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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.


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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.

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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.

                  1. 50th bday = Blue Hill or Equus INMHO, not Tarry Tavern. You will not likely be able to get a res at this late date for former unless you can get Amex Concierge to pull a miracle for you with a platinum or black card membership. Tarry Tavern is not a special place for that type of an occasion. We stopped in Tarry and found it a bit dark and very traditional in terms of menu/décor in an ordinary evening setting, let alone lunch. Kittle House in Chappaqua might work, but is a bit of a trip from Ttown.

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                    1. re: jmtoconnor

                      Yes I realize that but at this point, there isn't much I can do it seems. I plan on taking him out to a nice dinner in NYC later on the weekend..Blue hill doesn't even seem to open on Tuesday when I checked. Equus doesn't do lunch...i checked this restaurant too.

                      1. re: Monica

                        You know, honestly, I don't think there is anything special in Tarrytown - right in town, but there are just a lot of cute little places to eat. Don't laugh, but I love Horsefeathers. If you are going to a nice meal in the city to celebrate, why not grab a good burger and some sweet potato fries??

                        1. re: wincountrygirl

                          No disrespect, but don't let them go to Horsefeathers for this guy's 50th birthday.

                          Haven't been but have heard very good things about Twisted Oak. I would also give River Market a chance. Or Red Hat in Irvington? And to the other poster, Chappaqua is only 10-15 minutes away from Tarrytown, so that could work.

                          1. re: woodburner

                            Right, I agree. I was just saying that since they are planning a really great meal for a dinner, and options in Tarrytown itself are not great, why not. I would try River Market. It seems to me they don't have the time to drive anywhere since he is there on a business thing and she is meeting him for lunch, so a 10 minute drive may not work. And what is in Chappaqua anyway? Surely not Jardin du Roi!

                      2. re: jmtoconnor

                        My experience at Tarry Tavern was such that I won't even give them a second chance. At least Equus is pretty.

                      3. Instead going to an ok restaurant, I have decided to do a little surprise picnic at the Lyndhurt house. I have been there once and it was lovely in the lawn to do a picnic. So I am going to pick up the wine we both loved at this particular restaurant we had an anniversary dinner and going to pick up some pate and cheeses at the Murray's and baguettes from Eli Zabar in Grand Central. I do want to do a cake but it is going to be a hassle in the train ride so I am thinking about buying some chocolate chip cookies from Jacques Torres. I think this will be more memorable and special.
                        Thanks all for help.. i will keep some of the recommended restaurants for the future.

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                        1. re: Monica

                          What a great idea! There is also the little pie company in the food court at gct.

                          1. re: vinouspleasure

                            Excellent suggestion as his favorite desserts are lemon meringue pie and carrot cake.

                            1. re: vinouspleasure

                              Sadly, Little Pie Company closed their Grand Central location in 2009 per a thread here. I know they're closed but didn't know when.

                            2. re: Monica

                              Tarry Tavern is actually more than an "ok" restaurant, but whatever floats your boat. Most of the issues people have are service-related and not food-related.

                              I hope you have a lovely time and that the weather holds up.