Since there is no shortage of excellent restaurants in the Upper East Side, it’s hard to imagine any new establishments standing out from the rest. Copper Kettle Kitchen opened their doors just two months ago, and it stands out among the crowd with their American farm-to-table comfort foods and artfully crafted cocktails.
The rustic feeling inside Copper Kettle Kitchen gives a homey feeling to match that of their food: sophisticated yet comforting. The space makes you feel welcomed when you first enter and lends itself to become your favorite neighborhood spot that beckons you to return.
Copper Kettle Kitchen comes from the team that was also behind Spigolo and The Gilroy, and chef and owner Joseph D’Angelo made sure to include everything that he loves to eat, with help from Chef de Cuisine Matthew Capone who helped develop the menu in Hartsdale, along with General Manager Drew Blumenthal.
After hearing so much about their artisanal cocktail menu, we started there. The innovative cocktail menu was designed by mixologist Josh Mazza, who took classic cocktails and put in his own twists. We enjoyed the Above the Canopy “junglebird” with Mount Gay black barrel rum, Cruzan Blackstrap rum, fortify, pineapple, and lime. One of their more popular drinks is their Gotham is Burning “Manhattan” with Elijah Craig Bourbon, sweet vermouth, distilled charcoal, and bitters. You’re going to want to make your way through the entire drink menu, but save room for the food. Also note, happy hour goes until 7:00 pm where they have special prices on select cocktails.
Most of their dishes are tapas style and meant to be shared. If you’re into dips, we enjoyed the brussel sprouts and red onion marmalade with gruyere cheese, served with slices of ciabatta breads for your dipping enjoyment. Their other popular one is the whipped ricotta dip with scallions and truffle oil. Speaking of truffle oil, their flat breads are also a hit, their standout being the Wild Mushroom Flat with goat cheese and truffle oil.
The menu boasts a “comfort” section, which basically is meant to entices you to order one of each dish, and it doesn’t help when each item is a recommended dish. Fortunately, every choice you make will be an excellent one. We loved the homemade pierogies stuffed with potato and cheese topped with caramelized onions.
A standard favorite is their mac and cheese with both New York and Vermont cheddar topped with breadcrumbs, as well as their homemade ricotta gnocchi with slow-cooked wild boar, brussel sprouts, and parmigiano.
At Copper Kettle Kitchen, even the main entrees are made to share and had the roasted chicken for two. We enjoyed the juiciness of the chicken accompanied by fingerling potatoes. In addition to all of the other dishes we indulged in, we definitely wouldn’t had minded having a third person to help us out. We’ll be back to try the Dijon crusted rack of lamb and the double cut pork chops.
We capped things off with dessert in the form of a peanut butter s’more: a thick, rich brownie covered in peanut butter sauce with a torched marshmallow oozing over top. We spied over as some of our neighbors also enjoying their desserts of apple walnut cornbread with pumpkin-autumn spice glaze and vanilla cream and semifreddo served with mini chocolate chip cookies and cream soda. A fantastic end to an indulgent meal.
In addition to all of the other dishes we were too full to eat, we will be back to check out their brunch scene, which we hear includes mouth-watering dishes such as lemon ricotta pancakes, slow-roasted short ribs with poached eggs, overnight brisket hash, and Blooming Hill Farm cheesy grits.
Photos via Copper Kettle Kitchen and by Socially Superlative