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good brunch places in Westchester?

Looking for a good brunch place in Westchester (preferably within 20 minutes of White Plains). I live in Manhattan, but I'm usually up in that area so I was wondering if there are any good non-Manhattan type brunch places.

Preferably something with good atmosphere (more country/nature-view type as opposed to urban sophisticated) and homestyle/comfort/fresh ingredients (as opposed to big servings/greasy joints). Plus points if it has nice twists on the classic egg-based breakfasts. Also open to suburban type experiences (had brunch at Atlanta Bread Company and I actually really liked it - tasted good for the price). Open to diners if it's the cozy/warm/neighborhood type. Around $10 per person.

Basically, looking for brunch places that make one feel that the hassles of the city is so far away and life is indeed happy, healthy, and good. =)

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  1. >>Around $10 per person.

    ?????

    $38. a person is the cheapest great buffet brunch, and that's Restaurant X in Congers.

    I don't do single dish brunches, but I doubt you can get much for $10. a person.

    1. Krystle,
      it will be very difficult to find a brunch with fresh, healthy ingredients in a country/cozy atmosphere for $10 per person. I've wracked my brain- the only think I can think to suggest is that you go to a quality deli or lunch counter, get an egg sandwich, and take it to a park. I am sorry to say that even the crummiest diners have gotten expensive for what they serve, and "good brunch" in Westchester has come to mean spending about the same amount of $ you would on dinner (such as at popular venues like Blue Hill, X in Yonkers, and various country clubs). Why not go to a good bagel shop (I like the one in Bronxville) and take a nice walk through a tranquil suburban town while enjoying a bagel egg sandwich? It's not the country, but it's quite far removed (in atmosphere) from Manhattan.
      Others on this board might be able to point you to reasonably-priced neighborhood cafes that serve brunch, but I doubt you will find anything like the $10 full egg-based breakfast you seem to be looking for. I think you'd have trouble at that price point even as far as up as Ulster/Greene counties, where plenty of these types of country restaurants exist.
      Good luck, though.

      1. Thanks. I guess I meant around $8-12 for an entree and maybe $2 for coffee. That type of place. Not really looking for a fancy, sophisticated brunch at a "highly rated" restaurant that would have more anniversary type dinners such as Blue Hill or X.

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        1. re: krystle920

          OK -- Sam's of Gedney Way might fit the bill. There is a place in Greenwich and another in Ossining, if I'm not mistaken, that posters have liked.

        2. Maybe Green Apples Eatery in Fleetwood would fit the bill. I actually thought the food was pretty good although I didn't have breakfast there.

          http://greenappleseatery.com/

          Anyway, it may not be country, but I thought it was homey and better than most diner food.

          1. I haven't been there in a while, but it's always been comfy and the breakfasts are the draw [besides the pies]. (Circa 20-25 minutes from White Plains). Call for their prices -- they'll quote them if you ask kindly. : )

            Grandma's [Pies] of Yorktown
            3525 Crompond Rd./Rte. 202 (Bear Mountain State Pkwy.)
            Yorktown, NY 10567
            914-739-7770

            1. We like the Wobble Cafe in Ossining - very eclectic but good. Sometimes the service is kind of harried (but always nice). http://www.wobblecafe.com/
              I've also heard good things about Le Jardin du Roi in Chappaqua - http://lejardinchappaqua.com/index.htm

              I haven't been there yet, but I don't know if the Bedford Post might work... the price might be high but perhaps another poster might be able to give you more info on that one.

              Good luck!

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              1. re: kerryfood

                Maybe City Limits Diner in White Plains?

              2. This may seem odd, but I suggest Mariani Gardens in Armonk. They have a small cafe that serves breakfast all day and has outstanding crepes. Also, try the gelato.

                http://www.marianigardens.com/about_c...

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                1. re: byramgirl

                  We tried the Mariani Cafe this weekend for brunch. Highly recommend it. Ordered a spinach/mushroom/bacon crepe and the french toast with berries. Both well done - cooked in an open kitchen and you could tell ingredients are fresh. They also serve you a tiny bottle of real maple syrup with your meal. With 2 coffees, total meal was around $27.

                  Atmosphere was very relaxing and clean. Tall open windows so the room was bright. It also looks out into the trees across the street although you could also see the parking lot. The place feels like the anti-scene. A nice, quiet neighborhood place where you could just stroll in and relax.

                2. Can we really get a homestlye/comfort/fresh ingredient brunch in a country/cozy atmosphere at these places for $10?

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                  1. re: vvvindaloo

                    Let's see, to fill all your points --

                    Sam's -- no.

                    City Limits -- a resounding, disgusting no.

                    Perhaps there is some quaint dive in Maine that no one has found, but such a place ain't in Westchester, that's for sure.

                    1. re: dolores

                      These weren't my requirements to fulfill, though, they were the OP's. With tax and tip, I would expect to pay $15-20 just about anywhere for a good egg breakfast and coffee.

                      1. re: vvvindaloo

                        Wrong choice of word -- 'address' would have been a better word.

                        I agree, no one is getting anything approaching a decent breakfast (and I wouldn't call it a brunch) for less than $18. in Westchester.

                        1. re: dolores

                          Actually I think you can get a good, unusual, homemade breakfast at Wobble Cafe for under $15. I personally love their migas (make sure to ask for the homemade mango hot sauce), they serve real maple syrup with their pancakes, and the coffee is very good. But I also happen to love the breakfast at City Limits--great omelets, homemade hash, housemade breads, real maple syrup, etc...it is more expensive than the local greasy spoon, but worth it, imo.

                          1. re: Marge

                            Wobble would fit the bill (i like the pain perdu), and I agree with Marge that breakfast at City Limits is great- far from disgusting. The waffle with fruit and various pancakes are all great, as are the omelettes, etc. I wouldn't come all the way up from Manhattan to go to either though unless I was going to go shopping too or something....

                            1. re: i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream

                              I don't believe City Limits is 'great' by any stretch of the imagination. It is overpriced, the atmosphere is far from cozy or authentic or comfy, and the food is only average.

                              It doesn't fit any of the points requested by the original poster.

                              1. re: dolores

                                City Limits IS within 20 minutes of White Plains, one of the OP's wantings, and could, with smart ordering, produce the revised price point. But, yes, not worth a trip from Manhattan.

                                1. re: Nancy C

                                  But it is lacking in all of this:

                                  Preferably something with good atmosphere (more country/nature-view type as opposed to urban sophisticated) and homestyle/comfort/fresh ingredients (as opposed to big servings/greasy joints). Plus points if it has nice twists on the classic egg-based breakfasts. Also open to suburban type experiences (had brunch at Atlanta Bread Company and I actually really liked it - tasted good for the price). Open to diners if it's the cozy/warm/neighborhood type.

                                  1. re: dolores

                                    I would certainly call City Limits a suburban type experience, especially with the multitude of families that go for breakfast, and they have twists on egg based breakfasts. I would also call it a neighborhood place, having lived nearby and having seen neighbors there. Everyone's entitled to his or her own opinion, though!

                                    1. re: i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream

                                      Here is the breakfast menu from City Limits

                                      Looks pretty creative to Jfood.

                                      Buttermilk Griddle Cakes 7.95
                                      Toppings: Strawberry, Blueberry, Chocolate Chip, (8.95)

                                      Whole Wheat Griddle Cakes 8.25
                                      Toppings: Strawberry, Blueberry, Chocolate Chip, (9.25)

                                      Raisin Currant & Challah French Toast 9.50
                                      House Made Vanilla Apple Sauce
                                      Orange Lemon Waffle 9.95
                                      Fresh Fruit & Berries

                                      Silver Dollar Pancakes 5.95
                                      For the Children

                                      Breakfast Specialties
                                      Seasonal Fruit Bowl 7.95

                                      City Limits House Made Granola
                                      With Whole or Skim Milk 5.95
                                      With Seasonal Fruit, Berries &
                                      With Seasonal Fruit, Berries & Yogurt 10.95

                                      House Smoked Atlantic Salmon 11.75
                                      Toasted Bagel, Cream Cheese, Red Onion & Tomato

                                      Eggs & Omelets
                                      Boar Sausage & Egg Quesadilla 10.95
                                      Jalapeño Jack Cheese, Salsa Verde, Tomato Salsa, Guacamole

                                      Eggs Benedict 8.95

                                      Maryland Lump Crab-Lobster Cake Benedict 13.75
                                      Chive Hollandaise Sauce

                                      Corned Beef Hash 9.95
                                      Poached Eggs & Hollandaise

                                      Vegetable Frittata 9.95
                                      Potatoes, Spinach, Leeks, Tomato, Feta Cheese

                                      Huevos Rancheros 9.95
                                      Eggs Over Easy, Crisp Corn Tortilla, Guacamole, Corn, Jalapeño Jack Cheese

                                      House Smoked Atlantic Salmon 10.50
                                      Warm Potato Mushroom Cake,
                                      Hard Boiled Eggs & Tzatzki

                                      Country Breakfast 9.25
                                      Scrambled Eggs, House Smoked Bacon,
                                      Sausage & Ham

                                      Surf & Turf Breakfast 16.50
                                      NY Strip, Maryland Lump Crab-Lobster Cake &
                                      Eggs Over Easy

                                      Spinach, Bacon & Roquefort Omelet 10.75

                                      Smoked Salmon, Cream Cheese &
                                      Onion Omelet 10.75

                                      Pancetta, Onion, Mozzarella & Tomato Omelet 10.75

                                      "Light Omelet" 10.75
                                      Egg Whites, Mushroom, Chives, Broccoli & Tomato

                                      (Egg Whites only add 1.00)

                                      Breakfast Sides
                                      Fresh Squeezed Orange or Grapefruit Juice
                                      Regular 2.25 / Large 3.75

                                      1. re: jfood

                                        Too bad it doesn't have the other points that the OP wanted.

                                        Oh, and the menu might look nice, but the food is only mediocre.

                                        1. re: dolores

                                          Oh but it does.

                                          Other OP points:

                                          - preferably within 20 minutes of White Plains - yup
                                          - Preferably something with good atmosphere (more country/nature-view type as opposed to urban sophisticated) as well as Also open to suburban type experiences (had brunch at Atlanta Bread Company and I actually really liked it - tasted good for the price). - not country but is suburban and jfood likes the atmosphere so check
                                          - homestyle/comfort/fresh ingredients (as opposed to big servings/greasy joints) not a greasy spoon so yup again on meets the OP
                                          - Plus points if it has nice twists on the classic egg-based breakfasts - look at the menu - check
                                          - Around $10 per person. - 10 items under $10, check

                                          And jfood has enjoyed the few meals he has eaten in the Stamford location.

                                          1. re: jfood

                                            "Preferably something with good atmosphere (more country/nature-view type as opposed to urban sophisticated) and homestyle/comfort/fresh ingredients (as opposed to big servings/greasy joints). Plus points if it has nice twists on the classic egg-based breakfasts. Also open to suburban type experiences (had brunch at Atlanta Bread Company and I actually really liked it - tasted good for the price). Open to diners if it's the cozy/warm/neighborhood type."

                                            It doesn't have any of the above.

                                            But then, since it can afford two locations, one in the Westchester, I guess it doesn't have to. No more than it has to have more than mediocre food.

                                            1. re: dolores

                                              Reluctantly, I jump into this fray....In my opinion (a phrase sorely lacking from some other posts), City Limits absolutely serves homestyle/comfort/fresh ingredients as opposed to big servings/greasy joints; absolutely serves nice twists on the classic egg-based breakfasts; is indeed suburban, and the atmosphere is quite pleasant; and the breakfast (and lunch) food is far from mediocre. The end.

                                              1. re: Marge

                                                Thank you Marge.

                                                Jfood completely understands that different people will have different opinions and that is the beauty of these boards. And he will always appreciate that different people will (not) enjoy differing restaurants. Jfood has turned down numerous requests for Stone Hill, just not his nor mrs jfood cup of tea, thing but others rave about it. Will he speak negatively of it, absolutely not.

                                                Jfoods point, and he thinks yours as well, is that the OP asked for recommendations for a place with various hopes and desires. Some may view the crabcake on the eggs benedict frightening, jfood would love to give it a try. and for 10.75 in this neck of the woods, sounds like a deal. The Raisin Currant & Challah French Toast w House Made Vanilla Apple Sauce sounds awesome to jfood, others would go blech. C'est La Vie.

                                                Too bad many do not share that same openness in reading and writing reviews or recommendations. Rare, if at all, does jfood trash a place or take glee in their demise. He has a much more openmindedness and altruistic approach to life and food and understands that he may not like something but others may crave and love it.

                                                Peace and good eating

                                                1. re: jfood

                                                  >>different people will have different opinions and that is the beauty of these boards.

                                                  Isn't it though?

                                                  It's still too bad that there isn't a brunch place to fulfill all of the OP's requirements.

                                                  City Limits ain't it.

                                                  1. re: jfood

                                                    JFood and Marge, well put. I personally have had too many good to very good to even excellent meals (hundreds over my short lifetime) at City Limits to let it go undefended, and I'll leave it at that.

                      2. re: vvvindaloo

                        For under $10/entree, Fine Foods Cafe/McKinney & Doyle does it for that price but they're in Pawling (just over the Dutchess border).

                      3. On the Way Cafe in Rye is the place you’re looking for. Omelets, pancakes, French toast with fresh fruit, really good daily specials, all at your price point. It’s a small place that really is on top of their game. And it has a cute homey country atmosphere.

                        Its at the intersection of Forest Ave and Playland Parkway right before you get to Playland.

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                        1. re: Jim P

                          Second On The Way and a walk around down by the water and a maybe a ride over to Purchase Street could make a nice morning. Another option for a Saturday - they are closed on Sundays - is Stanz in Larchmont although the place is truly tiny.

                          Total fulfillment of the OP's request is sadly something many of us on this board have searched for and bemoaned the lack of in Westchester many times over. Wish the place existed.

                          Not helpful to this request but should anyone be out on Long Island, Maureen and Daughter's in Smithtown is exactly what is described in the OPs request.

                        2. By the way, krystle, based on the limited selection of diners in this county that DO have your requirements and the regard some inferior places are held in, Sam's of Gedney Way now appears to be one of THE best there is.

                          I don't think you will be disappointed there.

                          1. Try the Barn at the Bedford Post in Bedford.

                            It is country fresh, healthy, and in a country environment. Absolutely fabulous restaurant.

                            1. I'm recommending Eileen's Country Kitchen in Yonkers.

                              It's 20 minutes from White Plains if you speed.

                              Other than that, it's cheap, good, clean, not particularly urban, and has great Irish bread.

                              I couldn't find a website for them, but they're up on Yelp.

                              http://www.yelp.com/biz/eileens-count...

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                              Eileen's Country Kitchen
                              964 McLean Ave, Yonkers, NY 10704