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Hudson Valley Restaurant Weeks 2012

Solstice444 Jan 19, 2012 01:47 PM

I got an email from The Valley Table saying the HVRW 2012 list has been posted! You can make reservations before the general public. If you go directly to the HVRW site and click on "Restaurant List", nothing shows up, but it shows up via the link in the email I received. The list is very long, so I'll just post the link:


Looks like the usual suspects, although there are some new names. I usually focus on Dutchess since that's where I live, and there's a new restaurant in Fishkill called Farm to Table Bistro that looks interesting.

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    Mrs.Sean RE: Solstice444 Jan 20, 2012 10:56 AM

    FWIW, this "pre-public" period seems to have caught some of the restaurants by surprise. I called one yesterday and the very nice woman on the phone sounded a little weary when she told me they still only take resys 28 days out. I told her that I sensed she'd had to say that a LOT today, and asked her if she knew about the Valley Table's email. "No!" she said. And, of course, all the OpenTable links won't let you make RW resys as OT also only takes resys 28 days out. So, lovely idea, but not sure if all the restaurants are on board yet...

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    1. re: Mrs.Sean
      Solstice444 RE: Mrs.Sean Jan 20, 2012 03:22 PM

      Looks like The Valley Table and the restaurants don't have the clearest lines of communication...their email specifically said "Reservations at the hot spots go fast, so we're happy to provide Valley Table E-news subscribers access to the list for an advance reservation period. From now through Sunday, you can make your reservations before the general public." haha!

    2. applesauce23 RE: Solstice444 Jan 20, 2012 01:57 PM

      Just wanted to throw in my two cents about Farm to Table. It's owned by the same person who owned Mesa Grill on Rt. 376.

      The decor is absolutely beautiful. The atmosphere is wonderful for a nice evening out. My husband and I were definitely impressed and I was already making mental notes to get a few of my girlfriends together for a lovely evening out.

      The service was less than stellar. Our waitress was very sweet, but she wasn't that knowledgeable about the menu and had to go back and forth twice to ask the kitchen for clarification when we asked her basic questions about ingredients in the dishes we were interested in.

      I started off with the Sformato di Zucchini, which ended up being a zucchini layered tart with a grainy texture (tasted like Parmesan-flavored bread crumbs). It was pretty good.

      I ordered the pan seared salmon. It was fine, but not as flavorful as I had hoped. My husband got a medium rare filet mignon, but it was overcooked.

      Honestly, I don't remember what I had for dessert, but I remember that I got a chocolate dessert which was cloyingly sweet and my husband did not like his apple dessert at all. He said that it was bland.

      After a highly favorable first impression, I was sad to cross off Farm to Table my possible girls'-night-out-venues list.

      I wouldn't recommend Farm to Table for a Restaurant Week meal, let alone at full price.

      Their dinner menu:

      Somehow, my short response turned into a full blown review, but oh well. Hope this wasn't too long-winded, Solstice!

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        Solstice444 RE: applesauce23 Jan 20, 2012 03:24 PM

        Thanks! That's too bad, I was hoping to hear it was good. Maybe I will try it sometime in the future, have they opened recently? Perhaps they have kinks to work out? It's less than 5 minutes from me, so I was excited.

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          bob gaj RE: applesauce23 Jan 21, 2012 05:25 AM

          don't get this confused with henry's farm to table at buttermilk (across the river in milton). we had an enjoyable dinner there a few months ago, and keep meaning to go back there.

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          JRBlack RE: Solstice444 Jan 21, 2012 05:43 AM

          Cautionary note about the list as it's currently posted: When I sorted by county and glanced quickly to see who was on board in my area this year, I noticed several geographic errors (Westchester restaurants listed as being in Rockland and vice versa). So make sure to scan the whole list, just in case you're overlooking something good that's been listed incorrectly.

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            vetbeth RE: Solstice444 Jan 21, 2012 02:18 PM

            Just a quick question. Can you make reservations through opentable.com once you reach 28 days out, or if you want the restaurant week menu do you need to go through a special link or do it directly with the restaurant?

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              Mrs.Sean RE: vetbeth Jan 23, 2012 10:21 AM

              No, reservations are reservations - they don't have specific ones for people who'll choose the RW menu (or not). That said, do make sure your restaurant of choice is serving the RW menu when you book - many have blackout dates/times (weekends, some are even lunch-only, eg).

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                MisterBill2 RE: vetbeth Feb 26, 2012 01:09 PM

                Also, make sure that you ask for the RW menu if it is not offered to you automatically. We had a nice meal at Tarry Tavern (as opposed to Lodge) last year during HVRW. I convinced a co-worker to eat there the next night as she had planned to eat with friends that night at Red Hat. When she told me about her meal the next day something sounded strange so I asked if they had ordered off the RW menu. Long story short, they were never offered it because she had not mentioned it when making the reservation and had not asked for it. Their bill was much higher than it should have been but no one realized what had happened because they were new to RW. She was upset after speaking to me and called to complain and they defended their practice. Very sad, since we had had such a great experience the night before. Turns out the server we had was not working that night and they got someone else.

                Moral of the story: always ask for the HVRW menu.

              2. MisterBill2 RE: Solstice444 Feb 6, 2012 07:21 PM

                So has anyone found ANY restaurants taking reservations? Tarry Lodge (new this year) only does 30 days out, as does Restaurant North. I guess the CIA does 90 days in advance. We will be at North on Saturday night so I will ask if they can take a reservation while I am there.

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                  Bob P RE: MisterBill2 Feb 7, 2012 06:05 AM

                  MisterBill2, I reserved a table at X2O last week for March 30 with no problem. Hope that helps...

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                    cbn456 RE: MisterBill2 Feb 7, 2012 06:39 AM

                    I was able to snag a couple (Posto 22 and Cienega) on Open Table (http://www.opentable.com/promo.aspx?m...) for the first week.

                  2. i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream RE: Solstice444 Feb 12, 2012 08:26 AM

                    So... I'd like to make a couple of reservations at various places (gonna go back to North and Valley, which I haven't been to since last RW, and maybe try Cienega), but no one has their menu posted on the website. Has anyone seen any menus? Otherwise guess I'll be making a bunch of reservations a month to the day and then cancelling them if the menus aren't inspiring...... They should really have them up by now!

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                      MisterBill2 RE: i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream Feb 15, 2012 09:40 PM

                      Menus a month in advance? You should know better than that! We'll be lucky if some of the places get theirs posted before RW starts!

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                        i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream RE: MisterBill2 Feb 16, 2012 02:54 AM

                        Haha! A girl can dream. Maybe in a couple of weeks. Birdsall House has theirs up on their website-- not very interesting. I probably wouldn't have gone for RW anyway since I go so frequently on a regular basis, but they have a vanilla bean panna cotta on the dessert menu that sounds amazing.

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                          Solstice444 RE: i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream Feb 18, 2012 07:55 PM

                          Menus for a decent number of restaurants are now up!

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                            MisterBill2 RE: Solstice444 Feb 22, 2012 08:15 PM

                            Yes, I finally looked today and was pleasantly surprised. I made reservations for

                            Tarry Lodge (menu looks interesting and I have gift cards to use)
                            Crave (menu up soon, they said)
                            Back Yard Bistro (menu up soon, they said)
                            Le Provencal Bistro (no menu up yet but I am hoping it will be as good as last year, when it was a majority of their normal menu including fois gras which my son loves)

                            I've decided not to do X2O again, since we go there every year. Undecided about Valley, where we always go, because their menu (which is up early this year), while very interesting, is short on stuff I will eat (I do not eat pork or shellfish). I might try Tavern this year. Waiting for 28 days before the 2nd week so I can make a reservation at North. I think I will call Artists Palate tomorrow and make a reservation.

                            42 has theirs on their website but not on HVRW's. I noticed that Equus is not participating this year, they've been on it every year. Le Jardin du Roi has an interesting menu. I may try to go there for lunch (although I see from their website that they do not take lunch reservations for < 5).

                            Does anyone know anything about Le' Express in Poughkeepsie? Their menu looks very nice (but I found a review which liked it, but they said the entrees were under $20 which does not make it as good a deal as other places). Online reviews seem good.

                            Note that HVRW starts on Sunday and ends on Saturday this year. Previous years it ran Monday-Sunday.

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                              MisterBill2 RE: MisterBill2 Mar 13, 2012 06:00 PM

                              Crave's menu is finally posted at the HVRW site. North claimed theirs would be available today but I haven't seen it posted on their site or FB yet.

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                                i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream RE: MisterBill2 Mar 14, 2012 12:53 PM

                                North's is up and it looks fantastic!

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                                  Mrs.Sean RE: i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream Mar 14, 2012 01:26 PM

                                  It does!! And, Moderne Barn has its up on its site, albeit a little buried under the events tab. And, honestly, I'm underwhelmed. I've actually canceled my reservation there - 7:30 on the 20th if anyone wants to try to grab it! I think I'm going to go for Le Provencal instead. I can have tomato soup and roast chicken anytime...

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                                    i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream RE: Mrs.Sean Mar 14, 2012 02:05 PM

                                    I'm so excited. Going next Friday. I've only get reservations at Valley and North (same as last year) but I think I might try Le Provencal for lunch too.

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                                      MisterBill2 RE: i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream Mar 16, 2012 09:23 PM

                                      A co-worker told me that Valley is only opening for one week this year for HVRW.

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                                      MisterBill2 RE: Mrs.Sean Mar 16, 2012 09:16 PM

                                      I am not sure which bothers me more.. restaurants that put their RW menu up on their website and never bother to send it to Valley Table to post on the HVRW site, or Valley Table for not being more insistent in getting the restaurants to send them in. 42 is a perfect example of this, year after year. And Moderne Barn is another example this year. There are several more than have them on their own sites but not on HVRW. I guess Valley Table doesn't want to get the restaurants upset with them so they won't push that hard but I don't see how it's all that difficult.

                      2. MisterBill2 RE: Solstice444 Feb 28, 2012 09:54 PM

                        Just got my reservation for North for the 2nd Wednesday :-).

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                          Solstice444 RE: MisterBill2 Mar 15, 2012 07:42 PM

                          I will also be there the 2nd Wednesday! I am looking forward to it, as I've heard good things about North from various people here!

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                            MisterBill2 RE: Solstice444 Mar 16, 2012 09:15 PM

                            And well deserved! We should figure out a way to meet up if we are there at the same time. My reservation is at 7.

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                              Solstice444 RE: MisterBill2 Mar 17, 2012 08:06 PM

                              I will be there at 7:30, so we should be there around the same time!

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                          liza219 RE: Solstice444 Feb 28, 2012 10:25 PM

                          I'm noticing many restaurants having very similar menus. Beet salad app.Or one with gorgonzola and walnuts. Some sort of short rib main, or hanger/ skirt steak. And of course salmon. I miss the variety. It seems like they're all doing the same thing. Doesn't even make me want to go out for RW.What gives?

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                            MisterBill2 RE: liza219 Feb 29, 2012 11:25 AM

                            There's a limited menu you can do for $30. I'm always impressed when places offer steak on the menu since many places do not and stick with chicken. The interesting part is the presentation. I agree that plain grilled salmon does not excite me. Add to that the idea that you're supposed to showcase Hudson Valley ingredients and it's March.

                            Check out Back Yard Bistro in Orange County (their menu was just posted) if you want to see some really unusual dishes. Or Le Provencal in Mamaroneck for what I think is the among best RW menus with most items from their regular menu (we ate at both last year and are returning this year).

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                              Mrs.Sean RE: MisterBill2 Mar 1, 2012 09:50 AM

                              Curses, Mister Bill, I've made my essential (missed out last year!) resys for Moderne Barn and North, the two places that I've most been dying to go to. And then you had to post the recommendation for Le Provencal, which I hadn't even considered. Calf's liver!! I MUST go now, but all these RW shenanigans are going to wreak havoc on my Weight Watchers efforts... sigh.

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                                MisterBill2 RE: Mrs.Sean Mar 1, 2012 05:55 PM

                                I had never considered Le Provencal until last year when I needed someplace around Larchmont to have dinner one night (which happened to be during HVRW) because my son was getting a ride home from school and I had to pick him up. There was nothing in Larchmont last year so I checked Mamaroneck and was pleasantly surprised with Le Provencal's menu. The food was really good, and what really impressed me was that the dishes and portion sizes seemed to be from their normal menu (the fois gras was a huge portion). I hope I am not going to be disappointed this year. My son is a big fois gras fan so he wants to eat there (my wife loves escargot so she isn't fighting eating there, either).

                                I wish North would post their menu. I drove past there today and considered stopping in to ask them what the delay was!

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                                  liza219 RE: MisterBill2 Mar 1, 2012 10:55 PM

                                  Yes, thank you misterbill. The provencal menu is really interesting! Thanks for the recommendation. I was so happy to see a menu that doesn't follow everyone else!

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                                    MisterBill2 RE: liza219 Mar 2, 2012 07:57 AM

                                    Yes, it's mostly items from their regular menu. It's a chance to show off to potential customers, stuff that will actually get you to come back, as opposed to dumb-ed down boring stuff not on their normal menu.

                                    I have no problem with skirt steak being on the menu. Thyme in Yorktown made it to the Best of Westchester list last year because of their preparation so I'd expect to see it there.

                                    BTW if you want to see another nice RW menu, look for Stamford Restaurant Week on the web. Capital Grille has filet mignon as part of their menu (they also have salmon, but it's from their normal menu). It's a great deal for $30 .Actually, I think Ruths Chris does for HVRW, but I wonder how small a portion it is.

                          2. MisterBill2 RE: Solstice444 Mar 16, 2012 09:12 PM

                            I have reservations at Tarry Lodge for Monday and I'm a bit disappointed. They've had their menu up at HVRW for a couple of weeks and showed a duck breast entree (the HVRW website still has the old one). I got email from TL today promoting HVRW and they're now showing the entree as being cornish game hen. I was really looking forward to the duck breast since none of the other places we are going to this year have it on their menu. Maybe they need to cut back after losing the recent court case.

                            Still waiting to see the Artist's Palate menu. And also Tarry Tavern, although I am not eating there this year.

                            Reminder to all RW newbies: If they do not offer you the HVRW menu, be sure to request it. Do NOT assume that the menu you are given is the $30 menu. A co-worker got burned with that at Tarry Tavern last year, and when she called to complain (the following day) they told her she needed to ask for it (even though it had been given to me without asking the night before).

                            1. MisterBill2 RE: Solstice444 Mar 16, 2012 09:22 PM

                              Is anyone here reviewing for Lohud? I haven't done it in the past but feel kind of left out because they end up having this great party for their bloggers after it's over and give away nice gifts (like gift cards for restaurants). . I stay here and post anonymously and get nothing. I actually did email Liz this year but I guess I wasn't worthy because she did not respond. I'm not sure I like having to post who I am and my background. Valley Table isn't even having a contest for best photo this year (they did last year on Foodspotting).

                              Also did you notice there is a contest for restaurateurs with Crown Maple syrup where diners get to pick the best dish made with their syrup. Kind of like the secret ingredient on Iron Chef. Obviously they are a big sponsor this year. Too bad they couldn't have gotten AMEX to sponsor it, I think they had deals for cardholders who dined at NYC restaurants during their RW.

                              1. MisterBill2 RE: Solstice444 Mar 19, 2012 08:34 PM

                                If anyone has been looking for The Artists Palate's menu, it's finally on their website:


                                1. i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream RE: Solstice444 Mar 21, 2012 01:41 PM

                                  Someone posted a review of Harper's on the Small Bites blog and it sounded great. HOWEVER they didn't post the menu (still not on the HVRW website and if it is on their website I can't see it because the website is formatted poorly) and so I didn't even bother looking into making a res there.

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                                    MisterBill2 RE: i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream Mar 21, 2012 01:52 PM

                                    Not on their website, either. And disappointing that someone reviewing it for Small Bites would not include the info.

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                                    Solstice444 RE: Solstice444 Mar 24, 2012 06:01 PM

                                    Any updates? Good/bad experiences? I'm only going to North next Wednesday so I have nothing to report yet, but I'm looking forward to hearing reviews from others!

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                                      MisterBill2 RE: Solstice444 Mar 24, 2012 06:50 PM

                                      I've been really bad about writing stuff up. Here's a brief summary.

                                      Sunday - Union Restaurant and Bar Latino - very good, but my salmon was a very small portion. Other stuff was really good.

                                      Monday - Tarry Lodge - also very good. They swapped the duck breast (posted on HVRW site) for Cornish hen at the last minute but it was very good, and a larger portion. My wife had the pasta primavera and she enjoyed it but I thought it was very boring compared to their normal pasta entrees that they could have offered. And I love the olives in the spicy oil they give you with bread. Not that many people ordering off the HVRW menu in our area. Our server told us that they ran out of a lot of the RW stuff on Sunday night!

                                      Thursday - The Woods at Hollow Brook (Cortlandt) - I had high hopes for this one since they had a very nice menu this year, after a lackluster menu last year that kept me away. But a co-worker ate there last year and said it was good, and they got a "worth it" in the NY Times, so I wanted to give it a shot. The good news - large portions and it was edible. The bad news, it's a fine dining wanna be. After we had cold bread and butter in packets I pulled up the Times review on my phone to see what they had said since I didn't believe it. They had warm bread with oil for dipping (we didn't). They said if you ordered carefully you could have a good meal (great, but I was ordering off the regular menu). Anyway, I had the seared tuna appetizer and it was 3 thick slices but it was overcooked and didn't really taste like fresh tuna. My wife had the crab cakes and she liked them but people at a neighboring table were saying bad things about them. She had the NY strip steak with pommes frites. She got potato wedges with it. I noticed another table got thin fries with a burger so clearly they had them in the kitchen. I had the salmon which was lightly breaded, which was a little strange. It wasn't bad but it was nothing special (and it was not served medium rare as requested, but Union didn't prepare it correctly, either). For dessert, I had an apple tart tatin which was terribly overcooked, the apples were like mush (and not browned) and there was almost no puff pastry underneath (and at the spot near the end where there was pastry, it was too thick. The whole experience reminded me of a place in Mahopac that I ate at a couple of years ago for HVRW, similar room, similar poorly executed food (except the other place had popcorn on the tables). Oh, and although it is a fairly new building, the floor seemed to shake when someone walked by. Oh, and the iced tea tasted like it came from a spigot (I guess I should have known when they offered me sweetened or unsweetened), plus refills came from the bar). I would not go back.

                                      OK with that out of the way, here's the best. We ate at Crave tonight (in Poughkeepsie). AMAZING food. Only bad thing I can say is that the waiter we had last time was no longer there. There were 3 of us and we all ordered dinner things and all of it was great. Appetizers: gnudis, Crave salad with duck confit (actually more like a duck croquet) topped with a fried egg, and a vichyssoise with corn cake and smoked trout. Entrees; brick chicken, a veggie entree of Pho-Vo (like Vietnamese Pho but with tofu), and "surf and turf" which was pulled oxtail and monkfish. The dessert, which was even better. A French toast bread pudding (not on the online menu), liquid nitrogen "cooked" beignets filled with coffee ice cream, and chocolate crepes stuff with mascarpone and topped with apples. We had eaten there last year for HVRW and went back on our own and will go back again. It's that good. Get there early and you can walk the Walkway over the Hudson before dinner (they close at sunset).

                                      Coming Up: Back Yard Bistro on Sunday, KIttle House for lunch on Tuesday, North on Wednesday, Le Provencal on Thursday, The Artists Palate on Sunday.

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                                        kdgchow RE: Solstice444 Mar 27, 2012 06:57 AM

                                        Had a very good meal at 42 in White Plains - pork belly fried rice appetizer was terrific and the hanger steak was nicely cooked with chimichurri, creamy polenta and asparagus. My wife ordered vegetarian, her chilled English pea soup was delicious and the vegetarian paella/risotto was good as well. Desserts were good - I got frozen chocolate mousse with caramel and my wife got the lime infused cheesecake. She didn't care for it, but I thought it was terrific, and I'm not a big cheesecake fan.

                                        Also had good RW meals at Emma's Ale House in White Plains and Zitoune in Mamaroneck. The RW menu at Emma's allows you to have the Krispy Kreme bread pudding with vanilla ice cream, which I know has received mixed reviews on this board in the past, but IMO is one of the best desserts in Westchester.

                                      2. i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream RE: Solstice444 Mar 25, 2012 05:20 PM

                                        I had a great RW experience at North on Friday. It was a beautiful night and they had the windows in the front wide open. We asked to be seated downstairs since last time we found the upstairs to be too formal, and while we enjoyed it, the noise from the bar got very loud by the time we left (around 8), so just a word of warning.

                                        The food was excellent-- hot bread with apple butter to start and some wine and beer... then I ordered the rock shrimp risotto (not on the menu online) and my husband got the pork belly for appetizers... both perfect portion sizes and well executed. Entrees were the trout (on a bed of a grain I can't recall), which was plated gorgeously and cooked very well, and beef two ways (I preferred the cocoa braise on polenta cake; the other sliced steak type preparation was a bit tough/overcooked but I loved the potatoes that accompanied it). The beef dish could have benefited from the balance of a veggie but taking into consideration value for the $$ this is barely a complaint. The chocolate chip cookie skillet is unbelievable and cannot be missed.

                                        We had a great dinner. The best part was that we felt completely relaxed. Some restaurants tend to rush diners through RW dinners to get more people in seats but we were allowed to linger and chat without feeling rushed and we really appreciated that. I'd say North is a must for RW!

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                                          Solstice444 RE: i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream Mar 25, 2012 09:27 PM

                                          Great to hear your review - I'm excited to go!

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                                            owlwoman RE: Solstice444 Mar 26, 2012 08:53 AM

                                            I also have a reservation for North Wed. night, thought about cancelling, but after reading this review, I think we'll make the trip.

                                            Went to Le Provencal Sat. night, great menu and the food was very good with nice size portions. Lots of choices for both apps and mains. There were two fish choices, steak, beef burgandy, liver with onions are just a few to mention (the whole menu is on line), which is a refreshing change from most of the restaurant week menus. I had foie gras on brioche to start, lamb brochette w/ratatouille and cous cous and the apple cake for dessert. Enjoyed it all, highly recommend.

                                            Besides North, I'm going to 42 Sat. night.

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                                              Mrs.Sean RE: owlwoman Mar 26, 2012 09:18 AM

                                              I'm going to have to cancel my North reservation for Tuesday - 7:30pm. Before I do, is there anyone here who'd like it? I know it's getting difficult to get good times there so thought I'd ask before hitting the button.

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                                                MisterBill2 RE: owlwoman Mar 26, 2012 05:23 PM

                                                Was the foie gras still a huge portion? Sounds like it! My son and I are looking forward to it on Thursday. Also was the apple cart like a tart tatin or something less interesting?

                                                I was supposed to go to Kittle House with my son for lunch tomorrow, but after seeing some photos from 42 on VT's Facebook page (specifically the salmon tartar) I decided to switch to that. I've actually never been to 42, RW or not. The parking charge and having to give your credit card when you make a reservation always stopped me. I'll park across the street so at least it will only cost me $1.50 instead of $10 (or whatever they charge these days).

                                                And don't cancel North -- it will be great (hopefully -- I just found out last night that Eric's wife is due any day so I hope he will be there Wednesday!). The 3 of us who will be there should figure out some way to meet up. I will be sitting upstairs. How about the rest of you?

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                                                  Solstice444 RE: MisterBill2 Mar 26, 2012 07:08 PM

                                                  I don't know where we'll be sitting - I didn't request anything specific. But yes, it would be nice to meet up!

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                                                    owlwoman RE: Solstice444 Mar 27, 2012 06:52 AM

                                                    Don't know where we'll be sitting either, but res is early - 6:15. It's just my husband and I.

                                                    The foie gras was more like a pate/torchon (not warm from a lobe), but very good, they gave you one nice piece, it's rich, so it was enough for me. It came with a nice frisee salad. My husband had the country pate, which he also enjoyed. The apple dessert was a cake with apples, not a tatin (reminded me of my grandmother's apple kuchen), I enjoyed that very much too, came with ice cream.

                                                    I usually park at the City Center when I go to 42, it's cheaper to park and only a block away (I don't like paying the valet either).

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                                                    Mrs.Sean RE: MisterBill2 Mar 30, 2012 09:57 AM

                                                    Sigh, I had to cancel North in the end as the bride whose wedding I'm matron of honor for had a bit of a disastrous dress fitting and I couldn't just leave her there in the shop. She'd better have a happy marriage, that's all I can say. Grrrr. All of which is to say, then, that I have failed to eat at a single RW place. And I'm so insanely jealous of all this great stuff I'm reading!

                                            2. MisterBill2 RE: Solstice444 Mar 27, 2012 12:31 PM

                                              OMG! I had lunch at 42 today -- first time I've ever been there. It was AMAZING! The menu is great and the portions were HUGE -- the waiter confirmed they were normal dinner portions. The salmon was at least double (probably triple) the size of what I had for dinner on Sunday night at another restaurant previously named here. The salmon tartar was great. Chocolate mousse for dessert was much more than that, it had a ganache topping around it. I'm actually going back on Friday because my wife could not make it today (I took my son) and I want to try the chicken entree. Dinner is not as much of a deal, they have $13 surcharges on some of the stuff. But lunch for $21 is the bargain of the week. We sat in the first took which faces south and east (which I was told is normally Bellota). I asked to sit in the room at the end which has the view of Manhattan on Friday. Park across the street in the City Center (or Galleria) garage and save money (75c/hour vs the $10 I think thy charge at the Ritz). I didn't even mind the 20% tip they added to the check.

                                              I normally don't like to go back to a restaurant so soon after my first visit because I am invariably disappointed, but I don't see how that will be possible here (unless they give us one of the tables against the separator in the far room which has a poor view and they all of a sudden shrink the portion of the food and change chefs).

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                                                owlwoman RE: MisterBill2 Mar 28, 2012 07:33 AM

                                                I'll be at 42 Friday night, I think we're following each other....glad you had such a great experience, we went last year and I remember it was outstanding.

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                                                  MisterBill2 RE: owlwoman Mar 28, 2012 08:52 AM

                                                  The waiter told me we should come back for dinner because they have extra stuff like duck and black cod. But those each have $13 supplements! And the salmon tartar is not on the dinner menu, there is a ceviche of the day (which my luck would be shellfish, which I do not eat). I'll stick with the lunch menu with dinner-size portions at lunch prices!

                                                  BTW the chef from 42 will be on a chat on Lohud starting at noon today.

                                                  So for those who will be at North tonight.. maybe we should tell the hostess if she can help us find the others. Or if you speak to Stephen, the co-owner, mention it to him (he knows me). I will be a party of 4, reservation at 7, hopefully sitting upstairs with my wife and adult kids. My first name is Bill :-).

                                                  As of yesterday when they called to confirm, Eric's wife had not had the baby and he was still at work.

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                                                    Solstice444 RE: MisterBill2 Mar 28, 2012 10:10 AM

                                                    I will be dining with my father. I will ask the hostess about the "Bill, party of 4 at 7" when we get there, as you will have just been seated 30 minutes prior.

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                                                      cookiez RE: Solstice444 Mar 31, 2012 12:55 PM

                                                      We had dinner at Moderne Barn on Thursday. The place was packed and noisy. There were only three entree choices, Pasta Bologonese, salmon with risotto and chicken over polenta. The salmon was overcooked and the risotto undercooked.
                                                      The chicken was overcooked and tastless. One would think that with only three entrees offered and such simple dishes, the kitchen could prepare them with ease. The appetizers and desserts were fine.
                                                      Service was very slow and it took over 2 1/2 hours for the meal. It was very disappointing.
                                                      Last week we ate at X2O. The food was delicious and we had a lovely evening.

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                                                        MisterBill2 RE: cookiez Mar 31, 2012 02:28 PM

                                                        Sorry to hear you had a bad experience. But their menu was available beforehand, so you could have changed your plans once you saw it.

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                                                          cookiez RE: MisterBill2 Mar 31, 2012 02:52 PM

                                                          I was disappointed in the food preparation, not the selections on the RW menu. For a restaurant that's been top rated, I was surprised that the entrees were so poorly executed.

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                                                addictedtolunch RE: Solstice444 Mar 31, 2012 08:07 PM

                                                Just came back from a very nice RW experience and menu at Kelley's Bar X in Congers. Would happily repeat-my best RW meal so far.

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                                                  MisterBill2 RE: addictedtolunch Apr 1, 2012 07:42 AM

                                                  Presumably you mean Restaurant X and Bully Boy Bar. And it's Kelly, not Kelley.

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                                                    addictedtolunch RE: MisterBill2 Apr 1, 2012 07:52 AM

                                                    I will keep your very important spelling corrections in mind. (Sheesh).

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                                                      MisterBill2 RE: addictedtolunch Apr 1, 2012 01:57 PM

                                                      Excuse me, but what you posted sounded like some Irish bar. Some (or many, depending on the audience) people wouldn't even know what restaurant you were referring to.

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                                                  Solstice444 RE: Solstice444 Apr 18, 2012 09:19 PM

                                                  This is really belated, but just wanted to say that I had a great RW meal at North. The ambiance was very nice, and the service was superb. We were seated upstairs, right near Mister Bill, whose acquaintance I made :-) I think my favorite item was the beef two ways that my father ordered.

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                                                    MisterBill2 RE: Solstice444 Apr 25, 2012 10:47 PM

                                                    It was great meeting you and your father! And fortunately Eric's wife was able to hold out on going into labor until after our meal (and after HVRW, I believe).

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                                                      Solstice444 RE: MisterBill2 Apr 26, 2012 06:28 PM

                                                      It was nice to meet you too, and that's good about Eric's wife! I'm sure they would've missed him had the baby arrived sooner.

                                                  2. MisterBill2 RE: Solstice444 Jul 9, 2012 08:28 PM

                                                    Liz Johnson ran a story today saying there would be another pair of HVRW's in November. Interestingly, nothing on the Valley Table site or Facebook page. Shall I start a new thread or should we use this one?


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                                                      Solstice444 RE: MisterBill2 Jul 10, 2012 08:21 AM

                                                      Very interesting! It makes sense, considering how popular the one in March is.

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                                                        MisterBill2 RE: Solstice444 Jul 10, 2012 07:37 PM

                                                        See you again at North? I'll be going for my birthday, which is during that two week period :-).

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                                                          Solstice444 RE: MisterBill2 Jul 16, 2012 05:11 AM

                                                          I usually like to try different places so we'll see :-) I've been wanting to get to Valley at the Garrison...also X20, although that's a bit of a drive. I just checked the HVRW website and now it says November 5-8, Fall Restaurant Week, so it's only going to be one week? And that's not even a full week!

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                                                            MisterBill2 RE: Solstice444 Jul 18, 2012 08:34 AM

                                                            It now says 5-18, so maybe it was a typo. I would like to get to Valley this time. I've always gone during previous HVRW's, but the menu this past time did not have stuff that I would eat.

                                                            I highly recommend going Back Yard Bistro this time.

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                                                              Solstice444 RE: MisterBill2 Jul 19, 2012 07:12 PM

                                                              Oh good! I was thinking 4 days wouldn't make sense!

                                                    2. MisterBill2 RE: Solstice444 Sep 30, 2012 10:52 PM

                                                      I started a new thread for the fall HVRW:


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