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yeshana Jan 2, 2011 07:41 AM

My daughter is turning 15 on Friday and we would like to take her to dinner. she has a limited repertoire of favorite foods and we would like it to be a special place but not overpriced.
Favorite foods are Lamb, Steak, Chicken parm. , any Asian food. What is the atmosphere at Yonkers Pepe's? We've been to New Haven which would not seem special . She LOVES pizza but does Pepe's in Yonkers also have other things? The online menu just showed pizza. If we did pizza(which would not be special unless the building was nicer)
Any meat restaurants that would seem special but not be steakhouse pricing? My husband and I have stopped upscale restaurant dining since 2001 and are now "down and dirty ethnic" restaurant go-ers. Would like to avoid the city but as far north as Katonah is fine too.

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    pelgirl Jan 4, 2011 02:47 PM

    This may be too far away but it is not a bad trip from lower Westchester. We had a great time with our kids at Zero Otto Nove on Arthur Avenue in the Bronx. Pizza and Pasta in a fun "real" Italian setting

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      yeshana Jan 6, 2011 04:04 AM

      Thanks to all. due to the predicted snow, we are playing it safe. Although I did make a reservation in Irvington at Buono Gusto, I also purchased a rack of lamb, cake, asparagus, and an oldie but favorite of hers, macaroni to make mac and cheese(Alton Brown's recipe seems to be the best reviewed)We grill regardless of the weather. If the weather holds, the lamb will go into the freezer and chicken parm will happen at Buono Gusto. Since she hasn't been there, hopefully it'll be special. It's 2-3 miles from our house.
      All other recs. are in our future- Umami is an old fave of my husband and I when it first opened. Linch isn't an option although X2O lunch is lovely. Thanks again, and Hapoy New Year!

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      71 Water Grant Street, Yonkers, NY 10701

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      jhopp217 Jan 3, 2011 07:03 AM

      If you want to do pizza, but a little more upscale, you could try Tarry Lodge. Although that might end up being a little pricey. If she likes lamb, what about a Greek restaurant? I was going to suggest a hibachi place, but saw your later post.

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      Tarry Lodge
      18 Mill St, Port Chester, NY 10573

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        cubanat Jan 3, 2011 10:20 AM

        arrosto would do no? I second ice cream's recs & marges's as well. what about x2o for lunch if that's an option...

      2. Marge Jan 2, 2011 01:09 PM

        If she loves Asian food, Umami in Croton is different and fun
        http://www.umamicafe.com/

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          i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream Jan 2, 2011 01:13 PM

          Good call, that would be great!

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          MRS Jan 2, 2011 12:19 PM

          There's a brand new place in Purchase called Full Moon Trattoria that is supposed to be "Arthur Ave" style food. I have not been yet, but I know a few people who have been and they liked it. She could get Chick Parm there for sure. Maybe give them a call? Not sure about online menu.

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          Full Moon Cafe
          38 Wells Ave, Yonkers, NY 10701

          1. i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream Jan 2, 2011 12:16 PM

            Frankie and Fanucci's in Hartsdale is very cute inside and not your typical pizza joint. It would be very reasonable. It's a nice family place, but fun and feels a little more "grown up."

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              i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream Jan 2, 2011 01:04 PM

              Also, Orissa in Dobbs is great and the interior is very nice & a little trendy. You did say she doesn't love spicy food, but this is really not true Indian, but Indian fusion, and I do not find their food has the same heat as a regular Indian place. They do have some meat/lamb entrees and the prices are not ridiculous.

              If you're open to lunch, I think that would make some other options available. For example, Tarry Lodge, which can get really pricey at dinnertime, has a fixed price lunch menu (forget what exactly it is, but it's fairly reasonable), or if you just did pizza and salad, it wouldn't be too bad at all. That definitely feels a little special too, even if you sit in the less formal bar area.

              Birdsall House in Peekskill is very unique for the area, and very cozy and cute inside. http://www.birdsallhouse.net/storage/menu%20as%20of%2012-24-10%202.pdf

              Oh, one more place. Does she like Thai? If so, I recently went to D Thai Kitchen in Thornwood, which is fairly new to the area. It's a little hard to find, but the interior is gorgeous and the service is wonderful. It also feels more special than a typical neighborhood place. Not the best Thai food I've ever had, but good. http://dthai.us/

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              Orissa Restaurant
              14 Cedar St, Dobbs Ferry, NY 10522

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              valerie Jan 2, 2011 08:04 AM

              The Yonkers location of Frank Pepe's only had pizza and salad, nothing else. And there is no atmosphere. If you want the pizza, go. If you want atmosphere, don't go.

              What about a hibachi place? We like Noda in White Plains. Not cheap, but you get a lot of food and it's fairly good.

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                yeshana Jan 2, 2011 11:30 AM

                Thanks, Valerie. She goes to hibachi often with her friends so it wouldn't be "special" . good idea, though.
                This a tough request since our budget is not high and we want it to be somewhere that we/she doesn't go for any meal.

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                  MRS Jan 2, 2011 11:32 AM

                  Could you give us some examples of where, you and daughter have eaten lately? That might be useful as a way to judge price, and avoid any repeats of people suggesting someplace you've already visited.

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                    yeshana Jan 2, 2011 11:43 AM

                    All hibachi's and Chinese in area. Isabella's in Tarrytown(she goes often with her grandparents) , All Greeks in westchester(she wouldn't be happy ) She's been to a few small places in Scarsdale(pricey but she goes with families) But when she's with us having a meal, it's really only in the city at Vietnamese, Sushi, Small cafe's , etc. Indian is hard for her because although she loves lamb, different places vary on their prep as far as seasoning and she doesn't like "heat" so that ruins it for her. I wouldn't be accommodating her ridiculousness on any other day, but for her bday, I'm going to be married to her favorites! I went online to the churisseac(sp) in Portchester and although she would have fun and like that, it's going to be 35++ per person and we can't possible eat all of that anyway. their meat looks like a match for her taste but the salads, etc, do not have anything she would enjoy so I hesitate. Is there a less costly churri place? that would be special and she hasn't been.

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