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The NY Times Blasts Food at City Limits in White Plains

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  1. What I read sounded like a mixed review, I wouldn't call that Blasting.

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    1. First I'll state right off that I'm not a fan of City Limits and never have been but I wouldn't call this review a bashing. The review gives it an "OK" which is exactly what it is. Basically the piece communicates that after four months of reno it's the same old place - different color scheme but same mediocre food - some dishes successful, others acceptable and still others pretty awful. Same aspirations to be more than a diner and too ambitious a menu. So what's new?

      1. I don't think this is a blast at all. They like some things. It's hardly fine dining - we don't expect it to be. But they gave it an "ok" not a "don't bother."

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        1. re: wincountrygirl

          Agreed. A balanced review with some good stuff. It's never been a place for fine dining.

        2. Who goes to a diner and orders fish?

          Here's a list of things that I'll trust a diner not to fuck up:

          1. Breakfast
          2. A burger
          3. Salad (maybe)

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            1. re: Elisa515

              Agree Elisa, but here we go again! Some people just can't get past a name.

              1. re: Maryld

                I think people have trouble with irony. :)

                Meanwhile, I just had a great omelet with buffalo mozzarella, fresh baby spinach, fresh tomatoes and bermuda onion with a side of fresh fruit salad at the Croton Colonial Diner. Delicious, fresh, reasonably priced. Not going to warrant a review in the NYTimes, nor should anyone drive miles out of the way to go to this particular diner--but the food nonetheless was delicious.

                Also, I believe both people commenting on derisively about City Limits as a diner have not eaten there--and only jumped in when the thread was temporarily moved to the Food Media board (that's where I made my earlier replies).

                I look forward to going to City Limits again now that it's reopened. It's been a favorite place to meet friends coming from different directions without having to brave White Plains parking nuttiness.

                1. re: Elisa515

                  I always liked their curried egg salad sandwich.

                  otherwise, it's not even a really GOOD diner

          1. So with all this debate about whether this is a diner or not, and the unanimous vote that the food is not very good -- what do you think are the BEST diners in Westchester?

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            1. re: PlasticMoonRain

              I don't know that it's unanimous. Certain things are very good... I like many of their sandwiches and wraps. Never a fan of their burgers. Their egg dishes, pancakes, waffles, muffins, and smoked salmon are great. Their breads are good. I also like their salads. I never get entree/dinner type stuff when I'm there, so I can't comment on that. I was surprised that it was reviewed in the Times at all because it really doesn't seem like a destination spot by any means. In my opinion, it's consistently good (sure, not mindblowingly amazing) casual neighborhood fare. I have to say that the portion sizes seem to have taken a dive since they reopened. As Elisa says, it's a great central meeting place, and it serves the purpose for either lightning fast lunches or more lingering meals.

              Also, welcome to Chowhound to the original poster. Where do you like to eat in the county?

            2. I can't imagine why anyone would go to a diner these days-- It's so--- 80s! So many better choices!

              Any place with over 200 menu items can't do any of them really well...

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              1. re: lemarais

                I don't eat there often (have not been in 3 years) but it was very convenient to take guests to after my son's high school graduation at the County Center, especially since I needed to accommodate picky eaters. Everyone enjoyed it.

                1. re: lemarais

                  Anyone recall a 50s diner in Larchmont many years ago? I think it lasted a scoche under four months. It was by the Lusardi's.

                  1. re: lemarais

                    Are you writing about diners generically? Because I can assure you, the City Limits does not have "over 200 menu items".

                    1. re: Elisa515

                      Well, online it's about 130-140. I don't know if they also have "specials". Still way too many for a real restaurant, and way too many to do anything really well, except for breakfast, I suppose. Hard to mess up scrambled eggs.


                    2. re: lemarais

                      Why go to a diner?? For breakfast, a burger, disco fries, because they are open after the bars close... I could go on.
                      I'd love to know why you think diners are so 80s, especially since they have been around far longer than that.

                      1. re: iluvcookies

                        I love a good diner! Breakfast anytime!

                        1. re: wincountrygirl

                          Pain Quotidien--Rye
                          On the Way-- Rye
                          Station Cafe-- Hawthorne
                          Pumpernickel-- Ardsley

                          1. re: lemarais

                            I can like diners as well as better restaurants. When I want a diner, I want a diner.

                    3. While the food isn't world class, I think the NYT Review was too harsh. Why blast a restaurant in that way? It's bad for everybody involved, the restaurants, the livelihoods of the owners, the patrons, and our community.