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“Next Door Kitchen & Bar - Not your Normal Food”

Next Door Kitchen & Bar
Ranked #1 of 92 Restaurants in Ballston Spa
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $8 - $29
Cuisines: American, Contemporary
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Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
Description: Next Door Kitchen & Bar shares a love and appreciation of using foods that are fresh, approachable and unique. We pride ourselves on using foods grown in our own garden located on Science Street in Ballston Spa. The site is soil quality tested, supplemented by organic products and composting materials and maintained by ND executive chef and owners. "It's wonderful to get the experience of growing the produce and items that are served to our patrons" states Chef Strom. Owners Matthew Hall and Chris Fignar are thrilled that produce will supplement or wholly source menu items during the summer months. Additionally, the team attempts to serve items grown from local farms and small production vendors. We seek to create dishes that are inspired by traditional comfort food with contemporary flair. The cuisine is unpretentious yet has depth and complexity. Chef Jeffrey Strom brings with him a unique blend of techniques and creativity that sets his food apart. The service is refined and friendly. Our servers are highly knowledgeable regarding the menu items, purveyors, wine list, craft beer selection and offerings of unique cocktails with boutique distill ingredients. Our wine and cocktail lists were created with small production, family owned and sustainable practices in mind. Our unique wine list is in keeping with our mission and offers a fresh approach to impeccable wines. Distilleries chosen reflect our high standards and are local when possible including those from Greenfield, NY and other small batch single pot distilled distilleries. Our craft draught beer selection is strictly New York sourced. Hall states that "with so many outstanding NY craft beers, it was a great opportunity to stay local and offer great craft beers that showcase NY breweries". ND offers only the highest quality products in a comfortable and eclectic atmosphere. We designed a space that is warm and inviting with copper accents, local oil paintings and custom crafted lighting with hand blow glasswork. The newly renovated dining room was designed using locally reclaimed barn wood and barn door pulled from locations in Brandt Lake and Ballston Spa, NY. The barn door was located on Middleline Road and had once been on a barn owned by Hezekiah Middlebrook ; one of the founders of Ballston Spa. Renovations of the restaurant were supported by local construction, glass blower, artisan painters and copper craftsman. The restaurant is a warm and inviting atmosphere with unique touches that make it a perfect neighborhood space to enjoy great food and company.
Reviewed August 11, 2014

We had dinner at the Next Door - has only been open a short time - service was slow getting us water - when others people who came in after us got it right away - our waiter did come over after a short time - we started with the greens salad and beet salad - the greens were ok - the beets where whole - would not get that again - for dinner we had a special shrimp dish - was not impressed and also a chicken dish - which was good - the menu is not very large - a lot of different items - the cheesecake was very small for what they charged -
It is not a place I will go back to - not the kind of food I like.
A very small place - make a reservation.

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Reviewed August 5, 2014

What a great addition to Ballston Spa! Next Door is fabulous in every way...the atmosphere, the drinks, food, and the staff. Be prepared to eat a one-of-a-kind meal! I have eaten here twice with my husband and daughter (who is 5). She loves the pork meal! I have tried the trout (best meal I've ever had) and steak sandwich (also very, very good). My husband had a shrimp and grits special and blue crab "fettuccine" and loved both meals. Even though they had just opened, the staff was very knowledgeable and the food was prepared quickly. We have tried the beer and wine flights and were very pleasantly surprised with both (the tastes are unique and delicious). The desserts are fabulous! We also highly recommend the fried green tomatoes! It's also nice to know that so much of the food and drink is local. We will be going back soon - I can't wait to try the other menu items!

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