Mount Kisco-based Grandberg & Associates Architects (914-242-0033; www.grandbergarchitects.com) is primarily known for residential renovations and home design, but according to founder Ira Grandberg, who in a previous life designed many restaurants in New York City, “doing another after 20 years was a hoot.”
His assignment? To build the gathering spot for Mount Kisco and surrounds.
“It was a three-year process, creating a three-story restaurant that required digging down under adjacent buildings to create a full-size commercial basement kitchen,” says Grandberg. “My goal was to exhibit to the public what and how architecture can be utilized to the fullest extent to create a feeling and not merely to decorate an interior.”
• A central skylight atrium brings patrons together in the center of the space. The cast-iron buildings in lower Manhattan were Grandberg’s inspiration.
• The first floor gastropub offers a short bar menu divided into West Side (Scottish salmon burger, escargot) and East Side (shrimp spring roll, Asian hanger steak) selections. There’s also an imaginative cocktail list.
• This may look like a standard-issue mirror, but there’s a TV in it that can only be seen when it’s turned on.
The front entrance to the 9,000-square-foot Winston at 130 E Main. The address has been a restaurant site since the 1930s.
The open second floor with balcony frames the atrium. The use of brick and exposed steel gives the interior a loft aesthetic. Regular menu items, such as Moroccan duck breast and halibut with black quinoa, are served here.
Take the stairwell or elevator to the third floor rooftop bar and terrace—the only one in Mount Kisco and one of only a few in the county. It took a year and a half for the town to approve this space.
130 E Main St, Mount Kisco (914) 244-9780