Wolfert’s Roost Restaurant Opens In Irvington
A profile of the Irvington restaurant’s premises, menu, and history.
Photo by Doug Schneider
The new 34-seat, casual BYOB along Irvington’s sloped-toward-the-Hudson Main Street comes from Eric Korn, owner of caterer Good-Life Gourmet, and Jennie Werts, formerly chef de cuisine at Zengo in Manhattan.
“I just had a baby, just moved, and have a Best Of Westchester wedding catering business,” says Korn. “Opening a restaurant made sense in the ‘What else can I do to make my life crazy?’ department.”
The contemporary American menu features nibbles such as house-pickled veggies and johnnie cakes (a fried biscuit of sorts); an acorn squash and goat cheese salad with pumpkin seeds and lemon vinaigrette; wild mushroom bruschetta with sunny-side up egg; spicy mussels with coconut, Thai basil, and picked chilies; sweet tea-brined fried chicken, and a burger with onion jam and Beemster. Most mains are under $20 with one of the exceptions—the $129, 38-oz Pat LaFrieda tomahawk steak (bone-in rib steak)—served with unlimited sides (feeds up to four).
As with most under 40-seat restaurants, there are no reservations. Wolfert’s Roost is open Monday to Saturday initially for dinner only; lunch and brunch are planned.
The restaurant name refers to the home of Wolfert Acker (1667-1763), who worked for the Dutch colonial government and for whom the Washington Irving short story collection, Wolfert’s Roost, is named.
100 Main St, Irvington
(914) 231-7576; www.wolfertsroostirvington.com