Table Hopping with Morris Gut
Cobb Salad at Freebird Kitchen & Bar
Whether you’ve been naughty or nice, time to make plans with friends and family. If you are dining out, restaurants have been trying their best to adhere to Covid protocols. Take-out & delivery from your favorite eatery is a fine option, too. Here are some festive suggestions!
FESTIVE MODERN ITALIAN OUT OF A VINTAGE DINER!
Chef-proprietor Dean Vivolo has been marking his 20th Anniversary serving robust Italian regional cuisine out of a vintage diner via the 50s, with counter and booths in the front and an airy greenhouse in the rear. For the holiday season, Vivolo has premiered a fall menu with such specialties as hearty ‘Piatto al Salto’, a unique selection of Italian stir fry, gluten free. Choices include Arragosta e Capesante, lobster tail, bay scallops, mixed mushrooms, scallions, roasted peppers, pine nuts, garlic & oil. Look for such favorites as Asparagus Gratinati; Crostino di Polenta; a fabulous Linguine with Vongole. For dessert: Affogato, Vivolissimo Sundaes, and Bomba Baci. Fine wine list. The dining room sparkles evenings. Trattoria Vivolo, 301 Halstead Ave., Harrison. Open Tuesday-Sunday. 914-835-6199. www.trattoriavivolo.com
HOLIDAY FIESTA AT CANTINA, WHITE PLAINS!
Host John Solo of bustling Cantina Taco & Tequila in White Plains is offering a 3-taco lunch for $9.95 all season long, or you can choose one of their tasty quesadillas with steak, chicken, shrimp, or a big Burrito. A new Street Bowl is available with choice of protein, for $8.95. Might be a good time for one of their frozen drinks, too. Cantina is a colorful restaurant. Try the new Birria Tacos, Cheeseburger Tacos, and such ongoing house specialties as: Chicken Wings, Carnitas, Chicken Mole, and Steak Fajita. Cantina Taco & Tequila, 166 Mamaroneck Ave., White Plains. Open 7 days. Happy Hours. Festive party facilities. 914-461-3959. www.cantinany.com
SOUTHERN COMFORT AT FREEBIRD, WHITE PLAINS!
I have been enjoying my visits to Freebird Kitchen & Bar this past year. We have devoured the meaty Half Racks of Baby Back Ribs, Cobb Salad, spicy Chicken Wings, crispy Brussels Sprouts. Shrimp & Grits and Braised Short Ribs, too. The cooking here is very satisfying, and all done with a southern theme. Portions are ample and shareable. The seasonal lighting and those artsy birds hanging from the ceiling in the dining room make for a magical atmosphere. There is a seasonal rooftop. Happy hours: Tues.-Thurs. 4-6pm; Fri. 2-6 p.m. Freebird, 161 Mamaroneck Ave., White Plains. Open Tuesday thru Sunday for lunch, dinner & weekend brunch. 914-607-2476 www.freebirdkitchenandbar.com
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 at the entranceway. 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, 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. Valet parking. Reservations advised. Mulino’s of Westchester, 99 Court Street, White Plains 914-761-1818 www.mulinosny.com
(Morris Gut has been tracking and writing about the food & dining scene in greater Westchester for 30 years. Call 914-235-6591, email@example.com)