11 Kittle Road
Chappaqua, New York
914.666.8044 · kittlehouse.com
What started as an unassuming country barn in 1790 has lived many lives: private residence, boarding school, even a speakeasy owned by gangster Dutch Schultz. Today, the inviting white colonial is both inn and restaurant; the wine cellar is located in what were once the stables, redesigned by Glenn Vogt, managing partner/wine director, in 1990. Vogt is a well-regarded authority in the wine, food and restaurant business, having run major restaurant/wine operations around NYC for the past 25 years. Together, he and partner John Crabtree ensure that the traditions of the Kittle House flourish. Guests can enjoy cocktails and dining in the garden or in the grotto-esque tap room that is replete with stone fireplace. And, after a decadent meal from CIA-trained Chef Kevin Bertrand, late night revelers can seek solace in the 12-room inn.
Number of selections: 7,000
Bottles in inventory: 75,000
Number of wines by the glass: 35
BYO: Yes. Corkage Fee: $35 (waived Mondays; $75 if the wine is on the list)
Wine list highlights: Excellent offerings of Rhône, Burgundy, Bordeaux, California (including many 1990s Cabs), Italy (especially Tuscany and Piedmont) and Germany, including 16 bottlings from Dönnhoff. Verticals of Screaming Eagle, Harlan, Bryant Family, Colgin, as well as Château Margaux, Château Lafite Rothschild and Domaine de la Romanée-Conti. Special bottles include 1945 Haut-Brion and 1900s from Ausone and Margaux.