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Review: Cafe of Love in Mt. Kisco, NY: A Foodie’s Guide to Great Local Eats

Nov 28, 2012 08:28PM ● By Natasha Bernardez

Cafe of Love Dining Room

Cafe of Love

38 East Main St. Mount Kisco, NY 10549
Lunch: Tuesday – Sunday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Dinner: Tuesday – Thursday 5 to 10 p.m., Friday/Saturday 5 to 11 p.m.,
Sunday 5 to 9 p.m., closed Mondays

Ladle of Love

11B South Moger Ave. Mount Kisco, NY 10549
Monday – Friday 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.,
Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., closed Sundays

Cafe of Love grew from the heartfelt offerings of Leslie Lampert, who has always shared her love for food. Lampert used food as a healing modality to assist those struggling with cancer and, as a former senior editor for Ladies’ Home Journal, she wrote about food and spent many hours in the test kitchen, developing recipes for the magazine. Lampert’s desire to help those in need motivated her to cook for the September 11 first responders in New York, a gesture that caught the attention of others. Lampert responded to this growing demand by selling baskets full of her famous soups and stews, such as Leslie’s Chicken & Dumpling and Harvest Celebration.   

Leslie Lampert & her crew at Cafe of Love
Leslie Lampert & her crew at Cafe of Love
Eventually, Lampert opened Ladle of Love, a French inspired store that served her delicious creations for customers on the run. The shop still stands a stone’s throw away from Cafe of Love, Lampert’s restaurant in Mount Kisco. Priding itself on being an honest food restaurant, Cafe of Love features an eclectic array of food with ingredients  sourced from local farms such as Sugar Hill and Amba Farms. The bar stocks local beers and wine. Lampert ensures that her restaurant serves food created from socially responsible farming practices, and everything is handmade “a la minute,” with special attention to details. A recently featured dish, the golden acorn squash soup, came garnished with fresh popped kettle corn to create a contrast of flavors and texture. Cafe of Love serves homemade gluten-free pasta and other options for customers who are sensitive to wheat. For those who can’t make it to the restaurant, an environmentally responsible electric food truck sells many of the favorite dishes throughout Mount Kisco and Bedford.

Natasha Bernardez is the Executive Chef of Clean Plate Culinary Inc. Her team specializes in healthy food culinary services, including personal chef and other customized offerings. To book their services visit or call 347.644.8306 for a consultation.