Opening Soon: The Inn at Pound Ridge by Jean-Georges

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The Inn at Pound Ridge by Jean-Georges

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 Inn at Pound Ridge by Jean-Georges

The Inn at Pound Ridge by Jean-Georges

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.

 

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Megan McCaffrey is a food writer for The Journal News and contributor to the Small Bites Blog. She has a degree in Digital Media from Fordham University and a fondness for good craft beer. She loves to bake, read cooking blogs and taste all the Lower Hudson Valley has to offer. Megan lives in Ridgefield, Connecticut with her husband and three kids.

7 Comments

  1. Jean-George’s cooking is not “simplistic”. Simplistic means overly simple, not taking the essential complexity of the topic into account.

    His approach to haute cuisine might be called lighter or revised or Asian-influenced. But simplistic? That’s incorrect and an insult.

  2. Hi Jade Grande, thanks for reading. You are correct. “Simplistic” was meant to be “simple,” referring to chef Vongerichten’s obvious understanding of flavors, how to blend them cohesively and his ability to consistently create something that allows the depth of that understanding to shine.

    Looking forward to the opportunity to taste his cooking closer to home!

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