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Dec 18, 2008 07:26 PM

Diners in Armonk, Briarcliff, Chappaqua, Mt. Kisco, Mt. Pleasant, and Pleasantville?

Sorry to be so very specific, but I'm looking for the best diners/homey local joints in these specific towns. Major brownie points if you can help me dig the best for each! I'm working on a tasty project. :)

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  1. orafinos in briarcliff great itlain style diner, horefeathers tarrytown pub/diner type foods/,

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    1. re: intrepid

      Lean a little bit to the West and come to Landmark in Ossining, on Route 9 across from Arcadian Shopping Center.

      1. re: intrepid

        Orfino's great, really?? What is great there? Besides, it isn't a diner, it's a family run Italian restaurant open only for dinner. A recent thread here on Horsefeathers described it as overpriced, a turn-off to me. You might want to try Wobble Cafe in Ossining

        1. re: Marge

          Thank you, Marge!! Finally - somebody said it!! :o) I have no idea how Orfino's stays in business - for as long as I can remember I couldn't understand how the place is still going with the hours they keep. They seem to have an "insider's club" of sorts because they don't post their hours or even a menu. Too exclusive for me. I prefer the "love all, serve all" type of places.

          Wobble Cafe is a great pick! Love their Vermonster sandwich. Very kid-friendly too.

          1. re: Sra. Swanky

            swanky..have you been to orafinos? do you know their hours? this is another local staple that folks enjoy or are your comments second or third hand info also?? food at orafinos always tasty, fair prices, and comfortable to eat there

            1. re: intrepid

              Intrepid - I have been to Orfino's - back when they used to do lunch. Even then, I remembered I was treated more aloof then the "regulars." So I'm coming from first hand info. I don't know their hours because it seems they don't think enough of newer clientele to post them in their window. I'm sure the dinners are great. I'll come back & give it another go. If you can, could you ask the managment to post a menu & prices? A lot of people I know in my area (especially young couples like my husband and me who've just settled into the area and want to find a cozy go-to place) feel the same way I do about Orfino's "exclusive" air.

              1. re: Sra. Swanky

                they do breakfast and lunch no dinner you were treated aloof?? i cannot comment on, never heard anyone experience that..if they are too exclusive lolololol to post hours, then try calling them..lololol no im not asking them to post hours and menu..go for it, be courageous..theres no exclusive air in the place...maybe its......

                1. re: intrepid

                  ...maybe it's me, right?? Well - in these tough economic times, they could throw us a bone by posting hours, menu and prices. I don't expect you to ask them anything. But please don't dismiss my opinion - or belittle it.

                  1. re: Sra. Swanky

                    or maybe you can call them in these tough times and ask them if its not too much. dismiss your opinion no..your lack of effort..maybe..lolol lighten up swanky, we need the wood, chill out

                    1. re: intrepid

                      Well said and will do, intrepid! I'm lightening up - maybe I was a little too hormonal this morning -- baby's due in 5 days, so I'm very pregnant and definitely cranky - sorry!

          2. re: Marge

            marge you are in error about the hours of orafinos, and like I said its an italian sytle spot, a recent thread on horsefeathers is also incorrect, horsefeathers is a local staple,have you been to either place?? or are your comments second or third hand opinions?

            1. re: intrepid

              intrepid, you are "incorrect" on the name, it is Orfino's, not orofinos, and yes, I have been there several times...I admittedly did enjoy some dishes there (a very good, spicy chicken with string beans and homemade ricotta cheese cake), however I would not consider it great, and, if I am incorrect on the hours of operation (dinner only), please do enlighten me, as well as specifically what you have had there that you consider great! As far as Horsefeathers, nope, haven't been and won't be, there are plenty of pub grub joints around that aren't reportedly overpriced.

              1. re: Marge

                hey you got me on spelling touche!!! I always have good, tasy inexpensive meals here, call the place for hours, they are not open for dinner I have had everything from omelettes, to soups, to salads, to pasta, to cheicken. and fish,..and its a great local place to have dont go to horsefeathers, you dont have an open mind about the has a big loyal local following, its probably not good...lolololo

                1. re: intrepid

                  When was the last time you were at Orfino's?

                  1. re: Marge

                    im there apprx twice a month for many years

                    1. re: intrepid

                      When I was last there they were ONLY open for dinner--so now they are only open for breakfast and lunch?? Pretty strange!

                      1. re: Marge

                        when was that marge? strange is the norm..dont you get that yet? lololo

                        1. re: intrepid

                          I was last there at least 2 years ago...will have to try for breakfast or lunch one of these days. Very true, intrepid, strange is more and more the norm.

                          1. re: Marge

                            just came back from a tasay lunch there sure its the one in briarcliff manor..across st from getty gas.... ive never ever seen them open for dinner..only bkfast and lunch and Ive been going ther for 19 years i believe..thanks

                  2. re: intrepid

                    Just a quick comment - just because someplace has a big local following doesn't necessarily mean it's good or reasonably priced. We've been to Horsefeathers frequently - sometimes the food is good, other times not so impressed - but I wholeheartedly agree with the recent thread that stated it is significantly overpriced for what it is and that the service is not always up to par - we've experienced the prices and the service firsthand. Doesn't mean I or anyone else won't necessarily go there when the mood/need strikes, but when we do we at least know what we are getting into.

                    1. re: kerryfood

                      another quick comment what do you consider over priced.. a meal that some how in your opeinion should cost $25 dollars, costs how much at horsefeathers?? many chowhounders complain about pricing, when all theyre talking about of a few bucks, and they make such a big deal out of it, and they dont know the facts and figures of comparative costs..just curious..whats the fiancials involved here..thanks

                      1. re: intrepid

                        good point. i think one of my issues with horsefeathers is that it is frequently described as having good pub or bar food, and that is the atmosphere that it suggests. which i am completely fine with, until i see the prices for "bar food". they are also frequently mentioned as being a good choice for family dining, but their kids meals (and quite frankly, especially their kids drinks) are very expensive. (the last time i was there i believe a kids milk was between $3-$4 - an awfully expensive drink for my 1 year old.) unfortunately i cannot find a menu anywhere online to be more specific on the prices, but i would love to be able to go there, get a beer and a sandwich (with fries or onion rings or some kind of side) and have it come to less than $25. the last couple of times we've gone that simply hasn't happened, and the last time i was there my husband and i both had soup (unfortunately I don't remember the type, but it wasn't a lobster bisque or something with similarly expensive ingredients) and the soups were each over $10. maybe that's changed, but that seems very high to me for soup in an atmosphere like Horsefeathers.

                        without a menu i'm not being terribly specific - apologies - and i won't say the place isn't without its merits. we still go there but not as frequently as we once did. but i think perhaps we've also led the OP a bit astray.. oops! :-)

                        1. re: kerryfood

                          Where did the diners go in this thread?? Dissappeared...

                          1. re: Nancy C

                            Horsefeathers was being discussed not as a diner, but as a "homey local joint" as the OP requested... that said, the chat about HF's value was probably TMI for the OP and thus I'm bowing out! ;-)

                          2. re: kerryfood

                            Correct-a-mundo. Horsefeathers is bar food. Not very good. Expensive.

                            Go to Bellas. More of a diner atmosphere. Food made with care by an owner and 2 cooks who want to know that you enjoyed what you ate. And the prices are better.

                            1. re: woodburner

                              agree horsefeathers more like bar food, dont agree with you, food is good, agree with you it might be $2 more than it should be...whats the big deal?? thanks

                              1. re: intrepid

                                True, no big deal. I was just never particularly impressed with the food or surroundings there... it also feels weird for kids, to me. The dining room sometimes just smells like the bar, and the lighting is very low... outside is pleasant. I prefer the food at Bellas. Dumpy place, true; it is basically a diner... but besides excellent breakfast items and great burgers and fries, I like the meat loaf with mashed and gravy, the grilled salmon over mixed greens, the soups are excellent, and even stuff like chicken and broccoli over pasta with garlic and oil... The owner cares about every plate he sends out.

                2. re: Marge

                  update on Orfinos... they now have their hours posted on the doors... they are open for dinner from Wednesdays through Saturdays... They also have breakfast and lunch everyday except on Sundays. They have a new chef (in the last eight months) who is making different dishes.. pork chops with apples in sage sauce, tilapia made a few different ways, sante fe pork tenderloin, a few different chicken dishes. ..etc... It's worth a trip back to check it out...

                  1. re: irishsmile

                    So it is not a family run Italian restaurant any more??

                    1. re: Marge

                      Yes.. it's still run by the orfino family... they have posted their hours on the doors..and they have been serving dinner for a while now.. as I said on Wednesdays Thurs fridays and Sat... from 5 pm to 10pm.. are the dinners..

                      some nice dishes.. specials being added.. worth it to check it out...

                      they are taking credit cards well.

              2. Opus 465 at 465 Main Street is a great place for a reasonably price contemporay menu and great bar with live music. The new Marc Charles Steakhouse is great new find as well with an increible menu. Many of the dishes are large and meant for sharing

                1. We really like the Mt. Kisco Coach Diner in (obviously) Mt. Kisco - their waffles are a big favorite (especially since their coffee seems to have gotten better within the last year), and their Balboa sandwich is very good (horrible for you, but tasty). Their spinach/strawberry/chicken salad is very tasty, as is their turkey club. Huge menu, but much of it is good. Service is usually efficient and friendly. The Wobble Cafe in Ossining is also a great homey place, but I'm not sure if that fits within your town requirements. Enjoy your tasty project! :-)

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                  1. re: kerryfood

                    This place has been a reliable and well-loved place for decades. One of my favorite diner memories. I miss it. If it's anything like it used to be, I think it fits all of the original poster's criteria.

                    Long ago, we also went to the Thornwood Diner for excellent "Chicken in a Basket" and all the fixins. Don't know if it is still around or within your geo requirements.

                    1. re: kerryfood

                      My basic issue with the diners is they use everything from a bag. Pancake mixes come out and taste boring as do waffles. No finesse in general. On a burger you get an unripe tomato, a slice of onion so thick that you’ll taste it into next week. It seems that there is no concern for any quality and the prices are not cheap. Maple Syrup is not Vermont, its corn syrup with Brown dye. Virtually everything is institutional food. Kisco Coach and Bedford Diner are most of the same but just OK. There is or was a nice Breakfast place in the Somers Shopping Center and NOT Somerfields. Good luck in your quest.

                      1. re: DWeiss

                        That place is long gone. And it was a great spot for breakfast. They closed several years ago and were taken over by another place that was just awful. If you ordered a salad for lunch you got a store made dressing in a single serve package like a jelly. Awful.

                        1. re: wincountrygirl

                          Fitting that they'd reply to a 3 year old thread with even older information.

                    2. I would like to suggest the Patio Restaurant in Briarcliff Manor. In the morning and the afternoon, it is very "diner-like." The coffee is great. The place is very homey and the food is very good. The men that serve you are very efficient. They do a wonderful job. It also feels very clean. I believe at night it takes on more of an ambiance of a fancier restaurant. I have not been there at night. This is my choice for a Sunday morning breakfast with the family. I am up for The Patio any morning actually. I love their banana pancakes!!!

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                      1. re: MBM

                        Try coming north to Croton forJustin Thyme. Good bar drinks, generous portions - you can make dinner out their appetizers and a salad.

                        1. re: Nancy C

                          I live in Briarcliff and the Landmark Diner is my fave. They even deliver. Try the airy wafffles and the California Breakfast Burrito.
                          Orfino' serves breakfast, lunch and dinner and there is a normal menu given out when you sit down. I have called for hours. The breakfast was good but I still think the Landmark is tops.
                          Patio in Bcliff is good but breakfast portions are small and service is better at lunch.
                          I don't like Wobble, everything is kind of greasy to me, all those melted sandwiches and it's all pretty rich--not in a way I like.
                          Jean-Jacques in Pville has an interesting bfast menu but I have only had lunch there.
                          I didn't like the Pleasantville diner--expensive and wierd vibe but I ony went once

                        2. re: MBM

                          i'm with you for Patio. kinda hospital-like decor, but excellent diner food. the chicken gyro (not actually sure it's a gyro, but greek-esque nonetheless) is tops. also agree with jessheslin about the Pleasantville diner. their food quality has improved (i think anyway) over the years, but strange vibe in there. odd.

                        3. Orfinos serves breakfast lunch and dinner-we go there a lot, its not fancy but good hearty food. The pasta dishes are very good. They have always been very nice to us and its very family friendly whihc is great with our 3 years old. Patio is great for breakfast. We also like Justine Thyme in Croton and MacArthurs in Pleasantville for pub style food.

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