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Best in Westchester, Dutchess, Putnam and Rockland Counties?

I'm trying to plan for a big upcoming birthday and thought Stissing House was 'it'. Turns out, based on what I read here, it shouldn't be. Then I thought to read Zagat and it has Xavier in Piermont as 'it', but again, based on what I read here, the portions are small and prices are high.

I'm wallowing -- can the diners here recommend a place in the noted counties?

We'll go as high as $100. a person, but portions need to be decent, no small plates. Snooty service is not acceptable. Cuisine can be American, eclectic, or Italian.

X20, Restaurant X in Congers, Plates, and Il Barilotto are examples of places we like.

If the Iron Forge Inn is 'it', I guess we'll drive as far as Warwick.

We thank you all for your help.

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  1. I really don't know anything about the Stissing House, never been, but I also looked it up on Chow to see what was said and I noticed most of the bashing was from 2002-2004. According to the last post of this thread they have a new staff, so you may still want to think about your original place. Here is the thread...... http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/254563 take note of the last post, that is the only current post from 20009, the rest of them are 2004.
    But to answer you question from restaurants I know, I would consider:
    Westchester
    1. Crabtrees's Kittle House in Chappaqua
    2. Red Hat in Irvington
    3. X2O in Yonkers(but you already mentioned that
    )4.I would consider Harvest on Hudson but I've heard the service there lately has alot to be desired.
    Putnam
    1.Plumbbush in Cold Spring - but I haven't been in years, it use to be very nice
    2. Valley Restaurant at the Garrison
    Rockland
    1. Restaurant X/Bully Boy in Congers (which you also mentioned)
    Dutchess
    1. Aroma Osteria in Wappinger Falls - the sister restaurant to Il Barilotto
    2. Twist in Hyde Park - this seems to be the "it" place in Dutchess
    sorry I can't think of anything else right now but I'm sure there are plenty more. Good Luck.

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    1. re: GIOny

      Thank you, GIOny.

      Valley and Plumbush seem interesting online, and Twist gets very good reviews online.

    2. Have you considered Rraci's Ristorante in Putnam? I've never been, but it gets a lot of love here: http://sharon-thegoodlife.blogspot.co....

      1. Drive as far as Warwick. The Iron Forge is indeed "it".

        I'm not familiar with Stissing House though. Where is it and what type of restaurant is it?

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        1. re: Avalondaughter

          I'm not sure, it's an elegant pub.

          http://www.stissinghouse.com/

          Do you know if The Iron Forge is still good?

          Rraci's? Another interesting name, thanks to both of you.

          1. re: anonymouse1935

            Thanks. Looks worth checking out.

            I had dinner at the Iron Forge over New Year's weekend and it did not disappoint.

        2. Peter Kelly has a special talent for running restaurants. They are all EXCELLENT.

          I have never known anyone to have dined at Xaviar's in Piermont that didn't think it was one of their best restaurant experiences ever!

          Remember, most top-flight restaurants are not going to do chain-style copious amounts of food, because great food is best enjoyed in smaller portions! When you have a great meal, you don't want to leave feeling like a lead weight is in your belly!

          Go to Xaviar's, it's great!

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          1. re: menton1

            Based on the three Kelly restaurants I've experienced, I would imagine Piermont would be great.

            menton1, from the website it appears that, with either the 'Menu of the Moment' or the 'Menu Extraordinaire', I won't leave hungry.

            Thank you everyone, I've made notes of the other places to try in the future, but I think it'll be Peter Kelly for us this time.

            1. re: anonymouse1935

              Good choice! We have never left Xaviar's hungry--and if you are, ask for another dish of the after dinner pecan diamonds--wow, are those good...enjoy!

            2. re: menton1

              I agree about Xaviars. You will certainly not leave there hungry, and although X2O is a nice place and offers a pleasant dining experience, Xaviars has much better food.

            3. Here's a few suggestions which includes both casual and more upscale places. Also check out my website for more, www.hudsonvalleyfoodblog.com

              Dutchess

              Aroma Osteria, Wappingers Falls (sister restaurant to Il Barilotto
              )Poppy's Burgers, Beacon
              Tacocina, Wappingers Falls (Mexican)
              Busy Bee, Poughkeepsie (American)

              Putnam

              Valley Restaurant, Garrison (Hudson Valley Cuisine)
              The Tavern at Highlands, Garrison (Hudson Valley Cuisine)
              Le Bouchon, Coldspring (French Bistro)