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What are the most overrated restaurants in Westchester?

In your opinion, what are the most overrated restaurants in Westchester?

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  1. Bedford Post. I had an awful experience there.

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    1. re: wincountrygirl

      I agree! COmpletely overpriced for quality of food

      1. re: wincountrygirl

        Agree! Overpriced food and very poor service.

        1. re: scarsdalesurprise

          I only ate there once, but I really enjoyed it. Food tasted very fresh, preparation was simple but creative, and the service was great. I'm surprised they are still in business since I seem to be the only person who likes the place.

          1. re: Avalondaughter

            Wow, when I went the service was atrocious.

            1. re: Avalondaughter

              A bunch of people I work with love it, so you are not alone.

        2. any and all, for some reason westchester seems to be passed over, when it comes to restaurants or maybe it is just a case of the grass is always greener.....

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          1. re: 51rich

            I agree. It amazes me that an area like Westchester does not have better restaurants.

          2. Morgan's fish house in rye, and modern barn.

            Both seem to focus too much on looking cool and not enough on substance. Every time I have gone to either I have regretted the decision!

            1. Sweet Grass Grill in Tarrytown. I have had one fabulous meal there, 4 bland meals and 1 completely inedible meal. I've finally given up on it.

              1. Oh, I forgot Equus. Beautiful place though.

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                1. Cookery in Dobbs. I know folks swoon over the place, but I was underwhelmed. Not to mention the din, ity's impossible to have a conversation while dining there.

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                    1. re: wpfoodie

                      X2O... I know, everybody loves this place but I'm always a little disappointed with dinner. Plus their carpet seriously needs cleaning. Brunch however, is still a real treat and a great value.

                      1. re: FillMyTummy

                        I like both COokery and X20 a LOT... in fact, going to X20 this Saturday for my anniversary...

                        but in any event, we don't have to agree, BUT, is it really the same to say "I'm always a little disappointed" and 'the MOST OVERRATED in Westchester"???

                        I'd vote for Panetiere. I don't understand how it's rated well at ALL.
                        Same thing with Ocean House in Croton.

                        both i think are massively "overrated"

                        1. re: weedy

                          agree with ocean house. Any place that has the same veg and starch with every entree seems underwhelming to me. Maybe it's changed since I was there (for the first and last time) about 5 years ago.

                          1. re: weedy

                            While I'm a huge fan of Chef Kelly, I have been disappointed with X2O the last 2 times I've been there. I prefer Xavier's in Piermont. It seems more attention is paid to the food there.

                            1. re: weedy

                              I despise Ocean House's no reservations policy. That alone makes us drive on elsewhere, even tho' it's a 5 minute drive away from home. Too lazy to take reservations? And the food --- ain't all that interesting. I love DGresh's observation about the same veg/starch combos. Bleh.

                            2. re: FillMyTummy

                              Agreed regarding X2O, however for anyone interested there is currently a groupon available ... 25 percent off all food and drink.

                        2. How could I forget Le Chateau? Yes, if you're going to a wedding its lovely but as a fine dining establishment it's mediocre at best. When we went the food was not great and the service - wow, the waiter had some attitude. My chardonnay was corked and I sent it back. He told me the bottle was "fresh' - just opened and suggested I try another type of wine. I said, no, please open another bottle. He treated me like I was an idiot. I finally gave up and ordered something else as we were with people from my husband's job that I had just met. To add insult to injury that night - a table with children running around right next to us. Then, when we retrieved our car - yep - a big scratch courtesy of the valet. Unless we're invited to an affair, we won't be back.

                            1. Ocean House gets a Very Good in this weekend's NYTimes suburban section. Highest praise is for raw oysters (as though they cooked them?), chowder, sides, and fish specials. Menu fish specials were NOT praised. Nor was dessert.

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                              1. re: Nancy C

                                Haven't been to Ocean House- a bit out of the way from New Rochelle,and limited mobility to boot, but I have heard very good things about their lobster roll and the picture did look very good. Anyone tried it?

                                1. re: Nancy C

                                  I thought that was odd,too, about how they had no praise for the regular entrees. I would like to check this place out but the no reservation thing is a big turn off.

                                  1. re: Nancy C

                                    Praise for the oysters is justified. The wide variety (usually 8-10 different choices, both west and east coast) is highly unusual for Westchester. Always absolutely fresh. Perfectly presented. Chowder, fish soup, lobster roll, crab cakes...all as good as anywhere north of the City and west of Montauk! No reservations isn't so terrible. Leave your name and cell number and walk next door to the Tavern for a cocktail or two. Or take a short drive over to Croton Landing for a sunset walk along the Hudson. Enjoy the stunning view while you work up an appetite.

                                    1. re: Nancy C

                                      Oh, and I really don't think the No Reervations policy was putin place out of laziness, as your earlier post claims. More likely because even one No SHow would have a pretty big impact on the profits for the night at a place with so few tables.

                                      1. re: frank113

                                        I think Ocean House's food is rather boring, and bland.
                                        Which is oddly at odds with the NYT review which tends to like all the most boring dishes and kind of criticises any attempt at spices or sauces.
                                        (she may prefer a totally plain oyster, for example, but is there a restaurant in the world that doesn't offer a mignonette or cocktail sauce or something? no)

                                        I don't personally think 'seafood restaurant' needs to equal boring or 'plain' in the interest if some kind of misguided purity
                                        Marea is simply stunning, in my opinion, and is a million miles away from 'simple grilled fish with lemon'.
                                        So is Le Bernardin.

                                        But then I always think the Westchester Times writers are moronic.

                                        1. re: wincountrygirl

                                          it's on 9A in Croton, north of Chase and all that. Near the Senasqua road exit. I went once and was underwhelmed. Any place that serves steamed spinach and wild rice mix with EVERY ENTREE ("no substitutions") is unimpressive to me. Maybe they've changed since; I went years ago. It just seemed very ordinary (though I did appreciate the variety of oysters, and it was there I learned that I prefer Pacific to Atlantic oysters)

                                          1. re: DGresh

                                            That is a pet peeve of mine. There is a restaurant we go to in Maine that gets raves on that board, but they serve the same sides with every entree. I went once.

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                                              plus its BYOB (ugh)

                                              no oyster without martini; this should be a rule

                                              1. re: weedy

                                                byob is great! it should be no oyster without muscadet.

                                                  1. re: weedy

                                                    I'm curious. Why would you hate BYOB? You get to choose any wine you want and not just one from the restaurant's list AND you don't have to pay anywhere from 30% to 75% more than you would at a wine shop.

                                        2. The Inn at JG...see my post regarding out anniversary dinner there summer. I'm still baffled as to what makes it "special".

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                                            1. re: MRS

                                              MRS, do you have a link to that post?

                                                1. re: MRS

                                                  Thanks, MRS!

                                                  Now I remember your experience. :(

                                                  1. re: foodiemom10583

                                                    people certainly like it very much, but we couldn't see what the big deal was about.