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Dec 15, 2008 03:56 AM

Emme's White Plains

Has anyone tried Emmes yet? They are the restaurant that took the place on Sunset Grill. They are next to Sam's of Gedney Way.

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  1. I'm curious myself. Big shoes to fill and so close to Sams. The menu(viewed it online) looks kind of boring and pretty pricey for what they offer. I would love to hear a review.

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    1. re: xecuchef

      same here...checked out the menu on line...nothing special...and pricy...with these times now I've become more aware of just blowing my money....I'll wait a bit longer till I hear of something good.

      1. re: wonka

        They were given a big spread in the free white plains paper that comes out on Thursdays. Trying to market themselves as more than a pub that caters to the crowd that doesn't want to fight the kids and the parking at the bars on Mamaroneck Avenue. I'm going to give it a try for a drink and to access the bar crowd later this week.

        1. re: kaaaassss

          I don't read that rag anymore kaaaassss, but you're spot on. They're worth a try, if just to weigh in, right? I also have to get to my dear Sunset Grille one of these days very soon.

          The upside is that parking is free at Emme's!!!

          1. re: dolores

            It is actually Emma's not Emme's and I think the parking situation would be the same as at Sam's. There are meters on the street and a lot across the street at the recreation center.

              1. re: kaaaassss

                No I haven't but I did see it was opened the last time I ate at my favorite neighborhood resto, Sam's.

              2. re: lucyis

                There's a free lot around the corner behind both Sam's and now Emma's.

                Make the first right from Gedney after passing Sam's and the country store and then another quick right and you're there.

      2. Hi all, finally had a chance to check out emma's on saturday night.
        we got there at 9:30 and the place was packed. the crowd was single twenty year old women as well as middle age couples at the bar; food is served at the bar; the tables in the other room were all full. we waited about five minutes for a table in the back room. place is very plain, all muted tones of colors. We were surprised to find that the manager is the former hostess at Rye Bar and Grill.
        Since it was late, we were looking for a snack; menu just perfect for that. A few different burgers, selection of sliders, a few sandwiches and salads as well as dinner sized meat and fish dishes. A basket of warm pretzels were brought to the table with mustard in lieu of bread. the cosmo and tangier martini's were fine and priced right ($9 a piece). '
        The better half had the chicken pot pie while i had the chicken and apple sandwich with home made potatoe chips as well as a side of fries. very good all around. since it is close to home, it might become our late night place for a snack and drink(Sam's kitchen closes at 10pm)

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        1. re: martyl9

          That's good to know. It's on my list of must trys as an option to Sam's.

          1. re: martyl9

            Sounds like it's worth a go. I love chicken pot pie if done well. Do you know what time it closes? Also, Rye Grill and Bar never had a "hostess" it was probably a manager if you are referring to the person at the door.

            1. re: martyl9

              You had me at homemade chips, but the fries and pretzels put the deal over!

              1. re: martyl9

                Thanks, marty, it does sound like a place to try. Best part is the parking lot.

                1. re: dolores

                  There is even a closer public parking lot across the street, right by the WP Dept. of Recreation, across from the bank. If I recall, no meters there.

                  1. re: Dim Sum Diva

                    Really? How did I miss it???

                    Thanks, Dim Sum Diva.

                    1. re: dolores

                      two parking lots in addtion to the meters on the street which are free after 6pm. parking lot behind the bank and the park's dept lot accross the street.

              2. Write ups I have seen have said a great deal about owners wish to be as "green" as they can be.
                Recieved the highest rating from group that tracks that sort of thing.

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                1. re: Jon1856

                  We gave it a try earlier this week and were happy enough with our meal to want to go again. The warm doughy pretzels in lieu of a bread basket was a nice touch. The menu is limited with emphasis on affordable and comforting. I had a huge mesclun salad and fillet mignon sliders. DH tried the onion soup and a burger. The salad could have used a more assertive dressing but it was well worth the $9 dollar tab. It could have been a nice lunch with some protein. The sliders were a bit disappointing. The rolls were the best part, soft and a bit sweet with a shiny glaze. The fillet was chewy and the bite of meat on the roll couldn't have been larger than an inch and a half. Three of these little sandwiches came arranged on a plate with no accompaniment.
                  All said it is a very different experience from the more conservative, but always satisfying, Sam's. I wish them well.

                  1. re: lucyis

                    Tried it for lunch this week and was glad to find it was a step above the usual pub grub found on Mamaroneck Ave.

                    I had the French onion soup. It was good, but had one big cheese crouton the diameter of the bowl, and was hard to manage in terms of cutting and eating (and not burning your mouth). Also, the soup was exceptionally sweet, I don't know if that was a function of the onions or the wine within.

                    Others at the table had the chicken "lollipops" starter which came about 6 to the plate, and were clammering for more.

                    One person ordered the fish & chips, which was a HUGE slab of fried something on top of a bed of fresh french fries (which everyone else grabbed for). Everyone else had the sliders. The lobster slider is actually a lobster salad which they say they make fresh every day. It was good, not out of the ordinary. The burger was okay, a little too undercooked to my liking. The cheesesteak slider was very flavorful. Somene else had a meatball slider and liked it but thought it was small.

                    After we finished our entrees they sent over a different waiter to give us the hard sell on dessert. Unfortunately for us, she made it irresistable. Lunch for 4 without tip and no beverages was $72.

                    On this particular day, the bar was filled with older men drinking beer, who gave everyone the once-over as they walked in and out (you have to walk through the bar to get to the dining room). I thought that was a little eerie, there was not a smile among them.

                    All in all, we liked it and will probably go back.

                    1. re: Dim Sum Diva

                      Unless you like a lot of BUZZ with your food don't go on a Saturday night! We went early for a light dinner and were blown away by the noise. The bar was packed and although we had a reservation we were offered a wait or a table at the bar area. No thanks. There were two large parties and one party was extremely raucous. I was happy with my flatbread pizza and side order of excellent asparagus. But, we really were happy to get out of the clamor.

                      1. re: lucyis

                        I found it to be extremely noisy also. We went about a week ago on a Tuesday night around 6:30. The bar was crowded and extremely noisy. The acoustics make the sound bounce off the floor and walls. Definately not a place to go and enjoy a meal and conversation. Good for a couple of drinks and some chips at the bar..

                        1. re: kaaaassss

                          You're right, every surface is hard and that ups the sound even more. I don't think the vibe they are looking for is the relaxed dinner for the couple of a certain age. Sam's is there for that.

                          1. re: lucyis

                            that's true. I think they are looking for the 20-30 something couples/singles for that quick burger and hanging out at the bar. I did notice a number of older men who seemed to be regulars.