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No. Westchester (P'ville/Chapp/Kisco) pre-HS reunion dinner?

fmogul Oct 19, 2011 02:50 AM

A few old friends need a quiet (but not dead) place to catch up and steel ourselves before going to a 25th high school reunion. Looking for something casual and affordable, more than a diner but less than a trendy bistro -- not too big, not too small, not too sedate, but not too hopping. We're meeting at 5.30pm and have a couple hours to kill. The old Vinny's in Pleasantville would fit the bill, but it's long gone. In addition to towns mentioned above, we could venture a little farther afield -- Briarcliff, Ossining, Bedford Hills, Thornwood, Hawthorne -- but don't want to get too far away. (Speaking of which: would the Hawthorn Ale House, mentioned recently in the NYT, fit the bill? That Kittle House pub also sounds great, but probably a bit posh for this outing.)

  1. menton1 Oct 19, 2011 02:23 PM

    Nah, McArthur's isn't awful, it's Pub Food. Stick to a burger or something simple and you'll be fine. Burgers are about $12, Marinated Steak Sandwich, $15, Shepherd's Pie or Meatloaf entrees $16. All very good. It's not fine dining! But it fits the OP's request for a "not too sedate, not too hopping" perfectly! And a good place for conversation as well.

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    1. re: menton1
      intrepid Oct 19, 2011 02:50 PM

      how much are the burgers at horsefeathers in tarrytown please?

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      apples Oct 19, 2011 02:16 PM

      Also in Chappaqua is Quaker Hill Tavern same idea but just smaller than MacArthurs. Also the Riviera in Pleasantville is a no frills Italian -food is good as are the prices and conducive to large groups

      Quaker Hill Tavern
      61 Bedford Rd, Chappaqua, NY 10514

      1. menton1 Oct 19, 2011 09:40 AM

        McArthur's in Pleasantville-- Pub food. Not sedate, and not hopping. Great for conversation. Should fit your bill.


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        1. re: menton1
          fmogul Oct 19, 2011 10:34 AM

          Boy the people on Yelp generally can't stand the place -- say it's very expensive for what it is, and what it is is average at best. Obviously, you disagree. Why?


          1. re: fmogul
            Elisa515 Oct 19, 2011 10:58 AM

            But we're not Yelp :-)

            I agree about McArthur's as fitting what you're talking about.

            Which night of the week are you talking about? It will be tough to find a hospitable place (besides a bar) to kill a few hours on a Friday night.

            If you're willing to go a bit further north, I recommend Umami in Croton.

            1. re: fmogul
              i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream Oct 19, 2011 12:42 PM

              McArthur's is AWFUL. The food is worse than Friday's and the prices are so inflated it infuriates me.

              I think you should check out Pour, a wine bar in Mt. Kisco. I'd say Birdsall House in Peekskill but you requested quiet and I don't think BH qualifies as quiet, even at that early hour. Pour is a bit mor mellow, and it has great nibbles and a varied wine list. Also, according to their website, they take reservations for groups 8 and larger.


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            intrepid Oct 19, 2011 04:26 AM

            village social kisco, gordos hawthorne orfinos bcliff spacarellis millwood

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