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Saturday Night dinner in Sleepy Hollow or Tarrytown

In a couple of weeks on a Saturday night we are going to Legend Night at Philipsburg Manor in Sleepy Hollow with another family and then planning dinner afterward - around 8p.

The two children are both nine and well mannered. I'm interested in recs for a place where we can relax and talk and not feel rushed, good food and a decent wine list. Nothing too upscale or grown up though please.

All cuisines welcome except Japanese.


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  1. Que Chula es Puebla in SH for Mexican. The Thai place on Beekman is also good (under new ownership, so I don't remember the name). don't know the wine situation, however. You might do better for wine in Tarrytown, which I'll leave to others.

    If you'd consider driving North a bit, maybe Goldfish in Ossining would do the trick? What do others think (I've never been there with kids). It's seafood oriented, however, so that'd depend on your kiddos!

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    1. re: Nancy C

      I like this Mexican also. Kid friendly but you are not rushed and Mexican is really yummy. ANd its close

      1. re: mfenimore

        Not rushed is an understatement! Service is v-e-r-y v-e-r-y s-l-o-w! I agree that the food is very good though. I don't recall the wine list, but I loved the Mexican Sangria, made with a splash of tequila.

      2. re: Nancy C

        how does Que Chula compare to the new Abuelita's in Ossining? I think are probably one of the few who has been to both. I've only walked past que chula when I was doing my empanada expedition. It seemed nice inside - not the typical dive mexican (which, btw, isn't a bad thing to me).

        1. re: adamclyde

          have not been to the new place in Ossining-but the one in SH is definitely not a dive. The food is definitely a step above greasy Mexican

          1. re: mfenimore

            Que Chula is "restaurant" with formal seating, a bar, live music on certain nights, and seating for 50+ people I imagine. Food has been fine the two time we've been there - a step up fro the usual refried/saucy/heavy stuff.

            Los Abuelos (that's the correct name) is a small (seats 15?), informal place. They can sell beer, no liquor. Family-run (the kids were doing their homework at a counter the other night when we went). TV's on with soccer, baseball, Spanish soap operas, etc. I've only eaten there once (the soft tacos) so can't say how they handle more "formal" food - it's not a dive, but it is different than Che Chula.

      3. River City Grill in Irvington just south of Tarrytown is a nice, slightly upscale, casual place with good food and I've certainly seen family groups like yours there. I always enjoy that place. I don't know how "good" their wine list is but I've had nice wine there.


        1. If you don't mind driving a little furher south, try the Cookery in Dobbs Ferry. The food is outstanding - very locally and seasonally driven with a good and reasonable wine list. The setting is casual and there are a lot of small plates to share and interesting pastas, along with great meat and fish dishes. It is definitely not quiet, but had an energy and good vibe when we were there (with a group of 9 including 3 kids, two of whom eat only pizza and one who ate squash ravioli).

          Another possibility in Irvington is Il Sorriso on Main St at the bottom of the hill. We have not been there in a while, but it used to be our family's standard go to Sunday restaurant for very good Italian food in a friendly, familial setting.

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            1. re: i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream

              Agree, I love the Cookery--I know they don't take reservations for 2, but may for a larger group--they do get quite crowded!

              1. re: i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream

                I second the Cookery -- food there is fantastic. Where is that chef originally from?

            2. If you want to travel north to Ossining, just received this in email:
              Mauro’s wants to help you celebrate and support events during the month of October. Do you know about the “Great Jack o’Lantern Blaze” and “Legend Nights” events? Check out their web site www.hudsonvalley.org but hurry, tickets are going quickly. These are two great events. Come to Mauro’s with your ticket for that day, to either The Great Jack o’Lantern Blaze or Legend Nights, and we will give you ½ half off your second entrée (from our regular menu) and all children under 12 eat free (from the children’s menu).

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              1. re: Marge

                Wow, that would be like the hugest bargain ever. Have you eaten at the restaurant Marge? If so, your general thoughts?

                1. re: laylag

                  I have eaten at Mauro's once--the food was very good red sauce Italian (a bit more upscale than other local red sauce joints), the service was fine, and the wine list was decent--in fact, they have a pretty extensive reasonably priced list.

              2. Sweet Grass Grill in Tarrytown takes reservations, has delicious food, and is a pretty laid-back atmosphere (i.e. kid-friendly). I love their food. Wine list is rather short, tho.

                1. Debating between Sweet Grass and Cookery - with Mauro's a consideration for the amazing deal Marge posted. Any other thoughts on Mauro's

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                  1. re: laylag

                    Haven't made it to Sweet Grass yet, but The Cookery is top notch food - some of the best I've had in Westchester in the last couple of years.

                    1. re: laylag

                      I would not recommend Sweetgrass. Go to the Cookery for sure!

                      1. re: i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream

                        Just curious why you wouldn't recommend Sweetgrass. I was there in August with a large group and all the food was quite good. (I also ask because I'll be headed to Tarrytown for a show in 2 weeks and was planning on going back to Sweetgrass...)

                        1. re: Kat_in_Ossining

                          mixed reviews-- including mine-- on this thread. basically we found the menu to misrepresent the food we actually received.


                    2. We had a nice meal at Goldfish before the Blaze last year but I don't think you'll get any deal on a Saturday night, but they have great deals during the week.

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                      1. re: GIOny

                        What is Goldfish Gio? Food, atmosphere, wine list? As per my OP, I wasn't looking for a deal. Only referred to it as the post from Marge re: email from Mauro's was tempting - if the food and all else met the other specifications. We still haven't decided.

                        1. re: laylag

                          Here is the website http://www.goldfishdining.com/ I always request to sit upstairs overlooking the open kitchen ( not sure if they can accommodate 6 in that location) I like some of the menu items more than others. I usually order one of the specials they have been consistenly good. I really like the ambiance.

                          1. re: chowdom

                            Ambience? Please more details, because from the website Goldfish looks like a diner/Cheesecake Factory!!

                            1. re: menton1

                              You know, I was going to mention that the website is beyond horrible and in no way an accurate representation of the restaurant. I think that is what kept me from trying it for sometime . Goldfish was recommended to me over a year ago, and my first time time there was this September because that is where my niece wanted to have her birthday dinner. There is the upstairs space that I love and some tables past the bar area across from the open kitchen that are nice. There is a smaller dining room all the way to the right after you walk in the that I don't care for. It can be a little noisy but the vibe is really nice casually elegant and somewhat cozy. I do however like that the website lists the various the menus and menu items.

                      2. Thanks to all Chowhounds for the recs and comments. Unfortunately, we didn't have the opportunity to try any of the restaurants due to the horrific weather. We got completely soaked, had to leave Legend and were unfit for any restaurant.

                        If I may ask one more question though - a friend recommended Horsefeathers in Tarrytown. Any thoughts on that for next time?


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                        1. re: laylag

                          We love Horsefeathers. Amazing hamburgers and fries (regular and sweet potato). Can't say I've had much more than that because every time we go, we go back for the burgers. Very extensive menu and the entrees are not inexpensive (like $20+ pasta dishes), but the burgers are reasonable.

                          1. re: valerie

                            My take on Horsefeathers is respectfully different. A bit on the dingy side, pub food, wayyyyy overpriced for pretty ordinary stuff. I would stay far away.

                            It's a 15 min ride, but for pub food I like Maud's in Hastings. Nicer atmosphere, better food, and about 25-35% cheaper than Horsefeathers.


                            1. re: menton1

                              I'm not a fan of Horesefeathers either. too dingy, too expensive.

                              1. re: menton1

                                I'm not a fan of Horsefeather's either. Been there a few times with friends and the food has been nothing more than ordinary. To be fair, I have not had the burgers though. I am not a red meat eater.