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Moderately priced Sat nite dinner- Possible in West.??

rk1 Oct 2, 2008 08:06 PM

<< "I just want a moderately priced restaurant with decent food and maybe a little atmosphere. ">>>

I have seen this statement many times recently on the boards. Is it possible?? Does it exist?

I am looking for moderately priced restaurants - good food, some atmosphere.. a place where I can go (w/out the kids) for a nice grown-up dinner on a Saturday nite, that won't break the bank.

Any place in Westchester (or nearby CT ) is fine, don't mind driving. Would prefer no chain restaurants..

Just good food in a nice setting and a bill that won't shock us.

All suggestions welcome!!!

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    docooker RE: rk1 Oct 2, 2008 08:25 PM

    Le Fontane Route 100 just north of Rt 35. Katonah Somers border. Food reliable and good. Antonio and or his wife are always there and are very gracious.If the weather holds very nice outdoor dining(heat lamps). Costs are reasonable. I go ther often and have never been disappointed.

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      dolores RE: docooker Oct 3, 2008 03:04 AM

      rk1, 'moderate' as in the new 'moderate' of $50. a person, or 'moderate' as in less than that?

      I think a nice Italian dinner can be had at Silvio's in Thornwood and TJ's and Piero's in Portchester for under $50. a person. Ditto on the ethnic restaurants in Portchester.

      Blazer in Somers and Squire's in Briarcliff.

      Fujinoya in Hartsdale.

      I'm out.

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      Shawn RE: rk1 Oct 3, 2008 06:44 AM

      Rosie's in Bronxville might fill your needs. The food is solid (not spectacular, but fine), the prices are extremely reasonable (many entrees under $20) and the place is always lively.


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        wincountrygirl RE: rk1 Oct 3, 2008 09:56 AM

        If you are looking for without kids, I would steer clear of Blazers- which is bascially a bar with burgers and attracks lost of families. In addition to La Fontaine, their sister restaurant, Bacio on the corner of rte 35 and 121 is reasonable, but lots of kids too. For truly great Italian,nice atmosphere, no kids - La Zingarra in Bethel. The food is authentic Italian - like you would find in Italy, and they have nice wines by the glass. You can get away less or more expensive...

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          Westjanie RE: rk1 Oct 3, 2008 11:41 AM

          Halstead Bistro in Harrison and Meson los Espanoles in White Plains are good for reasonable adults-only (or at least, mainly) dining.

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            Dim Sum Diva RE: Westjanie Oct 3, 2008 12:13 PM

            Also consider Trinity Grill and Rue de Crepes, both in Harrison.

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            bpstyles RE: rk1 Oct 7, 2008 01:58 AM

            I am a bit biased considering it is my hometown, but two restaurants just a spell from each other are my two favorites. Azzurri in Thornwood on Comerce (north from the Hawthorne station) and Spadafino's on the other end of Commerce.

            Both have great food, especially red sauce. Azzurri is never really busy and I don't know why. The service is extremely friendly and attentive (we always get the same guy anyway) and the food is not only spectacular, but the portions are huge and its about $25 a person. Spadafino's is more lively, service is good, food is great and they sometimes have live entertainment. They cost a bit more, though.

            Even better, both have ample parking.

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              dolores RE: bpstyles Oct 7, 2008 03:35 AM

              bpstyles, I never think of Spadafino's when recommending a red sauce place. You're right, their food is good.

              Last I was there, though, they had a minimum charge at the table. I can't remember if it was a holiday or because we were a group, but that kind of BS annoys me. Is that still in place? Although I acquiesce at Sushi Nanase. there are so many other red sauce places it doesn't compute at Spadafino.

              Where is Azzurri? Did that used to be a Mexican place?

            2. MisterBill2 RE: rk1 Oct 7, 2008 06:12 PM

              Zeph's in Peekskill is reasonably priced (mid-$20's entrees), and they include a salad so you can skip appetizers (or split one) to save some money. It's a nice little place with very good food.

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                dolores RE: MisterBill2 Oct 8, 2008 07:20 AM

                Yes, Zeph's is very nice, it's been awhile.

                On getting a salad with a meal, such a rarity today, I forgot about Artie's Steak and Seafood in City Island. Very good food, excellent service and decent prices.

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                  MisterBill2 RE: dolores Oct 28, 2008 08:00 PM

                  We live 15 minutes from Zeph's but rarely eat there, we always seem to forget about it.

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                Willow24 RE: rk1 Feb 13, 2009 11:35 AM

                Try Somerfields at the corner of Route 100 and Route 202 in Somers Town Centre. Excellent american food, generous portions, fair prices, and friendly atmosphere. Try the Prime Rib on the weekend nights or Turkey Dinner on Sundays.

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                  mary30 RE: rk1 Feb 13, 2009 01:24 PM

                  I've only been once, but I thought Gianna's in Yonkers was really nice. I was there on a Saturday night and the place was full but the service was great. The food we ordered was excellent and not expensive. The same is true for Route 100, also in Yonkers, which I mentioned before on this site. But that recommendation bears repeating because it's wonderful.

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                    pierogi and bigos RE: mary30 Feb 13, 2009 01:58 PM

                    Cafe Mirage in Port Chester. Always solid plus very reasonable wine/beer list.

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                      laylag RE: pierogi and bigos Feb 13, 2009 02:10 PM

                      Good suggestion pierogi. Had some very good meals there and prices are very fair.

                      Question for you as your name leads me to believe that you might be one to ask this: do you know anywhere in Westchester or Fairfield to get good pierogi and bigos? I used to live in the E. Village and miss the access to good Polish and Ukrainian food.

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                        pierogi and bigos RE: laylag Feb 14, 2009 03:22 PM

                        Laylag, if it's not made by my mom or aunt I usually get my fix in Manhattan or Greenpoint. You can try a couple of spots in Stamford: European Deli on Elm Street or Warsaw Deli on Main Street. The Polish Center in Yonkers has a restaurant in it as well.

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