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Old 07-15-2010, 07:42 AM
 
Location: Harrison
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Anybody have a favorite place? Somewhere nice, not too too fancy? I don't really care about the type of cuisine. Anywhere in Westchester really. Thanks!
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Old 07-15-2010, 08:09 AM
 
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Haven in Pleasantville is small, charming, upscale but not stuffy and the food is WONDERFUL.

Haven Restaurant, Pleasantville New York | Restaurant Using Seasonal Ingredients in Westchester County, NY | Serving Ossining

I've also heard good things about the Red Hat Bistro in Irvington (have not been there yet though) - apparently they have this amazing rooftop deck overlooking the river.

Red Hat Bistro on the River - Restaurant by the River, Irvington, NY
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Old 07-15-2010, 09:46 AM
 
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I agree with both of these, good choices.. Iron Horse Grill is really good too, expensive but not stuffy.
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Old 07-15-2010, 10:24 AM
 
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Really enjoyed the meal I had at Haven, though I consider it more of slightly high-end casual, as opposed to true special occasion. Iron Horse Grill is an excellent special occasion restaurant. Crabtree's Kittle House in Chappaqua is something of an old standby. Exceptional wine list, if you like wine. Unfortunately, a bit of a revolving door of chefs. But for the summer, if you like Latin American food, celebrity chef Carmen Gonzalez is running the kitchen at Kittle House.
Speaking of celebrity chefs, Mario Batali is co-owner of Tarry Lodge in Port Chester. Exceptional Italian that manages to be rustic and modern at the same time. (And terrific pizza from a wood burning oven).
Circling the county going south, you won't miss with X2O in Yonkers -- Peter Kelly's most recent restaurant, and he is often considered the best chef in the Hudson Valley. It's a moden dining room, sitting right on the water, and the food quality matches the scenery.
I haven't been to either of the places, but White Plains now boasts the very upscale (and expensive) 42 in the Ritz, as well as the BLT Steakhouse. 42 may be a bit too fancy for what you're looking for.
Continuing north, Richard Gere owns the Bedford Post, which is delivering great seasonal fare in a rustic setting.
If you want to keep going north, 1 of these days I want to try the restaurants owned and operated by the Culinary Institute of America.
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Old 07-15-2010, 01:13 PM
 
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Try chowhound if you want food advice
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Old 07-18-2010, 12:06 PM
 
Location: Washington, DC & New York
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You might consider Jonh-Michael's in North Salem as well.
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Old 07-18-2010, 07:37 PM
 
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Harvest on Hudson.

Great atmosphere and service. Good food and wine list.
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Old 07-19-2010, 09:39 AM
 
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My husband and I have been to Tarry Lodge in Port Chester several times...it is sooo good. We are big fans of Mario Batali's other restaurants and were not disappointed. If you go, order the Guanciale black truffle/sunnyside egg pizza as an appetizer and split it. It's out of this world.

Plates in Larchmont is also good.

Atmosphere in both of these restaurants is sophisticated but not at all too fancy.

Happy Anniversary!
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Old 07-19-2010, 11:05 AM
 
Location: Harrison
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Thanks everybody! This thread has been awesome - we have decided that we DEFINITELY need to go out to dinner more often. Being in a new town with a toddler has turned us into homebodies! I think we're going to try Tarry Lodge or Red Hat Bistro this weekend.

We ended up going to 42, at the top of the Ritz Carlton in White Plains. (So convenient to us!) It was really nice - I had said it was our anniversary and they gave us champagne when we got there and gave us an awesome table by a window. It was definitely fancier than we usually do, but heck, that's what anniversaries are for, right? And it wasn't even that expensive.

Definitely feel free to keep recommending restaurants!
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Old 07-20-2010, 08:43 AM
 
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If you liked 42, I neglected to mention what is probably the best dining experience in all of Westchester... (Very expensive, but no worse than 42) -- Blue Hill at Stone Barn. Not only is the food amazing, but the setting in the middle of a sustainable farm can't be beat.
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