We're going to be there for a few months, and we're going to be very busy, so we'd really appreciate recommendations - every meal out counts.
During the week we'll be around Ossining; during the weekend we're probably going to Manhattan by train 2-3 times and maybe to the Palisades mall a couple of times. Any suggestions around those areas (but mostly around Ossining)?
We like: garlic, Indian (korma - best dish ever :), matar/palak paneer); Chinese (been dreaming about returning to Shanghai Cuisine in Chinatown for the xiao long bao for 3 years now), Thai (but not too spicy; love the coconut-based dishes), crunchy veggies (mm...snap peas), garlicky seafood and chowder, tapas, almonds, sampler dishes, cilantro, guacamole, mushrooms, paella, sangria, deserts, pastries, really good tomatoes, Eastern European soups. Love trying new things.
We'd rather not have: Middle Eastern and Greek (too dry); pizza and pasta (so in an Italian place we get the piccata or marsala, which gets old but if it's truly great we'll try it); Japanese ; hate meatloaf; excessive meat/saussage amounts or things swimming in oil (nothing against fat, but must be "creamy" fat, not "greasy" fat). Korean and Vietnamese is a little too spicy for me and unlike Thai/Indian they tend not to make it milder if you request it. Also, this is likely to change in 10 years, but right now we resent tiny, artsy portions in an expensive main dish (ok in tapas or samplers which we love).
Price is somewhat of a consideration - $20 per entree max for regular places but we'll have 2-3 special occasions to splurge. We're also looking for a comfortable place in Ossining or very close to hang out, sit, eat or have coffee or drinks, and chat for a while with 4-5 people.
Sorry about the long message - but since I'm not looking for a specific type of restaurant I thought it would be helpful to list our preferences. Any suggestions would be appreciated - thanks a lot.