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Westchester Restaurants Open for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day

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Make socially distant reservations or order takeout at these Westchester favorites for a delectable Christmas meal you don’t have to cook yourself.

By Dave Zucker & Michelle Gillan Larkin

We love the holidays, but if we have to hear “Now bring us some figgy pudding” one more time someone just might end up with a bowl of figgy pudding on their head. If, like us, you’re already tired of the cooking and baking and scrubbing that comes with family meals around the holidays, consider booking a socially distant reservation now for any of these special holiday menus that are guaranteed to leave you as round and jolly as ol’ Saint Nick himself.

Apropos

900 Fort Hill Rd, Peekskill
914.739.3546

At this new contemporary restaurant overlooking the Hudson, the Christmas Day a-la-carte dinner menu is dine-in or dine-home with offerings like lamb meatballs and buckwheat polenta; chitarra pasta with sea urchin and pancetta carbonara; and, risotto with butternut squash, sage, and speck. For dessert, it’s chestnut pie with chocolate budino and amaro liqueur.

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Benjamin Steakhouse

610 Hartsdale Rd, White Plains
914.428.6868

On Christmas Day, the steakhouse will seat guests starting at noon for a separate three-course menu ($74.95 per person). Start with either a classic or non-alcoholic eggnog, then move onto a starter of crab cake, lobster bisque, or winter salad. Dig into a main course of either bone-in ribeye, filet mignon, grilled Norwegian salmon, or rack of lamb with sides like mashed potatoes, sautéed broccoli, or home fries. Then, end the afternoon with tea or coffee and a nice slice of chocolate mousse cake, pecan pie, or creamy New York cheesecake. The menu is available for both dine-in and takeout.

BLT Steak White Plains

221 Main St, White Plains
914.467.5500

Christmas dinner in-a-box begins with traditional salad options of a wedge or Caesar, followed by thyme-crusted roasted New York strip loin, baked honey Dijon-glazed salmon with chimichurri sauce, or whole lemon rosemary chicken. Side dishes range from mashed potatoes and mac and cheese to Brussels sprouts with bacon and caramelized onions. To wrap it all up with a pretty bow: milk chocolate yule log with vanilla anglaise. This offering feeds two to four and costs $250. Dine-in will also be offered for the regular dinner menu and a few house specials like dover sole and yule loge cake at a la carte pricing.

Bread and Brine

19 Main St, Hastings-on-Hudson
914.479.5243

A boatload of DIY meal kits grace the menu at the casual-chic fish house, and a couple have been added to make the holidays a wee bit brighter (and easier). For takeout only, check out the new linguini a la vongole kit and the bucatini a la puttanesca one; both feed four to six people and cost $30. Special prepared dishes like chilled seafood salads and the classic shrimp cocktail have also been added to the lineup and can be enjoyed at home for Christmas Day and Eve.

Goosefeather

Tarrytown House Estate
49 E Sunnyside Ln, Tarrytown
914.829.5454

One of Westchester’s hottest restaurants, celebrity Chef Dale Talde’s Goosefeather, will remain open with its regular menu on both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, but is also offering a family-of-four whole-duck dinner to go. Each $150 box includes a whole, un-carved duck, char siu pork, supreme rice, lamb noodle, and Brussels sprouts. You can even add mapo cauliflower for an extra $24. Pickup is between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. Call or email info@goosefeatherny.com to order.

The Inn at Pound Ridge

258 Westchester Ave, Pound Ridge
914.764.1400

Chef Jean-Georges welcomes guests on Christmas Day for a three-course dining event ($118). Choose from appetizers like tuna tartare, crispy salmon sushi, fresh tagliatelle, and black truffle fontina pizza; then move onto entrées like black sea bass, parmesan-crusted organic chicken, and caramelized beef tenderloin; and finish with a buche de noel, citrus pavlova, or assorted ice cream and sorbets. (Kids eat half portions of the same menu for $59.) The menu is available for dining in or taking out.

L’inizio

698 Saw Mill River Rd, Ardsley
914.693.5400

Artisanal, imaginative, farm-to-table ingredients comprise the menu offerings from the husband-and-wife team of Heather and Scott Fratangelo, and that will be no different on Christmas Day with a bevy of takeout only options. First, consider the black pepper and olive oil marinated filet mignon with red wine reduction that comes with haricot verts amandine and gouda gratin potatoes with caramelized onions; for dessert, choose from chocolate fudge cake with chocolate ganache and toasted hazelnuts or a New York cheesecake with raspberry preserves or fresh raspberries. This feeds four and is priced at $225. Their second offering is a pasta box for two, which includes everything a duo will need to recreate the Fratangelos’ classic rigatoni marinara, along with a DIY caramel corn dessert, for $125 per box.

Purdy’s Farmer & the Fish

100 Titicus Rd, North Salem
914.617.8380

Fresh eats from the land and the sea are available for Christmas dining at home with a feast of the seven fishes package that includes Frutti di Mare of octopus, scungilli, and calamari, and Zuppa di Pesce comprised of lobster, shrimp, monkfish, and mussels in a lobster-tomato broth. Accompaniments are green beans almandine, house-made bucatini pasta, and pesto garlic bread. For the carnivores in the house, it’s the roast beast package, showcasing a 45-day house dry-aged bone-in Niman Ranch New York Strip steak, with potato leek gratin and root cellar carrots. Both to-go only packages come with traditional Buche de Noel for dessert and serve two people for $129.

The Rare Bit

23 Cedar St, Dobbs Ferry
914.693.8000

Self-described as a welcoming neighborhood gastropub offering a “bit a food, bit a booze, bit a fun,” the Christmas Eve and Christmas Day menu boasts a whole lot of takeout only options beginning with appetizers of baked meatballs, stuffed mushrooms, baked clam phyllo cups, and a bounty of salads. Entrées include beef Wellington, prime rib, honey ham, and vegan lasagna, and come with sides of veggies or carbs (go for the cheesy grits!). To finish things off: Christmas cookie and cannoli platters, lemon bars, and/or pumpkin cheesecake. All items are priced a la carte and feed four to six. Festive cocktails are also available for takeout; we like the Over the Green: Vodka, green chartreuse, lime, and cucumber.

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Sonora

179 Rectory St, Port Chester
914.933.0200

At this modern Latin restaurant, Chef Rafael Palomino is serving up a takeout only Christmas Day prix fixe menu that includes a bottle of Rioja and begins with a beet and goat cheese salad that is followed by entrée choices of seafood paella 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, and the whole shebang feeds four to six for $189.

tredici NORTH

578 Anderson Hill Rd, Purchase
914.997.4113

Home for the holidays is more like home on the range as Chef Giuseppe Fanelli offers his Christmas Cowboy takeout only menu on Christmas Day comprised of a smoked whiskey sugar-rubbed tomahawk rib chop with side dish choices that include whipped fingerling potatoes topped with Applewood-smoked bacon, broccoli rabe, or roasted glazed baby carrots. An arugula salad with roasted chestnuts and pomegranates pairs nicely with the meal which ends with luscious New York-style cheesecake. Feeds four to six people for $500.