Here's another place to go in Westchester for an
excellent, elegant dinner, but somewhat pricey (moreso
than we expected).
Buffet de la Gare is just uphill from the
Hastings-on-Hudson train station. Its style is
somewhere between French haute cuisine and brasserie.
Specials last night ranged from vol au vent as an
appetizer (crab and leeks in a pastry shell with a
light lemony cream sauce, served in this case with a
crab claw and a small lobster tail) and halibut with a
morrel sauce as a main dish, to coq au vin. They make
a nice cassoulet, year round, though not quite as good
as Trois Jeans, I thought. Their cheese plate was
quite good -- an absolutely amazing roquefort -- and
their desserts are lovely. The one we ordered,
chocolate mousse with a pistachio sauce, was easily big
enough for two people to split. Maybe three.
Dinner for two (two appetizers, two entrees, a cheese
plate, a dessert, and coffee) was about $100. The wine
lists is very good, mostly French, and not cheap. A
half bottle of 1988 Chateau Simion (a good St.
Emillion) was $24.
I'd love to find a good, inexpensive, French-style
brasserie; but for the occasional splurge, this is a
good choice. I didn't notice if they serve lunch.