221 Main St. White Plains, NY 914-467-5500
This New York City-based restaurant has big city swagger and midtown prices. It's business folks at lunch and a more relaxed scene and local crowd in the evening. The place is named for chef juggernaut Laurent Tourondel, although he is no longer directly associated with the chain.
On the ground floor of the Ritz-Carlton tower, the dining room's two-story windows afford much light at lunch and a subdued mood at dinner. The steaks are first rate. If you're feeling extravagant, you can pounce on a $75 slab of dry aged bliss, but it is not twice as good as the other cuts. And there is the de rigueur (and somewhat clichéd by now) Kobe beef -- just leave your wallet on the table. Seafood is flawlessly fresh and lovingly prepared. Service is spot-on and personable. The wine list is massive, with moderately high price tags.
Before or after your meal you might want to scoot up to the 42nd floor for a drink in the colorful lounge of restaurant 42. There are terrific views. -Bryan MillerHours:
Mon-Th: 5:30-10 p.m.; Fri-Sat: 5:30-11 p.m.; Sun: 4-9 p.m.Reservations: