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Dec 8, 2008 04:01 AM

One or Plates or 42 or other suggestion for special dinner?

Our anniversary is coming up this month, and I'd like to go somewhere special in Westchester that I haven't been to before. Right now, I'm thinking maybe One in Irvington, Plates in Larchmont or 42. I know there's an active thread on 42 now, but any recent opinions on the others? Any other suggestions? Ambiance is important, but the quality of the food is more important. I know people automatically offer X20 as "the" occasion restaurant, but though I really like it, I've been there several times and want to try a restaurant that is new to me. And Blue Hill doesn't really appeal for some reason. Any thoughts would be welcome.

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  1. Plates would be my choice. How about Restaurant X in Congers?

    Westchester is a wasteland for special occasion restaurants, so that's about it, outside of X20.

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    1. re: dolores

      Where and what type of place is Plates?

      1. re: nbermas

        Eclectic American cuisine, on Myrtle Blvd. in Larchmont:

        1. re: wincountrygirl

          I do too, wincountrygirl. Since The Arch went downhill and Harrald's closed, my choice of outstanding/special occasion restaurants (and especially those with everything, like Harrald's had) in Westchester and beyond is severely limited.

          1. re: dolores

            dolores, I loved Harralds! Does restaurant x have that old world charm and personal touch like Harralds had? I have not been to X but would be willing to give it a try if you all like it and it compares to the old Arch and Harralds. What in particular is it that gives x the high marks?

            1. re: xecuchef

              xecuchef, it was a sad day when Harrald's decided to leave the restaurant business. The man (and his wife and staff) were amazing.

              Restaurant X has ambience, realllllly nice ambience. I went there for brunch, I still haven't made it to dinner. The service was impeccable and the food I had was delicious. I think one of the choices was lamb chops - I didn't have them but they were pronounced delicious. Sorry, I cannot remember what I had.

              Also, the champagne was unlimited. The only complaint I had was the amount of the desserts. While they might have been enough (there was a finite number for the table) for a normal person, I am not 'normal' when it comes to dessert.

              On your question, no Restaurant X does not have the personal touches or old world charm that Harrald's had, but I can't say I've found another place that does. The Iron Forge Inn in Warwick (haven't gotten there) is supposed to be similar, have you been?

              I would recommend Rest. X, xecuchef.

              1. re: dolores

                How about Buffet De LaGare. Original owners took the place back and did some refurbishing..

                1. re: dolores

                  Thanks dolores. No I have not been to The Iron forge, actually never even heard of it so I'll take a look. It is sad to say but I don't think there will ever be a place quite like Harralds. Hard to find a place with so much love and pride put into a restaurant and boy did it show. I'll keep searching. Maybe one day we will find it. It's too bad but my hopes are not high.

          2. Plates.

            X is also very good, but has a very different vibe than X20, more country, if that's what you're looking for.

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            1. re: byramgirl

              I'll be at Restaurant X the week before for a brunch celebration, so I think it will be too soon to go back for my anniversary dinner. I think I'll give Plates a try.

            2. I've been to all the restaurants talked about here, and I have to go with Plates. I feel the setting really fits with the food, I remember having a very nice evening and the price isn't a killer. I wish I could remember the wine I had, a very small produce, that I remember.