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Sala on Hudson in Croton

Marge Nov 29, 2012 02:05 PM

Well not exactly on the Hudson, but I just noticed a new Spanish tapas restaurant opened in the strip mall between Capriccio II and Dunkin Donuts. Menu looks interesting, but kind of expensive especially given the location. Has anyone been there or heard anything about it?

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  1. ltlevy RE: Marge Nov 29, 2012 09:15 PM

    Went there the other night and was not impressed. The sangria was tasteless, the shrimp in garlic sauce was swimming in oil, the paella I had was a tomato based sauce (couldn't taste any saffron) and badly needed some seasoning and my DW's skirt steak was also lacking any flavor. Also the brussel sprouts that came with her dish were supposed to be cooked with bacon, and she didn't taste any, plus they were burnt. The only glimmer of light was our friend's pork chop, but even that could have used more seasoning.

    For the price point they are charging, the food should be way better!

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      weedy RE: Marge Nov 29, 2012 10:42 PM

      is this where the Tapas restaurant had been previously?? nearish to Zeytinia?

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        ltlevy RE: weedy Nov 30, 2012 05:31 AM

        Yes... That's it.

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        dma1250 RE: Marge Dec 4, 2012 08:34 AM

        I am curious if anyone else has been here. ltlevy's report was so dismal I was going to skip it, but the restaurant got a nice writeup on Westchester Eats blog and evidently the owners run 2 restaurants in Manhattan (including Sala One Nine, on 19th), which makes one hope this place would be decent!.

        Also, I was surprised to see the two comments about this place being expensive for the area. The entrees are $18 to $23, which is on par with Memphis Mae's across the street and in general is cheaper than most of the places we frequent in the area (I'd say most have entrees up to the low $30's). So, I am curious what cheap restaurants in the area I am missing! Ideas?

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          GIOny RE: dma1250 Dec 4, 2012 02:04 PM

          I wouldn't skip it, try it for yourself. While I haven't tried it yet myself, I have plans on doing so. This place just recently opened so I think we have to give it a chance.

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            Marge RE: dma1250 Dec 11, 2012 02:32 PM

            I am curious to hear other reviews also. Although the entree prices are high average, I think the tapas prices are high--we would probably want to have several tapas, which with drinks (tasteless sangria) would add up...And for me, unless the food is fabulous, the ambiance of it's location in a random strip mall does not warrant a triple digit dinner out. As far as cheap eats in the area, I like Doca's, Churrasqeira Ribatejo, El Tambo, Los Abuelos...And, an off-topic comment: I HATE this new CH format!

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              weedy RE: Marge Dec 11, 2012 07:29 PM

              Tapas often adds up... in fact, the better places can end up pretty pricey for a whole meal.
              No one said they (Sala) were supposed to be "cheap eats" did they?

              the question is: is it GOOD?

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            dma1250 RE: Marge Jan 19, 2013 10:35 AM

            We went last night for the first time and it was okay but decidedly mixed. But we only had a few things, so not a fair test. We had two tapas, the queso de cabra and the leeks in romescu sauce, both of which were really very good. The leeks had great texture and the sauce was very tasty. Then we had the seafood paella for two, which was not good. The seafood was mixed in quality and the rice was overcooked and completely missing the saffron and seasoning that makes it paella--it was bland, by any measure. We had four glasses of wine (which were pricey at $11 a pop), and the total came in just over $100. The room is pleasant enough but a bit noisy (though it was pretty crowded) and the service was fine if a little over eager. I think we'll try it again and stick to the tapas, but I'm in no great rush.

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              yumyumsami RE: Marge Jan 21, 2013 07:34 AM

              We tried it a couple of times and the food isn't nearly as good as their Manhattan restaurants. If this place was in the city, it would probably go out of business, however for Northern Westchester, it isn't terrible. The scallops were way too small for their $14 price tag. The tortilla espanola could use more flavor. We'll probably go back but wish the wine list was better, the food was better and more value for the price. Perhaps the chef could take a trip to Tia Pol in the city and replicate that experience for us up here. Maybe it will get better with time!

              1. GIOny RE: Marge Jan 21, 2013 07:37 AM

                We went recently and really enjoyed our Tapas. Our only complaint was that the shrimp were to small in the Gambas al Ajillo. And weedy is right, the tapas can (and do) add up but we enjoyed it and we left full so it was worth it.

                1. MisterBill2 RE: Marge Mar 12, 2013 06:40 PM

                  We ate there on Saturday night using a Groupon ($60 for $30). We had the mushroom appetizer, 2 vegetarian tapas (fried goat cheese and baby leeks), the shrimp in garlic sauce tapas and the chicken with peppers entree. I thought that all of it was very good but the vegetarian tapas were rather pricey for what they were. The shrimp wasn't as bad since it was a larger portion. My wife enjoyed the extra oil and got extra bread to dip in it. We had the chocolate churros for dessert and I was somewhat disappointed in them. They seemed a little undercooked inside, and they came with a watery chocolate sauce rather than fudge, as I had been expected. For what I paid, $34 plus tip including the cost of the Groupon, it was a very good deal. At $64 it would have been less appealing. They were certainly very busy when we were there.

                  Note they have a 2-for-1 deal on wine and sangria (maybe beer, too) until 7pm but only at the bar. And it may be per person, so you can't each get a drink and take advantage of it. But if you want 2 drinks, it could pay to go sit at the bar first and then get a table (or eat at the bar).

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                    mfenimore RE: Marge Mar 15, 2013 12:25 PM

                    I have been there three times and overall I have enjoyed it. I am just excited to have a different venue of food besides Chinese, Italian or Sushi in the area! The service is very good and its crowded! I think that the food is a bit uneven and some tapas are better than others. The specials have been good every time. Also liked the paella, croquettes, chorizo and patatas a lot, Seafood stuff(shrimp and clams) were not great but I will continue to go and eat my favorites.

                    1. Marge RE: Marge Jan 12, 2014 01:29 PM

                      Closed for business.

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                        i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream RE: Marge Jan 12, 2014 01:30 PM

                        Really? Already?

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                          Marge RE: i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream Jan 12, 2014 01:32 PM

                          Yes I drove by earlier and the sign was down--checked out their website and they posted that they are closed.

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                            Elisa515 RE: Marge Jan 12, 2014 02:14 PM

                            The owners decided to concentrate on their NYC restaurant and possibly some new projects.

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                          Sra. Swanky RE: Marge Jan 12, 2014 05:38 PM

                          So sad. My parents and I loved Sala. I went there before the holidays to buy a gift certificate, and one of the owners told me their last day would be Dec. 29th. In my state of grief, I blurted out "That means we'll never have your gazpacho again!" I gave her a hug and wished them all well. I hope their new projects bring them back to Westchester soon!

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                            MisterBill2 RE: Sra. Swanky Jan 12, 2014 11:10 PM

                            Wow, that's too bad. We ate there on a Groupon and really enjoyed it. Of course, I didn't go back for full price :-(.

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                              Elisa515 RE: MisterBill2 Jan 13, 2014 08:09 AM

                              And remember, when you get a bargain with Groupon, the restaurant gets almost nothing.

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                            GIOny RE: Marge Jan 15, 2014 11:38 AM

                            So sorry to hear this.

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                              jmtoconnor RE: Marge Jan 15, 2014 05:57 PM

                              A shame; seems to be an ill-fated location. Fewer and fewer choices around the 'hood these days.

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