Nutmeg Café opened on Main Street in Tuckahoe 8 months ago offering Westchester a titillating variety of artisanal baked goods, craft foods and beverages for eat-in and take-out. And ever since, a steady stream of patrons has been flocking in.
Proprietor and creative force behind Nutmeg is Cindy Bothwell, who grew up in beautiful Napa Valley, California surrounded by family-owned fruit orchards, independent farms and wineries. These idyllic surroundings, with a little help from watching Grandma in the kitchen, provided her with an appreciation of fresh farm-to-table ingredients and the early skills to produce her delicious culinary repertoire.

You may recognize Cindy from her years of working at Farmers Markets around the county in Bronxville, Irvington and Chappaqua, selling her signature goods under the ‘What’s For Dessert?’ brand. When requests for her cakes and pies outgrew her home kitchen, she leased commercial space in Yonkers. She moved into her renovated shop in September 2016, and transferred all her baking and production to the Nutmeg kitchen. Her daily menu items are all prepared fresh on the premises.

The Café is warm and inviting, offering up a comfortable ambiance. There is seating for up to 25, soft background music, exposed brick walls and display cases filled to the brim with the tempting daily goods. Sample tastings are always available at the counter.

Bothwell describes her cooking and baking as “American home-style rustic” and insists on keeping up with the seasons. While her offerings change regularly, you can always find Cindy’s staple cakes, pies, cupcakes, muffins and cookies. Signature specialties include: chocolate, banana and coconut cream pie; classic apple pie; plum raspberry pie; chocolate bourbon pecan pie. She also uses the seasonal marketplace to prepare her delicious quiches and scones, hot and cold empanadas and chicken pot pies.

Delightful beverages include such exclusive artisanal makers as Joe’s Coffee out of Brooklyn. Especially for spring and summer, Cindy’s manager Mario Sama also makes his own small-batch Custom Cold Brew coffees and teas on-site. Even the syrups for specialty drinks are house made. There are daily infused water flavors, iced teas and fruity lemon or limeades.

Fresh made soups and salads were recently added to Nutmeg’s menu and posted daily on the blackboard. A recent posting included: delectable cheddar scallion scones; caramelized onion and Gruyere crostada; and cauliflower, leek and Asiago quiche. Cindy maintains, “All items are house made with only fresh natural ingredients.” Nutmeg also offers a growing inventory of gluten-free and vegan products.

Nutmeg Café (and What’s For Dessert?) is located at 64 Main Street, Tuckahoe, N.Y., across from Tuckahoe City Hall. Hours: Monday thru Friday, 7am to 7pm; Saturdays, 9am to 5pm; Sundays, 9am to 3pm. Eat-in or take-out. Advanced reservations for larger groups suggested. Outside catering. Major credit cards. Municipal parking. Phone: 914-779-1328. www.thenutmegcafe.com

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Morris Gut is a restaurant marketing consultant and former restaurant trade magazine editor. He has been tracking and writing about the food and dining scene in greater Westchester for 30 years. He may be reached at 914-235-6591 or gutreactions@optonline.net