Keenan House in Ossining: First Taste

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UPDATE: This restaurant closed, but reopened with new owners in Spring 2014.

The Keenan House in Ossining recently opened. The decor is quite beautiful with clean lines, earthy colors and contemporary furniture. When you enter, the bar is directly to the right and features about a dozen taps, 70 bottled selections, a full bar, and a wine list of approximately a dozen selections as of this writing. The selections go from a sparkling Prosecco to a few nice whites, and a short-list range of reds varying from light to bolder.

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This new eatery should be considered “gastro-pub” fare. In essence, higher caliber menu offerings yet in a casual yet classy environment. Since it is located in Ossining, and Mad Men’s Don Draper resides in Ossining, one might picture him frequenting the establishment after a long day at the firm.

The restaurant is open everyday except for Monday. On Saturday, they are open until 1AM should you need a last beverage and a bite to eat on the late side of the day. On Sunday, brunch is served from 11:30 AM – 3:00 PM in addition to the regular menu being available until 9PM.

They are still working out the kinks here. Service is not consistent and we found one employee behind the bar spending more time flirting with the waitress than attending to his customer’s requests. One dining partner requested a dish, was delivered a completely different selection, and they never replaced it. Another dining friend ordered a burger and asked for the condiments, which were to be included on the plate. After a couple of requests and much waiting, the burger was cold and he lost interest. I was excited at the prospect of hand-cut fries but they arrived soggy and laden with oil which is an indicator that the oil in the fryer is not hot enough. In addition, the food is not properly seasoned overall leaving the patron to self-season; the food tends to be on the bland side.

This restaurant has much potential, but a lack of training and supervision worries me that it will do them in. We want a local establishment like this to succeed but they must do their part. C’mon guys, we can do this! Let’s make this work.

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Beautifully designed bar, many taps and beer offerings. Love the Edison lighting

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Nicely designed contemporary dining room  – clean lines, welcoming color tones

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Traditional eggs benedict. Nicely plated, but lacked seasoning

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Nice selection of Hudson Valley cheeses from Chaseholm Farm: Camembert and Chèvre

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Keenan Burger on brioche with choice of cheese – – did not arrive with the onion relish

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Filet and eggs benedict in a red wine reduction – – a little short on the reduction

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Delicious sorbet and whimsical plating

 

The Keenan House – Kitchen & Tap Room 

199 Main Street

Ossining, NY 10562

914-236-3393

info@TheKeenanHouse.com

Hours:

Monday Closed
Tuesday 11:30am-10pm
Wednesday 11:30am-10pm
Thursday 11:30am-11pm
Friday/Saturday 11:30am-1am
Sunday 11:30am-9pm, brunch served 11:30am-3pm

You can read more reviews by Todd Matthews at WestchesterEats.com.

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Anjanette Delgado is the mobile editor at The Journal News and LoHud.com. She's working on tablet and smartphone publishing. She came to The Journal News from California, where she was the managing editor of The Salinas Californian and El Sol newspapers. Twitter: @AnjDelgado

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