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Feb 24, 2014 08:25 AM

Lower Westchester bars/restaurants with quality cocktails

Just moved to Larchmont and am looking for places that make quality cocktails - i.e. good ingredients, proper ratios, not everything is a something-tini.

Any thoughts?

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    1. Meritage on Weaver Street, Scarsdale

      1. Ruby's Oyster Bar in Rye, The Tap House in Tuckahoe...if you want extraordinary cocktails/specialty bar tending, I'd try the bar at North in Armonk...really, really special stuff.

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        1. re: MRS

          The cocktails at Tap House, as of my last visit a year ago, were terrible. The menu was bought from Southern Wine and Spirits, with a mediocre list, and the bartenders were not allowed to make any changes.

          1. re: JMF

            hmmm...sorry to hear that. i imagine that's not what the OP has in mind. I had not had that experience at our last visit.
            Again, although not "lower westchester" per se, the most innovative, unique and hand crafted cocktails we've had consistently is at North.

            1. re: MRS

              I've heard good things about North, but it's a bit far north for me. For the same commute from Lower Westchester, I go to the City.

        2. It would be nice if folks actually gave a description of the cocktails and why they thought they were good. Just saying the name of a place really isn't that helpful. Especially since many folks idea of what a good cocktail is, is based on the 80's, 90's and suburbia 2000's. Not what the OP is asking for.

          1. The bar Mix, at the Crowne Plaza, White Plains is a little known bar, making excellent cocktails. Classics and some mild riffs on classics. The cocktail program was originally created by Jonathan "The Cocktail Guru" Pogash, and then Lead Bartender Jake Sher oversaw the bar for several years. His recipes have been published in several books including gaz regan's 101 Best Cocktails, and the Mr. Boston Cocktail Guide latest edition. He trained up the current Lead Bartender Greg, who also went through a full three month training program at a different location before being offered Lead at the Crowne Plaza.

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            1. re: JMF

              i'm very shocked to hear there's anything going on at the Crowne Plaza. hmmmm....

              1. re: MRS

                I heartily endorse their lead bartender Greg Perry, and Jake Sher on the rare occasions that he is still there. (He started law school last summer.)