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Mario Batali at Tarry Lodge: Is this for real?

So i've been googlestalking mario in his new westchester digs and still have yet to find anything except press releases, yet no real info. does anyone know if and when his place will open? My heart, and pocketbook are anxiously awaiting.

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  1. it is definitely opening within the next few weeks.

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        1. re: cavandre

          Does Liz recommend this place? If she does, that's reason enough for me not to go there.

          1. re: dolores

            Speck is a type of prosciutto

            I'd be kind of hard to recommend a place thats not even open but regardless, if the food is up to the same standards as lupa or otto dismissing it based on that would be pretty foolish. If that remark was backed with sarcasm then ignore me :P

            1. re: Jstern35

              No, I'm basing it on the fact that Liz recommends it.

              1. re: dolores

                I know, thats what I was implying.. sorry if it was worded akwardly. What I meant to say was that based on Batali's other projects ( namely Lupa and Otto), which seem to be the same very much on the same page as the Tarry Lodge you'd be doing yourself a diservice to dismiss it based on the fact the she's recommending it. Lupa and Otto put out very solid, reasonable Italian fare that you'd be hard pressed to find in Westchester (all my personal opinion of course and based on that the food at the Tarry Lodge does indeed live up to the Batali/Nusser name)

                Also, I find pretty much all critics to be pretty useless :P

                1. re: Jstern35

                  Thanks, Jstern35. Your post (and opinion of critics) makes an enormous amount of sense. I probably will wait to read what the folks here have to say, since I find many of them to be very knowledgeable indeed.

                  1. re: dolores

                    liz is the food critic for the journal news.

                2. re: Jstern35

                  speck is cured then smoked...it's from the very north of Italy and is eaten throughout southern germany as well

                  1. re: sixelagogo

                    if you want to try it, they sell speck at auray gourmet in larchmont.

            2. re: cteats

              Thanks for the link. I seriously hope that they proofread this menu before printing, though. There's no excuse for this many errors.

            3. fyi, i called yesterday, and they said it'd probably be about 10 days until they open.

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              1. re: adam

                thanks...i'm totally looking foward to it

                1. re: adam

                  i was in there today, yes they have interior work yet to be done

                  1. re: intrepid

                    I just drove by at 7:00pm, and it's open for business — I can't wait to try it!

                2. It opened tonight (Friday) to the public for the first time. It was wonderful. Another great restaurant for P.C. Go before the reviews come out and it gets really crowded for awhile.
                  They have done a marvelous job of restoration, the servers are eager to please, and we didn't feel rushed, even though we just walked in without reservations at 6:45.
                  We (two of us) had the sweet peppers "al forno", escarole with preserved lemons, pizza with prosciutto,tomato, mozzarella, and arugala, and the fusilli alla Crazy Bastard (fusilli about 30 seconds undercooked, but still was incredible- like heaven's version of macaroni and cheese). One quatro of wine, one coffee, and one dessert (Tarry Lodge sunday- good but not great). Bill was $66 before tip and we took some of the pizza and fusilli home. I can't wait to work my way through the menu.

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                  1. re: mckenna4

                    thanks for the review...i look forward to heading that way

                    1. re: mckenna4

                      This sounds great - any other early reports out there?

                      1. re: mckenna4

                        all the pasta we had was undercooked to too. and there was not a speck of salt in any of the pasta dishes. but my life still liked the crazy bastard fusilli, and the pizza we had was ridiculously good. i'll wait a few more weeks before i go back, and let them work out the kinks.

                        1. re: mckenna4

                          Pizza and a pasta and wine and two appetizers and a coffee and a dessert for $66. and there's free parking?

                          Sounds too good to be true.

                            1. re: dolores

                              I'm waiting for Liz's review. I've agreed with most of what she's written lately.

                          1. its more bastianich , less mario

                            1. No question, the food is good, but. . . . the place is noisy beyond belief. It's impossible to get a reservation, parking is a nightmare. It really is a bargain for the level of quality but how much are you willing to be put off by reservationists and receptionists before you give up.

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                              1. re: eatermom

                                We went last Saturday night and thought the food was terrific. We parked in their little tiny lot by the stone place across the street, but I can easily imagine finding that lot full and needing to find something on the street.

                                I had called about a week before we wanted to go and was told that they start taking Saturday night reservations at 10 AM on Wednesday. By time I got through Wednesday morning, at about 10:03, we couldn't get the 6:00 reservation we wanted and settle for 5:30 (we generally eat out on Saturdays with our 7 year old, so we want to eat on the early side). The receptionist on the phone was lovely and I mentioned that we live very near by and hope to make this a regular spot and that while I certainly want them to suceed, I hope it won't always be this hard to get a reservation. She said that the upstairs isn't open yet and they expect that things will get a little easier when it does. I would also think/hope that some of the initial excitement and pent up demand will eventually ease a little and that it will eventually be possible to have the where do you want to go? how about Tarry Lodge? conversation on a Saturday afternoon and be able to get in.

                                All the service was lovely. My son loves pepperoni pizza and happily gobbled down their pizza with salami picante. My husband and I split a margharita for an appetizer. Very, very good, although still not quite reaching the heights of our favorite Naples 45. I had the osso bucco and he had the bronzino and we both liked those very much. We split the artichokes with mint side dish and didn't love it, but it wasn't the fault of the kitchen. It turns out neither of us is wild about the artichoke mint combination. We got 2 desserts, the chocolate cake and the sundae and again, both delicious. I'm not generally a fan of pistachio ice cream, but the pistachio gelato that came with the chocolate cake was absoutely lovely. We will be going back.

                                1. re: marcia2

                                  My friend and I went last night and had 2 appetizers - the mussels with baby potatoes and the octopus with white beans - both delicious - on the small side but that was fine. we shared an order of the osso bucco and an order of the gnocchi with oxtail ragu - both very good - very much like Lupa. For dessert we had the fresh figs and espresso. We also had 2 quartinos - bill was approx $84 without tip. We had a 5:30 reservation - place was packed when we arrived. We did feel a little rushed but I think that will stop when they are open awhile longer (I hope). Place was redone beautifully - bright and airy - gorgeous tile - waitstaff very willing to help. Couldn't get a seat at the bar after dinner - it was about 4 deep. Will definitely go back. Parking on the street - just keep driving around!

                                  1. re: sisterslovetoeat

                                    I went last Thursday night solo, as I was travelling from out of town, and sat at the bar. I got there just in time (around 5:40) as I got the last seat. The place filled up very quicky and there were many people waiting to sit at the bar. I found the bar staff didn't yet know the menu, but one of the waiters was very helpful.

                                    I had a glass of red (the $15.00 one-sorry, I don't remember the name) and they served me two full glasses. This was in sharp contrast to my dinner the night before at The Little Owl in the city where I may have gotten 3 ounces in my glass.

                                    I had the heirloom tomato salad with a buffalo cheese to start and the orchiette with fennel sausage and rapini as my main. Both were outstanding. The orchiette was very filling and I couldn't finish it. This is probably because the crispy/spicy cheesey breadsticks at the bar are heavenly and addictive. My fellow bar mates had the gorgonzola spinach salad and pizzas and were equally as happy. My bill was very reasonable- I think 40.00 with a 20% tip. Given the economic times, I think the pricing is brilliant!

                                    I was lucky to get a parking spot across the street.

                                    I will definitely go back when I'm back in Westchester.