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Dec 16, 2008 10:44 AM

Decent bars or pubs in New Rochelle


First time poster who's really enjoyed reading the board, I've picked up some great restaurant recommendations already. We've just moved to Westchester (Scarsdale) from the UK.

Anyway, I am going out with a friend to the Coromandel Indian restaurant in New Rochelle on Friday evening, and just wondered if anyone could recommend any decent pubs or bars within walking distance of Division Street.

Many thanks.

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  1. New Rochelle has high hopes for itself and I too remain hopeful that it will one day become a "better" slash "improved" dining destination with time. The bar scene is kinda weak downtown. There are college bars on North Avenue as you approach Iona, but within walking distance from Coromandel, your best bet might be going to the nearby Starbucks or even trying the espresso bar on Division. I've provided a link here, but be aware that some locations have closed. Look for Taverns, Bars & Pubs found towards the bottom of the list.

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    1. While I wouldn't necessarily recommend it for the food, Mo's (Mariano Rivera's)Steakhouse around the corner from Coromandel on Memorial Highway has a very nice bar area. Not sure how active it is these days. There's also another bar on Main Street that seems pretty lively about a block away, although I forget the name. I will probably be driving by there later this evening and will post again. Coromandel is one of my favorite Indian restaurants -- food is great!

      1. Oh, I found the place I was thinking of on Main Street from Cheese Boy's link:

        The Speckled Door
        559 Main Street

        A couple of blocks from Coromandel. Or, again, try Mo's NY Grill.

        Please post your experience after ... would be interested.

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        1. re: Alberta516

          Closed. Gone. And I never even got there.

          There's a seedy looking place called the Gnarly Vine on Main St., but who knows it might be a 'happening' place.

          If it were me, I'd go to the Beechmont Tavern.

          Also, doesn't the place near Davis Ave. have better Indian food than Coromandel? Or the place in Mamaroneck off the main drag?

          1. re: dolores

            I haven't tried the other Indian restaurants, but Coromandel is great. Something like 26 for food on Zagat. Suggest you try it for Sunday brunch. Huge selection on the buffet -- you will be happy!

            Re pubs, Tortoise was looking for a place that was walking distance from Coromandel, so that lets Beechmont Tavern out, but I thought that was more for Iona students anyhow. Were you saying that Speckled Door is closed? Gnarly Vine is very seedy looking indeed -- too much so to venture inside. I do my drinking at the wine bar at Sterling Inn in Wykagyl...

            1. re: dolores

              In my opinion yes. We had a miserable dinner at Coromandel and although we only went once and all restaurants can have a bad night, we've had many meals at Rani Majal in Mamaroneck. All of those were excellent so see no need to revisit Coromandel.

              1. re: laylag

                I thought I remember reading that here, and guess it was your experience laylag.

          2. I hope you see this in time! Maybe the snow will cause you to reschedule?

            Most of the info others have posted here is outdated and misleading...

            The college bars on North Ave near Iona are long gone. The college crowd mostly goes to Beechmont Tavern (between Iona and the High School) and Spectators (North Ave bet Main & Anderson) with overflow going to the Backyard Pub (Main bet North & Lecount) and the Spot (Lawton St). These are to be avoided by anyone over 21 outside of school hours!

            The Speckled Door closed in October and there is no Starbucks nearby.

            Mason's (Memorial Hwy - walk right through the parking garage) attracts a nice local crowd has a friendly atmosphere.

            The Gnarly Vine (Main bet Memorial & Lawton) caters more to an older crowd and is well worth checking out. Don't let the dark front scare you away.

            Although not in walking distance you might want to try Chelsea's on Fifth in Pelham. Call local taxi (Bluebird 914-632-0909), about $7 each way.

            Please do post your experience!

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            1. re: Skookie31

              To the OP and to Skookie, read Starbucks corrected as this:

              Global Java
              265 Huguenot St
              New Rochelle, NY 10801
              (914) 813-0399

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