From a a basket of wings to a traditional roasted goose, restaurants open for Christmas present menus that range from casual to special-occasion.
Many of the area’s Asian restaurants are open on Christmas Day, but we have a few favorites, including the new Ichiro in White Plains, an Asian fusion restaurant outfitted with futuristic booths, a wall of sake and blue-lighted lounge area.
For a more formal meal, look to La Panetière in Rye, Equus Restaurant in Tarrytown or the Arch in Brewster for special prix fixe menus.
And if you’ve done nothing but cook for 72 hours and just need to get out of the kitchen, head to Candlelight Inn in Scarsdale or the Old Village Inne in Nyack for a late-night pint and a bite.
Here are our picks for eating and drinking out on Christmas Day in Westchester, Rockland and Putnam.
Abis, Thornwood. Only open for dinner, from 5:30 to 9 p.m. This local Japanese favorite is elegantly styled and affordably priced, making it a good spot for a festive crowd. Reservations are recommended. 14 Marble Ave. Thornwood. 914-741-5100, www.abisrestaurant.com .
Aberdeen, White Plains. Owner Ricky Ho will offer his full Cantonese menu, which includes some of the best dim sum in the area (only available before 5 p.m.). Doors are open from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. For entrees, we like the whole fish and chicken dishes. Marriott Residence Inn, 3 Barker Ave., White Plains. 914-288-0188. www.aberdeenwhiteplains.com.
The Arch, Brewster. A four-course prix fixe dinner is $80 per person. And although the menu isn’t finalized, you can bet owner George Seitz will roast a goose for a traditional Christmas dinner. There will be four seatings (2, 2:30 p.m. and 5:30 and 6 p.m.). Route 22, Brewster. 845-279-5011. archrestaurant.com.
Candlelight Inn, Scarsdale. The chicken wings are a trademark, so why not make them a new holiday tradition? The restaurant opens at 8 p.m., and just like every other night of the year, will stay open until 3 a.m. No reservations. 519 Central Ave., Scarsdale. 914-472-9706. Facebook: Candlelight Inn.
Chutney Masala, Irvington. The Indian bistro will be open for regular business hours, from noon to 9:45 p.m., and will offer the regular menu, which includes blended fresh spices in every dish and soft and crispy nan, baked fresh in a Tandoor clay oven. 4 W. Main St., Irvington. 914-591-5500. www.chutneymasala.com
Epstein’s Kosher Deli, Hartsdale. Open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Christmas Day, serving comforting delicatessen favorites like baked brisket with gravy, stuffed Cornish hen, potato knishes and stuffed cabbages. If you’ve got a crowd, try the platter of deboned white fish, Nova, baked salmon and sable decorated with lettuce, tomatoes, onions, peppers, capers, olives and bagels. Make sure to call at least two days ahead for large orders. 387 N. Central Ave., Hartsdale. 914-428-5320. www.epsteinsdeli.com.
Equus Restaurant at Castle Hotel and Spa, Tarrytown. Reservations available from noon to 6 p.m. Prix fixe holiday menu is $89 per person ($125 with wine pairings) for four courses that includes terrine of Hudson Valley foie gras, lobster and winter truffle pasta and Wagyu beef tenderloin. 400 Benedict Ave., Tarrytown. 914-631-3646, www.castle hotelandspa.com.
Fortune Garden, Nanuet. Tucked away in the corner of a strip mall just west of the Shops at Nanuet on Route 59, Fortune Garden is one of the best Chinese restaurants in Rockland. House specialties include whole Peking duck, sesame chicken, and the crispy steak. Open from 11:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. 179 W. Route 59, Nanuet. 845-623-0058.
Halstead Avenue Bistro, Harrison. Open from noon to 8 p.m. with an a la carte holiday menu that features filet mignon, seafood pasta and duck confit quesadillas. 123 Halstead Ave., Harrison. 914-777-1181, halsteadbistro.com.
Ichiro Fusion, White Plains. Open from 11:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.A swank new Asian restaurant with an impressive sake bar and adventurous dishes like robatayaki (Japanese style barbecue) and anything from the diner-like book of dizzying (and creative) sushi options. 80 Mamaroneck Ave., White Plains, 914-427-8688,www.ichirofusion.com
King and I, Nyack. Crispy duck, prepared in a choice of Thai styles (in coconut milk, curry or a garlic-chili sauce) might be a suitable choice for Christmas dinner at the King & I in Nyack. Reservations are suggested. 93 Main St., Nyack; 845-358-8588,www.kingandinyack.com.
La Panetière, Rye. As is tradition, the dapper French restaurant will be ornamented in twinkling lights and draped in holiday greenery. Open from noon to 8 p.m., order a la carte or from the prix fixe menu, $85 per person for 6 courses, $130 with a wine pairing. 30 Milton Road, Rye. 914-967-8140, www.lapanetiere.com.
Olde Village Inne, Nyack. A cozy spot for a pint or a late meal. The bar will be open from 11 a.m. until 4 a.m., but the kitchen doesn’t open until 6 p.m. The regular menu is available, so expect classic pub fare like Irish nachos (French fries baked with Monterey Jack cheese, bacon and scallions), burgers, quesadillas, personal pizzas and more. 97 Main St., Nyack. 845-358-1160. www.ovinyack.com.
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