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#1 Post by J a y H a c k » May 17th, 2010, 2:04 pm

Morton's - Bloomingdale Road, White Plains - Corkage is $35, usually they only charge $25, and sometimes they waive it. Tell Jimmy the manager that I sent you and he will probably charge $50. Standard Morton's Steaks. Good glasses.

F.I.S.H. - 102 Fox Island Road, Portchester - CLOSED - Ugh

Vox - 721 Titicus Road, North Salem. $25 a bottle. The site of the former Auberge Maxim. That was a great restaurant with the best duck on the east coast. Do not know the new restaurant but I have heard it is good. http://www.voxnorthsalem.com

X20 - 71 Water Grant Street, Yonkers. $25 corkage. Great restaurant! Owned by Peter X. Kelly of Xavier's fame. Walking distance from the Yonkers train station. http://www.xaviars.com/yonkers/index.html We had dinner there again (June 5). Great restaurant, great wine service. Brought 2 bottles. Bought one off the list (a Scholium white!). The braised beef rib ravioli with a 2007 Outpost True Vineyard Cab decanted for 8 hours was a GREAT pairing.

Caffe Regatta 133 Wolf's Lane, Pelham. Nice seafood centric restaurant. $20 corkage, $0 on Tuesdays. One block from the Pelham train station. http://www.cafferegatta.com

The Cookery 29 Chestnut Street, Dobbs Ferry, $10. http://www.thecookeryrestaurant.com

Bedford Post (Farmhouse Restaurant), 954 Old Post Road in Bedford, NY - $50/btl., 2 bottle limit per table

BLT Steak, Main Street, White Plains - $35/btl. as long as same wine and vintage not on the list (but phone in advance - they have been known to refuse)

Zuppa, 59 Main St., Yonkers, NY 10701 - $25/btl. 2 blocks from train station.

Meritage, 1505 Weaver Street, Scarsdale, NY 10583-7034, $25/btl. We have had OLs there.

Juniper 575 Warburton Avenue, Hastings-on-Hudson, NY 10706, 914.478.2542, JuniperHastings@gmail.com
No license, no corkage fee, but actually have nice stems (Schott Zweisel). Excellent food, but only open for dinner Th-Sat. http://juniperhastings.com/

Elia Taverna 502 New Rochelle Rd., Bronxville, NY 10708. Classic Greek. No liquor license and no corkage - but call in case they have gotten their license. http://www.eliataverna.com/
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#2 Post by A Fenster » May 17th, 2010, 3:51 pm

Vox restaurant in North Salem (and its previous incarnation as Auberge Maxime) has been hospitable to me allowing BYO and charging $25 per bottle. Glassware is good as is wine service. Food is nice in a country setting.
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#3 Post by Jorge Henriquez » May 17th, 2010, 7:17 pm

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X20 in Yonkers allows and charges $25 last time I went. SO worth it.

Caffe Regatta in Pelham is a very decent seafood centric restaurant and charges $20 and $0 on Tuesdays.
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#4 Post by Dan Hammer » May 17th, 2010, 9:28 pm

The Cookery in Dobbs Ferry. $10.
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#5 Post by D@vid R0sewater » May 24th, 2010, 12:25 pm

Bedford Post (Farmhouse Restaurant)(in Bedford) - $50/btl., 2 bottle limit per table

BLT Steak (in White Plains) - $35/btl. as long as same wine and vintage not on the list

Zuppa (in Yonkers) - $25/btl.

Meritage (in Scarsdale) - $25/btl.

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#6 Post by Dale Williams » June 9th, 2010, 5:20 am

Juniper in Hastings. No license, no corkage fee, but actually have nice stems (Schott Zweisel). Excellent food, but only open for dinner Th-Sat.
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#7 Post by Jorge Henriquez » June 21st, 2010, 10:12 pm

Elia Taverna in Bronxville/Eastchester/Pelham area.

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Great, authentic Greek plates and NO liquor license yet. $0 corkage!
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#8 Post by jordan whitehead » June 22nd, 2010, 8:53 am

Kittle House charges $35 but not necessary to BYO
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#9 Post by Todd F r e n c h » June 22nd, 2010, 9:15 am

jordan whitehead wrote:Kittle House charges $35 but not necessary to BYO
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#10 Post by Dan Hammer » October 12th, 2010, 3:53 pm

River City Grill in Irvington (the old Benny's). $15.00

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Good food at reasonable prices. A place you take your wife/husband/so.
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#11 Post by Dan Hammer » December 24th, 2010, 3:59 pm

Jay,

F.I.S.H in Port Chester has closed.
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#12 Post by Dan Hammer » February 6th, 2011, 11:37 am

Morgans Fish House and Ruby's Oyster Bar in Rye NY (owned by the same group) charge $20 corkage. They have acceptable glasses.

FYI, on Sunday they offer half off wine on their list. Not sure if this is brunch only or if it's offered at dinner too.
We drank a split of Piper Heidsieck Brut champagne for $20. Not bad considering 2 crummy mimosas would have cost the same amount.
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#13 Post by Mark Golodetz » February 6th, 2011, 1:36 pm

Modern Barn in Armonk. Corkage is high at $45 but the food is excellent
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#14 Post by Dan Hammer » February 7th, 2011, 6:39 am

Restaurant Week is March 14 - 27, 2011

http://hudsonvalleyrestaurantweek.com/home.php" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
Click on restaurant list to see a list of participating restaurants. A couple of good ones. [wink.gif] The list is alphabetical by city/town/village. Dinner $28.00

For those of you living in the city, it's a short ride to Pleasantville, Rye, and White Plains. Plenty of good choices.

We're going to Equus. Corkage is $35. Metro North to Tarrytown, then taxi to the restaurant.
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#15 Post by Dan Hammer » March 18th, 2011, 7:15 pm

Equus has a fantastic wine list if for some reason you don't BYO ($35 corkage).

This has got to be one of the most beautiful restaurants in Westchester County. The only thing that irked me... $5 to park my car. [swoon.gif]
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#16 Post by Dan Hammer » September 25th, 2011, 10:55 am

J a y H a c k wrote: Elia Taverna 502 New Rochelle Rd., Bronxville, NY 10708. Classic Greek. No liquor license and no corkage - but call in case they have gotten their license. http://www.eliataverna.com/
The party was over last week. They now charge $10. This isn't a fancy place. More of an upscale diner. Delicious Greek food. Great prices.
We'll be back.

FYI, Restaurant North in Armonk told me they don't charge corkage. [welldone.gif]

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#17 Post by Mark F r a n k s » September 25th, 2011, 12:33 pm

jordan whitehead wrote:Kittle House charges $35 but not necessary to BYO

Free byo on Mondays.

Umami Cafe in Croton is $10 or $15 I believe.
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#18 Post by Mark Golodetz » September 25th, 2011, 3:18 pm

Dan Hammer wrote:Equus has a fantastic wine list if for some reason you don't BYO ($35 corkage).

This has got to be one of the most beautiful restaurants in Westchester County. The only thing that irked me... $5 to park my car. [swoon.gif]
Dan, I really hated Equus. Was so disgusted, wrote this on Chow Hound.

I really don't usually trash a restaurant, but a week or so ago, I had such a poor meal that I decided it needed to be written about. The setting is gorgeous, but there is little parking so a valet is necessary. For lunch it adds an unneccessary not to mention costly addition to the meal.

So, I arrived and tried to get into the dining room, but before I could, I was asked to wait in one of the anti rooms. I was waiting for ten minutes and decided to leave. The Maitre d' saw me going and urged me to return. When I finally did get into the dining room, expecting a real crowd, there was a group of six people and myself.

I went a la carte as the menu had a dessert which I tend to avoid at lunch. The French onion soup was a pretty thing, the problem was that much of the prettiness derived from cold greasy onions on the top used as garnish. The soup stock, was excellent but there was too much bread and the result was after a few spoons, it became mush.

More problems with the main course. There were three elements to this and all were appalling. The skin on the chicken was burnt. The chef tried to hide this by carefully spooning greens over it. The white mess on the side was so watery that it was hard to identify. The greens had deposited a small pool of water, as if they had been inadequately drained. The chicken came back; I am not sure if it was the same piece or a new one. there was certainly missing skin on it. Either way, it was dry.

On the bright side, the service was excellent. But the food was really poor... Sad, given the setting.
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#19 Post by Dan Hammer » September 25th, 2011, 5:01 pm

I'm not the Dan referred to. MG, was this isolated or a trend?
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#20 Post by Mark Golodetz » September 25th, 2011, 6:22 pm

Dan, corrected for grammar and punctuation.
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#21 Post by Dale Williams » February 23rd, 2012, 8:54 am

Gem Cuisines in Yonkers (former Hunan Village) got very good review in NYT, though some poor reviews on online sites, we decided to try. Nice decor, service, very good food (I'd recommend the clams in tangerine/bean, the snow pea leaves, Sichuan chicken pouches, and chicken with vinegar)from our limited experience. $10 corkage, with very good attitude, and surprisingly nice stems. Owner approved of Schafer Frolich Spat GK as food match. :)
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#22 Post by Mark Golodetz » February 28th, 2012, 4:30 am

Dale, how does it compare to Central Seafood?
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#23 Post by Jorge Henriquez » February 28th, 2012, 5:22 am

Mark Golodetz wrote:Dale, how does it compare to Central Seafood?
We actually had Central Seafood here in the office yesterday. It was ok.....duck was a tad overcooked.
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#24 Post by Mark F r a n k s » February 28th, 2012, 6:59 am

Don Tommaso's Bistro in Yorktown Heights - No corkage

The food is very good, but service is very slow, so be forewarned.
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#25 Post by Mark Golodetz » February 28th, 2012, 10:54 am

Jorge Henriquez wrote:
Mark Golodetz wrote:Dale, how does it compare to Central Seafood?
We actually had Central Seafood here in the office yesterday. It was ok.....duck was a tad overcooked.

Not surprised; Chinese take out is always a let down. Next time, we do a banquet, I will let you know.
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#26 Post by Dale Williams » February 28th, 2012, 10:55 am

Mark Golodetz wrote:Dale, how does it compare to Central Seafood?
Based on one experience, different styles. I like CS for Cantonese dishes, mostly seafood. This is a bit more refined/cosmopolitan style. And the restaurant is much more "fine dining" than the bustling dim sum palace CS style.
The dishes we had:
very good spicy but not hot Sichuan chicken pouches
small clams in tangerine-accented bean sauce- clams were tasty and delicate, the sauce good enough that Betsy finished it like soup
red braised prawns. Surrounded by perfect teeny bok choy, this was the visually most appealing dish I've been served in 2012. But it was actually my least favorite- shrimp were fine, but sauce reminded me of takeout Chinese sweet and sour
Chicken shredded with 2 vinegars- delicious, and the most unusual dish.
Snow pea leaves with (I think tiny beech) mushrooms- good, but if we had realized how much bok choy with shrimp and spinach with chicken we could have skipped
But tab will definitely be higher than CS.

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#27 Post by Jorge Henriquez » February 28th, 2012, 11:01 am

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Mark Golodetz wrote:Dale, how does it compare to Central Seafood?
We actually had Central Seafood here in the office yesterday. It was ok.....duck was a tad overcooked.

Not surprised; Chinese take out is always a let down. Next time, we do a banquet, I will let you know.
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#28 Post by Dan Hammer » June 26th, 2012, 8:32 pm

Restaurant North in 'downtown' Armonk. No corkage charge. 1 bottle per reservation. NB, we did manage to talk them into not charging us for a second bottle.
Sit upstairs. It's much quieter than downstairs.
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#29 Post by Gary Zimberg » July 25th, 2012, 12:44 pm

I just called Bistro Rollin thinking about having dinner there tonight. They said their corkage policy is $25, but $-0- on Wednesdays ...
Maybe a good place for an Westchester offline?

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#30 Post by Mark Golodetz » July 25th, 2012, 3:50 pm

Dan Hammer wrote:Restaurant North in 'downtown' Armonk. No corkage charge. 1 bottle per reservation. NB, we did manage to talk them into not charging us for a second bottle.
Sit upstairs. It's much quieter than downstairs.

We went there for lunch and were completely underwhelmed by the food. It was salty and bland at the same time. Given the reviews, we expected a lot more.
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#31 Post by Adam Ifshin » August 18th, 2012, 2:57 pm

Iron Horse in Pleasantville.$20 per bottle, and friendly about it. Food is excellent.
North in Armnonk recently amended their policy to one bottle at no charge and no other bottles brought in. For a time, it was ZERO for multiple bottles. Food has been consistently good.
Cookery in Dobbs Ferry is $20 per bottle (no limit) and the food is excellent.

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#32 Post by S. Reynolds » January 13th, 2013, 8:34 am

J a y H a c k wrote:Bedford Post (Farmhouse Restaurant), 954 Old Post Road in Bedford, NY - $50/btl., 2 bottle limit per table
Wow, I love that Bedford Post charges $50 a bottle. That fits with the rest of the place as being laughably not worth it.
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#33 Post by Mark Golodetz » February 1st, 2013, 9:35 pm

MP Taverna in Irvington. Great food (best octopus I have ever had, although on another occasion it was toos salty) Corkage $25 I can't remember.
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#34 Post by Dan Hammer » May 27th, 2013, 9:38 am

Mark Golodetz wrote:MP Taverna in Irvington. Great food (best octopus I have ever had, although on another occasion it was toos salty) Corkage $25 I can't remember.
Corkage was $20 on May 26, 2013. Pretty place by the Irvington train station on the Hudson River. Great food. Underpriced for Westchester. Where can you get entrees for $19.00 these days. The portions aren't skimpy either. We went with another couple. Cost was $87 per couple all-in. [cheers.gif]

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#35 Post by Adam Ifshin » June 24th, 2013, 12:04 pm

Dan Hammer wrote:
Mark Golodetz wrote:MP Taverna in Irvington. Great food (best octopus I have ever had, although on another occasion it was toos salty) Corkage $25 I can't remember.
Corkage was $20 on May 26, 2013. Pretty place by the Irvington train station on the Hudson River. Great food. Underpriced for Westchester. Where can you get entrees for $19.00 these days. The portions aren't skimpy either. We went with another couple. Cost was $87 per couple all-in. [cheers.gif]
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#36 Post by Adam Ifshin » June 24th, 2013, 12:06 pm

The Farmer and the Fish in Purdys Homestead. Food is excellent. Wine list is very interesting. $20 per bottle corkage with no grief. They ask (rightly so) that you do not bring in what's on the wine list.

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#37 Post by Dale Williams » December 5th, 2013, 5:24 am

St.George in Hastings (former buffet de la Gare location), $25 corkage, nice attitude.
Food was good- bistro food with a bit of flair. Nice oyster selection, I enjoyed a crab "tartinette" (good crab salad on thick grilled toast), Betsy a frisee salad with a panko-crusted egg. Mains were both good- a chicken in a mushroom cream sauce and skate. 6 oysters, 2 starters, 2 mains, one dessert, corkage- $130 before tip. Very reasonable for Westchester.
Attractive space, service more eager than polished, but they just opened.
06 Matrot Perrieres was good, but showing enough oxidation that I'm glad I opened now.
Chef is Chris Vergara (sp?) from Harpers and Meritage.

edited to add: Actually I could be ok with their wine list as well. No trophies, all French with some decent choices in $35-50 range. Things like Mas de Gourgonnier rouge for $40, L'Ecu Granite Muscadet for $45, Boulay Sancerre for $55. Sure, I'd rather bring my own, but I can live with any of those.
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#38 Post by SteveC » December 5th, 2013, 5:36 am

Adam Ifshin wrote:The Farmer and the Fish in Purdys Homestead. Food is excellent. Wine list is very interesting. $20 per bottle corkage with no grief. They ask (rightly so) that you do not bring in what's on the wine list.
They extend this to any vintage. So, for example, if they only have a 2005 Bonneau du Martray Corton-Charlemagne and you bring a 1989, no go. This happened to me. So you should call first to see.
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#39 Post by Mark Golodetz » December 5th, 2013, 6:59 am

Dale Williams wrote:St.George in Hastings (former buffet de la Gare location), $25 corkage, nice attitude.
Food was good- bistro food with a bit of flair. Nice oyster selection, I enjoyed a crab "tartinette" (good crab salad on thick grilled toast), Betsy a frisee salad with a panko-crusted egg. Mains were both good- a chicken in a mushroom cream sauce and skate. 6 oysters, 2 starters, 2 mains, one dessert, corkage- $130 before tip. Very reasonable for Westchester.
Attractive space, service more eager than polished, but they just opened.
06 Matrot Perrieres was good, but showing enough oxidation that I'm glad I opened now.
Chef is Chris Vergara (sp?) from Harpers and Meritage.

edited to add: Actually I could be ok with their wine list as well. No trophies, all French with some decent choices in $35-50 range. Things like Mas de Gourgonnier rouge for $40, L'Ecu Granite Muscadet for $45, Boulay Sancerre for $55. Sure, I'd rather bring my own, but I can live with any of those.

When did Buffet close. Liked that place, and would have gone there more often if it was closer
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#40 Post by Dale Williams » December 5th, 2013, 7:57 am

Mark Golodetz wrote:When did Buffet close. Liked that place, and would have gone there more often if it was closer
Early this summer. Gwenael (sp?) died about 2 years ago, and his son and widow kept it going for a while.

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#41 Post by Mark Golodetz » December 5th, 2013, 8:01 am

Nice guy. I do remember long ago that he wanted to charge corkage based on the value of the bottle that I brought. I talked him out of it.
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#42 Post by Sebastian C. » June 4th, 2014, 4:51 pm

Adam Ifshin wrote:Iron Horse in Pleasantville.$20 per bottle, and friendly about it. Food is excellent.
North in Armnonk recently amended their policy to one bottle at no charge and no other bottles brought in. For a time, it was ZERO for multiple bottles. Food has been consistently good.
Cookery in Dobbs Ferry is $20 per bottle (no limit) and the food is excellent.
I think the wine list is quite good and the mark-up justifies their 1 bottle only policy. Have been there twice the last few weeks and while the food has just been OK, the wine list makes it a worthwhile visit.
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#43 Post by Jorge Henriquez » August 5th, 2015, 7:27 am

Wow, over a year and not a single post. Well, I come to you with not one but two ZERO-dollar corkage gems that have popped up in Westchester in the last few months!

1) Wolfert's Roost in Irvington (http://www.wolfertsroostirv.com/#wolfertsroost) - superb farm to table, wainscotted walls beauty smack in the middle of Main Street. Delicious sweet tea-brined fried chicken and korean influenced ribs. The tomahawk chop looks amazing but at $129 it was a pass for me. Highly recommended.

2) Copper Kettle Cafe in Hartsdale (http://copperkettlecafe.com/) - this unassuming, casual cafe across from the NYSC on Harstdale Ave. is turning out amazing sandwiches and salads. Nothing on the menu reaches even $20. Service is super friendly and space is airy & cozy with about 8 seats at the L-shaped bar and another 8 or so tables.
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#44 Post by Dale Williams » August 21st, 2015, 5:44 am

I enjoyed Wolferts Roost (despite tumblers, next time with bring stemware)

I thought Mark G had posted about Bistro 12 in Tarrytown, but don't see it. $20 corkage, good stemware, good attitude. Food was not especially adventurous (Portuguese influenced) but very well-executed. We had sardines, octopus, striped bass and veal with a '01 Trimbach CFE-375eme Ann.

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#45 Post by Mark Golodetz » August 26th, 2015, 5:49 am

You are right, I posted about the restaurant here: http://www.wineberserkers.com/forum/vie ... 1&t=117235 not in the BYO restaurants.
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#46 Post by ArtF » September 25th, 2015, 5:43 pm

La Cremaillere, $60 bottle, $70 Champagne. Probably 1 bottle limit. Nice wine list but expensive. On the border of Bedford and Greenwich.
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#47 Post by Mark Golodetz » September 30th, 2015, 2:14 pm

Last time we went there for an anniversary, we were very underwhelmed by the food. Much prefer La Panatiere for that type of restaurant.
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#48 Post by Dan Hammer » September 30th, 2015, 8:12 pm

Mark Golodetz wrote: Much prefer La Panatiere for that type of restaurant.
They've been offering Groupons there for at least 18 months. Great food.
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#49 Post by Mark Golodetz » October 1st, 2015, 3:56 am

And their wine list is actually quite good.

They used to have some gems on it, but I have to confess I did pillaged it a little (1993 D'Angerville Ducs for $125) and they also raised their prices.
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#50 Post by Sebastian C. » October 31st, 2015, 4:20 am

Went to Saltaire a few days ago in Port Chester. Food was very good as well as the service. I think corkage was 30$.
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