I’m extremely picky in regards to bar food, all of it in general, but in particular when it comes to wings. I consider wings to be an art form, like a painting. The wing itself is the canvas and the sauce the loving brush strokes of a magician. Paired perfectly and it’s a deliciously delightful combination, a work of art to place up there with any of Van Gogh’s finest. Miss on either and I’m grumpy as heck, upset at the waste of an opportunity. A while back a couple friend of mine raved about the cajun dry rub wings at Pumpernickel up in Ardsley. They had a full tray of them available for the guy’s birthday and I gave them a shot, paired with their in house avocado ranch dressing. I was smitten.
Pumpernickel is a quaint little bar hidden in a strip mall right off of Saw Mill River Rd., it’s extremely easy to miss. When you walk in the dining tables are situated on the right and the bar/band area is to the left, the areas are separated by a six foot wall. It’s the type of place where if you’re a once a week customer you would be known very well by the staff and the owner. Very cozy, and quaint. If you look it up online, Pumpernickel is known for its root beer, which I haven’t tried.
It’s a bar so I started with a seasonal beer as I looked over the menu. Though I am picky about bar food I am a complete sucker for some of the staples which are offered at Pumpernickel. Six different type of nachos already had my mouth watering, the Don Nachos in particular looked incredible. They also cover another weak spot for me with two different types of chili. I figured let me get some vegetables in me and settled on the healthy option, the chili cheese fries. We placed our full order which included a large set of the dry rub wings and a few other dishes.
The fries came out and were fairly delicious. The chili was very good, but the cheese was similar in flavor to that movie theater nacho cheese that is good at first but then sucks as you continue. All told though the fries themselves were pretty good and the chili on top made it easy to get through the crappy cheese. The main course came out in the process, the dry rub cajun wings. Just as I remembered, they were terrific. I am much more of a sauce guy but the dry rub is excellent. I’d like it if it were a bit spicier but I have a very high threshold for spicy food, so although I am saying it’s not that bad, I am warning that it could be too much for some people’s palettes. The avocado ranch dressing that accompanied the wings is excellent, we ended up ordering another serving of it since we went through it so quickly. Ranch dressing in general has a cooling feeling as does the avocado. Paired together it’s a nice creamy dipping sauce to help those that can’t stand the heat.
To wrap up the meal we went on and ordered a pair of Apple Crisps as dessert. I love damn near anything apple, and this was a decent apple crisp at best. It was too tart from the apple, could have used a bit more of the caramel to dress it up. The crumbs on top were too runny as if they were not baked in with the crisp itself. Overall it was good, but not something I’d really ask for again.
Pumpernickel is a good place for a get together with some tasty food. The wings are great, there’s a robust menu, and root beer is supposed to be some of the best around if you’re into it. I’d say that it is definitely worth a go if you want a low key meal, there are some good offerings available.
Pumpernickel Review reviewed by Well Fed on December 3, 2014 rated 4.0 of 5