UPDATE: The restaurant is opening Tuesday, Jan. 21. Here is a link to the most recent story: Jean-Georges Vongerichten to open Tuesday in Pound Ridge.
When you see the name Jean-Georges Vongerichten, it’s usually accompanied by words like “revolutionary” or “visionary.” So it’s no wonder that when the word comes that one of the world’s most famous restaurateurs is expanding his empire, people get excited.
Yes, it’s time to get excited. The Inn at Pound Ridge by Jean-Georges is his latest venture and expected to open in the next month.
News of The Inn at Pound Ridge was first announced almost two years ago. Grub Street reported that Vongerichten, who has a home in Waccabuc, is getting closer to the long-awaited opening and looking to hire for all positions.
Although currently under construction, our visit provided a promising first peek. The details are woodsy and historically charming, perfectly suiting the horse country setting.
The restaurant will be farm-to-table fare, featuring the famous chef’s trademark refined approach to haute cuisine, which forgoes traditional meat stocks and creams in favor of vegetable juices, fruit essences and herbal vinaigrettes.
The Craigslist job posting reveals a rendering of the beautiful dining room, which is clean, rustic and with sophisticated pale wood, modern white brick hearth and an airy barn-like ceiling. According to Grub Street, the space was designed by Danish architect Thomas Juul-Hansen, who is also responsible for the decor at Perry St. and shares a similar color palette.
Vongerichten’s New York City restaurant locations include Jean-Georges, The Mark Restaurant, ABC Kitchen & ABC Cocina, The Mercer Kitchen, JoJo and Perry St.
The Inn at Pound Ridge by Jean-Georges, 258 Westchester Avenue, Pound Ridge, www.theinnatpoundridge.com.