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Hudson Valley Restaurant Weeks - March 11-24, 2013

As many of us suffer thru the snow storm, it's comforting to know that Hudson Valley Restaurant Week starts in 5 weeks :-). I

The current list of participating restaurants as of today can be found here:

http://hudsonvalleyrestaurantweek.com...

A few have their menus up already.

Here are last year's threads:
November - http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/871609
March - http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/829146

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  1. I was just thinking it's been way too long since I've been to North. Can't wait!

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    1. re: i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream

      Unfortunately, North only takes reservations a month in advance (maybe only 28 days). I was pleasantly surprised to find that Swift was taking reservations already, so I made a reservation there (also at Back Yard Bistro). The chef at Swift used to be at Valley and the food was very similar. It was a really pleasant surprise and I recommend it. Make sure you ask to be seated near the windows so you have a view of the falls. They've got a few tables between the bar and main dining room that are terrible. When we were there last time they seated someone there even though the dining room was not full (it was a Sunday) and I couldn't understand why. Then a co-worker told me that SHE sat there when she went and hated the location. I put the location request in my Opentable reservation.

    2. Last November, I had great meals at Valley, Swift, North, Restaurant X, and Back Yard Bistro. We'll probably go back to all of them, although Valley may not be open as their website says they are opening in April and neither they nor Tavern are listed this time. I had disappointing meals at Hudson at Haymount and Artists Palate and will not go back.

      I had reservations for 42 for lunch last time and cancelled them after they downgraded their lunch menu after initially posting a better one. They've got their menu posted for this time (one of the first) and it looks good so I'll try them. We had gone there (42) for lunch last March and the portions were dinner sized. Be sure to park across the street at Target to avoid the $10 parking charge.

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      1. re: MisterBill2

        Tavern is now listed and their menu is up!

        1. re: Solstice444

          Yes, and I am debating making a reservation for the 2nd Thursday at Tavern. Some stuff doesn't look to be a tremendous savings off the normal prices. But it's convenient for me, so I'll try it (plus it's the same people as Valley, and they are excellent).

          I was thinking of going to The Cookery as well (I've never been), although I have a similar concern about pricing and not being much of a deal.

          Restaurant X posted their menu and it looked good, and we had a nice meal there last RW so I made a reservation there.

          Clock Tower Grill in Brewster has their menu up and it looks really good (fois gras and tuna tartar, sadly separate dishes). I wish I had some idea of how good it is. It has good reviews on Yelp, although there are only 3 of them They don't seem to have a website; I found an old Facebook page for their former name Senistra Grill.

          Zodiac, which is at Neiman Marcus in White Plains is participating for the first time. They're only open for lunch but it's a very nice place if you've never been. No menu posted.

          Lots of places have no menus yet.

      2. It seems like it was just the November restaurant week! :-) I think it's interesting that two CIA restaurants are participating, as they haven't in the past (or at least not in the past 5 years that I've been going). I actually have still never eaten there so that might be worth a try. I may make a reservation at Swift and then cancel it if I don't like the menu. My mom has been wanting to try Hudson's Ribs and Fish so maybe I'll go there as well.

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        1. re: Solstice444

          The CIA has participated in the past, but not last November. I find it interesting that they're doing it at the same price as everyone else. In the past they've charged an extra $2 or so.

          You should definitely try Swift. It was a really pleasant surprise, very much like Valley. We had a great meal there.

          And yes, it was just HVRW in November :-). I wonder how having two of them so close together is affecting return business at full price?

          1. re: MisterBill2

            Hmm, maybe I overlooked the CIA in the past because of the surcharge.

            Yes, I feel like it would be better if they spaced it out a bit more, maybe if they had the fall one in September or October.

        2. Restaurant North has started taking reservations for HVRW, since they do 28 days in advance.

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          1. re: MisterBill2

            Made my res for the first Friday at North! Can't wait! They are the gold standard for RW in my eyes. No sacrificing quality or portion size.

            1. re: i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream

              Yes, and they really seem to enjoy participating in it.

              You should try Back Yard Bistro if you have never been there (or even if you have, but in that case you would know to go back). They always have several different options for each course, which is all the more impressive when you find that they only have 7 tables! And the preparations are always very unique and unusual (in a good way).

              I'm trying to do lunch at 42 again. Last time I made reservations, only to find that they'd dumbed down the menu from what was originally posted, at which point I cancelled. They've posted early this time, and it's a nice lunch menu, so I'm going to try it again. Their lunch portions were really great when I did lunch there last March.

              1. re: i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream

                So did I! I had to cancel last year's reservation with a heavy heart - I was matron of honor for a friend, and her dress fitting Did Not Go Well. I couldn't just leave her--as good as North is meant to be. Let's hope there are no disasters this year and that it's worth the wait! See you there, Ice Cream. (My res. is for 8pm.)

                1. re: Mrs.Sean

                  You will NOT be sorry!!! North is terrific no matter when you go! Enjoy!

            2. Long time reader and first time poster here. I'm having lunch @ 42 in White Plains on the 15th. I believe they have the same menu as they did for the last RW this past Fall. Any recommendations on what to order?

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              1. re: NYmom1

                Actually, it's similar to what they originally posted but then pulled and switched to a much lesser one (unless I should check again and see if they did it again!). I had the salmon when I ate there last March and it was a very nice size portion and was excellent. I'll also be there on the 15th for lunch, BTW

                I realized that Ships Lantern Inn (in Milton, Orange County) had a really nice menu so I made a reservation for there on the first Sunday.

                1. re: MisterBill2

                  I went to the Ship Lantern Inn for the November restaurant week and really enjoyed it! Has anyone been to Ramiro 954 in Mahopac? Even though I very much enjoy "non-American" cuisine, I tend to stay away from it for RW for some reason so I initally overlooked this place. But Ramiro has good reviews on Yelp and NY Times gave it a Don't Miss in 2011, shortly after it opened.

                  1. re: Solstice444

                    Thanks. When I called Ship Lantern Inn for a reservation on Friday, the woman I spoke to told me they had the best RW menu. It's certainly among the most interesting that I've seen posted. Have you been to/are you going to Back Yard Bistro? They always have the most unusual menu and it's a great place

                    BTW Cafe Of Love in Mt. Kisco now has their menus on their website:

                    http://www.cafeofloveny.com/menurestW...

                    And Lohud has posted photos of some upcoming RW dishes. Amusingly, several of the restaurants there (including North) do not have their menus posted. I actually do not expect to see North's menu posted as it seems they have gotten away from doing that (even for regular menus) because it changes and I guess people get upset).

                    http://lohud.us/YwM9it

                    Do not know anything about Ramiro (even though it is close to me). I always felt it was one of those places that wasn't much cheaper for RW than it was on the regular menu, thus not worth going for

                    1. re: MisterBill2

                      I haven't been to Back Yard Bistro. I would like to see their menu posted.

                      Yes, Ramiro is not as expensive as other places, although it is still technically worth it. Definitely not as a good a deal as other places though. Still undecided - my father and I make a joint decision together and he suggested Ramiro :-)

                      1. re: Solstice444

                        I'd like to see it posted as well but based on my page visits, they will have multiple choices for each course. They only have 7 tables so they will likely fill up most nights.

                2. re: NYmom1

                  Hi,NYmom, welcome. I've only been to 42 once for dinner and what I ordered was not memorable but if I had to do it over again I think I would go for one of Chef Goncalves signature dishes, one of which is PFC (Portuguese Fried Chicken). Here is the current RW menu for 42... https://42therestaurant.com/hudson-va...
                  I'm thinking about making a ressie for Sonora in Portchester. Has anyone been there during RW? Any thoughts on the place?

                  1. re: GIOny

                    GIOny I have been to Sonora many times for dinner, albeit not in the last year or so. I have eaten from their RW menu twice and both times the food was excellent. Their RW menu was always comprised of dishes offered on their regular menu. I am not a vegetarian however,the last couple of times I was there I ordered the vegetarian paella, it was that good. They have a reputation for doing a really nice job for RW.
                    EDIT:It can get loud in there, we sit upstairs I find it a bit quieter, I have a favorite table that overlooks the downstairs.