As you step into Muddy Water Coffee & Café –Tarrytown’s latest must-go-to place, one is struck by the warm and vibrant atmosphere. This newest gathering place, at 52 Main Street in Tarrytown, has taken full advantage of the old building with its creaky wooden floors, tin ceilings and brick wall.
Linton Suttner and his partner Loretta Oleck are the proprietors of Muddy Water and have created a space that is a hit with the locals. The front room is replete with café tables, mismatched chairs and interesting black and white photography on the walls. The middle section houses the heart of the café and features raw wood counters and bakery cases filled with an assortment of baked-fresh almond croissants, sugar-dusted muffins, daily pie offerings as well as a large selection of gluten-free and vegan choices that include rosemary fig scones, pumpkin cinnamon sticky buns and Earl Grey lavender shortbread. For those seeking a savory dish, there is quinoa salad with raw vegetables, a variety of quiches, tapenade and delicious focaccia. Every day Muddy Water offers two different healthy soups served with a hunk of hot bread, as well as vegan Samosas made locally by Samosa Shack. The back room, with windows overlooking an enclosed garden area, has a living room feel with a comfy red leather sofa, club chair, and area rug, creating a perfect place to meet up with friends or cozy up with a cup of hot chocolate, coffee or tea. In the evenings, the shop dims the lights and candles glow from all the tables creating a more intimate ambiance. But first and foremost, Muddy Water prides itself on the great coffee they sell, having taste-tested for over a year. Currently, they are featuring a selection from Big Bang Coffee out of Peekskill but will rotate this selection with other local roasters. Customers rave about the lattes and cappuccinos and since they opened on October 15, they have quickly established regulars who can’t stay away. Friendly staff, a welcoming atmosphere, exceptional coffee, delicious food, great music, free wifi, lots of natural light, and comfortable seating. What more could you want from your local coffeehouse? Both of the owners have eclectic and creative backgrounds and are eager to bring live music, poetry and open mic nights to Muddy Water. Their website will list a calendar of events to begin in December. Go to muddywatercoffeehouse.com or call (914) 909-2826.