I always love a restaurant where the servers could be confused with the manager. Someone who is thrilled to make menu suggestions, takes pride in everything that comes to the table, and makes the experience so unbelievably welcoming. We were driving back to Danbury after spending the day White Plains and decided to check out Mount Kisco for dinner. After a quick google search and text messages to friends in the area, we decided on Village Social Kitchen & Bar. I was apprehensive at first (as we were not dressed to impress) and was not sure what the vibe would be in fancy Northern Westchester, but I was not going to let that sway our group decision.
As we drove down the winding Main Street, past the gigantic Northern Westchester Hospital campus, we were pleasantly surprised at the bustling downtown area. If we didn’t have a restaurant already in mind, it would have been hard to choose. We counted a dozen restaurants on just a few blocks! There was everything from hip American gastropubs, an adorable wine bar, trendy Mexican & Asian spots, and the Exit 4 Food Hall. Even the Mount Kisco diner looked inviting! I can only imagine how awesome this town will be during the summer when everyone is eating outside under the string lights that are up year round. It’s safe to say we’ll be back.
Boy were we pleased with our decision. Village Social was dimly lit and sleek but surprisingly comfortable and inviting. The smooth concrete bar was expansive and the dining room was simply decorated with a mix of wood paneling and slick white walls. We were greeted instantly by one of the most friendly hostesses in recent memory and had a decent enough wait that we decided to grab a drink at the bar. The bar would have been perfect for a date night (and don’t worry, there are tv’s if you need to catch the game!) over a glass of wine or any of the craft cocktails and rotating selection of beers.
We were seated adjacent to the bar and right away were greeted by our server who came armed with water, menus, and recommendations from the impressive selection of specials. Chef Mauricio Nunez & crew’s menu was an elevated take on seasonal American food with Asian and Italian accents. It was heavy on the seafood and unique meat options and was hard to make a decision. We started with the PEI Mussels which were drenched in the “broth of life” as my friend called it, complemented by a mixture of sambuca, garlic, and lemon. We loved the broth so much that we asked for extra bread to sop it up.
We followed the mussels with their Bruschetta di Burrata (seriously can’t resist that creamy goodness on any menu) which was topped with the surprisingly delicious combination of butternut squash and pesto. That disappeared from the table quite quickly as we inhaled it.
Our friends chose to split the rack of lamb special which included a beautiful risotto. The kitchen was able to split it for them and we were warned that it may not look as pretty – but it’s hard to make rack of lamb look bad. The portion size was still pretty decent too. The lamb melted in our mouths and the risotto was perfectly cooked, which is sometimes a gamble.
My husband and I chose to share the Shrimp & Grits and Rabbit Sugo Pappardelle. I had never tried rabbit before, but the accompanying charred brussels sprouts, butternut squash, ricotta salata, and brown butter made it sound super appetizing. Sometimes you need to try new things! The shrimp and grits were divine. The grits were mixed with calabrian chili, smoked gouda, and pancetta and was decadent if not a little bit too rich. It was definitely worth splitting. The rabbit was very similar to a braised short rib, and was almost a ragu consistency. It was spicy but not overpowering, and was the perfect complement to the thick flat pappardelle noodles. I would have never chose to pair charred brussels sprouts with pasta, but the flavor and texture was a surprisingly great addition. It felt like spring in a dish and the plate was practically licked clean.
The dessert menu was enticing, with a banana cream pie with brûlée topping really stealing our attention, but we were so full from our rich meals and all that sopping bread! Our server was super gracious and even told us to come back the next day for their skirt steak special. As far as I’m concerned, he very well could have been the manager!
This is one of those places that you know will always be a good meal. The prices are standard for the area with the rack of lamb special topping out at $32 and craft cocktails averaging around $11. It still feels decadent but won’t necessarily break the bank. It’s the perfect neighborhood spot for a date night, girls night out, or just a random Saturday with friends. Their brunch menu is extensive and mouth-watering. We can safely say we will be back, and are looking forward to warmer days to sit outside and enjoy the bustling ambiance of Mount Kisco.