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A Spring Dinner at X20

roxlet | May 23, 2008 06:25 AM

Last night, we celebrated our anniversary by having dinner at X20 for the first time. We had never been to that part of Yonkers before, and it was a perfect evening (albeit a bit chilly) to appreciate the fabulous view. However, our first impression, which was of the valet parking situation, was not good. It was completely disorganized, and had there been another option, we would have taken it.
We were greeted very warmly at the front of the house with the women there thoughtfully making sure that we had our valet parking ticket validated "in case we forgot later." We were seated at a very nice table, and I assume, from the looks of the room, that there really aren't any bad tables. Unlike at X, which we had an anniversary dinner at several years ago, the flowers were modest although the room shared that restaurant's feeling of spaciousness.
In general, we loved the food, and the only point on which I would fault the restaurant was on service. The gentleman who took our order seemed a bit vague and out to lunch. You know the look of the waiter who can't quite remember the specials -- slight panic mixed with looks up to heaven in the hope that a divine entity will provide the missing details. We were so focused on his anxiety, that we couldn't quite remember what the specials were, and began to eavesdrop on the next table whose server recited them far more confidently. Then our guy came over offering to recite them again, an offer we declined.
I started with the Chinese wheat noodles with kimchee, which were absolutely delicious. My husband had the scallops, which he pronounced delicious, and our son (doesn't everyone bring their children to their Anniversary Dinner?) has the quail breast with quail leg lollypops -- an interesting preparation wherein the legs were wrapped with wonton skins and deep fried.
My son and I both had the sauteed soft shell crabs for our entree, which were very good though not completely memorable (they were served on top of truffled mashed potatoes, which I thought to be a bit too much for the crabs), and my husband had the duck breast, which was served with candied kumquats, and interesting riff on duck a l'orange. Although we had seen several cheese boards on the way in, cheese was not mentioned as an option on the dessert menu. It took quite a discussion to determine whether cheese was on offer, and whether my husband had to go look at the cheeses himself or be brought the cheeses to choose. He finally got up to choose some, which were brought in a very nice arrangement, but then he couldn't seem to get anyone to bring him a knife. After several tries, one came, and then, immediately after, a second one came. I had the lemon Napoleon, which was delicious -- like a deconstructed lemon meringue pie, and my son had the warm chocolate cake with caramel ice cream instead of the hazelnut, which was on the menu.
In general, the food was very good, and there were several choices that I would have gladly tried for each of the courses. All in all, a very nice meal, but I do feel that the service, while well-meaning, left much to be desired.
But oh. That view...

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