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big 60 birthday celebration in Westchester?

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Seeking great food and fabulous setting for 60th birthday party in August. Want my 75 guests to say, "We had a great time and the food was amazing." Where would you go if it was your party? Thank you.

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  1. What part of Westchester are you looking for and what do you want to spend per head?

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    1. re: GIOny

      I am flexible in terms of location in Westchester and willing to spend about $70 per head.
      Really want great food and a space that can comfortably accomodate 75 people.

    2. If I am mistaken, some country clubs allow individuals outside their membership to hold events at their clubs. I'm pretty sure that Siwanoy in Bronxville does, and they have really good food, plus the setting on the terrace overlooking the verdant fairways is lovely. They can (and do) accommodate large events, and 75 people would not be too many. I'm not sure what the cost would be per person, but I am sure that is negotiable depending on the menu.

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      1. re: roxlet

        I'm pretty sure you need a "sponsor" (member referral/guarantor) to host an event at Siwanoy. I will not agree with you regarding the food. I've been to several events there and the food has always been mediocre to good. Never, ever great.

        1. re: lollypop

          Well, I have to disagree with you since I have had quite a few outstanding meals there, though occasionally I've had a clinker, but I've had clinkers at 4 star restaurants. I'm not sure about the sponsor thing.

      2. if you are looking for a little out of the ordinary.


        1. I am not sure who your guests are, but Siwanoy is not exactly open to all, shall we say...

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          1. re: MRS

            MRS: know what you mean there...may I suggest La Panetiere in Rye? I've had rehearsal dinners there, company outings and a lot of sit-down events. Great food, they can design/help you with the menu and the upstairs "garden" room is quite beautiful. Not sure how many people in can hold though. You should look into them as a possible location.

            I'm sure they would welcome the business!

            1. re: MRS

              That's completely not true. I have had parties there with people of every color and every ethnicity.

              1. re: MRS

                70 dollars a head won't work there an yway, if you plan on serving alchohol. It might be tough on a weekend night to book a country club in peak summer usage time. Kittle House in Chappaqua could do a good job for you in that price range. They can do casual or formal menus.

                1. re: steelydad

                  everyone has been so helpful..I should invite you to the party. Have you been pleased with the food at the Kittle House? I just can't make up my mind between the Kittle House and Sonora...I just need to make a decision. What would you do?

                  1. re: alivn

                    I would totally do Sonora. I am fast approaching my 60th birthday and really would not like to have my party at Kittle House. Too old. I'd rather be in a younger, hipper atmosphere, and I do think the food at Sonora is better.

              2. I had an event at Harvest on Hudson in Hastings ..... http://www.harvest2000.com/hoh/ not long ago, and I thought everything turned out beautifull except the weather. Food and atmosphere were wonderful. Now the problem is I didn't have as many people as you are and I spent more per head (I had an open bar). But you could speak with their event planner (sorry I can't think of her name right now, but she is also the event planner for Half Moon......http://www.harvest2000.com/hmn/ , which is another possibility, but never ate there so not to sure about the food) You may have to take over the whole restaurant, I guess it would depend on time and day as to if that would work or not. My other thought would be MacMenamin's Grill ...... http://www.macmenaminsgrill.com/ in New Rochelle, haven't been in awhile but their food was good and I think they can accomodate you . My other thoughts are Graziella's in White Plains...... http://graziellasny.com/ , Angelina's in Tuckahoe..... http://www.angelinasoftuckahoe.com/ and Kittle House in Chappaqua...... http://www.kittlehouse.com/

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                1. re: GIOny

                  I think MacMenimin's Grill is closed.

                  1. re: rolise

                    I was wondering about that because when I clicked on the menu link on their website nothing was available. If it is closed does anyone know for how long?

                    1. re: rolise

                      it's called Don Coqui or something like that. A few months.

                        1. re: debmom

                          Thanks for the info, jfood and debmom

                    2. re: GIOny

                      I agree with you on Harvest - I just went to an event there and it was lovely. Good food and a very pretty setting. Also, the service was excellent.

                      1. re: GIOny

                        Graziella's food is good but the atmosphere is early catering hall.

                      2. I don't want to get into a debate about "restricted" clubs b/c this isnt' the forum for it. There some clubs that will allow non-member to hold events there, and some that will, only if a member "sponsors". Certainly they cannot mandate your guest list. In my personal experience, I would not choose to hold an event at a club that would not permit some of my guests, or myself for that matter, to become members. If that is not the case at Siwanoy, I stand corrected and I apologize.

                        I would recommend that alivn think about L'Escale at the Delamar Hotel in Greenwich. It is quite close to Westchester, on the water and has great food and service. I have been to a number of large parties there that were impressive. In this down economy, alivn could probably negotiate a great per person cost.

                        1. MacMeniman's/ Don Coqui is defunct. They are in a Chapter 11 situation and a liquor license issue, I beileve.

                          1. Thank you all for your suggestions. I was wondering if there are any recent experiences with the Kittle House? There have been mixed reviews about service and food of late. I do love their outdoor garden area. I am probably going to spend more than $70..per since this did not include drinks...so other suggestions are welcome. I will check out Harvest on Hudson. I was also thinking of Sonora in Port Chester for just a fun place...any thoughts about that?

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                            1. re: alivn

                              From what I have seen, Kittle House is in need of some sprucing up and the food is not that great. I attended an event at Harvest on Hudson about 3 years ago,and though the venue is very pretty, the food was not good at all. Ate at Sonora about a month ago and the food was terrific and the place is very nice. They have a dining room upstairs that may serve your party well.

                              1. re: wincountrygirl

                                I agree that the upstairs main area of the Kittle House needs attention, you especially see that if you go during the daylight. But not sure how the party room is, of course it looks nice in pics. I haven't heard alot of negative about their food, it was always more about the shoddy decor. I also agree that about 2 or 3 years ago we went to Harvest on Hudson and did not enjoy it near as much as when we first went, but I have been several times within the last year and thought it had improved greatly. I went to Half Moon the other night and while the setting it great they need to work on their food.

                                1. re: GIOny

                                  I will check out Tarry Lodge. Yes the decor at the Kittle House is in need of a serious update. Downstairs area probably looks better in the summer with all of the gardens. Has anyone had recent experience with the food at the Kittle House or been to an event there? They have been extremely pleasant and accomodating to work with so far. I just haven't booked it yet because of my concern about the food. Sonora has terrific food and they will provide the whole downstairs but the space feels tight for 75 people. Do you think people prefer a buffet or sit down dinner? Thanks again. All the feedback is very helpful.

                                  1. re: alivn

                                    I think a buffet is less formal than a sit down, but it is really a personal choice. The buffet also provides more of a way for guests to mingle. If it were me I would do Sonoroa rather than Crabtree just because I think the food is great as is the ambiance. It's also a bit younger.........

                                    1. re: wincountrygirl

                                      I agree...leaning toward a buffet style party at Sonoroa...like the idea of younger:)

                            2. Does Tarry Lodge have a party room?

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                              1. re: roxlet

                                Tarry Lodge has several rooms and levels and it might also be worth a phone call to see if they will do a private party. Although, they are so busy on the weekend that they need all the space they have. I can't imagine that they would close any portion to the public. Maybe in the afternoon?

                                1. re: wincountrygirl

                                  Getting ready to book the party. Any last minute thoughts on the Kittle House vs. Sonora or other recommendations? Thanks for your help.

                                  1. re: alivn

                                    We love the food at Sonora, it has been consistently good, but beware it can get loud in there.