Okay, sorry, we don’t much get to NJ, so it’s a Duostate area?
At any rate, I just put up a review on Tripadvisor (exhale, it’s allowed here) on Gaia, in Greenwich, CT.
I had (imho) the most perfect Sidecar I’ve ever had. A drink and its timing and service and a decent amount of food and non-pretty food and restaurant dining companions who don’t give me the heebie jeebies and a non-screamingly exorbitant bill and not paying for parking and a table against the wall are my only requirements (okay, demands) for a perfect dining experience.
Gaia was up there. Villa Nova was up there, sadly no one agreed with me and it closed. Francesco’s is up there.
I don’t have very many more I’ve loved, I have a list ‘to try’, and I’m always on the lookout for the next place. Although, my husband CONstantly tells me that I won’t like the next new place and why do we have to go to new places and why not just be happy I have a handful of old reliable places. I know, right?
I dislike Dubrovnik in New Rochelle for its uber grumpy waiter - twice - so I won’t go back there. Ben’s Deli was pathetic in comparison to Katz’s and yeah, Katz’s is my barometer for deli. Da Giorgio is also up there - service and food are outstanding. Carlo’s in New Rochelle was darned good. Sichuan Pavilion is my go-to Chinese restaurant, don’t even try to talk me out of it. I don’t like Modern’s new incarnation, they’ve gone over to the dark aka yuppy side. Ditto on Lombardo’s, although my pal 51rich likes them and I respect his opinion. I liked Lincoln Lounge, but Mr. MacMenamin killed it.
And yeah, I like Dudley’s and McKiernan’s in New Rochelle, I don’t take no truck against them, if that’s okay with you. And I’m not consistent, since I like bartaco, and more yuppy you can’t get. But I like their tacos (no I don’t like ‘authentic’ taco places, since their drinks are from hunger) and their drinks are good.
You can keep Valbella in CT and Larchmont Tavern, once was too many times. As I’ve noted before, Pepe’s in Yonkers is disgusting. I found the pizza at Coals silly, but the brussels sprouts ($8. for brussels sprouts, hilarious) delish.
Tuck’d Away in Tuckahoe, as recommended, was excellent.
The belly fries at Smokehouse Tailgate Grill were out of this world.
On my list to try: Rattlesnake Jack, Porta Napoli, Shake Shack, Fiamma Trattoria, Piero’s, La Riserva (a second chance), Chef Antonio (ditto).
So, the purpose of this topic? I’d welcome your suggestions on places to try. Not too far from Lower Westchester, no parking charges of course, and otherwise places that meet my demands.