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whyutrippen Apr 14, 2009 06:24 PM

We are staying at the Ritz in White Plains and looking to have 2 great dinners during our stay. We are not familiar with the area at all but are willing to go to another nearby town if necessary. We are not interested in Indian or Sushi or a very fancy jacket and tie restaurant . We would like something with more of a NYC vibe.

  1. k
    kaaaassss Apr 14, 2009 06:51 PM

    BLT at the Ritz is definately a city vibe and so is 42 at the Ritz...
    For a good italian meal La Bocca around the corner from the Ritz on Church Street.
    Peniche down the street from the Ritz is a NYC type tapas restaurant.

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    1. re: kaaaassss
      debmom Apr 15, 2009 04:48 AM

      Skip BLT,unless you LOVE salt!

      1. re: debmom
        kaaaassss Apr 15, 2009 04:49 AM

        you can ask for your steak light on the salt..

        1. re: debmom
          wpfoodie Apr 15, 2009 11:23 AM

          BLT is great! Who doesn't love salt?!?!? (honestly, never even noticed that)

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        Jon1856 Apr 14, 2009 08:28 PM

        This subject seemed rather familar so I looked around and found this thread:

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          wincountrygirl Apr 15, 2009 03:52 AM

          Just heard rave reviews about Paniche. http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/5483...

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          1. re: wincountrygirl
            wpfoodie Apr 15, 2009 11:27 AM

            Peniche is a great option - very tasty tapas, great drinks, and lots of fun. Soma 107 is another great options for a "city" vibe. They've done a great job with this place - very open and inviting, nicely decorated, large bar, and the food is excellent. If you are going on the weekend I would suggest Saturday night when they have a live band, as opposed to Friday night when there's a dj - unless of course that's what you are looking for.

          2. baldwinwood Apr 15, 2009 05:59 AM

            I heard BLT is closing.... Not sure of the timing.

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            1. re: baldwinwood
              kaaaassss Apr 15, 2009 07:51 AM

              That is funny you say that about BLT. I heard the same thing but they always seem to be crowded.

              1. re: kaaaassss
                wpfoodie Apr 15, 2009 11:24 AM

                Yeah, that's what I don't understand - always full when I've gone. We'll see if that turns out to be true.

                1. re: wpfoodie
                  kaaaassss Apr 15, 2009 12:47 PM

                  i heard from two different sources last week that BLT was closing. Maybe the rent is too high and they can't turn a profit...There is a BLT in most of the Ritz Carlton hotels.

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              rjbh20 Apr 15, 2009 01:10 PM

              If you're looking for an NYC vibe, why not get on the train and head into Grand Central rather than trying to hunt it up in White Plains? Only takes about 35 minutes.

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              1. re: rjbh20
                SharonNY Apr 15, 2009 03:19 PM

                I second the vote for Soma 107. The charred baby octopus was one of the best appetizers I've ever had and the Ahi Tuna was an unbelievable entree.
                Given your criteria, I also think you'd be happy at Peniche (both walking distance).

                If you don't mind driving to Yonkers, x20 has a great reputation and view. I recommend the Ravioli with short ribs and truffle butter, and the ahi tuna (completely different from Soma 107 but also amazing).

                Finally, if you want some great homemade pasta at unbelievable prices, I heartily recommend The Cookery in Dobbs Ferry. The chef used to work at Babbo. The outside has a NYC/warehouse/meatpacking district vibe, but the inside is way more laid-back - more of like a bar you would find in the Village. The food is simple, but will definitely not disappoint. Order the crostino of fresh ricotta, truffle honey and thyme (I know if sounds simple, but I could've eaten it all night).

                If you're looking for chic: Soma 107 and Peniche. If you're looking for elegant with great view: x20. If you're looking for laid-back/Village: The Cookery. Food is excellent at all.

                1. re: rjbh20
                  whyutrippen Apr 15, 2009 04:27 PM

                  Gee, rjbh20, as a New Yorker I am very aware I could hop into the city for an array of fabulous restaraunts -but that was not my question!

                2. k
                  KarenNYC Apr 18, 2009 04:43 AM

                  we love Nessa in Port Chester, about a 10-15 minute drive from White Plains. There are also a number of great places in Greenwich and Rye - will you have a car and how far are you willing to drive?

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                    frequentdiner Apr 19, 2009 07:42 AM

                    I had a delicious artichoke, olive and portabella pizza last night at AntiPasti sitting at the bar for only $14.00, a few blocks from the Ritz. Its a NYC vibrant vibe...

                    The pricing of the menu is mostly high, but you dont have to eat well and spend a lot of money.

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