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mary30 Feb 10, 2009 05:53 AM

Has anyone ever tried it? I've wondered if it's any good and was thinking of going for brunch.

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    debmom Feb 10, 2009 06:16 AM

    We thought it was good. The service was excellent. Give it a try!

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      arby1 Feb 10, 2009 06:38 AM

      Have not been there for brunch but have been there for a Saturday night dinner several times. In my experience, the food has been good and well prepared. The menu is pretty diverse and I recall the desserts as being particularly good. If memory serves, the service has ranged from excellent to so-so (typical for Westchester). I do seem to recall that it appears to attract an older crowd. I'm in my mid-40s and I remember feeling like the youngest person in the place by about 5 years. Definitely worth a try.

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        mary30 Feb 10, 2009 06:43 AM

        I'm the same age and I'm beginning to feel a little long in the tooth. So I'd be thrilled to be the youngest person in the room. And the food sounds good. Thanks, both of you. I think I'll try it.

      2. roxlet Feb 10, 2009 07:56 AM

        I used to eat there more frequently when they were at their former location on Marbledale Road. After they moved, I ate there a couple of times, but I have to say that I never felt it was quite as good as it had been, and after that, I haven't been back. I would be glad to hear that the food has returned to its former level of quality.

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          chowdom Feb 10, 2009 01:20 PM

          Roxlet, I felt the same as you after eating at the new location. I wasn't sure that the food wasn't as good or if it was just that the place had lost most of its charm after the move. I recently ate at X20 with a group of people who I used to eat with regularly at the original American Bistro .Several of us ordered the lamb chops and a couple of us the halibut .We all agreed we preferred the lamb chops and the halibut, including the sides that we used to order at Bistro.

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            roxlet Feb 10, 2009 03:47 PM

            There was a chicken dish that I absolutely adored -- I think it had hot cherry peppers -- but once I had it at the new location, it was really bland and the chicken seemed kind of flabby, if you know what I mean. Glad to hear that it's not only me, chowdom!

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              addictedtolunch Feb 10, 2009 04:59 PM

              I go the American Bistro repeatedly, and love X2O as well. Comparing the two is like comparing apples and...chairs. The check at X2O is 50% more, the experience and expectations completely different.

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                arby1 Feb 11, 2009 07:42 AM

                Agreed. American Bistro is a better-than-usual neighborhood restaurant. X2O is a "destination restaurant" with a celebrity chef and an amazing location. Personally, I think X20 is a much better value than many Westchester restaurants. It's only a bit more expensive than many (although I agree that it's significantly more expenseive than American Bistro), but the overall experience is far more memorable.

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                  gordoma Feb 11, 2009 01:47 PM

                  The original question was solely about American Bistro. They are a decent restaurant. In my rating system, that puts then in the top 10% of all in westchester and most establishments in this county should be embarrassed by their bland food and high prices. By way of reference, X20 has excellent food (usually), and only slightly higher prices than most. American Bistro can be pricey like the rest (although they have a monday and tuesday price fix that is very reasonable). So will you like them for a brunch? I would say you own be utterly disappointed, nor will you find yourself in culinary nirvana. But like I said, just being decent puts them in the top 10%.

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                  chowdom Feb 11, 2009 06:08 PM

                  re:addictedtolunch
                  I stated that we liked the food at American Bistro ( original location) more than X20, I am not comparing the two, simply stating a preference.

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              jhopp217 May 27, 2009 11:58 AM

              Went there for lunch last week. I could have swore I posted this, but anyway. I had the potato latke with smoked salmon and goat cheese. It had a vinagrette that I can't remember, but it was almost like a horseradish taste. The cheese was actually lost in the dish, but the latke and salmon played nicely off each other. A little salt in the latke might have helped, but altogether a very nice coupling - a bagel and a schmear and I'd be set.

              For lunch I had the Cobb Salad. Generous portions of gorgonzola and bacon with a mesclun salad and an enormous chicken breast sliced. One egg accompanied the dish as did a small bowl of guacamole, which at first I wondered about, but which went perfectly with the rosemary grilled chicken. The creamy shallot dressing was perfect. My girlfriend had the hot oppen roast beef on garlic toast with sauteed onions and she opted for metled mozzarella instead of the traditional swiss. Served with shoe string fries, this dish was a simple hit.

              Both of us were stuffed and quite satisfied. The glance at the dessert menu made my heart race and I am not a dessert person. Oreo Cheesecake with raspberry sauce. White Chocolate mousse. A few others I can't remember, but I'm feeling the next time I'm there might be strictly a decadent lunch. Our lunch with no drinks came to $45 with a $10 tip. The service was impeccable for those who wanted to know.

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                mary30 May 27, 2009 03:02 PM

                That sounds great. I still haven't gone. Now I'll have to try it. It is a little expensive but it sounds like a lot of food.

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                  roxlet May 28, 2009 05:10 AM

                  I just saw an ad in the local paper about their 3 course dinner "Bail Out" menu, which is apparently still in effect. I believe the price is about $21 for 3 courses offered all evening Monday and Tuesday and until 6:15PM on Wednesday through Friday. It was in the local LoHud paper, I think. You can call them for the specifics.

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                    jhopp217 Jun 2, 2009 06:55 AM

                    I noticed that too when I was leaving. It did sound like a pretty good deal.

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                    jhopp217 Jun 2, 2009 06:56 AM

                    The appetizer was perfectly portioned. The salad was more than enough food and I'm not a slight person, haha!

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