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Hi, four of us are meeting in New Rochelle for dinner on Thursday night, but none of us are from Westchester or know the restaurant scene there. Can anyone recommend a good, low-key, mid-priced place where we can talk.

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  1. Spadaro for pasta only but make a reso...other wise near there is a new place called Cienega that has had some good reviews...

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    Spadaro
    211 Main St, New Rochelle, NY 10801

    1. Elia Taverna. Bronxville, but right on the New Rochelle border.

      http://www.eliataverna.com/

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      Elia Taverna
      502 New Rochelle Road, Bronxville, NY 10708

      1. Alvin and Friends!!

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        1. re: MRS

          Any chipmunks involved here?? What type of restaurant is it?

          1. re: Maryld

            It's been awhile but they're back in style. Coming on stronger than ever before. No seriously,

            http://www.alvinandfriendsrestaurant....
            http://newrochelle.patch.com/articles...

            Caribbean/southern soul food right across from the New Rochelle library. It's decorated like a bistro. The fried chicken is supposed to be good (Neil's by City Hall also is worthwhile for cuisine of this type in a more casual setting).

            1. re: Big_Salad

              Thanks for the link. It's a pretty looking space with some very nice menu items. The fried chicken and pineapple cake are calling me. Fortunately no Brunswick stew on the menu.

              1. re: Big_Salad

                The fried chicken was excellent as was the service and the rest of the food we ordered. It ws a really nice " something new" for us.

          2. try a new restaurant called siete ocho siete (787) great food, friendly customer service, and very reasonable ! Alvin & Friends is really good too!
            Cienega... not so good, very inconsistent and pretty rude

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            1. re: astrayy

              Yep, the owners of Mama Francesca's got tired of Italian and changed to Puerto Rican, even taking the island's area code as a name (like Roberto's spinoff 089 "zero otto nove" for Rome). There's an Italian place called Agostino's that used to be on Main Street but moved closer to the Sound. I've heard very good reports about them but can't find a menu or website.

            2. Well, I guess you've had your dinner by now (where?). Another suggestion for good Italian in a pretty setting is DaGiorgio in Wykagyl.

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              1. re: cloverose

                Cienega just ran a Groupon of which around 300 were sold, so it will probably be difficult to get a Sat. evening reservation there over the next few months.

                1. re: Dim Sum Diva

                  Went to Cienega recently and, as they say, "I don't get it." If the food was as precious as the attitude, it might be a fair place. Judging by the fact that they are going the Groupon route, I guess others agree.

              2. I live in New Rochelle and eat out frequently. Many good restaurants in surrounding areas of Pelham, Bronxville, etc., but to focus strictly on NewRo, IMHO, these are some of your best options:

                DaGiorgio -- big thumbs up for food/service, but Saturday night is extremely busy and not the best nite to try it. Recently we tried Agostino's on Pelham Road as mentioned by another Chowhounder, and were very impressed by food and lovely old fashioned service -- another good bet. Spadaro's is also a yes vote for a different experience and for still another Italian restaurant that is solid but doesn't get a lot of mentions, try Fratelli which is on Main St/Post Road right before Spadaro.

                For Mexican options, try Little Mexican Cafe on Main, or better still if you have time for slow service, try El Tio across from New Roc City. Many people like Cholo's Peruvian on Lawton St -- tried it once only but would give it another shot.

                Cienga was a huge disappointment, although I'd say they have good drinks and a nice space so I'd meet friends there for drinks and dine elsewhere. Haven't been to Alvin and Friends as I don't like the menu, but nothing I've heard from others would sway me in their direction -- overpriced and eh food.

                Wish NewRo would develop more of a dining scene ala Port Chester, but in the meantime I try to support the restaurants in town.

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                Little Mexican Cafe
                581 Main St, New Rochelle, NY 10801

                Spadaro
                211 Main St, New Rochelle, NY 10801

                El Tio
                25 Anderson St, New Rochelle, NY 10801

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                1. re: cloverose

                  I second Spadaro!

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                  Spadaro
                  211 Main St, New Rochelle, NY 10801

                  1. re: RawTunaFan

                    A really fun place...maybe not gourmet a la Chowhound but very good (and I like Spadaro a lot) and really really fun--both the atmosphere, the hot dancing and the owners, Jimmy Rodriguez and his pretty daughters. Try especially the pernil (roast pork). The staff is super friendly.
                    Elia's is authentic Greek. The grilled octopus rivals Elia's in Astoria (not related) The grilled whole fish is fresh and excellent--likewise all the fish entrees. Can't speak for the other entrees--yet. But we'll be returning again and again.

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                    Spadaro
                    211 Main St, New Rochelle, NY 10801