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Need dinner rec for Port Chester by Capitol Theater

Sloth Dec 10, 2012 07:21 AM

Going to see the Rascals on Friday and will have about an hour before the show to get dinner. All cuisines and price ranges will be considered. What do you recommend? Thanks!

  1. Sloth Dec 17, 2012 07:53 AM

    Sorry to disappoint, but all of our efforts were thwarted by well meaning friends who got to the area first and snagged a table at El Tio while we were still on the train. They couldn't resist the proximity to the theatre even though we had shared with them our preference for Chowhound vetted places. As I am sure most of you are aware, El Tio is pretty standard Mexican. My pork taco was not al pastor, and the tongue in my other taco was spongy and tasteless. The shrimp cocktail was nice but nothing special. The only dish that seemed really good was the whole snapper that a friend ordered. However, service was good, the seating was comfortable and the beer was cold. The show at the Capitol was great and now we are well informed for the next time (Funky Meters for NYE possibly). Thanks for all the input!

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      weedy Dec 17, 2012 02:19 PM

      if by "standard" Mexican you mean pretty bad, then...

      It still amazes me that there isn't a single truly good REAL, regional, Mexican restaurant in Westchester.
      (there barely is anywhere in NYC)

      which is why, by comparison, Bartaco is pretty good!

      anyway, next time book ahead!

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        51rich Dec 17, 2012 06:17 PM

        ever tried the taco truck by city park in new rochelle,puts most of the restaurants to shame (may be ending for the year soon,but they were there the other day)

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          Sloth Dec 18, 2012 06:52 AM

          Yes, a reservation would have made a difference. Live and learn.

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        Elisa515 Dec 15, 2012 09:27 AM

        So, where did you go?

        1. Poindexter Dec 11, 2012 11:51 AM

          You might consider bartaco, especially if you are in a big group such that you can get a resy (i think they take 'em for parties of 6 or more). The tacos are quite passable, though it's not the foodie destination others in here have recommended. It is, however, fun, close to the station and the Cap and easy with a group--you can just order a pitcher of tasty margaritas and ask the chef to prepare a large mixed tray of tacos and sides and augment that with additional orders, tapas style, if needed.

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            chowdom Dec 11, 2012 01:02 PM

            I would want to give myself more time to enjoy bartaco, also although it isn't far it is a longer walk to the Capitol. Regarding Inca Y Gaucho I have been there on busy nights when the service has been slow. Where ever you go I would suggest taking a look at a menu before hand o you are ready to order when you arrive.

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              chowdom Dec 11, 2012 01:10 PM

              Bartaco
              fish taco
              chicken liver taco
              corn
              churros

               
               
               
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                debmom Dec 14, 2012 06:06 PM

                FYI, while I like the food at BarTaco the portions are incredibly small. The tacos are 2-3 bites max.

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                Sloth Dec 11, 2012 01:43 PM

                Yes, I have been perusing the menus of the suggested places and sharing them with my group. We're all about being prepared. Thanks!

            2. Sloth Dec 11, 2012 07:04 AM

              Great suggestions and comments so far. We'll be a group of four, so the tiny booths at Gemelos might be a problem. Loud jukebox at Kiosko not a problem, we are going to see a concert after all. Coals grilled pizza sounds interesting and the beer selection is a big plus. Inca and Gaucho also intriguing but I'm not sure they are going to work if we have only an hour between getting off the train and getting to the theater. But getting an earlier train may be possible, so I'll keep them in mind.

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                Westjanie Dec 11, 2012 08:02 AM

                Don't know why you think Inca & Gaucho might be a problem; they're pretty fast. And, since they're clearly getting an increase in business before concerts, I'm sure they are used to getting pople out in time. (Tho you might have to remind them occasionally.) We particularly enjoy the "gaucho" part of the menu.

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                  Sloth Dec 11, 2012 10:39 AM

                  I had nothing to base that on other than the look of the restaurant and the menu on the website . Just had the "take your time and enjoy the experience" vibe. Looks good though.

              2. chowdom Dec 10, 2012 02:28 PM

                Los Gemelos is great but I find the seating too tight as in literally tiny uncomfortable booths. http://losgemelosrestaurant.com/ I would walk one more block up to kiosko very good affordable mexican and friendly service, not sure what is going on with their website at the moment. Kiosko Restaurant

                220 Westchester Ave, Port ChesterNY10573(914) 933-0155


                EDIT: When the juke box is on at Kiosko it can become uncomfortably loud, but I find it less annoying than the uncomfortable seating at Los Gemelos, I'm becoming such a PIA

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                  chowdom Dec 10, 2012 03:02 PM

                  Dinner at Kiosko
                  cuban torta
                  some combination w/mole
                  interior

                   
                   
                   
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                    51rich Dec 10, 2012 04:34 PM

                    If you think the jukebox is loud, at Kiosko
                    ,try to go with your parents,as I did, and they had live LOUD music that night.

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                      chowdom Dec 10, 2012 04:53 PM

                      You poor thing, lol.

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                        jcmods Dec 14, 2012 11:01 AM

                        What type of loud music? I am okay with anything as long as it is not "Current" Top 40.

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                          51rich Dec 15, 2012 04:11 AM

                          Definitely not top 40, unless it is top 40 from South America/ Mexico.as to bar taco- more bar than taco. More of a place to drink and linger with the food secondary- small, pricy and the "plan" is like a churrasco resto where you keep ordering small plates,at least it was when I went last- awhile ago, much prefer either place on westchester av

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                      mrsdebdav Dec 10, 2012 11:27 AM

                      Coals is right by the theater. It's an interesting, kinda funky place. Pizza and beer. Very mellow. I had lunch there recently. Never had this kind of pizza before, but enjoyed it,. The beer offerings are extensive, and you can choose to have flights (4 small glasses - your choice or theirs).

                      1. Sloth Dec 10, 2012 09:42 AM

                        I guess I should have mentioned that we'll be taking the train so walking distance from the theater is a necessity. Los Gemelos sounds good. Love tacos.

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                          Elisa515 Dec 10, 2012 09:58 AM

                          I've enjoyed both Los Gemelos and Aqui Es Santa Fe (which is right across the street from the train station). I'd like to add Inca and Gaucho, a Peruvian place next to Los Gemelos. Honestly, every time I go to PC I'm torn about which of those places to go to.

                          In terms of price points, Los Gemelos will be the least expensive, with Inca and Gaucho the most--but they're all very reasonable. I know that Inca and Gaucho has a bar; can't remember whether either of those others serves any alcohol.

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                            Sloth Dec 10, 2012 10:36 AM

                            Alcohol would be a plus, but lack of it would not be a deal-breaker. Thanks!

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                          mla19 Dec 10, 2012 08:48 AM

                          Lots of great options nearby. A few doors door from the Capitol Theater is excellent and authentic Mexican food at Los Gemelos. Some of the best tacos around. Note they have waitress service but it's a very casual setting.

                          Also of note in Port Chester but not in walking distance from the Capitol Theater is Acuario's for delicious ceviche, Tarry Lodge for inventive pizzas, Aqui Es Santa Fe for home-style and inexpensive Columbian dishes, Misti for cheap lomo saltado, Nessa for tasty pastas, etc. The choices I listed vary in price and atmosphere.

                          Enjoy and let us know where you end up. Love the food in PC!

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                            cloverose Dec 10, 2012 09:20 AM

                            We ate at Acuario before a show at the Capitol. We parked very close to the restaurant and after dinner drove over and parked right by the train station a couple of blocks from the theater. Of course, it was a weekday night, so that might not work on a Friday or Saturday.

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                              chowdom Dec 10, 2012 02:40 PM

                              Pictured, the entree I ordered last weekend at Acuario. The fish was red snapper the plate also contained mussles, shrimp, clamari, clams and crab. I would have prefered to order the spicy red sauce but I wanted to share with the table and this was their preference ( a pinkish butter based sauce) Included was a huge side of white rice the dish was either $18 or $22.

                               
                               
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                              byramgirl Dec 10, 2012 10:39 AM

                              Another vote for Los Gemelos for tacos al pastor and their nachos. If you want "spaghetti and meatballs" Italian, T&J's is great. If Chinese is a craving, Szechuan Pavilion is the best Chinese around. A little more of a walk, Cafe Mirage offers a creative menu with a lot of Asian influence. Also consider bartaco for more of a "scene," with the best corn you'll ever have. Have a good time!

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                                chowdom Dec 10, 2012 03:07 PM

                                byramgirl when were you last at Cafe Mirage? We gave it three more tries after the first time we felt it was in decline. Each time we went the quality of the food got worse and worse. This was one of my favorite restaurants and I have been in serious denial... We are sadly officially over it at this point.

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                                  MRS Dec 10, 2012 05:08 PM

                                  I have to agree b/c the last 3 times we tried to go, it looked so empty/closed, we didn't even bother going in!!

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                                    byramgirl Dec 11, 2012 06:38 AM

                                    The last time I went it was in late August. I had an arugula salad with grapefruit, pine nuts and shaved parmesan, which i really enjoyed. Then I had the steak frites, cooked to a perfect medium, and full of flavor. I've been about four times in the past year, but never before that.

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