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Where to Take Mom for a Mother’s Day Meal in Westchester

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If you’re looking to make Mother’s Day extra special, but you’re not looking for the extra work, let these Westchester restaurants take care of it.

By Hannah Teligades, Sabrina Weiss, and Dave Zucker

Admittedly, breakfast in bed loses a bit of its luster when the socially responsible thing to do is already staying home. Still, Mother’s Day is a time to show mom how much she means to you, and some of Westchester’s favorite restaurants are making sure you can still do that with amazing celebratory menus and festive family dining deals for takeout. 

Apropos

900 Fort Hill Rd, Peekskill
914.739.3546

Choose three courses from a locally inspired menu ($60 pp), perfect for a north-county Mother’s Day spot. For antipasti, choose between ricotta toast with hazelnuts, a spring arugula salad, or a baby kale Caesar salad with two-year Parmesan. For entrees: roasted sea bass; basted NY strip (+$25); crispy local chicken with smoked ricotta; or cavatelli with ricotta. Finish off with Moscato panna cotta; warm robiola with house jam; or stracciatella affogato.

Benjamin Steakhouse

610 Hartsdale Rd, White Plains; 914.428.6868

Treat mom to a well-deserved, hearty three-course meal under the glorious outdoor tent with skylight or indoors in the sophisticated and stylish dining room where first course choices range from classic Caesar salad to jumbo shrimp cocktail, jumbo lump crab cake with red pepper coulis, or lobster bisque laced with brandy. Then it’s on to the main course where dry-aged USDA prime meats are the highlight (think: filet mignon and rib eye), with rack of lamb and Norwegian salmon just as tempting. Traditional steakhouse sides complement the meal, including signature Benjamin home fries, mashed potatoes, creamed spinach, and more. It’s a chef’s selection for dessert, along with coffee and tea service. ($89.95 pp; Noon to 11 p.m.)

BLT Steak White Plains

221 Main St, White Plains; 914.467.5500

A rose and a complimentary glass of Wölffer rosé will set the tone for a delightful celebration (Noon to 10 p.m.) of the mother unit, with special additions to Executive Chef Andy Schilling’s regular menu that include: avocado gazpacho with basil croutons, cantaloupe salsa, and chili oil; seared scallops with carrot and ginger purée, rhubarb compote, and miso brown butter; and a mixed berry tart with lemon cream and raspberry sorbet.

Bread & Brine

19 Main St, Hastings-on-Hudson
914.479.5243

The standard (and outstanding) New England menu will be the thing come Sunday, with dishes like baked stuffed clams, Thai lobster bisque, shishido peppers, lobster grilled cheese, and grilled whole branzino. Off-menu Mother’s Day specials include French toast and a frittata, and everything comes with a complimentary glass of champagne for Mom. Best of all, there’s always the option to go bottomless. (Reserve lunch or dinner indoors; outdoor dining is first come, first served.)

The Bus at Salinger’s

230 Guinea Rd, Brewster
845.277.3521

For an outdoor dining experience like no other, head on over to picnic on the orchard, where Chef David DiBari serves up gourmet, complete breakfast in a box (10 a.m. to 5 p.m.). Think: a blueberry lemon ricotta pancake box; a fig, brie, and bacon croissant box; and a chicken and waffles box. All include “bus-made” maple sausage, bacon, biscuits, and fruit. The BYOB (Bring Your Own Blanket) event is preorder recommended, but not required.

Chutney Masala

76 Main St, Irvington
914.591.5500

Treat your mother like a queen with a feast of classic Indian dishes like chicken korma, mutter paneer, adraki chaamp, prawns balchao, and much more. Plus, the riverside bistro is planning some surprise food and drink specials that will be revealed at the table on Sunday.

The Cookery

39 Chestnut St, Dobbs Ferry
914.305.2336

This Rivertown foodie paradise offers a three-course Mother’s Day brunch and then a regular dinner menu with Mother’s Day specials. Here, the specialties include mozzarella with charred ramps and fried chicken with ricotta pancakes along with a “Give Me the Meats” special of eggs, maple sausage, grilled thick bacon, the famous Cookery brown sauce, hash brown tots, and grilled sourdough bread.

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Dubrovnik Restaurant

721 Main St, New Rochelle
914.637.3777

Expect a special Mother’s Day menu (11 a.m. to close) with new seafood and raw bar options, including grilled calamari, octopus carpaccio, a Dalmation platter, and watermelon salad. For the main course, choices include octopus under ‘the bell’ seared soft shell crabs, pasta morski plodovi, roasted Cornish hen, spring lamb, or filet mignon. Finish off with your choice of dessert, all on the restaurant’s beautiful outdoor terraces or inside the grand dining space. (10% discount for takeout orders placed by May 7.)

Dubrovnik Croatian Restaurant in New Rochelle, NY

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The Greekish

273 Halstead Ave, Harrison; 914-732-3333
8 North Broadway, Nyack; 845-353-1200

Chef Constantine Kalandranis sticks to his brunch menu (12 p.m. to 4 p.m.) for this special Sunday with classics like steak and eggs, poached egg spanakopita, and honey French toast. Later on, dinner is a special four-course menu (noon to 10 p.m.; $55 pp) with dishes such as seared diver scallops with crushed potato, or branzino with potato and bitter greens. Save room for desserts like the chocolate and halva cake served with cinnamon ice cream.

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Hudson Social

11 Station Plaza, Dobbs Ferry
914.478.3634

If you’re looking for a view to celebrate this Mother’s Day, Hudson Social is the spot to be. Fit with an outdoor bar and patio dining with a waterfront view, the eatery is open for brunch (noon to 3 p.m.) or dinner (4 p.m. to close) this Sunday. To celebrate right, chef/owner Matt Kay offers a new frosé cocktail ($12/cup; $25/quart) in addition to the regular New American menu and the list of fun, handcrafted cocktails.

Hudson Social restaurant in Dobbs Ferry, NY

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L’Inizio

698 Saw Mill River Rd, Ardsley
914.693.5400

What Mom can resist a bottomless brunch? This downtown Ardsley spot (which has just started offering brunch) serves up specialty brunch menu items like cauliflower steak with chimichurri hummus or fluffy pancakes topped with honey-coated berries (11 a.m. to 4 p.m.). Make it bottomless (+$25 pp) with Bloody Marys, mimosas, or limitless sangria. Later in the day, dinner specials include bucatini with shrimp and asparagus or octopus hash with avocado puree. For at-home dining, family dinners (for 4) include appetizers such as burrata and mixed green salad and pasta dishes like chicken Bolognese pappardelle and rigatoni alla vodka. Plus, there are plenty of sides and desserts available, too.

Pizza & Brew and Public Pizza Italian Kitchen & Wine Bar

851 Central Park Ave, Scarsdale; 914.472.1032
193 Market St, Yonkers;914.652.7611

These sister spots (one, a Westchester institution; the other, a hip Ridge Hill dining destination) are offering brunch (12 p.m. to 3 p.m.) and dinner (3 p.m. to close) to celebrate Mom. Both restaurants have outdoor patios, where Pizza & Brew will feature live jazz. Special appetizers include grilled tuna salad, jumbo shrimp cocktail, and fresh mozzarella and tomato salad, with the entrée selection featuring chicken Marco Polo, red snapper and Mediterranean sauce, and pork chops pizzaiola. Finish with chocolate-covered strawberries or tres leches.

cocktails at Public Pizza

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The Rare Bit

23 Cedar St, Dobbs Ferry
914.639.8000

Mother’s Day brunch takes place in-house or on the outdoor patio (noon to 5:30 p.m.) with elevated pub fare dishes like16 oz prime rib with mashed potatoes, gravy, and seasonal vegetables; rabbit pie with mash and veg; spring quiche with side salad; and smoked salmon eggs Benedict (make it bottomless for $25+). Takeout meals are for preorder (serving 4 to 6 diners), and include many of the same options, as well as platters of smoked salmon or falafel; vegan blueberry pancakes; chicken and waffles; and kid-friendly chicken strips and mac ‘n cheese.  

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Sam’s of Gedney Way

52 Gedney Way, White Plains
914.949.3543

The perfect treat for all maternal figures out there? A delicious feast in the comfort of home with no dirty dishes. Takeout packs include the choice of an entrée (we’ve got our eyes on the bourbon-apricot glazed ham), and three side dishes, such as lemon and spring pea orzo, or spring beet salad, along with fresh-baked buttermilk biscuits and flourless chocolate cake for dessert. (Price range: $25 to $40 pp, depending on entrée choice.) Orders must be placed by May 6 for pickup on Mother’s Day.

The Shop Ardsley

711 Saw Mill River Rd, Ardsley
914.591.4321

From the crack of dawn to closing time (6:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.) on Sunday, all the usual breakfast faves, like customizable omelets and Belgian waffles, can be paired with $5 mimosas and bellinis, and it’s all good for dine-in or takeout. Boom!

Sonora Restaurant

179 Rectory St, Port Chester
914.933.0200

Treat Mom to a three-course brunch (11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.) with tempting first-course choices ranging from a Latin Caesar salad and smoked salmon flatbread to octopus, ceviche, and chorizo and lamb meatballs. For the mains, enjoy classic brunch dishes like French toast and eggs benedict, or something special like vegan paella or branzino. Finally, savor some passionfruit flan, churros, or flourless chocolate cake for dessert ($39.95 pp). If you’re busy for brunch, stop by for dinner (+$10 pp) with most of the same dishes offered, with a few extras like duck quesadilla and Palomino paella.

Via Forno Wood Fired Pizza & Vinoteca

2 Garth Rd, Scarsdale
914.556.6464

If you bring Mom by Via Forno for brunch this Sunday (12 p.m. to 3 p.m.), you’ll all enjoy live jazz music on the outdoor patio. Or, go for a quieter meal later on (3 p.m. to close) and still enjoy the same Mother’s Day specials. In addition to the regular menu, expect refreshing watermelon salad and wood-oven roasted octopus for appetizers, alongside entrees of wild tropical salmon, chicken parmesan, or churrasco. Finish off with a classic holiday treat: chocolate-covered strawberries.

wine at Via Forno restaurant in Scarsdale, NY

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X2O

71 Water Grant St, Yonkers
914.965.111

Treat Mom to spectacular Hudson River views and a day of fine dining with Peter Kelly’s special Mother’s Day prix-fixe menu ($85 pp; 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.) that begins with a staggering array of show-stopping choices, including seafood crepes, black truffle and green onion risotto, shaved fennel and arugula salad, warm asparagus flan, ahi tuna served three ways (tartar, seared, and in a sushi roll), and braised short-rib ravioli with foie gras. For entrees, imagine salmon with a honey and sake glaze, duckling with orange gastrique, roast chateaubriand of beef, pan-roasted chicken, braised beef short rib, or roasted pork rack. Finally, top it all off with something sweet: lemon napoleon; chocolate melting cake; chocolate praline tart; classics like crème brûlée or carrot cake; or banana and walnut bread pudding. (Special takeout options are detailed online.)