Metro-North’s old bar cars might be harder to find than a Satchel Paige rookie card, but a new Westchester restaurant is keeping the concept alive. BarCar recently opened in Fleetwood (er, the nice section of Mount Vernon), a short block from the Metro-North station bearing the Fleetwood name.
InTown Magazine makes BarCar sound cool–eclectic menu that’s “as diverse as the area that surrounds it,” attentive service, funky jazz filling the air (and the Website, for that matter). A little restaurant critic food-porn for you:
My pan-seared day-boat scallops finally arrived. Plump and lightly seared, the mollusks were tasty. But it was the crisp endive leaves, and accompanying Israeli tabbouleh, with its large grains of bulgur and minty, nutty taste, that took center stage. Although my friend enjoyed her pan-roasted trout special, it came with just a dollop of potatoes and too few edamame.
True to its name, BarCar also does happy hour 4:30 to 6:30 each day, with half price drinks.
Owner Joe Tantillo says there’s a subtle train motif to the place–you won’t find a Lionel electric train coursing through the place, like at the old Hamburger Choo Choo in Huntington. He says there’s a picture of the Metro-North Big Board over the door and some artful train pix from old train photog Winston Link.
Regarding the menu, appetizers are referred to as “Local Fare” and entrees are “Third Rail.”
“We play it up a little bit, but try not to overdo it,” he says.