Excellent restaurant Ibiza Chappaqua NY

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Excellent restaurant Ibiza Chappaqua NY

#1 Post by Mark Golodetz » July 21st, 2019, 5:31 am

Westchester a county just north of NYC has quite a few decent restaurants, one stellar (Blue Hill) and a lot of dreck. Pretty surprising given this is a really affluent area with a million plus population. So glad to see another restaurant making a splash.

Ibiza is a Spanish restaurant that offers some extraordinary food, tapas and great desserts. Ignacio the owner is warm and lovable, and incredibly proud of what he has created. We put ourselves in his hands with both wine and food, and had one of the best meals I have had in some time.

What made the food particularly interesting was that he mixed textures, flavors and made unexpected pairings. When you are that adventurous, there is bound to be a couple of failures. The foie gras hazelnut lost texture and was overwhelmed by the hazelnuts. And the gazpacho had way too much sherry vinegar.

I am not sure why I am dwelling on problem dishes when there was so much to love. An excellent tuna and sesame starter, a simple white anchovy toast (we ordered a second) a small potent catfish fritter, molten with creamy fish. A paella with octopus was superb, but my favorite dish was the oxtail rice with scallops. Unexpected and amazing. Finally pork cheeks in a wine sauce was tender and homey and absolutely delicious.

The desserts were also special. The best, a creme brûlée flan was brilliant, and despite the fact we were stuffed, we kept reaching for more. The wines kept coming, all very good, and I am afraid I lost my notes, and forgotten what they were. Standouts were a 2015 Albariño and a 2004 Rioja.
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Re: Excellent restaurant Ibiza Chappaqua NY

#2 Post by Christine Huang » September 11th, 2019, 2:09 pm

Thanks for posting this. We've heard about it but haven't been yet. I'm moving it to the top of the list!

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#3 Post by Peter Panzica » September 14th, 2019, 2:11 pm

Thanks Mark, new to the area and trying to figure what's what around here. I've been to Kittle House a couple times and Mimo Vinoteca that I liked. Been trying to get to Ocean House which is in my town. A couple places on with River views are beautiful but the food is not. I miss my Troquet in Boston a lot. The thing I do actually like is BYO w/corkage is seemingly a given. I'll have to check out Ibiza.

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#4 Post by Merrill Lindquist » September 14th, 2019, 3:16 pm

Peter Panzica wrote:
September 14th, 2019, 2:11 pm
Thanks Mark, new to the area and trying to figure what's what around here. I've been to Kittle House a couple times and Mimo Vinoteca that I liked. Been trying to get to Ocean House which is in my town. A couple places on with River views are beautiful but the food is not. I miss my Troquet in Boston a lot. The thing I do actually like is BYO w/corkage is seemingly a given. I'll have to check out Ibiza.
"Your Troquet" in Boston misses you, too! I was there maybe 6 weeks ago and Chris lamented your departure from the area. We had a great time, as always. Hope you are enjoying your new environs.
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Re: Excellent restaurant Ibiza Chappaqua NY

#5 Post by Mark Golodetz » September 14th, 2019, 8:54 pm

Kittle House has its ups and downs. Wine list of course is incredible still.
Been to Troquet twice and liked it. Still nothing like anything here in Westchester

It is a truism here,the better the view, the worse the food.

Peter you should try the Cookery in Dobbs Ferry
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#6 Post by Peter Panzica » September 15th, 2019, 5:47 am

Mark-Thanks.
I brought the family to Ibiza last night. The owner was great as was the food.
Brought a couple bottles and shared with him and got a bottle off the list which is beyond reasonable and almost reminded me of a very scaled down version of Troquet.
I will be back there.

Thanks Merrill- I do miss Boston on so many levels and the move has been a challenge to say the least but hopefully will continue to settle in and take more advantage of this beautiful area.
The wine scene seems good and abundant corkage doesn't hurt

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#7 Post by Steve Manzi » September 15th, 2019, 10:58 am

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