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Meeting friends 1/2 way between Brooklyn and Connecticut.

We want to meet up with some friends who live in Carroll Gardens Bklyn...We are in Darien ct. Looking for restaurant recommendation someplace in between (larchmont???) We will have children with us but all are 12 or over and big foodies themselves. The grown ups love good food and good wine. Price is not a major issue although $35+entrees probably will not fly. All food is loved (with the possible exception of Greek). I would love the atmosphere to be conducive to sitting around and visiting. Thank you in advance.

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  1. arrosto in port chester, x20 yonkers

    1. Espana in Larchmont -- tapas.

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      Espana
      147 Larchmont Avenue, Larchmont, NY 10538

      1. Tarry Lodge in Port Chester is perfect for you. they take reservations for large parties?

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        Tarry Lodge
        18 Mill St, Port Chester, NY 10573

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        1. re: martyl9

          Agree. In case you are not aware, this is from the Batali/Bastianich empire. You could be very happy there on pastas and pizzas; I know we were!

        2. Underhill's Crossing, Bronxville. Sounds like it fits your criteria to a "T". Wonderful food, beautiful environment, subdued noise level.

          http://www.underhillscrossing.com/ind...

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          1. re: menton1

            It is a nice spot, but I think the restaurant is pretty underwhelming. In Bronxville, I would go to Rosie's Bistro Italiano or Sammy's Uptown before I'd go to Underhill's Crossing. I live in Bronxville, and aside from a quick dinner at Haiku (which I wouldn't recommend for the OP), we really only go to Rosie's or Sammy's in town.

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            Rosie's Bistro Italiano
            10 Palmer Avenue, Bronxville, NY 10708

            1. re: roxlet

              IMHO, Underhill"s is about 20x better than Rosie's, a slightly-above-average Red Sauce Italian-American place; Underhill's is beautiful and has a very creative, upbeat menu. A much more memorable experience than Rosies!

              1. re: menton1

                We will have to agree to disagree! :-)

                1. re: roxlet

                  I can't comment on Underhill's, as I haven't been. But I have been to Rosie's numerous times -- never a bad meal there. The food, atmosphere and service have always been exceptional. Also a nice environment to sit and visit. It always feels like a special occasion. Prices are quite reasonable. I have been to Sammy's 1x only. We found the food to be good and the service a little lacking. I would go back, but my boyfriend won't... But I think a group of 12 would find it a little cramped.in any event. Bronxville is so pretty in general that it would be a good area for them to meet.

                  While I haven't yet been to Plates in Larchmont, from what I hear that might also be a place they could try ...

                  1. re: cloverose

                    I thought that Plates was nice. They try some interesting things and don't always succeed.

                    And I agree on Rosie's, which I see as definitely more than a red sauce joint. It is extremely pleasant dining there and I think that their carpaccio is fantastic-- one of the best I've had.

          2. How about someplace like Bellotta at 42?

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            1. re: foodiemom10583

              Bellotta at 42 - very good call! It is only Westchester - but you can't beat that view. I also agree to disagree - Rosies over Underhill's any time. But I do like both! Also would consider Plates and you can not go wrong w/ a group pleasing place like Tarry Lodge - never met anyone who didn't like that place. But last time I was there at night w/ a group of 8 we ended up screaming at each other the noise level was pretty high.

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              Tarry Lodge
              18 Mill St, Port Chester, NY 10573

            2. Rosies/Underhill's: Sure, the choice is personal, it's a matter of preference. Myself, given the choice between a decent red-sauce Italian place (Of which there are dozens) vs. a super-creative New American menu in a beautiful environment (Some weeks the flower displays at the bar are breathtaking) I'll choose the latter...

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              1. re: menton1

                IMHO, we're starting to miss the point of the OP's original query and it's turning into "my favorite restaurant is better than your favorite restaurant." I would never have someone schlep from Brooklyn to Westchester for something that is easier to find back there (like good Italian or New American). Wouldn't you want to show Westchester's coolest venues to visitors? Bellotta at 42 definitely is a gorgeous place, has intense "foodie" overtones, an amazing view, a comparatively casual atmosphere, and is pretty centrally located for both groups. OP, take a look at some of the dishes pictured in Liz Johnson's review:

                http://food.lohudblogs.com/2010/12/21...

                I think that the kids especially would be knocked out by the cotton candy-wrapped foie pops.

                1. re: foodiemom10583

                  Well, we now know your favorite restaurant! Sounds good.

                  The OP is not "schlepping", they are meeting at a mutually convenient halfway point. And they indicated "foodies". Most people that describe themselves as that do not want a boilerplate red-sauce Italian-Amer with Veal Parm and Chicken Francese on the menu. Underhill's has some unique menu choices. And a great variety of Oysters on the half shell!

                  1. re: menton1

                    Menton, for the record, I've never been to Bellotta at 42. I've never been to 42. My suggestion was made logically and based on the OP's criteria and independent reviews I've read. I'm glad Underhill's has so much to offer and will make it a point to go there myself as I'm a big oyster fan. They must be happy to have such a loyal patron in you.

                    1. re: foodiemom10583

                      They must have lots of loyal patrons... they've been open at that location over 16 years. It passes my muster...

                      Great place for oysters, they usually have several varieties, they have had about 15 different varieties, but not all at the same time, depends on availability. Check the website...

                      http://www.underhillscrossing.com/men...