Emily Shaw's in Pound Ridge (formerly Inn at Pound Ridge)
I just noticed on Liz Johnson's blog that the former Inn at Pound Ridge has reopened as Emily Shaw's Inn at Pound Ridge with smaller restaurant Americana 12 - Piano Bar & Grill downstairs. Anyone been there yet? The chef is Greg Gilbert, whose bio on their website (http://www.emilyshaws.com) claims that he was most recently at Crabtree's Kittle House. I guess he decided that mentioning his time at Jackson and Wheeler (where he went after Kittle House) wouldn't sound as impressive.
Ate here for the second time this past Saturday. Place was almost full at 8PM. Very disorganized serving team, to the point of laughabiity. No different than our experience of two weeks prior except food was much worse this time. Only acceptable dish on our table of six was the porterhouse steak for two. There's a "pastry chef" who walked table to table promoting himself. He said he spent the last eleven years at the Oyster Bar in Grand Central. Desserts were awful. (Make up your own line here!) I was so hoping that this restaurant would be good! Oh, and the noise level was intolerably high. Then, a band started playing at about 9:30 PM !!!!
My other half and I went here for dinner on Saturday night to celebrate his birthday. To say that we were appalled and disappointed with the service is an understatement. We had a reservation, so one would think we'd be at a decent table, right? After all, they knew we were coming, and it wasn't THAT full. We were given the option of sitting right next to the piano (a bit loud, no?) or in the path of servers, other patrons, and parties being seated.
The food was okay. I really enjoyed my roasted beet and goat cheese salad but my halibut left a bit to be desired- too chewy and the fingerling potatoes were soggy. I should have ordered two beet salads as my entree! My guy's cheddar cheese soup appetizer was excellent, but his filet mignon was undercooked (he ordered it medium, and got it medium rare. Good for me, not for him.) Our waitron disappeared as soon as our entrees got to the table; we'd wanted a second glass of wine each, but couldn't get any service.
The good points? The beet salad and cheddar cheese soup, the piano guy and the bussers. Our table was cleared quickly and water glasses were always full. Maybe the wait staff should take a hint from the bussers about good service. I'd recommend only going to this place for appetizers and drinks; especially if you like GOOD wine.
I can be treated like I'm invisible at Applebee's where I'm only shelling out $10 for a meal- when the total cost of a dining experience is well over $100, I expect a LOT more. Also, if you want to have a conversation, don't go here- the acoustics suck,
I ate at Emily Shaw's with my parents and sister on 12/1/2007. The dining room was very chilly and noisy. Our waiter was very sweet but didn't know the menu at all. We skipped appetizers and ordered entrees, which were delicious. Then we ordered coffees and a piece of the cappuccino layer cake for dessert. The beverages arrived momentarily (the coffee was bad, cappuccino was decent), but we didn't get the cake for at least 20 minutes. The cake tasted like hazelnut - after our waiter insisted it was the cappuccino cake, he checked with the kitchen and sheepishly admitted the cappuccino cake wasn't made that day. I might try the bar at some point, but I will not be returning for dinner. What a shame.
Six of us dined at Emily Shaw's on 12/20 and thought it was terrific. Was the service flawless? No. But it was attentive enough, and paced well with our party's needs. The nicer we were, the better attention we received, what a concept! Everybody loved their entrees and appetizers from what I could tell, and we shared a couple of desserts which were great. I've been going to the various versions of this restaurant since the days it was owned by Jack Shaw, and this was pretty decent. Although, when I had read this blog before we went, I was a bit nervous. The only bummer was no cheese soup on the menu although it was mentioned earlier in the replies here, and had been a staple of the restaurant over several owners. We'll go back again sometime!
FWIW, the rap on the Kittle House is that the food has always been a secondary attraction to the incredible wine list, and the food as improved since Mr. Gilbert left.
Clearly, a properly trained, polite, efficient waitstaff is an integral part of any fine dining experience, and the dearth of quality servers in Northern Westchester is a problem that I have experienced in many other restuarants as well.
We had dinner here a couple of weeks ago, and while the service was a little iffy, the food was quite remarkable. In spite of the negative posts read here, we decided to try it anyway, since we really enjoyed this chef while he was at Crabtree .
I remember a perfect tomato soup and perfectly braised short ribs for apps, and clever salmon dish with mint. I think my wife had some sort of chicken dish that was simple and unfussy.
We did not have dessert so can't compare that. Its too bad some people here had such bad experiences. I guess its hard for a restaurant to be consistent when it first opens -- I have nothing negative to say about this place at all.
I lived in Pound Ridge, NY from 1965 until 1969. It was EMILY SHAW'S INN back
then. I dined there again in the mid 70's and it was still EMILY SHAW'S INN. I never new it as the Inn at Pound Ridge.
I loved it then; menue, food, ambiance was wonderful. If only I could get back again.
Sorry to tel you but Emily Shaw's (which reopened just a year ago under that name which does go back to the '40s) has closed.. Unfortunately the new orners invested loads of money in the veneer and not enough in the quality of the food or service. Too bad. We miss it here in Pound Ridge.