Emma’s Ale House in White Plains

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The lamb confit sandwich was to die for.

This photo does not do it justice. The confit was rich — almost creamy — but with enough lift from the acidity of tomatoes, and the contrast of basil mayo on light-as-air but just-chewy-enough ciabatta form Panadora in New Rochelle.

They start you with the salty pretzel bread sticks:

I went for lunch, so only tasted one other dish: Doug’s crab cake sandwich:

Crispy and full of crab, but no comparison to the umami of the lamb. Here’s another (bad) photo:

When I say good — I mean so good that I went back to the office and told everyone how amazing it was and then vowed to go back to have it for dinner. That night. (I didn’t. But I would have!) It was so soft, like pulled pork but with meaning.

A look around Emma’s.

It’s a casual, comfortable and modern atmosphere: a long red banquette and some high tables in back; several high tables and brick walls in the bar area. Plenty of TVs for sports fans, but not so many that it takes away from dinner.

Bar area:

Back dining room:

I had heard a rumor that they didn’t allow anyone under the age of 26 to drink at the bar. Not true. But the crowd is different from what you’ll get on Mamaroneck Avenue. It’s older, and a bit quieter. They get a nice after-work crowd.

My advice? Give it a shot anytime.

Here’s a link to Doug’s post from the same lunch.

The 411 on Emma’s Ale House.

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Liz Johnson is content strategist for The Journal News and lohud.com, and the founding editor of lohudfood, formerly know as Small Bites. As food editor, she won awards from the New York News Publishers Association, the Association of Food Journalists and the Associated Press. She lives in Nyack with her husband and daughter on a tiny suburban lot they call their farm — with fruit trees, an herb garden, and a yardful of lettuce, tomatoes, onions, shallots, cucumbers, zucchini, radishes, cabbage, peppers, Brussels sprouts and carrots and four big blueberry bushes.

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