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Best restaurant in Tarrytown, Sleepy hollow area

Originally, for my husband's 50th birthday, we were going to take a day trip to Cold Spring, NY but some emergency thing happened and we can no longer do that on his birthday which is next tuesday. He will be in Tarrytown for an important meeting and it ends at 2pm...I am planning to go up there by Metro North to surprise him and take him out to late lunch.
So I am basically looking for the best restaurant in this area. Money is not an object. The only place I want to avoid is Blue Hill at the Stone barns as we both are big meat and fish eaters and I've heard that the restaurant is big on vegetables. But correct me if i am wrong. Also, I am sure it's too late to make appt at this point.
We like everything as long as it has more meat than vege! =)

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  1. Looks like i will go to Tarry tavern...because someone here mentioned that they had really good chicken liver mousse and duck for lunch..which are our favorites but I see that these are listed under dinner menu.
    Anyone confirm?

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    1. re: Monica

      Give them a call. Haven't been for lunch in a while. Management is nice and might be willing to change things around for you, if nrecessary.

      1. re: Monica

        Tarry Tavern really does have a wonderful chicken liver mousse. It was light, smooth, and creamy. The last time I was there was about two years ago, but it was definitely the star of the show. We also had short ribs that were wonderful.

        Like Westjanie said, I would definitely call them and see if you would be able to get the mousse at lunch.

        Happy Birthday to your husband!

      2. While Stone Barns does have lovely vegetables, they do meat too, so I wouldn't rule it out based on that. Yes, getting reservations is likely to be the bigger issue.

        We loved Twisted Oak on Main St. in Tarrytown when we went in March. Though we went before the NY Times reviewed it - it might be harder to get reservations now.

        http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/20/nyr...

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        1. re: c.how

          Agree, we really enjoyed Twisted Oak. Some really interesting and delicious items on the menu - particularly the fried chicpeas!

          1. re: wpfoodie

            =(
            except they don't serve lunch.

            1. re: Monica

              You could always find a way to kill a few hours and have an early dinner.

              1. re: MisterBill2

                i would but we have a family plan...in the evening...

        2. Will he have a car or are you looking for something within a cab ride or walk away?

          Tarrytown has river market, which has some mixed reviews on this board but is beautiful inside. I liked it but haven't been since it opened. Chiboust I didn't like. Sweetgrass may be too casual. If bhsb does lunch at the bar you could give it a try with walking in though 2 is late.

          If you have a car st. George in hastings would be nice. Haymount in briarcliff is beautiful but I don't know if they do lunch. I haven't eaten there yet. Mp taverna in Irvington is also good.

          Please report back!

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          1. re: i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream

            We will have a car but River market sounds cute.
            What do you recommend there...though we are limited to lunch menu.

            1. re: Monica

              I think it would be the nicest option in Tarrytown. But like I said I haven't been since it opened and obviously then the service was not very polished. You may want to poke around CH/the internet to see if you can find some recent reviews. It's the same people as Kittle House in Chappaqua which many people (myself included) like. Going off what I like at Kittle House and what I had at RM, their salads are usually gorgeous, as are the soups, and I like their burgers, chicken dishes, beef dishes. I think a complaint on another thread was portion size proportional to price (the burrata specifically). RiverMarket makes all bread in house and we had the most sensational roll that was a cross between a biscuit and a Parker house roll. They also have an excellent wine list, like Kittle House. Oh, and I just noticed they have chicken liver pate! Haha.

              Unfortunately there are no river views as suggested by the name, unless you really crane your neck.

              Also in Tarrytown is Equus but I don't know if they serve lunch.

              1. re: i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream

                I really hate the food at Equus, but it is pretty. Since they are a hotel, they may do lunch.

                1. re: wincountrygirl

                  I went once for lunch and it was fine. Not my kind of food, too fussy, but it was good enough. It was really expensive though, though I wasn't paying, but I wouldn't go back on my own dime. It's gorgeous though and they just got a good nyt rating so maybe the food is better now.

            2. re: i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream

              I agree on your recommendation of St. George. The best place that has been mentioned in this thread.

              I had a nice HVRW dinner at Tarry Tavern a couple of years ago (maybe 3). Then they screwed a co-worker of mine who I sent for HVRW by not offering the restaurant week menu and they didn't know they had to ask and I haven't been back since. I read that they didn't automatically offer it to other people too.

            3. Ok...It always annoys me when someone asks for a recommendation for a specific location and folks post all kinds of crazy suggestions for places miles away...
              But here goes...
              Bad news it's across the bridge
              Good news you will already be in Tarrytown and very close to the bridge you have to cross.
              I checked out the current menu http://www.xaviars.com/restaurants/xa... and it looks as if it would suit you.
              Xaviar's is a notch or two or three above Peter Kelly's others restaurants. Again I am including a yelp link because there are no recent CH reviews.
              http://www.yelp.com/biz/xaviars-resta...

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              1. re: chowdom

                I think they are looking for a lunch... Good choice though,but I don't think they are open for lunch.

                  1. re: chowdom

                    Sorry WCG they only serve Lunch
                    Friday and Sunday: Seating from Noon – 2:00 pm
                    I read the op wrong and somehow got Friday from Tuesday...sorry!

                    1. re: chowdom

                      That's great - I thought they only opened for dinner. Good to know!!

                1. (don't anyone yell at me)

                  There's a Ruth's Chris in Tarrytown.