When you think of Westchester Burger Co. you probably think of, well, burgers. The bar and grill is famous for their namesake sandwich topped with mozzarella, pickles, and house WBC sauce, as well as the wide variety of build-you-own options like lamb, bison, kobe beef, or tuna steak.
Yet separate from the quiet, dimmed bar area, we found on our visit to the Rye Brook location a brightly lit grand dining room of recessed hardwood floors, huge windows, and a crackling fireplace: the perfect atmosphere to undo whatever it is you get up to on weekend evenings.
Breakfast waffle tacos.
WBC owner Vincent Corso was very direct about expanding the company’s menu. “We wanted to keep it Westchester Burger. We’ve already established who we are,” he said, but added, “Westchester Burger is not just a burger joint.” To broaden the restaurant’s offerings for guests who would prefer an earlier visit and perhaps a bit of sweetness, chef-owner Angelo DiFeo has cooked up some surprising new dishes.
French toast with stewed apples.
For the purist, we should point out that the Hangover Burger is still a solid choice with its bacon, Jack cheese and fried egg, but if you’d like something a touch more elevated to cure your hangover you have got to try the brand new WBC Burger Benedict. Six ounces of beef sit atop an English muffin along with Canadian bacon, cheese, hollandaise sauce, and a perfectly poached egg garnished with green scallions.
Nutella pancake with strawberries.
Beyond burgers, the new menu features brunch staples like avocado toast, French toast, pancakes, and even a chicken-and-waffle plate. Of course, DiFeo couldn’t put just any old brunch staples in front of you. For the foremost, an entire ripe avocado is split and cubed between two gargantuan slices of Texas toast, topped with a fried egg and granted a slight kick from red pepper flakes as well as a hint of sweet from a light honey drizzle. The French toast in question is yet more Texas toast, crisp at the edges yet light and fluffy throughout from its egg bath, then topped with stewed apples. As for the pancakes, there are several varieties but the customer favorite by far has been Nutella pancakes with fresh strawberries. (Pro tip: just cheat and order a plate for the table’s dessert, assuming you can manage to share them.)
Speaking of dessert, we strenuously recommend a new special: the Cinnamon-Oreo Explosion (pictured above), essentially an entire cinnamon roll doused with caramel and chocolate sauce until it’s become an almost bread pudding, then stuffed inside glass canister and served with a dollop of whipped cream and crumbled Oreo cookie.
Of course no brunch is complete a little hair of the dog. WBC has worked up a homemade Bloody Mary (shown above) that is by far one of the best around, complete with celery stalk and crisp bacon slice. For our money though, you can’t go wrong with — from their elegant strawberry topper to their innate ability to deceive us into thinking we aren’t actually drinking alcohol until we attempt to stand up. Add “bottomless” to that equation and our entire party immediately began Googling which of Westchester Burger Co.’s four locations (Mount Kisco, Rye Brook, White Plains, and Stamford, CT) was closest to each of our homes.
The new brunch menu is currently available at all for Westchester Burger Co. locations, Sundays from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m.
106 Westchester Ave.
275 S. Ridge St.
353 North Bedford Rd.
1980 West Main St.