Wine while you work
Yesterday I had some time to kill between getting new tires on my car and a yoga class. So on my way to yoga I decided to stop in to my local Barnes and Noble for a
cup of coffee
As you walk in the new store, it feels like you’re entering the MoMA. The design is really great (but I’ll let you see for yourself). You take the escalator one floor down, and as you enter, the bar is directly to your right. There’s seating for about 10 people at the bar and there are about 20 tables for dining, half of which are in the bar area and the other half in a quiet, more intimate space in the back. Menu items include appetizers, like fresh guacamole with chips and salsa, mini meatballs, and burrata crostini. Entree salads included a chicken caesar, kale, and a chopped veggie salad. There are also a few sandwich and entree options, such as grilled cheese with tomato soup, a brisket burger, chicken, pasta, and salmon. I ordered a glass of the Bouchard Père & Fils Pouilly-Fuissé to start for $10 USD. It was a slightly dry, yet crisp white wine which was perfect for early evening sipping. My friend and I split the guacamole which was freshly made with with big chunks of avocado, a little sea salt, and olive oil served with warm tortilla chips and a chipotle salsa. It is a generous serving that is perfect for sharing. I also ordered the grilled cheese and tomato soup- perfect to warm the soul in these chilling temperatures. The grilled cheese was a perfect combination of cheddar and havarti served on thick white bread with just the right amount of butter. The tomato soup was creamy and flavorful. John, the bartender, was very attentive, described all of the food options we were thinking about ordering, and even let us taste a few of the wines before we ordered. There’s a selection of local craft beers as well. I was surprised at how yummy the food was and will definitely be going back for more! Check out the menu here.
There are lots of freshly baked goods such as, you guessed it: croissants(!), scones, cookies, monkey bread and sticky buns. The coffee menu is pretty standard with lattes, cappuccinos, cortados and macchiatos. Next time I go I will be indulging in the sweet side of the Barnes and Noble Kitchen.
The space and layout of the store is great. I found it very organized, not at all crowded or messy, and all of the different genres are clearly labeled and easy to find. There’s a great, big children’s section where you can bring the kiddies on a Saturday afternoon. The vinyl section is extensive. Love that vinyl has made such a big comeback! Located next to the vinyl section is one of my favorite sections, the New York books (although somehow a book about Connecticut managed to sneak in) Wishful thinking I guess. The young adult section is one of the best I’ve seen in a B&N because it isn’t overwhelming and it’s very visually organized. As a teen I always got overwhelmed by the sheer volume of books available and would want them all! You can peruse this section more leisurely and make the right decision about the book you really want! Finally, my soft spot: the paper section. As you line up to check out, there’s a great selection of Rifle Paper Company and Kate Spade journals and stationery as well as beautiful Papyrus greeting cards. This could be a bit of problem, as I like to linger in this section, but very convenient if you’re buying a gift and you need to grab a card on the way out. Speaking of cards, maybe you should send a special card to a special friend this week! Cards are so special. As I approach the register, I get excited because I get to use my teacher discount! Yay! The cashier was a very friendly older man, a retired teacher himself. He was talking to me about how all the teachers came in with their christmas gift cards and spent all of the money on their classroom libraries. Not surprised! But teachers, do yourself a favor, spend that gift card at the bar instead this year and treat yo’self to a good book and a glass of wine. You’ve earned it!
I hope you get to visit the Barnes and Noble Kitchen very soon as a little getaway from the hustle and bustle. Keep your eye out for more locations coming soon! In the meantime, go check out the Eastchester/Scarsdale location. You won’t be disappointed!