1881 mezannine table
1881 Kitchen Table dining area

About Us

Our Inspiration

The restaurant’s name was inspired by the history of the building which was constructed in 1881. It housed a variety of unique establishments, as it was previously the town’s library, a gentleman’s room, and a speakeasy, as well as Siegels and Hart Schaffner Marx clothing stores where both names have been restored to remain visual on the building facade. The name of the restaurant gives a nod to the past, present and future as Port Chester continues its rapid growth and development.

Similar to the worldwide menu, the design of the space has historic influences, and features salvaged elements that were globally sourced by the owners and forged and textured over open fire by a local blacksmith. The open kitchen and wood-fired oven creates a warm and inviting vibe, and unique hand-crafted accents add an eclectic element.

The owners and local residents are passionate about this historic property and fell in love with the potential of the building. They wanted to preserve yet modernize the space for everyone in the area to experience something unique. They teamed up with a true artist of food (Chef) and artist of drink (Julio) to help build an exceptional experience off the canvas they designed, where the food and drink will come to life when it hits the table. 

1881 mezannine table
1881 Kitchen Table dining area

About Us

What Sets Us Apart

There are many features that set 1881 apart, and the most impressive is the large wood-fired oven with a copper dome. The hand carved salt brick meat aging room is another and a first-of-its-kind in the area. The aging room is a chamber that is equipped with walls made from bricks of Himalayan pink salt, which plays a significant role in creating the perfect conditions for maturing steaks and creates a distinctive flavor for guests. 1881 also features a unique espresso bar by Modbar to provide an elevated coffee experience alongside indulgent desserts that are prepared in-house daily by the restaurant’s pastry chef. In addition, the wine room boasts a 12-seat semi-private mezzanine that offers guests an intimate setting for celebrations or group outings.

The menu, which reflects the simplicity that goes back to the roots of clean, elemental cooking, will rotate regularly to feature the season’s freshest ingredients. It features a mix of small plates and butcher’s cuts from the meat aging room.

Julio Enriquez will lead an inventive beverage and bar program for 1881. With the help of lead bartender Sebastian Rodriguez, Julio will incorporate elements of the restaurant into the programming, such as a beeswax and smoked old fashioned inspired by the wood-fired oven, and a reimagined beet and walnut butter cocktail inspired by one of chef’s incredible salads. The wine menu will also feature a variety of selections from boutique producers.

About Us

Our Chef

Born and raised in France, Chef Azulay will draw on years of experience across standout restaurants in Israel and his vast travels to create dishes that showcase a mix of cultures.

The 94+ seat space will be the canvas for Chef Azulay’s vibrant global fare, which will be prepared in a bustling open-concept kitchen highlighted by a centerpiece wood-fired oven where most dishes will be made.

Frank believes in mastering the art of food with simple elements that enhance the highest quality ingredients. He thinks of a plate as an opportunity where he can create something beautiful and memorable. He looks forward to drawing on his global experience to bring guests standout food and a menu that will change regularly to incorporate the season’s bounty.

Wood Fired Oven

The majority of our dishes will be prepared in our wood fired oven in order to provide extra flavor, and for dishes that need to be prepared at temperatures close to 800 degrees F. Try our meat, fish, vegetables, bread and desserts as you have never had them before.

communal open fire cooking 1881 kitchen table

Hand Carved Salt Brick Dry Aging

Modbar Espresso and desserts

Modbar Espresso

1881 will feature Modbar Espresso to provide an exquisite coffee experience alongside our daily indulgent desserts prepared in-house daily by the restaurant’s pastry chef.

Location

1881 is located in the heart of Port Chester, surrounded by retail and entertainment, with the Capitol Theater within walking distance. Street parking is conveniently located in the front, two rear parking lots can be found directly behind, and additional parking is located in the surrounding blocks. Wrapped around I-95, I-287, Westchester Avenue, (Route 112) and King Street (Route 120A), 1881 offers convenient access from any direction, and is easily accessible from Westchester, CT and NYC. Mass transit is accessible from the Port Chester Metro North Train Station.

Free parking available in the lot in front of Colony Grille off Abendroth Ave

Paid parking is available in the front on N. Main St. using the Passport parking app.

Paid parking is also available in the two lots behind the building, one off of King St., and one off of Willet Ave via pay station or the Passport app

Rear door of 1881 is an Exit Only except for ADA entrance.

Please use the front entrance at 112 N.Main St.

112 N Main St
Port Chester, NY 10573
Opening Hours
Monday Closed
Tuesday 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Wednesday 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Thursday 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Friday 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Saturday 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Sunday Closed