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Westchester - any restaurants people DO like? Dinner for 4

Having a birthday dinner for 4 in Westchester on a Sunday night.
Have already tried Cookery, Red Hat and X20. Is that it? Is there anything else people like? Lots of negativity on Westchester on these boards and I couldn't agree more. Just wondering if there are any yet discovered. I live in hope...

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  1. We had a nice dinner at Peniche-- tapas in White Plains. We thought is was tun and good.

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    Peniche
    175 Main St, White Plains, NY 10601

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    1. re: debmom

      Agreed on Peniche, I went with 3 friends and everything we tried was good to very good and the bill was more than reasonable.
      I also love Haiku in Bronxville - The new Haikus have been getting some negative reviews here on chowhound, but the one in Bronxville is great. I'm actually going Thursday night with a group of friends if you want more info.

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      Peniche
      175 Main St, White Plains, NY 10601

      1. re: debmom

        Is it still open, or did it just take the sign down? I drove by the other day and thought it looked closed.

      2. If you don't want to pay exorbitant prices and get tiny bits of food, then yes, you are very limited.

        Re restaurants that I have tried, X20 and Restaurant X in Congers (not Westchester) are it for excellent.

        I have not been to Cookery or Red Hat, but those are supposed to be very good.

        I have these on my 'must try' list, and they are supposed to be very, very good: Iron Forge Inn in Warwick (obviously not in Westchester), Zuppa in Yonkers, Buffet De La Gare in Hastings on Hudson, Crave and Twist in POK and Valley in Garrison (again, not in Westchester). The others on my 'must try' list are not notable.

        Good luck. Westchester is a vast wasteland when it comes to excellent restaurants.

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        1. re: anonymouse1935

          I have chosen Buffet de la Gare for my birthday supper the last two years, and have been very happy!

          1. re: anonymouse1935

            I hope the others on my 'must try' list are as good as Crave. Service was impeccable, food was outstanding, and they know how to execute a drink.

            Scallops, shrimp and filet mignon were deemed excellent, cooked as requested. Foie gras was sublime. Even the bread was different. The only disappointment was the dessert, it lacked the OMG factor and was too small.

            Space is small, but not overly loud.

            Portions aren't enough to bring home, but not many places are today. Prices in the $50. a person range.

            1. re: anonymouse1935

              Had a wonderful evening at another on my list -- Zuppa in Yonkers. Not easy to get to, but a lovely space. Service was immediate and impeccable, and the drink was perfect.

              A 'tiny plate' (I actually tried a tiny plate!) of salumeria was enough for the table and the cheeses were delicious, as was a macerated fruit accompaniment. The meats were deemed very good as well.

              My appetizer of grilled calamari, served on skewers, was amazing - tender and unusual. The salad and burrata were also enjoyed.

              I chose the shortrib entree for the polenta (brought home the shortrib) and chose well. The pork chop and salmon were enjoyed, as was an Italian fish by one companion. The fish, whose name began with an 'O' and which I cannot remember, was not to another companion's liking, and was taken off the bill.

              Desserts were delightful -- a personal upside down cake with gelato (a birthday treat on the house), zeppole with three dipping sauces, and a very unique red velvet gelato.

              Total bill, with tip, was approx. $60. a person, and worth every penny. I HIGHly recommend Zuppa, which also has the brilliance to valet park the car.

              Now 'this' is what a restaurant should be.

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              Zuppa Restaurant
              55 Main St, Yonkers, NY 10701

              1. re: anonymouse1935

                Thank you for the vivid recap - reminds me how badly I need to get back here!!

                1. re: wincountrygirl

                  Not Westchester. It's in POK, but given the dearth of outstanding restaurants in Westchester, it's worth the trip.

                  1. re: anonymouse1935

                    Does POK refer to Poughkeepsie? Not a real familiar abbreviation.

            2. Zeph's in Peekskill is terrific. Make sure you have a reservation.

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              Zephs' Restaurant
              638 Central Ave, Peekskill, NY 10566

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              1. re: Elisa515

                We also like Crabtree Kittle House and Iron Horse Grill. For Italian, we were at Zuppa in Yonkers for New Year's Eve, they did an excellent job (wasn't expecting the quality on a holiday) the food was very good, so we've wanted to go back on a regular night ever since, just haven't made it.

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                Crabtree
                226 Jericho Tpke, Floral Park, NY 11001

                Iron Horse Grill
                20 Wheeler Ave, Pleasantville, NY 10570

                Zuppa Restaurant
                55 Main St, Yonkers, NY 10701

                1. re: owlwoman

                  Negative nellies you all are huh? It depends upon what one considers excellent!! If you want latin eats then Port Chester has some excellent places right? Peniche & Cookery are solid on solid nights which are the usual case. Now that consistency might be the issue at many westchester places. I have had fantastic dishes at Whitby Castle that border on heavenly but also a lackluster club sandwich from the same kitchen! Other than the places you already mentoned I would try tarry lodge, 42, Sushi Nanase, FISH, Zeph's I have not tried yet but have heard good things. Let us know what happens and don't give up on westchester!! (do try harvest supper and the school house though both in ct!!)

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                  Nanase
                  522 Mamaroneck Ave, White Plains, NY 10605

                  Peniche
                  175 Main St, White Plains, NY 10601

                  Zephs' Restaurant
                  638 Central Ave, Peekskill, NY 10566

                  Whitby Castle
                  330 Boston Post Rd, Rye, NY

              2. The negativity seems to be limited to a small, vocal group of people on this board. Please don't lose hope in Westchester based on those opinions alone. I would highly recommend Tarry Lodge for a b-day dinner... that's where I had my b-day dinner this past year and it was excellent and a lot of fun. Zephs', as someone else mentioned, is also excellent food-wise, but it is very sedate and quiet compared to Tarry Lodge. TL is definitely more of a "scene."

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                Zephs' Restaurant
                638 Central Ave, Peekskill, NY 10566

                1. And then there is the big daddy -- Stone Barns...

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                  1. re: roxlet

                    i would love stone barns if the chef from the cookery had it! barber's better at the city blue hill for some reason. the bar though has good cocktails.

                    1. re: cubanat

                      The Bedford Post Inn Farmhouse is far better than Stone Barns.