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Haven(Ex- Frodo's) Pleasantville

Jon1856 May 19, 2009 10:32 AM

I never heard of this restaurant until reading this story in LoHud. Now sounds a bit interesting. Any been or now interested as well?
Haven in P’Ville Doing Late-Night Tapas
There's been a recent makeover (beige walls instead of a mural) and name-change (it's the former Frodo's), but chef Daniel Petrilli's food is still the star. Try the roasted pork tenderloin with cider-braised sweet potatoes or the Hudson Valley foie gras. Even the burger has a twist: it's topped with Applewood smoked bacon and brie.

Romantic,Seasonal Cuisine

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    domestikate Jun 11, 2009 07:59 PM

    My husband and I really enjoy the food here- their fall/winter menu was delicious. Have also done a Captain Lawrence tasting which was good. Biggest downfall for me is the decor (a little plain?), and occasionally the service; on our last visit I asked our waitress about a particular meat dish and she told me she had no idea because she was a vegetarian. Overall I would recommend it.

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      spa Jun 4, 2009 12:40 PM

      new website: http://www.havenpleasantville.com/

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        randomdude May 21, 2009 09:25 AM

        I have eaten here several times when it was Frodo's. It was nice but a little expensive for the meal. I wonder if it is different now. I can complain about the place but, really, if you want a good meal around Pleasantville and don't mind the price, its nice.

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          steelydad May 21, 2009 07:18 AM

          Was this place once called Strega? Is it caty-corner across the street from Michael"s

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            wincountrygirl May 21, 2009 09:20 AM

            No, Strega is still there. Dan, the chef/owner of Haven was the chef at Strega for a while. Haven is near the Pleasantville train station.

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              ltlevy May 21, 2009 11:42 AM

              Actually, Strega is no longer there. There is a new sign "2 Broadway Restaurant Bar". Just saw it as I drove home from work last night.

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                wincountrygirl May 21, 2009 03:13 PM

                Wow - and they just totally redid the place, too.

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                  spa May 28, 2009 02:00 PM

                  It seems to be open now for both lunch and dinner, according to the sign in the window. I looked at the dinner menu, which seems to be a fairly predictable Italian-style selection. Prices are moderate. I haven't gone inside but am curious to see if it's a white tablecloth place or more informal. I'll try the food in a few weeks.

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              wincountrygirl May 19, 2009 02:39 PM

              We have been going there since they opened. In fact, I believe we were their first customers. Dan is a terrific chef and very accommodating (my husband has a dairy allergy). It is much nicer now that they got rid of that mural. I always love the short ribs, especially when he does the horseradish crust. His soups are excellent - lots of layers of flavor. Actually, we haven't been there in a while now - time to go back!

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                spa May 19, 2009 06:35 PM

                I like Haven a lot, too--for me, you can't beat the shaved fennel/apple salad and anything he does with scallops. I just noticed they're doing a late-night tapas menus, which sounds intriguing. The website is not up to date, but it contains -some- helpful information. http://tastethemagic.com/

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                  Doreen May 21, 2009 06:02 AM

                  Just went to a wine tasting dinner at Haven last night. We told Dan he is cooking 4 Star food. 5 courses of interesting,delicious combinations with really thoughtful wine pairings. Do not miss the next one. We have been fans since Dan's Strega days and still are.

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                    spa May 21, 2009 06:18 AM

                    Didn't they have a dinner with beer pairings recently, too? Interesting stuff.

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                      spa May 28, 2009 01:57 PM

                      I just got an email about a June 18 dinner at Haven with wine pairings from Duckhorn Wines. In case anyone's interested, here's the menu:

                      1st Course: Lemon Glazed Tiger Shrimp Salad/2007 Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc

                      2nd Course: Duck Cappuccino Soup with Foie Gras Biscotti/ 2007 'Migration' Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

                      3rd Course: Pan Roasted Black Bass with Pancetta Seaweed Slaw/ 2006 'Decoy' Napa Valley Merlot/Cabernet

                      4th Course: Braised Short Rib of Beef with Spring Vegetable Cassoulet/
                      2006 Napa Valley Merlot

                      Dessert: Chocolate Espresso Crème Brulee/ 2006 'Paraduxx' Zinfandel/Cabernet

                      Beginning at 7pm.
                      $85/Person. Tax & 20% Gratuity Not Included.
                      Email or call in your reservations with amount of people, cell phone number & credit card number for deposit.
                      914-747-4646 (phone), haven-restaurant@verizon.net

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                  otisman May 19, 2009 01:34 PM

                  I've been 3 times. Had the braised short ribs each time and it was better each time than the time before. Great dish. And the others at the table enjoyed their dishes very much too. Service is excellent, decor pleasant--a good pre- or post- Burns dining place.

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                  1. re: otisman
                    Jon1856 May 19, 2009 04:34 PM

                    I was thinking of it as a "Burns place. Hummmm have to check my e-mails and see what is playing there....

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