Rye House Port Chester, an American craft bistro and bar concept from Manhattan, announced today its grand opening on Friday, Jan. 9 at 126 North Main Street in Port Chester, N.Y. In this new venture, Rye House owners and restaurateurs Michael Jannetta and Robert Lombardi (Rye House NYC, Sala One Nine), have joined with a third partner and local Westchester resident, Dan Forrester, who is involved in commercial and residential real estate, to bring the popular bistro and bar to Westchester residents. Rye House Port Chester specializes in a regional and globally influenced approach to American cuisine with an expansive offering of American small batch whiskies, spirits, craft beer and wine within a casual, yet elegant setting.
The Rye House menu, helmed by Executive Chef Anne McKinney with experience from several New York City kitchens including Tipsy Parson and Rye House NYC, will bring together a wide array of dishes across various cultures, all of which have become American comfort staples. To begin the Rye House journey, guest can select from a variety of appetizers, some of which include: veal and beef Meatballs served with a creamy basil sauce and a seasonal Kale Saladfeaturing roasted butternut squash, almonds, apples, sherry vinaigrette and fried shallots. Small bites, perfect for a bar snack, appetizer or side to a meal, include: signature Boiled Peanuts with a spicy kick and White Truffle Popcorn. Entrée sandwiches include: a decadent Truffle Grilled Cheese with goat, gouda and fontina cheeses, arugula, mushroom and taro root; and a signature Cuban Sandwich features ham, pulled pork, pickles, gruyere, aioli mustard and mixed greens. Large Plate entrée selections include: Buttermilk Fried Chicken in a spiced flour with Brussels sprouts, cornbread stuffing and gravy; Thai-style Sticky Rice, featuring rice from Arkansas mixed with green peas, carrots, scallions and topped with a Hudson Valley ginger-glazed duck breast; and a House-made Gnocchi with hearty tomato ragu and shaved aged goat cheese.
A curated beverage program, featuring a selection of American small batch whiskies, craft beers and wines, complement the elevated American cuisine. The large spirits list features hundreds of Rye, Bourbon, and Scotch whiskies, in addition to tequilas, mezcals, rums and vodkas. A specialized cocktail menu, developed in conjunction with the Rye House NYC beverage team, features cocktails such as The 17th Street Sazerac with Templeton Rye, Marie Duffau Bas Armagnac, Demerara, Peychaud & Angostura Bitters and an Absinthe wash, and the North Main Melting Pot with a whiskey blend of Royal Thistle Blended Scotch, Old Overholt Rye and Four Yellow Bourbon, Lemon, Velvet Falernum, Orgeat, Absinthe and Angostura Bitters. A dozen American craft beers are on tap and will rotate weekly, and wines, all offered by the bottle and glass, highlight top American wineries from the Finger Lakes, Columbia Valley and Napa Valley.
The design of the Port Chester location was conceptualized by New York-based designer John Nyomarkay, who also designed Rye House NYC in 2009 and whose work has been featured in films, television and in several restaurant, bar and retail concepts. Inspired by the inherent American concept, he transformed the 3400 square foot raw space into a modern and inviting restaurant and bar that celebrates America, both past and present. The use of reclaimed American woods showcase history – from the reclaimed white oak floors to reclaimed wood tabletops and the ceiling grid work of beams connected with 150 year-old distressed hemlock— while the neutral palette of warm olives and steel blues juxtapose a modern, contemporary feel.
The concept of contrasting the old and new worlds is seen in all areas of the restaurant. Upon entering the space, guests are welcomed by a bar and lounge area which showcases high top, window and bar seating and highlights a stunning design feature: a hand-carved late 19th century wood centerpiece, a focal point behind the 24-foot dark wood and a granite countertop bar. The large dining area, which seats up to 100, features an open window to the kitchen and mood lighting created by smoke-tinted and hand-blown Murano glass pendants, which create a myriad of patterns on the walls and ceilings and add to the overall ambiance.
A unique feature of the Port Chester location is a 2700 square foot lower level space, equipped with its own bar, which will be used for live music, entertainment and private events. The lower level will open at a later date.
Due to its prime location right off the Metro-North Railroad and its close proximity to The Capitol Theatre and the AMC Loews movie theater, Rye House Port Chester is a welcomed destination for New York City commuters, Westchester residents and New York City residents looking to take a quick trip outside the city.
Rye House Port Chester will feature dinner seven days a week and will introduce brunch and lunch beginning February 2015. The opening dinner hours are: Sunday - Wednesday 5p.m. - 10p.m., Thursday 5p.m. - 11p.m. and Friday & Saturday 5p.m. – 11p.m. The bar will be open later each evening. Rye House Port Chester will accept reservations for six or more guests at 914.481.8771. For more information, visit: www.ryehousepc.com.