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I just noticed the other day that Hudson Valley Restaurant Week has their restaurant list up. Lunch is $20, dinner is $28.

http://www.hudsonvalleyrestaurantweek...

Some random comments:

New in Northern WestchesterL Thyme in Yorktown and Birdsall House in Peekskill. Tarry Tavern is on, I may try to get there.

I want to get to Back Yard Bistro in Montgomery, I heard great things about them last year.

Red Devon is not participating on Saturdays. They were great last year.

American Bounty and Escoffier at the CIA, but for $29.95.

Here is the current list cut and pasted from their site (sorry the formatting is not better):

American Bounty Restaurant American Regional
  Hyde Park - Dutchess
Amici's Restaurant Italian
  Poughkeepsie - Dutchess
Aroma Osteria Italian
  Wappingers Falls - Dutchess
Cafe Amarcord New American
  Beacon - Dutchess
Cosimo's Poughkeepsie Italian
  Poughkeepsie - Dutchess
Crave Restaurant & Lounge Modern American
  Poughkeepsie - Dutchess
Cup & Saucer Restaurant & Tea Room, The Eclectic European / American
  Beacon - Dutchess
Derby, The Modern American
  Poughkeepsie - Dutchess
Escoffier Restaurant French
  Hyde Park - Dutchess
Hudson's Ribs & Fish Steakhouse / Seafood
  Fishkill - Dutchess
Il Barilotto Italian
  Fishkill - Dutchess
La Puerta Azul Mexican
  Salt Point - Dutchess
Red Devon American
  Bougall - Dutchess
Sapore Steakhouse Steakhouse / Italian
  Fishkill - Dutchess
Stissing House Restaurant & Tavern French / Italian
  Pine Plains - Dutchess
Terrapin Restaurant New American
  Rhinebeck - Dutchess
Villa, The Italian / Mediteranean
  LaGrangeville - Dutchess
Crew New American
  Greenwich, CT - Near
Back Yard Bistro New American
  Montgomery - Orange
Bistro Lilly Eclectic / American
  Goshen - Orange
Cafe Pitti Italian
  Newburgh - Orange
Canterbury Brook Inn Swiss / Continental
  Cornwall - Orange
Catherine's American
  Goshen - Orange
Cena 2000 Italian
  Newburgh - Orange
Cosimo's Brick Oven Italian
  Middletown - Orange
Cosimo's Brick Oven Italian
  Central Valley - Orange
Cosimo's On Union Italian
  Newburgh - Orange
Gus' Restaurant & Tavern German / American
  New Windsor - Orange
Il Cena Colo Italian
  Newburgh - Orange
Il Tesoro Ristorante Modern Italian
  Goshen - Orange
Iron Forge Inn Modern American
  Warwick - Orange
Nina New American
  Middletown - Orange
Schlesinger's Steakhouse
  New Windsor - Orange
Torches On The Hudson Eclectic / American
  Newburgh - Orange
Wildfire Grill American
  Montgomery - Orange
Cathryn's Tuscan Grill Italian
  Cold Spring - Putnam
Hudson House River Inn Steakhouse / Seafood
  Cold Spring - Putnam
Le Bouchon French
  Cold Spring - Putnam
Riverview Restaurant Contemporary American
  Cold Spring - Putnam
Tavern Restaurant Seasonal American
  Garrison - Putnam
Terrace Club, The American
  Mahopac - Putnam
Valley Restaurant At The Garrison New American
  Garrison - Putnam
Duke Ocean Grill American Fusion
  Tappan - Rockland
Hudson House Of Nyack New American
  Nyack - Rockland
Il Fresco Italian
  Orangeburg - Rockland
Il Portico Italian
  Tappan - Rockland
Marcello's Of Suffern Modern Italian
  Suffern - Rockland
Mount Ivy Cafe Continental
  Pomona - Rockland
Ramiros 954 Latin Fusion
  Mahopac - Rockland
Ravi Continental Cuisine Contemporary American
  Suffern - Rockland
Restaurant X & The Bully Boy Contemporary American
  Congers - Rockland
Rick's Club American American
  Congers - Rockland
Two Spear Street New American
  Nyack - Rockland
Union Restaurant & Bar Latino Continental / Latin
  Haverstraw - Rockland
Velo Bistro & Wine Bar New American
  Nyack - Rockland
Woody's Parkside Grill Eclectic
  Sparkill - Rockland
Bistro at Vineyard Commons, The American
  Highland - Ulster
Boitson's Restaurant Modern American
  Kingston - Ulster
Henry's at Buttermilk Falls Inn Farm To Table
  Milton - Ulster
Hidden Cellar Italian
  Marlboro - Ulster
La Stazione Eclectic / Italilan
  New Paltz - Ulster
Mariner's On Hudson Seafood
  Highland - Ulster
Raccoon Saloon American
  Marlboro - Ulster
Ship Lantern Inn Continental / American
  Milton - Ulster
Village Tea Room, The Eclectic
  New Paltz - Ulster
121 Restaurant New American
  North Salem - Westchester
42 New American
  White Plains - Westchester
80 West Restaurant Seafood
  White Plains - Westchester
Augie's Prime Cut Steakhouse / Seafood
  Cortlandt Manor - Westchester
Birdsall House New American
  Peekskill - Westchester
Bistro Z American
  Tarrytown - Westchester
Cafe Of Love French / American
  Mount Kisco - Westchester
Caravela Portuguese / Brazilian
  Tarrytown - Westchester
Chutney Masala Indian
  Irvington - Westchester
Cookery, The Modern Italian
  Dobbs Ferry - Westchester
Cortlandt Colonial Restaurant American
  Cortlandt Manor - Westchester
Crabtree's Kittle House Modern American
  Chappaqua - Westchester
Day Boat Cafe Seafood
  Irvington - Westchester
DiNardo's Restaurant Italian
  Pound Ridge - Westchester
Division Street Grill Contemporary American
  Peekskill - Westchester
Don Coqui Puerto Rican / Latin
  New Rochelle - Westchester
Enzo's Restaurant Italian
  Mamaroneck - Westchester
Equus at the Castle on the Hudson Continental / American
  Tarrytown - Westchester
Fig & Olive Mediterranean
  Scarsdale - Westchester
Goldfish Restaurant Seafood
  Ossining - Westchester
Half Moon American
  Dobbs Ferry - Westchester
Harvest On Hudson Mediterranean
  Hastings on Hudson - Westchester
Hudson Grille New American
  White Plains - Westchester
Il Sorriso Italian
  Irvington - Westchester
Iron Horse Grill Contemporary American
  Pleasantville - Westchester
La Lanterna Restaurant & Caffe Swiss / Italian
  Yonkers - Westchester
Le Fontane Ristorante Italian
  Katonah - Westchester
Le Provencal Bistro French
  Mamaroneck - Westchester
Legal Sea Foods Seafood
  White Plains - Westchester
Lexington Square Cafe American Fusion
  Mount Kisco - Westchester
Luce Seafood & Pasta Italian
  Somers - Westchester
Luciano's Italian Restaurant Italian
  Yonkers - Westchester
Marc Charles Steakhouse Steakhouse / American
  Armonk - Westchester
Melting Pot, The Fondue
  White Plains - Westchester
Mima Italian
  Irvington - Westchester
Morgan's Fish House Seafood
  Rye - Westchester
Nikos Greek Taverna Greek
  White Plains - Westchester
Opus 465 Contemporary American
  Armonk - Westchester
Orissa Modern Indian
  Dobbs Ferry - Westchester
Peekskill Brewery Gastropub
  Peekskill - Westchester
Posto 22 Italian
  New Rochelle - Westchester
Rainwater Grill American
  Hastings on Hudson - Westchester
Red Hat On The River French / American
  Irvington - Westchester
Restaurant North Farm Driven American
  Armonk - Westchester
River City Grille Eclectic / American
  Irvington - Westchester
Ruby's Oyster Bar & Bistro Seafood
  Rye - Westchester
Ruth's Chris Steakhouse Steakhouse
  Tarrytown - Westchester
Rye Grill & Bar, The American Fusion
  Rye - Westchester
Scaramella's Italian
  Dobbs Ferry - Westchester
Sonora Restaurant Modern Latin
  Port Chester - Westchester
Sweet Grass Grill American
  Tarrytown - Westchester
Tap House, The American
  Tuckahoe - Westchester
Tarry Tavern New American
  Tarrytown - Westchester
Thyme Restaurant New American
  Yorktown Heights - Westchester
Tombolino Ristorante Modern Italian
  Yonkers - Westchester
Tramonto Restaurant Italian
  Hawthorne - Westchester
Trevi Restaurant Italian
  West Harrison - Westchester
Turkish Meze Restaurant Mediterranean / Turkish
  Mamaroneck - Westchester
Via Vanti! Eclectic / Italian
  Mount Kisco - Westchester
Woods at Hollow Brook, The French Fusion
  Cortlandt Manor - Westchester
X2O - Xaviars On The Hudson Contemporary American
  Yonkers - Westchester
Zitoune Restaurant Moroccan / Mediterranean
  Mamaroneck - Westchester
Zuppa Restaurant Modern Italian
  Yonkers - Westchester

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X2O
71 Water Grant Street, Yonkers, NY 10701

Turkish Meze
409 Mount Pleasant Ave, Mamaroneck, NY 10543

Escoffier Restaurant
1946 Campus Dr, Hyde Park, NY 12538

Half Moon
1 High Street, Dobbs Ferry, NY 10522

Zitoune
1127 W Boston Post Rd, Mamaroneck, NY 10543

La Lanterna
23 Gray Oaks Ave, Yonkers, NY 10710

Via Vanti
Moun Kisco, NY, Moun Kisco, NY

Crabtree's Kittle House
11 Kittle Road, Chappaqua, NY 10514

Posto 22
22 Division St, New Rochelle, NY 10801

Hudson's Ribs & Fish
1099 Route 9, Fishkill, NY 12524

Tombolino Ristorante
356 Kimball Avenue, Yonkers, NY 10704

Raccoon Saloon
Main, Marlboro, NY 12542

Aroma Osteria
114 Old Post Rd, Wappingers Falls, NY 12590

Opus 465
465 Main Street, Armonk, NY 10564

Cup & Saucers Restaurant
82 Boniface Dr, Pine Bush, NY 12566

Parkside Restaurant
148 W 1st St, Mount Vernon, NY 10550

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

Luciano's Italian Restaurant
2192 Central Park Ave, Yonkers, NY 10710

Rick's Club American
173 Lake Rd, Congers, NY 10920

Wildfire Grill
74 Clinton St, Montgomery, NY 12549

American Bounty Restaurant
1946 Campus Dr, Hyde Park, NY 12538

Ship Lantern Inn
1725 Route 9W, Milton, NY 12547

Cafe Pitti
40 Front St, Newburgh, NY 12550

Lexington Square Cafe
510 Lexington Avenue, Mount Kisco, NY 10549

Caravela
53 N Broadway, Tarrytown, NY 10591

Cosimo's On Union
1217 Route 300, Newburgh, NY 12550

Village Tea Room
10 Plattekill Ave, New Paltz, NY 12561

Cena 2000
50 Front St Ste 100, Newburgh, NY 12550

Hidden Cellar
RR 9, Marlboro, NY 12542

Back Yard Bistro
1118 State Route 17K, Montgomery, NY 12549

Cafe Amarcord
276 Main St, Beacon, NY 12508

Tramonto Restaurant
27 Saw Mill River Rd, Hawthorne, NY 10532

Mount Ivy Cafe
14 Thiells Mount Ivy Rd, Pomona, NY 10970

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

River City Grille
6 South Broadway, Irvington, NY 10533

Iron Horse Grill
20 Wheeler Ave, Pleasantville, NY 10570

Iron Forge Inn
Iron Forge Rd, Bellvale, NY 10912

Le Fontane Restaurant
137 Route 100, Katonah, NY 10536

Zuppa Restaurant
55 Main St, Yonkers, NY 10701

Ravi Continental Cuisine
150 Lafayette Ave, Suffern, NY 10901

Peekskill Brewery
55 Hudson Avenue, Peekskill, NY 10566

Red Devon Restaurant
108 Hunns Lake Rd, Stanfordville, NY 12581

Augie's Prime Cut Restaurant & Bar
3436 Lexington Ave, Mohegan Lake, NY 10547

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

The Tap House
16 Depot Square, Tuckahoe, NY 10707

Two Spear Street
2 Spear St, Nyack, NY 10960

Division Street Grill
26 N Division St, Peekskill, NY 10566

Stissing House
7801 S Main St, Pine Plains, NY 12567

Harvest On Hudson Restaurant
1 River St, Hastings On Hudson, NY 10706

Canterbury Brook Inn Restaurant
331 Main St, Cornwall, NY 12518

Sweet Grass Grill
24 Main Street, Tarrytown, NY 10591

The Terrace Club
825 South Lake Blvd., Mahopac, NY 10541

Orissa Restaurant
14 Cedar St, Dobbs Ferry, NY 10522

Birdsall House
970 Main St, Peekskill, NY 10566

Rainwater Grill
19 Main St, Hastings-on-Hudson, NY 10706

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  1. Thanks for posting this, MisterBill. I intend to try Valley (finally) and Restaurant North this year. Since both are rather pricey, hopefully their RW menus will entice me to return at full price.

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    1. re: i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream

      Yes, North was a major addition. My only problem is that I do not eat pork, and from their reviews it appears that pork is their favorite ingredient, so I am not sure that it's worth making a reservation without seeing the menu.

    2. Thanks for posting MisterBill. Do you, or anyone else, haven't done restaurant week up here yet and want to hit several places this year - finally. However, I do recall some posts in previous years complaining that certain restaurants weren't offering good restaurant week menu options.

      Do you - or anyone else - have specific recs for restaurants that have done/do a good job with solid restaurant week menus and, as important, have any experience with those that don't?

      Thanks.

      1. I'm excited! I've gone somewhere the past 3 years in a row, with last year being the best (Tavern and Twist (RIP)). I might like to try X20 this year finally, as well as Valley. Menus do play a big role for me though so I'm excited to see them. There were a couple of places that didn't have any main courses I'd be interested in trying. Of course, I suppose I should just be more adventurous and open!

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        1. re: Solstice444

          Wow, I did not know that Twist closed, that is too bad. Do you know what happened? I really liked the food there.

          As long time posters here know I kind of overdo it during HVRW. Last year, we ate at Union Restaurant & Bar Latino, Terrace Club, Valley (twice), Terrapin, Cafe of Love, Red Devon and X2O. All of them had interesting menus and I enjoyed all of them except for Terrace Club. I always pick based on the menu, and in fact a couple of years ago I cancelled a reservation a 42 because I did not like their menu. However, the reviews for them during HVRW have generally been good, so I may try them this year. Will also go to Thyme since they are local. Will probably go back to Union and Red Devon (although they are not doing Saturdays this year). Want to get to Back Yard Bistro (and I emailed them and was told they are taking reservations now so I have to figure out what I want to do and call). I think we will also try to get to Crave since I did not get there last year (I had a reservation but cancelled it when we decided to do Valley a second time with my kids).

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          X2O
          71 Water Grant Street, Yonkers, NY 10701

          Cafe of Love
          38 E Main St, Mount Kisco, NY 10549

          Back Yard Bistro
          1118 State Route 17K, Montgomery, NY 12549

          Red Devon Restaurant
          108 Hunns Lake Rd, Stanfordville, NY 12581

          The Terrace Club
          825 South Lake Blvd., Mahopac, NY 10541

          1. re: MisterBill2

            See this thread about Twist closing: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/749729
            It's disappointing. A group of about 14 friends and I went there for RW last year and we all really enjoyed it. I would've definitely gone back during RW this year (my budget is limited so I rarely splurge during the year).

            I have been to Crave and think it is worth trying during RW.

            1. re: Solstice444

              I agree with Solstice. Crave was excellent last year during RW.

        2. Some of my favorite restaurants are on this year's list. I'm excited.

          1. I went to X2O last year with a group of women, and the menu was amazing. We each ordered something different, and passed the plates around. Chef Kelly did not dissapoint! Also amazing were the specialty drinks that were offered, at a discount using all local ingredients. Can't wait to go back this year!

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            X2O
            71 Water Grant Street, Yonkers, NY 10701

            1. So... a lot of the participating restaurants have their menus up... what reservations have you CHs made? I've got North and Valley booked for a Friday and Saturday, respectively (Valley does not exclude Saturdays, which is nice). I might add one more to the mix-- 42 intrigues me but no menu yet-- but last year I had to throw in the towel after two very decadent meals and cancel my 3rd reservation. If only they'd add a third week!

              ETA: Scratch that, 42 does have their RW menu on their own website, and it doesn't look very interesting. I think I'll skip it.

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              1. re: i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream

                First year for Velo in Nyack for this RW. I'll be there!

                1. re: menton1

                  I too was interested in trying Velo's so I promptly made reservations shortly after RW was announced. At that time the website stated that Friday's were included in RW. Apparently, Velo's changed their mind about that and never bothered to contact me until the day before our reservation. I would have appreciated knowing about the change when it occured and giving me the choice of either still going there or making a reservation at another one of the restaurants that were participating in RW. After all, the purpose of RW is to get people to try the place. I was not happy that the restaurant did not bother to contact us earlier and told them they could cancel our reservation if that was the case. I had heard good things about the food but If this is a sample of how customers are treated at Velo, I'll pass.

                  1. re: mkl19

                    At least you cancelled your reservation. Many people would probably just go anyway and pay regular price, which rewards the restaurant for what they've done.

                2. re: i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream

                  I am kind of disappointed that so many restaurants do NOT have their menus up, and even more so that several have not responded to emails asking about the same. I had been planning to skip X2O this year but their menu sounded good so we are going there the last Sunday. Going to Valley the 2nd Saturday (similar story, was planning to skip but their menu looks great -- will you be there the same night??). Just today made a reservation for the first Saturday at Artists Palate in Poughkeepsie (I was pleasantly surprised to find that they still had reservations, I would have thought they would be filling up). They still do not have their menu (person confirmed that on the phone) but I recall it has been interesting in the past and they have not done HVRW on Saturday night previously. I had also called Crave but they did not call back yet and their menu is also not posted. I made a reservation for Back Yard Bistro in Montgomery for the 1st Sunday, wanted to get there last year (I had read some great reviews) but never did and their menu is interesting. Interestingly, BYB gets a 26 for food in Zagat, and I'll bet most people here have never heard of them.

                  I have weekday reservations for North and Red Hat for the first week (easy to do since they are on Opentable) but I am waiting to see their menus before making a final decision. Also waiting to see what Thyme is going to have. Amusingly, they had been linked to an Opentable entry for a Thyme on Long Island, a co-worker had made a reservation at that one. Then she called the restaurant and made a reservation directly, and the person she spoke to had no idea what HVRW was. I emailed them, no response.

                  I was going to back to Union Restaurant in West Haverstraw (which is actually not all that close to me in Yorktown but we went last year on a weekday) but did not like their menu (it looks good if you like shrimp -- I do not eat shellfish). Almost made a reservation at 42 but stopped when I saw the $25 deposit requirement.

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                  X2O
                  71 Water Grant Street, Yonkers, NY 10701

                  Back Yard Bistro
                  1118 State Route 17K, Montgomery, NY 12549

                  1. re: MisterBill2

                    Update: Crave's menu is on the HVRW website. Red Hat's is at the top of the page on their own site.

                  2. re: i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream

                    BTW I just checked in Opentable and X2O is pretty much booked for the 2 weeks. So some restaurants are busy. If you are a Costco member and are heading to X or X2O, you can buy Xaviar's gift certificates there at a 20% discount to make it even more of a steal!

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                    X2O
                    71 Water Grant Street, Yonkers, NY 10701

                    1. re: MisterBill2

                      North's menu is finally posted on the HVRW website. Looks good to me, so I guess I will be using my reservation.

                  3. Well there has been another event in Orange - Winter Dining in the Warwick Valley, which ends today. Some restaurants that participated in that are not going to post their HVRW menus yet.

                    1. Looking for opinions here. Look at this HVRW menu for the new Woods at Hollow Brook in Cortlandt Manor. My opinion is that the appetizers and desserts are really interesting, but the entrees are not what one would expect of a HVRW menu. Curious to know if others agree.

                      http://www.hudsonvalleyrestaurantweek...

                      1. I made reservations at The Artist's Palate and Crave this year. I really want to go to Restaurant North, but I think I'm going to have to go after RW.

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                        The Artist's Palate
                        307 Main St, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601

                        1 Reply
                        1. re: applesauce23

                          I just called Artists Palate today and they will not have their RW menu until next Monday. I called Crave and was able to get a reservation for next Saturday. Their menu looks pretty good to me.

                        2. Has anyone ever been to 121 in North Salem? The menu looks good and I think I might try to go there.

                          2 Replies
                          1. re: Solstice444

                            The only thing I remember a bout them is an article a year or two about about someone who went for HVRW and found that the RW menu was only given on request.

                            1. re: MisterBill2

                              Went to Il Barilotto in Fishkill last night. They presented the HVRW menu right away and had some amazing feature wines on the back of the menu as well. Dinner was fantastic. The place was packed being that they don't accept reservations for parties under five. Our wait was only 20 minutes and it was worth it.

                          2. For anyone who might be interested it looks like Azuma Sushi in Hartsdale has a restaurant week menu.
                            Restaurant Week Special 3/15 - 3/27
                            Azuma Dinner Combo $30
                            Soup or Salad +
                            11pcs Assorted Sushi and 1 roll +
                            Ice Cream

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                            Azuma
                            219 E Hartsdale Ave, Hartsdale, NY 10530

                            7 Replies
                            1. re: chowdom

                              What happened to the $28 advertised price? What's the $2 for?

                              1. re: menton1

                                I assume your question is rhetorical.
                                However, FYI, Azuma is not listed on the official resto week website. They just have mention of a special on their website.
                                http://www.azumasushihartsdale.com/ne...

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                                Azuma
                                219 E Hartsdale Ave, Hartsdale, NY 10530

                                1. re: mrsdebdav

                                  Pretty dumb of them. The idea of RW is publicity, spreading the word, and getting repeat customers. They should have participated, and done without the $2.

                                  1. re: menton1

                                    I was providing information, not requesting a marketing disquisition.

                                    1. re: menton1

                                      They probably didn't do it because they have to pay to be part of HVRW, $750 last time I checked (last year). BTW I do not see the RW menu on their website. Maybe the HVRW people got wind of it.

                                      1. re: MisterBill2

                                        It's located at the bottom of the home page

                                        1. re: chowdom

                                          Still not seeing it. I turned off my ad blocker and now see "Upcoming Events:
                                          Stay tuned for future events! " which is where I assume it was.

                              2. Although they are not listed on the restaurant week website Azuma Sushi in Hartsdale has posted a restaurant week menu on their website. IMHO they have the best sushi around with the exception of sushi nanase.

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                                Azuma
                                219 E Hartsdale Ave, Hartsdale, NY 10530

                                1. We ate at North last night and it was AMAZING. I would definitely go back for full price, and I do not say that about many places I eat at for RW.

                                  My wife had the beet salad, root vegetable lasagna and chocolate bread pudding. I had the salmon crudo, striped bass and skillet cookie. My only complaint is that the salmon crudo portion was rather small, although it was very tasty. I was going to try to get back there for lunch during RW, but I just checked and they have nothing before 1:45 any days so I don't think that will be happening.

                                  Oh, and they give you a packaged cranberry muffin with the check. Looking forward to having it for breakfast in the morning! Nice touch!

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                                  1. re: MisterBill2

                                    So we went to North last night. I'd never been and I was hoping it would make me a convert. As far as the food goes, I'd say they succeeded. The service was a little scattered-- instead of one server, there were at least 5-6 people who seemed to be sharing all the upstairs tables. Everyone was pleasant, though.

                                    I was also a little miffed at the table they gave us next to the stairs, which seemed like it was added as an afterthought to allow for more people to be seated. The upstairs room probably is very nice at night, but on such a gorgeous early evening, I felt it was a little stuffy and dull (despite the skylights, which are a nice touch) and would have rather been downstairs, which is more open to the outside and seems a little more fun and lively. I would ask to be seated downstairs if I returned, and I would also go later for dinner, or for lunch at some point.

                                    But the quibbles end there. The food is excellent and the RW menu is quite a bargain for the quality of food you get. We couldn't get enough of the warm pumpernickel rolls with warm herb butter. They have some interesting beers and cocktails too, and 3 bottles of wine for $28 for RW. The appetizers were great. We tried the salmon, which was delicious with the salty olives and sweet, tart blood orange. I got the polentina, which was almost like polenta soup, which a rich broth drizzled with olive oil and crumbled sausage.

                                    For entrees, I got the wild striped bass, which was cooked perfectly-- moist and flaky with crispy, salty skin. It came with cauliflower and a puree (potato? not sure). My husband devoured his porchetta, which was tender and flavorful, and buttery crispy potatoes.

                                    Dessert was the best part. The cookie skillet is unbelievably good and I would make a special trip back for that alone. Your own mini cast iron skillet (complete with a cozy for the handle) with a fresh baked cookie topped with an ENORMOUS scoop of excellent vanilla ice cream-- this was just amazing. The chocolate bread pudding was equally decadent and rich, but just couldn't compare to that cookie. Wow. We were a little surprised by the price for coffee and tea service ($5 each), but it was French press coffee and a pot of very good loose leaf tea. The muffin for the next morning is a cute touch.

                                    We were both really impressed with the food. However, this will probably not become a "regular" place for us. It is a little too far out of the way and the normal prices are a little too high. For a special occasion dinner I'd be more likely to go to X2O because while I think North's food is more to my taste, X2O also has the view and feels more special. For a local emphasis I'd be more likely to go to Tavern in Garrison, which is more convenient. I do think I would return for lunch.

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                                    X2O
                                    71 Water Grant Street, Yonkers, NY 10701

                                    1. re: i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream

                                      Great review! We also loved the rolls, but they only bring one per person at a time, and if you want another, they have to go down and bring them up on a plate. The seeds on the outside make for a messy table. The butter was actually apple according to our server and yes it was delicious. I think the puree might have been Jerusalem artichoke since that was mentioned on the menu. We got the same desserts and yes the cookie was deserving of the "super awesome" name. We actually had a table for 4 (for 2 of us) against the far wall upstairs, which was certainly better than the table you got. Did they not offer you a table downstairs? If we had taken the table they offered us down there, it would have been against the front windows, and it was chilly that night. We were happy we ate upstairs, but we are older than you and probably appreciate a more sedate dining experience :-).

                                      Are you going to X2O for RW? We are going to Crave tonight, Back Yard Bistro tomorrow, Tarry Tavern Tuesday, probably Cienega on Thursday (I need to call -- I love it when the restaurants are on Opentable), then closing it out with Valley and X2O next weekend.

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                                      X2O
                                      71 Water Grant Street, Yonkers, NY 10701

                                      Back Yard Bistro
                                      1118 State Route 17K, Montgomery, NY 12549

                                      1. re: MisterBill2

                                        Ah, apple butter. I knew herb butter didn't sound right when I wrote that. And yes, you're right, that must have been artichoke puree.

                                        They didn't offer us a table downstairs. We had an early reservation (6ish) but they were quite crowded so maybe there were none available. I guess because it was on the early side there were actually quite a few families upstairs with young children (the ones closest to us playing with their Nintendo DSes and Iphones all meal long, sigh) which surprised me, as I didn't really think it was a family restaurant.

                                        I've been to X2O for RW twice in the past couple of years and I have to say I vastly prefer visiting it during the rest of the year. The two times I went during RW I felt rushed and that the food wasn't up to their usual standards, and also we didn't get great tables. I'd rather spend a little extra and go another time. I'll be at Valley next week... really looking forward to that.

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                                        X2O
                                        71 Water Grant Street, Yonkers, NY 10701

                                        1. re: i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream

                                          We too tried North for the first time on Tue eve, We loved the food/service/ambiance and table downstairs in front near the bar/front door. I also had the striped bass w/puree and asked the waitress what the puree was as I almost picked up the dish to lick it clean. At least the night we were there it was celery root puree. The heirloom beet salad, simple as it was, was amazing. I disagree about the chocolate bread pudding -- didn't like it at all and instead ended up sharing my BF's skillet choc chip cookie which was huge & yummy.

                                          1. re: cloverose

                                            So what was the puree? I realized the Jerusalem artichoke was listed with another dish. So it might have been cauliflower, even though it was also served unpureed.

                                            1. re: MisterBill2

                                              Celery root! I'm going to try that one at home should I find a recipe.

                                          2. re: i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream

                                            We went to X2O last week for the RW menu. We hadn't been before, but it'd been on our list for a long, long time. Our table was OK, though I thought the room in general was weird - oddly lit (overly bright except two of the three decorative chandeliers were turned off??) and the swirly carpet was a bit banqueting hall-ish. Music was a mix of nothing, awful Celine Dion, and some other really random stuff. Please tell me the ambience is normally better!

                                            The food: I normally order fish when we go out as Husband doesn't eat it so I rarely cook it at home. As we'd had our pre-dinner drink in view of the sushi bar, I ordered the sushi app as it all looked so delicious. It was... fine. The crunchy outside (briefly fried I guess, I naively hadn't expected that and am not really a huge fan of fried stuff) was a distraction; the inside was perfectly... fine. Husband's butternut soup was really quite good, though honestly I felt it was a tiny bit undersalted.

                                            I found the salt in my entree, the pork. WHOAH. Salt. SALT. The cheddar grits were absolutely delicious, the pork beautifully cooked, but the level of salt was just absolutely mouth-puckering. The fried cauliflower was, well, fried, and FAR too fried for me, too rich for the dish in general. I was pining for some levity on my plate.

                                            Husband's short ribs were delicious, and even when eating around the fat (there was a lot of fat on those), there was still a giant portion.

                                            Desserts - he had the banana bread pudding, which was good but not transcendent. I had the lemon tart which was as sweet-tart as it should have been, though the blackberry sorbet would have benefited from standing out of the freezer for a couple of extra minutes for the ice crystals to soften.

                                            I mean, yes, $28 is not a lot of money. And X2O certainly didn't stint on the portions. But I would have preferred to have a smaller amount of food that seemed better curated. The service was rather rushed and abrupt, and seeing the big assembly station in the middle of the room was a little offputting. Based on my experience last week alone, I would push X2O off my list of special-occasion places. But my suspicion is that the rest-of-the-year experience is better than that. Am I right?

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                                            X2O
                                            71 Water Grant Street, Yonkers, NY 10701

                                            1. re: Mrs.Sean

                                              Your experience is exactly why I will never go back to X2O during RW (or for brunch, for a lot of the same reasons). I'm sorry your meal was disappointing, but I really urge you to try back at some point in the future for their regular menu. On a regular day I feel there is so much more care given to service and food.

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                                              X2O
                                              71 Water Grant Street, Yonkers, NY 10701

                                              1. re: i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream

                                                I will, Ice Cream - thanks for confirming my suspicion! Good to get your tip on brunch, too. Dinner it is.

                                              2. re: Mrs.Sean

                                                Sorry you didn't have such a great experience...mine was wonderful! I reserved as soon as the dates for RW were released, as I booked a table for 8. We had a back corner table with beautiful views of both bridges. Our server was very informative and told us in detail about the dishes. I too ordered the sushi roll and thought it was wonderful. Light crisp on the outside, tuna that melted in your mouth on the inside. I split this with my sister who ordered the tuna tartare special, not on the menu, but part of RW menu. This was wonderful as well..the wasabi foam giving it the right amount of kick. I am definalty going back for sushi there...
                                                For diner I had the cod. Perfectly cooked, light and just the righ amount of miso. My sister had the short ribs, which we changed plates half way through. There was no fat as you discribed, but the dish was very fillling...I wish I had kept the fish all to my self! The grits were cheesy and buttery and decident...this didn't leave much room for desert.
                                                I ordered the lemon tart, and she the creme brulee. Both were real good, but the brulee was not bruleed...I missed that crunch when you break open the top layer.
                                                We were not rushed out, we took almost 3 hours for dinner. I guess they expect that with such a large table. With all that being said, I was disappointed in the bathrooms. For a Wednesday night, it was busy, but the bathroom was a mess..

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                                                X2O
                                                71 Water Grant Street, Yonkers, NY 10701

                                            2. re: MisterBill2

                                              MisterBill, have you seen the review of Valley on Liz Johnson's website? It sounds and looks fantastic. I can't wait!! http://food.lohudblogs.com/2011/03/24...

                                        2. Tarry Tavern's menu is finally posted on the HVRW website. Looks really good, lots of stuff from their regular menu. Looking forward to my dinner there next Tuesday.

                                          Question for those in the south shore part of the county. What would you recommend in the Pelham area? I need to be there around 8:30 to pick up my son who is getting a ride home from school, so I figured we'd eat down there. I was disappointed to find that there is only one participating restaurant in Pelham, Bistro Rollin, and I'll just say that their menu choices do not excite me (no thank you to pigs feet). There are some places in New Rochelle but nothing that really thrilled me (Posto 22 wasn't bad). Nothing in Larchmont. I would have tried Fig & Olive in Scarsdale (not close but close enough) but they're booked. I finally decided upon Le Provencal Bistro in Mamaroneck, which has an interesting and large menu and seems to have a good reputation. Did I miss something better in the area?

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                                          Bistro Rollin
                                          142 5th Ave, Pelham, NY 10803

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                                          1. re: MisterBill2

                                            Don't laugh but Pelham pizzeria (113 5th avenue)has surprisingly good food and is practically across the street from Bistro Rollin. You will eat well and not spend a fortune.

                                            1. re: chowdom

                                              Yeah, but it's HVRW and I'd like to eat somewhere for that. My son won't be back until at least 8:30, so I can eat a reasonable dinner and then kill time at Fairway, where we're meeting him (his friend is driving him from Delaware and is heading to Long Island and goes via the GWB anyway, and I couldn't think of anyplace good to meet up in the Bronx that would easy to explain for them to get to and where I'd want to wait for him at night).

                                              1. re: MisterBill2

                                                Did you check out Cienega in New Rochelle? I have not been, but it seems to meet your geographic and HVRW requirements.
                                                http://www.cienegarestaurant.com
                                                Menu is not on the HVRW site, but it is on their website:
                                                http://www.cienegarestaurant.com/Cien...
                                                Hope this helps.

                                                1. re: mrsdebdav

                                                  Thanks for the suggestion -- that does look pretty good. I will have to get the fish without the shrimp but I assume that will not be a problem. It's a limited menu but there's stuff that both my wife and myself would eat. And it's different.

                                                  I must admit that the $1 charge for extra bread on the normal menu seems rather strange (and petty). Also none of the dishes appear to be from the regular menu. Even the ceviche is a different fish, presumably cheaper, although it works out for me since I don't eat shellfish and this is fluke.

                                          2. I don't know if it's just me - but the 3 restaurants I've tried so far for RW - I'm not impressed by the deal. I'd much rather just order an interesting appetizer and entree on the regular menu and skip the dessert for my money. I don't know if I'd do HVRW again.

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                                            1. re: demifast

                                              That's too bad. I've been to 4 places: North, Red Hat, Crave and Back Yard Bistro. Only Red Hat failed to wow me. Are you picking places based on their menu? I never go to a place that does not have stuff on their RW menu that my wife and I would be interested in eating.

                                              Tarry Tavern tonight.

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                                              Back Yard Bistro
                                              1118 State Route 17K, Montgomery, NY 12549

                                              1. re: demifast

                                                I'm with you, demi. Not at all interested in desserts and, as I'm veg, most of the RW menus don't apply.
                                                I'd rather order 3 apps and skip the entree and the dessert.
                                                I always order wine, which brings up the RW bill to regular price levels anyway.

                                                1. re: mrsdebdav

                                                  My wife (not usually veggie) ordered completely vegetarian meals at both North and Back Yard Bistro and had excellent meals (and desserts at both were excellent). Don't see how you can claim that ordering wine brings the RW bill up to regular price levels, given that it would add the same amount to regular menu prices. I think you have your math a bit confused there.

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                                                  Back Yard Bistro
                                                  1118 State Route 17K, Montgomery, NY 12549

                                                  1. re: MisterBill2

                                                    Sorry if unclear, but I never order dessert.
                                                    3 apps plus wine on regular menu approximately equals resto week special plus wine, but I get to order what I want.

                                              2. I'm planning to go to Crave tonight for RW (menu here: http://www.hudsonvalleyrestaurantweek... ). Any recommendations? I'm thinking braised pork belly, short ribs, and red velvet cake, but I'm totally willing to hear any suggestions. TIA!

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                                                1. re: applesauce23

                                                  Ended up getting the braised pork belly appetizer for starters. My friends got the tuna carpaccio and the asian salad. They all agreed that I got the best appetizer by far. Flavorful, perfectly cooked, and a great start to the meal. I ordered the sea bream with sweet corn and edamame and tequila lime butter sauce. It was delicious. Two filets, a touch on the dry side, but complimented with the sweet/salty/sour of the sauce and vegetable mix. I'm not normally a fish person, but I really enjoyed this entree. One of my friends loved her braised short ribs, but took half home with her. My other two friends polished off their roasted chicken entrees. The red velvet cake was very good. It was great with the cream cheese ice cream. The service was attentive throughout the meal after a little confusion about our reservation in the beginning. The portions were generous, the amuse bouche (tuna tartare, I believe) was great, the rosemary bread was delicious, and the evening was so great. Kudos to Crave for another wonderful RW meal.

                                                  1. re: applesauce23

                                                    I'd been planning to check out Crave for a long time, and the opportunity just happened to arise during HVRW. A friend and I sneaked in Saturday night and got the high top near the bar. The polenta with roasted mushrooms and poached egg was fantastic: soft, warming, earthy. I had the seam bream, too; mine was perfectly cooked. My favorite part of that red velvet dessert was the cream cheese ice cream—wowie. I'll definitely return.

                                                    1. re: applesauce23

                                                      I also had a problem with my Crave reservation. They had not called to confirm, and were closed when I called to verify my reservation before leaving early in the afternoon. We got there early to walk on the walkway, so we went in to make sure everything was OK. They could not find our reservation! Fortunately it was 45 minutes before the reservation time so they told us not to worry, they'd figure something out. When we got back, they had found our name on a different sheet. They definitely need a better system there. Even with the trouble, they gave us a great table, the round one in the front window, and the food was excellent.

                                                  2. I went to Restaurant 121 in North Salem tonight. The decor was very simple, nice ambiance - it's a house that was turned into a restaurant. They were featuring specials on local beer and local wine, always a nice touch. My father and I both had the Captain Lawrence Pale Ale, which is my favorite beer that they brew. For the appetizer we both ordered cornmeal encrusted calamari with wilted greens in a Thai chili basil vinaigrette. It was excellent. I ordered the hangar steak for my meal which came with fingerling potatoes and other vegetables. I ordered it medium but it was more like medium rare. I ate it anyway and it was good. My father got the rigatoni dish. It was good, but nothing special, you could get a better pasta dish at most Italian restaurants probably. For dessert I had the honey walnut tart and he had the Captain Lawrence Pale Ale pound cake with dulce de leche ice cream. The cake/ice cream was good, but the honey walnut tart was too sweet. The service was good and overall the experience was enjoyable. The calamari appetizer was definitely the highlight of the meal. The place was crowded, but not so much that we couldn't get a table, there were a few empty when we got there at 7 pm. The restaurant is out of the way for both my father and I, but it was equidistant for us to meet up at and we liked the menu, which is why we chose it. If it was closer I would go back and try their wood fired pizzas from their regular menu, which were reasonably priced and had some interesting combinations. My father said he would probably go back, it's a bit closer to him. Overall, I would recommend it!

                                                    1. Hmm, last year the restaurant list was up by January 13...hopefully this year's will be up fairly soon as well! A bit disappointed to see they are raising dinner prices by $2, now it's $29.95. Lunch they raised $1. I'm not sure how much it's been raised by in past years. I do believe the first year I went, back in 2009, dinner was something like $25 or $26, a really good deal.

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                                                      1. re: Solstice444

                                                        If the restaurants have good menus, it's still a good deal at a slightly higher price.

                                                        I was watching Good Day NY yesterday and Rosanna Scotto (whose family owns a fancy Italian restaurant in Manhattan) was talking to her co-host about NYCRW, and he was saying that many restaurants will put RW patrons at crappy tables near the kitchen. She acknowledged that this was true, or they limit the reservations to early and late times (she said that their restaurant did not do RW). I've never run into the crappy table problem when I've been to HVRW. Has anyone else had that?

                                                        1. re: MisterBill2

                                                          I remember only one time when I was near the kitchen and I didn't feel as though it was on purpose. I haven't run into the reservation time issue either.

                                                          1. re: Solstice444

                                                            not a bad table, but I've had to ask for the RW menu and they begrudgingly give it to me this has happened several times over the years

                                                            1. re: debmom

                                                              Tarry Tavern did not give the HVRW menu to a co-worker I had convinced to eat there last year (after I had a great meal there and DID get the menu without asking) and they did not know to ask. I'm pretty sure I posted about it in this thread and I posted on the HVRW FB page. I hate it when they don't give you the menu automatically.

                                                              I recall that a small number of restaurants did have limited times available for the HVRW menu. 42 comes to mind.

                                                      2. The site says check back on January 23 for the list of restaurants...once it comes out then we can start the 2012 HVRW thread!