If you live in our neck of the woods then you’ve been anticipating the opening of Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s 37th restaurant with baited breath (and watering mouth!) and we were so excited to finally check out the newly renovated The Inn at Pound Ridge last Friday. Given that the restaurant only opened a week ago, the reservations for the dining room were not to be had (being the restaurant guru that he is, Jean-Georges does a gradual opening to train the staff and kitchen) so we were happy to sit in the very comfortable and cozy bar/lounge and people watch from there. Rumor has it lots of local celebrities have already stopped by (Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively live just up the road) and we saw Catherine Zeta-Jones and Michael Douglas dining quietly in the corner.
Architect Thomas Juul-Hansen has transformed what is a very traditional 1833 home into a modern version of a farmhouse – airy and open yet charming and rustic with numerous fireplaces lighting the spaces with a welcoming glow. Baskets and crates of farm-fresh produce filled spaces under tables and on shelves while simple bouquets of wild flowers and herbs decorated the tables. A far cry from what the inn used to look like when it was Emily Shaw’s back when one of us had our rehearsal dinner there twenty years ago!
Blake Farrar’s market driven menu (“we’re closer to farms here” said Jean-Georges in an interview) is a delight for the senses. We started out with the Crackling Calamari with Yuzu Foam (so lightly battered and fried that each bite melted in our mouths) and moved on to the Mushroom Pizza (served with a softly fried farm egg) and finished the experience with Apple Pie with Cinnamon Ice Cream by pastry chef, Melody Farrar (Blake’s wife.) Next time, we’ll try the Baby Beets with Yogurt and Herbs… Yum!
What started out as a quick drink and some appetizers ended up being a lovely
five hour evening and now you know where to find us on any given Friday night…