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Aug 25, 2014 01:00 PM

Affordable Restaurants [Lower Westchester]

Was just lamenting the lack of interesting/affordable restaurants in lower Westchester. (contemplating the former applebee's location in Mamaroneck-LOCATION ONLY). Would be ideal for shake shack.What i came to realize is that the moderate priced burger joint has replaced the moderate priced restaurant. Is there any expectation of a decent meal in the $15-$20 range. Seems to me it should not be impossible, but besides some "ethnic", expensive pizza, and burgers the moderate meal does not exist in this area- even the chains seem to avoid Westchester

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  1. Nothing affordable in upper Westchester either.

    1. Wincountrygirl
      Not really surprised,but I would think lower Westchester,with it's higher density could/would support some affordable places more easily,as it is ,I find myself driving (which is a "project" for me) up to at the closest Stamford/Norwalk for interesting affordable eats and also Pt. Chester- but for inexpensive Mexican the truck in New Rochelle is (imho) as good as any in pt. chester,at least for tacos.

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      1. re: 51rich

        True. Like Long Island. I am always amazed at the amount of affordable places out there. Up here we are getting used to paying minimum 100 for 2 with 2 drinks each. It's insane.

      2. OK, Pleasantville isn't quite lower Westchester, but the Riviera restaurant on Tompkins Ave. delivers good food at good prices. I'm a believer.

        1. So under $20 per person is the bar? I can do an app and a half pasta for that. But I know what you are aiming at. Larchmont Tavern, Gus's Franklin Park, et. al. I am glad the chains for the most part avoid Westchester. I am fully on board with supporting local biz. However a shake shack I would welcome with open arms. even a five guys would work in that old Applebees location in Mamk.

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          1. re: cubanat

            To me,not much difference between five guys and smash burger,so i would just as well go into the village for smash burger,but shake shack is a different story. Btw, i did try to e-mail danny meyers hospitality group about this location- doubt i will hear from them or if it would make any difference but perhaps if other hounds also send e-mails ,who-knows?

            1. re: 51rich

              should we do that on-line petition thing maybe?

              1. re: cubanat

                Probably not a bad idea,all i did was send an e-mail "directly" to Danny Meyer's hospitality group- not even sure that that would be the right place,but couldn't hurt

              2. re: 51rich

                As for affordable places the one that keeps popping into my head is Acuario in PC as well as Misti but alas they would be considered ethnic which for me is great but not what you were looking for I guess.

                1. re: cubanat

                  I'm in Greenwich so PC is very close to us and closer than lower Westchester, but I'm with you, Misti and Acuario provide delicious, affordable and authentic food. I could be happy eating all my meals in PC.

                2. re: 51rich

                  Smash burger has some decent salads and five guys does not.

                  1. re: rolise

                    Salads are about the one thing I am adept at making at home *L*,so no need to find a restaurant based on that - but thnx.Also I love a good burger and would almost always grab one at these places, and the burgers are big enough that i do not need/want a salad on the side however the one chain that is local ,that i would like to see- and is fairly affordable is missing from Westchester- shake shack

                    1. re: 51rich

                      When I am out shopping I find smash burger to be a good option for me rather than going home or eating something I shouldn't as I am diabetic and need to stay low carb. Not worth eating hamburger buns for me. I pass shake shack every day in Grand Central and basically can't eat anything there on a normal basis although I am sure it is good.

              3. How about Bareburger in Hartsdale? I've had their portobello burger and their fries and rings. All really good. Also, excellent beer "menu."
                Yes, it's a franchise, but the family that owns the Hartsdale location really seems to be putting their heart and soul into the restaurant.
                If you want to support local businesses, I think this is one way to do so.

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                1. re: mrsdebdav

                  We like Bareburger, too. The three of us can't get out of there for less than $60.

                  1. re: foodiemom10583

                    They are okay, but not cheap, and they are noisy. I'd rather get an outstanding burger in a real burger joint and pay for it.

                    I found Smashburger disgusting.

                    That said, I'd like to see a Shake Shack in W/C. I keep reading about their burgers, which are apparently pretty good.

                    1. re: primosprimos

                      They aren't cheap, as I pointed out. However, they have great options for those who may not want or cannot eat a traditional burger.

                      Smashburger somehow manages to coat every item served, including packaging, with a thick film of grease.

                      Shake Shack is okay. I wouldn't go out of my way for them.

                      1. re: primosprimos

                        shake shack is in westport or paramus. Not really a destination,but certainly worth going to ,if in the area. Westchesters "next" burger joint will (probably be) soon to open 5napkin burger in ridge hill, but at about $14.00 per burger- makes shake shack look very reasonable.

                        1. re: 51rich

                          Thanks, 51rich. That's steep, but I think I read 5napkin makes a good burger too.

                          1. re: primosprimos

                            I'm looking forward to trying 5napkin,but at those prices it is no longer a place to swing by and grab a bite. While I'm still willing to at prices charged by 5 guys or smashburger (and i believe shake shack). The difference is enough to put it in a different category- more of a planned meal,also at ridge hill their is also the extra expense of parking. Fine if I'm shopping there,but to go just for a meal (?)

                    2. re: mrsdebdav

                      My "problem" is when i go to what i consider a pizza restaurant (and i do love pizza),i tend not to want to try anything else- no matter how many good things i have heard. Just getting old and crotchety *L* but a pizza place is for pizza :(