Every year, families gather around tables all across America to express thanks for all the blessings that life has to offer us. But one thing that might not be a blessing to some is all the preparation and the following clean-up of Thanksgiving Dinner. If you are looking forward to gathering with family and friends, but won’t be too thankful for all the work, Westchester County is a great place to dine out, or pick up a meal to go for this wonderful fall holiday.
A TRADITIONAL FEAST:
If it is the tried and true traditional fare you are seeking with your gang, then be sure to check out Crabtree’s Kittle House, located on Kittle Road in Chappequa. This historic venue has always been a treasured locale for Thanksgiving Feasts. Featuring a three-course menu, at $65 per person, you will be treated to naturally-raised turkey with all the usual trimmings. There is also a steak dish, fish entrees and vegetarian selections. For more information or to make reservations, visit the website at www.kittlehouse.com. Another great traditional choice, with a bit of French influence, is South Salem’s Le Chateau. Dinner will be served from noon to 6pm, and while you will indeed find turkey and friends on the menu, you can also find fish, poultry and filet mignon. Visit www.lechateauny.com for menu information and reservations.
Head on over to the river side of Westchester, to the Red Hat Bistro (www.redhatbistro.com) for the Thanksgiving Seating from 1-7pm. You will find some of Red Hat’s best menu items, along with a special Thanksgiving menu, and prices. Visit the website for information on reservations and menu. If you are staying on that side of the county, then JJ Mannions might just be the place for your traditional family dinner. Mannions offers a comfortable atmosphere, and palatable prices. You can view the menu at www.jjmannions.com.
Swinging back up county, make your reservations for between 1pm and 7pm at the historic and lovely Peter Pratt’s Inn. There you will find all the wonderful foods of of the season in a traditional atmosphere. For the full menu, visit www.prattsinn.com. If you are staying close to home in northern Westchester, the Farmhouse at the Bedford Post Inn will be serving a four-course Supper between 2 and 8pm. This is a prix-fixe menu at $90 per person. You can see what’s on the menu at www.bedfordpostinn.com. And, while the name may imply a Thanksgiving meal of Porterhouse, or Sirloin…you can expect a fall cornucopia at Benjamin Steak House in White Plains. Turkey with stuffing, cranberry, potatoes au-gratin and pumpkin pie are on the menu for the three-course meal at this location. For more menu selections, visit www.benjaminsteakhouse.com.
Since we are talking Steakhouses…there is also the popular Ruth’s Chris Steak House, in Tarrytown. But, don’t expect to get your “beef” on here on Thanksgiving! Instead, you will be treated to roast turkey…and you can pair it with the pecan-crusted sweet potato casserole. Of course, if you are not a turkey lover, you can opt for the New York Strip, or some crab cakes. For reservations and menu selections, see www.ruthschris.com.
If its Seafood you crave, you can certainly find it at the Goldfish Oyster Bar and Restaurant in Ossining, but don’t stop at the Chilean Sea Bass or the Salmon. For Thanksgiving, they will have all the traditional good-eats available for you and your family. Turkey, gravy, cranberries…oh my! And pie?? How about a slice of Pecan, pumpkin…or apple. The website is www.goldfishdining.co m, for this little gem.
Tired of the same-old, same-old year after year? How about being adventurous with your cuisine for this Thanksgiving. You can start with Moroccan food at Zitoune in Mamaroneck, on Boston Post Road. Maybe you wish to try the Turkey B’Steeya, resplendant with saffron and almond in that flaky pastry…or curried pumpkin soup? For $40, you get a three-course Moroccan Thanksgiving feast! Visit www.zitounerestaurant.com for more information. If its the far east you crave, then make your reservations for Chutney Masala Bistro, in Irvington. Open from 1-9 pm on Thanksgiving Day, you can get a wonderful array of Indian fare at their Buffet…featuring such specials as Tandoori Turkey Chaat, and gushtaba (a meatball turkey curry). Visit www.chutneymasalabistro.com for more information. Going even further East, you can opt for the food of the Orient at Aberdeen Seafood and Dim Sum, in White Plains. Sample the traditional Dim Sum lunch from 11:30am to 5pm, or sample Cantonese dishes at the dinner hour, until 10pm. For more information, call (914) 288-0188.
TAKE OUT AND DINE IN:
Not up to cooking, but don’t want to get gussied up and trek the whole family out either? We’ve got you covered, with the following establishments offering an array of take out meals…from fully cooked, to turkey you can throw in the oven!
STEW LEONARDS (Yonkers): www.stewleonards.com. Hop on the website for Stew Leonards, and choose from a dazzling array of dishes to complete your Feast! Place your order online, and pick it up in time to eat, and then watch some football in your jammies!
PLATES (Larchmont): www.platesonthepark.com. Pick up a raw, brined or cooked free range turkey from Misty Knoll farm, and grab all the sides offered by this Larchmont eatery.
RIVER CITY GRILL (Irvington): www.rivercitygrille.com. Dinner packages start at $325.00 and feed 12-15 people! Turkey with all the trimmings are available for pick up between 10am and 1pm, but get your order in by the 17th of the month!
THE RITZ CARLTON (White Plains): www.ritzcarlton.com/westchester. The “Turkey on the Go” program will keep you sane and satiated on Thanksgiving Day! Choose from turkey or ham, with sides including (but not limited to), candied sweet potatoes, cranberry sauce, baby carrots and pearl onions. Place your order by the 17th of the month, and pick up is between 11am and 5pm on Thanksgiving.
EPSTEIN’S KOSHER DELI (Hartsdale): Let the professionals at this long-standing deli establishment meet your kosher needs for the Thanksgiving Holiday. Call (914) 428-5320, for your full, Kosher, Thanksgiving to go!
Whichever way you decide to eat on Thanksgiving, Westchester Happening wishes you and your family a wonderful feast, and a year full of the wonders of life that make us all thankful!!