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Harbor steak and seafood in mamaroneck

Just saw the sign go up at the old Applebee's, for a new restaurant.

Anyone got any info?

Praying it's decent. We need something decent around here.

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  1. Saw it too. The name doesn't sound inspired or interesting and taking on a space of that size seems "franchise-y" to me. I'm not optimistic but hope I'm wrong. Guess I should just be happy it isn't Pan-Asian.

    With respect to your last comment mark,
    "We need something decent around here."

    We do have some decent food around here. We have some long standing restaurants that are very good - Turkish Meze, Le Provencal to name a couple. And, while not all of the new and new-ish restaurants on the Avenue are hits I'll take our choices over that of many up in these parts. Mamaroneck may not be Manhattan or Brooklyn but it isn't Rye either.

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    1. re: laylag

      i hear you, but the lack of farm to the table or any kind of local restaurants that seem to be in the river towns is somewhat surprising and disappointing,

      i would kill for a restaurant like the cookery of irvington here in mamaroneck, larchmont and rye.

      true turkish meze is decent, i guess i'm looking for better than decent.

      1. re: laylag

        Come on Rye is not that bad considering we are closer to Pt. Chester then you Southeners!! I'll take Ruby's over that Barnacle fiasco, Frankie & Johnies over Ye Olde Tollhouse or Lemoncellos, etc...you see where I was headed! La Panetiere has become more contemporary, salzburg has top notch bakery, and the slices at sunrise are strong! I know we are not loaded with pan-asian mini chains but give us a break! anyway I consider mamk, rye, harrison, rye brook & pt. chester one town so that we are stronger!!

        1. re: cubanat

          You're right - "rye is not bad"....

          I just want better than not bad for my town.

            1. re: cubanat

              I live in white plains.... And I find it sad that I need to go to pc for
              A decent meal..... Any suggestions? I don't want wanna bees or half way authentic..... Real mexican or Japanese without a $90 price tag...

              1. re: liza219

                I wouldn't be complaining about white plains!

                1. re: cubanat

                  Speaking of Mamaroneck, I just heard that Brian MacMenamin opend up a restaurant in the Mamaroneck train station called The Club Car. Has anyone been there yet?

                  1. re: Maryld

                    I was wondering if it was open yet. If it opened, there wasn't much fanfare, which surprises me. But I did see some people that looked like servers hanging around there when I was getting on the train one evening.

                    Menu looks a lot like the old MacMenamins. That's not a bad thing as it was one of my favorite restaurants in its heyday (it's decline was very sad for me). I'm more than willing to give it a try. What I DON'T like about it is that it's also a nightclub. I'm not sure I like this trend of nightclubs in Mamaroneck. I wonder how that condo complex by the train station is going to tell about the Club Car lounge.

                    1. re: Avalondaughter

                      Club car has been open a couple of weeks but I don't know anyone that has been. Looks very nice from the pictures on their website.

                      1. re: kaaaassss

                        Menu looks really unfocused (and not much for us vegetarians).

                    2. re: Maryld

                      He has and it's gorgeous inside. I haven't eaten there yet - going in a couple weeks - but have heard good things. I walked through one night coming back from the city and it was hopping.

            2. re: cubanat

              Oh come on Cubanat. You can't just name all the awful restaurants in Mamaroneck and then call it a day. Btw - all of those are out of business. Not so in Rye. As for proximity to Port Chester's food us "southerners" are closer to Manhattan and Queens so there! : ) Anyway, I think we can all agree that decent isn't what CHers are looking for. For the record imo Meze is better than decent. Of course I'd love to have restaurants like The Cookery here, Farmer and the Fish and other inventive/creative/fresh places but no one seems to want to make that investment down our way. I think the Barnacle space is still available... Anyone?

              1. re: laylag

                Turkish Meze, Rani Mahal... The times I have been at Piri Q have been pretty good (although I don't go there often since they don't have a liquor license). Le Provencal I used to like until their service became atrocious. Giban seemed to resolve its bad service issues and I've had some nice meals there. I haven't been to Piccolo Mulino in a while but I've always enjoyed meals I've had there in the past.

                Maybe my expectations are too low? I eat out every weekend, so I'm not looking for high-end culinary extravaganzas every time I go out. Perhaps I'm just not enough of a food snob?

            1. They are distributing menus in my building. Looking at the menu I find myself drawing comparisons to the old Jolly Trolley. Lots of fried appetizers. A section of the menu just for steaks and one for seafood. A section of typical, hard-to-differentiate-from-anywhere-else "special" dishes (chicken marsala, chicken parm, ribs, pasta alrfredo, etc.). Lots of burgers. Not a place for foodies. It's the kind of place my husband and I go to when we can't think of where else to go for dinner and say, "Let's just go to ---- and get a burger."

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              1. re: Avalondaughter

                I got a menu too. I found it odd that it refers to it's salad bar as "famous." How can a new restaurant have something that is famous already? Is this a chain??

                Here's the website: http://www.harborsteak.com/ No menu is posted there yet.

                1. re: cbn456

                  Well, after my original post back in April, I finally went tonight.
                  Wow, I thought Applebee's was bad. This place is awful. I can kind of sum it up when my 14 year old waitress asked me how I wanted my ribs cooked!

                  Wife's chicken was cardboard and they burnt my son's quesadilla. I truly don't know how a restaurant like this can open up in 2012.

                  Salad bar was decent. Maybe the food and service will get better, I just don't see how. At least it's relatively cheap.

              2. Sounds like the ppl from the old Charlie brown's and the barnacle teamed up and re-opened~ whoopee, or is that just whoops.this side of westchester is a vast wastelands for restaurants, granted rye does have some decent restaurants,you pay DEARLY for those meals,negating anything positive,unless for a special occasion.the best thing to open in ages over here is smashburger, we should be able to do better than that!, although I do like it.

                1. Tried it this past weekend.
                  Substantially an almost exact copy of Charlie Brown's/Jolly Trolley, with an even better salad bar.
                  The food is good, the prices decent.
                  Worth a try. We, and the couple we went with, intend to go back soon.

                  1. Went there last night. It was great. I just ate my left over prime rib for breakfast and it was delicious, again. If you are looking for Frankie and Johnny' in the City or Ruth Chris Steakhouse, then go to them. If you are looking for a great salad bar, great food and incredible prices, go to Harbor Steakhouse. We will definitely become "regulars" at this establishment. We had salad bar, French Onion Soup, Clam Chowder, Prime Rib. All was delicious! Similar to Charlie Browns/Jolly Trolley but much better food and better service!

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                    1. re: dmasah

                      Hharbor Steak is closed. It was very dated inside. What would be successful there? It was formerly Applebee's. Great Parking. The Applebee's in Port Chester just closed also.

                      1. re: Barrels41

                        Definitely won't miss an applebees . Would really love to see a real bbq joint. This side of the county could definitely use something...anything besides another Italian. Although an "upscale" Italian -like Fortina would be nice, but at least they are opening in Rye Brook. How about a nice shake shack -like in westport

                        1. re: 51rich

                          That's an awesome idea 51Rich. We need to get Danny's attention somehow and tell him it would be a huge hit. Anything else that opens there would be doomed sadly as I think the locale is now jinxed. I don't get how Westchester doesn't have one shake shack location by now.

                          1. re: cubanat

                            Westchester ,in general gets passed over for places of interest (food or otherwise). The idea being we are too close to the city- not really the case ,or even a viable option (limited mobility).Part of the problem is new places ,with no real track record want nyc prices without proving themselves first and word of mouth just doesn't seem to build any buzz here.Don't understand how more "isolated" parts of the county-Armonk,Mt. Kisco can support more interesting restaurants than lower Westchester

                            1. re: 51rich

                              Is it concentration of wealth maybe or that the interesting places/locations are getting picked up by good operators and they seem to be out of the way? I love the fact that JG is in the inn/pound ridge. But it's not super convenient for lower/mid Westchester. 20 to 30 minutes does not sound like a lot but let's face it--it is. especially since it's not on a heavily travelled route for most. Westchester has come along way in the last decade in terms of number of good eats options. But is it too much to ask for a shake shack? I know chick-fil-a isn't such a pc company but they do make a great spicy chicken sandwich. The Wendy's location in PC would have been great for either and now I hear it's going to be a white castle--ok but not needed IMO especially with the attempted hi-browing up with whole foods down the way

                              1. re: cubanat

                                It just seems very odd that less populous portions of Westchester (granted costs are lower) seem to draw in more interesting places.A well developed business like shake shack definitely would thrive in that location.I grew up in New Rochelle,near Mamaroneck and still remember cooks fondly- and the Westport shake shack is basically a modern day version. Now that Mc'donalds is no longer considered the be all and end all of burgers- the "quality " places can co-exist.Currently "burger joints" have become the modern day equivalent of an affordable restaurant.

                                1. re: cubanat

                                  I had heard the rumor about wendy's in P.C. when they first closed- so I'm not too sure about white castle going there. But we are getting a 5 napkin burger joint at ridge hill-too bad they aren't coming any closer -but at least not too far away

                            2. re: 51rich

                              DoubleRQ is pretty good in New Rochelle, 2 Pelham Rd. For BBQ

                              1. re: dmasah

                                I have past that place a few times now and have been tempted to go in. Is it great or just ok?

                                1. re: cubanat

                                  i have been to rrq- liked the idea much better than the actual food. so far "q" in portchester is still the best of (admittedly) fair choices of bbq in this area.Hoping brother jimmies' will be good in w.p.Also tried holy smoke in mahopac -good but not good enough to be a destination,and i am not close enough to return