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Westchester Restaurants Open for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day

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

By Dave Zucker and Michelle Gillan Larkin, with additional reporting by Melissa Kagan

We love the holidays, but if, like us, you’re already tired of the cooking and baking and scrubbing that comes with family meals around this time of year, consider booking a reservation now for any of these special menus that are guaranteed to leave you as round and jolly as ol’ Saint Nick himself.

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. Start with either a classic or non-alcoholic eggnog, then move onto a starter of lobster bisque, shrimp cocktail, 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. ($85.95 pp; dine-in only.)

 

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The 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 Bit offers a Christmas Eve and Christmas Day menu boasting a whole lot of takeout-only options beginning with appetizers of a charcuterie board, a cheese board, and a bounty of salad options. Entrées include eggplant parmesan, fried chicken, rigatoni and meatballs, mustard-glazed pork tenderloin, and miso salmon with brown sugar. Don’t forget to order sides of veggies or carbs (go for the mac ‘n’ cheese!). To finish things off: chocolate cannoli and lemon bars. 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 with vodka, green chartreuse, lime, and cucumber.

The Cabin

1172 Knollwood Rd, White Plains; 914.592.6682                  

This White Plains spot will be open Christmas Eve offering up a mouthwatering a la carte menu beginning with appetizers such as P.E.I. mussels with garlic toast, crabmeat and avocado salad over mixed greens, or coconut shrimp. Entrees include specialties like almond-crusted salmon with champagne sauce, cowboy steak topped with prosciutto compound butter, stuffed shrimp with crabmeat, and linguini fra diavolo with calamari and shrimp.

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. Choose from appetizers like tuna tartare, steamed shrimp salad, foie gras brûlée and black truffle fontina pizza, then move onto entrées like black sea bass, duck à la Jojo, and beef tenderloin. Finish with a buche de noel, citrus pavlova, or assorted ice cream and sorbets. The menu is available for dining in or taking out. ($168 pp; $84 for kids under 10, or kids eat half portions of the same menu for $59.)

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 choice 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 $300.

Meritage

1505 Weaver Street, Scarsdale; 914.472.8484

This contemporary neighborhood gem led by chef Fernando Camacho is presenting a takeout-only Christmas dinner which starts with a fennel, radicchio, and blood orange salad. Entrée choices include a brisket with red wine sauce, salmon with a lemon herb sauce, pork loin, or a rib roast. Sides include mashed potatoes with mushroom gravy; roasted cauliflower with garlic and chives; and roasted Brussels sprouts with squash, cranberry, Calabrian chili, and an apple cider reduction. (+$80 pp; $300 feeds four pp; just sides are available for $75.)

 

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Modern Restaurant

310 Huguenot Street, New Rochelle; 914-633-9479

The Christmas Eve menu of this New Rochelle fixture offers something for everyone. Appetizers are served family-style and include a garden salad, seafood salad, rice balls, and fried calamari. Entrees are served individually, and choices include stuffed salmon, shrimp scampi over risotto, beef short ribs braised in a portavino wine sauce, and panko-encrusted chicken in a creamy Reggiano truffle sauce. And if you have room for sweets at the end of your meal, a dessert table includes an assortment of holiday favorites and coffee. (For parties of seven or less: $59 pp; $25 for kids 10 and under.)

tredici NORTH

578 Anderson Hill Rd, Purchase; 914.997.4113

Home for the holidays doesn’t mean cooking for a crowd as Chef Giuseppe Fanelli offers a takeout-only menu on Christmas Day comprised of his famous beef Wellington made with filet mignon and black truffle duxelles. Sides include whipped potatoes and caramelized heirloom carrots with bourbon smoked sugar glaze. Feeds four to six people for $450.


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