Holiday Cocktail Recipes from Westchester Restaurateurs
Holiday time for me means long days checking and re-checking my to-do list, along with repeated trips to the grocery store, making sure to grab all ingredients necessary to make each family member (and assorted relatives) happy with what’s being served. Which is why, between the madness of the mall and my own craziness trying to unearth last year’s leftover wrapping paper, I like to settle down post-errands with the perfect Yuletide libation. All that running around can make a person thirsty, not to mention a wee bit stressed. So I asked my favorite restaurateurs for advice on cocktails guaranteed to put everyone—including the hostess—in a jolly mood. (All drinks serve eight.)
Mulberry Street (189 E Post Rd,
White Plains 914-761-1111;
“Sgroppino combines Prosecco, vodka, and sorbet and can be used as a palate cleanser or a nice cocktail to start off a party,” Manager Matt Flanders says. “Our version includes raspberry purée—it gives it a seasonal flair and beautiful color.”
4 cups chilled Prosecco
8 Tbsp chilled vodka
1 cup frozen lemon sorbet
½ cup raspberry purée (see below)
1 tsp fresh mint leaves, chopped
For raspberry purée:
1 pint raspberries
1 Tbsp sugar
2 oz water
Purée all ingredients in a blender.
Pour the Prosecco and vodka into eight Champagne flutes, dividing equally. Add the raspberry purée into the lemon sorbet, beating it with a whisk. Spoon a scoop of raspberry-lemon sorbet into each flute. Sprinkle with mint and serve immediately.
The company holiday party season has arrived, and with it the age-old question of what to do and where to host. Drinks in a bar? A gather-round-the-cubicle bash? Or maybe a big blow out at a locale that does all of the work for you? Here, some venues known for their versatile spaces as well as top-notch personalization. The negotiating, however, is up to you.
The Portfolio: With a private room downstairs from the main dining area, you’ll have plenty of space to yourselves without worrying that your noise level will disturb other diners. The room seats l00 comfortably and can accommodate 150 for cocktails. So far, the restaurant—open since May in the space formerly housed by Laguna and Eclisse—has been doing family-style catering, but recently debuted a new catering menu including a host of other buffet options. The room is appropriate for any sort of event—presentations, sit-down dinners, etc.—and can be configured in a variety of ways depending on your needs. It is equipped with its own bar and has one wall featuring mirrors within the woodwork, making the room look larger than it is. Thanks to the décor (photographs and images reminiscent of old-school Italian restaurants) and its round tables with red-and-white gingham linens, there’s a sense that you’ve been transported to your favorite childhood Italian eatery.
Bonus: Centrally located at the corner of East Post Road and Waller Avenue, with plenty of nearby parking.
Book it: 189 E Post Rd (914) 761-1111; mulberrystreetwp.com. Pricing is $35 per person for family-style catering.
HotPlate: Rigatoni Bolognese at Mulberry Street
Here is a happy union of grain, dairy, meat, and veg. Look for al dente tubes of chewy, resilient pasta enrobed in a sweet, delicately carnal sauce. The kicker is a lavish dollop of cool, tangy ricotta, giving this dish a yin-yang punch of hot and cold, veg and meat, and acid and fat. Yum. Just the thing to swipe up with bread when the last bite is gone.
Mulberry Street brings little Italy to White Plains.
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Now that the late-summer doldrums are upon us, we know what you’re thinking: Why go out to eat now? You have back-to-school on your mind, and the budget needs to go for other expenses, like backpacks and books. Plus, who goes out in late August? If you’re not back-to-school shopping, you’re on vacation, right?
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Located on 189 East Post Road in White Plains, Mulberry Street opened its doors in May and offers Italian specialties, happy hour and a full-length bar.
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5 Star Review from Opentable.com
"Had a great Easter lunch with the family. The prosciutto wrapped asparagus was delish. We ordered family style shrimp scampi, grilled NY strip, and grilled salmon which were all delicious..."
4 Star Review from Tripadvisor.com
"Went here on a recommendation for a place to hold a party. Since I had already eaten dinner, we had some appetizers and drinks. Food was delicious. Caprese salad with fresh basil and an eggplant dish..."
4 Star Review from Opentable.com
"The bar was busy with a happy hour crowd. Bartender Mike was great and knew his wine list.
Food was fantastic, piping hot. We chose 3 appetizers..."
Review from Urbanspoon.com
"Its only been open a short time and I have already been there twice .The atmosphere is great and perfect for large groups.The staff was top shelf and very accommodating and the food was incredible..."
4 Star Review from Yelp.com
"The menu is home-style Italian food priced two ways. As single dishes, and as large family platters for sharing. I recommend ordering family-style if you are able. This is your best value. We ordered one family-size starter and two family-sized entrees for 4 very hungry adults..."