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Girls' night out--Dinner in White Plains, preferably around City Center

i searched the board for different places to eat in white plains, but i was wondering if anyone could make any additional suggestions.

girls' night out with a party of six...possible restaurants:

peniche
melting pot
bengal tiger
pizzaria uno
applebee's
zanaro's
outback
cheesecake factory
city limits diner
take out from juicy sushi

we're planning to go see "julie and julia' at city center, so anything within walking distance of the theater would be a big plus.

thanks in advance!

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  1. What is the average age of the girls in your group....that could make a difference in where you go.

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    1. re: kaaaassss

      early to mid 30s...it's more like a moms' night out. good question....didn't even think of that.

    2. Peniche in my opinion makes a great moms night out

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      1. re: mfenimore

        Agree fully with Peniche. Bengal Tiger unless all of the ladies like Indian might not be the best & City Limits is not the place you want to take 6 moms to get away from the family...whatever you choose stay away from :
        melting pot
        pizzaria uno
        applebee's
        zanaro's
        outback
        cheesecake factory
        All of them are sucky to marginal anyway in regards to the food served.
        Dine at locally owned restaurants as much as possible.

        1. re: cubanat

          I agree with Peniche also. Stay away from all the above restaurants cubanat mentioned. They are noisy and attract teenagers and families with young kids...

          1. re: cubanat

            i definitely support local, but i'm not that familiar w/the area. just wanted to provide a list to show approximate price range and type of food. i'm leaning towards peniche though...=)

          2. re: mfenimore

            Absolutely agree with Peniche. Get a selection of Tapas to share and some wine and you will have a fun evening. You also might want to consider Antipasti - sit in the bar area in the front at a long table and order a selection of antipasti to share. Those are your two best best for walking distance from the movie theater.

            One other thought, if you wanted to treat yourselves either before or after the movie, would be to go up to the top of the Ritz Carlton to the lounge at 42 for either drinks and small plates (before) or dessert (after). The view is really great and it is something a little unusual and different to do together.

          3. I'll add Haiku to the list because it is quite the scene, total glam change of pace from family places you would go with the kids. i've only had apps & drinks there but want to go back for a full meal. But I do love Peniche as well.

            1. Another vote for Peniche, and another vote for Haiku too.

              1. Down side for Melting Pot is that a Girls Night out there can last 3 hours.
                One could go around the corner (twice I quess) and go to back to the 50's in Bryooklyn Sandwish and Pasta.

                1. peniche was great! the service was attentive and very helpful, especially since i wasn't that familiar with some of the dishes.

                  one person couldn't make it, so the five of us ended up choosing a number of small plates and one plato.

                  jamon iberico: delicious
                  manchego cheese: very mild and creamy. i really enjoyed this cheese.
                  patatas bravas (crispy potatoes with spicy aioli): they were tasty and quite crisp, but not great. i think we should have went with the tortilla espanola instead
                  i didn't try the gambas piri piri (too spicy) and stuffed cherrystone clams.(not enough for everyone), but my friends said that the shrimp was extremely spicy and the clams were delicious.
                  chourico assado (portuguese sausage flambee tableside): this was a disappointment. the presentation was ok, but the sausage turned into beef jerky (and tasted like a slim jim) almost instantly.
                  the paella was very flavorful, but watery. i wasn't too fond of the farro (i would have preferred rice instead), but the mussels, scallops, lobster and shrimp were plentiful.

                  we definitely had enough to eat and it came out to $30/pp included tax and tip (but not drinks).

                  i think next time i would order the pork sliders and the skirt steak plato.

                  thanks for all your help!

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                  1. re: applesauce23

                    next trip, consider the cod fritters. little puffs of heaven.