The last time I was a MTK Tavern in Mount Kisco, it wasn’t under Jeffrey Rosen’s ownership. In fact, it wasn’t even called MTK Tavern. More of a pub-like feel, I visited the place to watch my favorite local Irish band, Shilelagh Law, play.
Rosen kept the stage to host live events, but that was pretty much the only thing I recognized inside. A back room that previously hosted billiards games now if a cozy space with an eclectic arrangement of sofa and chairs—the perfect space for hosting a small event.
You can still hear live music at MTK, but (pardon the corny pun on words) to the beat of a different drum. Wednesday evenings, for example, feature female musicians. On Sunday, you’ll find the “youth jam,” where children get up on stage and try open mic night… a perfect night out for the whole family.
I hadn’t tried the original MTK menu, but Rosen launched a new menu a few weeks ago. He eliminated some of the smaller bites and created a more comprehensive menu with what he calls “European portions.” (Your plate won’t be overflowing with food, but you’re not going to leave still feeling hungry either.)
Portion size aside, what rolls out of the kitchen is simple sophistication. Rosen and chef Eric Mason created foods you would expect from an upscale restaurant, but keep the presentation and price simple.
The beet and arugula salad ($10) has a delicious combination of tomatoes and beets (Chef Mason pickles them himself!) and is topped with a goat cheese croquette.
If you’d like to complete the tavern experience, you can try one of their new burgers for under $14—the ‘Mexican’ is topped with Monterey Jack and jalapeno purée and the ‘Western’ includes ham, peppers, cheddar and sautéed onions. Pay special note: if you’re a pickle fan, you won’t be able to get enough of Chef Mason’s variety. You have to love a chef that puts his heart into everything… right down to the condiments!
(Although, if you try to compliment him on his eye for detail, he’ll shy away, adding, “My job is to cook good food for nice people.”)
The comfort food is made fresh daily. It’s an unexpected surprise to find out the chicken in white wine served is organic ($16). While some of the menu still features traditional tavern fare ($12 fish and chips), the baked salmon with zucchini is the perfect compliment to a nice glass of wine!
• MTK Tavern, 30 E. Main St., Mount Kisco, 914-218-3334, mtktavern.com