Sleepy Hollow has been known for years for the infamous meeting between Ichabod Crane and the Headless Horseman one fateful night and now locals can dine at the newly opened Ichabod’s Restaurant and enjoy the legendary story while relaxing with a great meal. The family friendly pub-style restaurant, which opened its doors’ a few months ago on Cortland Street, offers a casual dining experience complete with inexpensive favorites to please all palates.
As the story goes, Ichabod Crane was a teacher by day and a lover of food, drink and song. He lived in the homes of his students and enjoyed delicious home cooked meals with those families. The inspiration for Ichabod’s Restaurant was derived from that old fable and the menu and atmosphere were created to emulate that feeling and complement that homemade culinary taste. “Our main goal at Ichabod’s is to provide our guests with a warm familiar feeling found only around your own kitchen table,” said Chef/Owner Tom Erdman. “When you walk in our door you step back into time and enjoy real homemade specialties and delicious comfort foods.” With years of food service industry experience under his belt Erdman, a native of Lake George who now resides in Brooklyn, says he has been interested in the restaurant business since he was a young boy watching his mother and grandmother cook. The accomplished chef can often be found coming from behind the kitchen to personally greet his guests. Erdman, who worked in many well-known restaurants in Manhattan and throughout the country, is happy to be here in Sleepy Hollow with its community feel and deep history and hopes the combination of his extensive culinary expertise and vast people skills will give guests the ultimate dining experience.
Ichabod’s menu features appetizers, burgers, sandwiches, soups, salads and specialties such as Pan Seared Salmon, Steak Frites and a unique dish called Thanksgiving Dinner complete with turkey, mash potatoes, stuffing and gravy. Customers can lounge at the bar and watch TV while enjoying specialty cocktails, such as the Sleepy Collins, Maple Bourbon Smash and the Hot & Dirty as well as homemade juices all pressed in-house and blended by hand with homemade syrups. The fully stocked bar also offers a vast selection of beer and carefully selected wines from local family owned vineyards.
Ichabod’s is conveniently located at 128 Cortlandt Street in Sleepy Hollow and is open weekdays for dinner and happy hour and Saturday and Sunday for brunch. The restaurant can also accommodate small private parties. For more information or to view the full menu visit their website at www.ichabodsofsleepyhollow.com or like them on Facebook to hear about upcoming promotions and events.