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 big family meals around the holidays, consider booking a reservation now for any of these special holiday menus that are guaranteed to leave you as round and jolly as ol’ Saint Nick himself.
610 Hartsdale Rd, White Plains
This repeat Best of Westchester winner is starting things off with a prix fixe Santa Brunch from noon to 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, December 15. The three-course menu ($49.95) includes offerings like lobster bisque, New York sirloin, Norwegian salmon, and decadent chocolate mousse cake. Added sides are also available for $5 apiece.
On Christmas Day itself, 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.
400 Benedict Ave, Tarrytown
The in-house restaurant at Castle Hotel & Spa is giving a gift this year to both night owls and early birds. On Christmas Eve, the restaurant will be serving a holiday prix fix menu (starts at $125. A first course includes either chicken consommé or roasted winter squash, followed by choice of charcoal grilled quail or ginger crusted tuna, and finally roasted loin of venison, Colorado lamb duo, or pan roasted loup de mer. For dessert, try either the bouche noel or a deliciously sweet butter rum cake with poached pears.
In the morning, come back for Christmas Brunch (starting at $98.99 for adults and $50 for children) featuring pates and terrines, cheeses, fruit and salad, omakase sushi, pastries, plenty of surf and terf options, plus eggs, waffles, pancakes, oatmeal, and enough dessert to satisfy even Santa’s legendary sweet tooth.
49 E Sunnyside Ln, Tarrytown
One of Westchester’s hottest new restaurants from celebrity Chef Dale Talde, Goosefeather is planning one of the wildest pajama parties you’ve ever attended, “Dim Sum & Duck.” Come in your Christmas Eve or Christmas Day best (elf ears optional) and enjoy half ($38) and whole ($69) roast duck, along with a la carte dim sum pushed through the dining room on literal carts, so you can pick your favorites ($3-$12 each). The regular menu will also be available.
345 Kear St, Yorktown Heights
Just opened in May, this self-styled American Brasserie will be featuring a special prix fixe menu for Christmas Eve for $50. Appetizers include options such as salads, vegetable and French onion soups, fried calamari, and more, while entrée options feature dishes like cornish hen with gnocchi, striped bass, regenetti veal bolognese, wild mushroom ravioli, just to name a few. For dessert, pair coffee or tea with New York cheesecake, chocolate mousse or carrot cakes, or tiramisu.
258 Westchester Ave, Pound Ridge
Chef Jean-Georges is welcoming guests on Christmas Day for a three-course dining event ($108). Choose from appetizers like tuna tartar, crispy salmon sushi, fresh tagliantelle, and black truffle fontina pizza; then move on to 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.
66 Hale Ave, White Plains
Stop by The Mix for a Christmas Eve dinner from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. featuring the eatery’s signature prime rib special, or pick any of the regular menu dishes, like Tuscan Florentine chicken, top sirloin with Sriracha glaze, or the sweet and smokey black rum bacon Jack burger.
179 Rectory St, Port Chester
The modern Latin restaurant’s Chef Rafael Palomino is serving up a Christmas Day prix fixe menu inspired by the few restaurants he remembers being open on Christmas when he was growing up in Queens: Chinese and Italian. The menu starts with tapas including ceviche, salad, braised chicken wonton soup, and duck confit and goat cheese empanadas (with wasabi aioli).
Mains continue the bold fusion pairings with mango-lemongrass shrimp over forbidden rice, soy-citrus caramelized salmon, chipotle honey-sake roasted chicken with bok-choi and daikon, homemade quinoa gnocchi with shiitake mushrooms and asparagus, and more. Finish it all off with chef’s choice dessert for just $45. (A reduced regular menu will also be available.)