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Does anyone know the status of this new restaurant.? I heard they were opening some time in November. Looks nice from the outside and from the little peaks that you can get through the windows looks like they put a lot of money and effort into making it really nice.

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  1. There seem to be some locations in Westchester with a lot of turnover (dare I use the word "cursed"?) such as this one Soma is now in, the former Valbella's steakhouse location across from L&T in Eastchester, and Backals on Weaver Street. I wonder if it is ever possible to overcome something like that.

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    1. re: Dim Sum Diva

      The Soma location used to be a nightclub that didn't last. It is a big space and they seem to have ambitious plans.

      1. re: kaaaassss

        Just called the restaurant and I was told that starting November 20 they will be open just for lunch and on December 4th they will open for drinks and dinner.

    2. Had dinner there the other night with another couple (and between us, our 3 small children), and the food was very good (4 entrees, all were thumbs up) and although it is more of a "grown-up" restaurant (i.e. no kids menu) the chef was nice enough to put together some simple pasta dishes for the kids. Did not hang out at the bar, but it looked like there was a good crowd there (even during the quiet holiday week).

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      1. re: ericyu

        No kid's menu is a good thing, IMHO!

      2. This from White Plains Times:
        http://wptimes.com/menu_movers_and_sh...
        Soma 107 Restaurant & Lounge
        107 Mamaroneck Ave. • 682-6795
        Soma 107 is a sleek new dining and nightlife venture offering local residents an opportunity to enjoy vibrant networking and dining in five separate areas sporting three sparkling bar/lounges, modern high-tech accoutrements, and a menu of contemporary, sometimes cutting-edge cuisine via Chef James Crawley, formerly of MacMenamin’s Grill, who is not afraid to push the culinary envelope.

        Host Eugene Lum and his partners have every intention of lighting up the city. The grazing has been good: I have already savored samplers of puree of artichoke and asparagus truffle soup; their signature Pig N2, ‘pied de couchon’ in a mustard cabernet reduction; lovely duck confit spring rolls; Maryland crab cake; charred baby octopus; Sapporo reserve braised short ribs; and cedar plank roasted king salmon. Lum and his family have been operating venerable Lum Yen Chinese Restaurant in Mamaroneck for many years. I’m anxious to see how this one unfolds (New York Times restaurant critic M. H. Reed already gave it a ‘very good’ rating.)

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        1. re: Jon1856

          Went on Sunday night. Very impressed by the cooking. You can really see the chef's CIA chops and the influence from an internship in France in the quality and complexity of his sauces. LOVED, LOVED LOVED the charred baby octopus with a creamy garlic kim-chi scallion vinaigrette. Also impressed with the Togarashi Spice Dusted Ahi Tuna (another wonderful cream sauce, this one over cashew-cilantro jasmine rice).
          Place was expensive, but wouldn't mind coming here again for a special occasion if the quality of the food were the same.
          Thought the lighting was a bit too dim over the tables, and the place echoed a bit. Service was thoughtful and eager to please, but spotty at times. They'll probably get those kinks ironed out.

          1. re: SharonNY

            Stopped by last Friday evening around 10:30 for an after dinner drink.....We are a couple in our 40's. The bar was full but we managed to squeeze in between a group of 20 somethings. Around 10:30 the lights went down and the music went up. There was a disco ball in what had been the dining room and all of a sudden these VERY YOUNG early 20 something started to come in..... We finished our drinks and left. Obviously Soma 107 becomes a kids place after 10... That's unfortunate because I would never come here for dinner on a Friday or Saturday night because we like to eat at 8 or 8:30 and like to linger over a meal and bottle of wine. MIght try it for dinner during the week but it is expensive and I don't know if it would worth it knowing that turns into a kids joint. The last two venues at that address did the same thing and both were closed down because of fights and I think there was a stabbing at the last place. It's a shame because it is a beautiful place and obviously they put a lot of money into it.

            1. re: kaaaassss

              Interesting, because I just had dinner here for the first time this past Saturday night (which was great by the way) and when we left at around 10:30 the band was playing and the average age of the people dancing / hanging at the bar was about 45-50. Our party of 4 all noticed the older crowd. We all really loved this place - food is excellent, nice reasonable wine list, and great service. Definitely will be returning.

              1. re: wpfoodie

                That's good to know. On Friday, they have a DJ and believe me the crowd was barely 25. If you're saying they have a live band on Saturday then that would explain the older crowd. I would definately try it on a Saturday and steer clear on Friday night late.

        2. Changes per LoHuds' Liz:
          James Cawley Gone to Rosa Mexicano; SOMA 107 Tweaking Menu with New Chef
          http://lizjohnson.lohudblogs.com/2009...

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          1. re: Jon1856

            It didn't take long for the chef to leave and for them to realize they are way overpriced for what they offer. I think the venue is way to big. You're either a restaurant or a club. I was there for dinner once. Food was good but nothing to brag about for the price and the service was terrible. Waiter hardly spoke english and could not answer simple questions about the menu. There was two other couples in the vast dining room. Tried it a couple of times - once during the week and once on a weekend for drinks... Bar was nearly empty both times. Younger (20's) started to come in...They cranked up the music...I hope the changes are for the better.

          2. I had brunch there a couple of weeks ago and wouldn't go back. Nothing was memorible.

            1. I would have to guess that they have not yet started the change over announced on July 27th-see above.

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              1. re: Jon1856

                I walked by the other day during lunch and place still looks exactly the same. Heard some banging so maybe they are working on the changes. Looks like they are open for lunch again. Tables and umbrellas were being put out in the alley on the side of the building. Personally I think the place is way to big. Unless the dining room is full, you feel isolated and yenko13 is right about the waiters not speaking english.

                1. re: kaaaassss

                  that is to bad cuz that pig's foot app was terrififc. come to think of it so were the fried string beans...

                  1. re: cubanat

                    And the baby octopus and the ahi tuna. Sad if downhill reports are true, because those two dishes were two of the best I've ever had.

              2. We ate there last night with friends and I must say, I am completely baffled as to how they are staying in business. The place was entirely empty! I know it's August and a lot of people on away but...our table of six was one of 4 other tables in the huge space. We were ultimately the last ones in the restaurant. The service was polite, but slow as molasses. The food was fine- nothing too exciting. When we left there were 6 people at the bar.

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                1. re: MRS

                  So, this place did finally close a few weeks ago. It's been taken over by a(nother) Tapas and Wine Bar place. I'll check out the name and repost. Something like Caboo. But, if you're looking for a fun night out, with GREAT food, head a few blocks down to Elements. Great food, great atmosphere and an awesome roof deck. Love it!

                  1. re: BetZ

                    BetZ, can you describe the menu at Elements?

                    Is it a generous portion? How are prices?

                    1. re: BetZ

                      elements your kidding rt?