Sunday, November 23, 2008

The Choices in White Plains Keep Getting Better

When it comes to dining, keeping up with the Joneses seems to be a trend in downtown White Plains. Hot on the heels of 42 and BLT home of the $48 Dover sole-comes Via Quadronno a stylish and pricey milanese café, anchoring the corner spot of the Ritz-Carlton tower. Cool tile floors, well-spaced tables, and a glass case full of brightly colored gelati make you feel like you've strolled into a breezy neighborhood haunt in Italy-and that, of course, is the intention. And it helps that the location, right on Main Street, gives the 72-seat restaurant and its outdoor patio a bird's-eye view of the passing parade.
Fortunately, you can have your food many different ways. Via Q, as it's known (they have other locations, in Manhattan and Hong Kong), serves Italian breakfast (the cappuccino is fabulous). There is also a wine bar for small plates, a gelato bar for desserts, and a separate panini menu offered at both lunch and dinner. Along with homemade pastas, the regular menu boasts branzino and baccalĂ , chateaubriande and braised beef.

Why do I like this choice for a girls night or a boys night out. I like the amount of round tables. Round tables make for lively parties. Of course you can't beat its proximity to the The Ritz-Carlton and valet parking. After dinner its a quick stroll through the hotel and up the express elevator to 42 and the glass lounge. Its the calm before the storm.

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