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Ideas for Wedding Rehearsal Dinner in Westchester

I am looking for a place to have my wedding rehearsal dinner for 20-24 people in Westchester for the Saturday of Memorial day 2011. My mother wants to pay for it and she is on a budget so I am limited to probably about $30 or so per person. Family style, price fix, etc. are all valid options.

We are an Italian family so that is preferred but something fun like Tappenyaki might work. Maybe something on Arthur Avenue that's not some overprice tourist trap?

We plan to go back to Mama Francesco's in New Rochelle (we visited a few years ago) and it was fairly solid. They have a backroom that supposedly over looks the water too.

We haven't really good luck with Italian in Westchester until we found Augie's in Larchmont. Absolutely fantastic. But, it's a bit long in the tooth inside. That's basically the only thing stopping us from having it there.

But, I'd like some ideas.

Thanks.

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  1. on arthur avenue try zero otto neve. great food but not old school in the bad way in that it's not a t.t. went to mama francescos the other night with a party of about 20 and it was solid. great house bread, "organic" special salads that the owner grows himself, solid service. nothing fancy but great value and more "old school" in the good way. in white plains try francesco's. old school hole in the wall in the best of ways and the food is super solid. sauteed garlic shrimp platter as a special to die for. Other's to look into but maybe to small: Piero's in port chester, il castello in mamaroneck is super.

    not italian but have had good meals at: roasted peppers & piri-q both in mamaroneck. both are good eats and active places that are not quiet so the ambience is there...as well as peniche in white plains.

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    1. re: cubanat

      Thank you for the reply.

      I've heard good things about Piero's but heard it is small. Mama Francesco's was solid eh? I really need to try that place again as I felt the same way when I visited it as you just did. What bread did they serve?

      1. re: SAgosto

        Piero's is good, just ate there tonight, but it's too small for a large party. What about Pasquale's in Port Chester? I have not been there but I believe they often cater parties and have plenty of room. It might be worth a try. BTW Congratulations on your upcoming wedding!

        1. re: debmom

          Ate also at Piero's last night and have to say that it was not as good as I had hoped. Where were you sitting? The place is to small for any group over 4 people so take it off the OP's list here. It's now on my list of "pasta only" places (along with tarry lodge for pizza and pastas). Nothing was seasoned. It was all bland. except the pasta special with shrimp and the gnocchi were really light and airy even with the boring and sloppy-joe esque "bolognese" sauce that covered them.

      2. re: cubanat

        I JUST got back from this restaurant.

        The house bread was fantastic but the food sucked. It's odd because I was so in favor the first time I went but it was years ago. We paid $8.95 for the mozza en croatsa which basically was 2 small pieces of fried mozza. I had stuffed chicken with spinch/chutta'/cheese and a marsala sauce. Not bad. The wife had shrimp parm. The red sauce was terrible. I mean terrible. She couldnt drink the house wine. It was awful. She isn't pick either. I didn't dare try it. I paid the $65 and got the hell out :(

        1. re: cubanat

          Spoke with the wife and she doesn't want to do Arthur Avenue due to the people who live out of town.

        2. Ernesto's on Post Road in White Plains has special areas for group dinners, and I believe, if anything, they will be actually improving that sort of facility during the coming year. Their food has always been solid, and they seem to love having groups. Your orientation seems more to the eastern side of the county, but if that isn't a geographical requirement, you might consider ernesto's.

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          1. re: Westjanie

            Went to Augie's in Larchmont again. Fantastic food and service was great. Solid every single time. The old man on the accordian was very annoying but other than that it was a good time.

            For me, it's the place that reflects where we would eat on a regular basis.

            The ONLY bad thing I can see is that it looks a bit long in the tooth.

          2. Teppanyaki is a great idea for a rehearsal dinner. We are an Asian-Italian couple and our wedding was Tuscan style so we didn't want Italian the night before. We thought this was a good alternative. We did Gasho's in Hawthorne. The food was decent and price was fair (don't remember off the top of my head but it was less than $30 per person). My only complaint was that it felt like 150 degrees in there. Regardless, there are plenty of options for this type of restaurant that you can go and check out.

            Point is...I highly recommend it as an alternative to yet another Italian restaurant.

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            1. re: ChuckC

              Going to try Scarmella's in dobb's ferry next and some Teppanyaki place. I guess you can't go wrong with that assuming the show is cool.

              1. re: SAgosto

                Spoke with the wife. She is leaning towards Italian. We went through the choices in this thread but she didn't like anything.

                We are going to check out Scarmellos in Dobb's Ferry and Rye Grill. Any other ideas?

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                Rye Grill and Bar
                1 Station Plaza, Rye, NY 10580

                1. re: SAgosto

                  Has anyone heard of Buon Amici in White Plains?

                  http://www.buonamicirestaurant.com/

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                  Buon Amici
                  238 Central Ave, White Plains, NY 10606

                  1. re: SAgosto

                    Yes, we've eaten there a couple of times and were happy with the experience. -- And they do have a separate room downstairs that might suit your purposes.

                    1. re: Westjanie

                      Sounds promising.

                      Do you remember what you had? How's the interior? Is this a place where we could dress up? Suit/Dress for the occasion?

                      1. re: SAgosto

                        We went out to Il Castello last night. It's a very small space and we were only 1 of 2 3 couples at 10PM.

                        Bread/Olive Oil/Balsamic at the table with marinated olives/roasted garlic as well
                        Fried Calamari wasn't bad but overpriced at $10 as it was a bit chewy. Red sauce was above average.
                        My wife had a special that was chicken stuffed with goat cheese, spinach, and shrimp with marsala sauce over the top. It included some roasted potatoes and some sauteed veggies which were solid if not above average. The chicken was comletely raw but tasted good after they returned it. We got an apology and how it was hard to tell due to the shrimp.. Nothing else. ($22)
                        Glass of red Pinot Nior was a good pour and tasty ($8)

                        I had chicken scarpello which was above average but a small portion for $18. I wish I had the option for pasta?

                        Also, we were served by all Russians which was odd... I didn't hear/see anything Italian.

                        Not bad, I'd consider going back but the raw chicken grossed out my wife. Service was above average going on excellent but it was just a few couples.

                        Il Castello
                        http://www.westchestermagazine.com/We...
                        576 Mamaroneck Ave
                        Mamaorneck, NY 10543
                        914-777-2200

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                        Il Castello
                        130 State Route 97, Barryville, NY 12719

                      2. re: Westjanie

                        The place looks nice but I wish they would get rid of the cheesy mirrors. Downstairs isn't an option. It reminds me of a basement.. cold.. a bit damp and felt like my grandmother's basement.... I am definately interested in the food as it's a possibility. We saw it during the day so not sure how it looks at night when we would be there (8pmish).

                        Valet parking is nice too.

                        1. re: SAgosto

                          I contacted Scarmella's and I got a quote of $55 without wine and $70 with wine for apps for the table, pasta, choice of chix/veal/etc, some pastries, and cofeee. I nearly laughed. I stayed on the phone just to hear him try and hustle me. What a shame.

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