There is a new restaurant in White Plains that brings to the local dining scene a touch of old New York City with an elegant and urban vibe. Three Westchester natives opened KEE Oyster House to bring New York’s famed oyster history back to life by serving a dazzling array of seafood items as well other menu options from the land. The food is all super fresh (no frozen food) and prepared simple and pure to allow the taste and the freshness of the food to really stand out. Everything we sampled was top quality with ample portions.
Upon entering you know you are in a special restaurant. The interior design uses painted dark wood, high ceilings and large tall windows, black and white tile floor in the bar area and Edison bulb lighting. The effect is to replicate the feel of a New York City restaurant in the early 20th Century. A beautiful long marble bar serves top notch specialty cocktails as well as a large wine menu and 20 types of single malt scotches and craft beer flows from seven taps. Guests can eat at the bar and I witnessed some enjoying large plates of fresh oysters with their drinks.
I sampled the Pomegranate Martini as well at the Oyster House Amigo. I highly recommend these cocktails. Also at the bar diners can enjoy a bag of freshly made potato chips.
If you enjoy the seafood, this the place for you. A delightful menu with an emphasis on favorites as well as some unique and fresh options. There are hot or cold Seafood Towers which are loaded with clams, oysters, crab meat shrimp and lobster. Any of the items in the Seafood Tower can also be ordered separately. There is nice range of starters with salad, Roasted beets, Chowder and even ribs are available.
Starters: I tried the grilled oysters which were delicious and had a pure and lovely essence of the sea. I was transported briefly to a seaside cafe. Also fantastic was the Oysters Rockefeller with a light crust and creamy spinach filling. A comforting and satisfying way to start the meal.
The Shrimp with grits was another tasty choice and the grits provided a nice contrast to the fresh shrimp. The Fried Calamari was a little spicy with its chili aioli and crusty coating, and again was very tasty.
Main Course: There are 6 seafood selections and 5 meat selections on the entree menu. My entree was a 2 1/2 pound steamed lobster (sizes are 2 to 3 1/2 pounds) which is split and deshelled for you table side. You can really taste the freshness of this classic dish. My dish was so large, it really can be shared.
Another mouthwatering and healthy entree is the Roasted Halibut with a grape tomato stew. The halibut was perfectly prepared, light and delicious. No frozen seafood is used and fresh seafood is sourced daily and it makes a big difference in taste. All dishes are a la carte with side dishes available at additional cost. I sampled the scrumptious Grilled Asparagus and the Roasted Cauliflower with brie cheese. A nice complement to the entree.
Dessert: Don’t leave without trying the homemade and classic desserts. We sampled the Apple Cobbler and the Key Lime pie and both were a nice sweet way to round out our meal.
KEE Oyster House is a special restaurant with the feel, atmosphere and high quality of a top restaurant in Manhattan. Not feeling the trip into Manhattan to dine? Then KEE delivers the NYC dining experience right in the heart of White Plains. A warm and lovely atmosphere with top notch service and great food is why this new gem should be on your list of spots to dine.
Both Lunch and Dinner served. Reservations are suggested. Private dining room available.
KEE OYSTER HOUSE
126-128 East Post Road White Plains New York tel: 914 437 8535
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