Westchester N.Y. is now home to only one of three Barnes and Noble Kitchens in the country. Located on White Plains Rd (NY Route 22) in Eastchester this new concept in retail combines the excellence of a Barnes and Noble retail store with a restaurant serving some delicious dishes. This in unlike the Cafe’s found in other locations, this is an actual sit down restaurant and guests can even enjoy wine or craft beer.
Inside the expansive bookstore now resides a 2600 square foot space offering a number of dining and seating options. There is a coffee, wine and beer bar, a comfortable lounge area with couches and tables, and there is a dining room with sit down waiter service. In fair weather the restaurant expands outdoors onto a lovely stone patio . This is wonderful space with tables with sit down waiter service, lounge area, bocce court, and some interesting water features. You really do not feel you are in a retail book store. It is quite unique.
Barnes and Noble had brought in AvroKo a nationwide restaurant consulting business to assist with launch of the eatery and the Branstetter Group to help in the overall design and menu development.
Barnes and Noble Kitchen offers a American style menu, and includes something for everyone. Breakfast is also served. The menu offers small plates, salads, sandwiches and entrees. We were able to sample some of the offerings on the menu and are happy to report they were quite good.
We started with the fresh made Guacamole served with roasted tomato salsa and warm tortilla chips which is great to share. We followed that with a Hummus plate which was freshly made and served with za’atar spices, veggies, and larvash which is a tasty Armenian flatbread. Very interesting combination.
Our next dish was the Chopped Vegetable Salad with carrots, beets, cauliflower, feta cheese, herbs and pepitas (squash seeds). A really healthy choice and can be enjoyed by one or shared. We also enjoyed the soft and fresh Buratta with pistou ( garlic, basil, and olive oil) tomato confit and a side of toast on artisan bread.
For the main course there is 6 different items ranging from grilled cheese, to Brick cooked chicken. We sampled the excellent Brisket Burger served with cheddar, lettuce, onion, and served with crisp potato wedges. Very nice dish for the burger lover.
My favorite was the Plancha-Cooked Salmon, perfectly seared and served over taboulleh salad and a delicious basil dressing. It was a nice presentation as well, and I enjoyed it with a nice glass of Riesling from the bar. There is a nice wine selection with wines from New York, California, France, Spain and Italy.
We wrapped up our meal with a Butterscotch Pot de Creme and coffee that was a nice way to wrap up our meal in this most unique setting.
After dinner we enjoyed exploring the expansive book store with its rows of magazines, books and a very nice vinyl records section including jazz, classical, pop and rock records.
Barnes and Noble Kitchen is a very different concept combining retail with solid dining options in a comfortable atmosphere.
Breakfast: $11-12 Shared dishes: $11-13 Salads $14-16 Entrees: $14-23 Sides: $4-6 Dessert $4-6
Barnes and Noble Members receive a 10% discount
Barnes and Noble Kitchen
680 White Plains Road Scarsdale, NY
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