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Does anyone know if this place has opened or when its' going to open?

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  1. Maryld, I stopped by today and Michael estimates another week.

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    1. re: anonymouse1935

      Thank you--I'm looking forward to it.

      1. re: Maryld

        I"ve been waiting for this place forever (it's situated on one of my favorite stretches in the tristate area....great stealth central american, sal's pizza, etc etc).

        If anyone spots the doors finally opening, please post! I'll do likewise!

        1. re: Jim Leff

          I have been told they are opening on Friday, in conjunction with the Harbor Festival in Mamaroneck.

          1. re: anonymouse1935

            Er, the harbor Festival was June 6!
            http://mamaroneckharborfest.com

            1. re: Jim Leff

              The Harbor Carnival is this weekend,

              1. re: wplady

                The Fireman's Carnival is this weekend. Yesterday's Fireman's Parade was wonderful.

                1. re: ridinrich

                  Always good to launch a wood-roasted meat joint at a Fireman's Carnival!

    2. Piri Q just opened TODAY at 360 Mamaroneck Ave. Phone # is 341 1444.

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      1. re: kjrosenberg

        Has anyone eaten there yet?

        1. re: Maryld

          FWIW I'm going next week, and will report back.

          1. re: Jim Leff

            Looking forward to your review and hoping it's a good one. Have to say that Mmk ave has come a long way since a year ago when every new restaurant was pan-asian.

          2. re: Maryld

            The appitizers are very good but the entrees. Need a little help. Overall not bad though.

        2. I ate there over the weekend. My DH and I didn't have the courage to walk in on opening weekend, but we peeked in the window walking by. The hostess actually remembered that we did that! She asked us when we came in, "Did you guys walk by last week?"

          My husband had nicely spiced shrimp with these great grilled green beans. I had an egg-topped steak, perfectly cooked to medium rare served on top of the crispiest potatoes you ever tasted. Even the ones that were under the steak in the sauce were still crispy . I don't know much about Portuguese food, so I dont' know what the sauce was or the spice combo was, but it was really good.

          Dessert was not so great. The pastry I had was tough and chewy. Husband did better with a warm brownie.

          They don't appear ot have a liquor license yet. There was no wine or beer on the menu.

          Service was attentive and friendly. We will defnitely go back.

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          1. re: Avalondaughter

            Glad to hear it. I can't wait to go.

            1. re: Avalondaughter

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              She asked us when we came in, "Did you guys walk by last week?"
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              I find that terrifying.

              I went last week, too. Very very good chicken and ribs flame grilled, very traditionally Portuguese (the non-meat accoutrements are less authentic). But the big problem is that they did the meat ahead and reheated prior to serving, and that always kills some of the life.

              Apps and such are of variable quality. Short menu. Mostly stick to meat, I think.

              1. re: Jim Leff

                Would you go back? Is this the same chef that was at Oporto & the place in Greenwich?

                1. re: cubanat

                  Here is all the info I can find: http://larchmont.patch.com/articles/v...

                  Their site isn't up yet. I plan on trying it soon...

                  1. re: peterwcramp

                    Watch the video on the link above and hit "Pause" when you get to the menu. Hold a magnifying glass up to the screen, and voila--you can make out about 2/3 of the main dishes :) Walked past this morning and saw the menu posted in the window--but a guy was drilling around the canopy right above it--rats.

                    1. re: labrill

                      Well the menu is online at their website (http://www.piriqrestaurantgrill.com/) now. Nothing else is there aside from the respective lunch & dinner menus.

                      I got takeout today and enjoyed it. I stuck to just trying the chicken and ribs (Misto). It was good enough that I will certainly be going in for a sit-down soon. Good addition to the Avenue and unlike anything else I've had in Mamaroneck. Go check it out.

                  2. re: cubanat

                    If this is the same chef as Oporto, you are so lucky. They served the best roasted chicken in Weschester! I was very disappointed when they closed in Hartsdale.

                  3. re: Jim Leff

                    Haven't eaten there yet but have info that they consider this a soft opening with the Grand Opening planned for Labor Day Weekend. Imagine they will tweak things in the rather long interim.

                2. We ate there tonight. Enjoyed the chicken and ribs, but as Jim said, they were reheated. They'd be much better if they were freshly cooked. We had sides of green beans, grilled zucchini and rice. The green beans and rice were fine-- nothing great but nice sides. The grilled zucchini was very tasty. No liquor license yet but we brought some wine. Service was friendly , but a bit disjointed.

                  Piri-Q is a nice addition to the neighborhood, and better yet, it's not an Asian fusion place. We'll be going back, but probably mostly for take out.

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                  1. re: Shawn

                    Yes to the zucchini. I tried it on my second visit last night, and really really liked it. I have yet to find anything else notable, other than the two meat choices, on the menu, and I've been through most of it.

                    Hot tip, btw. Go into O'Neil's Country Store, a storefront or two down. The name's a non-sequitor, because it's a South Asian-run news stand....which has a Salvadoran eatery in the back. Really good pupusas, and other good stuff. Must arrive fairly early for good steam table stuff, or else it sits and ages. Pupusas are always made to order, though. The owner speaks good english, and there are clear menus.

                    There's a lot more than Asian fusion in Mamaroneck; you just have to keep out a keen eye.

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                    Country Store
                    1319 Lake Rd, Webster, NY 14580

                    1. re: Jim Leff

                      yes to the little grill in the back of that country store! i've been hitting it up on occasion for months for pupusas, tacos, and some of the daily specials. friendly service and good food.

                      btw jim i'm a huge fan of your blog.

                      1. re: rafi

                        Thanks, rafi. Any particular specials you've been liking? The women working there are so nice!

                        I tried the Guatemalan place on the other side of Piri Q a few months ago, and found it unexceptional, but I'm hoping it'll either get better or I missed the good stuff. Have you been exploring it?

                        Also, what's your feeling on the gelato store Sal's Pizza opened up? I feel like it's been downsliding a bit.

                        1. re: Jim Leff

                          I had good paella there a few months back and a very good "cuban" sandwich this week. They make good tamales too. The proprietor told me today that she works the whole time they're open from 7 am to 10pm there. Mind boggling.

                          Have you tried Chaves - the Portuguese deli diagonally across from Turkish Meze? I've had some good sandwiches and shrimp cake from there. And that's another very friendly proprietor.

                          I've yet to try the Guatemalan place - not even sure which you're talking about. Is it a bakery?

                          And I haven't been to the gelato place much at all so no comment there.

                          I did have a very tasty red clam sauce as takeout from Piccolo Mulino recently. I walked down Mamaroneck Ave while I waited for my order and saw I could have got the same dish (and probably more of it) from Sal's for $10 instead of $16. But when I got home the flavor of the sauce shut my miserly inner self up. Pleasantly surprised as Piccolo Mulino doesn't always do it for me. We're taking this thread all up and down the avenue now.

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                          Piccolo Mulino
                          136 Mamaroneck Ave, Mamaroneck, NY 10543

                          Turkish Meze
                          409 Mount Pleasant Ave, Mamaroneck, NY 10543

                          1. re: rafi

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                            "The proprietor told me today that she works from 7 am to 10pm there. Mind boggling."
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                            Yeah, and I cringe to admit I once stopped in at 10, found her closing up, and, in her eagerness to fulfill one more order, had her do me up a couple pupusas (I tried to retreat, but she insisted).

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                            Have you tried Chaves - the Portuguese deli diagonally across from Turkish Meze? I've had some good sandwiches and shrimp cake from there. And that's another very friendly proprietor.
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                            I keep passing it and thinking it looks good. I need to check out the places on the west end of that strip. I don't know Meze...any good, or gringo-facing Mediterranean "fusion"?

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                            I've yet to try the Guatemalan place - not even sure which you're talking about. Is it a bakery?
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                            Super Pan Bakery 362 Mamaroneck Ave 914-2324. Bakery but also full restaurant. Like two doors down.

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                            Pleasantly surprised as Piccolo Mulino doesn't always do it for me.
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                            Yeah, it's always all about finding the good order. I keep reminding myself that if I'd stumbled into my ten or so favorite restaurants, and ordered the wrong stuff, I might have taken away an inappropriately blah opinion of each.

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                            Piccolo Mulino
                            136 Mamaroneck Ave, Mamaroneck, NY 10543

                            Turkish Meze
                            409 Mount Pleasant Ave, Mamaroneck, NY 10543

                            1. re: Jim Leff

                              Turkish Meze is pretty good stuff and not fusion.

                              Very true about finding the right dishes - and the right day sometimes too.

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                              Turkish Meze
                              409 Mount Pleasant Ave, Mamaroneck, NY 10543

                            2. re: rafi

                              I haven't had prepared food yet from Chaves, but I really like that store. The proprietor is very friendly and they have a great selection of Portuguese cheese and sausages.

                              I like Turkish Meze, too, but have found the same dishes there to range widely in quality from visit to visit. I think they are generally much better for apps than for entrees.

                              1. re: Shawn

                                I had some little codfish cakes from Chaves and they were delectable. He was sold out of the Kale Soup. I hope to go back soon

                                 
                                 
                                 
                            3. re: Jim Leff

                              Chaves -- their little breakfast sandwich is high quality. Another vote, too, for friendly proprietor

                              Guatemalan place (Super Pan) -- great pupusas -- have tried the black bean/cheese and the loroco/cheese. (Haven't tried O'Neill's pupusas--will have to compare.) Best coffee on the street. Their fruity drinks (tamarind, jamaica) are refreshing for summer

                              Piccolo Mulino -- usually makes a mean fettucine alfredo, not on the menu

                              Turkish Meze -- had a killer babaganoush from there recently. Also try the almond pudding

                              Sal's gelato -- pretty good--hasn't become my favorite, but haven't noticed downsliding; just good to have, after all other ice cream stores closed. Looks like it's become partly spillover seating for the pizza area, which is a good second use. They may get some competition from the new Paleteria Fernandez

                              Paleteria -- love it --still unusual, and great to have there. (But they bill themselves as all natural, and I was surprised to see artificial flavoring listed on a vanilla ice cream wrapper there. The other ones we got were indeed all natural.)

                              And to continue up and down the street . . .

                              La Provencal -- best brunch deal!

                              Chocolations -- to reopen soon on Boston Post Road--yay!

                              Enzo's -- unfriendly. Had some bad clams there once

                              Cafe Mozart -- like it, but unfriendly proprietor

                              Ginban -- best of the Asian fusion, IMO. For vegetarians, try tempura sweet potato roll and avocado/peanut roll

                              Toyo -- still great!

                              Dunkin Donuts -- won't let people use the bathroom anymore. Their right, I guess, but the past 2 times I've gone in, I've heard people complaining

                              Someone stop me . . .

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                              Toyo
                              253 Mamaroneck Ave, Mamaroneck, NY 10543

                              Paleteria Fernandez
                              33 N Main St, Port Chester, NY 10573

                              Piccolo Mulino
                              136 Mamaroneck Ave, Mamaroneck, NY 10543

                              Turkish Meze
                              409 Mount Pleasant Ave, Mamaroneck, NY 10543

                              Enzo's Restaurant
                              451 Mamaroneck Ave, Mamaroneck, NY 10543

                              Cafe Mozart
                              308 Mamaroneck Ave, Mamaroneck, NY 10543

                              1. re: labrill

                                And PS -- Boiano Bakery now has seating -- how nice :)

                          2. re: Jim Leff

                            BTW Another vote for the pupusas at O'Niels Country Store!

                            1. re: scharffenberger

                              Here is a picture of O'Neills Country Store!

                               
                              1. re: scharffenberger

                                Had some last night. Always a bit of a wait because they are made fresh but so very worth it!

                          3. I don't really understand this restaurant. I didn't expect to see so much hummus on a portuguese menu. Can anyone explain? We had lunch there today and enjoyed it--we liked it--but we were confused.

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                            1. re: spa

                              Why do diners make veal parmigiana? All things to all people.

                              The two roasted meat dishes are non-pandering and authentic, however.

                            2. Finally got a chance to eat at this South American place. It's an above-average neighborhood place.

                              Instead of a plain bread loaf we were served grilled French bread loaded with garlic. Yum. For apps, we shared the bolinhos- Portuguese cod fish cakes. There were about 8 golf ball sized potato/cod cakes- a crunch fried crust outside and creamy potoato/cod inside with a piri-piri hot red sauce mixed with mayo. Quite good. The shrimp and chourico were okay. Chourico was a bit salty, but who doesn't love sausage? I preferred the larger grilled shrimp to the smaller shrimp in the app. For our main course, we ordered the Prato, a mixed grill with ribs, roast chicken, grilled shrimp and chourico. The meat was cooked perfectly, ribs smoky and shrimp flame charred but not rubbery. We also had a Medi (Mediterranean) salad. Greens were fresh and I enjoyed the lemon-honey-oregano dressing. Nice change from boring vinaigrette.

                              True, the Mediterranean dishes don't jibe with the Brazilian/Portuguese vibe but that doesn't bother me. I would definitely eat here again, but be sure to byob. There is a fantastic, fairly new wine store just up the street- La Cave. A hearty Zinfandel would go nicely with this fare.

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                              1. re: chowhound22

                                Just a correction if I may: it's not South American, nor is it Brazilian/Portuguese. It's Portuguese, period. And Portuguese cuisine is Mediterranean, though with an Atlantic touch.

                                1. re: Jim Leff

                                  The food I had at Piri-Q was close to authentic Portugese but with a little twist. For authentic Portugese you need to go to Aquario in the silver lake section of Harrison. By the way, when did Portugal move to the Mediterranean?

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                                  Aquario Restaurant
                                  141 East Lake Street West, Harrison, NY

                                  1. re: silverstarfish

                                    Menu reads a lot like Ribatejo in Ossining. Now we have an authentic Portuguese on both coasts of the County!

                                    P.S. The Algarve region of Portugal is on the Mediterranean. The west coast is on the Atlantic... Since..... always, I suppose!!

                                    1. re: menton1

                                      Am I looking at a different map? The entire coast of Portugal is on the Atlantic. The mediterranean starts in Spain.

                                      1. re: silverstarfish

                                        Nah. The Mediterranean just "folds" into the Atlantic, there is no actual line where the Med ends and the Atlantic begins, it's an overlap, basically. Faro, a resort in the Algarve, is considered a Mediterranean port.

                                        http://www.lomography.com/magazine/lo...

                                        http://ezinearticles.com/?The-Great-M...