One was by the side of the road Tarrytown A favorite for decades, its menu is packed with burgers, sandwiches and pub fare.
The other is a newcomer to a mansion, where a celebrity chef has drawn audiences for his eclectic Hong Kong-inspired menu.
From a culinary point of view, these two restaurants are worlds apart.
But then there are the names.
Horse feathers on North Broadway opened in 1981, its founder taking the name from the 1932 film Marx Brothers, and Groucho’s likeness hangs on a wood-paneled wall, alongside other kitschy memorabilia.
About three miles away in the royal quarters of the King Mansion is Goose feather, where acclaimed chef Dale talde has been offering its high-end Cantonese creations since 2019. The restaurant’s name is taken from an ancient Chinese proverb.
Apparently, some customers have crossed their plumage quite frequently to create fun and frustrating confusion. Maybe Customers Searching Google Accidentally Click to horsefeathersny.com in the place of goose feather.com?
Horse feather owner Julia mccue noticed the confusion soon after Talde opened.
âIt first started with phone calls, people trying to make reservations,â she recalls. âThat year, we organized a New Years Eve party. People came in, looked at the menu, then turned to us and said, “Oh, we thought it was Chinese food.” I asked people to sit down, have water in front of them, take a table, and then realize that they have the wrong restaurant and that they have to go.
Sometimes it’s immediately evident when someone looking for what Michelin calls Goosefeather’s “worthy of a destinationâDining has arrived at the wrong destination.
âI’m going to have somebody ride in a Porsche with a Connecticut license plate on, come out, come up front and say, ‘Oh, our friends are in the back yard. There is no back garden here, just a parking lot.
For Chief Talde, McCue’s mistaken identity case is “a non-issue,” insists his publicist, who dropped the “s” in Horsefeathers twice in an email response.
“No one shows up to Goosefeather thinking they are at Horsefeather,” wrote Nicole albano, “And on the other hand, no customer has told us that they accidentally went to Horsefeather instead of Goosefeather – although a salesperson made the mistake once. The two restaurants are completely different concepts and only have the word feather in their names.
But for McCue it’s like already seen again: for years the appellants confused his establishment with the Rider Dinner in Sleeping hollow, which has since closed.
The latest confusion erupted last summer, when McCue regulars thought Horsefeathers was closing for renovations, when in fact it was Goosefeather.
âI just couldn’t understand why someone would choose such a similar name,â said McCue, who started working at Horsefeathers in 2005 and has owned it since 2018. âThere are billions of names in the world. . “
“You hope that over time people kind of learn the difference between the two, but people just hear ‘animal’ and ‘feather’ and that’s it,” she said. “They might be on their way, they type it into Mapquest, don’t really care, and then all of a sudden they’re in Horsefeathers.”
More than a few bewildered diners asked him, “Is there a Goose Feather and a Horse Feather in Tarrytown?” Why would anyone do that?
“And I’m just like, ‘Well, you can ask Dale when you’re up there,'” McCue replies.
But if you ask Talde’s publicist, far from being puzzling, the arrival of Plume d’Oie has only elicited applause.
âEveryone is thankful that we have brought modern Hong Kong food to the neighborhood and none of our customers ever talk about it,â said Albano.