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Bat Mitz. in Yonkers, Riverdale or close by

yeshana Dec 19, 2009 01:56 PM

Looking for a Bat Mitz venue(interesting, off beat, but inexpensive... NOT Zuppas,X20, etc.) @ 100 people for a Sat. lunch. any creative ideas are welcome as long as it's a restaurant/ catering place that has everything there.
I've thought and thought and cannot come up with anything, especially in my first choice of Riverdale, that's not too expensive.HELP, please!!!
Thanks in advance

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  1. Sra. Swanky Dec 20, 2009 07:04 AM

    yeshana - is this for the same bat mitzvah you were planning for months from a few threads before this one? I think I remember your idea for pizzas and salads -- I'm sorry you're having so much trouble! :o(

    Here's a few ideas for lunch that could probably accomodate 100 relatively inexpensively:
    Aberdeen (everyone loves dim sum!) - White Plains
    PF Changs - WP
    The Cheesecake Factory - WP
    My only Yonkers rec would be Candlelight (very interesting, off-beat space!) and maybe Jade Garden (Hartsdale)

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      yeshana Dec 20, 2009 07:42 AM

      thx.no, it's been a year since that one and as you probably remember from reviewing my thread, I had a lot of flexibility with location- thanks for checking if I had another thread, to not have CH repeat , very astute of you!My last bat mitz. was last January- this is for 2011. i ended up at the LOFT in yonkers- great space but SOOOOO much work on my part- they have nothing but a space so menu, rentals, staffing, lighting, etc. was a lot of work. I'm a former Hotel/Rest. graduate so I had the skill, but my time and tolerance wasn't what it used to be. the service this time is in Riverdale so I don't think WP will work- good recs though for WP- What's Candelight in Yonkers? I'll have to google it.
      thanks again

      1. re: yeshana
        Sra. Swanky Dec 20, 2009 08:29 AM

        My pleasure, y. I know what you mean about time & tolerance being hot commodities these days! I hear you! :o) The Candlelight is a popular wings/burger place on the Yonkers/Scarsdale border - on Central Ave -- very popular for buffalo chicken wings and burgers. It's a very no-frills, homey type of place. My friends from middle school & I (and we're ripe old 30-somethings now!) have been going there for years. Definitely worth a look to see if they can accomodate a lunch for 100.

        Here's a little more info:

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          yeshana Dec 20, 2009 09:54 AM

          I wasn't sure if that was where you meant. HAHA It was my hangout in the 70's from Edgemont HS!!! thanks, but too far.

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            foleyd7 Dec 22, 2009 09:11 AM

            me too... also an edgemont alumni but from the early 90's

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              MRS Dec 22, 2009 10:42 AM

              Me too....early '90s. Can't imagine anyone wanting to have a bat mitzvah there!!!

      2. re: Sra. Swanky
        wincountrygirl Dec 20, 2009 08:31 AM

        Is Jade Garden the same people as the Jade Garden in the Bronx in the 60s?

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          Sra. Swanky Dec 20, 2009 08:37 AM

          Good question, win -- I'm not sure. I haven't been there yet - we have an 11 month old, so we've been a bit remiss in our eating excurcions this year! I hear good things though!

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            mary30 Dec 22, 2009 12:42 PM

            IWhat about Route 100 in Yonkers? I think (I'm not sure), that they could accomodate a party of that size and I'm sure the owner would work with you around your budget. He's a lovely guy and the food there is excellent. It's a very pretty restaurant even though it is in a shopping center on Central Park Ave. If you really want to do Riverdale, though, I'd try Madisons. Nono Tony's (also in Riverdale), would probably be a lot cheaper but I don't know how upscale you want this to be.

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              yeshana Dec 23, 2009 10:31 AM

              route 100 looks like a great option! thanks!

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          JoanieBalonie Jan 19, 2010 05:08 AM

          Have you looked at Polonaise Cafe at the Polish Community Center. Two blocks from Riverdale Avenue so it's easy for your guests to come north on Riverdale Avenue (right on Nepperhan) to PCC. It's also got a big free parking lot and the management is great. I've been there for everything from political fund-raising breakfasts to Sweet 15 parties and you can custom-tailor the food and costs to your taste and budget.

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