Main Course: Restaurants in Westchester County that Offer Thanksgiving Dinners
The stress of planning, prepping, and cooking can be made easier with a reservation.
Crabtree’s Kittle House offers a plump, juicy, naturally raised John Boy’s turkey.
There are two schools of thought when it comes to Thanksgiving: Pour your heart and soul into the day and hope relatives chip in with cooking, clean-up, and minimum family dysfunction, or go to a restaurant where someone else does the work, age-old quarrels are kept on the quiet side, and everyone has a hand in splitting the bill. Thankfully, Westchester eateries offer a range of holiday options with all the trimmings. Many, in fact, offer complete meals to go—often with pick-up as late as Thanksgiving morning—allowing you to sit on the couch with the rest of your football-loving clan and savor the day.
In the mood for a non-traditional Thanksgiving meal? Head to Aberdeen Seafood & Dim Sum (3 Barker Ave, White Plains 914-288-0188), perhaps one of the most authentic dim sum restaurants in Westchester. Here, the food is fresh, the menu ample and varied, the service prompt, and the cuisine top notch. A traditional dim sum lunch (about $12) is served from 11:30 am to 5 pm on weekdays, though you can order any of the American Chinese or Cantonese variations until the restaurant closes at 10 pm. Dinner will cost about $25. Chutney Masala Bistro (4 W Main St, Irvington 914-591-5500; chutneymasalabistro.com) is open from 1 to 9 pm Thanksgiving day and serves its regular Punjab-inspired cuisine along with holiday specials such as Tandoori turkey chaat (a combination of diced tandoor grilled turkey breast, seasoned chickpeas, and potatoes dressed in a tangy tamarind, mint, and yogurt dressing, $9); gushtaba (a fragrant, turkey meatball curry, $18); and mango mousse with a cranberry coulis ($7).
Be prepared to be pampered at The Bedford Post Inn (954 Old Post Rd, Bedford 914-234-7800; bedfordpostinn.com) where The Farmhouse, the eatery’s more formal dining room, serves a gorgeous sit-down supper between 2 and 8 pm. The menu is a four-course, $90 prix fixe with shareable choices for the table as well as individualized options. A meat, fish, pasta, and vegetarian selection is offered along with slow-roasted turkey. And whatever you do, save room for dessert. (For a review of The Farmhouse, turn to page 176.)
Expect a fall harvest at Benjamin Steak House (610 W Hartsdale Rd, White Plains, 914-428-6868; benjaminsteakhouse.com), where purée of pumpkin soup, pumpkin pie, and a traditionally roasted turkey with stuffing, roasted yams, cranberry relish, and potatoes au gratin are on the three-course menu ($64.95).
Bistro Z, in the DoubleTree by Hilton (455 S Broadway, Tarrytown 914-524-6410; bistrozny.com), offers an extensive buffet from noon to 4 pm ($28, adults; $19, young adults; $10, children under 12), including a raw bar (think jumbo cocktail shrimp, oysters, and clams on the half shell); a bread-and-cheese station with artisanal products, a variety of fall-inspired soups and salads (e.g., sweet potato and ginger bisque, cider-glazed root vegetable salad), as well as the traditional roast turkey with pan gravy and apple-sage stuffing. Also on the menu: baked country ham, a fish (last year, it was panko-crusted Alaskan cod), and pasta. Traditional sides like mashed potatoes, candied yams, and fresh corn spoon bread also are featured, as are classic desserts such as apple, pecan, and pumpkin pie.
The menu at Goldfish Oyster Bar and Restaurant (6 Rockledge Ave, Ossining 914-762-0051; goldfishdining.com) was still being tweaked at press time, but expect a four-course dinner served from noon to 7 pm highlighting the freshness and abundance of the season. Yes, there will be turkey breast with apple-sage stuffing, scallion mashed and sweet potatoes, sliced cranberries, and gravy. But the other stars of the show include the seafood the restaurant is known for, most likely a roasted Chilean sea bass, chipotle-rubbed salmon, or a halibut “Napoleon” layered with sweet potatoes and spinach. The meal, which averages in the $29 range (depending on entrée choice; a pasta, chicken, and steak dish are also offered), includes an appetizer, soup, or salad and either pumpkin pie, pecan, or apple pie.
Tradition is big at Crabtree’s Kittle House (11 Kittle Rd, Chappaqua 914-666-8044; kittlehouse.com), which dates to 1790 and lends itself perfectly to family celebrations. In fact, this is the 30th year that the restaurant will be serving Thanksgiving meals, many to repeat generations. The three-course, $65-per-person menu includes a choice of among five appetizers, five entrées, and five desserts. The highlight is John Ubaldo’s John Boy’s naturally raised turkeys served with all the classic garnishes—gravy, stuffing, sweet potatoes, and cranberry sauce. A steak dish also is offered, as is a choice of two fish, as well as vegetarian selections. The restaurant’s relatively new executive chef, Marc Lippman, will be putting his own stamp on the bill of fare (exact dishes not decided at press time). One thing you can be sure of: This slice of Americana will not only fill your belly, but charm you with its sense of tradition—what Thanksgiving is all about. Dinner is served from noon to 8 pm.
Add some French flair to the holiday with a four-course meal at Le Château (1410 Rte 35, South Salem 914-533-6631; lechateauny.com), served from noon to 6 pm ($63 adults, $29 children). The traditional turkey tends to be the house favorite, but thanks to the choice of appetizers, salads, and entrées, you can also opt for filet mignon, fish, or poultry, all prepared with innovative panache. Not to be missed: the famous soufflés by Chef Joerges Houdusse.
Steak may rule at Ruth’s Chris Steak House (670 White Plains Rd, Tarrytown 914-631-3311; ruthschris.com), but, on Thanksgiving, it takes a backseat to roast turkey with all the trimmings. The menu offered November 24th is the regular bill of fare, heavy on the rib eye and New York strip, but with plenty of other options including lamb chops, jumbo shrimp, and crab cakes. Personally, I’m a fan of the pecan-crusted sweet-potato casserole, meant for sharing but absolutely divine paired with a juicy turkey breast.
Talk about a feast. Visitors to Serafina (199 Main St, White Plains 914-288-9300; serafinarestaurant.com/serafina/WhitePlains.html) can choose among the standard menu of inventive pastas and pizzas or from the special Thanksgiving carte du jour, albeit with a Northern Italian spin. The restaurant is open its usual hours (11 am to 11 pm) and features porcini-and-chestnut soup, homemade butternut squash ravioli, and a choice of either medallions of turkey breast with a Barolo sauce served with mashed potatoes and cranberries, or stuffed turkey with chestnuts, plums, and apples, carved and served with trimmings.
Moroccan food may not be first and foremost when you think of your Thanksgiving meal, but, at Zitoune (1127 W Boston Post Rd, Mamaroneck, 914-835-8350; zitounerestaurant.com) you get a zesty three-course ($40 plus tax and tip) version with curried pumpkin soup; turkey b’steeya (crisp filo pocket, stuffed with braised turkey, saffron and almond, and finished with cinnamon and sugar powder); and spit-roasted Moroccan-spiced turkey breast served with traditional sweet potatoes, chestnut purée, and cranberry sauce; halibut in Mediterranean herbs; and grilled leg of lamb with chipotle chile marinade, among other entrées.
Jeanne Muchnick (jeannemuchnick.com), a regular food writer for Westchester Magazine, and the author of Dinner for Busy Moms, likes Thanksgiving leftovers almost as much as she likes Thanksgiving.
A Feast in a Flash
Myong Gourmet (487 Main St, Mount Kisco 914-241-6333; plgourmet.com) provides a Bell & Evans organic, free-range, hormone-free bird seasoned and ready to cook, along with a one-page instruction sheet and a Myong Hot-Line for calls on Thanksgiving day.
PLATES (121 Myrtle Blvd, Larchmont 914-834-1244; platesonthepark.com) offers free-range turkeys from Misty
Knoll Farm in Vermont; you can order them raw, brined, or cooked. The 14- to 16-pound turkeys are fresh, not processed, pre-packaged, or stored. The restaurant also offers a variety of sides including: sweet potatoes, sausage-and-sage stuffing, cranberry sauce, gravy, pecan pies, and string beans with onions.
River City Grille (6 S Broadway, Irvington 914-591-2033; rivercitygrille.com) sells dinner packages ($325 plus tax) that feed 12 to 15 people and are available Thanksgiving morning between 10 am and 1 pm. Book by the 17th.
The Ritz Carlton, Westchester (3 Renaissance Sq, White Plains 914-946-5500; RitzCarlton.com/Westchester) has a “Turkey-to-Go” program featuring a 14- to 16-pound whole roasted turkey with sage-cornbread stuffing or a honey-glazed ham available for pickup between 11 am and 5 pm Thanksgiving day. Sides include candied sweet potatoes with spiced pecans, Boursin mashed potatoes, traditional cranberry sauce, French green beans, baby carrots, and pearl onions. Orders will be accepted until the 17th.