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May 17, 2012 12:44 PM

Station House - Bronxville

Been ages since I've been to the Station House. Probably since it first opened, but I went to lunch today. Sat at the bar and there were about three others there for lunch too.

While the main menu is a little standard and tired, they did have a few interesting specials. I'm on a bit of a restricted diet now, so I had to stay away from what I'd normally get, so I stayed with the standards.

Chicken Quesadilla as a starter. I asked for a half order, but they served me the full order. No problem, $3 more and dinner for this evening. Filled with chunks of chicken and lots of cheese. A little dry, but this was made up for with the sides of salsa, guac and sour cream. The guac (I'm not here to dispute it's freshness or homemade-ness) was nice, with a little kick. Salsa was jar salsa, but overall, not bad and for the money, well worth it at $8.95

I was craving cheese, so I went with the Station House Toastie. A plentiful amount of ham and cheese, with a slice of tomato on whole wheat with skinny fries. Very juicy and very tasty. I'm not a ham lover, but this was very tasty, not overly salty, and quite enjoyable. No clue what the price was, but I believe about $9. I took home half of this too, with a few fries.

For $18 before tax and tip, two full enjoyable meals. Definitely worth it and better than your average deli paninis or fast food quesadillas.

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  1. the station house in Bronxville ,i remember when it was the Milburn cafe that was a good place.

    15 Replies
    1. re: moron66

      I was trying to think of all the places it's been called before Station House - Denning's, Milburn, ??

      1. re: jhopp217

        Before Milburns (the legal name was Milburns Cafe, Oxford Tavern INC.) it was called The Oxford Tavern, which was it's original name going back to at least the early 1930's, although it's nickname was The O Club during the 70's & 80's, maybe earlier. I used to hang out there a lot in the late 70's and all through the 80's. There and around the corner at The Spinning Wheel, now Palmer Lounge.

        I actually knew a man who used to go there by horse and buggy, drink a few ales, then get a gallon pail filled with ale to take home. He would invariably fall asleep and the horse would make its own way home, then neigh to wake him up so it could get into the barn.

        I haven't found the food at the Station House to be that good, but I haven't eaten there in a few years so that may have changed.

        Was it ever actually called Dennings? I was out of town for awhile in the 90's, but don't remember hearing it called that. Although I think that's the name of the current owner.

        1. re: JMF

          I realize this is a bit off-topic, but I am wondering how the food at Station House compares with Pete's Tavern on the other side of the train station. I have not been to either and was thinking of trying one or the other.

          1. re: EIF1lady

            Pete's is now under new ownership. I haven't eaten there in years, but heard the food had gone way downhill. Not sure about the new place. Station house isn't going to wow you. I hear Kraft has much better food than both and the new 143 place has decent food.

            1. re: jhopp217

              If Pete's food has gone downhill under new ownership, it must be at the bottom of the ocean by now.

              1. re: rjbh20

                I liked the old Pete's for what it was and knew the family for a long time, they were great people. Regardless the food is incomparable. Good quality hand formed burgers, house made salad dressings, fresh produce... vs the former frozen patties and other institutional type offerings.

                1. re: chowdom

                  When I refer to Pete's as the old Pete's...I'm talking 90's. Solid burger joint, good wings, nice beer specials. Last time I ate there, was over five years ago and I was greatly disappointed. Small tasteless burgers, awful wings, but the beer was good and cold and prices reasonable. It was a great place once, hope it returns. As the other burger options in Bronxville are pretty poor

            2. re: EIF1lady

              I had a very good burger at Pete's recently and I really liked the lemon Vinaigrette that dressed the accompanying salad. I had a few of my friends sweet potato fries and liked those too.

              1. re: EIF1lady

                I had been to Petes under the old management and was not impressed. My ds recently went with his friend and dad and loved it. He had chicken wings (hottest variety if I know my child) and something else (can't remember-chili maybe) and liked both. And my ds is pretty fussy foody for 11 yo. The dad told me they go there often for burgers, sandwiches and the like and under new mgmt is much improved.

                1. re: EIF1lady

                  The burgers and fries at pete's during the 70's, 80's and early 90's were awesome. yes the patties were cheap frozen ones, and the fries too. but there was something about the griddle and fryer that turned institutional food into amazing .the burgers had this fantastic smoky taste, and the fries were so crunchy good. I remember going into the kitchen on many a late night, after it was closed, and making burgers and fries for the staff, and anyone still around at 3-4am.

                  1. re: JMF

                    I almost edited my post to add that back when "cupcake" ( do you remember him he was the cook at Maude's in Tuckahoe) was cooking mid 80's I think, the food at Pete's was exactly as you described, but it could have been the vodka!

                    1. re: chowdom

                      I don't think I ate at Maude's, or hung out there more than 1-2 times. A few times when it was Rockwells.

                      1. re: JMF

                        I didn't hang out there either I just knew that Cupcake cooked at Maudes's and went to work at Pete's after Maude's closed. He was a big, affable red head and a good short order cook/chef I thought you might have remembered him.

                    2. re: JMF

                      I'm pretty sure at 3-4am if you were at Pete's you would have thought a shoe tasted pretty good. I was hanging at a place on last winter on St. Mark's Place and there is an awful pizzeria that sells $1 slices across the street. After six hours of drinking, that pizza was like eating caviar. I do happen to agree. It was a nice greasy burger.

                      1. re: jhopp217

                        The burgers were good no matter what time. I used to go there a lot as a kid, teen, and early 20's.

            3. Chatted with my friend who accompanied me and asked him about his bacon cheddar burger and french onion soup. I asked because he had the same combo at Piper's Kilt last night. He said the Station House food was awful in comparison. Mentioned that the soup was OK, but he didn't finish his burger and fries weren't good. I actually liked my fries.

              1. Not that it's very important, but I was back there with a friend today, because he was getting his car fixed around the corner. I ordered the quesadillas for a meal and being that I thought last time they gave me a full order (4 wedges), I ordered it. Much to my surprise the order came out and it was 8 wedges. For about $9, it was crazy. Once again, lunch and dinner as I took some of it home.