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anyone tried Taste in Buchanan yet?

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vinouspleasure Aug 26, 2011 07:37 AM

Drove by the other day, it's in the old four doors down space, looks like it might be interesting

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    rkaene May 6, 2012 06:46 PM

    Went for dinner ( Sun). Awesome drinks, perfect mint julep,great food, great dessert.very innovative Very nice service. One of the best dinners in the area.

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      vinouspleasure May 8, 2012 05:39 PM

      we were there again on sat, terrific again, really nice southern rhone rose by the glass. It seems to me prices are creeping up though...may use coupon on restaurant.com next time.

    2. i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream Feb 8, 2012 05:45 PM

      My husband and I went to Taste this past weekend and I wanted to report back. All in all we had a great meal, with a few caveats if you're thinking of trying it out.

      This place is EXTREMELY popular. I called Saturday morning and left a message requesting a 7ish reservation that night. I got a callback a few hours later saying all they had was 5:30 and 8:30, so we took the 8:30 res. We pulled up to the restaurant-- I've never been to Buchanan before and the restaurant literally appeared, at that time of night, to be in the middle of absolutely nowhere-- and the parking lot was packed. Walked in to a scene I'd never expect to see given the sleepiness of the surroundings-- a packed, loud restaurant with a lively, mixed age bar scene. Needless to say, we were not seated at 8:30, nor were we seated at 9... but we were so curious about this place that we shrugged, ordered an appetizer (which they ended up comping us) and some drinks, and waited. The CO2 went out while we were there so none of their draft beers were working, which was too bad since they had some interesting beers on tap.

      Around 9:15 they seated us. We'd already tried the buffalo shrimp (nicely cooked but a bit overwhelmed by the buffalo sauce, a great bar snack though), but we were so hungry that we got two more appetizers: the cream of mushroom soup and the caesar salad. Both were excellent. The soup was very earthy and not too heavy, and the caesar was dressed well and served with a parmesan crisp on top and homemade bread crumbs. We shared two entrees, both great, though I slightly preferred the pan roasted chicken served with pan juices and either a butternut or sweet potato puree (can't remember) flavored with vanilla. I'm often disenchanted with chicken at restaurants (the Cookery's chicken comes to mind, my only disappointing meal there) but this was moist, flavorful, and cooked beautifully. The puree complemented it perfectly. We also had the crab cake with fries, which was not as crabby as I would have liked, but still tasty.

      Dessert was okay-- a brownie/ice cream trifle that didn't have nearly enough ice cream, so it was a tad dry, but we washed it down with an excellent cappuccino.

      We left full and satisfied. I will definitely be back. I recommend it BUT with the caveat that a reservation does not guarantee a table at your scheduled time since this place is so comfortable and welcoming that people do not want to get up and they are not turning tables. So go prepared to hang out with a few drinks at the bar before getting your reserved table. As for going in with no reservations (on a Sat night anyway)-- a couple was there when we arrived who had been there since 7:30 waiting for a table and they were not seated till 9:30. When they complained to the hostess that she had not been upfront with them about the wait, the owner, who seems very nice, came out and apologized to them and comped them drinks and appetizers.

      Also, while I really liked the lively atmosphere, keep in mind that one person's lively may be another person's loud. In my mind, though, this is a fun neighborhood place that Westchester needs more of.

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        vinouspleasure Feb 8, 2012 08:07 PM

        great, great review. When one of my kids ordered the chicken I cringed a little, feeling as you do about chicken, but he loved it and when I tried it, I loved it too. We've never had to wait more than 10 minutes for a reserved table, even on a sat night but maybe we've been lucky.

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        vinouspleasure Dec 8, 2011 05:54 PM

        ate there last night, everything was great albeit a little expensive, ie $15 for a bacon cheeseburger ( a great bacon cheeseburger). It was 1/2 off a bottle of wine night so in the end it worked out to be a reasonable check.

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          i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream Dec 8, 2011 05:55 PM

          Is it half off every Wed? What were the other prices like? The website is barebones and has no menu on it. Thanks!

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            vinouspleasure Dec 10, 2011 07:18 AM

            I think it is half off every wed. Appetizers were $6-12, main dishes were in the $20s with one or two dishes in the teens and $30s. Desserts were $7.

            For the quality of what's on the plate, it's fairly priced. We had a bottle of 2005 cape mentelle shiraz for $19. This is less than you'd pay in a wine shop and it's a very good bottle of wine.

            it's worth a try...

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              i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream Dec 10, 2011 10:26 AM

              Thanks. Sounds like we'll have to give it a try. The half off wine deal makes it especially appealing.

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                Nancy C Dec 17, 2011 07:10 AM

                Went on Weds night (we are, alas, not wine bottle drinkers - I had a nice Merlot and DH had a single malt). Solid cooking - beautifully seared chicken breast on a sweet potato mash, a steamed fish on basmati with ginger-soy broth. Server Rich was very nice, chef accomodating to our not-so-into fennel and bok choy by swapping out to nicely sauteed baby spinach. Comfy room, happy vibe (we went around 6:30 so it was perhaps a tad early - didn't have a reservation but that wasn't a problem at that hour on a Weds). Too stuffed for desserts, which sounded pretty yummy. Looking forward to a next visit.

        2. MisterBill2 Dec 5, 2011 06:38 AM

          Got a good review in this Sunday's NYT.

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