Hi—Katherine Curry again. I have to confess that I came to The Cupcake Kitchen, a charming little breakfast and lunch spot, to eat neither lunch nor cupcakes. I came because the owner, Jennifer O’Connell, serves Jane’s Ice Cream, made in the Hudson Valley.
Here’s the sweet-looking exterior.
And the inside, formerly a one-bedroom apartment! Cute, but not cutesy. Classic, retro-style light fixtures, nifty tables and chairs, wonderful light, calming sky-blue paint.
And another view, taken from the back of the restaurant. There’s a little lunch counter off to the right, and an ice cream case up front.
I figured, heck, since I was there I might as well have lunch, too. I met a friend, and we both ordered the special wrap sandwiches of the day. My friend ordered the Buffalo chicken wrap and regular fries. She didn’t offer me one bite, and took her leftovers home with her—so I’m assuming she really liked this sandwich!
I had the Chicken Caesar wrap.
I’ve eaten dozens of versions of this sandwich around Westchester, and this one was quite possibly the best I’ve had. The chicken was warm and tender, the lettuce was crisp and fresh, and I could really taste the morsels of Parmigiano in the sandwich. The dressing was creamy and garlicky, but not overpowering or goopy. A perfect example of how simple food, beautifully prepared, can be so satisfying.
I ordered sweet potato fries, too.
The crinkle cut made me suspicious—I’m not sure why, but crinkly has come to suggest “frozen” and “flavorless” to me. These were anything but—crisp and salty outside, soft and sweet inside. I ate every last one.
Irvington isn’t exactly in my backyard, but I think Cupcake Kitchen could become a regular lunch spot of mine. Next time I’ll try to get there before 11:30 so I can order off the breakfast menu.
Did I save enough room for Jane’s Ice Cream? You’ll have to check back on Wednesday, for the first of my many, many, many ice cream posts. Small Bites readers have written in with numerous excellent suggestions, including some places I’d never heard of (Hoyer’s, for example). Your tips will be keeping me busy in the weeks to come —thank you!
The 411 on Cupcake Kitchen is coming. Until then:
100 Main St., Irvington. 914-231-6261.