The Tavern at Croton Landing gave birth to a spin-off establishment last summer in a little building next door—The Sidecar at the Tavern—and someone told me to try their cupcakes in a jar, which she’d ordered for each of her Thanksgiving guests. Always a sucker for innovative packaging, I made a point of swinging by.
The Sidecar’s cupcake in a jar.
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The small space is packed with whimsical rustic decor, loads of baked goodies, and a refrigerator case of prepared foods and pizzas—and they rock a holiday like nobody’s business, with themed food and merchandise. The cupcakes, each entirely contained in a little jar with a two-part lid, were devil’s food with lemon vanilla icing, and they were indeed delicious. David Bradley caramels were lush in the extreme, under a thick coating of milk chocolate and unabashed sprinkling of coarse sea salt. While we were at it, we grabbed one of the crumb cakes they sell both whole and by the piece—and it was the best I’d ever tasted. Big, perfect crumbs! Fluffy, perfectly flavored cake! Kathleen Levesque, who is a manager, makes the baked goods at the store and restaurant.
Stop by the Sidecar before or after eating at the Tavern—go for the Tavern’s Tuesday lobster roll special (and craft beer on tap), or Monday $16.95 New York strip steak and half-price select wine. Or sit at one of the Sidecar’s two-barrel tables and order from a small menu of specialties such as “fork and knife toast” with ricotta and jam or lobster salad, avocado, and bacon.
Pairs well with a day trip to Croton Point Park.
The Sidecar at the Tavern
39 N Riverside Ave
(914) 271-8020; facebook.com/thesidecaratthetavern1