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Churrasquiera Ribatejo, Ossining

menton1 Mar 27, 2011 12:05 PM

Anybody been to this place? I hear the food is awesome! How's the ambience of the restaurant?

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    jsigalow Mar 27, 2011 06:08 PM

    food is terrific Portugese home style cooking.for modest ambiance sit in the back dining room.

    1. menton1 Mar 28, 2011 01:55 PM

      None of the CH Croton folks know about this place? I thought it was quite popular!

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        Marge Mar 28, 2011 02:30 PM

        Although a few years old, this NYT article is still very accurate. http://www.nytimes.com/2007/07/15/nyr... We have been going there regularly for years--especially love the codfish cakes, clams, grilled whole chicken, Portuguese fried potatoes and homemade flan. Ambience is not their strong point--front room is cafeteria like, with a counter overlooking the grill, patronized mostly by workers enjoying some cervezas and snacks. Back dining room is far from handsome (the back wall has a bizarre slope), but it is clean, and the ambience is friendly--happy people enjoying reasonably priced delicious homey food and wine.

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          i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream Mar 28, 2011 05:04 PM

          As an Ossining resident, I feel guilty I haven't been yet... though I finally made it to Los Abuelos a couple of times (another local favorite I took my sweet time getting to!)... I guess this will be next on the list!

          Los Abuelos
          38 N Highland Ave, Ossining, NY 10562

          1. re: i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream
            Marge Mar 29, 2011 08:37 AM

            I Eat,,,have you been to Doca's? Another "Ossining gem".

            Docas Restaurant
            125 Main St, Ossining, NY 10562

      2. menton1 Mar 29, 2011 08:49 AM

        FYI Ribatejo participates in the Restaurant.com coupons. What a great deal!

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        1. re: menton1
          MisterBill2 Apr 8, 2011 10:37 PM

          We use the restaurant.com coupons for dinner and have a $35 meal (the minimum spend) that we usually get. Last time the server told us we had not spent enough, turns out she gave us the half dozen price for shrimp/cod cakes even though we got 3 of each. We just added the flan, which was better than expected, very dense (my wife does not like flan and she liked theirs). I'd order it in the future. BTW they are no longer valid on Fridays, I guess they get a lot of business then.

        2. menton1 Apr 8, 2011 09:22 AM

          Finally got over to this place yesterday. Foodie heaven! Wonderful, flavorful, well-prepared dishes! Back room ambience not awful, actually looks like a resto in Portugal! Love the azulejos (blue tiles) lining the walls.

          Rotisserie chicken is the main item, really good sides, the chips were great, rice and beans terrific, (very different from the Spanish ilk) even the stringbeans were made from fresh beans. At $9 for a half chicken this is a great deal.

          Have to get back there to sample other menu items, the steaks and the fish. The Mariscada sounds wonderful. Surprised this place is not more popular among CH-ers, it's a gem!

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          1. re: menton1
            Marge Apr 8, 2011 11:32 AM

            Glad you liked it menton1, as I wrote, we also love the clams, codfish cakes, flan....also the quail, grilled short ribs, grilled calamari and steak. Veggies are always fresh--we generally like broccoli and/or broccoli rabe sauteed with garlic. As long as we've been going there, we've actually never had the mariscada! If you like Portuguese food, I also highly recommend Doca's on Main St. in Ossining.

            Docas Restaurant
            125 Main St, Ossining, NY 10562

            1. re: Marge
              menton1 Apr 8, 2011 02:11 PM

              Spoke to the table next to us about Doca's. It's the same management, but they thought it is not as good as Ribatejo. I've got a lot of dishes yet to try at Ribatejo, so it will be a while before going elsewhere for Portuguese food!

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                MisterBill2 Apr 8, 2011 10:33 PM

                Are they really the same management (ownership, too?) as Doca? That is surprising since Doca seems to be much more expensive. Maybe they're for different audiences? I was actually supposed to get to Ribatejo for lunch Thursdaybut my co-worker got busy on a call. I've had a $10 restaurant.com certificate sitting on my desk for a few weeks now. I figure the whole chicken for $14 and some shrimp and cod cakes will feed the 3 of us with leftovers. Going to try again next week. BTW, I got a bit scared because I called before we were planning to head over, and got a recording saying that they were closed due to a family emergency, but the dates in the recording were for the previous week. I called again closer to noon and someone picked up; they had never changed the recording.

                Also interesting to hear that the veggies are fresh. I would not have expected that. I think we tried some one time and they were not fresh tasting. We usually get the potatoes and rice or salad.

                Docas Restaurant
                125 Main St, Ossining, NY 10562

                1. re: MisterBill2
                  Marge Apr 9, 2011 07:59 AM

                  I don't believe they're the same ownership--the lovely couple at the grill owns Ribatejo and Abel owns Doca's. The food is different, I don't think they're comparable. The attached NYT review is also very accurate--Doca's octopus salad is fabulous. http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage...
                  Although Doca's menu prices are a little higher than Ribatejo, Doca's is BYOB. Also, the wonderful pastry shop is next door for dessert and espresso!

                  Docas Restaurant
                  125 Main St, Ossining, NY 10562

                  1. re: Marge
                    menton1 Apr 9, 2011 08:54 AM

                    Well, our waitress told us that the same guy owns both places...

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                      vinouspleasure Apr 11, 2011 02:06 PM

                      we think the cooking is a little finer at docas but love both places. The food is so inexpensive at Ribatejo, we don't bother with the coupon.

                      My favorite bakery outside of court st pastry is cobble hill is cidade, next to docas. Our standard weekend includes a visit to the farmer's market and lunch at cidade.

                      1. re: vinouspleasure
                        Marge Apr 11, 2011 03:27 PM

                        Isn't Cidade wonderful? I got individual flans, Portuguese custard pastries and individual lemon meringue tarts for a dinner party last week--delicious, and so inexpensive I almost felt guilty! The people who work in there are all so nice too.

                        1. re: Marge
                          vinouspleasure Apr 12, 2011 12:33 PM

                          I've suggested a couple of times they raise their prices. The panini is simple goodness, ham and cheese on a fresh, grilled portugese roll. The cappuccino is first rate too.

                          a cappuccino, a couple of paninis and five pastry to take home for around $20 feels like larceny.

                  2. re: MisterBill2
                    chowdom Apr 12, 2011 05:22 PM

                    Regarding Ribatejo the broccoli is fine but I would skip the string beans also the clams were really, really good the sauce was not overpowering letting the clams be the star and they were soooooooo tender.

                    1. re: chowdom
                      menton1 Apr 13, 2011 07:21 AM

                      The string beans they gave me w the chicken were excellent. Just steamed enough, a little butter and a few almond pieces. Nice. Everything was very very good there. Gotta go back for the fish and the steaks!

                      1. re: menton1
                        chowdom Apr 13, 2011 08:42 AM

                        The string beans I was served were not prepared that way.

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              alylea Jul 15, 2011 10:13 AM

              Great food. Amazng prices. Order the whole Frango, rice & beans and the steamed Broc. Get a salad too. Best deal in the county.

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                MisterBill2 Jul 19, 2011 09:28 PM

                Even better when combined with the restaurant.com certificate!

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                vinouspleasure Dec 28, 2011 02:37 PM

                we went again for lunch this week. I never realized the chicken is cooked on a rotisserie over an open charcoal fire. I'd have to call it the best bbq in westchester county...though I suppose if one expands the definition of bbq to include portugese rotisserie, nam sen duck, pork and chicken has to be in the picture...

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                1. re: vinouspleasure
                  MisterBill2 Jan 3, 2012 06:22 AM

                  Yes, I remember one time we were there and I saw someone dragging in a huge bag of charcoal from outside.

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                    netchef Aug 20, 2012 08:45 PM

                    Anything cooked over a coal or wood fire is magical even though the smoke gets in your eyes! It probably appeals to some deep down instinct when the hunter-gatherer brought the goods home and the micro had yet to be invented. My favourite? Hickory.

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