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“Drive-in Charm...sit-down prices” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Filling Station

Filling Station
243 Route 9 W, Palisades, NY 10964
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Ranked #1 of 2 Restaurants in Palisades
Cuisines: American
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Tappan, New York
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42 reviews 42 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
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“Drive-in Charm...sit-down prices”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2012

If I had a private chef at home, I'd want them to cook for me like the food at The Market. Fresh. Beautiful. Abundant. Clean. Accessible.

Located in a former gas station lovingly restored is this mini eatery where most of the dining tables are scattered across the lawn and backyard patio. Step up to the chin-high refrigerated case and select your dinner. The hand-chalked menus are hanging high overhead and difficult to read in the 30-seconds you have to make a decision while cyclists and locals pile in behind you. Being a regular here really helps. I like to select a large salad and put a piece of grilled fish on top. This isn't a menu option and while they will do it, explaining it to them and then being charged for it is always challenging. They also serve wine and micro-brews here in addition to yuppie soft drinks, espresso drinks and luscious pastries and cakes.

I would go here nearly every night based on food and casual ambiance except for these three reasons. I hope the owners are listening:

a. The prices are very high for the portion size, service level, and preparation/cleanup required.
b. The kids behind the counter, while perfectly cast for this trendy, yuppie den, are so indifferent that at times they come across as hostile. Everything is a huge effort for them. They rarely acknowledge that they understood your request and never take the time to ask if you want something heated or to explain that they charge you next, put in your order and then bring it to you in the garden. Its all a big unsettling guess for the customer.
c. When they pour you their $9/glass house red wine, chilled almost to the point of freezing in their refrigerator, the pour is so meager as to barely wet the inside of the glass. If you are going for a neighborhood casual backyard vibe, give a generous pour.

These criticisms are not based on one experience. We have eaten here at least four times as we live within walking distance to it. We would love to go here 3 times per week because the food is that appealing to us. But these three factors keep us from coming back more regularly.

Pluses, they are open very late. It's casual. Okay to come in sneaks, shorts, yoga clothes, whatever. The food options are plentiful and beautifully appealing. The outdoor dining is really pleasant. There is a take-out hamburger shack immediately next door with picnic tables so if you have kids with you, they can do fries and burgers while you opt for something more healthy. Very popular amongst the 9W cyclist set so elbowing in during weekend brunch hours is really challenging but amusing.

  • Visited July 2012
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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English first
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167 reviews 167 reviews
95 restaurant reviews
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75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
“Fabulous food in a very casual atmosphere”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2012

We love this place on a warm spring or summer evening. The burgers are of great quality and the french fries supreme. There is a nice choice of beers, wines, and Boylan sodas. You can also choose foods from the case inside and have them warmed for you, but I recommend the outdoor walk up order stand and picnic tables. Great!

Visited June 2012
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Piermont, New York
11 reviews 11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“fun coffee shop”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2012

we go to the market every week for the GREATEST egg sandwich ever
staff is attentive and friendly
they also have wonderful take out

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Columbia, Maryland
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47 reviews 47 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 30 cities Reviews in 30 cities
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
“A great find slightly off the beaten path”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2011

Driving on 9W en route to the Tappenzee Bridge, we spotted a small place with indoor and outdoor seating that seemed to be attracting bicycle riders. We were quite surprised by the array of lunch items and pastries. I hesitated before ordering the tuna sandwich because it had Greek yogurt rather than mayonnaise. After having tasted it, I ordered it. It was exceptional and made from real tuna - not from a can. My husband had a wonderful salad and a spinach pie made by a Greek chef that was the best I have ever tasted - light and not too cheesy. I learned from one of the women working there that they have a pastry chef as well. Anxious to go back. Nice atmosphere and good food - a great find!

  • Visited July 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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