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Valentine's Day [Westchester]

I need help picking a nice restaurant to take my GF to on Valentine's Day, time is short so I have to make reservations very soon. I've already taken her to Morton's, Blue Hill at Stone Barns and BLT Steakhouse to name a few, any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!!

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  1. H20 Xavier's on the Hudson. Valentine's Day is really amateur night-- bad pre-fixe menus and less than stellar service. How about a dinner the day after Valentine's Day, and spend Valentine's Day at home with a great champagne and caviar...

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    1. re: roxlet

      So what you mean is that any other night would be better? Is the food different on Valentine's Day are the choices different?

      1. re: Buddhaman

        Yes, frequently there are special menus for Valentine's Day. Many diners avoid eating out on Valentine's Day because of both the special menus and because, depending on the restaurant, there can be an attitude about the diners who come then. Of course, if your girlfriend would feel bad about not going out on that day, by all means go out, but if you're looking for a memorable meal, that might not be the right time to dine out. It's a little like going out to some restaurants on New Year's Eve. Same deal. Special menus, feed 'em and move 'em out.

    2. I tend to agree with roxlet about Valentines Day, many restaurants take the opportunity to raise prices, give you less food and rush you through the meal and out the door. But I can't speak for all places so I also agree you may want to try X2O in Yonkers, Red Hat in Irvington, Harvest on Hudson in Hastings (although RedHat & Harvest are best in the warmer months), if you like steak we really enjoy the Willet House in Portchester. I'm also thinking Iron Horse Grill in Pleasantville would be fairly romantic.

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      1. re: GIOny

        We used to call the Willet House the Wallet House, lol! Kind of pricy for what it was, we thought! What about Tarry Lodge in Port Chester, or Restaurant North in Armonk. We've had nice meals in both.

        1. re: roxlet

          LoL, So true, your not getting out of the Willet House for cheap, but we always have enjoyed it and I definitely like it better then Morton's.

          1. re: roxlet

            North is a good special occasion rec. I didn't personallylove 42 but it has a wow factor with the view
            I'm a huge fan of kittle house's tap room, which is dark and intimate with great food.

            1. re: i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream

              In total agreement with you about 42. The food was good but not fabulous. I definitely remember the view over the food (or lack of food), very small portions as I remember.

              1. re: GIOny

                Yes. Same. We went for RW and the food was good but not very impressive. Portions were on the small side. We had a great table by the window and the view and height was definitely something unique for Westchester. I imagine if their v day menu is anything like their advertised nye menu it will be lavish and extremely expensive.

        2. Give us a location in your initial post. I really dont want to suggest someplace in Watertown or Plattsburgh

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          1. re: trakman

            Sorry about that, I'm in New Rochelle so any place in Westchester would be great, even a bit North or South.

            1. re: Buddhaman

              If I were you, I'd start calling some of these places. Valentine's Day is less than a month away, and a lot of restaurants will be booked. You can always make up your mind and cancel the ones you don't decide to go to...

          2. Call a few of your favorite places and ask first if they plan on having a set pre-fixe menu. Also do you want fancy or casual/nice? What type of food are you looking for? French, Amercian etc....

            1. Is Rockland too far for you to travel?
              If not I recommend Restaurant X over X20, the food is similar however I find X to be cozier with a romantic ambiance.

              1. My short list would include Vox in North Salem, Iron Horse in Pleasantville, North in Armonk, X20 in Yonkers, and Polpo in Greenwich. Harvest on Hudson and Red Hat would be "fall backs."

                1. Awesome suggestions from everyone!! I looked into them all and brought it up to the little lady and we've decided we're going to give X2O a go. We've never been so it should be fun. Most of these places are doing special menus for the day and the guy from X told me that it would most likely be the same as the one in X2O so we're staying local. I really hope you all have a great Valentine's Day and thanks for all the help, you guys rock!!

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                  1. re: Buddhaman

                    If possible ask them for a table by the window (the GW side is beautiful). Have fun and Happy Valentines Day!

                    1. re: GIOny

                      Yes, by the window, but not near the door out to the terrace! We sat there once and had to be asked to be moved since people were constantly going out onto the deck to look up and down the Hudson. I don't blame them -- the view is fabulous -- but I didn't like being between them and the terrace!