Hanging Edison bulbs, reclaimed knotty wood and twinkling lights strung around a chalkboard menu make it clear that simply calling The Mill “a bar” would be an understatement. It is a self-proclaimed gastropub, a term that signals yes, the atmosphere is casual, but there are upscale touches and a menu that goes beyond burgers.
Hanging flat screens play sports, but you won’t find a dartboard. Don’t look for a jukebox, either: a playlist straight out of the WFUV archives beats cheerfully in the background.
There are clever vintage-style cocktails, an affordable wine list and a menu of more than 10 rotating craft beers with a wait staff eager to pour samples, but the work in the kitchen should not be overlooked.
The food is modern American pub style, with crispy wood-fired pizza, tender kale salad and vegetarian options that will appeal even to adamant meat-eaters.
Go for good conversation and a drink, something crafty and interesting. Then stay for dinner.
What we tried
Arctic char: Pan-seared and crispy, served on top of sauteed kale with lardons. The dish is drizzled with a citrus aioli sauce that we loved, and after the fish was gone were still sopping up every last drop with pizza crust.
Wood-fired pizza: We went for classic Margherita. It wasn’t quite the charred Neapolitan-style we’ve become fond of, but something closer to a personal-size New York pizza. Sufficiently crisp on the bottom, but thicker than we expected with generous amounts of cheese, sauce and doughy crust.
The Mill burger: The house burger is a specialty item and should be on the radar for any burger lover. This is a classic hamburger done right: it’s juicy and seasoned with a house rub for kick, and layered with heirloom tomato, lettuce and a healthy slice of aged New York cheddar. The burger is served with thin, crispy and appropriately salted french fries.
The chalkboard drink menu is constantly updated, as local breweries release new beers for the seasons. The beer list is long and well-composed, with some recognizable crafts like Sierra Nevada and more obscure ones too, like Coney Island Craft Lager by Schmaltz Brewing.
We enjoyed a white chocolate bread pudding for dessert, which is made with English muffins and topped with salted caramel. Don’t be fooled by the small portion. It’s served in a small ramekin but packs a decadent punch — every spoonful is rich, buttery and just salty enough to leave you wanting more.
On a chilly winter weeknight, the bar is busy with an interesting mix. You’ll see 30-somethings on a date, 60-somethings having a ladies night and a table of guys after work having wings and beer. Not particularly kid-friendly (no children’s menu), but young diners are certainly welcome and will find the pizza more than up to snuff.
Servers are friendly and helpful, if perhaps a little overbearing at times. They clearly know the menu well and are eager to recommend favorites. Not sure which craft beer to try? You can sample any drafts free in a small tasting gill.
What we will order next
Wings with soy wasabi sauce. A nearby table ordered them and the scent trail from that sauce was drool-worthy. And the beet burger, a beautiful vegetarian dish with thinly sliced beets and dollops of goat cheese.
The Mill is a short uphill walk from Hastings-on-Hudson’s train station and makes a great spot for happy hour, 5 to 7 p.m. every day. New this month, happy hour specials include barbecue pulled pork nachos and a platter of warm marinated olives with fennel and fresh lemon. All wings are half-priced, and wines by the glass and draft beers are $5.
Parking is tricky. There are several small lots throughout downtown Hastings and most are dedicated to specific businesses, but none for The Mill. Your best bet is to find a metered spot on the street.
The 411 on The Mill
Entree price range: $15-$20
Great for: Date night, watching the game, craft beer, cocktails, dining at the bar, girls’ night out, meeting for a drink, late night eats, small plates, vegetarians.
Noise level: Moderate to loud.
Hours: closed Monday, 5 p.m. to midnight Tuesday through Thursday, 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. Friday and Saturday, 11 to 4 p.m. Sunday.
Go: 583 Warburton Ave., Hastings-on-Hudson, 914-231-7772.
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