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X2O, The Boathouse, or Buffet de la Gare for special Mom's birthday?

meaganl Sep 13, 2009 06:43 AM

Deciding between these three for a milestone birthday. Any outright winner? It's would be for this coming Saturday or Sunday if that makes a difference.

I'm also open to any other suggestions.


  1. i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream Sep 13, 2009 08:18 AM

    I haven't been to the Boathouse, but from the reviews I've read, though it sounds nice, I doubt it's as special occasion-y as X2O. (Other CHs may correct me if I'm wrong!) I recently went back to X2O for an anniversary and was grateful for how special they made our night. Make sure to note that it's a special occasion when you make the reservation. There were several birthdays the night we were there-- including a celebration for a very spry 90 year old man-- and everyone seemed to be enjoying themselves.

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    1. re: i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream
      wincountrygirl Sep 13, 2009 08:36 AM

      I agree with I eat a lot of ice cream - X20 is a truly special experience. That being said,the food at Buffet de la Gare is great French - beautiful place, but I think they tend to go the extra mile more at X20. I have not been to the Boathouse. Where is it?

      1. re: wincountrygirl
        i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream Sep 13, 2009 10:03 AM

        Ossining... I know there have been some positive reviews here, and the NYT reviewed it a while ago. http://www.nytimes.com/2009/05/24/nyr...

        1. re: i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream
          wincountrygirl Sep 13, 2009 01:01 PM

          Well, you may have your answer. Buffet de la Gare is rated Excellent. I don't think they're reviewed X20.

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      cavandre Sep 13, 2009 03:57 PM

      On such short notice, it may come down to where you can get a reservation.

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        bnc Sep 13, 2009 05:57 PM

        Definitely Buffet de la Gare if you want to enjoy your occasion.

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        1. re: bnc
          jwg Sep 13, 2009 06:02 PM

          They are both wonderful, but different. X20 is gorgeous, and with the very pretty views on the River, a very special evening. Buffet de la Gare is delicious, cozy and warm. It might depend the time of day. I'd take noon at X20. If i'ts a rainy night, I'd chose the warmth of Buffet de la Gare. If it's a sunny fall afternoon, evening, I might chose X20. But for a winter evening, Buffet de la Gare. Both food is excellent. Buffet de la Gare more traditional. X20 more cutting edge.

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