Westchester’s First Hybrid Restaurant Opens at The Shop Ardsley
From bagels in the morning to chicken dinners in the evening, restaurant owners Michael and Susy Glick cater to families in the rivertowns.
Ardsley, NY—Last January, Ardsley residents Michael and Susy Glick took over the former Stars Bagels & Café Deli—a breakfast staple in their town—after a three-year deliberation. Pairing their desire to open a restaurant closer to home with a recognition of the spot’s potential, the two New York City restauranteurs, who owned The Writing Room (1703 2nd Avenue), moved forward with their vision on how the eatery could better serve the community.
And then a global pandemic hit.
With the strict, mandated COVID-19 restrictions in the City, the two were forced to close the doors on the Upper East Side location, turning their full attention to their new Westchester adventure. And while the pandemic delayed the full launch for a few months, The Shop Ardsley opened its doors for dinner service for the first time in early October.
The Writing Room was focused on fun, entertainment, great cuisine, cultivated cocktails, and a stellar wine list, and The Shop Ardsley is no different… But mainly in the PM hours.
During the morning rush, the truly hybrid restaurant runs like a bagel shop, offering coffee, smoothies, and their popular bagels. (Stars Bagels fans, rejoice! The two kept the 11-year-veteran bagel maker when they took over, so the quality remains the same.)
In the midday, the eatery is the town’s go-to deli, with customers teaming in to grab a quick sandwich or light lunch.
From 4:00 PM on, The Shop Ardsley transforms into a full-scale American restaurant, offering delicious, family-friendly options to enjoy in-house or to go. A collection of soups, salads, and starters populate the menu, but the customizable options are the star of the show.
The chicken dinners, for example, can be served up as rotisserie (made in-house) or in fried format with half and full birds available. Families can round out the meal by choosing from The Shop’s variety of sides—think creamed spinach, whipped potatoes, mac and cheese, and more.
Families will also love the Build Your Own Burger, where you can mix and match your favorite burger options to create a truly personalized meal.
For those looking to enjoy their meal with an adult beverage, simply select from The Shop Ardsley’s full bar options; a variety of wines, specialty cocktails, and beer are available.
Not to be forgotten—the Glicks have two children of their own—the “Shop Kids” menu offers favorites like chicken fingers, cheeseburger, grilled cheese, and pasta.
The menu isn’t the only thing that transformed during quarantine. The Glicks used raw materials evoking both a vintage and literary feel, a clear nod to The Writing Room. The dining room offers reclaimed wood floors and rich leather banquets. The main wall in the dining room features an array of photography inspired by famous authors, libraries, and writers.