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Jon1856 Apr 25, 2009 02:08 PM

Interesting story/listing from LoHud:
Brunch is subjective. For some of us, brunch is an all-you-can-buffet, while others expect a leisurely meal served by wait staff. Some of us want to get all dressed up, while others are happy to go out in jeans and sneakers. Whatever your appetite, there is a brunch for you, from a Southern-style Gospel brunch to a three-course French menu served in a former estate. You can bring the kids to Ossining's Wobble Cafe and the City Limits diner, or take your significant other to the charming bistro brunch at Tarrytown's Chiboust. As we said, there are a lot of possibilities. Here is a sampling to consider.....

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    annrudy May 2, 2009 12:08 PM

    Crabtree Kittle House in Chappaqua has an elegant brunch buffet. I've been several times and it is fantastic. There are breakfast items, homemade pastries, pastas, carved meat, shrimp, oysters and clams, berries and whipped cream, and a dessert selection from a menu. I took my parents for Father's Day two years in a row and it was delightful. The food is a cut above your average brunch buffet.

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      MilleLunes May 1, 2009 03:33 PM

      I recently had brunch at Half Moon and really enjoyed it, and now that it will be getting warmer, I think it is going to get harder to get a seat, but at least Harvest is nearby too. I heard there is a buffet, but on the elegant side, at Whitby Castle at the Rye Golf Club, but a call to see what they are offering would be recommended as there is no information available on their site. What about Equus, do they do brunch?

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        MilleLunes May 1, 2009 03:41 PM

        Actually I just hadn't dug deep enough:
        Whitby Restaurant offers brunch on Sundays 11:30-4:30. I can't get the Brunch sample menu link to work, so I am not sure now that it is buffet. 914-777-2053 is their number. The main webpage is just http://www.ryegolfclub.com/ if that other strange one doesn't work, and then you click on Whitby Castle, then click on the photo above the script Whitby Restaurant.

        Whitby Castle
        330 Boston Post Rd, Rye, NY

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        Raisel May 1, 2009 02:03 PM

        Ditto for Restaurant X20. Really beautiful with excellent food and service.

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          biga290 May 1, 2009 01:06 PM

          Le Provencal on the Avenue in Mamaroneck has a nice brunch for $14 on both Saturday and Sunday.

          1. MisterBill2 Apr 29, 2009 06:26 PM

            Another option, Valley in Garrison has a brunch menu. I've never been for brunch, however (and strictly speaking, it's Putnam).

            1. MisterBill2 Apr 27, 2009 08:48 PM

              I know that article was supposed to have a bunch of different options but I don't see how you do a story about brunch in Westchester and you don't include X2O.

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                Marge Apr 28, 2009 04:50 AM

                My thoughts exactly, MisterBill2, just another fluffy Journal News restaurant "review".

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                  Jon1856 Apr 28, 2009 06:28 AM

                  Marge and MB;
                  Perhaps you, in your judgement/experience, you are correct.
                  In my experiences and of those who I directly know, all too many times Brunch at most of Chef Kelly's places is at least a few levels below what it is at normal times.
                  The one personal exeption is Piermont. That one location has alway been spot on for me and friends.

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                    MisterBill2 Apr 28, 2009 08:01 PM

                    And Kittle House is better for brunch? I've never really heard good things about their brunch.

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                  gremlin608 Apr 28, 2009 07:55 PM

                  I have to agree MB2...For brunch you can't get better than Chef Kelly's spots. X20 for a great 3 course with passed treats and the ambiance...and Restaurant X is simply over the top. I was literally sick from all of that food. Brunch can be an afterthought for many chefs but in Kelly's spots its an event.

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                    menton1 Apr 29, 2009 01:07 PM

                    Jardin du Roi, in Chappaqua, best brunch in Westchester. The lightest, fluffiest omelettes. And, their outdoor tables are going already!

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                      laylag Apr 29, 2009 05:39 PM

                      We didn't have the omelets and I'll trust you they're great, but I was underwhelmed by the limited and rather ordinary brunch menu at Jardin du Roi and I really wanted to like it. I guess I should have had an omelet because instead I ordered one of the worst Croque Madame's I've ever eaten.

                3. GIOny Apr 26, 2009 09:54 AM

                  That's good to know especially with Mother's Day coming up, those are good suggestions. When I think of brunch, I think "buffet style", where you can get just about anything including a table dedicated just to beautifully arranged cut up fruit. We use to love the brunch that was in the Marriot in WP many years ago, can't think of the name of the restaurant but it had polynesian theming. The food was very good and their fruit table was fabulous. Unfortuately they (like so many other places) started to go downhill.

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                    HowieC Apr 27, 2009 08:12 AM

                    The name was Kona Kai. It used to be one of our regular stops as the kids loved it. The food as I recall was so-so, but the theme and the excellent wait staff, in thier colorfull Hawaiian shirts made it fun.

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                      Cheese Boy Apr 28, 2009 09:58 PM

                      Kona Kai was on 119 in Tarrytown [not sure if it's still there now].
                      I remember their crab rangoon was very good and the Polynesian theme was kinda welcoming. I liked the place. Now what was the name of the club there in the hotel? Wow, what was it?

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