Like a box of fine china or a man covered in ants, cocktails just beg to be shaken. Stir up local nightlife with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of American-fusion fare and cocktails at Karma Lounge in Ossining.
Karma Lounge is a three-tiered upscale delight, triangularly supported by an eclectic menu, more than 20 specialty martinis, and live entertainment on select nights. Start off with a snackworthy sample from chef Michael DeBride’s innovative tapas options, including truffle saffron risotto ($8), asian spiced ribs ($11), and Karma Lounge’s signature scallops and polenta ($13). For heartier fare, enlist a server to escort a plate of crab cake sliders ($8) or hang a few fangs on the Karma steak house burger ($10). Green-eating grazers can munch on the arugula and fennel salad ($9) or the light-weight, yet filling eggplant and wild mushroom rollatini ($8). After cleaning up the main plates, the mascarpone cheesecake ($6) and pineapple bread pudding ($5) are both on hand to sate the table’s sweetest teeth.
Karma Lounge combines upscale flare with culinary care. The dining room is bedecked with warm colors, exposed brick walls, and framed artwork that evokes fleeting feelings of a midevening stroll through the starry streets of Manhattan.
Chef Miguel was born in Sao Paulo, Brazil, where he lived for six years before moving with his mother to Belize. In both locations, he absorbed knowledge of local spices, agricultural practices, and fishing communities. When he arrived in the United States as a young man, Miguel's early childhood passion for cooking—ignited by the diverse cuisines of Brazil and Belize—prompted him to pursue an education at the Culinary Institute of America. His restaurant endeavors have led him up and down the East Coast, from New York to South Florida and finally back to Karma Lounge in Ossining.
Called "a hidden beauty" by the New York Times and named one of the 31 best bars in the county by Westchester Magazine, Karma Lounge mixes upscale American fare with influences from around the world. Brick columns line the dining room entrance, leading guests through a dimly lit corridor that culminates in a stone fireplace. Evenings bring performances by jazz musicians, live bands, and DJs, who underscore meals and cocktails with their musical stylings, often playing three ominous notes when a diner has forgotten his reading glasses.