Nightlife in Westchester County: Best Bars, Clubs, and Places to Go for a Girls' Night Out
Where the girls are: whether you’re looking for quiet conversation or festive fireworks, we’ve got a place just for the ladies.
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Looking for someplace easy to find, regardless of where you and your friends live in the County? NoMa Social (1 Radisson Plaza, New Rochelle 914-576-4141; nomasocial.com), a stone’s throw from I-95, is a great choice. Located just off the lobby of the Radisson Hotel New Rochelle, this revamped, remodeled, and re-energized space oozes a sultry, stylish vibe that’s sophisticated but not snobbish. Soft, purple velvet couches and white leather wing chairs allow small groups to gather and unwind. But the unconventional seating options are not the only gem. The cocktail list is long, with handpicked wines and 30 specialty Martinis (including five under 150 calories), carefully selected by Food and Beverage Director Colby Brock. The seasonal menu is big on both small and large plates, encouraging sharing and grazing. There’s also live entertainment on Friday and Saturday nights, with no cover, as well as a half-price Happy Hour just for ladies Monday to Friday from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm, complete with a complimentary tapas taste.
Come warm weather, there’s nowhere better to hang out than the rooftop bar at Red Hat on the River (1 Bridge St, Irvington 914-591-5888; redhatbistro.com), where you can sink into one of the soft, cushiony sofas and enjoy the view of the Hudson while sipping on a Pear Vanilla Martini. The downstairs bar is pretty nice, too, with an updated light-bites menu including Asian-style pork meatballs, organic quinoa bites, and risotto-squash beignets. We also love the tables outside on the terrace, where you can catch up with your friends as the sun sets. Sitting here, watching the Hudson lapping against the dock, you’ll be reminded why you love living in Westchester.
121 Restaurant (2 Dingle Ridge Rd, North Salem 914-669-0121; 121restaurant.com) is your classic neighborhood haunt, a onetime farmhouse with a big wraparound porch, ideal for alfresco dining—perhaps a wood-fired pizza and a chilled glass of Chardonnay. The mood is laid back and homey, with reliable food and a feeling of community where moms tend to bond over leafy greens and bar specialties such as a Mr. Pink (St-Germain, raspberry iced tea, lemon, and Prosecco) or the 121 (Absolut Berry Açaí, pomegranate juice, and fresh mint).
At Taiim Cellar (11 Boniface Cir, Scarsdale 914-723-6900; taiimcellar.com), the four-month-old lounge-y Middle Eastern wine bar, everything is made to order, including the flash-fried eggplant sandwich, the marinated beet salad, and the assortment of 12 hummus offerings (try the truffle oil, and/or the fresh basil), complete with a basket of warm pita. Pair the food with artisan cocktails with names like “Arabian Night Moves” and “Liquid Baklava,” or a selection from the long list of wines. By the way, owner Zamir Iosepovici is happy to suggest coupling your wine with an interesting assortment of cheeses, all of which arrive on a hefty cutting board with a thoughtful pairing of jelly or olive oil for the best flavor profile. If ever a place was made for women, this is it, with its healthy light-bites menu, cozy ambience, and Middle Eastern authenticity and hospitality.
Yes, it can be loud, depending on which night you go. But there’s no denying Village Social (251 E Main St, Mount Kisco 914-241-6260; villagesocialkb.com) has a spirited vibe that makes this one of the coolest restaurants in Westchester. We love the oaky aroma that emanates from the wood-burning oven (ordering pizza here is a must); the nicely sized outdoor terrace (the better to gather on post-office hours with a gaggle of girlfriends and glasses of chilled white wine); and the roomy bar where it feels like you’ve just walked into the cool kids’ party. We also love the sign behind the bar that proclaims, “I’m not here for a long time, I’m here for a good time,”—a girls’ night out credo if I ever heard one, and the pitch-perfect backdrop for a noteworthy escape, no matter what stage of life you’re in.
Frequent Westchester Magazine contributor Jeanne Muchnick (jeannemuchnick.com) believes firmly in nights out sans men.