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What do you recommend at North

roxlet Mar 23, 2011 07:39 AM

I am so excited that we have a dinner reservation at North in Armonk for next Thursday, and I was wondering if there are 'don't miss' dishes that I should keep an eye out for. There will be three of us so we can cover quite a bit of ground.

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    wincountrygirl RE: roxlet Mar 23, 2011 09:12 AM

    Someone recently posted that their porchetta is amazing.

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      roxlet RE: wincountrygirl Mar 23, 2011 12:05 PM

      Yes, I saw that! I think that one of us will definitely order that.

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      MRS RE: roxlet Mar 23, 2011 02:05 PM

      Please, oh please have the porchetta!!! You will not be sorry! We also happen to love the mushroom flatbread, roasted beet salad, the orecchiette just about any way they do it, the bucatini is damn good, too. We have enjoyed the short ribs numerous times and I just discovered how awesome the Bubba burger is, too. Have a great time! I know you will love it there!

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        wincountrygirl RE: MRS Apr 1, 2011 09:12 AM

        I'm so excited - going next Friday. We snagged an early reservation. Porchetta here I come!!

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          roxlet RE: wincountrygirl Apr 1, 2011 10:20 AM

          I was disappointed that the tuna tartare wasn't on the menu last night, and I just heard more good things about it from a friend today. Definitely order that as one of your apps along with the flat bread if it's on the menu!

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            MRS RE: wincountrygirl Apr 1, 2011 11:58 AM

            I am so excited for you!! If you want people-watching and buzz, sit downstairs. If you want a bit more intimate, ask for upstairs. Either way, you will be in heaven! The thing to remember also is, they really are committed to using what is fresh and available to them from their local purveyors, which means you may not always get exactly the same dish twice. However, they work very hard to keep the menu fairly consistent within a season.
            wincountrygirl, I look foward to hearing about your experience.

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              wincountrygirl RE: MRS Apr 1, 2011 03:15 PM

              Thanks. We actually went when they first opened but have not been back since August so I am really looking forward to it. I'll report back next week!

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                wincountrygirl RE: MRS Apr 9, 2011 04:04 AM

                Went last night and I could not wait to report back. I have to say, it was one of the most memorable meals I've had in Westchester. Three of us went. First they brought fantastic pumpernickel rolls with apple butter. The sweetness of the butter was balanced by salt on top. Much better than I would have thought. We started with a roasted bone marrow with cippoline and balsamic for the table. It came with a piece of grilled bread that really set off all the flavors. Wonderful. My husband did an all appetizer night, so the heirloom beet salad, tuna tartar with wasabi vinaigrette and the fois gras with the peanut butter. Everything was excellent. My neighbor and I had ony two courses, so while my husband was enjoying his tuna the chef sent us the buccantini with rock shrimp and truffle. Excellent - the truffle and the shrimp were a great combo. On to the main course................ the porchetta!! MRS - I can't thank you enought for that rec - I do not usually eat pork but this was one of the best things I have ever eaten. The pork was melt in your mouth and that crispy skin on top........... wish I had more of it. And the crispy potatoes - wow, small potatoes crushed flat and perfectly crispy on all sides. What a treat. Dessert was the expresso/chocolate cookie with chocolate ice cream.. Yum. And, so happy we got our muffins this time!!!! The service was also excellent - not rushed at all. We had 5:30 reservations and did not leave until 8:30. All in all, a wonderful meal and I can't wait to go back.

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                  MRS RE: wincountrygirl Apr 9, 2011 08:45 AM

                  wincountrygirl- I am soooo thrilled that your experience, and your porchetta, was fabulous!! The porchetta was seriously unlike anything I have ever had in my life. Amazing. I was just reading your post to The Husband and smiling. It sounds like you had a quite a night.

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                    wincountrygirl RE: MRS Apr 9, 2011 08:57 AM

                    It was amazing!! Can't wait to go back. Actually have reservations at Buffet de la Gare, which I also love, for our anniversary in May, but... seriously thinking North instead!!

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                      MRS RE: wincountrygirl Apr 9, 2011 03:09 PM

                      I never been to Buffet de la Gare, but have always wanted to try it. We celebrate everything ( and nothing specific) at North.

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                    roxlet RE: wincountrygirl Apr 10, 2011 09:23 AM

                    I so agree with you, winecountrygirl! I was telling someone about our meal at North and I said that it was one of the very best meals that I have had in Westchester. My only regret was that my husband ordered the porchetta, and that I didn't say, screw it, I'm ordering that too! Not that my entree wasn't delicious -- it was, but my one taste of the porchetta blew me away.

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                      wincountrygirl RE: roxlet Apr 10, 2011 04:57 PM

                      My husband had the same regret - though he enjoyed his food. Next time, 2 porchetta please!!!

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              cloverose RE: roxlet Mar 23, 2011 02:29 PM

              Sounds like you can't go wrong with anything you order. We were there for restaurant week for the first time -- I had the striped bass and loved it and my boyfriend had some perfect, tender chicken and loved it. A standout to me was the heirloom beet salad w/goat cheese. For dessert, everyone seems to go for the giant freshly baked choc chip cookie in the skillet with a scoop of ice cream and it was yummy. They have a super wine list too -- we really enjoyed a bottle of Robert Foley pinot blanc at $55. The only thing that I was disappointed in was the chocolate bread pudding -- didn't go for that at all. Enjoy your dinner!

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                wincountrygirl RE: cloverose Mar 23, 2011 02:42 PM

                Those fresh hot cookies are to die for!!

              2. Wingsjunkie RE: roxlet Mar 27, 2011 07:13 AM

                Went there for restaurant week last week and it was absolutly incredibly. Started with the bone marrow which was delicious, and had the Porchetta, which certainly lives up to the hype. The cookie for desert was about the best chocolate chip cookie i think ive ever had. Whatever you get you will not be disapointed

                1. menton1 RE: roxlet Mar 27, 2011 09:12 AM

                  Anyone know what their lunch menu is like?

                  1. roxlet RE: roxlet Apr 1, 2011 08:41 AM

                    We went to North for dinner last night and had a really lovely meal.
                    Our reservation was for 7:15, and we were seated immediately. The room was not as crowded as it would get, but I would definitely request the upstairs next time. We ordered cocktails, and that was the only glitch in service for the night. It took quite a bit of time, but our waitress came over to apologize that there had been a mix up at the bar. The drinks came very soon afterwards. I had a house cocktail that was a mixture of chamomile infused tequila, mint and sparkling wine. It was slightly bitter and a very nice pre-dinner drink. The DH had his usual martini, which was large and well-made.
                    For appetizers, the DH had a flatbread with ricotta, truffle oil, mushrooms, lardo and arugula. It was a stand out. I had buccatini with rock shrimp and bread crumbs. The interesting twist was that the breadcrumbs were made from the dark pumpernickel rolls that are served with apple butter (as an aside, the apple butter turned out to be savory/salty and much more delicious than we expected), and the dark crumbs added an additional visual interest to the pasta. It was delicious, but not necessarily super unique. My son had the orecchietti with a peasant ragu and it was very delicious.
                    For mains, my husband had the porchetta, which I tasted and was absolutely fabulous, as promised by poster MRS. I should have ordered it as well, but in the interest of diversity, I ordered the roasted baby chicken. It was perfectly done and the greens served with it were perfect. My son ordered the short rib, which was fabulous, and he would have licked the plate had he been at home!
                    For desserts, my son ordered the coffee/chocolate skillet cookie with a scoop of chocolate ice cream. It was delicious -- death by chocolate though, and something only a 15 year-old could get away with eating. I had the panna cotta with a blood orange compote, and for me, it was the perfect ending of the meal -- silky, not too sweet, but very satisfying.
                    I look forward to retuning to North when they are able to source more local produce. I can only imagine what magic they spin in the summer and local fall.
                    HIGHLY RECOMMEND!

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