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gtrekker2003 May 13, 2011 02:50 AM

I'm attending a conference in Rye Brook, Westchester and will be at the Hilton there. I won't have a car and don't really know much about Westchester.
However, I'm happy to take a taxi (if not too far) or bus (if available).

I'm looking for suggestions for lunch and early dinners in and around the Rye Brook area. I like everything except Italian and Chinese. Love French, grills, eclectic, mexican, thai / japanese/ korean / vietnamese..... My budget is up to $20-25 for 1-2 meals and preferably less for most meals.


  1. menton1 Aug 14, 2011 11:39 AM

    Where did you wind up at, gtrekker? How were your meals?

    1. menton1 Jul 22, 2011 06:17 AM

      Anyone been to Chop't?

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      1. re: menton1
        MRS Jul 22, 2011 01:56 PM

        LOVE IT!!!! The line is rather long at lunch time, but it does move quickly. I am crazy over their Palm Beach Shrimp salad w/ white balsamic dressing!! I also like their new Middle Eastern Cobb, but I switch out the spicy chicken for plain grilled.

        1. re: menton1
          Shawn Jul 23, 2011 03:33 PM

          Ate here for the first time today. It was pretty good, I'd go back, but there were lines out the door and I didn't find it "line out the door good." And the service was excruciatingly slow, especially once I got to the register. Had the Middle Eastern Cobb-- the spiced chicken wasn't all that flavorful. My husband said his regular Cobb was fine, but nothing special. All topping ingredients are carefully measured in very small amounts and the salad ends up being essentially a $10 bowl of lettuce. The dressings were really good, though, and it was fresh. It was still better than most in the area-- after all the years I've lived here I've yet to find a really great place for salads. I much prefer the salads at M.A.D. Cafe in Pelham, but that's a trek.

          1. re: Shawn
            menton1 Jul 24, 2011 11:35 AM

            Amazing the regional differences in the US-- In California there are salad places like these every block. In the East, it's a rather unique concept.

            1. re: menton1
              mla19 Jul 24, 2011 02:07 PM

              There are a bunch of Chopts and a billion copycat design-your-own salad places in NYC. Guess they're a bit rare in the suburbs though. I personally don't care for Chopt but it has a lot of fans in the city.

        2. g
          gtrekker2003 May 15, 2011 05:47 AM

          Wow, thanks everybody. These are great. Love Latin American, Argentinian and have never tried Brazilian. Sounds like my 3 meals are sorted. :) Cheers.

          1. b
            broosewee May 13, 2011 01:31 PM

            I recommend International Cafe in Portchester. It's a Brazilian joint that has a very good churrasco style bbq. Expect to be around $15 per person for generous portions. I love the skirt steak, but they have all types of cuts. It's a 10 minute cab ride from Rye Brook.
            103 Adee Street
            Port Chester, NY

            I'm also partial to Chipotle. The Rye Brook location is pretty good. Inexpensive and tastes good.

            1. menton1 May 13, 2011 06:29 AM

              Excepting Port Chester, mentioned above, this is an upscale area and most of the restaurants will be WAY over your budget. The town of Rye, about 7 minutes away, has La Panatière (French) but it's about double your budget pricing.

              The Rye Ridge Shopping Center, about 2 minutes away from the Hilton (or an 8 minute walk), has Chipotle (Mexican chain) and a new unique California-style salad restaurant called Chop't. Those 2 and Port Chester Latin restos seem like your best option for your price and category restrictions. A sushi restaurant is about to open in Rye Ridge, Buddha, that was not in your categories above. Also a red-sauce Italian in the same center. Rye Ridge Deli has tables and has NY-style Jewish food, pastrami, corned beef, smoked salmon, matzo ball soup, etc.

              Rye Ridge Shopping Center
              136 S Ridge St, Port Chester, NY 10573

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              1. re: menton1
                MRS May 13, 2011 07:18 AM

                Chop't is not open yet.

                1. re: menton1
                  cubanat May 13, 2011 11:02 AM

                  across the street from this chain-laden strip mall you will find a better Italian restaurant for basic pastas & great "grandma" pie called villa rustica, 261 South Ridge Road
                  Rye Brook, NY 10573. Good sushi can be found in Harrison or White Plains but not much for that budget sadly. Even the deli at rye ridge is expensive for mediocre fare. Cerbone's has good babka and Italian ices. The Chinese resto named Rays has expensive but healthier versions of standard favorites in the mall next to rye ridge. lenny's bagels has decent sandwiches but the line is not worth the wait always so maybe the burger place across the street and next to it maybe open. have not tried either one yet so can't comment...

                  1. re: cubanat
                    debmom May 14, 2011 04:01 AM

                    I believe Rays has closed

                    1. re: debmom
                      cubanat May 14, 2011 09:46 AM

                      say it ain't so! I thought it was just blockbuster & the dry cleaners that closed...their pork fried rice was a dish of beauty!

                      1. re: cubanat
                        MRS May 14, 2011 01:05 PM

                        It is slated to become an Elevation Burger.

                        1. re: MRS
                          cubanat May 14, 2011 05:45 PM

                          Yes, I just called to check and they are gone! Wow that Elevation Burger joint is going to be huge! That's 3 store fronts they took up! Wonder which one will win the battle Westchester Burger vs, Elevation Burger...

                          1. re: cubanat
                            Stratplans Jul 21, 2011 08:41 AM

                            Elevation Burger is going into the Ray's location, next to CVS. They originally were going in next to the dry cleaner which would have been a minus.

                2. k
                  kdgchow May 13, 2011 06:16 AM

                  You're less than 5 minutes from Port Chester, which might have the best variety of Latin American cuisine in Westchester. Here are some places:

                  Tortilleria Los Gemelos (Mexican), 167 Westchester Avenue: Excellent tacos and sopes.

                  Aqui es Santa Fe (Colombian), 32 Broad Street: Very good arepas and fruit drinks.

                  I haven't been to these following places yet, but they're rated pretty well on Chowhound:

                  Rinconcito Migueleno (Salvadoran, pupusas), 118 Westchester Avenue

                  Pollo a la Brasa Misti Restaurant (Peruvian, rotisserie chicken), 110 N Main Street

                  Inca y Gaucho (Peruvian), 173 Westchester Avenue

                  Best of all, none of these places will break the bank, you should be able to stay within your budget without much issue.

                  Tortilleria Los Gemelos
                  167 Westchester Ave, Port Chester, NY 10573

                  Aqui es Santa Fe Cafe
                  32 Broad St, Port Chester, NY 10573

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                  1. re: kdgchow
                    Westjanie May 13, 2011 07:21 AM

                    It's worth mentioning that Inca y Gaucho also has Argentine-style grilled meats, empanadas, etc. at very reasonable prices.

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