend a Mexican restaruant as good.

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  1. I am not surprised at the news of the Sunset Grill. With all the good reviews I still wondered how long it would take to close. The last couple of times that I was there the service was so poor that I lost an appetite for ever going again. One night I waited forever for drinks, appetizer and entrée and then it all came in such quick succession that I didn’t know whether to eat or drink or what to eat.

    I am only sorry about the demise because I thought the food was close to the best Mexican in Westchester. Unfortunately, the place seemed to degenerate into chaos when Don Emilio left.

    1. I hadn't realized Don Emilio left. I don't of any other decent Mexican restaurants.

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      1. re: kaaaassss

        I agree with you kaaaassss. I don't know of any other decent Mexican restaurants around Westchester and from what I read, I don't think anyone else does. Some have touted that one in Greenwich, CT but from the negatives that I have read, I'm not inclined to try.

        Any of you that knew Don Emilio would know he was quite an organizer and made everyone feel that he wanted to do the best he could for that particular individual. I don't think the owner realized what he was able to do for that restaurant. He has been gone from there for about a year and a half.

        1. re: Sonnyno

          Sonnyno, you're correct on the 'decent' adjective. There are authentic, and touristy, but Sunset Grille was unique. Much like Global Gatherings.

          Sadly, 'unique' doesn't play well in Westchester.

          I'll miss Sunset Grille (their Tuesday night tastings were outstanding but the place was never filled up, too many people going to the other 'fabulous' places around I imagine) and I hope the owner and chef find more appreciative customers elsewhere.

      2. We've had some good food (and mixed service) at Que Chula Es Puebla in Sleepy Hollow. Search board for other feedback - it's much better than the usual beans, rice and oversauced TV dinner-type enchiladas at many places.

        1. Happy, happy, joy, joy!

          Sunset Grille is slated to open on Monday, Nov. 17th, in the restaurant at Maplemoor Golf Club on North Street in White Plains.

          Best part, aside from the wonderful food and the more wonderful staff, is that parking is f-r-e-e, free.

          Good luck to all of you, Scott, I look forward to seeing you all again.

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          1. re: dolores

            Where is North Street in White Plains?

            1. re: kaaaassss

              right at the hutschson river parkway, south of 287, north of the parkway.

              1. re: martyl9

                It seems like a poor choice to put the sunset grill. gedney way was out of the way. This seems even more obscure.

                1. re: kaaaassss

                  It's not an obscure location. It's right off the parkway exit, so it's easy for many people to get there.

                  1. re: Shawn

                    >>so it's easy for many people to get there.

                    Of course it is. And it sure beats downtown WP.

            2. re: dolores

              Is that going to be open to the public? Sounds weird being in a golf club. I ate there once and was unimpressed, and I do remember paying for meter parking. I would try it again though based on all the other recs from this board.

              1. re: dolores

                Blue Monday....just went to maple Moor and there's no sign of a new restaurant anywhere and nobody has heard of it.... Boo Hoo

                1. re: marlettepl

                  You mean no sunset grill at maple moore. liz johnson put it in small bites that it was opening next week. i'm confused.

                  1. re: kaaaassss

                    It looks like it's opening mid-week.

                    1. re: dolores

                      So is this the real deal? Where at Maplemoor is it? Do they have a phone number yet? Thanks much.

                      1. re: Reposado

                        Reposado, I don't have any more information. I believe they will occupy the restaurant that is there, entrance is on North Street.

                        When I know more, I'll post it.

              2. Good riddance. If I recall, this place was insultingly overpriced. I predicted their demise that first (and only) time I went there. $25 for a plate of cheap Mexican food (beans, rice cheese, totrilla) does not fly.

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                1. re: 914NYC

                  i have to agree. there is more talk about this place now that it is gone than there was when it was open. restaurants close for a reason. if it was so good, why is it gone, seriously.

                  1. re: sparkyspecial

                    It's not gone, it's just moving.

                    I can't wait for it to return.

                2. Don Emilio is now in Chappaqua on King Street at the bottom. Its called Don Emilio at Lobo's Cafe. Went for dinner a couple of weeks ago. Not quite up to par yet. No liquor license yet...byo. Tamales were really good. Place is still being renovated.

                  1. I read a write up in liz johnson's column today regarding the reincarnation of sunset grill. From what I read, the article mentioned scott was to be food and beverage director and then focused more on the virtues of the golf course itself.

                    I just copied the following paragraph from the article. How can you be a mexican restuarnt and a bar and grill for a golf course? I will give the restaurant a try since I loved it when it was in it's old location but don't have high expectations at this point

                    "To ensure success for the re-vamped restaurant, Maple Moor has hired Scott Faupel – former owner of the original Sunset Grille in White Plains that closed earlier this year – as Food and Beverage Director. Faupel will create his award-winning Mexican cuisine at Maple Moor and the restaurant will be open seven days a week for lunch and dinner. The course will still offer standard grill fare as an option for its golfing patrons."

                    Can't wait to here from those who go there before I do.

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                    1. re: kaaaassss

                      Thanks for the update, kaaasssss. As soon as it's open, I'll be going and will let you know what I think.

                      1. re: dolores

                        Let's hope those pomegranite margaritas make it over to the new place.

                        1. re: Dim Sum Diva

                          Dim Sum, Wed. looks to be on target, albeit with a limited food menu, and they will have the pomegranate martinis.

                      2. re: kaaaassss

                        Ok so I just called to ask about the Sunset Grille reopening. The GM of the whole place told me that it is reopening tomorrow at the golf course location. Pretty cool actually. I've played there and they're going to use the restaurant upstairs and they're going to give Scott (former owner) free reign to run the place and recreate everything he had before.

                        I guess the comments about golfing and standard grill fare had to be inserted in there because the County owns the place and they needed to be reassured that the golf course customers weren't pushed aside in all this so the standard grill menu is still available during golfing hours for those who are looking for something like a burger after playing golf. I don't see that even mattering right now -who's playing golf in this freezing weather anyway?

                        I can't wait to see how this works out. The spot is quaint and has a nice setup. Oh and the parking is totally free - they have a huge lot.

                        I'll let you know how it goes. I may go tomorrow night.

                        1. re: iblefty32

                          >>Oh and the parking is totally free - they have a huge lot.

                          Yup, isn't that excellent?

                          Thanks for the update, iblefty32.

                          1. re: dolores

                            some us sunset grill fans should meet there for a welcome back margarita. lol

                            1. re: dolores

                              Wow, Westchester County offering free parking somewhere in one of their lots. It's amazing.

                            2. re: iblefty32

                              If and when you go, iblefty, can you tell me how you make out? I'd like to take my meet up group. Thanks in advance

                              1. re: LA1PP

                                Looks like Sunset Grill is not opening this week. I just read this:

                                To all the loyal Sunset Grille customers I want to inform you that we are pushing our opening date to December as over the past two days we have been encountering many logistical problems in the preparation and delivery of our food. Because quality is so important to us we will be spending the next couple of weeks working out the kinks. I am sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused you. See you in December!ScottSunset Grille(914)995-92051128 North StreetWhite Plains, NY 10605

                                1. re: kaaaassss

                                  Thank you so much for this post! We were at Sams tonight and lamenting about Sunset Grille...and hoping that it would be open again soon.

                                  1. re: gremlin608

                                    Excellent news - they will be open this Monday for lunch and dinner, at Maple Moor.

                                    1. re: dolores

                                      that's good news. i hope they succeed over at that location.

                                      1. re: kaaaassss

                                        Someone please get over there to Eat and report back. We drive to Ridgefield, CT for the best Green Chile in the region at Southwest Cafe.


                                        1. re: Rinjani

                                          went here about three weeks ago: here was my post/review-
                                          I know there are a lot of Sunset Grille fans here, so i figured i would share my experiences at their brand new location. First off the old phone number doesnt work, I finally go through using 995-9205. Went on Saturday night, opening day was Monday. I was definitely disappointed with the space...kind of feels like a ski lodge or a basement, and could use some renovations. Hopefully an update will come with time. As for food, so far they have an abridged menu but its basically the same as before. Chips were good and hot, salsa could use some work/a little spice. Shared the tacos al pastor (pork and pineapple) with my husband which we usually love, but they seemed a little bland and a bit too big. I had the skirt steak as my main which was fine but a little oily. The rice was definitely not mexican style but almost a rice pilaf. Beans were very good. Husband had chimichangas which he really enjoyed, he always comments that they use great quality meat in their burritos which is not true of all mexican restaurants. The other couple we ate with had burritos and chicken quesadillas which they seemed to like but didnt really comment on. Food just tasted a little less flavorful than i remembered. My margaritas were great, no complaints there, and seem exactly the same as they were in the old spot. We all shared the churros con chocolate for dessert which they split up into four little plates with four separate shots of hot chocolate, this was delicious!! The service was also excellent, and the chef came out multiple times to make sure we were enjoying everything. Overall the meal was fine and i will try it again, but hopefully we just experienced some opening week jitters and the food will return to the same quality as i came to love in the old location.

                                          1. re: saracuccio

                                            Sara, was there a crowd when you were there?

                                            Also, has anyone tried their brunch in the new space?

                                            1. re: Dim Sum Diva

                                              Stopped by the new location last night. A bit out of way but not hard to find. As soon as you pull into the Maplemoore Parking lot, you see a building. That is the restaurant. Parking lot is dark and could use more lighting. Once you get in the door, as saracuccio said it looks like you are in someones basement. I don't think they did any rennovations to the space. They have a happy hour. We sat at the bar and ordered margaritas on the rocks and spicy gucamole. We loved the margaritas and guac at the old location. Here the margaritas were missing something and the guac was brought out from the kitchen and it was very mushy and a funny yellowy color and not that spicy. Again was no where near as good as the old place. The best thing was the warm chips. You can see into the kitchen from the bar. It looks like a diner kitchen... We decided to skip dinner and left. We were the only two people at the bar. One other couple walked in and sat at a table. I will definately wait a while before returning to see what other posters have to say and hopefully they will get their act together and become as good as they were. Sunset Grill had been one of our favorite dining destinations.

                                                1. re: kaaaassss

                                                  Went to new Sunset Grille last night. Totally empty at the bar and at tables. Nobody there except the new bartender, a waitress, the new chef, the owner and me. They've spruced the place up a bit and it has a homey feel in the dining room. The bar still had a decent assortment of tequilas and the Don Julio bottle for $50/shot was still there. Nobody drinking at that price.
                                                  Happy hour still exists so it's remains 2 drinks for price of 1. Menu is still the same but the chef is new and is trying variations. The tortilla soup was still great but it was thin and the black bean soup was thick. Tortillas and chips are still homemade.
                                                  Didn't have a full din as I was enjoying sitting at the bar and grazing but everyone should stop by, lend support to this effort while it's finding it's footing. Speaking of footing, I agree with above that getting from your car to the restaurant could use a bit more lighting but once inside, it's cozy.

                                                  1. re: marlettepl

                                                    I hope they succeed in their new location. I meant to mention to the owner that the parking lot was a bit dark but he disappeared.

                                                    1. re: kaaaassss

                                                      Perhaps I am spltting hairs but IIRC the "Owner" is now a manager for the county's facility.
                                                      And since it is a county location, county is the one responsible for the lighting.

                                                      And to confuse matters even more, Don Emilio Martinez has his own place (once again).: Don Emilio at Lobo’s Café, 57 King St., Chappaqua (238-2368).

                                                      1. re: Jon1856

                                                        That's so disappointing...we were hoping for some decent mexican below I287 that wasn't in New Rochelle (we live in Riverdale)...Chappaqua is out, especially after a margarita or 2...I'm resolved to the fact that we will have to hit the city...I so miss Sunset Grille (what it used to be)...Thanks to all for your posts. Maybe in a couple of months if they last we will try it.

                                                        1. re: gremlin608

                                                          I was just there. Here are my thoughts: This is an amazing restaurant and if they can overcome their struggles reopening at a new location we will have mexico autentica (spelling) in Westchester again! First the good news: food food food. The enchiladas look different from what you see at an ordinary Mexican restaurant - they are flat and the sauce is baked deep into them. Sauce is flavorful and distinctive. I don't usually order black beans, but the refried beans here are black and I couldn't stop eating them. Mexican rice also a big plus. We also had steak tampiquena with a braised scallion on top and tortillas - they make their own there, by hand - guacamole, chips, salsa. all very good. The waitress told us about the desserts and I'm sure we'll never get to try them (food is too good).

                                                          The atmosphere is okay, but not as good as the food. (I am picky.) I like the low lights and candles, but if you pay attention you can see that it used to be a golf clubhouse. BUT on the other hand, free parking and convenient. I will come back for warm, flavorful, REAL Mexican cuisine.

                                                          I had no trouble with the parking lot lighting. Paths were clear through snow. I didn't go to the old place so I can only say I enjoyed the food and am glad it is here.

                                                          1. re: amyrdiner

                                                            Tried Sunset Grille on a Saturday night. My impressions are similar to those already stated.

                                                            The good news: Service is attentive. They were accomodating to our requests, when we wanted to share a salad, they plated it in the kitchen. The food tasted good. Their prices are not outrageous.

                                                            The not-so-good news: While the food tasted good, it doesn't seem to be prepared as it was in the old location. For instance, I ordered the shrimp in garlic sauce. the original had a substantial sauce. This version had a few cloves of sauteed garlic thrown over it and a meager portion of spinach. Also, it's dark. And that squeaky door to the kitchen...constant!

                                                            I wish them well. they're a convenience addition to the neighborhood but I am not optimistic.

                                                            1. re: Dim Sum Diva

                                                              I wish them well also. I previously posted that we were only there for a drink and some guacamole. We were not comfortable or impressed enough to stay for dinner. The atmosphere says old golf club clubhouse and not mexican. From my seat at the bar, I saw into the kitchen constantly because the door kept opening and it is not a pretty modern kitchen that you want to view. Hopefully they will make changes to the decor of the restaurant and work out the kinks and get their old reputation back.

                                                              1. re: kaaaassss

                                                                I want to try it...I really do, but this doesn't sound optimistic and I'm so afraid that we will be very disappointed...also because we aren't from WP I have no idea how to get to the golf course.

                                                                1. re: gremlin608

                                                                  Gremlin, it's very easy, take the North Street exit off the Hutch and go West (if you are coming from the south, turn left) the golf course is on the right, before Rosedale Ave, they have a sign out front.

                                                                  I noticed a big patio attached to the restaurant (covered in snow), this place has real potential when the weather gets warmer, especially if they will be pouring those pomegranite martinis.

                                                                  Also, I would still like to hear from someone who has tried this place for brunch. Anyone?

                                                                  1. re: Dim Sum Diva

                                                                    I just found out that Sunset Grill will be closing for the month on February for renovations.

                            3. It's true that Sunset Grille closed a while back (when they were located on Gedney Way) but they reopened again in a new location (Maple Moor Golf Course in White Plains). However, due to some issues, the owner has decided to close down for the next several weeks to address some of the deficiencies with the new location in order to make Sunset Grille at Maple Moor a true full service restaurant. Once the problems are resolved, Sunset Grille will be reopening and I am looking forward to going back.

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                              1. re: aquarius130

                                The owner sent an e-mail to everyone on his mailing list saying he would be closed for February to address problems with the new space. Hopefully when they reopen they will be like the Sunset Grill of old.

                                1. re: kaaaassss

                                  Ok so we will go in March or April. I'm keeping my fingers crossed

                                  1. re: gremlin608

                                    Maybe it's time to start a new thread on the NEW Sunset Grill?

                                2. re: aquarius130

                                  I agree with you. Reviews I saw else where also spoke of "deficiencies" in looks/apperience.
                                  Note: Per following, former owner of SG is now Food and Beverage Director

                                3. They are closed just in case it's not evident in this thread.

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                                  1. re: csabo

                                    Sadly, they are indeed and Scott has not moved on.

                                    There is no equal in Westchester, Don Emilio is all flash and no substance.

                                    1. re: anonymouse1935

                                      I still miss the old Sunset Grill and I still miss Trotters...