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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: 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 :(

                  2. What about polpettina? They have other things on the menu other than pizza and it's pretty reasonable.

                    1. I hear you.

                      I know some of these are ethnic options, but they are some solid spots where you can have a good meal for $20pp or less:

                      NaMu in Scarsdale - The bibimbap options are $15-20 and coupled with the banchan, you really don't need an appetizer with it unless you want to be bringing home leftovers

                      Q in Portchester - Meat + 2 sides and cornbread for under $20, or you could go with a sandwich/side combo and keep it under $15

                      Lefteris Gyro in Tarrytown - Solid selection of Greek souvlaki/gyro platters for $15 or so

                      Gnarly Vine in New Rochelle - more of a wine bar, but the quesadilla and flat bread options are less than $12 and quite good

                      BarTaco in Portchester - Tacos are $2.50. You could get 9 tacos and 3 sides for $28. Enough to feed 2 hungry people.

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                      1. re: drew22

                        Never been a fan of bar taco( i seem to be in the minority).I would go back to Los Gemellos or Salsa Picante on Adee street in pc. But i find the tacos at city park in New Rochelle as good or better than the ones in pc ,and it is closer for me

                      2. I live in White Plains, and if I see one jore burger joint or mexican/latin restaurant, I'm gonna scream or become a vegetarian!

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                        1. re: liza219

                          Guess you won't be thrilled that chipotle is about to open *LOL*. At least in W.P. there are a lot of places to choose from. New places to include -Brother Jimmies bbq, and the "old" Nicky's pizza

                          1. re: cubanat

                            The only problem is while restaurants have doubled or tripled in price,my pay (if i was still able to work ) has barely increased.The divide between the haves and the have nots has continued to grow exponentially. It is why an "upscale" burger now prices out where a moderate restaurant used to be. My problem with not eating out often is my own cooking leaves much to be desired (sighs) not the least of which is good taste. Also cooking for one is a pita . Definitely makes a good point about going and spending more on those occasions

                          2. We go to Maggie Spillane's in Fleetwood where some things are good. I like their chicken wings. Salmon is decent. Sandwiches, burgers, fish tacos. Depending on what you order and time of day you go (avoiding bar crowd) it is decent and affordable.