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Apr 9, 2010 11:16 AM

Gazpacho in Westchester

Does anyone know of a good place to get gazpacho? My mother used to make the best gazpacho and despite my attempts, I can not recreate the flavor. I don't like when everything i pureed. A good gaszpacho (IMO) should have the creamy texture of the pureed tomatoes and onion but also have chunks of peppers, cucumber and bread. Everywhere I go it's either mush or too watery. Any leads would be greatly appreciated. It used to be my favorite summer snack.

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  1. I had the gazpacho for lunch yesterday at city limits in white plains. like you i prefer chunky. this was definitely smoother but it was so tasty i did not mind at all. its is relatively spicy and flavorful and served with a dollop of guacamole in the center and garnished with some tortilla chips. highly recommend!

    1. Might still be early for them to have it on the menu but try Ladle of Love in Mt.Kisco and Mt.Kisco Seafood

      Ladle of Love
      11 S Moger Ave, Mount Kisco, NY 10549

      1. I don't remember how chunky, but the one at the Rye Country Store was always a hit in my house.

        Country Store
        1319 Lake Rd, Webster, NY 14580

        1. The gazpacho at Stew Leonard's (wasn't available two weeks ago, but they will have it soon if not already) is fine when you don't have the time or inclination to make it yourself.

          It's really not that hard to make yourself--but if you use a tomato juice in it, make sure you don't use V-8 (since it's not tomato juice, not because there's a probably otherwise with it as a juice.).

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          1. re: Elisa515

            I agree it's pretty easy to make, but I'm usually cooking for one, so I'd prefer to have it out. Plus, I somewhat think it loses the nice consistency if you refrigerate it. I like the crunch of the peppers and cucumber within the nice cold creamy soup.

          2. I'll have to give these places a try. I still can't get over the fact that I've never been to the City LImits Diner after all these years.

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            1. re: jhopp217

              You're not missing anything. They charge NYC prices for Westchester diner fare, and the most hilarious part is that people pay it.

              1. re: anonymouse1935

                To call City Limits "diner fare" is completely ridiculous. If you don't like it, then fine, but it is far from diner fare. Much more innovative menu, with fresher ingredients and far superior cooking techniques. Sorry, but I have been to many diners in Westchester and City Limits is in a class by itself. And sure, you have to pay a little bit more for that quality. I actually consider it a very good value for the quality of food, plus you get to enjoy a more relaxed setting than lots of restaurants.

                City Limits
                1557 W State St, Olean, NY 14760

                1. re: wpfoodie

                  I agree, wpfoodie. Both the Executive Chef and his wife, who is the pastry chef, are CIA graduates. I'm not sure why people can't get over and beyond what was clearly meant to be a theme or concept. And, sometimes names are just names--for example, have you seen any white plains in White Plains recently?

                2. re: anonymouse1935

                  I'm not looking for Coq au Vin, I want gazpacho. If City Limits has the goods with this one dish, I'd pay an extra $2. While I can't vouch for this place, I wil add this. Back in the day when the Eastchester Odyssey was hopping 24/7 9 (circa 19987-1992) they had two of the best pasta sauces I've ever tasted. Their Vodka sauce had more prosciutto cut up in it than any Italian joint I've ever been to and their arrabiatta sauce was killer.

                  I've been to way too many bad restaurants that nail one dish to discredit anyplace suggested.

                  City Limits
                  1557 W State St, Olean, NY 14760