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Citron Bistro

I drove by the former Backal's restaurant in Scarsdale last night and noticed that it has been renamed Citron Bistro. Does anyone know anything about this new place?

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    1. Found this in Lohud:
      Bistro Citron Coming to Scarsdale April 21
      http://lizjohnson.lohudblogs.com/2009...

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      1. re: Jon1856

        Used to be fabulous restaurants, but has gone seriously downhill based upon my, and other poster's experiences of late. Bistro Cassis in Huntington is also part of the group, it used to be our favorite regular place and was reliably fabulous for years. We no longer go at all. Slippage seems to have coincided with expansion, starting with the opening of Brasserie Cassis in Plainview. Service and food have slipped severely and servers are openly acknowledging the chaos. They seem to have given up, too.

        1. re: mcf

          For this location only time and personal exprience will tell.

          1. re: Jon1856

            That's true, but with the severity of the slippage on Long Island, they have so far proven unable to expand while maintaining quality at all. We've been to three of the LI locations, Citron, Brasserie and our one time hands down favorite, Cassis.
            Won't go back unless and until I read that they're taking control and improving the food and service to what it once was.

      2. Does anyone know if this place opened yet? I know it said somwhere April 21st, but wasn't sure if that date came and went.

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        1. re: valerie

          I just called and they are open.

        2. Driving home last night and thought that I would try Bistro Citron even after reading all of the negative comments on the various blogs! Well they were kind in comparison to what went on!!! I went in with my friend and we thought we would get a drink first upon getting to the bar the hostess told me that they were too busy and the bar was closed! There were 15 to 20 people in the bar area and 2 bartenders behind the bar. I was able to convince her that we were only getting drinks and she finally allowed us to stay. But the bartenders were all rookies never served a drink before in addition the beer was warm. There was no management presence anywhere and the place looked worse than it did when it was Heathcote Tavern. So very disappointing that there staff stinks and from the comments of the dinners around us the food is sub par also, as one diner said after waiting over a hour to get 2 hamburgers that were raw this place stinks!!!! RIP BISTRO CITRON.

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          1. re: betterhalf32

            Some times cold openings go very well, and some times they stink.
            When they work out, for the restaurant, it means that they get a small amount of people in and they can work out the kninks as they happen. And they always happen.
            On the other side, if they get mobbed, generally what can go wrong, will go wrong all at the very same time.
            IMVHO, can be very hard to judge a place on opening day exp when not given a chance to work things out.
            And for any place to get "mobbed"(15-20 maybe-maybe not-I was not there) on opening night it is going to be very hard
            to shine.
            As this seems to be your second review on CH-Welcome. I do hope following reviews and experiences are more positive than the two you have posted here.

            And IIRC the only negative comment, here at least, was about other locations.

            1. re: Jon1856

              15 people in the bar is far from mobbed and as far as I am concerned when a rest says we are open and ready to take my money they should be ready and prepared to do business if that is a little negative so be it but I work to hard to get bad service for top dollar. If your not ready to open then maybe you shouldn't!

              1. re: Jon1856

                Location so new that it is not even on company's web sit yet. LOL

                1. re: Jon1856

                  But it's not as if they're new to the business. This restaurant group used to offer top notch food and top notch service with absolute consistency of high quality for many years. They know how to do better and they've focused on expansion while letting quality hit the floor. The new restaurant has a problem; the group's increasingly poor reputation for food quality and service.

            2. Patience, people. Jumping on places opening night is pointless and self-defeating. It's like watching the first episode of Seinfeld and saying, "Eh, this ain't so great."

              Let's give this new restaurant two or three weeks before pouncing and petty complaining.

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              1. This place had some issues the first week. The Scarsdale crowd is very tough to please, but, the management has no problem comping a few drinks or some food if they make a mistake. It's definitely a work in progress and Bistro Citron is not going anywhere soon, so, let's retract the claws and give us a shot.

                1. From LoHud:
                  First Taste: Bistro Citron in Scarsdale
                  Guest blogger Dina Braun, whom you may remember from her posts on Equus during Hudson Valley Restaurant Week and her appearance on Small Bites Live! from 42 that week, has filed this report from the brand new Bistro Citron in Scarsdale. The verdict? Very good indeed. This is her tuna tartare:.........
                  http://lizjohnson.lohudblogs.com/2009...

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                  1. re: Jon1856

                    We had dinner there this past weekend and I must admit, much to a naysayer's chagrin, the macaroni and cheese was superb. We also had some great cocktails, my girlfrinds beer was cold, she seemed to her burger and frites and the environement, even at the bar, was excellent and the service was perfect.

                    I hope it stays this way, but we really enjoyed this restaurant and are excited to have a nice play to dine at in Southern Westchester.

                    1. re: christinepierce

                      Had dinner here tonight -- the baguette was fresh and crusty, served with our choice of butter or a yummy complimentary pate. We shared the mussels served piping hot in a nice buttery broth, with tons of garlic, as well as the tuna tartare, nice, and refreshing, a fairly generous portion served on thin slices of cucumber with fruity side sauces. For entrees we had the cod special served with clam chowder -- nice concept, my fish we slightly overcooked though. My dining buddy had the trout amadine which was nice, but nothing out of the ordinary. Overall though, the prices were fair and reasonable and the food was quite good. We will definitely be back!

                  2. My wife and I went there last week for drinks and a bite at the bar. First, I must say that the bartender (a Russian American guy) was GREAT. He let us try more than the usual number of wines before we settled on one. As for the food... the complimentary olives and cheese were a nice touch, though the cheese was more like Jarlsberg from Costco than a proper French cheese. We had onion soup, which was pretty good, and a salad, which was disgusting. Imagine a plate densely piled with arugula, with a gloppy supposedly "light" dressing laid on it, cloyingly sweet cranberries, untoasted walnut pieces -- it could not be eaten (though we were hungry, so we picked). We might go back for a drink, because we liked the bartender so much, but would think thrice before ordering food.

                    1. Went with the entire family there for dinner last Friday night--we were there on the early side but the place was already filling up. Love what they have done to the interior--it is might lighter and warmer than prior establishments at that location. On the whole, the food was very good. I shared the roast chicken for two which came out moist and accompanied by some tasty veggies and fries. Macaroni and cheese was very tasty, as was the onion soup. Mussels were also well prepared. Service was friendly, with the only complaint being that it took some time to get additional bread to dip in the mussel broth--that was frustrating. In all, I think the place is off to a good start and I look forward to visiting again.

                      1. Noticed a large banner hanging outside delaring "New Chef, New Menu". Can't be a good sign.....

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                        1. re: Baja Pepe

                          but it is a funny sign, as it shows the old chef in the garbage can.

                          1. re: Baja Pepe

                            It is absolutely not a good sign. It means that in a very short while, they realized that the place is bombing and not getting enough people. So they had to change chefs and menu to rescue it.

                            1. re: PlasticMoonRain

                              stopped in for a bite of dessert and a nightcap last week. Bar was hopping at 9 p.m. Excellent lemon tart and coffee. Menu looked great. Bistro favorites. I want to go back.

                          2. Thinking of going there tonight - anyone been recently?

                            1. I tried it last night. The decor is 5 stars, the food is 2. I suppose if you don't know what French food is supposed to taste like, you might not be as disappointed as I was. The place is visually stunning. The menu items looked great. But you could find food of this caliber at any joint with lofty aims and a lowly chef. The food was acceptable, but not for the total on the bill.

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                              1. re: Peg G

                                The best part of the meal was the complimetary pate that comes with toasted points. Other than that, O.K., but not outstanding. Especially not for the price. why is it so hard to get bistro right, bistro good, and bistro at bistro prices?

                              2. I drove by Bistro Citron this morning and there was a big sign saying "Restaurant for Lease".

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                                1. re: valerie

                                  Another one bites the dust. Maybe they should bring Bartholemews back!

                                  1. re: wincountrygirl

                                    damn that was quick! was the food that bad or is that location just jinxed?

                                    1. re: cubanat

                                      I had never eaten there, but a friend of mine was just there a week ago and she enjoyed her meal, FWIW.

                                      1. re: valerie

                                        Strange, I've always liked the one on Columbus Ave in New York City. Very good food, reasonable prices. Wonder why they couldn't duplicate that in the 'burbs?

                                        Is it definitely closed?

                                        1. re: menton1

                                          Yes. There's a big restaurant for lease sign on the building.

                                          1. re: mrsdebdav

                                            Oh, well. The Citron on the UWS is excellent. Good food, reasonable prices.

                                      2. re: cubanat

                                        We were just wondering that aloud today as we passed the place. It's such a lovely building. When I lived three blocks away I thought the best incarnation at that site was the Charlie Brown's because we could walk in, get a reasonable meal, and not strain the budget. So many of the restaurants that resided there were special occasion places. Despite the stereotypical image not ALL Scarsdale residents are wealthy.