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Eating Al Fresco in lower Westchester

mary30 Jul 8, 2009 08:51 AM

What are the best restaurants in Yonkers, Bronxville, Tuckahoe and Mount Vernon with outdoor seating? I know there are places in Irvington etc with beautiful views but I live in Riverdale and I'm looking for relatively casual places that are closer.

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    wineconsul RE: mary30 Jul 8, 2009 09:05 AM

    Riverdale up the SMP to Irvington is 15 minutes.

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      laylag RE: mary30 Jul 10, 2009 04:57 PM

      New Italian restaurant in Tuckahoe/Eastchester - Toscana. Lovely outdoor patio area and very good food. No liquor license yet so bring your own wine. Great staff too.

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        menton1 RE: laylag Jul 10, 2009 05:18 PM

        Half Moon in Dobbs Ferry. There is a thread about it. Less than 15 mins from Riverdale. Scoot up the Saw Mill.

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        lollypop RE: mary30 Jul 10, 2009 05:50 PM

        Sammy's Uptown and Scalini are both in Bronxville. Scalini has the better outdoor seating (courtyard as well as patio).

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          mary30 RE: lollypop Jul 12, 2009 10:44 AM

          I was thinking about trying Scalini. I keep debating about Half Moon. The setting looks beautiful but I've heard such mixed things about the food. Didn't know about Toscan. Thanks.

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            menton1 RE: mary30 Jul 13, 2009 07:15 AM

            Well, Half Moon is not a 3 star Michelin, but for the price and the value of such a fabulous setting, it's a nice experience. The food is not awful, it's very acceptable for the pricing.

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              Paris76 RE: menton1 Jul 13, 2009 08:08 AM

              I have to just disagree on the nice view=medicore food. Half-moon and Harvest on the Hudson have a reputation of hit or miss with service (i always had miss and never went back) and their food was ok. Granted not Michelin but they can both can do better job with the kitchen. Considering that it's a restaurant group that owns this place and many others in Westchester, they have the money do things right.

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                menton1 RE: Paris76 Jul 13, 2009 08:49 AM

                I would have a much higher threshold for Harvest, because the pricing is nearly double what Half Moon's is. If "acceptable" means "mediocre" to you, it does not to me. It's fine considering the price. Service is fair, they do seem to hire people mostly between the age of 18-21, so variable service is par for that course.

                Someone on another thread mentioned Sunset Cove, which I think is AWFUL. It's pricing is sky high for mainly pub food, and the view has a lot of industrial sites inculding cranes on the tarrytown waterfront.

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                  Marge RE: menton1 Jul 13, 2009 09:25 AM

                  Are you sure you're thinking of Sunset Cove? It is right on the waterfront under the bridge, and the view, especially if you're there during sunset, is gorgeous. And the food, while not amazing, is good, reasonably priced, and far from pub food...see attached website with menu.

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                    menton1 RE: Marge Jul 13, 2009 09:49 AM

                    If you look in one direction you see the remains of the old automobile factory (GM?) and another industrial building and tower. Also, the average price of entrees at SC is about $25, not a good value IMHO.

                    Half Moon is infinitely nicer, no industry, the menu is better and the prices about 30% lower.

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                      woodburner RE: menton1 Aug 4, 2009 06:56 PM

                      hahahaha when was the last time you were there?? the GM plant is clean and flat... and between the old GM and the Sunset Cove/Striped Bass restaurants (both with great water views), there are million-dollar townhomes now.

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                  jwg RE: Paris76 Jul 13, 2009 09:02 AM

                  I respectfully disagree about Harvest. I have eaten there for the last 4 years, in late summer each year. Each time my meal has been very good. We chose to eat outside, so I know to go early. The fish and the pasta dishes stand out in my mind, as well as an antipasto. The setting is sublime. The service has been attentive. I look forward to my return to Harvest the first week in August.

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                    Paris76 RE: jwg Jul 14, 2009 06:10 AM

                    I will have to go back and try Harvest again. Menton1 I wasn't trying to be rude or anything..... I was trying to say that certain restaurants know people will come b/c of reputatuion, view,prices etc...and so they lack service or the food is hit or miss. I just had 2 bad experiences on the Hudson and choose to not bother with other places fearing I would be dissapointed again. But I agree that Sunset Cove is awful....

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                      owlwoman RE: Paris76 Jul 14, 2009 07:14 AM

                      I have to disagree about SC, while the food is not "stellar" , it's very good and reasonably priced (1/2 free range roast chicken w/sides is $19.00), they also have a pretty good raw bar, the seafood platter of oysters/clams/shrimp and real lump crabmeat is $26, which I've made a meal of many times. The views from SC are stellar, directly on the Hudson, with views of the TZ bridge and beyond. You'd have to crane your neck to see cranes :) So, basically, I agree with Marge.

                      Went to Red Hat last summer and thought they were incredibly overpriced for what they served and the food was just ok. I like Half Moon, and think the food is about on par w/ SC. Also like Harvest when I feel like a splurge.

                      Of course, the best is X2O, but that's a totally different experience.

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                        uitsmijter RE: owlwoman Jul 15, 2009 12:25 PM

                        Sunset Cove is pretty awful. Usually one server covers the whole outdoor space. Food is bland, overcooked, and poorly presented (scoops of mashed potatoes in the shape of the scooper). Views are OK, but the restaurant feels wedged in between the marina and the adjacent condo development. The ambiance, service, and food at Red Hat are all several steps above Sunset Cove, thereby justifying the higher prices. I've never felt like I overpaid at Red Hat, even though it can be double the price.

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                          intrepid RE: uitsmijter Jul 15, 2009 01:39 PM

                          i agree on red hat, great venue, food is ok, not great, and if craft what you order, you can keep $$ reasonable

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                            owlwoman RE: uitsmijter Jul 16, 2009 08:24 AM

                            Uitsmijter, I believe you're referring to Striped Bass, which is wedged between the marina and the new condos. Sunset Cove is past the ballfields and has an unobstructed view of the River and TZB.

                            We were just at Sunset Cove Sunday night, many waiters and busboys were working, never an issue with the service. Mashed potatoes were not in the shape of a scooper.

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              intrepid RE: mary30 Jul 13, 2009 09:09 AM

              go furthur up to irvington to red hat on the hudson its worth the effort

              1. foodlvrzen RE: mary30 Jul 16, 2009 12:23 AM

                such a shame used to be gorgeous place in park off Sprain Brook/Saw Mill Pkwy; but for some quick ideas; Yonkers has a lovely riverfront gentrified area with various restaurants

                Tuckahoe has great dining but not too many al fresco; there is a cluster of places in Crestwood though with some charm; wait, just remembered a fairly new place near the train in Tuckahoe, by newish condos, very nice outdoor space

                love the gorgeous tree lined and classic globe lanterns marching down Bronxville's "main street" of Pondfield Road; a couple of al fresco dining spots across from the school

                not sure of 'outside space' but just totally worth a trip to;
                best fun and 'southern' food; The Bayou Restaurant located at 580 Gramatan Ave, Mount Vernon, NY 10552. "Check out The Bayou's cajun cuisine, our nightly live music and entertainment, collection of hot sauces for sale, and special events listings."
                ---and other place on the same section of Gramatan Ave., Mt. Vernon have great food;

                add my vote for elegant, lovely river spot, delicious; Harvest on Hudson, Mediterranean cuisine, located at 1 River Street in Hastings-on-Hudson, NY 10706. "Overlooking the Hudson River and the Palisades, Tuscan Farmhouse one of the most beautiful restaurants in the New York Area. Garden and patio dining, sunset views, a comfortable lounge and a 30-foot high stone fireplace

                fun, on the beach, great summer spot; Seaside Johnnies is located at 94 Dearborn Ave, Rye, New York at Oakland Beach

                outdoor seating, extensive wide variety of places in and around Mamaroneck Ave in White Plains, NY; good people watching, fun and casual

                and fun casual great sunsets is 79th Street Boat Basin UWS in the city

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                  Paris76 RE: foodlvrzen Jul 16, 2009 08:23 AM

                  The only thing is that Seaside Johnny's is that the view of the sound is really really nice the food and service is terrible. I haven;t been there in ages. Maybe someone can tell me that they got better? It reminds me of Sunset Cove...

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                    foodlvrzen RE: Paris76 Jul 16, 2009 11:04 AM

                    agree that food is not their main attraction, but for real sandy beachfront dining, there's no competition in Westchester; that said, it's not a place for high culinary expectations but the mussels in white wine with a side of wine hits the sweet spot on a summer night

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                      RawTunaFan RE: Paris76 Aug 5, 2009 05:49 AM

                      They are very much like Sunset Cove, but the view is very nice, I agree.

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                    jwg RE: mary30 Aug 4, 2009 06:31 PM

                    I had the pleasure of eating at both Red Hat and Harvest on Hudson this week.

                    Lunch at Red Hat was delightful. The lunch menu is a bit limited compared to Harvest, but our party of 6 women enjoyed the salads, paninni, and pasta. Excellent service, but it still plucks my nerves when they don't offer to refill a glass of iced tea. I imagine that the dinner menu might be a bit expanded, and I'd like to come back to see.

                    Harvest was equally pleasant. I think that the setting at Harvest is slightly more festive as you are eating in a garden next to the river, vs. eating on a paved esplanda on the river at Red Hat.

                    At Harvest, our party of four enjoyed the pork tenderloin, pasta with sausage, pasta with white clams sauce and grilled redsnapper. The only suggestion I would make to the management would be that the waiter inquire about how you like the pork cooked. They did not ask, and I did not think to request that the pork be cooked slightly pink. Both pastas were excellent, the snapper was very good with a refreshing cuke/tomato/feta salad and the pork was accompanied with yummy smashed redskinned potatoes. Three desserts were enjoyed as well by the table.

                    Service was very attentive.

                    Another thoroughly enjoyable evening.

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