11 Amazing Restaurants to Dine at This New Year's Eve
Ring in the new year with a sumptuous dinner — and plenty of Champagne — at one of Westchester’s favorite restaurants.
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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!
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: warm duck confit salad, filet mignon carpaccio, Kumomoto oyster, or tuna tartare. Following that are either pan-seared scallops, black truffle gnocchi, or roasted butternut squash soup; and then sautéed Dover sole, wild striped bass, filet mignon Rossini, or a 28-day dry aged 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, of classic New York cheesecake with cherry compote.
This New Year’s, City Perch Kitchen + Bar has selected a five-course tasting menu ($95, $85 for Gold and Platinum iPic members). The meal starts with Ossetra caviar or crispy Yukon gold potatoes if you prefer the vegetarian menu, then moves onto roasted beet and burrata, seared scallops or tempura wild mushroom, butter-poached lobster tail or grilled lamb chops for the omnivores and black truffle risotto for veggie guests, and finally a raspberry and vanilla baked Alaska for dessert. Every meal comes with a complimentary glass of champagne, and guests can add wine pairings if they choose ($35).
This river town mainstay has a full evening planned, including a four-course dinner ($85) with seating from 5 p.m. and 7 p.m., and a “Gala of Sorts” ($125) beginning at 9 p.m. The dinner begins with your choice of ten starters, followed by mains like crispy duck leg confit, prime rib, Branzino, pork osso bucco, and more, and then sweet finishes like olive oil orange cake, dulce de leche panna cotta, and “stickabutta” pie. The gala will include four food stations: ravioli with preserved lemon, salt baked cod, braised lamb, and a whole roasted pig, because this is The Cookery, after all. Passed small bites will also be available all night, and house drafts, cocktails, and select wines are all included.
Westchester’s favorite Croatian restaurant is once again planning an intimate dinner planned with seating and live music beginning at 8 p.m. The four-course prix fixe meal starts with a choice between “Nona” style filet mignon, seafood trio, “skradin” style slow cooked risotto, or a raw bar of yellow fin tuna tartar, scallops carpaccio, and oysters. For a second course, choose an arugula salad, cream of wild mushroom soup, beef consommé, 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, or seared orange roughy. For dessert, enjoy homemade apple strudel, poached pear in Plavac red wine, kremšnita (cream cake), or the restaurant’s famous palačinke dessert crepes. ($100 per person including midnight toast, not including additional drinks, taxes, or gratuity.)
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.
High atop the Ritz-Carlton New York Westchester sits one of the county’s most high-end dining experiences, and their New Year’s Eve plans are perfectly aligned with that ethos. Beginning at 7:30 p.m., guests can enjoy open bar, craft cocktails, a chef’s cheese and charcuterie board, raw bar, fish station including swordfish, and Balfegó bluefin two ways, and a carving station with chicken, prime dry-aged ribeye, and more. After the DJ opens up the dance floor, enjoy passed canapes at 10 p.m. and a dessert station at 11 p.m. ($300 per person.) You can also opt for a 10 p.m. only package ($150) which includes just open bar and canapes/dessert, or go all-out and book the chef’s table ($500), in which Chef Anthony Goncalves walk you through the best meal you’ll have in 2018 or 2019.
One of Armonk’s favorite holiday dining destinations, Moderne Barn has actually arranged two prix fixe dinners. The earlier seating ($75 per person) 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 ($105) offers all the same items but adds king crab sushi roll and ricotta gnocchi options to the first two courses, and comes with an amuse bouche and sparkling wine toast. Both menus end with decadent desserts like eggnog crème brûlée, petit beignets, and chocolate pot de crème.
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, coconut pumpkin shrimp, a half-dozen Blue Point oysters, wild hive polenta with braised short rib ragout, and more. Entrées, meanwhile, include options like butter-poached lobster, filet mignon with foie gras wild mushroom tarte, and roast rack of lamb, among others ($29-$49).
Fans of the modernist Latin cuisine at Chef Rafael Palomino’s Sonora will enjoy the chef’s celebratory prix fixe menu ($58). Start with tapas of Chilean lobster butternut squash bisque with crispy chorizo, a trio of Palomino oysters, baby kale and romaine salad with anchovies and champagne vinaigrette, or short rib empanadas. Main plate options include filet mignon medallions in chimichurri sauce, Chilean red snapper, and Peruvian style bell Evan peppers chicken, to name a few. Finish it all off with dessert: flourless chocolate cake with a pumpkin churro, served with maple walnut ice cream.
The central Westchester steakhouse is planning a full night of merriment this New Year’s from 9 p.m. all the way to 2 a.m., including cocktail hour, buffet, passed hors d’oeuvres, open bar, champagne toast, and of course a DJ and dancing. There will also be a dinner menu ($$39.01-$59.01) featuring your choice of appetizer, a soup or salad, and main courses such as prime rib, a 22oz. rib-eye, veal osso busco, surf and turf, halibut, linguini scoglio, and more. Delight at the assortment of specially prepared pastries, and then toast the New Year!
A restaurant that prides itself on its unique dining experiences, Único is delivering wholeheartedly with its New Year’s Eve menu ($60, includes one glass of Prosecco). For an appetizer, choose (if you can) between fried oysters, white truffle soufflé, and seared foie gras. Next, pick a main course of either squid ink tagliolini with octopus and mussels, mahi mahi, or braised beef cheeks. Finally, enjoy a dessert of a passion fruit tart with fresh berries and Italian meringue, dark chocolate ganache tart with raspberry and sea salt, or profiteroles, a crème patissiere with 70% Valrhona dark chocolate!
Bonus: Boro6 Wine Bar
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 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.IN addition to their regular brunch menu, the team is debuting two new dishes: the B6 Egg Bowl with three local eggs (or egg whites), your choice of fixins, and served with mixed greens and toast; and a brand new sandwich dubbed the “B6 Bodega,” scrambled eggs, crispy Italian speck, and provolone, all on toasted focaccia.
*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.