The Holiday Season is upon us, so whether you’ve been naughty or nice, time to make plans with friends and family. If you are going out, here are some festive suggestions for every palate, each offering a good dose of Holiday cheer.
CHESTNUTS & CAROLERS AT MULINO’S HOLIDAY FEST!
It is over-the-top at Mulino’s of Westchester in White Plains during the holidays and it begins with the bright glittering lights and smell of chestnuts roasting at the entranceway. Take home a bag of them fresh from the roaster. The annual Christmas Holiday Fest at Mulino’s lasts right thru the season and it’s a sight to behold for the whole family! The fountain garden is beautiful as is the lavish dining room and bar/lounge. General Manager Gimmy Cavagna and his staff are keeping the premises spiffy as ever: gesticulating Christmas decorations galore, holiday carolers, life size toy soldiers, the bursting colorful floral displays, the handsome multilevel seating area. A special holiday menu is served. Open 7 days. Bring the whole family. The place sparkles! Valet parking. Reservations advised. Mulino’s of Westchester, 99 Court Street, White Plains 914-761-1818 www.mulinosny.com
FAMILY-STYLE HOLIDAY PLATTERS AT ROUTE ONE!
Dario Gaite has opened Route One Family Style Ristorante on Boston Post Road in Larchmont. It is at the same site that previously housed La Riserva. Gaite also operates La Spezia, a 4-year-old family-style Italian restaurant in Sea Cliff, Long Island. The dining rooms at Route One have been beautifully refurbished: resplendent with new white tiled bar, artworks, plush dark wood floors, seating, chairs and tabletops. The ceiling is a lush red with new lighting fixtures. According to Gaite, the kitchen prepares all orders ‘at the moment’ to assure freshness. All dishes can be ordered for one, with larger platters for two or more, as if it was ‘Sunday afternoon at Grandma’s’. Be seated in the lovely multi-section dining room and let the staff suggest their hearty specialties. Private party facilities. Free parking. Route One, 2382 Boston Post Road, Larchmont. 914-834-5584 www.route1restaurant.com
FESTIVE DISHES AT MINIS LATIN FUSION!
Nicole Pirraglia-Piparo of City Island has opened Minis Latin Fusion, a charming restaurant in the same strip mall that previously housed Fratelli’s. The menu offers colorful, flavorful Latin specialties such as fresh made traditional Sancocho Stew, ‘Picaderas’ such as Cuban Spring Rolls, and Shrimp Tostones. ‘Plato’s Fuertes’ include Minis Burger, Pernil, Mofongo, Ropa Vieja, and Churrasco with rice & beans. The new lunch menu served 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. includes Minis Carne Hero, with flank steak, pepper jack cheese, pickled onions, served with choice of yuca fries or French fries. There is Tres Leches Cake and Passion Fruit Cheese Cake for dessert. Cute spot. Happy Hours 3 to 7 p.m. featuring specially priced cocktails and appetizers. Minis is open Tuesday thru Sunday. Closed Mondays. Free parking. Minis Latin Fusion, 237 Main Street, New Rochelle. 914-355-5609 Website under construction: www.minislatinfusion.com
(Morris Gut has been tracking and writing about the food and dining scene in greater Westchester for 30 years. 914-235-6591. E-mail: email@example.com)