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Jan 26, 2010 05:48 PM

Downtown White Plains - wine and light meal?

A former professor of mine is arranging a get together with an author in our field and some students. We are looking for a nice place in White Plains to take said author - any suggestions? Is there something I am overlooking on Mamaroneck Ave?

It shouldn't be crazy loud, so we can talk, but it should have a nice selection of wine and drinks and some food - tapas would be lovely.

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  1. What about a corner table at the Ritz Carlton Lobby restaurant? It is a nice, quiet space with a very solid wine list and you can get small dishes to share. I've eaten there and had drinks. Quite good.
    Peniche is tapas, but can be very loud.

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    1. re: MRS

      That's a good thought. You should check and see if they still do their all-you-can-eat sushi nights on Thursdays, it was in the $40 range. On Fridays they do a champagne & chocolate buffet, all in the lounge.

      Also, what about Milonga (tapas) in No. White Plains?

      1. re: MRS

        Peniche is the place, depending on day/time you go. I've had some great meals at the bar at 6pm on a Saturday night. Very quiet, still cool enough place, and great service for the tapas. 9pm might be a different story I suspect.

      2. Not exactly tapas, but Meson los Espanoles is good, reasonably priced and usually has a reasonable sound level. Their appetizers tend to be generous in size and could lend themselves to an almost-tapas light meal.

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        1. re: Westjanie

          My husband and I went to Meson lo Espanoles several months ago on a Saturday night after a movie. I guess it was around 9:00. We were the only people in the place. Seriously, it was weird. We stayed and had dinner but not one other person came in the entire time. It was our first time there. We had a garlic shrimp appetizer and something else that I can't remember, and then I had paella and I forgot what my husband had.

          The food was okay (garlic shrimp was good but paella was disappointing), but the emptiness was somewhat offputting.

          I just don't think I'd recommend it to the OP for this occasion. While I don't love places that are too noisy, too quiet is not always great either.

          1. re: valerie

            My boyfriend and I had the same experience. It was a Saturday night, and there were people there, but not enough to feel comfortable. The food was okay, but I found the atmosphere to be strange.

        2. The lounge at 42 would be a great place for this. Great wine/drinks and a very good small plates menu. I actually prefer 42 for this type of thing as opposed to a full meal in the dining room.