Why It Works: This upscale Italian favorite has been serving Westchesterites for more than 20 years, and fans come to the restaurant for is its elegant setting and reliable, delicious food, from prime cuts of meat to top-notch Italian fare (e.g., osso buco, orange roughy, and black linguini with baby lobster tails). But what makes this time of year so special is the way Mulino’s goes all out for the holidays—think the old Tavern on the Green with it’s over-the-top décor: a full Santa’s workshop display, rows of sparkling lights, Christmas ornaments and trinkets, nutcrackers, and a dash of reindeer, not to mention colorful decorations and wreaths dazzling the front entrance as well as the outdoor waterfall area. It’s simply a gorgeous winter wonderland that’s bound to put even Christmas curmudgeons into the holiday spirit. The week before Christmas, there are carolers who come in to sing, and all month long there are roasted chestnuts served upon departure. An upper and lower dining room is available for corporate meals (there is no private room). The space ideally works for a party of 50 or fewer, though more can be accommodated.
Fine Print: There is a Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Ultimate Party package, with prices ranging from $65.50 per person to $129.50.
Reserve: 99 Court St, White Plains (914) 761-1818; mulinosny.com. Ask for Jimmy or Tommy.