At a time when many restaurants struggle to stay open, one recent Saturday night at Emma’s Ale House in
White Plains, on Gedney Way, (just off either Mamaroneck Ave. or Mamaroneck Road) had a one hour wait if you didn’t have a reservation.
There’s a good reason why. The vibe is comfortable ale house with sophistication. Groups of casually dressed suburbanites, young couples on dates, and a family with reasonably well behaved kids (mine) seemed equally comfortable and were equally welcomed.
Owner Casey Egan, who named the spot for his yellow lab Emma, is passionate about creating a great experience. And the guy knows his hops.
The ale and beer selection is beyond my expertise, but believe me, if you know beers, you’ll be quite happy. Ordering a glass of wine gets you a small carafe that really holds two; I was won over then.
It was cold, so we all shared two very tasty soups, a well-done French Onion and a Soup du Jour, thick Homemade Portobello Mushroom (delicious even without cream.) For supper, a Porcini Ravioli was beautifully done and an "Emma salad" was ordered with salmon; this turned out to be a very generous piece nicely grilled. The kids were happy with a humongous Fish ‘n Chips and some creamy Mac and Cheese.
We highly recommend Emma’s for lunch or dinner. The bar, too, is nice with friendly, knowledgeable bartenders, that outrageous selection of beer and ales, and good wine.
(Emma’s is a proud sponsor of theLoop. We are under no obligation to review this (or any) restaurant.)