Club Car Restaurant Opens at Mamaroneck Train Station

29 Mar, 2012

By Polly Kreisman


The historic Mamaroneck Train Station is now open for business as a restaurant, after a ribbon cutting Wednesday.


John Verni and Chris Verni, brothers and partners in Verco Properties LLC,  acquired the building from the MTA and converted the long-neglected station into space for a restaurant on the ground level and professional offices on a new second level.



The Club Car  restaurant and lounge was the vision of Brian MacMenamin, formerly of MacMenamin’s Grill, the Larchmont Oyster House, and the Post Road Ale House.



Verni says several elements of the historic building were incorporated into the design of the building. For example, the building featured an original fireplace that was stripped of generations of paint and the restored to the original wood finish beneath; the large palladium windows with multi-colored period glass were completely refurbished; and the old ticket counters were incorporated into the design of the new bar.



On the new second floor, the original wood trusses and wooden-slated roof elements were preserved by insulating the replacement roofing from the outside, enhancing the energy efficiency and aesthetics of the roofing system.



Congratulations!


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  • Leslie-Anne Brill

    Had an unexpected chance to try it tonight, having gotten out of work early. It was 5:00 and I thought they’d probably be closed, but I pulled open the big wooden door and they were open, friendly, and even somewhat buzzing, with a few other customers. I had my pick of seats by the flickering gas fireplace. And yes, it’s beautiful, and no one’s happier than I am to see a historic building in town restored.

    I wanted just a drink and a few appetizers. Unfortunately, the cocktail menu shown on their website isn’t available yet, but the waitress said they have one of the best bartenders in the world who could make any drink I wanted (and they do have a number of beers on tap, and an extensive wine list, including many available by the glass). So I ordered a Sidecar, a drink that has sentimental value for me (don’t ask). I don’t think she’d ever heard of it, but she went to ask at the bar, later returning with one of the best Sidecars I’ve ever had.

    I ordered the stuffed clams and the lobster cocktail. This isn’t a vegetarian haven by any means, and I eat veggie more often than not, but I do eat seafood. They have pizzas, but they’re only on the “Late-Night Menu,” which begins at 12 AM (yeah, that’s late). It took a while for the food to arrive, but I wasn’t in a hurry. I received a basket of whole-grain bread. Eventually another waitress came by, noticed that the other end of my table was covered with spilled salt, and wiped it off, which was very sweet. She asked if she could remove my dinner plate, and I told her I hadn’t eaten yet. She said, “Did you enjoy the bread?” I told her I had enjoyed the bread, and even the butter. (In truth, I had enjoyed the butter even more than the bread, which, while delicious, tasted like it had been toasted about 1/4 of the way, unnecessarily.)

    The clams were amazing, and I ate every last bite. Stuffed clams are a sort of litmus test for me, because they usually taste pretty bad compared with the Clams Oreganata at a certain restaurant in Yonkers where my family used to go for special occasions (Louie’s, anyone? closed many years ago). I asked for a spoon so I could scoop up the sauce. They had a bit more bacon than I was used to, but not in a bad way. I would probably go back just for the clams.

    The lobster cocktail was a case of my eyes being too big for my stomach. It was very good but didn’t quite measure up to my Grand Central Oyster Bar/Gosman’s Dock standards (pretty high, I admit). Maybe it could have been cooked a minute longer? Came with 3 kinds of sauce, which was a nice touch.

    Couldn’t resist ordering dessert, and what I ended up with was a sort of deconstructed tiramisu in a martini glass. The ladyfingers that came alongside it were pretty much straight out of the package, but the rest of it was perfectly delicious–well, I suppose I would have preferred a slightly higher infusion of booze, but maybe that’s just me.

    The place is not only beautiful, but has a nice ambience. I’ll go back sometime and try other stuff, but all in all, my sense is that the food will do justice to the surroundings. Brian MacMenamin was there, and I complimented him on the way out.

  • Mary V.

    We have eaten at club car three times and have been very happy each time. The food has been wonderful each time and the ambiance is spectacular, warm and inviting. The entire building is gorgeous and the location overlooking the park could not be better. We enjoyed the evening’s vocalist and the jazz band too. Great night in a great place.

  • jjinla

    Really? Maybe we were there on an off night, but the stuffed clams were all breading, and the empanadas so greasy that I had heartburn for a whole day.

    The location is beautiful, but when I went they were totally overwhelmed. I saw at least 3 ppl leave because their food was so late, but we were just eating at the bar. We’ll likely give it another try in a few months once they’ve figured out all of their kinks in running the place.

  • a review

    Excellent food and a nicely designed room. But, main course took over 30 minutes to arrive, with a “sorry” and no explanation. First cocktail had to be returned as it had the wrong ingredients. A replacment cocktail did no better.
    Service, in general, seemed unskilled (emply water glasses, reaching across diners to remove plates) The check was incorrect (too high) and that took another 15 minutes to resolve.
    If they have it, I suggest – take out.