GoSu: An Asian Fusion Dining Experience

(Thank you to GoSu and Lifestyle Westchester for hosting NY Foodie Family.  As always, all opinions are our own.)

I was recently invited to a menu tasting at Asian fusion restaurant, GoSu.  This Irvington eatery opened in February 2017 and is located a short distance from the Irvington train station.  It’s a perfect place to dine with friends visiting from NYC, or for a quick dinner on the way home from work.

While the owner, Tony Kim, is Korean his menu is a mixture of both Korean and Japanese cuisines.  His Korean cooking skills were learned from his mom and grandmother but his first restaurant job was in a sushi restaurant.  He combined his two experiences and created GoSu.

 

Taken literally, the name of the restaurant translates to: card shark or cocky person.  Tony chose GoSu, from the Korean words GoGi (meats) and GookSu (noodles) to mean Meats and Noodles. When envisioning a traditional Korean restaurant, BBQ that is cooked right at the table often comes to mind.  However, GoSu was created with an emphasis on family-friendly dining.  No table-top grills are found here.  Likewise, you won’t be served banchan (the collection of small side dishes served with traditional Koran cuisine).  Instead, GoSu serves lots of delicious comfort food with plenty of kid-friendly options.

GoSu features so many tasty appetizers on their menu.  From left to right, I tasted the Agedashi Tofu (fried soft tofu in tempura sauce), Bulgogi Tacos (marinated sliced ribeye with house pico and cheese), Chicken Katsu (panko breaded chicken breast with Japanese BBQ sauce & chipotle mayo), Shrimp Shumai (with ginger soy vinaigrette) and Ika Yaki (broiled whole marinated squid with teriyaki glaze).  The chicken katsu and shrimp shumai are two of the most popular appetizers and will likely be enjoyed by most children.  I usually prefer firm tofu, but enjoyed the soft tofu in the tempura sauce.  Other appetizers on the menu that sound delicious include: Tatsutage (bite-sized Japanese fried chicken), Spicy Pork Buns and Loaded Fries (bulgogi, cheese and jalapeno on a bed of waffle fries).  These will definitely have to be tried on my next visit!

While you can make a meal out of appetizers, I strongly recommend you leave room for the “Meats & Noodles.”  My favorite meat dish was the Spicy Pork Sizzle Bop.  This Korean style marinated sliced pork was slightly sweet but had a nice spicy kick.  While some of my table mates found this dish to be a bit too spicy, if you like a little heat, I highly recommend this!  There are several other Sizzle Bop entrees including Galbi (marinated short rib), Bulgogi (soy marinated sliced rib eye), Beef Teriyaki, Beef Negimaki (asparagus & scallion wrapped with thinly sliced rib eye in teriyaki sauce), Chicken Teriyaki and Salmon Teriyaki.  I sampled the Salmon Teriyaki Sizzle Bop, which was a crowd favorite the night that I dined.  All Sizzle Bops are served with white or brown rice and vegetables, as well as a choice of miso soup or a side salad.

My favorite noodle dish of the evening was the Curry Udon.  This dish has bulgogi in a mild, Japanese curry broth.  This curry isn’t spicy like many Indian or Thai curries.  It has barely any heat but is packed with flavor.  It’s literally a bowl of pure comfort food.  When the cold weather comes, you will want to eat bowlfuls of this udon!  This dish was also a favorite of my fellow foodies.

Although GoSu prides itself on its “Meats & Noodles,” it accommodates those with dietary restrictions.  Several dishes on the menu can be made gluten-free and there are plenty of vegetarian options. The restaurant has several vegetarian main dishes including Tofu Steak (seared, sliced organic soft tofu w/a ginger teriyaki sauce), pictured above, Yaki Udon (sauteed udon noodles with cabbage and onion in a house special sauce) and pictured below, Spicy Soba (cold soba noodles on a bed of mixed veggies with House gochujang sauce).  Gochujang is a red pepper paste, and yes, is a bit on the spicy side.  Again, I like a bit of spice and think this dish is perfect for summer.

There is a children’s menu for kids 8 and under with favorites like Chicken Teriyaki, Bulgogi and Tatsutage.  Kids will likely enjoy ramune, a Japanese “marble soda.”  Nicknamed so, because of the Codd-neck bottle, GoSu sells several varieties of this fun drink.

The adults may prefer to enjoy some soju.  Soju is a very popular Korean spirit.  Similar to vodka, it’s a mild tasting alcohol.  But don’t be deceived, a little goes a long way.  Many bottles of soju have 20-40% alcohol!  This was my first time trying soju and even better, it was pineapple flavored!  Since I was driving, I only had a couple of sips, but I found it to be smooth with a slightly sweet taste.

For dessert we had NY-Style Cheesecake Tempura with green tea powder. This was a pleasant surprise, since most Asian restaurants I’ve been to don’t offer much more than ice cream for dessert. The tempura gave this treat a nice crunch while inside the cheesecake was nice and creamy.

As seen, the restaurant is furnished in mostly black and white.  A variety of live plants decorate the space and red spoons add a little pop of color.  Tony put a lot of thought into his restaurant decor, including benches that lift up so you can store your jacket and purse.  Plus, the bathroom has one of the coolest sinks I’ve seen as well as jars of toothpicks and mints.

Tony does a great job of combining Korean and Japanese flavors in his dishes and he is currently revising the menu for the fall/winter.  GoSu is definitely a restaurant in Westchester County worth checking out!

The Details:

GoSu (Asian Fusion Restaurant)
5o South Buckhout Street (entrance is on Astor Street)
Irvington, NY 10533
(914) 479-5898

Hours: Monday – Saturday 12 PM – 9:30 PM, closed Sundays

Parking:  Across the street and along Buckhout Street

Price:  $$ (most main dishes priced between $12 – $19)

Dinner and a Beer Flight at Mill House Brewing Company

(Thank you to Dutchess Tourism and Mill House Brewing Company for hosting NY Foodie Family.  As always, all opinions are our own.)

Mill House Brewing Company is located on Mill Street in Poughkeepsie, right off of Rt. 55.  Surprisingly, the restaurant was never actually a mill and was most recently a Chinese restaurant! My husband and I didn’t realize until visiting that we’ve driven by this place multiple times on our way across the river!  Now that we know that it’s there though, we will be back.  Mill House Brewing Company is a brewery and a pub.  When we talked to people at other stops on our Dutchess Craft Beverage Trail tour and mentioned that we were visiting Mill House Brewing Company, they always commented on how good the food was here.  And they weren’t wrong!

The restaurant has an extensive menu, filled with so many delicious options.  My husband and I debated making a meal out of Appetizers and Bar Bites, because there were so many dishes that we wanted to try!  In the end we took our server’s recommendation and shared the Fried Calamari Salad.  The portion was humongous and could have been a meal in itself!  I had never heard of a fried calamari salad before, but it was so good.  The calamari was so tender and the chili-lime vinaigrette and Srirarcha Ranch aioli complemented the arugula so well.

For our entrees we shared the Fig and “Pig” pizza and a Deep Fried Scallop and Oyster Po’Boy.  The sandwich was messy good!  Unfortunately, it was a daily special and not something that they serve every day.

The pizza Fig and “Pig” is one of five pizzas that the restaurant serves.  This has smoked mozzarella, housemade duck bacon, black mission figs, arugula and aged balsamic.  We were getting full and took most of the pizza home with us!

Mill House Brewing also has several burgers on their menu, including the 50/50 burger being the winner of the Hudson Valley Burger Bash, three years in a row.  They also make several different sausages and offer a variety of pasta, seafood and steak dishes.  There is something for everyone at this Mill House and I can almost guarantee you that it will be delicious.

We were seriously too stuffed for dessert, as much as we wanted to try some of them (I’m talking about you, Peanut Butter Sundae and Cannoli Profiteroles!).  Just another reason for us to go back!

“….our A-Team here, who make “holy s#*t” moments happen at Mill House day in and day out.”

But of course, besides serving amazing food, we can’t forget that Mill House is also a brewery!  They have 16 taps and are always changing the beers that they serve.  My husband enjoyed a flight, where you can choose 5 beers for $15.  His flight included Kold One, which is their most popular beer, Cross Reference Blackberry, Cucumber Blessings, Velvet Panda and Northwest Territory. Although he enjoyed them all, his favorite was Cucumber Blessings. This award-winning cream ale is crisp and dry with notes of cucumber.  Basically, a perfect summer beer!

Assistant General Manger, Chris, told to us that the brewmasters Jamie Bishop and Larry Stock have become more experimental with their beers since they acquired the additional space down the street that houses 20 additional barrels.  According to Chris, asking him to name his favorite beer is like asking a parent to name their favorite child.  However, at the time of our visit, his current favorite brew was Zoe.

Brewmaster Jamie works with a local artist to create unique badges for each new beer.

If you really enjoy your beer, hopefully it is one of five that are sold in cans.  Kold One, Cucumber Blessings, Hubar I DIPA, Grocery Getter and Northwest Territory Imperial are their five beers that you can find in stores like Whole Foods, some local beer distributors and even Grand Central Station.  Otherwise, you can purchase some on your way out of the restaurant to take home with you (along with some of their home homemade sauces made with their beer).

Stop by The Mill House Brewing Company for a delicious meal and a cold brew (or flight)!

The Details:

Mill House Brewing Company
289 Mill Street
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
(845) 485-2739

Website: www.millhousebrewing.com

Hours: Monday – Thursday 11:30 AM – 9 PM, Friday 11:30 AM – 10:30 PM, Saturday 11 AM – 10:30 PM, Sunday Brunch 11 AM – 3 PM, Sunday Dinner 3 PM – 9 PM

Fondue Fun at The Melting Pot

I can’t believe that I haven’t written a review of The Melting Pot until now.  This restaurant has become a family favorite and is frequented annually for one, or sometimes even both, of our kids’ birthdays.  The restaurant is a chain, with locations throughout the United States.  While my husband and I aren’t huge fans of chain restaurants, we both enjoy the The Melting Pot as much as the kids do.

For those unfamiliar with The Melting Pot, it is a fondue restaurant.  Dining here is a fun, interactive experience for the entire family.  One of the best parts of The Melting Pot is that you can customize your menu.  If you only want to do appetizers and dessert, you can.  For our family of four, we usually order two 4-course experiences and share between the four of us.  They do have a children’s menu, but we have found that there is enough food for all of us, sharing the two adult entrees.  The kids do love the special kid cocktails they offer.  Be warned, they are very sweet!  We usually water them down.

The 4-course experience begins with your choice of cheese fondue.  Our go-to choice (and a signature item) is the Wisconsin Cheddar.  This fondue includes Aged Cheddar, Emmenthaler, Sam Adams Boston Lager, garlic and spices.  You get a board loaded with veggies, different types of bread (including our favorite, pretzel bread) and apples.

The second course is a choice of three different salads.  The kids usually share a Caesar salad and my husband and I share this California salad.  It’s super tasty with mixed greens topped with candied pecans, Gorgonzola and house-made raspberry vinaigrette.

The third course includes a choice of three different entrees.  I believe that different locations of the restaurant may offer different entree options.  We always opt for “The Classic” which includes Certified Angus Beef Sirloin, shrimp and Herb-Crusted chicken breast.

For our second entree our go-to is “The Pacific Rim” which includes dumplings,  duck, shrimp and Teriyaki marinated sirloin.

With the entrees you also get a bowl of veggies that includes potatoes, broccoli and mushroom caps. The fun of this restaurant is getting to cook the food yourself!  Every person gets two colored cooking forks.  The colors are different so it’s easy to keep track of whose fork is whose.  Your server will tell you cooking times, but it’s approximately one to two minutes for seafood and additional cooking time for other other proteins.

And we can’t forget about the sauces!  There are six different sauces that you can dip your cooked foodinto including a Green Goddess sauce (my fave), cocktail sauce, Gorgonzola sauce and a curry sauce.

The restaurant thinks of everything.  The plates have special compartments for you to scoop your sauce into.  As you can see, you will be eating your main entree in stages.  Since you only have two cooking utensils, you will be continuously cooking and eating the main entree.  You will also get a “Search and Rescue” slotted spoon, because inevitably, some food will fall off your cooking fork!

Of course, the kids’ favorite part of the meal is dessert! Since we most recently celebrated my son’s birthday, we let him choose the chocolate fondue, since there’s only one per table.  This time, he chose the Flaming Turtle which includes milk chocolate, caramel and and candied pecans.  There’s a splash of rum which is added and set on fire, thus the “flaming” part of the turtle.

When you arrive at the restaurant, they ask if you are celebrating a special occasion.  We mentioned to the hostess and our waiter that it was our son’s 10th birthday.  When our waiter brought us our dessert, he also brought this fun, colorful plate.

The Melting Pot is a fun restaurant that is great for celebrating special occasions, a date night or just a dinner out with friends.  When you dine here, you will have a memorable, interactive experience.

The Details:
(Please note that The Melting Pot has locations throughout the United States.  Check the website to see if there’s a location near you.)

The Melting Pot White Plains
30 Mamaroneck Avenue
White Plains, NY 10601
(914) 993-6358

Hours: Monday – Thursday 5 PM -10 PM Friday 5 PM -11 PM, Saturday 12 PM – 11 PM, Sunday 12 PM – 9 PM

Parking:  Street Parking

Price:  $$$ (Four-Course dinner for two plus cocktails approximately $100+)

 

Newest Additions to Savor Westchester: The Little Beet And Melt Shop

 

(Thank you to The Little Beet for hosting NY Foodie Family.  As always, all opinions are our own.)

Two new eateries, Melt Shop and The Little Beet recently opened at Savor Westchester, the food hall type dining experience at The Westchester in White Plains.

Melt Shop is one of the newest eateries at Savor Westchester.

Melt Shop is all about comfort food.  We’re talking grilled sandwiches (with, of course, lots of melty cheese!), tater tots, and milkshakes.  Sandwiches are reasonably priced, ranging from $5.05 to $8.96.

The Signature Fried Chicken sandwich from the Melt Shop.

One of our favorite Melt Shop sandwiches is the Signature Fried Chicken.  A generously-sized piece of fried chicken is topped with pepper jack, red cabbage slaw, and Melt sauce.  A warning: This sandwich is messy, but so good!  Have plenty of napkins on hand.

We also tried the French Onion Beef.  Roast beef, frenched onions, Muenster cheese, arugula, and sherry vinaigrette are piled on Country White Bread.   This was a tasty sandwich as well, though the fried chicken was definitely preferred.

The loaded tots from Melt Shop at the Westchester in White Plains.

Melt Shop doesn’t serve fries, they have tater tots.  You could choose tots topped with just cheese sauce.  However, we opted for the loaded tots which are covered in cheese sauce, bacon, jalapeno and herbed parmesan.

Another new addition to Savor Westchester is The Little Beet.  This eatery has a strong plant-based focus, featuring lots of veggies. They have dining choices for special dietary preferences including gluten-free, vegetarian, dairy-free and more.

This is a quick-service create-your-own bowl restaurant.  You choose a base of either field greens, brown rice and spirulina (FYI -spirulina is a superfood algae), or a gluten-free ancient grain blend.  Then choose two veggies for your bowl.  They offer cool choices, like the cukes and tomatoes (which happens to be a fave of the staff at the Savor Westchester location), seaweed slaw and pea and radishes.  Warm veggies include chipotle kale, charred sweet potato and more. If you don’t want one of the bases, you can opt for a third veggie instead.  Step two is picking a protein.  Salmon is one of the best-selling options, since no other eatery at Savor Westchester offers a salmon dish.  Other options include chicken, tofu, beet falafel, sesame avocado, and braised pork.  Step three is to choose a sauce; Chimichurri, beet hummus dip and sweet chili garlic sauce are a few of the choices.  Finally, you can pick a garnish of either super seeds, turmeric almonds, pickled ginger or hibiscus pickled onion.  The combinations and options are nearly limitless!  Prices are based on the type of protein chosen but range in price from $11.40 for sesame avocado to $14.00 for salmon.  You can also just have the veggies and base only for $8.95.

One bowl we opted for was brown rice and spirulina topped with charred broccoli, cukes and tomatoes and braised pork.  We chose to top it with avocado bean dip and sweet chili garlic sauce.  This combo was definitely one of our favorites!

A beet falafel bowl from The Little Beet at Savor Westchester in White Plains.

On this bowl we opted for a third veggie instead of a base.  We chose charred sweet potatoes, golden cauliflower and shaved brussels sprouts topped with turmeric tahini, roasted red pepper and walnut dip and pickled onions.

We also tried the Chef Made Yuzu Poke Bowl.  We opted for a rice base which is then topped with salmon poke, grilled avocado, cucumber, sea vegetables, pickled ginger and sesame seeds.

I am not kidding when I tell you everything was delicious.  The kids loved it all as well and my husband noted that you don’t even need the meat.  The veggies and sauces are so flavorful.  If we could eat this every day, we could totally become vegetarians!

So the next time you are at Savor Westchester, make sure to stop by either Melt Shop or The Little Beet for some tasty eats!  Click the link to read more about some of the other dining options at Savor Westchester.

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Lunch at El Balon Cantina

(Thank you to El Balon Cantina for hosting us!  All opinions are our own.)

El Balon Cantina on Market Street at Ridge Hill in Yonkers.

Living in Northern Westchester County, we don’t make it down to Yonkers very often.  However, last weekend our family ventured down to Ridge Hill, for lunch at El Balon Cantina.  El Balon Cantina is a Mexican Cantina located on the corner of Market Street, near T.J. Maxx and the Legoland Discovery Center.

The interior of the restaurant is bright and colorful.  There is a variety of seating including booths, tables, and seats at the bar.  My kids loved the optical illusion floor!  A large bar is situated in the middle of the restaurant.

There are two different foosball tables in the restaurant, which are great for entertaining the kids (or adults!) while they wait for their food.

One of El Balon Cantina’s most popular drinks is their margarita.  Since we were there on the weekend, my husband opted to sample a Chipotle Bloody Maria, one of the restaurant’s brunch cocktails.  This drink had a spicy kick!  The kids shared a non-alcoholic frozen strawberry daiquiri and I stuck with water.  We started with chips and guacamole while we decided on what else to order.

The weekend brunch menu has staples like Huevos Rancheros Tostadas, Chilequiles Verdes, Tostada Francesca (Mexican french toast) and a variety of egg dishes (burrito, avocado omelette, etc.).  The restaurant has a children’s menu for those 12 and under.  It has a variety of choices including a quesadilla, chicken tenders, hot dog, mac & cheese that are reasonably priced at $7 and includes one side.  Drinks are additional.  Although our 9 and 11-year-old children were with us, they did not order from the children’s menu. Instead, as we often do, we opted to order a variety of dishes from the regular menu and share.

Sriracha Pepper Shrimp Brown Rice Bowl from El Balon Cantina.

I saw the brown rice bowl and knew that I wanted it with Sriracha Pepper Shrimp.  I will be honest, this bowl is smaller than I was expecting, especially since we wanted to share.  Everyone had a little taste, and I ate the rest.  It was spicy but tasty! I loved all the veggies that were in this.

The kids, especially my son, love tacos.   We ordered three different tacos – Crispy Panko Shrimp ($4), Grilled Baja Fish ($3) and Chorizo ($4).  Look at all the toppings on these tacos!  There were so many tasty looking tacos on the menu that I’m going to have to go back! The Falafel, Calexico and Barbacoa tacos are still on my need to try list!  If I was making a meal out of only tacos, I’d likely add a side of rice and beans and fried brussels sprouts.

We rounded out our meal with the BBQ Brisket Enchiladas which came with rice and beans.  These enchiladas were tasty with big chunks of brisket.

El Balon offers a variety of tasty desserts!

We of course couldn’t leave without sampling dessert!  We decided we would choose two and share.  My husband immediately saw the Caramel Flan and knew he wanted to try it.  It took us awhile to decide between the Churros, Fried Cheesecake or Balon Sundae for the second dessert.  But we finally opted for the Fried Cheesecake.

Caramel Flan and Fried Chesecake from El Balon Cantina in Yonkers.

We made two great choices.  The flan was creamy, but firm and wasn’t overly sweet.  While I’m not a huge fan of flan, my husband and kids thought it was delicious.  We all enjoyed the fried cheesecake too.  The outer shell was crispy and dusted with cinnamon sugar.  The inside was filled with creamy cheesecake.

El Balon Cantina is a reasonably-priced, family-friendly restaurant.  It’s a perfect place to grab a quick lunch or dinner after a day of shopping or family fun (Rockin’ Jump, Legoland Discovery Center and Showcase Cinema de Lux are all located in the shopping center).  For those of you who live closer to the restaurant, they have lots of weekday specials.  On Mondays frozen margaritas are $7 all evening long, on Taco Tuesday they have all you can eat tacos in 60 minutes for $19.95,  50 cent wings on Wednesday and $7 frozen margaritas and $5 beers on Thirsty Thursday.  Plenty of reasons to stop by and give  them a try!

The Details:

El Balon Cantina
Ridge Hill
211 Market Street
Yonkers, NY 10710
(914) 376-6800
For reservations call the restaurant.

Hours:  Open daily, 11:30 AM – 11:30 PM

Parking:  Paid parking in garages ($3 for up to 3 hours),  limited metered street parking

Price: $$ (Most starters under $10, tacos $3-$4/each, mains (enchiladas, fajitias, rice bowls $11-$18)

Farmstead Flatbread {Queensbury}

We were hungry after a long, fun-filled day at Six Flags Great Escape in Queensbury, NY.  In an attempt to avoid another amusement park meal, we stumbled upon Farmstead Flatbread.  The restaurant, located on Rt. 9, is only a few blocks south of Great Escape.  Originally known as Sutton’s Marketplace, after 40 years the restaurant re-branded and became Farmstead Flatbread.

When you enter the restaurant, you encounter a large bar and pool table.  It’s a great space for hanging out and grabbing a drink.  Outdoor seating is available and perfect for dining al fresco. The main dining area is spacious and has a casual vibe.  Strands of lights are strung across the ceiling and the deep gray walls are adorned with a mix of farm tools and wall hangings.

As soon as we saw the regional beer and locally-sourced dinner menus, my husband commented that this was “our kind of restaurant!”  Their extensive beer menu has 20 craft beers on tap that change regularly.

The real star of the restaurant is the hearth oven located in the dining area of the restaurant.  Guests can watch, either up close or from their table, as the chefs assemble and cook their flatbreads.  The menu features nine different flatbreads to choose from.  Or, you can create your own.  The restaurant uses organic and locally-sourced ingredients on the flatbreads including Lake George Olive Oil Company olive oil, organic tomato sauce, house made nitrate free sausage, and Nettle Meadow goat cheese.

Between the four of us, we shared the seasonal salad, and two small flatbreads. The seasonal salad at the time was a Greek Salad with romaine, Greek-style feta cheese, peppercinis, red onions and local cucumbers tossed in a house-made Greek dressing.  The salad tasted really fresh and the crumbled Greek-style feta was amazing!  If you aren’t in the mood for a salad, Farmstead Flatbread also serves wings.  They are lightly fried and made with a house rub.  You only have to choose the number of wings you want and the type of sauce (mild, medium, hot, BBQ or the flavor of the day).

The flatbreads come in two sizes, small and large.  It was difficult deciding which ones to get, but we finally agreed on a small “Cultivator” and a small “Grazer” flatbread.  The “Cultivator” (pictured at the top of the above picture) included organic tomato sauce, Italian cheeses, house-made meatballs, basil pesto and spinach.  The “Grazer” included organic tomato sauce, Italian cheese, peppers, red onions and nitrate free sausage.  Let me tell you, we were not disappointed with our decisions.  Both flatbreads were delicious with great combinations of flavors!  Unfortunately, when traveling, we can’t take leftovers with us.  So we might have finished both flatbreads.  It was a tough job, but someone had to do it!

We were too full after dinner to even think about dessert and just requested the check.  The staff were friendly and attentive throughout the meal, checking in and refilling water glasses. On Sundays, they have an amazing looking brunch menu that is served from 10 AM to 3 PM.  I wish I lived closer so I could try it out!  If you’re dining between the hours of 11:15 AM – 5:30 PM you can head upstairs and check out Starla’s Shoppe for gifts, jewelry, unique toys and more.

If you are looking for a family-friendly, delicious dining experience in the Queensbury/Lake George area, I highly recommend Farmstead Flatbread.

The Details:

Farmstead Flatbread
1066 State Route 9
Queensbury, NY 12804
(518) 741-6911

Hours:  11:30 AM – 9:00 PM, Monday – Thursday
11:30 AM – 10:00 PM, Friday – Saturday
10:00 AM – 8:00 PM, Sunday

Parking:  Free parking in lot adjacent to restaurant

Cost:  Small flatbreads range from $9.25 – $13.75, large flatbreads range from $15.00 – $22.75.  Beers range in price from $5-$7 per 16 oz. draft. (Credit cards are accepted)

Ravenous Creperie {Saratoga Springs}

On a recent visit to Saratoga Springs the kids and I were wandering down Phila Street looking for lunch.  Many of the restaurants have menus posted outside with most offering the usual burgers, salads and sandwiches.  When we stopped to look at the Ravenous Creperie menu, the kids unanimously voted that we eat lunch here.

Ravenous Creperie is locally-owned and serves lunch, dinner and brunch.  We visited on a Tuesday afternoon and arrived at 12:15, prime lunchtime.  The restaurant space is small and cozy and it was packed!  There are several tables in the middle dining space that can be pushed together to seat a larger group.  There is also counter seating with a great view of the crepes being made and window counter seats with views of the street.  We had to wait a few minutes to be seated and were given three seats at the window counter.

This was our first time eating at a creperie and we were not disappointed!  I told the kids that we’d split a savory and a sweet crepe and either an order of pommes frites or poutine.  
The pommes frites are a popular starter.  As I looked around the restaurant, almost every table had a paper cone atop it filled with the frites.  But, the kids opted for poutine, and I wasn’t complaining about that!   We ordered the petite-sized poutine.  The ceramic dish was filled with crispy hand-cut pommes frites topped with locally-sourced cheddar curds and a house-made gravy.  We devoured this in no time!

The savory menu has a crepe for every palate including several vegetarian options.  They also offer a daily crepe special, which was a kale and white bean crepe the day of our visit.  If I was ordering a crepe, I would have chosen the Monterey Short Rib (braised black Angus short rib with caramelized onions, diced tomatoes and Monterey jack cheese) or the Upper West Sider (Smoked Atlantic salmon, cream cheese and a choice of scallions or capers).  However, the kids decided on the Mama Mia.  Although it’s difficult to see in the picture, this crepe was filled with Herb and Romano sausage, roasted peppers and onions, mozzarella and a tomato-garlic reduction. All savory crepes are served with a salad of mixed greens that is dressed with Saratoga Olive Oil & aged Balsamic Vinegar.  This is only half the crepe and salad, as my daughter had already started eating the other half!  The savory crepes are served in what looked and tasted like a wrap, versus a traditional crepe, which wouldn’t have been able to hold all of the tasty filling.  The Mama Mia crepe is kid-approved.  My two were very happy with their crepe pick!  There was plenty of filling and the sausage was flavorful but not spicy.

The sweet crepe menu has twelve different crepes to choose from which include everything from fresh strawberries, lemon curd, chocolate-hazelnut spread, fruit jam, Ghiradelli brownie and more!  Four of the crepes come in a petite size, for those looking for just a little something sweet to end their meal.  The kids opted for the Pommes & Caramel crepe (Maple glazed apples and house-made sea salt caramel).  This crepe was delicious!  Caramel and apples are a great combo and we could taste the sea salt pieces in the caramel.  While this dessert was sweet, it wasn’t overly-so.

I shared these three dishes with my two children, ages 9 and 11.  We left satisfied but not stuffed.

Ravenous Creperie has a prix fixe menu where you can get a small pommes frites with dipping sauce, a choice of one of three different classic crepes and a petite sweet all for $16.99/person.

For those local, they have a Rewards program, where you can earn points for every dollar spent.  Online ordering is also available (with pickup only, no delivery).

If you are in the Saratoga Springs area, I highly recommend stopping by Ravenous Creperie for some tasty eats!

The Details:
Ravenous Creperie
21 Phila Street
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
(518) 581-0560

Hours:  
Closed Mondays
Tuesday – Thursday:  11 AM – 8 PM
Friday:  11 AM – 9 PM
Saturday: 9 AM – 9 PM
Sunday:  9 AM – 8 PM

Prices:  Most savory crepes are priced between $12-$14, most sweet crepes are priced between $6.59 and $8.59. Petite sweets (mini sweet crepes) cost $2.99.   Pommes Frites come in small, medium and large sizes ($3.49-$6.99) and poutine comes in petite ($5.99) and regular ($7.99) sizes.

Conveyor Belt Sushi at east Japanese Restaurant {Updated}

Conveyor belt sushi used to be a rare dining experience that I only saw on television.  Luckily, it’s becoming more popular and now, even us suburbanites can partake in the conveyor belt sushi experience.  If you are shopping at the Palisades Mall in West Nyack, New York and are looking for a family-friendly, non-chain, unique dining experience, east Japanese Restaurant is the place to go.

Guests are seated in booths around the sushi chefs, who have their prep stations located in the center of the dining space. As they prepare different rolls and sushi, they cover and place them on the conveyor belt.  The labeled plates travel around the restaurant, and diners take the items they want.

The different patterned and colored plates are priced differently.  White plates cost $1.75 each while the gold plates cost $8.00 each.  Most plates include two pieces of sushi or three pieces of roll.  There are many types of sushi available from the California roll to the specialty Big Thunder Mountain roll. Non-sushi dishes like seaweed salad and fried chicken are also offered.  If you do not see what you want or prefer not to go the sushi route, the restaurant offers a full Japanese menu including teriyaki and tempura dishes.  At the end of your meal, your plates are collected and you are charged accordingly.

What we love about this restaurant is that we are able to try new dishes without a huge commitment.  For a couple of dollars a plate, if we like it, we’ll take another plate of it.  If we didn’t like it we at least tried something new!  This is a great way to introduce your kids to different types of sushi.  Plus, like our kids, they will most likely enjoy grabbing the dishes off the conveyor belt.  It definitely makes for a unique and fun dining experience, which we highly recommend! Unfortunately, the only conveyor belt sushi restaurants that we are aware of that are not located in the city are this one and YO! Sushi at Woodbury Common Premium Outlets.

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Savor Westchester: Changing the Food Court Experience

*I was invited to a preview tasting of Savor.  All opinions are my own.

After visiting Savor Westchester, the new dining experience at The Westchester, you will never want to eat at an ordinary mall food court again.  After a year-long, multi-million dollar renovation, three of the six planned eateries are currently open.  Shoppers can currently choose from Mighty Quinn’s BBQ, Whitman’s and Australian-based coffee shop Bluestone Lane.  This is the first Westchester location for all three eateries, which all have establishments in NYC and other metropolitan areas.  Located on the fourth floor, Savor has plenty of seating as well as an outdoor patio.  SAVOR is adjacent to PLAY (a free 2,300 square foot play area)  and CONNECT (a technology lounge that contains flat screen televisions, work space and phone charging stations).  Here is a more detailed look at the three open eateries.

Mighty Quinn’s

Mighty Quinn’s is a BBQ restaurant  that cooks, “the old school way with plenty of wood and time.”  They offer traditional barbecue items including brisket, pulled pork, burnt ends, spare ribs and more.

Several of the meat options can be ordered naked or on a sandwich.

For those who prefer chicken, options include a half chicken, a crispy chicken sandwich or chicken wings.  Unfortunately the only vegetarian choice is a veggie burger.  They serve a variety of sides including pomme frites, onion rings, burnt end baked beans, sweet potato casserole, buttermilk broccoli salad, potato salad and mac and cheese.  Mighty Quinn’s serves beer both in bottles and on tap as well as glasses and bottles of wine.  Prices range from $7.50 for 6 chicken wings to $28.00 for a Brontosaurus Rib. Many of the meat choices can be ordered as a single serving, a half pound or full pound.

Whitman’s

Whitman’s serves a variety of salads and sandwiches.

They have several burger selections including a Green Chili Burger, Bacon Egg & Cheese Burger, and a PB & B Burger (that stands for peanut butter and bacon!).  If you’re not feeling a burger you can also order a grilled chicken club, a cheesesteak or a hot dog.

Whitman’s also offers a veggie burger on their menu as well as three different salads, including this Brussels Sprout Salad.  Prices range from $4.50 for a hot dog to $12 for most burgers.

Bluestone Lane

Bluestone Lane is an Australian-based coffee shop.

They offer an extensive menu of hot and cold coffee options using their own roasted beans.  A variety of tea and wellness drinks, like beetroot and matcha lattes, as well as fresh juices are also available.  Bluestone Lane is the place to go for lighter fare.

They sell a variety of toast including the infamous avocado smash, salmon toast and a turmeric sweet potato toast as well as a variety of pastries and sweets.

Have you visited SAVOR at The Westchester?  What is your favorite dish from these eateries?

Dinner Deals in Westchester County

Westchester County has so many amazing restaurants, with new places opening every month.  I enjoy dining out, however, with a family of four, it can get very expensive!  Fortunately, many restaurants throughout Westchester offer special dinner deals throughout the week.  Whether you’re in the mood for a burger or a fancy three-course meal, there are restaurants throughout Westchester that cover it all!

**Please confirm the details with the restaurant for the most up-to-date information.  

251 Lex
251 Lexington Avenue
Mount Kisco, NY 10549
(914) 218-8156

251 Lex offers a 3 course Prix Fixe Menu for $45 Monday through Saturday, 5-10 PM.

273 Kitchen
273 Halstead Avenue
Harrison, NY 10528
(914) 732-3333

273 Kitchen allows you to choose three courses for $45 (dip, starter, third course) and a dessert on them.

An American Bistro
296 Columbus Avenue
Tuckahoe, NY 10707
(914) 793-0807

An American Bistro offers a $30 fixed-price three-course menu Sunday through Thursday.

Angelina’s Ristorante & Brick Oven Pizza
97 Lake Avenue
Tuckahoe, NY 10707
(914) 779-7944

Angelina’s offers a prix fixe dinner menu (appetizer and entree) Monday through Thursday 3-closing for $29.95.

Anna Maria’s Cucina Italiana
18 Chatsworth Avenue
Larchmont, NY 10538
(914) 833-0555

Wednesday is pasta night at Anna Maria’s.  Enjoy 2 courses for $19 (first course and a pasta).  The restaurant is open 5-9:30 PM.

The Bayou Restaurant
580 Gramatan Avenue
Mount Vernon, NY 10552
(914) 668-2634

Tuesday:  Fat Tuesdays – All-You-Can-Eat specials $22.99 (Jambalaya, Catch O’Day, Pasta O’Day, & Chops O’Day)
Wednesday:  Voodoo Night – $6 Voodoo Wings

Bread and Brine
19 Main Street
Hastings-on-Hudson, NY 10706
(914) 479-5243

Monday:  Steamer Night – 1 lb. of steamer clams and a pitcher of Narragansett Lager for $25
Wednesday:  $1 oysters all night

Crabtree’s Kittle House
Eleven Kittle Road
Chappaqua, NY 10514
(914) 666-8044

Crabtree’s Kittle House offers a three-course Prixe Fixe dinner menu Sunday through Friday for $39.

Eastchester Fish Gourmet
837 White Plains Road
Scarsdale, NY 10583
(914) 725-3450, ext.1

Monday:  Lobster Special – 1 1/2 pound steamed and cracked Maine lobster, baked potato and cole slaw $29.95
Thursday:  Raw Bar Special – Clams $1 each, assorted,  Oysters $1.25 each, Wild Shrimp Cocktail $1.50 each

Fat Sal’s Bar & Grill
265 Tate Avenue
Buchanan, NY 10511
(914) 930-1771

Mondays:  Buy one burger, get the second one 50% off (equal or lesser value with purchase of a beverage)
Tuesdays:  5 Tacos for $7.95 (w/purchase of a beverage)
Wednesdays:  $5 wines 4 PM – closing (select wines)

Golden House Chinese Cuisine
3639 Hill Blvd.
Jefferson Valley, NY 10598
(914) 962-8088

Golden House has a $17.95 dinner special Monday through Thursday that includes a choice of soup, appetizer and dinner (from selected items) and house special fried rice.  There is a 2 person minimum.

The Hudson Room
23 South Division Street
Peekskill, NY 10566
(914) 788-FOOD

The Hudson Room offers a 3 course Prix Fixe meal for $32.95 (appetizer, main, dessert) Monday through Wednesday.

Juliana’s Schoolhouse
276 Watch Hill Road
Cortlandt Manor, NY
(914) 788-0505

Enjoy the early bird menu that includes choice of appetizer, soup or salad, a main and a dessert, everyday from 5-6:30 PM.

Kee Oyster House
126-128 E. Post Road
White Plains, NY 10601
(914) 437-8535

Sunday:  Sunday Fun Day – half price lobster
Tuesday:  Tasty Tuesday – half price starters

Kirby’s Grill and Bar
345 Kear Street
Yorktown Heights, NY 10598
(914) 245-9030

Tuesdays:  Rib Deal
Wednesdays:  Kids eat free

L’INIZIO
698 Saw Mill River Road
Ardsley, NY 10502
(914) 693-5400

L’INIZIO offers a 3-Course Prixe-Fixe dinner menu for $33, Monday through Wednesday.  They also have Family-Style Sunday where family-style bowls of pasta are $36.

Moderne Barn
430 Bedford Road
Armonk, NY 10504
(914) 730-0001

Sunday:  Prime Rib and Popovers!  – Enjoy a 14 oz. prime rib au jus w/horseradish, a homemade popover and one side dish for $38.

PLATES
121 Myrtle Boulevard
Larchmont, NY 10538
(914) 834-1244

Plates offers a 2 course Prix-Fixe menu Sunday through Thursday,  5 PM-6:30 PM for $30.
Sunday evenings they have a Bottomless BBQ for $28.

Rye Roadhouse
12 High Street
Rye, NY 10580
(914) 925-2668

Mondays:  Make Your Own Quesadillas starting at $6.95
Tuesdays:  Burger Night – 5-11 PM half-price burgers
Wednesdays:  Fried Chicken Night – Four piece chicken dinner with two sides $10.95

Spring Special:  Little Leaguers who come in uniform eat 1/2 price Sunday through Thursday from the Kids Menu or Roadhouse Burgers or Mac and Cheese Bowls.

Saint George Bistro
155 Southside Avenue
Hastings-on-Hudson, NY 10706
(914) 478-1671

Saint George Bistro offers a Two Course Prixe-Fixe menu for $25 weekdays, Tuesday through Thursday.

Saltaire Oyster Bar
55 Abendroth Avenue
Port Chester, NY 10573
(914) 939-2425

Saltaire offers a three course dinner for $32.50 Sunday, Monday and Tuesday from 4 PM.

Umami Cafe
325 South Riverside Avenue
Croton-on-Hudson, NY 10520
(914) 271-5555

Sundays:  Enjoy fish tacos for $7.50 each.
Mondays:  Enjoy BBQ ribs for $12.95
Tuesdays:  $10 Burger night.
Thursdays:  All appetizers $6.50.

Winston Restaurant
130 East Main Street
Mount Kisco, NY 10549
(914) 244-9780

Winston offers a three course Prix Fixe menu Sunday through Thursday for $32.95/person.

If you know of any other dinner deals in Westchester County, please let me know in the comments below and I will add it to this list!