Hello, this is guest blogger Kat McKee reporting from Crabtree’s Kittle House in Chappaqua. Crabtree’s Kittle House is actually both a restaurant and inn, but it envelops you from the moment you get turn onto Kittle Road. At least that is when I start to get butterflys – the magical scenery of the area, the view of the House, and the friendly welcome when you walk in the doors – you feel spoiled and treasured. The day becomes special.
Then you are seated and the pampering truly begins.
Everything is special at Crabtree’s. The coffee is just delicious, the bread is scrumptious, even the silverware is perfect weighted. And I love the presentation, the sugar cubes, the butter dish, the olives.
Crabtree’s Kittle House staff quietly manage details so that my coffee was always hot, my water glass was always full, and all with barely a whisper. It is a romantic and historic destination for any day, special occasions, a treat. In my opinion, Crabtree’s servers are more adept, attentive, caring and skilled than at any four star restaurant in the city.
For lunch, my guest and I each ordered our own three courses and then shared everything. I wanted to taste all of the food at Crabtree!
For the first course, we savored our Sunchoke & Wild Mushroom Bisque with wild mushroom duxelle and creme fraiche. They poured the soup artfully right at the table as perfectly as a dream. It was gone very quickly! I loved the creme fraiche of course, and dug to the bottom of the bowl to try and get most of it first.
We shared a salad for our other first course – Local Beets & Baby Field Lettuces with goat cheese, citron vinaigrette. What a delicious salad! We were delighted with our choices. Crabtree’s is also offering another first course that we didn’t get to try: Strozzapreti Pasta & Lamb Ragout with cherry tomatoes, mint, scallions and paprika jus.
For our second course we both couldn’t help but order the Wild Striped Bass Fillet. The other two selections included a salad, John Boy’s Farm Roast Chicken Caesar Salad, or Slow Braised Short Rib Pastrami with Swiss cheese and cabbage fondue and pumpernickel onion rings. But we enjoyed the Wild Striped Bass Fillet, especially with the braised leeks, yukon gold potatoes and smoked creamy ocean broth. I would have eaten another serving in order to have more of that saucy broth! I don’t know how Crabtree’s always comes up with such creative, delicious, fresh and healthy dishes.
I was so full that I could hardly force myself to choose a dessert, and only went with the Chocolate “Kittle Kat” Bar because of its name. But once I saw it and took a bite, I had to fight with myself to behave and share with my lunch guest. Words cannot do the Kittle Kat bar justice. Just please be sure to try it, if you like chocolate! And that is vanilla gelato with it!!! Oh my goodness, I have to go back next week.
We also shared the tangy, perfectly paired Meyer Lemon Tart with soft meringue and raspberry sorbet. Now I had no idea how perfectly tart and sweet a lemon tart could be, but this was no regular lemon tart!!!
You know, Crabtree’s regular menu is available, also, during Hudson Valley Restaurant Week. But to be able to enjoy three courses there for the special pricing is unbelievable. I felt so lucky to be their guest blogger, really, really lucky. OK, I am getting mushy now… such good food, I can’t help it!
This remains a very special place in my heart.