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May 22, 2013 10:48 AM

Passing through NY from Philly to New Haven - where to eat along the way?

Hi all,

Philly hound - as the title suggests, we're driving from Philly to New Haven and back this weekend. Want to make one stop for dinner at a special destination restaurant that we should absolutely not miss. We've been to Blue Hill at Stone Barns, and were thinking of that again, but that's closed on Mondays, which is the evening we're looking for.

Any other ideas in the lower part of the state as we pass through?

Thanks in advance!

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  1. Can you be a little more specific about your route?

    If you're taking 95, you could go to Tarry Lodge in Port Chester. I'm not sure I'd say "can't miss" but I'm smitten with their pastas and pizzas, and you get the Batali experience without having to go into NYC.

    I can't think of anything in the county comparable to BHSB.

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    1. re: i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream

      We're flexible about where to drive (I mean, we were willing to detour up to Tarrytown for BHSB if it were open), but yes, we'll be taking 95 most of the way.

      Tarry Lodge looks good - I assume it's pretty casual. That's the kind of suggestion I'm looking for. It certainly doesn't have to be as fancy as BHSB, but trying to find something a little better than your average roadside diner.

      Keep 'em coming :)

      1. re: coookie

        X2O in Yonkers might be another option. The view is really special and you can choose to dine casually in the Dylan Lounge or more formally in the main room.

    2. I think it might depend on what you enjoy and what you're looking for...Some people think Thomas Henkleman in Greenwich, CT is the ultimate in fine dining, some people think La Panetiere in Rye is classic old-world French cuisine not to be missed. Others might suggest that Tarry Lodge, if you've never been to a Batali restaurant is a great way to try one. I'm just thinking off 95 b/c I imagine you'll be driving that direction.
      Could you give us some more specifics to better help you?

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      1. re: MRS

        We're pretty omnivorous eaters and enjoy all cuisines. Do you recommend either Thomas Henklemann or La Panetiere? We've been to Batali restaurants, though Tarry Lodge seems more casual.

        1. re: coookie

          I think TH and LP are definitely on the other end of the spectrum from Tarry Lodge. Tarry Lodge is the restaurant and Tarry Market is just that, a market with a few tables. TH and LP are more "formal" and Tarry Lodge is rather casual, but has a great wine list ( although I realize you are driving) and some really enjoyable Italian standards. I am crazy about their eggplant park. It's not the usual ole' eggplant parm, but its damn good.

      2. Just saw this thread - saw there is a Tarry Market too - ever been? what is that like?

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        1. re: jennbakes37

          Tarry Market is great. They have aged meats, a great selection of cheeses, breads, Italian stuff. They have an amazing porcini crusted prime rib that they do on a sandwich. It is so rich and filling and yummy. It's not a restaurant, it is a market, but there are a few tables where you can sit and enjoy some of the wonderful food.