If you’re planning on going out this New Year’s Eve and the usual ball-drop has got you down, pick yourself up with some of the best food in Westchester. These county mainstays are highlighting their culinary talents with a series of specialty menus, galas, 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!
221 Main St, White Plains*
The Ritz-Carlton New York, Westchester’s steakhouse has a five-course evening planned ($175 per person) beginning with a potato-leek and chive “shot” amuse-bouche, before moving into appetizers: duck confit panzanella, filet mignon carpaccio, Kumomoto oyster, or tuna tartare. Following that are either pan-seared scallops, black truffle fettuccini Alfredo, or artichoke velouté; and then sautéed Dover sole, wild striped bass, filet mignon Rossini, or a Prime New York strip steak, each with your choice of side.
Dessert will close the night with triple chocolate cake, an apple tart with vanilla gelato, or classic New York cheesecake with cherry compote.
39 Chestnut St, Dobbs Ferry
This rivertown mainstay has a three-course dinner planned for $75, including Prosecco toast. The dinner begins with your choice of seven starters like fried octopus, charred radicchio, heirloom meatballs, and foie gras teririne; followed by mains like duckbreast with braised beets, holiday meat pie, branzino en croute, lasagna, and more.
For dessert, enjoy a complimentary glass of Prosecco along with maple crème brûlée, eggnog panna cotta, Jane’s vanilla ice cream, or sticky chocolate budino with salted whiskey caramel.
1 Van Der Donck St, Yonkers
The Yonkers riverfront restaurant and lounge is planning an all-night party starting at 8:30 p.m. including a four-course dinner, four hours of open bar, party favors, and DJ with dance floor for $100. The first course includes crispy duck tacos, octopus risotto, mini spring rolls, or raw bar oysters; followed by a course of Waldorf or Caesar salads or soup du jour.
For a main, choose sole livornese, steak au poivre New York sirloin, cavatelli funghi, Peruvian marinated chicken, or jumbo imperial shrimp. End the evening with a sweet assortment of mini desserts. If you’re not up for the full meal, $55.99 will still grab you open bar and apps at the bar.
721 Main St, New Rochelle
Westchester’s favorite Croatian restaurant is once again planning an intimate dinner with seating and live music beginning at 7 p.m. The four-course prix fixe meal starts with a choice between Cuttlefish ink risotto with shrimp, seafood trio, “skradin” style slow-cooked risotto, Dalmatian platter, or a raw bar platter of yellow fin tuna tartar, scallops carpaccio, and oysters. For a second course, choose an arugula salad, fish or cream of wild mushroom soups, or Dubrovnik’s signature salad.
For a main, select a half-lobster and 5 oz. filet surf-and-turf, rotisserie lamb, ribeye steak, girlled branzino or orada, seared Dover sole, or octopus “under the bell.” For dessert, enjoy homemade apple strudel, poached pear in Plavac red wine, kremšnita (cream cake), or the restaurant’s famous palaÄinke dessert crepes. $120 per person for the main dining room and live music or $100 for the Wine & Garden Room with DJ; includes midnight toast and party favors. (Regular menu will be available until 5:30 p.m.)
400 Benedict Ave, Tarrytown
Equus will be hosting a five-course tasting menu for $225 with wine pairings, with two separate seatings at 6:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. Dinner includes a starter of baby beets and roasted fennel, followed by choice of lobster miso soup or puree of cauliflower. A third course gives guests a selection of either pan roasted scallops, seared tuna, or duck egg ravioli, while mains include roasted venison loin, Wagyu beef, and pan roasted sea bass. Cap it all off with dessert: a chocolate tasting for two.
Castle Hotel & Spa will also be hosting a masquerade ball from 9 p.m. on, including open bar, hors d’oeuvres, Charcuterie and cheese, and dessert buffet for $200, but anyone interested in combining experiences can book both dinner and the ball for just $325. (If that still seems pricy, consider Equus’ New Year’s Day brunch buffet: $98.99 for adults and $50 for kids.)
49 E Sunnyside Ln, Tarrytown
For its first New Year’s party, the new restaurant at Tarrytown House Estate will host a four-course prix fixe menu. Seatings begin at 6 p.m. ($150) and 9 p.m. ($175), both with optional $100 wine pairings and optional post-dinner bourbon and cognac sips with cigars and chocolate down by the fire pits, terrace, and garden. The first course includes your choice of sweet shrimp, Wagyu tartare, and crispy hen of the woods mushroom, folloowed by a “Buddha’s course” of vegetable comsome or longevity noodle.
Mains include lobster, dry aged beef strip loin, or crispy duck, while dessert lets guests choose between chocolate tart with hazelnut mousse and sour cherry ice cream or coconut cake with cara cara orange and crispy meringue. Chef Dale Talde will personally be pushing the dim sum cart (included) for the 9 p.m. seating, which also includes a midnight champagne toast.
Chef Jean-Georges has prepared a four-course evening ($148) to help you usher in the new year with taste and style. For an appetizer, choose either tuna tartare or a burrata and black truffle crostini, then a fish course of roasted cod with Romanesco cauliflower and green curry or Faroe Island salmon with puréed potatoes, Brussels sprouts, and truffle vinaigrette.
Next, choose either Wagyu beef with gingered shitake mushrooms and a soy-caramel emulsion or smoked chili-glazed roasted lamb chops with broccoli rabe. Finally, indulge in your choice of two freshly prepared desserts.
189 Main St, White Plains*
Mediterraneo will be breaking out the DJ and dance party at 9 p.m. and adds to the mix a four-course menu to keep you satisfied all night long. $150 gets you an assorted hors d’oeuvres sampler; choice of appetizers like buffalo mozzarella and lobster “caprese,” jumbo shrimp, or steak tartare; and entrées like Niman Ranch rack of lamb, braised short rib ossa buco, Hidden Fjord salmon, and more.
Dessert includes either tiramisu, chocolate mousse with tahini bark, or assorted biscotti, cookies, and cannoli.
430 Bedford Rd, Armonk
One of Armonk’s favorite holiday dining destinations, Moderne Barn has actually arranged two prix fixe dinners. The earlier seating (three courses for $78 per person, or two courses for children under 12 at $39) runs from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and includes appetizers such as prosciutto crostini, “Nonna” meatballs, and fried popcorn rock shrimp; entrées like thick cut pork chop, seafood risotto, and roasted “free bird” chicken.
The later 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. seating ($110 adults, $55 kids) offers all the same items but adds king crab sushi roll and braised lamb shank options in the first two courses, and comes with an amuse bouche and sparkling wine toast at midnight. Both menus end with decadent desserts like a cast iron chocolate brownie, fried banana eggrolls, and white chocolate peppermint crème brûlée.
Westchester’s historic inn is offering an a la carte evening for New Year’s Eve, expertly designed by Executive Chef Jonathan Pratt. Starters ($10-$18) include dishes like endive salad, Thai coconut pumpkin soup, a half-dozen Blue Point oysters, wild hive polenta with braised short rib ragout, and more.
Entrées, meanwhile, include the likes of butter-poached lobster, filet mignon with foie gras wild mushroom tarte, and roast rack of lamb, among others ($29-$49).
23 Cedar St, Dobbs Ferry
One of Westchester’s hottest new gastrobubs, The Rare Bit is debuting a $95 four-course prix fixe menu for New Year’s Eve, including a glass of champagne. For a starter, choose fattoush or kale Caesar salads, crab cakes, or beef tartare; then move onto house-made squid ink pasta, seared scallops, falafel, or meatballs braised in house sauce. For a main, select from beef Wellington, market fish, honey-roasted duck, roasted pumpkin, or the restaurant’s infamous 30-day dry aged Sunday prime rib.
Finish off the night with chocolate brownie cake, apple almond tart, New York pumpkin cheesecake, or red wine poached pear.
Fans of the modernist Latin cuisine at Chef Rafael Palomino’s Sonora will enjoy the chef’s celebratory prix fixe menu. Start with tapas of Chilean lobster butternut squash bisque with crispy chorizo, baby kale and golden beets salad with toasted pistachios and champagne vinaigrette, braised short rib empanadas, or baked oysters with Manchego gratin.
Main plate options include Chilean branzino, 28-day dry aged seared rib eye ($8 up-charge), Peruvian quinoa and kale mushroom enchiladas, Mexican braised short ribs, Peruvian Bell & Evans pepper chicken, or the chef’s namesake Paella Palomino. Finish it all off with a chocolate tasting dessert. The $75 price tag includes a glass of champagne at midnight, party favors, and DJ and dance floor.
A restaurant that prides itself on its unique dining experiences, Único is delivering wholeheartedly with its $80 New Year’s Eve menu. For an appetizer, choose (if you can) between roasted organic koginut squash, duck confit and foie gras rillette, yellowfin tuna tartare, and Spanish octopus terrine. Next, pick a main course of either black sea bass, dungeness crab ravioli, whole roasted cornish game hen, or a New York strip steak with duck fat potatoes.
Finally, enjoy a dessert of a passion fruit tart with fresh berries and Italian meringue, dark chocolate truffles, tarte tatin, or beautifully classic chocolate covered strawberries and a glass of Cava!
130 E Main St, Mount Kisco
The Mount Kisco eatery is offering two seatings on New Year’s Eve with two menus to match. For $65 at 6 p.m., starters include crab cake, tomato caprese, or kale and arugula salad followed by entrées like Winston’s brick chicken, fennel crusted salmon, sliced hanger steak, and muchroom pasta; topped off with a dessert of either tiramisu or a mini cheesecake trio.
The 9 p.m. $115 menu starts with hamachi crudo, shrimp cocktail, or roasted butternut squash salad; then either filet mignon, Morocan duck breast, pan-seared halibut, diver scallops, or mushroom pasta; and dessert of the mini cheesecakes or the “Dirsty Winston” — chocolate cake with chocolate mousse, chocolate wafer, hazelnut ganache, caramel cream, chocolate glaze, and raspberry sorbet!
549 Warburton Ave, Hastings-on-Hudson
Okay, maybe instead of staying out all night drinking and getting stuck in traffic you’d prefer to go out for breakfast New Year’s Day (and do your drinking then). If that’s the case — or if you just need a little hair-of-the-dog — Boro6 has you covered with a glorious a la carte New Year’s brunch beginning at 11 a.m.
Options include the B6 Egg Bowl with three local eggs (or egg whites) and your choice of fixins, served with mixed greens and toast; the “B6 Bodega” sandwich of scrambled eggs, crispy Italian speck, and provolone, all on toasted focaccia; and plenty of other brunchy favorites like salads, cheeses and charcuterie, soup, waffles, burrata toast, and more. (Plus, a bevy of cocktails!)
*White Plains revelers will be happy to know that the locally based Heineken USA is once again partnering with the White Plains Business Improvement District and the City to offer its New Year. Safe Ride. program. Free cars (including handicap accessible) will be available from the corner of East Post Rd. and Mamaroneck Ave. from 11 p.m. until 3 a.m. on January 1, and will take guests 21 and older anywhere in Westchester County.