By Dave Zucker and Hannah Teligades
Whether you’re planning on going out this New Year’s Eve or cozying up for a virtual celebration at home, celebrate the arrival of a fresh new year with some of the best food in Westchester. These county mainstays are highlighting their culinary talents with a series of specialty menus, tastings, and more that you won’t want to miss.
While you can only pick one, sadly, you can always look forward to next year!
549 Warburton Ave, Hastings-On-Hudson
This hip Rivertown wine and foodie bar offers several special dishes for New Year’s Eve, including steak frites with rustic steak fries and bearnaise sauce, shrimp cocktail with mustard aioli, and NYE special risotto Milanese. Finish off with Chef Paul’s light pavlova or panettone prepared in the traditional manner or with chocolate. (Pro tip: For a delicious start to 2021, enjoy Boro6’s classic brunch from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on New Year’s Day with some 2021 specials.)
221 Main St, White Plains
The regular dine-in menu can be enjoyed here on New Year’s Eve with the special addition of sautéed Dover sole with brown soy butter and capers or American Wagyu-style bavette, but for at-home celebrating, dinner packages (serving two to four) feature a choice of Caesar or wedge salad to start, followed by baked salmon with a honey Dijon glaze and chimichurri sauce, thyme-crusted roasted New York strip loin, or a whole lemon-rosemary chicken. Accompaniments include mashed potatoes, Brussels sprouts with bacon, mac and cheese, and roasted wild mushrooms. For dessert, it’s chocolate cake or cheesecake.
39 Chestnut St, Dobbs Ferry
This Rivertown mainstay is planning a NYE Feast at Home dinner package (serves two to four) featuring a choice of roasted Amish chicken, butternut squash lasagna, slow-roasted porchetta, or braised short ribs. Each package comes with creamy Caesar salad, buttery root vegetable mash, and double deep baked potato. You can also add an hors d’oeuvres package of crispy hash browns with caviar, bite-sized heirloom meatballs, a DIY crostino kit, a classic Easter pie, and grilled Octopus nuggets for $110. Festive dessert options include coconut cream pie and gooey chocolate brookie. Specialty cocktails are also available for midnight clinking.
1 Van Der Donck St, Yonkers
The Yonkers riverfront restaurant and lounge offers specials for dining in or at home, beginning with appetizers of tomato bisque with ricotta cheese and basil oil or a burrata salad with saffron aioli. For entrees, choose between pan-roasted chicken, seafood lasagna, filet of black bass with crispy gnocchi, or Surf N Turf.
721 Main St, New Rochelle
Westchester’s favorite Croatian restaurant is planning an intimate three-course dinner showcasing a wide array of choices with starters ranging from a raw bar platter or cream of mushroom soup to Adriatic- or skradin-style risotto or a pear and apple salad. For the main, offerings include wild Dover sole, almond-crusted swordfish, grilled veal chop or filet mignon, or pasta morski plodovi. For dessert, enjoy palacinke, Dubrovnik chocolate cake, chocolate carob and orange cake, and more, with a complimentary glass of sparkling wine.
49 E Sunnyside Ln, Tarrytown
Goosefeather at Tarrytown House Estate hosts a three-course prix fixe menu ($99 pp) that begins with starter choices of black truffle and pork wonton, Hamachi tartare, or a Buddha delight winter salad. The second course includes hot and sour soup with rice cakes and egg flour, or longevity noodles with chili-garlic black beans and crispy sweet potatoes. For the main, enjoy seared beef strip loin with oxtails and Chinese broccoli, wok-charred lobster with fried rice, or roasted squash with goji berry and mushrooms. All diners go home with a bag of sweets to end the night. Plus, $36 per person provides a bottomless wine package for toasting an end to 2020.
273 Halstead Ave, Harrison
At this newish hotspot, Chef Constantine Kalandranis is putting together a dine-in chef’s tasting menu with a glass of prosecco for $65 per person. For takeout, consider the Noshes for Four box ($95) that includes dips and pita, feta croquettes, meatballs, wings, Brussels sprouts, roasted cauliflower, and prosecco.
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Chef Jean-Georges prepares a four-course evening ($148 pp) for ushering in the new year with taste and style. Appetizer choices of tuna and black truffle tartare or a winter chicory salad will be followed by a second course of parmesan risotto with black truffles or seared diver scallops with cauliflower lemon sauce and caramelized sofrito. Next, choose either Wagyu beef with mushrooms in fragrant red-curry infusion and crushed sesame or salmon baked in black truffle crust with parsnip puree, Brussels sprouts, house-made sriracha emulsion, and sesame. Finally, indulge in your choice of two freshly prepared desserts: Baked Alaska or a dark chocolate and passion fruit tart. Plus, everyone gets a goodie bag upon departure complete with a half bottle of Champagne and party favors.
430 Bedford Rd, Armonk
One of Armonk’s favorite holiday dining destinations, Moderne Barn has arranged an intimate three-course prix fixe dinner available indoors or outdoors under a heated tent, with a la carte options for pickup. Appetizers run the gamut and include butternut squash soup, lobster bisque, tuna poke, fried popcorn rock shrimp, and Nonna’s meatballs. For the main course, choose between ricotta gnocchi cacio e pepe, seafood stew, pan-seared duck breast, filet mignon, and stout-braised short ribs, to name a few. To top it all off, think eggnog cheesecake, peppermint crème brulee, tiramisu, and more. The whole shebang is priced at $75 pp; $40 for kids.
23 Cedar St, Dobbs Ferry
Enjoy gastropub eats at home this New Year’s with an array of to-go apps including dips, three-foot sammies, salads, shrimp cocktail, baked meatballs, stuffed mushrooms, and baked clam phyllo cups. Entrée choices include beef Wellington, prime rib, fresh baked honey-glazed ham, vegan eggplant lasagna, rigatoni and meatballs, and miso- and brown-sugar-glazed salmon. In addition to various draft cocktails to-go, choose from sides of roasted potatoes, cheesy grits, Brussels sprouts, roasted carrots, mac and cheese, and chicken strips.
50 Gedney Way, White Plains
This upscale neighborhood gem offers a host of catering options including cheese, crudité, fruit, and shrimp cocktail platters; hot apps like mac and cheese bites, franks in a blanket, and spanakopita; and entrée trays of shrimp scampi, peppercorn-crusted beef tenderloin, hickory-smoked brisket, and more. Special add-on pans include lobster mac and cheese and short rib rigatoni, along with roasted veggie options. Pies and cakes are available for dessert along with sweet bite-sized treats of brownies, cookies, and lemon bars.
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179 Rectory St, Port Chester
At this modern Latin restaurant, Chef Rafael Palomino is serving up a takeout New Year’s Eve package (available through January 3) that comes with a bottle of Rioja and begins with a beet and goat cheese salad and lobster bisque, followed by entrée choices of seafood paella, braised short ribs, or rotisserie chicken with yucca and sweet plantains. Side dishes include saffron mashed potatoes, quinoa, and Brussels sprouts with caramelized apples. Flourless chocolate cake brings a sweet finish to the meal. $190 serves four; $240 serves six.
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Indoor dining is on pause until warmer weather, but for New Year’s Eve takeaway, this strip mall sensation offers a three-course prix fixe menu ($58 pp) of shrimp and blue crab St. Jacques, filet mignon with a black truffle demi-glace, and opera cake prepared with dreamy Valrhona chocolate.