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Truxton's report

Mr Grub | Jul 29, 2006 12:13 AM

Truxton’s is a welcome addition to Westchester’s rather pathetic dining scene. With Ayara, the estimable little Thai restaurant around the corner on 87th St, Truxton’s gives locals who might really care about their food another place to go.

Billed as an “American Bistro,” Truxton’s menu is basically upscale comfort food. Mac & cheese (very good), burgers (excellent indeed), pasta (spaghetti & meatballs for those who crave retro), plus some rather strange throwins – an unexplainable & almost inedible “Vietnamese” avocado spring roll & a wonderful Argentine skirt steak for instance. Lots of generous salad choices as well. All dishes at our table were very well prepared & presented.

Huge windows & open floor plan give the well-designed & executed space an airy feeling. Makes it hard to believe that the oppressive Maison Wang’s was there last. CARPETING – yes!! – absorbs a surprising amount of noise in the otherwise hard-surfaced design. Well-proportioned bar & accessible wine list (Folie et Deux’s Menage a Trois Meritage, for instance, is priced at $33 IIRC.)

Tim Foley, the managing partner, is now serving as peripatetic host, working frantically putting out service fires, inevitable in week 1. These will surely be ironed out soon.

All in all, not much the Grubs would change for this resto’s family-oriented, cost-conscious Westchester market. Maybe cloth napkins & some kind of placemat/bistro table covering, which would enhance the dining experience at relatively little added cost.

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