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kicks82 Nov 13, 2009 09:25 AM

Hi CHers- I'm looking for a restaurant in Westchester for my birthday dinner next Sunday. I've checked out previous posts and have Xaviars, Red Hat Bistro, and Harvest on Hudson on my list. It will be a pretty large dinner (9 people) with significant others. Food quality is paramount over atmosphere. Price is not a factor, but we would like a place that allows jeans and/or smart casual.

What can you guys tell me about those three places or any other suggestions?

Also, in looking on Blue Hill's site, it looks like they only do a 7 course tasting menu. Unfortunately some of the people in the party don't eat meat... any suggestions would be great.

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Harvest on Hudson
1 River Street, Hastings on Hudson, NY 10706

Westchester
125 Westchester Ave, White Plains, NY

Blue Hill Cafe
2427 Route 52, Hopewell Junction, NY 12533

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    wpfoodie RE: kicks82 Nov 13, 2009 09:42 AM

    With price not an issue and the importance placed on food, Lusardi's in Larchmont is an excellent choice. Top notch Italian, in a very nice setting, while jeans are definitely welcome.

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    Lusardi's Restaurant
    1885 Palmer Ave, Larchmont, NY 10538

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      momof3 RE: wpfoodie Nov 13, 2009 04:03 PM

      I used to be a huge fan of Lusardi's too until I got a major case (first and last in my life) here.

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      Lusardi's Restaurant
      1885 Palmer Ave, Larchmont, NY 10538

    2. louuuuu RE: kicks82 Nov 13, 2009 10:19 AM

      By your first three choices, kicks, I don't know if you're disposed to the Hudson side, but a few miles east on the Sound Side of WC, there's a wonderful country French place that gets little play on these boards... La Panitiere in Rye.

      http://www.lapanetiere.com/menus.htm

      It's been there for over a quarter centery so doesn't qualify as the great new Find that gets CH threads going. That said, this grande dame is a damn good one... the best French in the county... and more relaxedf than Hinklemann in Greenwich. The souflee itself is worth the trip... and they do tasting, ala carte, and price fixe. It's a great place to while away a Sunday afternoon with friends -- when I think the dress policy isn't all that stringent.

      If price is no object, just perfectly prepared and served food, this could be the place

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        intrepid RE: kicks82 Nov 13, 2009 11:48 AM

        bedford post inn, equus, x20

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          Marge RE: intrepid Nov 13, 2009 12:04 PM

          Never been to Bedford Post Inn, but I don't think jeans would be appropriate for dinner at Equus or X20. Recently had a wonderful dinner at Peter Pratts, and jeans are fine there.
          http://prattsinn.com/

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            intrepid RE: Marge Nov 13, 2009 12:17 PM

            jeans totally cool at x20 and bedford post, perhaps not at equus

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              debmom RE: intrepid Nov 13, 2009 03:18 PM

              I like x20 and would avoid Harvest on Hudson. We were at HOH and thought the food was awful. I think they are known for their location on the water. X2O is also on the water and we thought the food was very good and the views much nicer. Never been to Xaviers or Red Hat, they both get nice write-ups.

              Enjoy wherever you go and Happy B'day, kicks!

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              X2O
              71 Water Grant Street, Yonkers, NY 10701

              Harvest on Hudson
              1 River Street, Hastings on Hudson, NY 10706

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                i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream RE: intrepid Nov 13, 2009 04:07 PM

                I've worn trouser type jeans to X2O.... people seem to range between smart casual and dressy, depending on age group/occasion. I would not wear jeans to Equus. However, whether or not X2O will have a res for this Sunday (or do you mean the 22nd?) is questionable....

                Update: Just checked on Open Table and they don't have a table for 9 for dinner this Sunday. Next Sunday's pulling up either a 5:30 or 9 PM res, nothing in between. It might be worth a call.

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                X2O
                71 Water Grant Street, Yonkers, NY 10701

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                  surman RE: i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream Nov 15, 2009 06:14 PM

                  Many restaurants do not allow Open Table to book large parties in prime hours -- or at all. Do call.
                  Nice jeans would be fine at X2O, which would likely be my choice. Blue Hill will accommodate vegetarianism or any other personal preferences on tasting menu.

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                  X2O
                  71 Water Grant Street, Yonkers, NY 10701

                  Blue Hill Cafe
                  2427 Route 52, Hopewell Junction, NY 12533

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                    kicks82 RE: surman Nov 17, 2009 08:58 AM

                    My girlfriend took me to Blue Hill in NYC for my birthday on Friday (she's a keeper) and the food was great.

                    I think I'm going to try to get a reservation at X20 as that seems to be a consensus. I'll let you know how it goes.

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                    Blue Hill Cafe
                    2427 Route 52, Hopewell Junction, NY 12533

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            wincountrygirl RE: kicks82 Nov 16, 2009 02:47 AM

            Blue HIll will accommodate a vegetarian tasting menu,but can you get a reservation at this late date is another story! I would totally avoid Bedford Post Farmhouse and Equus but Red Hat is nice though informal and X20 or Restaurant X are good choices.

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              intrepid RE: wincountrygirl Nov 17, 2009 06:29 AM

              high i like both red hat( altho food is just fair) and bedford food is better but $$$, im a bigger fan of x20 and rest x

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                anonymouse1935 RE: intrepid Nov 17, 2009 09:46 AM

                Bedford Post Inn is outstanding, and so is X20.

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