Chat: Scarsdale’s New Bar and Grill

If you already enjoy Chat 19 in Larchmont, you’ll probably like Scarsdale’s recently opened Chat American Grill, which shares a similar look and feel. Serving New American cuisine in a comfortable, stylish setting, Chat is being billed as a larger, upscale version of its sister restaurant (without the live music).

Designed with an old movie theme, the space is decorated with red painted walls, sconces, exposed brick, and black-and-white photographs of classic movie stars. A large bar separates the restaurant’s two dining rooms; the smaller, more intimate dining room features a fireplace and a wall of stacked firewood. An 80-seat outdoor patio is opened whenever weather permits.

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The bar, offering a wine list of primarily American wines, is highlighted by the same selection of 24 martinis that Chat 19 is known for. (The martini list was a Westchester Magazine “Best of Westchester” pick in 2007.) Standouts include the Pom “tini” with peach schnapps and pomegranate juice, the cappuccino martini, and the Chat 19 ’ini, a mixture of raspberry and orange vodkas, peach schnapps, triple sec, lime, and cranberry juice.

Chat’s menu is identical to Chat 19’s, with its emphasis on widely appealing comfort foods. Popular appetizers include a warm spinach dip, steamed artichoke, and tuna tartare. Sandwiches and burgers range from $10.50 to $18, entrées $15 to $29. Turkey and veggie burgers are available, as is an 8-ounce Kobe beef burger. Among the entrées: meat loaf, baby back ribs marinated in cola, smoked duck pasta, and the Asian-influenced mirin-glazed tuna with seaweed and sticky rice.

Brunch is offered every Saturday and Sunday, and the kitchen stays open until 11 pm on weeknights and midnight on weekends, making Chat an appealing option to late-night diners. “You can get burgers up to nicer dishes at pretty much any time, reasonably priced, in an upscale atmosphere,” says General Manager Frank Gratale.

What’s your opinion of the new Chat? Does it compare favorably with Chat 19?

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