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"Martinis and Chocolate" in Eastchester

MikiLovesSugar Apr 22, 2009 01:00 PM

I've driven by this little place called Martinis and Chocolates (425 White Plains Road aka Route 22) a million times and it looks like it's never gonna open!!! However, on Saturday when it was really gorgeous out, I saw the doors open and I think they were working on it! It looked like a bar/lounge type place. Maybe a dessert bar?! Does anyone have ANY info on this place!

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  1. streamwise RE: MikiLovesSugar Apr 27, 2009 11:10 PM

    I just saw this place on Sunday and was wondering the same thing. There's almost no information about it, except for the chef's name, Mark Sokolofsky, a CIA grad:
    http://www.chefdb.com/nm/8679/

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      MikiLovesSugar RE: streamwise Apr 28, 2009 07:23 AM

      Yeah I drove by on Saturday and they were very open! The window doors were wide open and i saw people sitting at tables! Its too bad theres like massive amount of construction going on in front of their entrance. Plus theres no convenient parking to just run in and check out their menu and stuff

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        stacyann401 RE: MikiLovesSugar May 1, 2009 08:46 AM

        I was there saturday night with a bunch of friends, it was packed. we had dinner, they still have a few kinks to work out but it was normal for a new place. The food was excellent! atmosphere was awesome. nice crowd. cant wait to go back.

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          lunaorion RE: MikiLovesSugar May 1, 2009 11:48 AM

          It's not right outside, but there's a municipal meter parking lot around the corner on Fisher Ave behind the gas station... and I think the parking lot next door to Fox's clothing store across the street is a municipal meter lot also.

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          jfschefswife RE: streamwise May 13, 2009 02:50 PM

          Just for the record.... Mark Sokolofsky is NOT the Chef at Martini's & Chocolate. He was suppose to be, but sadly it took the resturant too long to open so he had to move on! Unfortunate loss :-(

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          Jon1856 RE: MikiLovesSugar May 1, 2009 09:19 AM

          Thread picked up my interest. Just so I do ot have to load up my GPS LOL, just what is this near/land marks et al. I ask only as I have not seen it in my travel around Eastchester.
          Thanks
          Edit: Did my own home-work and found map in chefdb (thanks SW)
          http://www.chefdb.com/pl/14990/

          Just south of Mill Rd; which is south of where I have been of late.

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            lunaorion RE: MikiLovesSugar May 1, 2009 10:57 AM

            I live within walking distance & looked forward to this restaurant opening for awhile. My roommate and I had dinner there two nights ago finally-- Sadly, it was mediocre at best. I have to say they have many kinks to work out.

            We ordered a wild mushroom risotto appetizer, which was 1. not made with arborio, or even short grain, rice; and was 2. quite salty. Plain white rice does not a risotto make. The fresh mushrooms were nice though.

            I ordered a farfalle pasta with vegetables and sundried tomatoes (I'm vegetarian-- they did happily skip the chicken at my request), which was quite oily. The flavor was fine, not bad, but way too greasy.

            My roommate's ravioli plated with a half plate of white and a half plate of marinara sauce was bland & heavy in my opinion.

            For a place called Martini's & Chocolates, chocolate is nearly absent from the menu-- a martini glass with some chocolate dipped Wise potato chips arrived with the bread basket, and one molten lava cake dessert.

            My orange-pomegranate martini was quite delicious, I will give them that. My roommate's pear-tini was good too, but don't taste it after mine, the flavors don't mix.

            1. MikiLovesSugar RE: MikiLovesSugar May 1, 2009 06:43 PM

              Awww i was hoping for lots and lots of chocolate desserts :-(

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                lunaorion RE: MikiLovesSugar May 5, 2009 08:15 AM

                Our waiter was very friendly and explained that they're planning to overhaul the menu already & work out some kinks, and work in more chocolate... hopefully soon!

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                alanccrx RE: MikiLovesSugar May 8, 2009 11:03 AM

                My wife and I had dinner here on a Thursday night. First let me say that I most certainly respect the owners decision to open a new establishment, given the current economic conditions, and the fact that a number of other restaurants at this same location just did not make it. The place itself consists of a large bar with several TV's and a room for dining. We were served by a very very nice waitress who was more then
                competent. A small bread basket and wrapped butter was served along with a container of potato chips streaked with milk chocolate. I assume this was with reference to the
                Martini and Chocolate name but who knows? The good news was that my onion soup @ a cost of $ 5.00 was excellent. My wife started with a Tricolor salad which she said was fine. We did not order from the special Martini list (no prices listed) but instead ordered two Vodka Gimlets. We were served something that clearly was not the traditional Gimlet (no discernable Lime Juice) at a cost of $ 10.00 each.
                My wife had Chicken Scarpiello (Shoemaker style) on the bone and she liked the dish. I had Osso Bucco, which was served with Polenta, a potato croquette, and some
                mixed veggies (carrots and zuchini) at a cost of $19.00. The best part of the dish was the
                potato croquette as the Osso Bucco was rather poor and the polenta was bland.
                My wife had coffee ($2.00) which she said was excellent. The owner or manager was on the floor and was walking about, talking to some patrons, but never looked our way. Our main concern with the place was the noise level. If you like to go to a place with lots and lots of noise then this place should quickly become a favorite. Several tables were filled
                with children, some of whom were running back and forth yelling and screaming. No attempt to control them was made by management and this alone was quite annoying.
                I guess, based upon, our observation, the place could be considered "children friendly".
                As others have noted, there is major construction outside, which is expected to continue until December 2009. This place is a couple of doors down from "Pipers
                Kilt", a Westchester tradition, (great Burgers and other food). Would we go back?
                I think not! Too bad... We had wanted to like the place ...

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                  liyuan RE: MikiLovesSugar Jun 6, 2009 06:29 PM

                  Hurray! A friendly, casual neighborhood restaurant with good food at reasonable prices that is kid-friendly! Just returned from dinner at Martini and Chocolate and loved it. I had a spinach-stuffed ravioli in Gorgonzola sauce (special), husband had the Chicken Duet (on menu), we shared a mixed greens salad with pear, blue cheese, pistachios, cranberry with balsamic vinegrette (special) and 3-year old had spagetti & meatballs from children's menu. The food was a tad salty, but very tasty and just what we were looking for in a casual neighborhood place: things we wouldn't make ourselves but not overly complex and pretentious. The service was very very friendly and prompt, without being overwhelming. Wines by the glass were underwhelming (OK - frankly boring), but there was such a nice selection of bottles at such a reasonable price that we decided to order a bottle. Definitely a place to come back to again and again.

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                    jhopp217 RE: MikiLovesSugar Jun 10, 2009 11:54 AM

                    Miki, went there last night. Nice place, very casual. Maybe too for some (a little league team had a little pizza dinner), but the kids were very well behaved. The drinks are reasonably priced. The bartender was lovely. Two of my friends split the chicken duet and said it was delicious. It must have been because it was gone before I could grab a taste. They also had an alfreddo pizza which I tasted and then re-ordered and split with another friend. It was delicious. I believe it was basically a white pizza but with a little added something. I didn't actually read the menu. It is thin crust, but not crunchy crust. I actually prefer this in thin crust. I know I'm going to be in a small minority on this one, but it blows away the three Italian resaurants in town that serve thin crust pizzas. This was so much better than any I've had at the others.

                    I will definitely go back again soon!

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                      demifast RE: MikiLovesSugar Jun 10, 2009 12:46 PM

                      Glad to hear it's good - but the name of the restaurant is a complete turn off. I may or may not ever try it but I never would have if I was going by its name. It certainly doesn't express the type of place you're describing.

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                        rbg219 RE: MikiLovesSugar Aug 4, 2009 08:33 PM

                        I really wanted to like this place. I live down off 22, and would love a place nearby to grab a drink, dinner, and/or dessert with friends or family. Sadly, it is not to be. I've been there twice before, and went again this evening. My gripes follow:

                        1. Poor service. Bus boy was really nice, waiter, non-existant
                        2. Horrible bread! I've been there three times, and each time it truly makes me want to hurl. Not even smothering it with butter helps. It is the first time that I've called bread disgusting.
                        3. The "Martini Sampler Dessert" is not that. We live outside of NYC! Seriously, you cannot place 2 flavors of petit fours on a plate, and call it a sampler. Four pieces does not equal sampler, it equals two pieces of two flavors of petit fours. Exactly the same, and both flavors were absolutely inedible. My two dining companions couldnt stomach it either. We were asked if we wanted it packed, to a resounding no.
                        4. Menu is not particularly interesting, and though I did not order food, my friends both said that they have had pasta there and don't find it good. Piper's Kilt next door is infinitely better in their opinion though they have different menus.

                        But they did have good martinis, though expensive. Still, I'd almost rather just drive to one of the other 'burbs and have a legitimately good meal and drinks and dessert for the same price.

                        In my 23 years of living in Westchester County, I don't think I've eaten at a worse restaurant. I'll probably come back for drinks because its conveniently placed, but I've learned my lesson about food - Inedible.

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                          RawTunaFan RE: rbg219 Aug 5, 2009 05:42 AM

                          Thanks for the warning rbg219, we were ready to give this place a try, thinking that they may have already worked out the kinks, but if they don't get it, they never will I presume...

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                          wilsonlisa RE: MikiLovesSugar Aug 9, 2009 05:00 PM

                          Like another reviewer, I really wanted to like this place. A new restaurant! And not Italian! Hurrah! But dammit - we had a bad experience. Decent atmos, nice bar, good wine menu, sweet sevice but the food.... My fish was cold, "fishy" and had a soggy crust, dh's paella was oily and over paprika-ed, the bread hard was as a rock, the chocolate "chips" stale, and they charged me $8 for a half order of completely plain pasta, AND we waited over 45 mins for it in an empty restaurant (we are at 5:30 with 2 small children). Oh well....

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