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yumyumsami Sep 16, 2010 09:04 AM

Hi everyone!
We put an offer on a house in Ossining, NY and it was accepted! YAY! I have lived in NYC for nearly 10 years so the thought of moving up north is exciting but a little scary too. I was wondering if any fellow foodies would have some information to share with me about the following aspects of Ossining/Westchester...
* Food: Where do foodies like us go to eat? Best Indian? Thai? Fusion-ey bistro-ish? Pizza? Chinese?
* Farms: Do you have any favorite farms where you go to for fresh produce? Is there a great CSA we can join?
* Yoga/dance, etc: Do you have any recommendations for a spectacular yoga studio?
* Stuff I haven't mentioned that is just really awesome?

THANKS a million in advance for your input, thoughts, and ideas! We hope our house goes through and we will be Ossining residents VERY soon!

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    Elisa515 RE: yumyumsami Sep 16, 2010 11:00 AM

    Have you done any searches on Ossining (and the towns nearby) on chowhound? This is an area where there are frequent discussions of all sorts of great places to eat and food shop.

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      Marge RE: Elisa515 Sep 16, 2010 11:51 AM

      I also moved up to Ossining several years ago after living all my life (till then) in NYC...what I like most about the area is the plethora of inexpensive, authentic ethnic joints: Churrasqeira Ribatejo for Portuguese Grill http://www.nytimes.com/2007/07/15/nyregion/nyregionspecial2/15dinewe.html?_r=1
      Doca's for Portuguese (and is now BYOB only) http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9A02EFD71130F932A15752C0A9619C8B63
      Los Abuelos for Mexican, El Cisne in Peekskill for Ecuadorian...
      India House in Montrose is decent Indian, Thai, eh, Tyrynda Thai in Sleepy Hollow isn't bad imo, no really good Chinese unfortunately, for neighborhood gas oven type pizza I like Capriccio 2 in Croton, Fusiony-bistroish, hmm, maybe Umami in Croton http://www.umamicafe.com/. Ossining has a great outdoor famers market on Saturdays, and in the winter there is a wonderful indoor farmers market in Briarcliff. I don't think we're allowed to talk about yoga on chowhound :)...welcome to the 'hood!

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      Docas Restaurant
      125 Main St, Ossining, NY 10562

      Los Abuelos
      38 N Highland Ave, Ossining, NY 10562

    2. i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream RE: yumyumsami Sep 16, 2010 12:48 PM

      Congrats on your move. We recently bought a place here too after living here for several years, and we love it. There are a ton of threads on CH about Ossining and the surrounding area, so I'd suggest doing a search. I'll try and find some of the more extensive threads and link to them.

      The moderators will probably remove anything unrelated to food, but meetup.com is one place I'd look for yoga and dance studios. Ossining has many beautiful parks too.

      outdoor farmers' markets 2010: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/710468
      ethnic: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/708181
      more ethnic: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/602476
      sushi: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/654987
      CSA: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/492898
      briarcliff & area: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/663843
      northern westchester: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/324711
      farmers' markets: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/698975
      another newcomer to ossining: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/586633

      One of the best parts of Ossining is its location. We are so centrally located to so much great food in Westchester, and if you can't find what you're looking for here, you can be in the city in under an hour.

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        The Chowhound Team RE: i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream Sep 16, 2010 12:51 PM

        Yes, there's a great temptation to ask all sorts of interesting questions to the large and knowledgeable Chowhound community, but it's not what we're here for. Our mission is very narrow in focus: to uncover and share tips on great chow. Our site works because we rigidly stick to that focus, so please do save the yoga/dance discussions for another site.

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          yumyumsami RE: The Chowhound Team Sep 19, 2010 09:24 AM

          Thanks and sorry about that!!

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        NickM RE: yumyumsami Sep 16, 2010 02:55 PM

        Ossining and its immediate surroundings do have a number of good food choices, such as Churrascaria Ribatejo (I'm especially fond of the littlenecks), but if you are willing to travel a little farther afield, you can get very respectable Chinese food in the Hong Kong tradition at Aberdeen in White Plains (once I found it, I no longer missed Chinatown). Also, Zeph's is a very good eclectic restaurant in Peekskill. For Indian/Pakistani, try Westchester Grocery (nka Khan's Indian Kitchen), a Halal place that is principally take-out. Excellent, but the heat is for real.

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        Khan's Indian Kitchen
        546 Commerce St, Thornwood, NY 10594

        Zephs' Restaurant
        638 Central Ave, Peekskill, NY 10566

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          i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream RE: NickM Sep 16, 2010 04:49 PM

          Three awesome recommendations... love Zephs'... just went to Aberdeen a few weeks ago and had a fantastic meal... and Khan's is the best Indian takeout!

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          Zephs' Restaurant
          638 Central Ave, Peekskill, NY 10566

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          vinouspleasure RE: yumyumsami Sep 16, 2010 08:09 PM

          we love cidade cafe for pastry. Lon's fish fry is good. It's been mentioned but I don't think india house is given its fair due. I like it more than quite a few places in the city and the sat buffet is very nice. unfortunately there's a dearth of good Chinese food unless you're willing to head to aberdeen. We've made do with happy garden in the croton shopping center.

          I have to say there was an "adjustment period" when we moved up

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            Jim Leff RE: vinouspleasure Nov 3, 2010 08:17 PM

            I can't find any info on Lon's Fish Fry. Can you help?

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            Fish Fry Cafe
            67 Main St, Hudson Falls, NY 12839

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              Marge RE: Jim Leff Nov 4, 2010 05:14 AM

              http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/6000...

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                Jim Leff RE: Marge Nov 4, 2010 07:09 AM

                Ah ok, Lonnie's, not Lon's. Thanks.

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            cloverose RE: yumyumsami Sep 17, 2010 07:32 AM

            3 of us recently ate at Goldfish in Ossining and all thought they do a great job with fish. We'll be back.

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              yumyumsami RE: cloverose Sep 19, 2010 09:22 AM

              Wow! Thanks, all! Can't wait to check out all of the links and restaurants!!!

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