Coming Soon: Vintage 1891, a New Wine Lounge in Larchmont

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Craig Muraszewski didn’t feel like there was any place in Westchester where you could go to get a little bite to eat and enjoy a cocktail — and not feel like you’re in a restaurant. After all, when he goes out, he prefers to sit at the bar, rather than at a dining room table somewhere.

So he is opening Vintage 1891, a wine lounge, on Boston Post Road in Larchmont in about six weeks.

“It’s designed as a restaurant that’s for the community,” he says. “A place that you can feel you can bring your laptop and hang out or go for a great meal and a fantastic bottle of wine.”

The restaurant is “downtown meets country,” he says. And that means clean lines, custom-made wingback chairs, couches and two huge comunal tables. The building has its original skylights from 1880, so he restored those, and he added a fireplace with a big slate hearth. There are rich brown walls, hardwood floors and 14-foot ceilings. Muraszewski says it’s “open, airy and spacious.”

The food will be small plates — not tapas, he says, but small plates — and will focus on local, seasonal ingredients. The bar will use fresh juices and herbs and his bartenders will “really go back to the crafting of the cocktail.” (He says there will be a Larchmont Cocktail on the list, too.) The wine list will start out covering the major wine regions, and as work into smaller, more electic regions later.

Muraszewski was formerly the general manager at Plates in Larchmont. He also worked at Per Se for two years, the Four Seasons hotel and at Larchmont Avenue Oyster House. He hopes to be open in about six weeks.

The 411 is coming. Til then: 2098 Boston Post Road, Larchmont. 914-834-9463. vintage1891.com.

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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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