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Tinkering With Success

Muscoot Tavern's comfortable atmosphere remains but the menu now includes fresh and seasonal foods



As a collector of old cars, Bobby Epstein knows what it takes to restore a classic and make people’s heads turn. He took that knowledge and applied it to his stewardship of community favorite MUSCOOT TAVERN. The result, says Epstein, is that the restaurant’s draw is expanding while it maintains its devoted longtime customer base.

“Like coming back home,” is how Epstein describes his decision to buy Muscoot in 2013. The Bedford-bred former police officer learned the restaurant business from the ground up after he owned a hotel in Bimini.

Epstein wisely decided to keep the elements of Muscoot that make it a classic—the stuffed bear over the bar, the sloped floors, and the phone booth in the entranceway. He upped the food game with his “appreciation and knowledge of fresh food.”

Patrons still come in and enjoy the pizzas and burgers that Muscoot is known for, but they can also choose from raw bar selections, salads featuring local produce, and entrees ranging from fish and chips to rack of lamb.

During the summer months, the outdoor picnic tables remain popular. “We wanted to keep the restaurant a ‘come as you are’ type of place while emphasizing good, fresh, seasonal food,” he says.

Muscoot Tavern
105 Somerstown Tpk.,
Katonah, NY
914-232-2800
muscoottavern.com 

$$ Moderate

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