The Inn at Pound Ridge, NY by Jean-Georges –  Old, Conservative and Uncomfortable

The Inn at Pound Ridge by Jean-Georges has been on my list for a long time to visit. I made it there with a fellow blogger, Christine.  This is a farm to table restaurant by Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten, located in an old house built in 1833. This is New England at its colonial glory. The food was enjoyable but the atmosphere is traditional and conservative. Or should I say stuffy and overly attentive by young wait staff that wears prison-like stripe shirts? I felt like taking off my long black boots at the table, wiggling and airing my toes out simply for the shock factor. I can definitely do formal but this felt like an overly pretentious and old granny place. It just smells better.

This was the special for that day: seared scallops with the cauliflower puree.

Caramelized Beef Tenderloin: Crispy Onions, Herbal Spinach and Gruyere Sauce. The medium tenderloin was indeed medium and juicy.

Peanut butter ice cream with kettle popcorn, sea salt, peanuts, and whipped cream sitting on chocolate fudge.  Not too bad but the whipped cream was tasteless and useless, other than the visual contrast.

Would I return? Never. Life is too short to act old, conservative and uncomfortable. Christine and I were the youngest diners in that restaurant. Most of the diners looked like old-money, tired, I-am-so-happy-I-have-got-a-big-house-around-here type. The hair on most of the female diners annoyed the hell out of me – blonde, perfectly groomed and blown out. Upside: the valets were pleasant.

This experience took place at

The Inn at Pound Ridge by Jean-Georges
258 Westchester Ave
Pound Ridge, NY 10576
(914) 764-1400

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