8 Westchester Restaurants Open on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day
Make reservations at any of these Westchester mainstays for a delectable Christmas dinner you won’t have to cook yourself.
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.
The 2017 Best of Westchester winner is starting things off with a prix fixe Santa Brunch from noon to 3:30 p.m. on December 16. A three-course adult menu ($39.95) with offerings like lobster bisque, sirloin, and Norwegian salmon pairs with a two-course kids’ menu ($19.95) for a meal the whole family can enjoy. Best part? Each family gets to take home a souvenir photo with Santa himself!
On Christmas Day itself, the steakhouse will seat guests starting at noon for a separate three-course menu ($69 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, Chilean sea bass, or dry-aged rack of lamb with sides like mashed potatoes, sautéed broccoli, or crispy onion rings. Then, end the afternoon with tea or coffee and a nice slice of chocolate mousse cake, pecan pie, or creamy New York cheesecake.
If you’re not up for prix fixe this year, White Plains’ other major steakhouse is going a la carte: From 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Christmas Day, snag appetizers of steak tartare with quail egg yolk, Dijon-shallot vinaigrette, and shaved parmesan over a bed of baby arugula ($22), or roasted butternut squash panzanella with ricotta salata, curry pumpkin seeds, and fried sage with a maple vinaigrette ($16). Chase that with hearty beef wellington ($56) or a hefty two-pound lobster ($67) paired with your choice of sides ($12-$13).
Dobbs Ferry residents will be delighted to find a special four-course tasting menu at City Perch this year, running from December 23 through Christmas Day. Priced at just $68 ($58 for Gold and Platinum iPic theater members and $20 for children 12 and younger), courses include spinach and ricotta gnudi, a roasted beet and citrus salad, herb-crusted prime rib, and a dessert of concord cake and apple tart tatin. Guests can even add wine pairings for an additional $30.
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 $105 for adults, $55 for children age 4 to 10). A first course includes options like grilled quail salad and baby gem lettuce, while the main course highlights grilled lamb, filet mignon, crispy duck confit, and more. For dessert, try the croquet au craquelin, assorted cookies with hot cocoa, or split vanilla-chocolate “Yule Log” for two.
In the morning, come back for Christmas brunch ($95 adults, $50 children) featuring cold bites, omelet and carving stations, a waffle bar, plus a whole hot buffet and plenty of tasty desserts!
The Farmhouse has planned an intimate fireside dinner this Christmas Eve, handcrafted by Bouley-trained Chef Christopher D’Ambrosio and GM/Sommelier George Thomas. The five-course menu ($125, +$75 for wine pairing) begins with a canapé, followed by whole roasted sunchoke salad, parsnip soup, black truffle foie gras terrine, or Nantucket Bay scallops.
Next up, select stone ground polenta with wild mushroom ragout and quail or handmade tortelli with Maine lobster farci. For a main, choose between roasted duck breast or aged milet mignon, and for dessert pick between a plate of mature local cheeses with spice bread and pumpkin butter, brûche de noël chocolat, and a green house ripened raspberry tartlet. The Inn’s other restaurant, The Barn, will also be serving its regular menu a la carte, and reservations at both are available from 12:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Chef Jean-Georges is welcoming guests on Christmas Day for a three-course dining event ($108). Choose from appetizers like tuna tartar, salmon sushi, fresh tagliantelle, and black truffle fontina pizza; then move on to entrées like black sea bass, parmesan-crusted chicken, and caramelized beef tenderloin; and finish with buche de noel, citrus pavlova, or assorted ice cream and sorbets. Seating begins at noon.
The restaurant at this historic Westchester inn is offering a special a la carte menu for Christmas Eve this year, including starters ($10-$14) like Moroccan lamb sliders and five-spice duck spring rolls, and entrées ($29-$45) such as roast prime rib, pan-seared halibut picatta, grilled pork chop, and many more.
The modern Latin restaurant’s Chef Rafael Palomino is serving up a 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 ($45) 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, and homemade quinoa gnocchi with shiitake mushrooms and asparagus. Finish it all off with churros or mango flan! Seating starts at noon Christmas Day; last reservation accepted 7 p.m.