First Look: Karma Lounge in Ossining

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Howdy — guest-blogger Katherine Curry again.  I’m pretty sure I’m not the only Ossining resident who’s intrigued and excited about the opening of a martini bar and restaurant downtown.  Ossining — and this area of Northern Westchester — has very few places for grown-ups to sit down and have a cocktail and a bite to eat.  So Karma Lounge is definitely most welcome.  The bar’s been open for a few weeks, and the kitchen just opened this week, with the grand opening scheduled for March 6th.

This floral arrangement is in the entrance foyer.

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More pictures of Karma Lounge after the jump.

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The business is located at 175 Main Street, the former home of Anthony’s Sports Bar.  It’s a unique downtown location — a few steps off Main Street, reached by the pedestrian thoroughfare that leads to the Croton Aqueduct walk.  The entrance to Karma Lounge is in the background on the right in this picture.

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Here’s a look at the dining room — soft lighting, exposed brick walls, Asian-inspired decor, candles.  Sophisticated and simple.  Karma hopes to use this space for occasional late-night events, like a comedy night or an American Idol-style competition night.

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Chef George Alvarez — who spent time in the kitchen at Bronxville’s The Tap House and Rye Grill & Bar —  has created an eclectic menu of small plates along with several special entrees each night.  You can eat in the dining room, at the bar, or in this cozy lounge area overlooking the dining room.

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The small plates menu has over two dozen selections, including wild mussels in a pernod, chive and cream sauce;  crab cakes with mango and jicama with an avocado aioli; and a salad of arugula, endive and spinach in a blood orange dressing.

The little alcoves in the dining room all feature artwork, floral arrangements, and Asian decor. This one has photographs of Buddha.

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Here’s the bar area itself — a little blurry, sorry.

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Bartender Chuck Conti has put together a menu of twenty specialty martinis.  And margarita connoisseurs take note:  Conti will be using a fresh lime juice-based sour mix for his margaritas.  Beers on tap include Guinness, Blue Moon, Stella Artois and Magic Hat.

I stopped into Karma the other night with a friend.  Here’s my Cherrytini, which was quite good.

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We sat at the bar, dishing about her recent bachelorette weekend in Miami and her upcoming wedding. We tried two of the small plates from the menu. This is the pan-roasted sea scallops, topped with smoked salmon, in a roasted red pepper coulis — nicely done.

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We also tried the grilled skirt steak, served “in a Russian shashlik manner” — as far as I can tell, that means meat on a stick.  The steak was marinated in a teriyaki and lime sauce — flavorful and yummy. I’m a huge fan of skirt steak — put it on a stick and I like it even more — so I will definitely order this again.  A tiny serving of spinach salad — instead of just a garnish — would be a perfect complement to the meat.

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There are some very nice details in Karma, like this beautiful pendant lamp, which hangs over a high-top table in the bar.

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This is the entrance area to the lounge and dining room.

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In warmer weather, Karma’s patio will be open for seating and maybe even grilling. The patio is beyond the bar area, and is bordered with hedges.

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I realize this doesn’t look so inviting now, but in a few months, this will be a prime place for a cocktail.  I honestly can’t think of another place like this in Ossining for outdoor cocktails, other than The Boathouse.

The bar at Karma will be open every day at 3 p.m.  Dinner and small plates will be available Monday through Wednesday from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. and from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday. There are plans to eventually add lunch hours and to serve food on Sundays.

I’ll be back again to sample more food.  For now, it looks like Karma is off to a great start. Welcome to the neighborhood!

The 411 on Karma Lounge is coming. Until then, here’s the info:

Karma Lounge, 175 Main Street, Ossining. 914-488-5999.

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  1. I strongly desire to have a comfortable and contemporary place to go for a drink in Northern Westchester, and am so happy about this opening. I’m going!

  2. i really hope they can make a go of it it would be great to have something like this in ossining i have lived here for almost 20 years and always wondered why the downtown couldnt thrive.it can be a little dicey there at night i have seen it first hand. i can only hope the village will work with them to provide a safe and inviting enviroment for this business to flourish.

  3. I went here the night before grand opening and it was wonderful. Great food and great atmosphere.