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Semi-casual restaurant suggestions in Lower Westchester?

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My boyfriend and I are celebrating two years together and we'd like to dine out somewhere that really isn't fancy, but not completely family oriented either. I'm leaning more towards Italian or just Contemporary American places. But really any suggestions are fine. We're coming from Pelham Bay in the Bronx, so anything 30-45 min away would be good. I guess no further up than say Mt.Kisco?

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  1. spadaro's in new rochelle, day boat cafe in irvington, restaurant north OR moderne barn both in Armonk, Tarry lodge, Nessa or Lolita in Port Chester/Byram, Peniche in White Plains just to name a few quick decent places

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    Peniche
    175 Main St, White Plains, NY 10601

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    1. re: cubanat

      Agree on Nessa and Tarry Lodge.

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      Tarry Lodge
      18 Mill St, Port Chester, NY 10573

      1. re: cubanat

        Spadaro's is very good... they treat you as if you were part of their family BUT prices are
        high...
        My wife and I think that Scaramella's in Dobbs Ferry has the very BEST Italian food in Westchester with really good service.
        X2O in Yonkers is very pretty and food usually is quite good. Prices tend to be on high side.
        Can not agree with suggestion of Tarry Lodge... We think that their food is mediocre, service
        is really poor, and management with lots and lots of "attitude". In addition Salt is King there.
        Go anywhere else but to Tarry Lodge!

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        X2O
        71 Water Grant Street, Yonkers, NY 10701

        Spadaro
        211 Main St, New Rochelle, NY 10801

        Scaramella's Restaurant
        1 Southfield Ave, Dobbs Ferry, NY 10522

        Tarry Lodge
        18 Mill St, Port Chester, NY 10573

        1. re: alanccrx

          i ove x2o but it's not semi casual

      2. Spiga on Central Ave/Scarsdale or Moscato on Scarsdale Ave.... both nice Italian with good wine.

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        Moscato
        874 Scarsdale Ave, Scarsdale, NY 10583

        Spiga
        718 Central Park Ave, Scarsdale, NY 10583

        1. I actually do like the pizza and pastas at Tarry Lodge quite a bit - not so crazy about the mains. Other Italian/Contemporary American places I enjoy sans kids that are not out of control expensive : The Cookery in Dobbs Ferry, Tarry Tavern and Sweetgrass Grill (although the latter gets some negative press here) in Tarrytown, Red Hat in Irvington. I have not tried the new places in Armonk yet - Restaurant North and Moderne Barn, but hope to soon. Hope you have a great celebration.

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          Tarry Lodge
          18 Mill St, Port Chester, NY 10573

          1. Not Italian, but Espana in Larchmont has very good tapas and other Spanish dishes. Not overly fancy, but a nice, "adult" place.

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            Espana
            147 Larchmont Avenue, Larchmont, NY 10538

            1. I think the food, vibe and wine at Nessa would be right up your alley. You can come right up I-95 and they have valet. I love, love the food at Nessa and I can't say enough wonderful things about Marc, Adam, Frank and the entire staff. They make us feel like the most special people in the room every time we are there. The chicken under a brick is amazing! They have so many great smaller plates to share, too.

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              1. re: MRS

                Add my vote for Nessa in Port Chester! It's small, pleasant surroundings and good food . Easy to get to, also! BTW-- Happy 2 years!

                1. re: debmom

                  Thank you! We've decided that Nessa is the place to go.