Where to Eat: Holiday Dining

Here are the restaurants you should be looking to reserve for the coming holiday season.

Stagecoach Inn

Cozy and elegant, the Stagecoach could pass for Holiday Inn sans Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire. On Christmas Eve, the inn will offer a special brunch in the afternoon, followed by a prix-fixe dinner with choices of either three ($65) or five ($85) courses. Select from opulent entrees like the oven-roasted goose with savory fig and hazelnut baklava and sautéed Brussels sprouts with pear glaze. Then, on New Year’s Eve, the Stagecoach team will again offer a Sunday brunch and prix-fixe dinner, only this time with five ($85) and seven ($125) course options. Who wouldn’t want to ring in the New Year dining on a mint-crusted rack of lamb or prime rib roast? Dec 24: brunch, 10 a.m.–2 p.m., dinner seatings, 3 p.m., 5 p.m., and 7 p.m. Dec 31: brunch, 10 a.m.–2 p.m., dinner seating, 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. • Goshen — 268 Main St. 845.294.5526. www.stagecoachny.com


New City Kosher Deli & Restaurant

Available for sit-down, catering, or take out, this Rockland County deli is the place to order Hanukkah staples like brisket, latkes, and matzo ball soup. Dining at home? Bookend the meal with a deli platter to start and delicate rugalach to finish.  Frankly, this menu runs the gamut from pastrami sandwiches to knishes to a standard roast chicken — the hardest part is deciding what to order. Deli under rabbinical supervision by Rabbi Israel Steinberg. Sun–Wed, 10 a.m.–8:30 p.m., Thurs–Sat, 10 a.m.–9 p.m. • New City — 282 South Main St. 845.639.4943. www.newcitykosher.com

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Benjamin Steakhouse

Bring the kids for this Westchester fixture’s annual Santa Brunch. With a photographer available to capture the holiday spirit, kids can rattle off their lists for the man in red while munching on foods friendly to picky palates. Adults can choose from a prix-fixe menu that includes an appetizer, entrée, side, and dessert. With options like lobster bisque, Norwegian salmon, and Eggs Benjamin, the whole family is sure to leave satisfied. Adults, $39.95; kids, $19.95. Dec 17, 12 p.m.–3:30 p.m. • White Plains — 610 Hartsdale Rd. 914.428.6868. www.benjaminsteakhouse.com/westchester/


Hudson House River Inn

On December 17, let the kids clear their names with Santa while you take in the view from this historic inn, which sits only 100 feet from the Hudson River. At Breakfast with Santa, the inn will offer a breakfast buffet, a hot chocolate bar, and a holiday story time. If your family is squared away with Kris Kringle, make reservations for New Year’s Eve instead, when Hudson House will serve a four-course dinner with live jazz music, hats, noisemakers, and champagne at midnight. Dec 17 brunch: adults, $25; kids, $12; 11 a.m.–2 p.m. Dec 31 seatings at 6 p.m. ($65) and 8:30 p.m. ($80) • Cold Spring — 2 Main St. 845.265.9355. www.hudsonhouseinn.com

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Ramiro’s 954

In true holiday spirit, Ramiro’s 954 is hosting a Christmas Casino Fundraiser with proceeds going to benefit the College Educational Milestone Foundation and Ty Lewis Foundation for Children’s Cancer. Dress your best and dine on refined tapas for this red-carpet event in the heart of Mahopac. With chances to win gift baskets donated by local businesses and raise money for charities, everybody triumphs at this event. Oh, and don’t worry about finding a sitter — the kids can eat and play at Jan’s Kids Dining Loft, a fully functioning day care center located in the restaurant. Check website for date and time. • Mahopac — 954 Route 6. 845.621.3333. www.ramiros954.com


The Tavern at Beekman Arms

Even the most stubborn Scrooge will be smiling at The Tavern’s dinner theater performance of A Christmas Carol on Dec 13 at 6 p.m. and Dec 17 at 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. For $50, audience members can delight in a three-course dinner with entrees like boneless coffee-braised beef short ribs or mushroom Bolognese, while the ghosts of Christmas past, present, and future scare Ebenezer straight. Doors open a half-hour before the show. The Tavern will also be open for special holiday hours on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Eve. • Rhinebeck — 6387 Mill St. 845.876.7077. www.beekmandelamaterinn.com

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