Village Social Opens in Mount Kisco *PHOTOS!*

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Village Social Kitchen & Bar, a new New American restaurant, has opened in the spot where Woody’s on Main used to be in Mount Kisco.

It’s an industrial but comfortable spot, with reclaimed barn wood on the walls, a poured concrete bar and brick accents. Mark Vergari recently shot some photographs there. Here’s a look:

The dining room has oak tables and banquettes and booths with in orange, brown and white leather, and there is a glass partition that separates the bar and the dining room area. The wine cabinet is made of careera marble.

“It’s casual chic and contemporary,” says owner Joe Bueti. “A little bit of everything.”

That same sentiment applies to the menu, which has a selection of appetizers, entrees, pastas and wood-fired pizzas. The chef, Scott Forzaglia, formerly worked in Manhattan with Daniel Boulud and Cornelius Gallagher.

I don’t have any photos of the food yet — a private party was just finishing up as Mark got there and the kitchen wasn’t able to prepare anything. But here’s a sampling of the menu:

Appetizers: Potato-pork empanada with salsa verde; pork sliders wiht pickled cucumbers; summer rolls with daikon radish, carrot and sweet chili sauce; a tuna dice (it’s larger than a tartare) with blood orange and wasabit oil.

Starters: include pancetta-wrapped radicchio with ricotta and goat cheese; calamari; and crispy shrimp with ginger.

Wood-fired pizzas: ricotta, garlic, arugula, duck proscuitto and aged balsamic vinegar; another with gorgonzola, walnuts and fits; and third with goat cheese, pistachios and honey.

Pastas: bucatini with pancetta, minted ricotta and asparagus; penne al forno with mascarpone, toasted bread crumbs and truffle oil; and rigatoni bolognese.

Entrees: veal Milanese with baby arugula; ahi tuna with bok choy and forbidden rice; St. Louis ribs with molasses pork and beans.

And here’s a look at the rest of Mark’s photos:

The wine rack:

The wood fired oven:

The logo:

The entryway:

Ladies’ room:

The outdoor patio:

Bueti was the owner of Cafe Strega in Pleasantville from 1993 to 1999, and was a partner in Restaurant 121 in North Salem from 2000 to 2006. He took a break from the business before opening Village Social this month.

The 411 is coming. Til then: 251 E. Main St., Mount Kisco. 914-864-1255.

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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.

10 Comments

  1. We came here for drinks the other night. They seem to get a lot of things right. The menu looks accommodating for both high brow and low brow tastes. Service was very friendly. The crowd, though, was a little too Real Housewives for our tastes. However, we will be back!

  2. After reading many positive reviews, I had very high hopes for this restaurant. We decided to try it Saturday night for my birthday. We had one of the appetizers on special- stuffed zucchini blossoms. They we’re OK- they were a bit cold and the ricotta cheese had started to solidify a bit inside. Still, we were excited about the meal to come. After waiting for 45 minutes and having the waiter spill the neighboring table’s meal on me (he didn’t even notice) the meal finally came. My boyfriend ordered the grilled pork chop, which came with mashed potatoes. The potatoes were mealy and cold, and the pork chop wasn’t much better. The chop was under-seasoned and overcooked. It was warm in places, cold in other- and it was dry as a bone. I was very excited for my ribs with mustard cold slaw, sweet potato fries and baked beans. Maybe I shouldn’t have gotten my hopes up. The ribs were clearly sitting under the heat lamp and had that congealed look on top. If they had been fresh, I think they would have been tasty. At first I thought they forgot the baked beans and sweet potato fries, but I later found them packed underneath the ribs. The beans were cold, as were the fries- very disappointing. The small spoonful of cold slaw, wasn’t even cold slaw. It was a lump of purple cabbage they forgot to shred. I really want to like this place and give it another chance. Other people seem to have more positive reviews. I’m hoping it was just a bad night.

  3. Went last night to village social. The decor and over all vibe of the place is great and you can tell they spent a good deal of effort and thought here. THE FOOD SUCKS though. I think we are dealing with frozen microwaved meals here, nothing was fresh. For appitizers we got the spring rolls and the wings neither were good and neither were fresh. My wife had a pizza and I had the beef brisket. As the above poster mentioned my brisket was cold and my sweet potato fries were cold. The pizza was just ok nothing special, which was a suprise given the woodfire pizza oven. The pizza was served on a wet place and soggy, the crust was soaked with what seemed like dish water, GROSS. The chocolate cake for dessert was microwaved and the fruit on the plate was not fresh. Village social needs some help, I felt like Gordon Ramsey needs to come and say how come your using a microwave for some dishes and how come fruits and veggies are not fresh. Almost forgot the bread placed on the table was also hard as a rock and not fresh. Don’t waste your time or money.

  4. I cannot believe the reviews I have read….they are all WAY off!!! We’ve eaten there several times and everything was excellent!! The food was delicious…mini pork burgers, wings, pizza with an egg in the middle, etc…everything has been excellent. The reviews posted are soooo off key, it seems as though there is an underlying motive…JEALOUS maybe?????????

  5. I agree with the last review…My wife and I have made Village Social our routine Friday night…that is if we can get a seat…the food is insane….lots of taste….even if you want a simple pasta….the pasta with three cheeses is to die for…the pizza makes an awesome app to start…they give you a solid glass of wine that can last throughout dinner if you don’t feel like spending alot on drinks…If you have a bad night, chances are its because of the amount of people that come in for the evening rush…not an excuse naturally…but as a person who love quality food…I always let the house know if something doesn’t taste right…Its your right and it will only help them to be better…but my wife and i love it…if there is anything I can say that would need some work it would have to be only the big brownie and peanut desert…it was very dry and tough to eat…but other than that so far so good…

  6. Hmm…it doesn’t sound like the posters are jealous of that place…they are giving an honest review of their meal…stop hating just because you cheapied out and ordered wings and sliders…you coulda got that a dave and busters…and an egg pizza??? sounds pretty nasty to me…maybe they are serving food out of a dumpster!

  7. Ate there last night. Decor and atmosphere excellent, food good but could be tastier/more flavorful. If you live in the area, it’s worth a visit.

  8. You’d think an order for two people getting the same order – burgers and fries would be easy – simple request, didn’t want to get fancy. They came dry, the garnish of lettuce and tomato on the side appeared to have been saved from the day before – limp and curled edges – a real turn-off. How hard would it have been to slice a fresh tomoato? Don’t plan to be back – too many other restaurants to choose from in Mount Kisco.

  9. First time visit to this place after it was recommended by a volunteer at Mt. Kisco Hospital. What an awesome evening we had! Fresh variety of breads served warm with baked garlic in oil on the side. Generous glass of wine at a reasonable rate. Huge steak with hot sweet potato fries – too much to finish! My entree was the Coriander and Lime Salmon on a bed of exquisite Coconut Rice with Red Curry sauce on the side. Every bite was a bit of heaven! Service was friendly, quick and efficient. Restaurant and bathrooms were very clean. It was an evening I hope to repeat very soon. Can hardly believe I’m writing about the same place some of the other reviewers commented on – but maybe the management listened and I was the beneficiary of their hard work. Well done!

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