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Old 03-25-2012, 05:32 PM
 
Location: East Millcreek
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This morning I was reminded of this thread after reading today's NYT review of the North Star Restaurant in Pound Ridge. My wife and I go there occasionally and have always been delighted. But the article encapsulated the cultural differences between northern and southern westchester as well as anything I can think of.

For starters, the Times rated it "don't miss." The North star has seriously excellent food. But they titled the review "Extravagant Cuisine, Without the Pretension." This observation manages to capture the point:
"That the guest opposite me was happily laying into a platter of spicy chicken wings, while a boy dining with his father at an adjacent table was solving math problems between bites of macaroni and cheese, sort of says it all about North Star, where the cocktail-lounge vibe and lack of pretension in no way prepare you for entrees that would not be out of place in a luxury European restaurant."

So, here's a casual, family friendly place with live music a couple nights. There are young people in jeans, guys in suits and serious oldsters next to families with kids. Nobody is showing off, nobody is trying to impress anybody, there's no pretentious faux-luxury valet parking. There's no attitude or scowls from the waiter cause you're wearing jeans and flip-flops. In fact, the waiters wear t-shirts.

How can this work? Cause nobody there gives a damn what anybody else thinks about them. That you're there is enough. Who is there to impress and what's the point? Who cares anyway? If there's somewhere in southern Westchester that I can get a superb meal - not just good, but superb - in a relaxed setting in a t-shirt and no nasty looks I'd like to know about it. The flip side, of course, is that those with the need to be seen or make an impression would find this all very unsatisfactory. And for them there's The Equus in Tarrytown or any number of similar places.
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Old 03-26-2012, 09:18 AM
 
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This morning I was reminded of this thread after reading today's NYT review of the North Star Restaurant in Pound Ridge. My wife and I go there occasionally and have always been delighted. But the article encapsulated the cultural differences between northern and southern westchester as well as anything I can think of.

For starters, the Times rated it "don't miss." The North star has seriously excellent food. But they titled the review "Extravagant Cuisine, Without the Pretension." This observation manages to capture the point:
"That the guest opposite me was happily laying into a platter of spicy chicken wings, while a boy dining with his father at an adjacent table was solving math problems between bites of macaroni and cheese, sort of says it all about North Star, where the cocktail-lounge vibe and lack of pretension in no way prepare you for entrees that would not be out of place in a luxury European restaurant."

So, here's a casual, family friendly place with live music a couple nights. There are young people in jeans, guys in suits and serious oldsters next to families with kids. Nobody is showing off, nobody is trying to impress anybody, there's no pretentious faux-luxury valet parking. There's no attitude or scowls from the waiter cause you're wearing jeans and flip-flops. In fact, the waiters wear t-shirts.

How can this work? Cause nobody there gives a damn what anybody else thinks about them. That you're there is enough. Who is there to impress and what's the point? Who cares anyway? If there's somewhere in southern Westchester that I can get a superb meal - not just good, but superb - in a relaxed setting in a t-shirt and no nasty looks I'd like to know about it. The flip side, of course, is that those with the need to be seen or make an impression would find this all very unsatisfactory. And for them there's The Equus in Tarrytown or any number of similar places.
That place soudns great.

FWIW, I think the northeast corner of westchester (north from rt 35 exit on 684 and bounded by 684 on the east) is the nicest area in the NYC metro. But I'm prob biased, since I grew up there.
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Old 03-26-2012, 10:30 AM
 
Location: Chicago
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Old 03-26-2012, 10:34 AM
 
Location: East Millcreek
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Is it safe to say that if my wife and I move to Westchester from Chicago (we want to settle down near relatives who live in Brooklyn, Queens, and L.I.), and want a more urban feel, then White Plains is pretty much the only place to check out? (We are also considering Toronto where we also have relatives).
You'd do better to start a new thread and outlining your issues there instead of appending to this one.
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