A quick note to my Greenwich and NYC area friends: You have to make the short trek into Westchester to try The Inn at Pound Ridge — famed chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s fab new resto. In case you haven’t heard of him, Jean-Georges is a much celebrated culinary king, garnering three Michelin stars for his eponymous NYC resto and producing numerous other gastro hits including Spice Market, ABC Kitchen, Vong and a handful of others around the globe.
He was on hand in Pound Ridge last night, chatting up his clientele and proudly walking the floor in his recently unveiled dining room. Opening night was just this past Tuesday and word is that they had a full house despite our formidable snow storm! The Inn is super charming, dating back to the late 1800’s…
But the interiors are new, fresh and gorgeously understated with lots of stone and reclaimed wood. I love the très original lighting scheme but be careful not to bump your pretty little head on one of the many low hanging fixtures.
My friend and I vowed that we would return to experience this intimate, private dining space for a cozy dinner party.
Given that we were there just a few nights in, the service was – understandably – “quirky” but the food was OUTSTANDING. My group declared our meal a 10/10. It’s so exciting to have NYC quality food in the “burbs!” The menu is not posted as of yet but we tried just about everything we could muster, including one of the tempting pizzas (we opted for the black truffle and fontina). De-lish! As you might notice, the pizza in the photo below is finished with a farm fresh egg. Jean-Georges mentioned that Martha Stewart has already been in and some of the resto’s eggs are courtesy of Martha’s hens. Natch!!!
Our group also enjoyed the burger, salmon, the angel hair with caramelized brussel sprouts and heavenly flat bread slathered with farm fresh ricotta and smashed cranberries. All excellent! Our most memorable dish, however, was this divine salted caramel sundae topped with hot fudge, caramel popcorn and peanut brittle.
All of the food was served on charming, mis-matched plates (à la ABC Kitchen) and well appointed tables. What else can I say? The drink menu was original (try the Ginger Lime hand crafted soda if you’re the DD like I was) and the ambiance was super festive.
When you’re there, be sure to sneak a peek at the dazzling kitchen and lower level bar & seating — which will open up this weekend.
I’ll leave you with this morsel: during our 30 minute wait for our table, Jean-Georges asked us where we had come in from. We told him that we had made the 30 minute drive from Greenwich…to which he responded: “You have great restaurants in Greenwich.” Foolishly, I took the bait and said: “Oh really, what’s your favorite?” He shook his head and said: “Non, non, non…I prefer to eat at home.” Touché Jean-Georges. Touché. 914.764.1400 for reservations.
Photos: Jean-Georges, Megan Hom, CT.
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