Where to Celebrate the Holidays

Foodies Paradise for Holiday Dining

By Morris Gut

FOODIES- 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. Seasoned Greetings!

MAGNO’S GRILL, 108 CENTRE AVE., NEW ROCHELLE 914-235-0008

This newcomer to the county is now serving Jurassic Tomahawk Steaks, and a fine version of Parrillada, hearty mixed grill with chimichurri sauce. They are as tender as can be. 

Chef/owner Angelo Magno had put his talents to work at such lauded kitchens at Tango Grill, Milonga and Gaucho Grill. He has joined forces with his family at his own 60-seat spot featuring fine versions of Italian and Argentinean classics. Look for such house specialties as: fresh Empanadas, Chicken or Veal Parmigiana, hearty Paella, and hefty Pork Osso Buco.  Cocktail bar. Open daily for lunch and dinner. Spectacular Sunday Buffet Latin Brunch. Municipal parking nearby. Reservations accepted. www.magnosgrill.com  

GIGANTE RESTAURANT, 660 WHITE PLAINS ROAD, EASTCHESTER 

914-961-1001

Mulino’s at Lake Isle, the state-of-the-art catering facility at Lake Isle Country Club in Eastchester, now sports a new a la carte full-service restaurant. Beautifully decorated for the Holidays, Gigante Restaurant has opened offering an Italian/modern American menu in a contemporary setting. Picture windows overlook al fresco patios and swimming pools. 

Chef Samuel Kim will be at the helm in the kitchen. Chef Kim previously worked for Clyde’s Restaurant Group at 1789 in Georgetown, D.C., and The Modern and Tom Colicchio’s Craft Restaurant Group in Manhattan. We recently enjoyed cocktails at the sparkling bar along with delicious Fried Calamari and Soshito Peppers. Restaurateurs Louis Gigante of Mulino’s of Westchester in White Plains, and his son Louis Gigante, Jr. oversee the day to day operation. www.giganterestaurant.com 

SAGE CAFÉ/MARKET/MORE, 700 NORTH AVE., NEW ROCHELLE 914-740-5755

Sage Café/Market/More opened in a bright, airy 135-seat multi-sectioned space last January just across from the main entrance at IonaCollege on North Ave. in New Rochelle. There is an eclectic international menu offering lunch, dinner and weekend brunch in a casual contemporary setting, a bar/lounge that bustles during happy hours, semi-private party space for all types of events, and a convenience market for eat-in or take-out. Large picture windows look across at the Iona campus. Colorful modern prints hang on the walls. A Sage waterfall flows in the lounge, fish tanks, too. Specialties include: Sage Mediterranean Mezze Platter, tzatziki, red pepper hummus, and baba ghanoush served with cucumber, carrots and fresh pita chips; Sesame Chicken Lettuce Wraps, spicy sesame chicken, bib lettuce wraps, cucumber, napa slaw and plum sauce; Prime Rib Sliders served on onion brioche rolls; and Maryland Crab Cake Burger served with coleslaw, aioli, and signature fries. There is a popular Happy Hour served Monday thru Friday, 4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Weekend Brunch. There is occasional live entertainment. Free parking. www.sagecmm.com 

HURLEY’S STEAKHOUSE & PUB, 15 DIVISION ST., NEW ROCHELLE 914-738-6000

Enjoy a cocktail by the fireplace. Seasoned restaurateur Paul Hurley has opened a handsome 90-seat gastro-pub in New Rochelle next to the Avalon complex offering such amenities as a cozy fireplace, dark wood & brick walls, separate bar/lounge and full-service dining room featuring such specialties as a seafood Raw Bar, Porterhouse Steak for two, Colorado Rack of Lamb, Prime Beef Short Ribs, and a loaded 10 oz. ‘Queen of the Sound’ prime beef Burger stacked with lettuce, tomato, American cheese, fried oysters, sautéed mushrooms, smoked bacon on a brioche bun. Daily happy hours from 4 to 7 p.m. feature $1 oysters. Open daily for lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch. Municipal & valet parking.   www.hurleyssteakhouse.com 

GROWLERS BEER BISTRO, 25 MAIN STREET DEPOT, TUCKAHOE 914-793-0608

Located inside a renovated 1906 powerhouse Metro-North building. Growlers serves an ever-changing roster of international craft brews in a rustic 65-seat industrial space. There is a busy cocktail bar, communal high-top tables and a rear room with banquette seating. On occasion, you can hear the railroad whistle its way past. 

There are 20 taps on hand, and servers who are knowledgeable about their product. Wines and specialty cocktails are also available. Great starters include: New York Style Fresh Baked Pretzel served with choice of dipping sauces; Hot Artichoke Spread, served with bread crisps; and Beer Cheese Potato Skins. Burgers and Sandwiches are always on hand: Turkey Reuben, on toasted rye, Dijon mustard, Swiss, sauerkraut and Russian dressing; Growlers Beef Burger with choice of toppings, served on brioche roll; and Veggie Burger, spicy bean-based burger with tzatziki, lettuce, tomato and red onion on toasted brioche roll. Happy Hours: 4-7 p.m. www.growlersbeerbistro.com

 (Morris Gut is a restaurant marketing consultant and former restaurant trade magazine editor. He has been tracking and writing about the food and dining scene in the Bronx and Westchester for 30 years. He may be reached at: 914-235-6591. Email: gutreactions@optonline.net)




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