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Inn at Pound Ridge open

I'm intrigued.... who'll be the first to report back? My reservation isn't for a few weeks.


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  1. I am a little peeved at their website. All it does is allow you to make a reservation. No information, no menu, no nothing. Pretty picture.


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    1. re: DGresh

      I agree. I think Eater has a link to a website with their menu. I'll try to find the link.

    2. Good news! But I'd love to see the menu and the prices - could be VERY pricey!! I thought they were supposed to be family oriented - looks too upscale for that. I'm not complaining - I prefer it that way!

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            1. re: mrsdebdav

              Good find! Seems rather a simple menu.

              1. re: roxlet

                Maybe they will have specials or change the menu often. It is simple, but if done well...........

          1. I'm gonna go! Although I had a weird experience at JG at Paradise Island in the Bahamas (it involved insects, and i'll say no more), this should be very good! They spent a fortune on the construction and i heard a month of training, so expectations are high!!

            1. Gotta love it, "upstate" (in the Eater article). Stuff like that really bothers me. I guess for some people, anything north of White Plains (or maybe even The Bronx) is upstate.

              Here's an article that was linked from the Eater page with great pictures of the food.


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                  1. re: wincountrygirl

                    Maybe The Journal News can't afford a decent camera (or camera phone).

                    1. re: MisterBill2

                      Awe...I didn't mean to make fun...but I guess I inadvertently did. I believe there is occasion when Liz takes her own photos I respect her for not wanting to be disruptive to others by using a flash... lets cut her some slack.

              1. It's not THAT simple!
                Each dish seems o have a little twist or extra flavour going on to make it more interesting than the usual 1 beef, 1 salmon, 1 other fish, 1 chicken, 1 duck, 1 pasta menus I've complained about so many times here.

                It actually made me want to try it.

                1. Had to take a 5pm on a Saturday night but were going in the 15th. I'll report back!

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                  1. re: wincountrygirl

                    Look forward to hearing about it! Maybe a potential Anniversary or Birthday dinner spot this spring.

                    1. re: wincountrygirl

                      I could only get a 5 pm reservation too, the following week. That's fine, though, for us-- it's such a long drive I wouldn't want to come back late. Can't wait to hear how it was!

                      1. re: i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream

                        In a place like that, I don't mind it - I figure if we wait for a later reservation on a Saturday it might be a long one! We are meeting friends so we can drag it out a bit. I will be sure and report!

                      2. re: wincountrygirl

                        We went last night. Let me start by saying that the place is gorgeous. They have left many of the old touches - floors, etc, with a modern interior that blends perfectly making the new feel like it was always there but not. The bread dishes were old fashioned and each at the table was different. The flowers were tiny, understated and elegant. The place has a lot of "alcoves" for dining which is a nice touch. There are two bars, one upstairs and one that is downstairs for the table. And with all the fireplaces (and after the treacherous ride there in the "flurry") it is a welcoming winter retreat. The service was excellent. There were four of us. Bread was great and crusty but I wish it had been served warm. Everyone had the foie gras terrine which was served on a piece of toasted brioch. Excellent. For mains two had the Prosciutto wrapped Berkshire Pork Chop which had quite a kick, but was excellent, one had the grilled lamb chops with chili glaze and sweet onions and I think that was the star of the night. I opted for the fontina and truffle pizza. What can I say, I love fontina and truffles and pizza. It was very good but more like a flatbread pizza. The desserts were a major disappointment. We shared chocolate cake with toasted marshmallow frosting and it was dry. One other person had gingerbread cake which also was dry. There was a bit of a glitch as we were leaving - in the coat room. One of our party was waiting for his coat while three people were searching for someone else's. Why one could not get his I don't know, but it left him with a bad taste in his mouth - he did not leave happy which is a shame after such a good meal . I asked again about my large party and was told I have to speak to the special events person...... I won't pay higher prices for that as the prices are high enough. We would up paying $226/couple, including tip. It's not that bad, considering drinks and desserts, but I would not pay more. Oh, and as we were leaving JG was walking around. He did not talk to us, he didn't seem interested in that, but the other woman in my party said hello to him and kind of made him say a reluctant hi!

                        1. re: wincountrygirl

                          Thanks for posting, wcg. I'm looking forward to it. Disappointing that the desserts were not great. Hopefully they work that out. Was the bar area crowded? It looks like a nice place to get a drink before dinner.

                          1. re: i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream

                            Yes, the bar was very crowded by the time we left which was about 7:30 (we had that early res). But it is lovely, lots of little areas to sit at with chairs and couches.

                      3. Sorry, I searched before I just posted a similar story.

                        1. sounds interesting, but nothing could be that "amazing" that i'd be willing to eat dinner at 5pm. I'll wait for the hype to settle...

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                          1. re: MRS

                            I'm with you! Or try to go during the week perhaps?

                            1. re: paris1976

                              There are definitely more time options on a weeknight. I really don't have a problem with early dinner (especially in the dead of winter). But that is probably because my normal lunchtime at work is about 10:45.

                              1. re: i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream

                                And we had this plan with friends who could not do a weeknight. 5 is quite early but, as ice cream says, this time of year I'm ok. And I'm a very early riser so it will work for one night.

                          2. I see on their menu "Sides" at $7 each, a $30 dish can become very quickly a $44 dollar adventure, which is typical. If a party of 4 shares 3-4 sides as we usually do, add that into the cost of Apps, Cocktails, Desserts, COFFEE or Espresso, and you have a NYC meal cost without the NYC Garage Parking and 900% NYC Parking tax :) So don't be fooled into thinking that JG is NOT going to make his investment back and quickly.

                            1. So far seems more than a little pretentious. Requested a booking for MID march for 6 and was told we would need to "apply to the President" as it was a larger group (six is a large group?!). They rang again today and offered us a table at 9.30pm which was the earliest they would consider a booking of this size. I think my friends and I will take our business elsewhere. A shame as we dine out often and had been looking forward to the opening of this restaurant. Is it just me or does this seem a bit ridiculous?

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                              1. re: Newcannan123

                                It is ridiculous, but it's not everyday a celebrity chef opens a restaurant in Westchester-- I am guessing the hype will die down.

                                1. re: Newcannan123

                                  Wow, then I guess my party of 12 neighbors I am planning in April is out of the question! I'm with you, Newcannan. If that is the case I will happily take my group elsewhere.

                                    1. re: roxlet

                                      I will call the restaurant when I have a firm date and see what happens. We prefer to be together as we don't do it often. I am the designated organizer and I pick the places.. The group has grown from the original 6. We all live in the same condo complex.

                                        1. re: roxlet

                                          It is. I am the "foodie" in the group and it started by my neighbors wanting to try some of the places we try. I thought JG would be perfect and the group is excited .We'll see.

                                          1. re: wincountrygirl

                                            Why don't you call them now and have a conversation with them about their policy, and what you could do to facilitate the dinner.

                                            1. re: roxlet

                                              I probably will. Also, I am going on the 15th so maybe I'll speak to them in person then.

                                              1. re: wincountrygirl

                                                There is a table for 12 in the downstairs dining room in its own little alcove near the bar. Might work for your group.

                                    2. re: wincountrygirl

                                      This is the response I finally got about my group of 12. They can kiss my ^%%^

                                      Good evening. At this time, we can only accommodate parties of 4 in the main dining room during our soft opening. We expect to accommodate parties of 10 in the main dining room in a few months from now at certain times. However, we do have the Private Dining Room available on Saturday, April 12th or Sunday, April 13th, which seats up to 20 people. There's a $4500.00 food and beverage minimum for Saturday evening and a $3500.00 food and beverage minimum for Sunday evening. Price per person for food is $148.00, which includes five choice appetizers (shared family style), three plated entrees and three choice desserts (shared family style). Beverages are on consumption. I have attached a sample menu for your review. Please let me know if you have any questions or comments.
                                      Thank you.


                                      1. re: wincountrygirl

                                        WCG: As the Zen Master said, "We'll See." (Alas the line is delivered by Phillip Seymour Hoffman in "Charlie Wilson's War") This is sorta what I've been talking about. And if you go, your food may be over salted. I can tell you that there are a good dozen restaurants that could deliver an equal meal without the JG pretentious bulls--t! ...and so it begins! "And your reception for your daughters wedding will be $700K for 50 people, BUT we will give you 4 additional appetizers!"

                                        1. re: wincountrygirl

                                          Well, that takes cojones, particularly for a new restaurant that has not yet even been reviewed and even developed a buzz.

                                          1. re: wincountrygirl

                                            Don't expect this to change as long as people are willing to pay it. I'm curious to see how long this restaurant will last. It is sort of a "destination" spot.

                                            1. re: wincountrygirl

                                              Hi wincountrygirl,
                                              Maybe you could request multiple tables instead and that would get you in on the date that you want.
                                              When you have 12 people at 1 table it is hard for everyone to talk to each other anyway.

                                              1. re: MiniMonster

                                                True, but I am over their attitude, actually. We'll go back at some point, but right now I have a bad taste in my mouth - I know its silly, but I can't help it.

                                          2. re: Newcannan123

                                            I just called and was told a "special events manager" would have to call me back as they don't have tables for parties of 12. What a crock. I'll see what happens when they call. I will mention the table LIz Johnson mentioned.

                                            1. re: wincountrygirl

                                              Unfortunately, that's a common move at least in this area. Parties over 8 or 10 people are deemed "private dining", often requiring a special menu, and inflated pricing. Happened to me when I tried to make a res for 10 at Fortina and forget about my attempts to plan an anniversary dinner in Manhattan for 10 - every place required a private room, pre fix menu and some even a room charge. It's a shame bc a group of 10-12, to me, is still manageable seeming. It's not like you're trying to fit 30 people at a table.

                                              1. re: mla19

                                                I agree %100!! 10-15 ppl doesn't constitute a "private party" it's just a larger group of ppl trying to eat dinner at en establishment together. It drives me crazy!!! I had no idea Fortina jumped on the bandwagon. Tarry Lodge wanted something completely obscene the last time my friends and I inquired!!

                                                1. re: MRS

                                                  Yup, very frustrating! To clarify on Fortina, they were accommodating (no private room or inflated price per se), but my group of 10 required a pre fix family style menu beginning at $39/person for basics and going up in price depending on what you added. It would've likely been a good amount of food and a good value but we really wanted to have the freedom to order off the menu.

                                                  1. re: mla19

                                                    A number of places in the area, in addition to forcing you to have a special menu, require a ridiculous deposit and/or a minimum!! Drives me crazy b/c I'd gladly order like crazy off the regular menus that draws me to a place at the start. Grrrrr!!!!

                                          3. OK, I went Friday PM with my wife and son. We didn't have a reservation but it was my wife's birthday, so we went early (6pm) hoping for a slot in the bar / lounge. It worked, and we got 3 seats and the downstairs bar.

                                            Within a short period, things were really packed. JG himself was there, mostly working the room but also directing a bit, as were some of his staff from other locations. They needed to direct, as the service is still clearly in start-up mode. For example, we ordered starters and entrees. After the starters, they asked if we would like to order anything else, having forgotten the entrees, and leading to a fairly long wait. I would expect better once they get things set, and would point out our Champagne flutes were freshened without charge to make things right. Just standard growing pains.

                                            They are also going to have to work on the parking situation or the town is going to kill them. With 3 valets, by the time we left there was a huge traffic jam, with people waiting to turn in and backing things up on 124 for long periods. That will never fly in Pound Ridge.

                                            The decor was nice, but I have to say the staff's faux-country flannel shirts are hilariously awful, in concept and execution. I guess this is how a famous French chef would think country bumpkins would dress?

                                            Now for the important part: the food. Things were mostly good. There were liberal bar snacks: fresh pretzel sticks, spiced nuts, popcorn, etc. We had the ricotta and cranberry (nice if straightforward) and crab crostini (generous, with a very clean crab flavor), but the real winner for starters was the hamachi. It was great fish, covered in a powdered pecan seasoning that was excellent. My son had the pizza, which was Neapolitan in style and good, if not quite up to some of the NYC specialists. I had the scallops with cauliflower, which was also very good although the sauce didn't add much for me - I'd take the scallops and nicely brown veggies without the thick cream. The serving was rather larger than I expected and really needed, with maybe 6-7 large scallops. My wife had the pasta with brussel sprouts and pesto, and enjoyed it. Nothing was bad, but only the hamachi was amazing. To be fair, I've felt the same sometimes at JG places in the city, so this might be a matter of my preferences.

                                            Prices were OK, for local standards and famous chefs. There was a wider than usual variety, with entrees ranging from upper teens for pizza or pasta, mid $20s for simple entrees to upper $30s for lobster or beef tenderloin. There were drinks starting in the $9-$10 range, and the wine list was fairly standard. We had a nice sparkling Montlouis that was probably just a hair above 2x retail.

                                            All in, a solid place that could be a useful addition to the area when the hype wears off (and assuming they fix the traffic/parking issue so the town doesn't kill them off!)

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                                                1. re: tazerowe

                                                  >>Prices were OK, for local standards and famous chefs.<< REALLY? Define Famous?

                                                  I've eaten at a lot of places that had famous chefs that wasn't worth the french salt they used, in fact Bobby Flay used so much vinegar and lemon juice in a dish my wife had at the Borgata, that her mouth was burned up. So I say that these Famous Chefs who run from one of their Famous restaurants to the next, have no control over anything when they are somewhere in NYC or the South of France. My point here is that there are plenty of local talented chefs in Northern Westchester that don't have a "name" and PR company but deliver outstanding food because they are "in the house". I saw $226/ couple from Winecountrygirl, and THAT is not my idea of eating out once a week. Maybe the Pound Ridge Hedge fund crowd can drop that, but it's been two weeks and I can already see this restaurant is for the "Can Affords" and the "Can get ins" rather than "us". (>>>My wife had the pasta with brussel sprouts and pesto - The Cost to make this dish is about $6 bucks including labor if that) Let's get a grip on JG at PRI. Most restaurants wines are 2-3x retail, EVERYWHERE; surprised? So if you hunt around you can find a wonderful restaurant that doesn't leave you feeling raped in the wallet. As the Zen Master said, "We'll See".

                                                  1. re: DWeiss

                                                    No, definitely not a once a week place at all. I think it is a special occasion place. I am always taken aback with some of these expensive places and families go and bring the kids at these prices. I did not see that at PRI but other area restaurants where the prices are not exactly budget friendly. Oh, and said famous chef at PRI was not exactly Mr. Gracious Host!

                                                    1. re: DWeiss

                                                      Many of these celebrity chefs are never in their kitchens they are making money based on their name and I can't say I blame them. Investors throw money @ them to open in casino towns. I know a chef who has worked @ Mario Batali's Tarry Lodge in Westport, CT for a couple of years and he's never seen him.
                                                      One great chef who I had the pleasure to work with in his formative years is David Bouley. He's in his kitchens all the time with a finger in the soup pot.

                                                      1. re: zackly

                                                        >>David Bouley>> IS INDEED A CHEF! who has NOT sold out! Mario is a PIG and a slimeball. If you need any more about that statement Google: "Batali Tip Scandal". Even Anthony Bourdain had SOLD OUT to ABC on another stupid reality show. " Let's make something taste Great from Rocks and Dirt" The only decent show about food competition is from the BBC "Master Chef UK" I digress, All of this has become MORE about Oooo the Chef, and Oooo the Blake and Ryan or the Martha, and if Obama dined there, and I am calling BULL PATTIES on this crap. We have already heard about over-salted food at JG, a BASIC mistake, Dried Out Desserts, and yet the Chef has no clothes? I will say it LOUD and CLEAR, NONSENSE! There simply are restaurants with very good chefs around Westchester that don't get the PR of JG, and WHY IS THAT? Let me tell you: It's much easier for for LOHUD, and WM and Bedford Mag, and WAG to do a story on an already Famous Chef than it is to seek out an ordinary person who is doing great things in the kitchen. I'd rather find a chef that is doing Free range, Organic, Wild Salmon, Grass fed beef, Sustainable, Unique Spices, Europe, Asia, India, Southwest, Japan. A touch of mystery in their cooking than Yuzu, and Ponzo, and things that come out of a bottle. Thomas Keller spends days and weeks on developing a sauce, he has 3 restaurants and a bakery and cafe. He has not got the restaurant Empire of JG. You lose control after a few restaurants, and the Chefs that you hire can never be YOU. They don't have "IT". So your food comes out over salted and basic mistakes are made; you have lost control, but your establishment lives on in false reputation? Why? Because you can never have enough money or power or you're not satisfied with less is more. Still you charge $260-300 per couple and unless you have gone to Alaska to fish for your Wild Salmon yourself, you are getting the SAME product as Mt. Kisco Seafood or The Hunts Point Markets. Good Lobster comes from Maine, Great Lobster comes out of Canada. The Colder and Cleaner the waters, the Better the lobster. FACT! 2-4 lb lobsters are about $8-9 bucks per pound and in many cases less. White KING salmon is $20 per pound, and yes, it's very seasonal and somewhat rare, but it's available. I'll come back to my basic point of: what in a dining scene are you looking for? The Scene Or the Food? What do you value in a restaurant? Is it the fact that you can't get in? And when you do, do you tell all your friends about how cool it was to see Martha at JG? Did you get your photo with JG? How about a photo with the child you rescued from Syria who has no parents and is missing an arm? Perspective hits you like a brick to the head. I get it, it's the new shiny penny but the level of excitement is simply over the top. Just what is so special? Chairs? Renovations? A fireplace? Two Bars? Caviar? Crab on a Crustino? Filet with a Sauce? Fresh Fish? I just don't get it, and if you can justify it and explain it, you must be a food critic.

                                                            1. re: mushroomaffairs

                                                              Not at all. I have found little gems all across Westchester that don't break the bank, or have the pretense of JG. Angry is a strong word; Frustrated, dismayed, and astonished fall into the "rant" because there is a real truth to something people don't want to hear? Sans the actual trip into NYC, the Peaking Duck house makes about the best duck out there. I have been to David Chen; he sells peaking duck, and it's horrible. So Chen's price is higher for an inferior product because he is in Armonk and the only game in town. JG is treading on a reputation and people have commented that his food is salty or cakes are dried out, and while he has the same issues every other restaurant has, he get's the celebrity chef pass? I don't think so. For his prices and reputation he gets NO PASS. I've been fortunate to eat all over the world, Jiro Ono sushi, State Dinners in Italy, even Fries in Belgium, and Pastrami at Katz's so an $18 sandwich is expensive, but after 100 years, you know what you're going to get. IMO it's a lot of hype quite possibly not justified.
                                                              We'll see.

                                                              1. re: DWeiss

                                                                Are you talking about Momofuku Ssam Bar and David Chang? If not, I'm confused.

                                                                1. re: foodiemom10583

                                                                  No, none of them. Chang in not David Chen - Chen is in ARMONK.


                                                                  1. re: wincountrygirl

                                                                    There are two: One on Mott St. and one on East 53rd. Many people think the one uptown is better.

                                                                    1. re: wincountrygirl

                                                                      I believe 17 Mott street. And WCG is correct, there are 2 of them. I would only go to the one on Mott in Chinatown. I ate ate the midtown location and it was not as good. Could have just been the day, but in Chinatown they do an average of 150 ducks a day. It is better there than in Beijing! You cannot get a LI Duck in China!

                                                                      1. re: DWeiss

                                                                        I misunderstood your post then. I thought it was in Westcheste since you mentioned gems in Westchester. Oh well!

                                                            2. re: DWeiss

                                                              Sorry, if there was any confusion that I mean prices were ok for a once a week spot, I regret it. This is purely a special occasion spot for me, and by that standard, I think it is in the ballpark with places that do not bring the baggage of a NYC celebrity chef. I think it is probably priced a bit below, for example, La Cremaillere, Bedford Post or Bernard's in Ridgefield. And, comparing menus, slightly lower than Restaurant 121 in North Salem, as well, driven by lower wine prices. While 2x retail isn't great for wine, I recall you would creep closer to 3x at Jean-George in the city.

                                                              BTW, the list of restaurants here is a random group of what I think of as special occassion spots in the area. I would love to know about better, cheaper spots around, so please do post. Below X20 is mentioned, but that is 40 miles south of those of us in the Pound Ridge area, almost the same as Manhattan. So, despite hearing great things, I haven't been there. Anyplace else you recommend?

                                                              1. re: tazerowe

                                                                You think the prices at Pound Ridge were lower than 121? We paid $226/couple - a good hundred above 121.We eat at 121 quite often and never pay that steep a price.

                                                                1. re: wincountrygirl

                                                                  We did $192 for 3 (kid included) at Pound Ridge, with 2 snacks, 1 full appetizer, a pasta, a pizza and an entree, 1 dessert and a bottle of sparkling wine. That included tax and a 20% tip. I'll admit, I think I've only been to 121 for lunch, so I took a look at the dinner menu and calculated:

                                                                  2 x $7 for snacks
                                                                  $13 for app
                                                                  $14 for cheapest pizza
                                                                  $24 for cheapest pasta
                                                                  $32 for entree
                                                                  $7 for dessert (I didn't see a price on the website, my guess)
                                                                  $52 for the cheapest sparkler on the list

                                                                  Total comes to $156, $170 with tax and $204 with tip. So, call it in the same ballpark if you prefer.

                                                                  Looking at the two menus together, Pound Ridge seems a bit lower on pizzas and pastas and, especially, the sparking wine. PR is slightly higher on snacks and can get higher on starters if you hit the lux items like foie gras, but the average and comparable starters and apps seem within $1-$2.

                                                                  Admittedly, I would probably choose to eat for less at 121, with a couple of beers instead of the wine, given the choice and price, and probably one less starter and no dessert, since I was really trying it all on my one trip to Pound Ridge. Then, of course, things wouldn't be apples-to-apples.

                                                                  1. re: tazerowe

                                                                    Well, for me, $226 for 2 is higher than the approximately $110 with tip we spend at 121. And we actually have dinner there very often - actually we used to go once/week.

                                                                    1. re: tazerowe

                                                                      So, you went cheap? You could have ventured into NYC down to 7th and Bleeker, gone to John's Pizza, Pigged out, had a better coal oven Pizza from a 100 year old oven. I do love their crumbled sausage and fresh garlic pizza. But you can't carve your name in the wall at JG.

                                                                      1. re: tazerowe

                                                                        Wow, what an angry post. I am not a particular fan of JG or most celebrity chefs, but I have a few responses to your rant:

                                                                        1) Yes, JG is not personally in each of his kitchens but he hires skilled chefs with their own set of talents who ARE in the kitchen. Have you heard of Dan Kluger, exec chef at ABC Kitchen? Dude is a rock star in his own right (with accolades to prove it) and I go to that restaurant to eat his food, not because JG has an ownership in the place. Mark Ladner at Del Posto is another example. Guy is incredibly talented and highly regarded. He is Del Posto - not Mario and Joe.

                                                                        2) There are MANY overpriced, crappy restaurants, particularly in the suburbs. My current suburban town is filled with them. And it kills me to spend $100+ per person at these places. But sometimes, the price is worth what you're getting for it. The food, the service, the ambiance of a truly stellar place can warrant a high price. Can't say yet if Inn at Pound Ridge is one of these places since I haven't been, but to outright dismiss a place before trying it, seems silly.

                                                                        3) It seems to me that you generally prefer less expensive (and older - John's Pizza? It's fine but there are several places in NY that have surpassed John's at the same price level), under the radar spots. Nothing wrong with that but recognize that like every other thing we treat ourselves to (theater, sports, concerts), we all have a different threshold for what we're willing to pay to enjoy the privilege. I'm not a hedge fund person but I love dining and so, that's where I tend to spend my disposable income.

                                                                        4) I know it was just a mere example to make your point, but Bobby Flay is a joke in the food world and I would caution anyone to stay clear of any place with his name on it. (Same cannot be said of JG).

                                                                      2. re: wincountrygirl

                                                                        I've been to 121 several times, and my impressions were non plus. Loud and food is just ok, where the prices are way to high.

                                                                        1. re: DWeiss

                                                                          I was commenting on the price. It is nowhere near
                                                                          Pound ridge prices.

                                                                      3. re: tazerowe

                                                                        My favorite special occasion place is Zeph's in Peekskill. Comfortable drive from Pound Ridge.

                                                                        Another great special occasion but not crazy special occasion is Tagine in Croton.

                                                                        Delicious food, lovely but unpretentious settings for both.

                                                                        1. re: Elisa515

                                                                          Interesting, Yelpers mix review it a 3 stars, but most yelpers don't know food. They give a diner 5 stars. Based on their previous 5 star visit to Per Se?

                                                                  2. NIce review, and thanks.

                                                                    but at those prices, that's the serious high end for Westchester.
                                                                    it should be unquestionably GREAT for that much money.

                                                                    and I don't get the idea you thought it was.

                                                                    1. The snow was beginning to fall on our arrival at “the Inn”, and it was tricky getting into the turn-in for valet parking. As we entered inside the vestibule doorway there was a big crowd waiting to pick up their cars as well. The refurbished Inn is casual, and modern all at the same time. You can read the menu without a flashlight and even converse with your dinner partners. It is suburban-country and the crowd is upscale Westchester-Greenwich.
                                                                      We have dined at Jean-Georges for many years from the flagship Trump Tower to Spice Market and everything in between. “The Inn” menu is small but well planned to include all types of diners for many different types of eating. (Yes you can have pizza and donuts for dinner!)
                                                                      To start we chose Peekytoe Crab Crostini and Avocado Tuna Tartare. Both were well executed and the Soy-Ginger Sauce on the raw tuna had just the right amount of zing to be interesting. The main courses we opted for were Diver Scallops with a Meyer Lemon-Cauliflower Sauce which had a nice consistency and was quite tasty. The Lobster with Oregano and Chili. had the right amount of spice (not too much heat) but did not carry its weight compared to dishes sampled in NYC at JG level restaurants and for the price it came with out any sides at all. On to dessert: the menu was boring so we ordered the donuts. What a surprise as the three different ones were house-made and delicious.
                                                                      “The Inn, has several kinks to work out in its beginning phase (coat room, crowds and parking). The front of house staff was quite pleasant and helpful, and the wait-staff was excellent. We will definitely return as the food was very, very good. Remember, Westchester is a culinary wasteland. Lets hope Jean-Georges new country place continues to improve to NYC standards.

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                                                                      1. re: chowchapnation

                                                                        I'd say culinary wasteland is an exaggeration. We don't have the options and variety of Manhattan but compared to many suburbs in the country, Westchester is definitely not a wasteland.

                                                                        1. re: i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream

                                                                          I agree, Westchester is not a culinary wasteland. It's certainly possible to review a place without denigrating a whole geographic area.

                                                                        2. re: chowchapnation

                                                                          I'm sorry but Westchester is no culinary wasteland...not by a longshot. Depending on what you like, what you want and what you're willing to pay for, or the length you might go- you can have varied, interesting and diverse dining experiences right here. While I might love a night out in the city, there is much to boast about what's happening here in the suburbs. Its our choice to not venture to Northern Westchester to dine b/c to us it feels like a big trek, especially at this time of year. For us. We like what we like and we are happy to avail ourselves of the choices around us. I would argue that JG, or any chef for that matter, will have to meet discerning tastes in the city or in Westchester and it has to be good to have people return, no matter. Many of the diners in Westchester, or nearby suburbs. could dine anywhere ( location speaking) if we wanted. I think it's really all about choice.

                                                                        3. in comparison to Manhattan, sure.

                                                                          but culinary wasteland overstates the case.

                                                                          I'm never disappointed for the price at X2O

                                                                          but Manhattan is only a drive away... if I'm going to pay Manhattan prices, it needs to be Manhattan good.

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                                                                            1. I REALLY disliked Zeph's, and I live in Peekskill. I WISH it were good. It was not It was bland, boring. Reading the menu was exciting, the food was not. That to me is a perfect example of NOT worth anywhere near its price.
                                                                              At those prices you are not entitled to a bad night.

                                                                              I'm not, on the other hand, so bitter about celebrity chefs.
                                                                              If the food is good, then yes the "scene", the atmosphere, the sense of occasion and fun, IS part of what I go out for.
                                                                              I can cook myself as well as the average Westchester restaurant certainly. It's mostly about the food, but it's never ONLY about the food.
                                                                              I don't WANT a bare bones pizza place, unless that pizza is the best damned pizza around.

                                                                              But there are enough $220 a couple restaurants within an hour's drive (including some world class ones) that you'd better be actually worth that if you charge that.

                                                                              Keller is always an unfair comparison.
                                                                              A French Laundry or Per Se meal isn't $110 per person, It's more like 4-5 times that.
                                                                              He REALLY better get it right.
                                                                              But then so does Batali and co. (mostly Mark Ladner) at Del Posto,
                                                                              and for less than that, so does Michael White at Marea, so does Bouley at all of his places, i could go on and on in NY.

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                                                                              1. re: weedy

                                                                                My husband and I had an incredibly expensive and incredibly disappointing anniversary dinner at Del Posto one year. We never went back, and it definitely soured us on these expensive "event" restaurants.

                                                                              2. We've been 3 times now and every time was simply stunningly perfect.

                                                                                But I fully understand, as I said, at those prices they are not entitled to a bad night.

                                                                                I will say that, by all accounts, it took them the first year to get it together... was your foray early on?

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                                                                                1. re: weedy

                                                                                  Weedy, it would be good if you could click on "reply" in the post you're replying to so we have some idea what you're referencing. I thought you were talking about being at JG at PR 3 times until I got to the point where you said it took them a year to get it together. You did this in at least one other post here as well, but at least there is was more obvious what you were referring to.

                                                                                  1. re: MisterBill2

                                                                                    I have no clue what restaurant she is referring to......but I think its in Manhattan?

                                                                                2. actually, FWIW I AM clicking reply on the post I am directly referring to...
                                                                                  in addition to not posting the reply in the "right place" I find the site is now not even showing me my post until I go back to the main menu and reload the thread, or allowing me to expand previously read posts...
                                                                                  It seems to be a bug between whatever version of Safari is new and the site.

                                                                                  sorry for the confusion but it's more annoying for me than for you!

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                                                                                  1. re: weedy

                                                                                    Posting to the Site Talk board should be helpful.

                                                                                    1. re: weedy

                                                                                      I wish the reply thing worked better too

                                                                                      1. re: weedy

                                                                                        There's a line at the bottom of the post/reply you want to reply to which says "RECOMMEND LINK FLAG REPLY". That's where you want to click Reply and it will open a new box to type your reply. If that's what you're doing then you do need to go to the Site Talk Board, as Elisa515 suggested.

                                                                                        That is what I just did to create this reply and it looks correct (at least to me).

                                                                                      2. Was JG Inn at PR for dinner on the Sunday evening before President's Day. The place is stunning; the modern furnishings and lights somehow work with the original elements such as the floors, brick and fireplaces. We sat upstairs on the main level. They are definitely in the throes of opening, i.e., even though we were on time for our 6:30 we were "invited" to have a cocktail at the small, crowded bar. This was not particularly surprising or distressing.
                                                                                        > We were seated after only about 10-15 min., so that wasn't bad, but then we were seated in a crowded 2-top on a banquette. One member of the couple next to us was literally looking right at us as they were on the curved end of the banquette. It was tight enough that you had to acknowledge each other and engage in a bit of chit chat, which will not be up everyone's alley.
                                                                                        > On to the food. For starters, my husband had the charcuterie and cheese board, which was plentiful and artfully prepared. First rate ingredients and enough for 2. I had a tuna tartare/avocado/radish in a soy sauce which was quite good, but his choice drew the commentary of our cozy neighbors. For entrees, I had the grilled lamb chops in a chili glaze/broccoli rabe which was great, but a small portion size. My husband had the Scottish salmon, potato puree, brussels, which was good, but also small. We shared the cookie plate for dessert, which turned out not to be so much of a sharing sized portion, once again. We are hearty eaters, however.
                                                                                        > Service was young and a bit nervous, but not bad. A maitre d' was visible and kept an eye on things. Noise level was not too loud, considering the amount of wood in the room and that every table was packed. One member of the staff seemed to have the job of circling the room making notes of where everyone was in their meal so that they could time the turnover. The wine list seemed a bit expensive to me, but not over the top, I guess, for a star chef and the neighborhood.
                                                                                        > As mentioned by other posters, they still hadn't quite figured out the parking situation despite there being several valets. We probably waited a good 15 min. for our car on the way out.
                                                                                        > We will likely go back, but will give them a little more time to settle in.

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                                                                                          1. re: MisterBill2

                                                                                            I can tell you exactly what my neighbors ate, because the seating is that close, and the place was hopping on Thursday night. While the meal was excellent — I had the beet salad and tenderloin with the most incredible scotch bonnet butter sauce, while he had the calamari and scallops — I don't see heading back on a regular basis.

                                                                                            Service was very good, but I could have rattled off the canned welcome and explanation of the restaurant verbatim, after hearing it told to our neighbors on each side.

                                                                                            Of course I wanted to experience it and see what all the buzz is about, but I'm more likely to have North at the top of my favorite list. I'm still dreaming about the beet and barley soup with its surprising flavor combinations. And while North can be loud, I don't feel like I'm on a date with the couple sitting next to me like at the Inn.

                                                                                            To each his own.

                                                                                            1. re: byramgirl

                                                                                              Hmm.. maybe I'll have to get the beet & barley soup at North next week! The nice thing about North is that while the downstairs is loud, you can request to sit upstairs and have a more serene experience.

                                                                                              My kids ate at JG's Nougatine in NYC last night for NYCRW and enjoyed it. My son is going to Perry Street on Friday and I think they have fried chicken with the scotch bonnet sauce on the menu. Of course, I brought home some yellow scotch bonnet sauce from my stop in Grand Cayman on my recent cruise and my son said it was painfully hot. Is JG's sauce as bad? The red pepper sauce I also bought wasn't as bad.

                                                                                              1. re: MisterBill2

                                                                                                The sauce had just the right amount of heat for me: hot, as promised, but didn't kill the taste buds. I told the waitress how good it was and she said that the heat comes from scotch bonnets. It does make me want to go back for more.

                                                                                                1. re: byramgirl

                                                                                                  I'll see what he says. I think the red pepper sauce I bought is also from scotch bonnets (but the woman selling them said the yellow are the hottest). Also bought a jar of pickled scotch bonnet peppers but haven't had the courage to open that yet.

                                                                                                2. re: MisterBill2

                                                                                                  The beet and barley soup is a MUST. Seriously!

                                                                                                  1. re: MRS

                                                                                                    OK! I'll be there next Thursday and will try it!

                                                                                                    1. re: MisterBill2

                                                                                                      pls let me know what you think. i thought it was really a unique and delicious creation.

                                                                                          2. We ate at The Inn at Pound Ridge last night. We had an 8pm reservation and I had let them know it was our 10 year anniversary. It's a very pretty place, and the people we encountered both guests and I@PR ppl were very friendly.
                                                                                            We waited about 10 mins to sit. We each had a glass of champagne at the bar while we waited. We originally ordered the Billecart Salmon, but they didn't have that so they offered us another kind. (I was a bit shocked when I saw the receipt this am and discovered it was $50 for the 2 glasses). Ok.
                                                                                            We sat at Table 40 in the downstairs area. A very cool spot that in one way felt interestingly cavernous but in the other side of the room light and open and looking out on to a small patio.
                                                                                            We had scoped the menu online and we were very excited to try a number of things. Upon sitting and talking with our server, we were informed they were out of the lamb chops ( The Husband had really wanted that) and they had no more artichokes for the parmesan crusted chicken with artichokes. Hmmm... ok.
                                                                                            We had to start: the crunchy calamari, the ricotta w/ strawberry compote and the tuna tartare. All came out fairly quickly and all were very delicious. There was still food on the plates when a gentleman came to ask if we were done. No. We weren't.
                                                                                            Dinner came out very quickly after that. I had the roasted lobster and The Husband had the grilled beef tenderloin w/ hot sauce butter. We probably should've order sides with it, but we didn't. The food was very tasty. The beef was definitely small, and the sauce was definitely hot. My husband enjoyed it, but wished there was more. The lobster was very enjoyable.
                                                                                            A table of 4 sat next to us in the other part of the banquette. The woman closet to me proceeded to loudly blow her nose into the napkin, wipe her nose with her hand, and snarf through her stuffed nose really loudly. It was really, really gross b/c she was really, really close to me.
                                                                                            As we were still eating, the same gentleman from before asked again if we were done. We weren't. But suddenly we realized it was a bit after 9.
                                                                                            Our dinner service was very rushed in my opinion. However, once the food was on the table, it was probably a bit too late- less having the food sit under warmers?
                                                                                            It was kind of a bummer. Considering people sitting at other tables had been there when we arrived and were still eating at that point.
                                                                                            We were going to have dessert, but then thought perhaps, we'd skip it and stop off for dessert at a place we love on our way home. ( which wasn't open once we got there. bummer)
                                                                                            i liked our dinner very much. I found the pace a downer. I just feel that if we return again, we need to let our server know right away that we like to eat leisurely, ( I mean, I paid the babysitter for a full night b/c i felt so bad we were home so early) and, we need to order differently.

                                                                                            1. http://www.stamfordadvocate.com/news/...
                                                                                              Article that appeared last week in the Stamford Advocate written by a former food critic for the NY Times.

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                                                                                              1. re: zackly

                                                                                                well, i guess i wish we'd had that critic's experience. We didn't , so i have to go by what we did experience- very tasty, but extremely rushed experience. Particularly since they knew we were celebrating a happy occasion, i felt hurried and not all that special.

                                                                                                1. re: MRS

                                                                                                  Personally, I avoid newly opened, trendy, overcrowded places like the plague. If I'm paying big bucks for a meal I want a relaxing unhurried experience. It sounds like they are over-booking this restaurant to "make hay while the sun shines".

                                                                                                  1. re: MRS

                                                                                                    So I gather they didn't do anything for your anniversary? I guess they might have had you ordered dessert. BTW how much cheaper was the original champagne that you ordered and they were out of? That's one thing I certainly would have complained about if it was much more and they didn't tell you when suggesting the substitute.

                                                                                                    1. re: MisterBill2

                                                                                                      They didn't do anything, but I didn't go in expecting them to. I was just surprised that things were so rushed knowing that we were "celebrating". Maybe they would've done something for dessert. Who knows? Neither of us thought to ask about the champagne...you make a good point, tho.

                                                                                                2. I live about 5 minutes from the Inn and I am thrilled to call it my new 'local.' I've been there a lot, but have only sat down at a table to eat twice - both times for lunch during the week. Usually, we just go in the afternoon or evening, grab a seat in the lounge or the bar to sip and nibble. I've been very happy with all the dishes I've tried - all the pizzas, the toasts, salads, a couple of pastas and most of the desserts. I think the design is fabulous - the bones are the same, but what an improvement over last two places that were housed there. The staff is always friendly and accommodating and for what could be considered an upscale place, it is a very chilled out, relaxed place to hang out.

                                                                                                  1. We went to dinner here last night with a group of 6. Based on what I read we expected to wait for our table but 4 of us arrived about 10 minutes before our reservation and we were seated immediately at table in a little alcove downstairs. The place is beautiful, especially after it got dark and all the candles were flickering.

                                                                                                    As we were waiting for our friends to arrive, we ordered the crab crostini, ricotta with strawberry compote and salami/cheese plate. They were all delicious. Our friends arrived as that food was getting to our table and they wanted to try the crispy calamari and crispy sushi with hamachi so we got that too. I am not a fan of either of those in general but I did taste a piece of the calamari and it was light and crispy and I loved the dipping sauce (more like a foam!). I thought the bread was fine but, as someone else here mentioned, one of my friends commented that she would have liked warm bread.

                                                                                                    For entrees, my friend and I shared the parmesan crusted chicken and prosciutto wrapped pork chop. I rarely order chicken (or pork chops) in a restaurant but this sounded good so we tried it. They were both tasty...I liked the chicken a little more. The pork chop was a little dry but this was probably our fault because when the waiter asked how we wanted it done, we told him more or less well-done. Others at the table ordered the lobster, rigatoni with meatballs and burgers. I didn't try any of those. My husband was one who ordered a burger and he thought it was good, not great.

                                                                                                    Dessert -- my husband and I had the salted caramel sundae and the chocolate cake. Having been to ABC Kitchen and dreaming about the salted caramel sundae after we ate there, this was a dream come true! This is up there in my top 5 desserts anywhere. The chocolate cake was okay but after a bite or 2 of that, I stuck to the sundae. Love it.

                                                                                                    Overall we had a nice dinner and I would definitely return.

                                                                                                    1. We're finally going to be eating here in a couple of weeks, meeting a friend from Stamford on a Sunday night. Is there a suggested place to ask to be seated? I'm undecided on whether to get appetizers and then pizza/pasta instead of an entree, given that many say the entree portions are small and I'd rather avoid an overly expensive meal. Dessert, of course, is a requirement.

                                                                                                      Hopefully it won't be that crazy on a Sunday, it looked like all times were available when I made the reservation a couple of days ago.

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                                                                                                        1. re: roxlet

                                                                                                          That's really low! No, it is not. And it's Stamford Restaurant Week that week and I'm passing that up as well! But I keep meaning to get here, and given that it's not that far from our friends house in Stamford, it seemed like a good place to meet.

                                                                                                          1. re: MisterBill2

                                                                                                            FWIW Bill, I don't think pasta and pizza are their strong suit there.

                                                                                                            I can see foregoing a main for a pasta at a Batali or Michael White resto, but not here

                                                                                                            1. re: weedy

                                                                                                              The ricotta ravioli is quite good. Definitely worth trying.

                                                                                                              1. re: weedy

                                                                                                                This line in the recent Times review was enough to tell me I don't belong here (not the clothing; the cars): "Waiters wear plaid shirts and dungarees in a near caricature of the country bumpkin, while swift valets park the Teslas and Maseratis."

                                                                                                                1. re: DGresh

                                                                                                                  I have to say, I never even entertain the thought of going back. It may be JG's attitude - never liked it and he was there the night we were and,well, don't like the man. I wanted to see what they did with the place and I did. It's gorgeous. The food was ok,not the best I've ever had,and I like to feel comfortable and like a welcomed guest at a place. This does not fit the bill for me.

                                                                                                                  1. re: wincountrygirl

                                                                                                                    My thoughts exactly. Ok food, impersonal service and gorgeous space.

                                                                                                                  2. re: DGresh

                                                                                                                    Boy, the NY Times really fawned over the place... but then I don't think the Times Westchester food writers are EVER anywhere close to right about anything.

                                                                                                                    1. re: weedy

                                                                                                                      They've fawned over a lot of mediocre restaurants in Westchester.

                                                                                                                    2. re: DGresh

                                                                                                                      Wow, the Times practically quoted my "bumpkin" line from above!

                                                                                                                1. re: wincountrygirl

                                                                                                                  Interesting.. I thought i had read somewhere that they were good. Oh well.

                                                                                                                      1. re: weedy

                                                                                                                        Fortina for two. I had pizza out of a pizza truck once that was better.

                                                                                                                        1. re: wincountrygirl

                                                                                                                          Funny two friends of mine went to Inn at Pound Ridge recently and raved about the food. Said it was one of the best meals of their lives. But these are friends who don't care much for food/dining. My husband and I, on the other hand, have been twice and thought it to be just okay. I'd take Fortina and North over it any day.

                                                                                                                          1. re: mla19

                                                                                                                            Me too, mia19. And even just for the comfort factor and the vibe,especially at Fortina, that says "we're so glad you're here."

                                                                                                                            1. re: mla19

                                                                                                                              agree! no need for us to return to the inn anytime soon.

                                                                                                                              1. re: MRS

                                                                                                                                Wow, so much negativity towards this place. I thought people really liked it. Maybe I'll just find someplace to eat in Stamford during their RW. I'm waiting for one place in particular to post their menu.

                                                                                                                                1. re: MisterBill2

                                                                                                                                  I think it appeals to certain people - star chef, etc, expensive. Not to me.

                                                                                                                                  1. re: MisterBill2

                                                                                                                                    We had a nice dinner there recently as I posted above. We were seated promptly, in fact early, the service was pleasant and we enjoyed the food. Was it the best meal I had in my life? No. Am I the type of person that winecountrygirl refers to? Definitely not. But we had a nice dinner with friends and I think it's worth a try.

                                                                                                                  1. So our dinner was tonight and we had a great meal. I had the crispy sushi rice with hamachi, salmon with corn pudding and salted caramel popcorn sundae. My wife had the baby beets, grilled lobster and blueberry cobbler. Our friend had the shrimp salad, pork chop and the cobbler. I had a 5:30 reservation, which may be too early for many but worked for us because we wanted to get home early and we skip lunch on Sunday. I had called earlier today to ask if we could be seated upstairs. When we got there, they said that they were able to accommodate me (the room was still fairly empty). Service was very attentive, none of the problems getting water or bread refills that others had apparently reported (our friend had read up on all of the reports). The food was excellent, and the sundae looked even better in person than in the pictures I'd seen (not to mention the taste being amazing). The bread was excellent, I took the extra home to eat with my leftover salmon tomorrow. They refilled it several times without our having to ask.

                                                                                                                    I had only two complaints. First, the beets were not as I've seen pictured. First, they were all red (the waiter originally said they were yellow and red). And they were cut into pieces, so they must have run out of baby beets and were using larger ones. There also wasn't the root portion attached like I've seen in all of the photos (obviously because they were not the whole beets). My wife, who had not seen the photos, had no problems with the presentation and loved it (although I think she would have been happier with some yellow beets). Second, they don't refill iced tea, and they charge $5 for a glass (our friend ordered one). We just stuck with water since we don't drink wine.

                                                                                                                    I'm sure our eating at 5:30 on a Sunday contributed to our getting excellent service where others have reported problems. I'm not sure I'd want to eat there on a Saturday night until they get their act together.

                                                                                                                    We'll definitely go back.

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                                                                                                                    1. re: MisterBill2

                                                                                                                      We went and found all to be smooth & tasty. great cocktails and bar snacks. service was super friendly and knowledgeable. Only complaint is that the bread on the crab "crostini" although delish is way to thick for the dish. found it way too hard to eat and it over powered the crab. great bread just give it to us toasted/grilled a bit more & thinner.