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May 6, 2012 11:28 AM

Great new things at North!! [Armonk]

Last night, The Husband and I had another great dinner at North. We had a reservation, but happily chose to sit at the bar to eat. The Husband had the Tuna Tartare which he said was fresh, and flavorful. I had the Farm Egg. Delicious! A poached egg that was rolled in crushed hazelnuts and than quickly fried. Served over shaved asparagus and butter greens and lightly dressed.
After this course, we had what may have been the pasta I have ever had- hands down!! It was simply amazing. Paccheri with pancetta, wild ramps and parmesan. Outrageously good. Rich but light at the same time. I can honestly say I have never had anything like it, and would easily have a double order next time just to stuff myself on it. We were still talking about it this AM.
Next, the wild nettle soup which was tasty and earthy. I had never had wild nettles before, so I wasn't really sure what to expect. It was garnished with hazelnuts and some creme fraiche which I swirled through before eating. We did enjoy it, but nothing was going to top the Paccheri.
For entrees, I had the soft shell crabs and The Husband had the Farm Beef. The soft shell crabs were lightly fried and served over guanciale and soft polenta. Heavenly. So flavorful and so light. The crab had the perfect amount of crunch and yet, the centers were soft and perfect. The beef was prepared 2 ways that he described as "yummy, delicious goodness". I didn't taste it because I was deeply engrossed in my soft shell crab.
We skipped dessert because we were stuffed and it was getting late. However, I do usually enjoy the skillet cookie w/ ice cream because, really, what's better than cookies and ice cream???

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  1. About how much does a dinner like this cost? Did you have wine or or drinks with it?

    (I have a birthday coming up and this sounds like exactly what I'd want to eat)

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    1. re: Elisa515

      I confess that I'm not%100 sure of the bill b/c I was using the ladies room when my husband paid the bill. I think w/out tip but w/ drinks it was around $150. However, we did have a number of drinks b/c The Husband sent a round to people who we knew. So that makes a difference in the bill.
      I think this would be perfect setting for a birthday dinner for you. It will definitely feel special. Do get dessert!!! Happy Birthday!

      1. re: MRS

        Thanks! I think it would be fun to go somewhere new (for us), and your enthusiasm over the past year for North is infectious. We clearly have similar taste in food. That egg dish and the soft shell crabs especially jumped out at me--and the pasta sounded amazing.

        1. re: MRS

          We've got a reservation for dinner for Wednesday, June 6 (used Open Table). Yes my birthday was in mid-May, but this is the first weekday night that I had available. Really looking forward to it and will report back. Thanks to your enthusiasm, we're trying a place that's new to us!

          1. re: Elisa515

            I might suggest phoning ahead and letting them know that it is your 1st time to the restaurant and that it is your birthday...Happy Birthday!!

      2. I have enjoyed every meal I've had at North, and this sounds like another one I could get behind. Great report, MRS!

        1. Thanks! I look forward to hearing what you guys think if you end up going and trying out some of these new dishes. Please share your thoughts!!

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          1. re: MRS

            Should be in a couple weeks. While my birthday is next week (note my handle), I'm working every weeknight from May 14-24. Since we don't need babysitters anymore, I figure going on a weeknight will make it easier to get in and have a leisurely dinner--so, looks like the week after Memorial Day. Seriously looking forward to the occasion!

            It didn't look like North is open for lunch, did I miss something? I looked at the menu online, thought it might be interesting to have a lunch tryout.

            1. re: Elisa515

              i thought it was. I have eaten there for lunch. Perhaps they don't have a lunch menu posted? I'd give a call and just ask. Lunch was very nice, but we LOVE our dinners there for sure.
              Happy Birthday in advance!

              1. re: Elisa515

                Open Table takes lunch reservations for North, so presumably lunch is an option.

                Personal gripe:
                Attention restaurant owners: vet your website. Streamline you website. Ask others to give you feedback on your website. Keep music in your dining room and off your website.
                Bloated, slow to load sites can hurt your business.
                Hours, phone number and address should be readily accessible and not subject to a website scavenger hunt.
                Post your menus (with prices!) and keep them up-to-date.

                You're welcome.

                1. re: mrsdebdav

                  I agree, their website is horrible. It annoys me every time I look at it. And don't even try loading it on a mobile phone!

                  I really like the food at North, but I've never been there full price, only during Restaurant Week. It's a bit too expensive for a casual feeling restaurant for me to justify going there on a regular night.

                  1. re: i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream

                    I have not been to North, but I just looked at the website. While I certainly don't think it is the best design, I had no trouble with it loading and I found the menu (with prices, though I don't know if it is current?) and phone number and address pretty easily.

                    All the information is on the bottom left side. Again, not a great design, but really not that difficult to find the information.

                    1. re: valerie

                      There's no info on the website about days and hours of operation; the menu doesn't give one any sense that there are lunch hours.

                      1. re: Elisa515

                        We weren't able to load the website on any computer, but apparently it wouldn't have made a difference. We made reservations for 1:30 on Saturday, so we knew they were open, but what we didn't know was that it was only a "brunch" menu which consisted entirely of breakfast, burgers/sandwiches, and a few pastas. Not that we were expecting haute cuisine, but given how much North makes of their farm-to-table philosophy I expected a little bit more to choose from than what I'd get from the Beehive. The burgers were delicious (and huge) but I'm not sure we would have gone there if we had known the menu in advance.

                  2. re: mrsdebdav

                    I agree totally! Any sound is terrible, and theirs made everyone in my family glare at me. Lots of links to learn about the lovely people involved in the restaurant, no info on days and hours of operation. Unwieldy menu with much repetition over the five pages. Luckily, MRS is such a good ambassador I still want to go.

                    I noticed the Open Table reservation availability, but since I have never made a reservation that way, I wasn't sure how trustworthy it was.

                    1. re: Elisa515

                      Open Table is totally trustworthy. I've used it for years. It's very convenient and you can change/cancel online should that be necessary.

                    2. re: mrsdebdav

                      North: one of the worst restaurant web sites I've seen.

                      1. re: mrsdebdav

                        You read my mind. I couldn't agree more. I hate that website. I know what baseball team they like but couldn't find the essentials of the restaurant. Needless to say I haven't been to the restaurant yet.

                        1. re: GIOny

                          I really think they do themselves a disservice with the awful website. Now there's no menu at all. Is it really that difficult to design a navigable website? If I hadn't been there before, I would totally be turned off. Maybe someone should send them the link to this thread...

                        2. re: mrsdebdav

                          So agree! I if I cannot see prices on a website I don not go at all. I am on a budget so its nice to have an idea about how much I will be spending. They loose customers that way. I think in mpo...

                    3. Maybe I keep overlooking where it's mentioned in the thread, but where is North? Western NY, Adirondacks Long Island, Westchester...?

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                      1. re: Scott_R

                        It's a big state, doesn't help most folks to post a name without a town, does it?

                        1. re: mcf

                          It is frustrating not to see an address or a link. North is located in Armonk, NY.

                      2. I am sorry that I didn't post specifics about the address/location of North. I made the bad assumption that people had seen my previous posts about North, and knew what I was talking about. My bad. Its in Armonk , NY. In Westchester County.
                        I guess because we eat at North semi-frequently, I never bother with the website. The menu changes often- sometimes slightly, sometimes more of an overhaul- depending on what their farmers, vendors , and purveyors have fresh and available for them. They won't use anything that isn't 100% terrific. So, i never know what we may or may not get there. And, that's fine with me. We like it that way.
                        I have used Opentable to go there, and I do use Opentable quite a bit for other spots, too. Totally reliable. We've never once had a problem with it. I love that I do it from my Iphone if I really want to.
                        I have no affiliation with the restaurant in any way save for the fact that we have been going since it 1st opened and we really love it there. We enjoy it and feel like it's a special spot for us. That said, it might not be for everyone. Be it the price, the style of food, the vibe, whatever...
                        But I was just so excited by our really delicious meal the other night that I felt compelled to share.

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                        1. re: MRS

                          "I am sorry that I didn't post specifics about the address/location of North. I made the bad assumption that people had seen my previous posts about North, and knew what I was talking about."

                          There are probably at least several folks in all of northern and western NY who haven't any idea where North is. ;-)