A Garden Grows at Moderne Barn in Armonk


While you’re perusing the menu at Moderne Barn — hmm? the flatbread with figs or the tuna tartare? — your eye may suddenly fall on the bottom corner of the menu, where there’s a small box describing the restaurants roof garden. Wait, what? Roof garden? Indeed! Just planted this season, there are raised beds on the 5th floor roof of the building, holding everything from eggplant to zucchini to tomatoes and herbs. In fact, chefs Ethan Kostbar of Moderne Barn and Darren Passini of City Limits in Stamford, a sister restaurant, harvested their first zucchini just yesterday.

This is great news! Of course the restaurant can’t make every dish with rooftop-grown produce, but some dishes, yes! And many cocktails! (If you grow mint you know what I’m taking about!) And as we all know, the closer its grown, the better it tastes.

The only other rooftop garden I can think of off the top of my head is Union in Haverstraw. But are there others? Were working on a story, so let me know!


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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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