Iron Horse

20 Wheeler Ave. Pleasantville, NY10570 • (914) 741-0717ironhorsepleasantville.com

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It would appear that for a nice lunch on a Monday in Westchester, the options are quite thin. 40% of the places are closed because it’s a Monday. Another 40% are closed because they don’t open for lunch. And another 10% full into the chain/fast/not-so “nice” bucket. So with our pickings being slim, we went to one of the only places that was open, Iron Horse. Fortunately I had been wanting to try it for a while, so things worked out swimmingly.

That said, upon entering the restaurant it quickly became apparent why our options were so meek, we were the only table in the joint. From the time we entered to the time we left not a single other patron so much as set foot inside for consideration. So, for financial reasons alone, I can understand why most restaurants choose to forego the lunch offering.

Suffice it to say, however, that the service was excellent, we were treated like we were the only customers there…because, well, we were. And while the dining room is a touch dated, that’s also kind of its charm.

As for food, we shared the burrata caprese starter which was very good. Served with a heaping dollop of creamy goodness placed over a bed of peppery greens, drizzled with a balsamic, basil dressing and flanked with a rainbow of heirloom tomatoes. Very strong start and a well chosen recommendation by our server.

Her other two recos weren’t quite as stellar, unfortunately. The crab cakes were good, made with a ton of crab and very little filler, which I like, but I missed the heat. Nothing came from the remoulade and nothing in the cake itself.

And the burger, apart from being over-cooked, was much better sounding on paper. The caramelized onions are really the only things that break through, netting it out to be a very average burger experience. The fries, however proved very strong.

Then, finally for dessert, which we initially tried to pass up because we were stuffed , we were served a medley of cookies with the check. Chocolate, ginger, shortbread and almond. All were good, mainly because they were free cookies, but the latter two were my favs.

As for the knife count I’m afraid this is a rare one where I’m going to have to agree with the Yelping consensus… Three knives. But a very solid three.

3 teeth

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Jean-Jacques

468 Bedford Rd. Pleasantville, NY 10570(914) 747-8191jean-jacques.com
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Once a year La Tulipe closes for a couple of weeks for their summer vacation, and when they do, it’s always a very dark time in the Ferocious Foodie household. But, rather than suffer the affliction of going croissant-less for two weeks (first-world problems are the worst), this year we decided to try a highly recommended alternative, Jean Jacques.Well, Fu Ku, I always appreciate the tips, but I’m afraid I can’t go there with you. Jacques is no La Tulipe. In fact, I think I’d rather eat a cold, La Tulipe croissant off of the floor than one of Jacques, fresh out of the oven. Sure it’s better than Susan Lawrence’s croissants, but that’s like bragging that you can outrun a two year old.

From the moment you enter the Jacques bakery you know you’re in trouble as nothing about the place gives you confidence in what you are about to put in your mouth. It feels like the cheap, typical bakery you go to for cookies when you’re the one who drew the short straw and has to bring dessert to a bris. All three croissants, the chocolate, almond and plain were nothing better than you’d find at an Au Bon Pain, which is actually pretty great for a chain, so in all fairness, if Jacques is farther from your house than La Tulipe or an Au Bon Pain, than I say don’t even bother.

2 teeth

 

 

Pony Express

30 Wheeler Ave. Pleasantville, NY 10570 • (914) 769-7669 • ponyexpresstogo.com

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Really? I mean REALLY?!? Three and half stars? Are you Yelpers on crack? This place should be more aptly named Pony Excrement, because that’s what it tasted like- Horse Shit. Not one burger we ordered, and we ordered three, were even sort of good. This place makes McDonald’s taste like an explosion of gourmet brilliance.

I am seriously scratching my head at what people think is so great about these burgers. And I am not getting even for bad service or anything of the like. It’s just that the food was really that bad. Especially in comparison to other places in the area that have MUCH lower ratings. Let’s just take Westchester Burger Co.’s Napa Burger for starters… It blows away anything PE could even hope to make in their poor excuse for a kitchen. Or how about BGR (RIP)? The Wellington or the Southwestern both erupt with flavor by comparison to “The Churro” or “the Bomb” – which, in hind sight, was aptly named, because it bombed.

This place is a complete waste of calories. Don’t believe the hype. It’s probably been inflated by a bunch of stoned, drunken teenagers who wouldn’t know a great burger if it bit them in the ass.

1 tooth