Wetchester County has been popular over the years for many things, whether it be their nightlife, the parks, or the farmers markets, one thing is for sure, they have some of the best places to eat in all of New York. Many people come from near and far to visit the famous county with a historical past and an essence of fine dining.
I know the area quite well, but it came as a surprise to me that there was an area that I didn’t know too much about. Armonk is a town about 20 minutes from where I live, and I worked there in the past. Being that this was over 10 years ago, I was unaware of the up and coming businesses and eateries.
My wife, Arlene, and I were in the mood for some good food, but also something different. We tasted many plates in our area but we wanted to see what else was out there. It so happens that this night, a storm was in effect. Nonetheless, we were willing to travel to please our pallets. I did my research and stumbled upon this place called Moderne Barn. I did a little bit of reading and soon enough, we were in the car, driving through the storm and were on our way to this new found place.
I didn’t know what this place was going to look like on the lack of description on some of the articles that I read. Yes, this place is called Moderne Barn, and I believe the name fits quite well. From the outside, the restaurant looks deceiving, but when you pass through its revolving doors, you are swept off your feet. Your first impression will be a lasting one as this place is beautiful, huge, and well decorated. I am a huge fan of their light fixtures and wall décor. Equestrian fans would agree.
|Light fixture just above our table|
|Another light fixture across from where we sat|
My wife and I arrived around 8:30 p.m. and were surprised that the place was still packed. We had to wait for about 20 minutes before we were seated but this wasn’t a problem. There are several things that I take into consideration about restaurants. If it is packed, that means the food is probably good. If it’s late and every table is filled, there is a good reason for it, and if the bar is stocked with some good stuff, it’s worth the wait. And may I add, what a glorious bar they had.
We were seated at a table and our waiter presented to us that night’s specials. We were handed our menu and a book of drinks. I flipped through the pages and stumbled upon their tasty cocktails. Though all of them looked quite pleasing, I drew my attention to what they called the Steinbeck. Whether this drink was based on the creator of, Of Mice and Men, or just a random creation, it looked like something special. I made my decision and went with it. Arlene chose the Rosemary Lemon Drop, a very good choice. The Steinbeck consisted of rye, mint amaro, maple syrup and bitters. Presentation was a rocks glass with a single large cube; extremely appealing. But aside from its appearance, this drink knocked my socks off. I fell in love. Just by drink alone, I knew this place was it.
|The Steinbeck (just get it)|
I ordered the special for the night which was an Alaskan king salmon over a beet infused barley topped with Kale. For a side I had to try their rosemary sea salt fries. Arlene chose deep fried veal. With all the tasty appetizers, we chose the Maine lobster roll and Nonna’s Meatballs. The Maine lobster roll was served on a potato roll with house made tartar sauce. The meatballs came topped with ricotta. As an Italian I have never had a better meatball. These basil infused balls of meat were to die for. If the waiter brought us 300, I would have eaten every one. The lobster roll was one for the money. Though this little guy was part of the slider section of the menu and ran us $8 but it was well worth it because I don’t recall ever having lobster so good, and I have been to Maine.
|Maine lobster roll|
When our waiter brought our entrees I couldn’t wait to sink my teeth into the salmon. This dish was perfectly made, and the salmon was cooked to perfection. It is too bad that it was just a special and not on the everyday menu because this would be a favorite to the seafood fan. More importantly, I was swept away by the fries. If you think you’ve had the best fries somewhere, try these rosemary sea salt fries and get back to me. My wife and I both feasted on these things like fries were going out of style.
|Rosemary sea salt fries (best fries ever)|
|Special of the day, Alaskan king salmon over beet infused barley topped with kale|
|Deep fried veal|
After all was said and done and out plates were cleaned, it was time for dessert. Though I was stuffed, I went over the dessert menu regardless. And wouldn’t you know it, I had to get their cast iron brownie a la mode. Any brownie served on a cat iron skillet is worth getting. Rich n chocolate, this thing stood no chance at our table. Arlene and I shared it, cause let’s face it, its big enough for two. Centered in this delightful desert was a heap of vanilla ice-cream. I knew from the first bite of this desert that it would not be my last visit to Moderne Barn.
|Cast iron brownie a la mode|
Sometimes when you go to restaurants you have many good experiences but sometimes there is one thing you may not be pleased with. Not here. At Moderne Barn, I found every single thing extremely appetizing. I will go back. As a matter of fact, I can’t wait to go back. Thank you, Moderne Barn, for a palate pleasing experience.
430 Bedford Road
Armonk, NY 10504
430 Bedford Road
Armonk, NY 10504