Westchester County Outdoor Mini Golf Guide

One outdoor activity that both my tween and teen are always up for is playing a round of mini golf. While it’s often a vacation activity for us, there isn’t much vacationing currently happening. Since mini golf is a fun, social-distance-friendly family activity, we decided to check out the various courses in Westchester County. Read on for information, ratings and our reviews of each of the courses we visited.

Please remember to check with the locations directly for the most up-to-date information.

Brookside Mini Golf at Tibbetts Brook Park (Yonkers)
355 Midland Avenue
Yonkers, NY 10704
(914) 557-5046

Course: 18-hole mini golf course
Cost: $8/person (cash only!)
Hours of Operation: July – August – 12 PM to 6:30 PM (daily)
September – November – 12 PM – dusk (weekends)
Parking: $5

Rating:
Atmosphere: 4/5
Creativity: 3/5
Difficulty: 3/5

Review: The Brookside Mini Golf course is located in Tibbetts Brook Park, a Westchester County Park and has been operating since 2002. It is a short walk from the parking lot, past the pool house, to get to the golf course.
We visited on a Saturday and there was a constant flow of visitors.

The course was recently renovated and it shows. The putting greens were in good condition and most of the waterfalls and water features were running.

There were a couple of obstacles including the a loop (that we saw at every mini golf course!), a clown mouth and a bridge.

There was lots of plants and bushes planted throughout the course, giving the course a nice “curb appeal.” This is the only mini golf course that has a par for each hole printed on the score card. Unfortunately, the holes are not numbered here. However, following the cement path leads you to each hole.

To keep germs to a minimum, you can choose the color ball you want, but the attendant hands the ball and club to you. Once you are finished playing, everything is wiped down with sanitizing wipes.


There is a limited food menu including pretzels, pizza and nachos as well as various frozen ice cream novelties. However, we thought $5 for a Chipwich or a SpongeBob ice cream pop was a bit steep.

If you want to make a day of it, bring your suits and enjoy the pool and slides (Be sure to check first if they are open. During our recent visit, the pool was closed. There is a separate admission for the pool).

Charles J. Cook Park (Cortlandt Manor)
293 Furnace Dock Road
Cortlandt Manor, NY 10567

Course: 9-hole mini golf course
Cost: Free, but only open to Town of Cortlandt (and Village of Buchanan and Croton) residents
Hours of Operation: Closed Mondays
Tuesday – Friday: 2 PM – 7:30 PM
Saturday & Sunday: 12 PM – 7:30 PM
Parking: Free

Review coming soon!

Playland Park (Rye)
1 Playland Parkway
Rye, NY 10580
(914) 813-7010

Course: 18-hole mini golf course
Cost: $5/per person
Hours of Operation: Tuesday – Sunday 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Closed Mondays
Parking: $10

Rating:
Atmosphere: 5/5
Creativity: 3/5
Difficulty: 2/5

Review: Playland Mini Golf wins hands down for best atmosphere. Nowhere else in Westchester County can you play miniature golf with views of the Long Island Sound. With the boardwalk and the beach right next to the course, it feels like you’re on a vacation.

I mean, look at how close to the water you are! At $5 per person, it is also the cheapest miniature golf course. However, you do have to pay $10 to park, so the overall cost is comparable to the other courses.

Each hole was easily identifiable by a number.

The course itself is a tad run down. Some of the holes had patchwork and mismatched putting green material. It was the easiest of the courses we visited though, with three of us getting holes in one.

There are some fun features, like this waterfall, a gazebo and a well.

Playland Mini Golf is the only course that enforces social distancing. They only allow two to three groups on the course at a time. A new group cannot start playing until the previous group has gotten to hole 9, the waterfall. It is likely you will have to wait for a little bit to play. They also wipe down and sanitize the balls and clubs before you play.

Overall: This was a fun golf course with beautiful views. Definitely worth a visit.

Saxon Woods Park (White Plains)
1800 Mamaroneck Avenue
White Plains, NY 10605
(914) 924-4644

Course: 19-hole mini golf course
Cost: $9/adult, $7/children under 10 (Cash or credit)
Hours of Operation: June – September – 12 PM to 8 PM

Parking: Free

Rating:
Atmosphere: 4/5
Creativity: 3/5
Difficulty: 3/5

Review: The Saxon Woods Park Mini Golf Course is located in Saxon Woods Park, a Westchester County Park. It’s part of the 700-acre property that includes the county’s largest swimming pool, ball fields, an 18-hole golf course, playground and hiking trails and is run by Powell Catering Service.
We visited on a recent Saturday and there was a constant flow of visitors. There was even a birthday party that was being set up during our visit.

This was one of the few courses that we visited that had rules posted for play.

This mini golf course sits inside a natural forest and stream area and has the most shade of all the courses we visited. Unfortunately, it sits adjacent to Mamaroneck Avenue, so you see and hear all of the traffic going by.

Each hole was labeled with a number. This was the only course we visited that had flags in the holes to help identify the target.

There are frozen ice cream novelties for purchase at the admission booth and a food concessions stand next door.

Overall: This was one of the nicer mini golf courses that we visited with a not-too-difficult course.

Yorktown Golf & Baseball (Mohegan Lake)
2710 Lexington Avenue
Mohegan Lake, NY 10547
(914) 526-8337

Course: 18-hole mini golf course
Cost: $7/adults, $5.50/children under 12
Cash or credit (4% credit card fee)
Hours of Operation: Spring & Summer – 10 AM – 8 PM

Ratings:
Atmosphere: 2/5
Creativity: 1/5
Difficulty: 3/5

Review: Established in 1994, this miniature golf course is only one of the attractions at the Yorktown Golf & Baseball Center. The facility also houses a 2-tiered driving range and eight batting cages. Unfortunately, the miniature golf course does not appear to have been updated since it was built. During our visit, the waterfall and ponds were not filled, leaving empty cement structures. The putting green is separated from the cement. The score cards do not have a par printed, nor did we see a maximum number of strokes. However, we limited ourselves to a 5 stroke max on each hole. We found some of the holes (1 and 15) especially difficult.

Overall: This is a bare bones, miniature golf course that is in need of some major upkeep. The course lacks fun features and was our least favorite of the courses we visited.

Peekskill Take-Out and Delivery Options

With COVID-19 hitting the restaurant industry hard, it is hard to keep up with what restaurants are open. While we don’t live in Peekskill, it is a short drive away and offers so many different food options. I did some research and rounded up a list of Peekskill take-out and delivery options. Support local and order take out from one of these Peekskill restaurants and businesses. As always, please check directly with the restaurant for the most up-to-date information. Contact Nancy at NYFoodieFamily@gmail.com if there’s a restaurant that I have missed or the information below needs updating!

Baked Goods and Sweets:

Blithe Bagels

Blithe Bagels is a new addition to the Peekskill food scene.  Owner Tina Selsky hand makes these bagels.  The bagels are low-calorie, at only 200 calories each. They even have a vegan option! 

Menu

Saturday: 9 AM – 11 AM pick-up

*Need to pre-order online for Saturday pick-up

Homestyle Desserts Bakery
24 South Water Street
Peekskill, NY 10566
(914) 737-4659

Menu

Monday – Saturday:  8 AM – 6 PM
Sunday:  8 AM – 3 PM

*Please call to pre-order cakes

The Hudson Creamery
55 Hudson Avenue
Peekskill, NY 10566
(914) 293-7811

The Hudson Creamery opened May 15th.

Serving their regular menu as well as pints. They have a huge variety of ice cream flavors, create signature sundaes and more.

Thursday & Friday: 3 PM – 8 PM
Saturday & Sunday: 1 PM – 8 PM

*Order and take-out in person.  Cash or credit cards ($10 minimum) 

Peaceful Provisions
47 South Water Street
Peekskill, NY 10566
(Located inside the Peekskill Brewery)

Peaceful Provisions has recently changed their offerings to prepackaged sets including a Treat Box for 2, Doughnut Box of 2, Doughnut Box of 4, plus merchandise.  The doughnut flavors and treats change weekly.  They limit orders to one of each box per household. 

Classic Doughnuts – $4/each
Filled Doughnuts – $6/each

Boxes range from $8-$18+ depending on the combination of doughnuts being offered that week.

Friday – Sunday: 8:00 AM – 10:30 AM

*Online pre-orders only!  Ordering opens up Monday at 12 PM for Friday pick-up, Tuesday at 12 PM for Saturday pick-up, and Wednesday at 12 PM for Sunday pick-up.  These doughnuts sell out FAST!!!  So, set your alarms and good luck!  

Beverages:

Kathleen’s Tea Room
979 Main Street
Peekskill, NY 10566
(914) 734-2520

Menu
They sell over 60 different teas as well as a variety of soups, quiche, sandwiches, salads and sweets.

Tuesday-Friday: 11 AM – 3 PM

Bridgee’s Food Truck is at Kathleen’s Tea Room Wednesday &  Friday 11 AM – 5 PM
They serve a variety of southern dishes including fried chicken, fried shrimp, mac and cheese, yams and more.  You can pre-order on the Kathleen’s Tea Room online menu.

Order online 

Peekskill Brewery
47 South Water Street
Peekskill, NY 10566

*Offers curbside and delivery of food and beer.

They have a limited food menu that includes wings, pizza, burgers, salads and more. 

They have five family style takeout options (that feed four)  including Mac N’ Cheese ($18), Family Wings ($20), Family Style PB Burgers w/fries (($60), Family Style Kale Salad ($16) and Family Style Kale Salad with Chicken ($26).

You can purchase single cans or six-packs of their brews as well as canned wines and spirits.

Tuesday – Saturday:  12 PM – 8 PM
Sunday: 12 PM – 6 PM
Closed Mondays

Online Ordering

Peekskill Coffee House
101 South Division Street
Peekskill, NY 10566
(914) 739-1287

Take Out Menu

The coffeehouse reopened May 18th. Get your favorite coffee to go as well as crepes, paninis, salads and baked goods.  They also sell bags of coffee beans, merchandise and crepe batter and crepe kits for you to make your own at home. 

Sunday – Saturday 7AM – 5 PM 

Order online – Credit/Debit only – no cash

FOOD:

The Beanrunner Cafe
201 South Division Street
Peekskill, NY 10566
(914) 737-1701

Menu
The cafe serves a variety of breakfast options (served until 11 AM) as well as sandwiches, soups, salads and more.  Check their Instagram for daily specials. 

Daily:  8 AM – 4 PM

Curbside pick-up – Call to order

Birdsall House
970 Main Street
Peekskill, NY 10566
(914) 930-1880

Take-out Menu
Daily specials offered

Daily: 12-8 PM
Pick-Up and Curbside Delivery
Please call and order directly from the restaurant. 

Fin & Brew
5 John Walsh Boulevard
Peekskill, NY 10566
(914) 788-4555

Take Out Menu
Includes a variety of appetizers, pizzas and sandwiches as well as a couple of entree specials (Brisket Dinner for 2 – $40 or 4 – $75, Hanger Steak $29 and Steelhead Trout $27)

Cocktails and beer also available

Friday-Sunday:  12 PM – 8 :15 PM
Take out and Delivery

Order online

Gleason’s
911 South Street
Peekskill, NY 10566
(914) 401-1950

Tuesday-Thursday: 4PM  – 8 PM
Friday: 4 PM – 9 PM
Saturday: 12 PM – 9 PM
Sunday: 3 PM – 8 PM

Carry-out and Curbside Service

The Iron Vine
992 Main Street
Peekskill, NY 10566
(914) 930-8507

After an almost one month renovation closure, The Iron Vine reopened May 22nd.

Offering a limited to go menu as well as signature cocktails to go

Daily:  4 – 8 PM

Call to order

NY Firehouse Grille
63 Welcher Avenue
Peekskill, NY 10566
(914) 788-0808

Menu
The NY Firehouse Grille offers tons of appetizers, 50 flavors of wings, sandwiches, burgers, salads and entrees.

Open Daily at 11 AM

Order online or call to order

Ramenseque
1008 Main Street
Peekskill, NY 10566
(914) 930-1788

Menu
Beer and wine available for purchase

Wednesday – Sunday:  11:30 AM – 8 PM

Take-Out and Curbside Delivery

Call to order – credit cards/cash accepted in-store, credit cards accepted over the phone

Ruben’s Mexican Cafe
Division Street
Peekskill, NY 10566
(914) 739-4330

Menu
This Mexican restaurant serves tacos, burritos and all your favorite Mexican dishes.  Check out their Facebook page for specials. 

Daily:  11 AM – 11 PM

Order online or call

Ruchi of India
1853 North Main Street (Beach Shopping Center)
Peekskill, NY 10566
(914) 788-1888

Menu
This Indian restaurant is open for take out. 

Daily:  11:30 AM – 2:30 PM
            5 PM – 10 PM

Taco Diver Bar
55 Hudson Avenue
Peekskill, NY 10566
(914) 788-8226

Menu
Offer a variety of appetizers, tacos, bowls, quesadillas and more as well as cocktails and frozen drinks to-go

Wednesday – Friday:  4 PM – 9 PM
Saturday: 1 PM – 9 PM

Sunday: 1 PM – 8 PM

Curbside-pickup – Call to order

Taormina Restaurant
59 Hudson Avenue
Peekskill, NY 10566
(914) 739-4007

To-Go Menu
Check out this Italian restaurant’s website. They offer a variety of specials including a customizable Family Dinner Pack for 4 ($40) as well as a $12 Pasta & Salad special and a $20.20 Dinner Duo.  

Tuesday – Saturday:  12:30 PM – 8 PM
Sunday: 1 PM – 8 PM
Closed Mondays

Call or order online

Touch of Class Caribbean
990 Main Street
Peekskill, NY 10566
(914) 930-7958

Menu
Touch of Class Caribbean serves fusion cuisine that combines Caribbean, Italian and American flavors.

Tuesday-Saturday: 1 PM – 8 PM
Sunday: 12 PM – 5 PM
Closed Mondays

Call to order

Whiskey River
38 North Division Street
Peekskill, NY 10566
(914) 293-7550

Offers a limited food menu as well as 16 oz. cocktails to-go.  Check out their Instagram for limited time specials. 

Wednesday – Saturday: 12 PM – 8 PM
Sunday: 12 PM – 7 PM

Call to order

OTHER:

Birdsall Market
Pick-Up at Birdsall House Beer Garden
970 Main Street
Peekskill, NY 10566

A collaboration between Birdsall House, Gleason’s, Exurbanist and Ride! Peekskill. Order one of their ten different boxes (including breakfast sandwich, craft beer, date night, fried chicken picnic and more.  They even offer a plant-based vegan gyros box).  

Friday pick-up/delivery between 1-4 PM
Delivery to Peekskill, Cortlandt, Montrose, Buchanan and Verplanck only ($5 charge)
Can pick-up at Kaia Yoga (Westport, CT) for $7 charge

*Must pre-order by Wednesday for Friday pick-up/delivery

Order online – credit/debit cards only


Five Guys Named Moe {Westchester Broadway Theatre}

We were invited to press night for Five Guys Named Moe. Thank you to the Westchester Broadway Theatre for hosting NY Foodie Family. As always, all opinions are our own.

Westchester Broadway Theatre’s newest production, Five Guys Named Moe, debuted January 30th and it’s a must-see show!

Photo Credit: John Vecchiolla, courtesy of Westchester Broadway Theatre

Five Guys Named Moe is set in an unnamed city and unspecified year. It tells the story of No Max, recently single and drowning his sorrows with alcohol. It’s almost 5 in the morning when he’s taken by surprise as five guys, all named Moe, emerge from his radio. Big Moe, Little Moe, Eat Moe, No Moe and Four-Eyed Moe give No Max lessons in love via song and dance in hopes of helping win his girl back.

Photo Credit: John Vecchiolla, courtesy of Westchester Broadway Theatre

This musical pays tribute to American musician, songwriter and bandleader Louis Jordan, featuring over 20 songs, many of which are written by him. It originally debuted at London’s West End Lyric Theatre in December 1990 and made its way to Broadway in 1992. Local residents can now enjoy this lively production at the Westchester Broadway Theatre through March 1st.

Photo Credit: John Vecchiolla, courtesy of Westchester Broadway Theatre

Dana and I knew nothing about Five Guys Named Moe prior to seeing the show. We were both pleasantly surprised at what a fun production it is. The small cast did such a great job of highlighting the unique personality of each Moe. There was lots of dancing and even some audience participation, including a sing-along. Yes, even we stood right up and joined in!

I recommend Five Guys Named Moe to families with tweens and older. Although the songs are catchy, I don’t think the subject of the show will interest younger kids.

This was our first WBT production where a six-person band played on stage. There were even a few excellent instrumental solos. The music and songs are lively and will have you clapping your hands and tapping your feet along to the beat.

Since the Westchester Broadway Theatre is a dinner theatre, we can’t write about it without mentioning the food. I’ve written in previous reviews that the food here is okay. They are cooking for the masses and I feel the meal is a bonus for the quality of the production you get to see.

This was our first time visiting the WBT since becoming vegan. We weren’t sure if they could accommodate us, since we looked online beforehand and only saw a vegetarian option on the menu. Since we aren’t strict vegans, we were okay with eating the Eggplant Parmesan. However, when we asked if they had a vegan option, our waitress mentioned that they usually have a veggie burger.

I opted for the Eggplant Parm and Dana ordered the veggie burger. When our entrees arrived, he got a GIANT plate of veggies and a baked potato, but no sign of the burger.

We asked our waitress if they had run out of veggie burgers. She was very apologetic for the confusion and brought out TWO veggie burgers. While these are not much to look at, they were larger than expected and actually very moist and tasty! They were a southwest chipotle type burger with a hint of spice. It is probably one of the best things we’ve eaten there. We didn’t call ahead to alert them to our dietary needs, but our server did recommend doing so in the future and to let them know that we’d like to make sure the veggie burger is in stock!

Every production at the WBT has a signature cocktail. “All That Jazz” is the signature drink for Five Guys Named Moe. Dana enjoyed this drink of citrus vodka, grenadine and orange juice. It costs $12 and comes in a souvenir glass that can be taken home.

Five Guys Named Moe is playing for a limited time at the Westchester Broadway Theatre! Be sure to get your tickets before it leaves!

The Details:
Five Guys Named Moe
Westchester Broadway Theatre
1 Broadway Plaza
Elmsford, NY 10523
(914) 592-2222

Tickets: (price includes dinner and the show) $61-$91 plus tax, beverages and gratuities, discounts available for children, students and senior citizens at select performances

Performances: January 30 – March 1, 2020

Show Times:
(The show runs approximately 2 1/2 hours, with a 30-minute intermission between acts)
Wednesday, Thursday and some Friday Matinees: 11:30 AM lunch, 1 PM show
Thursday, Friday and Saturday Evenings: 6:30 PM dinner, 8 PM show
Sunday Matinee: 12 PM lunch, 1:30 PM show
Sunday Evening: 5:30 PM dinner, 7 PM show

Tips:
* If you want to take home the souvenir glass, either be sure to hold on to it, or ask the staff for a clean glass to take home.

*They usually have a vegan meal option available. I recommended that you call ahead to make your dietary preference known so you can be sure they can accommodate you on your visit.

*Photos are not allowed during the show

*Check out the website for special offers

*There is a convenience fee for purchasing tickets online. There is no fee for purchasing tickets in-person or via phone.

*Up to 4 tickets can be purchased online.

* AAA members, AARP members, and military discounts are only given for phone or in-person ticket purchases.|

*All seat locations are the same price. The earlier you order, the better the seats.


Trivia Night at the Peekskill Coffee House {Date Night}

My husband is a trivia master. He never ceases to amaze me with his wealth and breadth of knowledge. If the topic is music or history, even better. So, on the rare occasion that we are child free, we try to do a trivia night date.

Trivia nights are hosted in bars and restaurants throughout Westchester County. But not only is the Peekskill Coffee House close by, I find it unique that I can enjoy an iced coffee or tea instead of a beer while I play trivia. The trivia night takes place on Monday evenings from 6 to 8 PM.

I recommend getting there early and to be able to find a table. There are definitely noticeable groups of regulars, as I’m sure there are at most trivia nights. Dana and I were able to get a small table for two, then we got our coffee, an iced decaf for me and an Americano for him. Although the trivia start time is 6 PM, is not strictly adhered to. I don’t think the game actually started until around 6:15 PM.

When you play trivia you must come up with a team name. Each team gets one answer sheet to record your answers. The trivia here is played in three rounds with a mix of questions ranging in all different topics. Obviously, no phones or electronic devices are allowed. After each round the answer sheets are handed into the host who calculates the points. We didn’t win, but for our first time, we didn’t do too badly.

The Peeksill Coffee House is a great place to visit, even if you don’t go for trivia night! The space is casual and fun with a friendly staff. They have a variety of seating, depending on whether you want to sit and relax or get some work or reading done. Wi-fi is free for two hours with a purchase!

And not only does the Peekskill Coffee House serve coffee, but they have a menu including sweet and savory crepes, Belgian waffles, soups salads and more. If you just want a muffin or cookie to enjoy with your beverage, they sell a variety of baked goods as well. Be advised that crepes and waffles are made to order, so there is a bit of a wait.

If trivia night is not your thing, the Peekskill Coffee House is still worthy of a date night. There is a selection of board games that patrons can play and every month they showcase the work of local artists. Almost every Friday, Saturday and Sunday evening they have live music playing. Coffee, a crepe and some music sounds like a low-key, fun night out! I think I’ll add it to our calendar!

The Details:
Trivia Night at the Peekskill Coffee House
101 South Division Street
Peekskill, NY 10566
(914) 739 -1287

Date: Monday Evenings
Time: 6-8 PM
Cost: $ – coffee, pastries and light food served (made-to-order sweet or savory crepes, belgium waffles, salads and paninis).

*This can make a fun Girl’s Night Out or Double Date with friends!

Westchester Winter Wonderland

Hey locals! Have you been to Westchester Winter Wonderland yet? This Westchester County attraction is a holiday family must-do. Located at the Kensico Dam Plaza in Valhalla, this is Westchester Winter Wonderland’s 6th season of holiday family fun.

Bundle up and get ready to enjoy all that Winter Wonderland has to offer. When you first arrive, you will be amazed by all of the lights! The attraction is festive and brightly lit with all kinds of colorful lights.

The $20 admission price is all-inclusive. Entertainment, rides, ice skating and a visit with Santa are all included. This year, there are ten rides including a Fun Slide, Ferris wheel, Cyclone and more. Most of the rides are geared towards the younger kids. However, our family enjoyed a ride down the Fun Slide and on the Ferris wheel.

Make sure to enjoy some skating on the ice rink. As I mentioned, skate rentals and ice skating is included in the ticket price. Dana and my son enjoyed some time on the ice. Before skating, you are given a pink wrist band, which is basically a waiver acknowledging and accepting the dangers of the activity.

Do not miss the Winter Wonderland Circus performance during your visit. Even Dana and I were impressed with the juggling, acrobatics and other circus acts crammed into the tent.

If you are hungry, there is plenty to eat, including pizza, hot dogs, fries and more. Save room for the funnel cake, fries and popcorn too! Plus, there’s a heated dining tent where you can eat and warm up!

Families with young kids will want to make a stop at Santa’s Village at the North Pole. In this tent you get to meet Mrs. Claus and get your picture taken with Santa. Elmo was also inside available for hugs and pictures. This tent had the longest line of any attraction during our visit. Unfortunately, my 11 and 13-year-old would not go anywhere near this tent, even though it was heated!

Other attractions include Santa’s Reindeer, a hay ride that rides along the dam, and a train ride that travels around the Lights of Wonder display. There are a couple of game booths that have an additional cost.

The Lights of Wonder was my favorite attraction at Westchester Winter Wonderland. This is a large colored lights display that is choreographed set to holiday music. Each song has a different combination of lights. If it wasn’t so cold, I could have watched this all night long!

Make sure to visit Westchester Winter Wonderland before they close on January 4th! It’s a great way to enjoy some winter fun with the family!



(Thank you Westchester Winter Wonderland for hosting NY Foodie Family. As always, all opinions are our own.)

The Details:
Westchester Winter Wonderland
Kensico Dam Plaza
1 Bronx River Parkway
Valhalla, NY 10595

Hours: Fridays (5 PM -9 PM) Saturdays (4 PM – 10 PM) and Sundays (4 PM – 9 PM) November 29 – December 22
Monday – Friday (5 PM – 10 PM) Saturday & Sunday (4 PM – 9 PM) December 23 2019 – January 4, 2020
Closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day

Tickets:
$20/ticket, Free/children ages 3 and under
Tickets can be purchased online ahead of time and are good for any day that Westchester Winter Wonderland is open. You can also purchase tickets when you arrive.

Parking:
Free – plenty of parking

Tips:
*Get there early to beat the crowds

*Dress warmly! All attractions are outside, except for Santa and the Winter Wonderland Circus. It was very cold the night we visited and we wished we had worn warmer socks and winter boots!

*Food is available for purchase. For price reference, funnel cake costs $6, fries cost $4 and a small cotton candy costs $6. Most food vendors accept both cash and credit cards, but there is an ATM if needed.

*Beer and wine is available for purchase.

*Strollers are not allowed in the circus tent and there is a stroller parking area.

An American in Paris now at the Westchester Broadway Theatre

The Westchester Broadway Theatre’s newest production, An American in Paris is playing through November 24. The original production had its Broadway debut in April 2015, winning four Tony awards. Although the show ended in October 2016, audiences can now see it performed locally at the Westchester Broadway Theatre.

Photo by John Vecchiolla, courtesy of WBT

I must admit, prior to seeing An American in Paris, I didn’t really know much about it. The only song that was familiar to me was “I’ve Got Rhythm.” This musical is based on the 1951 film starring Gene Kelly, which ultimately was inspired by George Gershwin’s 1928 composition of the same name.

Photo by John Vecchiolla, courtesy of WBT

In a nutshell, An American in Paris tells the story of Jerry Mulligan, a young WWII veteran who decides to stay in Paris after its liberation, to pursue his passion for painting. He befriends Henri Baurel and Adam Hochberg and they unite like the Three Musketeers. It is in this city that he also meets a ballerina, Lise, and falls in love. But, unfortunately, he’s not her only suitor.

Photo by John Vecchiolla, courtesy of WBT

I was surprised at how much dancing (ballet, tap and jazz!) was in the show. The cast was super talented; having to act, sing and dance! And I lost count at the number of costume changes they did! Deanna Doyle, who plays Lise, had the role perfected, as she played Lise on the National Tour. Although Brandon Haagenson has plenty of other performances under his belt, he makes his Westchester Broadway Theatre debut with his role as Jerry.

Photo by John Vecchiolla, courtesy of WBT

My husband and I really enjoyed seeing An American in Paris at the Westchester Broadway Theatre. For this show, we were seated at table 281, the second to last row in the center of the theater. However, every seat in the house has a great view of the stage.

The cost of drinks, both alcoholic and non-alcoholic, are not included in your ticket price. Since the show is set in France, my husband started dinner with a “French 75” martini.

But of course, WBT is a dinner theatre. Guests enjoy a full dinner prior to the show. Dinner begins with a garden salad. For an additional cost, other appetizers are available and include shrimp cocktail, French onion soup, smoked salmon and semolina dusted calamari.

Dinner options for this show include Eggplant Parmigiana, Fillet of Sole “Meuniere” (classic French preparation, where fish is dusted in flour before sauteing), Roast Loin of Pork, Sauteed Breast of Chicken with a Marsala sauce and Roast Prime Rib of Beef. I opted for the Eggplant Parm this time and enjoyed it. But I would have liked a little more pasta on the side.

My husband enjoyed the Prime Rib again. He ordered it medium rare and it came out cooked a perfect medium. If you’re not sure what to order, the Prime Rib is always a good bet.

Dessert is always the classic peach melba, but other desserts (Lemon Tart with raspberry sauce, Cheesecake with raspberry sauce, Chocolate lava cake and Chocolate fudge sundae) are available at an additional cost and served later during the intermission.

Although An American in Paris is a family-friendly show, my husband and I enjoyed a fun date night out. While we enjoyed the performance, we’re not so sure our 11 and 13 year-old would have felt the same way.

(We were hosted by the Westchester Broadway Theatre. However, as always, all opinions are our own.)

The Details:
An American In Paris
Westchester Broadway Theatre
1 Broadway Plaza
Elmsford, NY 10523
(914) 592-2222

Tickets: (price includes dinner and the show) $61-$91 plus tax, beverages and gratuities, discounts available for children, students and senior citizens at select performances

Performances: October 3 – November 24, 2019

Show Times:
(The show runs approximately 2 1/2 hours, with a 30-minute intermission between acts)
Wednesday, Thursday and some Friday Matinees: 11:30 AM lunch, 1 PM show
Thursday, Friday and Saturday Evenings: 6:30 PM dinner, 8 PM show
Sunday Matinee: 12 PM lunch, 1:30 PM show
Sunday Evening: 5:30 PM dinner, 7 PM show

Tips:
*Photos are not allowed during the show

*Check out the website for special offers

*An American in Paris is family-friendly show, but after seeing it we do not recommend it for children. The story line, music and dancing will likely not interest most kids.

*There is a convenience fee for purchasing tickets online. There is no fee for purchasing tickets in-person or via phone.

*Up to 4 tickets can be purchased online.

* AAA members, AARP members, and military discounts are only given for phone or in-person ticket purchases.|

*All seat locations are the same price. The earlier you order, the better the seats.

GoGreek: A Greek “Snack Bar” in Pelham

Imagine you’re walking down the street holding a gyro in your hand. What does it look like? Most of us probably have a similar picture in our minds. Well, think again. This gyro is filled with freshly carved pork, tomatoes, onions, tzatziki sauce and even a few french fries. And it fits right in your hand, just like you’ll find in Greece. Welcome to the traditional Greek gyro, at the recently opened GoGreek Snack Bar, right in the heart of Pelham!

After spending many summers in Greece and enjoying the delicious food there, brothers Dan and Chris Krystallis are trying to recreate the culinary experience for Westchester County residents. As the sons of a Greek immigrant, they have firsthand experience of the flavors and ingredients of traditional Greek food. Running several Greek American diners in upstate New York, Chris brings his restaurant knowledge and experience to GoGreek.

However, it is the husband and wife team, Dan and Amber Krystallis who are running GoGreek. They are hoping to bring fast-casual Greek food to the masses and change a few perceptions about the humble gyro while they’re at it. Though GoGreek’s logo may give off vibes of a chain/franchise, this restaurant is a one-of-a-kind family-run, small business.

Centrally located on 5th Avenue in Pelham, GoGreek is a great spot to grab a quick lunch to go. However, with a variety of seating options available, including counter seats, traditional tables and chairs and outdoor seating, guests are welcome to stay and enjoy their meal.

GoGreek’s menu offers a variety of tasty eats. Handhelds include their signature pork gyro (the traditional style in Greece), or a burger, chicken or veggie pita. They have also recently added a Beyond Burger pita with spicy feta.

Now that the weather is cooling off, you may want to try Papu’s Chili,
which was one of my husband’s favorite dishes. It boasts a really complex set of flavors in one bowl.

Or the comforting flavors of home with Yaya’s Chicken Egg Lemon Rice soup.

Of course they also serve falafel, traditional hummus and spinach pie. But they also offer GoGreek Fries or Chips. Available drinks include bottles of Greek sodas (the carbonated orangeade is a great pick) and more common beverages.

If you’re looking to end your meal on a sweet note, they’ve got you covered. They serve traditional baklava and a GoGreek Sweet, fried pita topped with powdered sugar. For those with gluten concerns, everything on the menu is gluten-free, except for the pita, spinach pie and baklava.

When you’re in Pelham, give GoGreek a visit! You’ll enjoy authentic Greek “snacks” at an affordable price.

The Details:
GoGreek Snack Bar
108 5th Avenue
Pelham, NY 10803
(914) 740-3173

Hours: 11:30 AM – 9:00 PM, Monday – Saturday
Closed Sundays

Parking: Metered Street Parking

Price: $ (everything under $10)

Dinner Deals in Westchester County

Westchester County has so many amazing restaurants, with new places opening every month.  I enjoy dining out, however, with a family of four, it can get very expensive!  Fortunately, many restaurants throughout Westchester offer special dinner deals throughout the week.  Whether you’re in the mood for a burger or a fancy three-course meal, there are restaurants throughout Westchester that cover it all! (Updated February 2019)

**Please confirm the details with the restaurant for the most up-to-date information.  

273 Kitchen
273 Halstead Avenue
Harrison, NY 10528
(914) 732-3333

273 Kitchen allows you to choose three courses for $55 (First, Second, Third course) and a dessert on them.

Angelina’s Ristorante & Brick Oven Pizza
97 Lake Avenue
Tuckahoe, NY 10707
(914) 779-7944

Angelina’s offers a prix fixe dinner menu (appetizer and entree) Monday through Thursday 3-closing for $29.95.

Anna Maria’s Cucina Italiana
18 Chatsworth Avenue
Larchmont, NY 10538
(914) 833-0555

Wednesday is pasta night at Anna Maria’s.  Enjoy 2 courses for $19 (first course and a pasta).  The restaurant is open 5-9:30 PM.

The Bayou Restaurant
580 Gramatan Avenue
Mount Vernon, NY 10552
(914) 668-2634

Tuesday:  Fat Taco Tuesdays – $10 platter of 3 chicken or steak tacos
Wednesday:  Voodoo Night – $8 Voodoo Wings

Bread and Brine
19 Main Street
Hastings-on-Hudson, NY 10706
(914) 479-5243

Wednesday:  $1 oysters all night

Casa Rina of Thornwood
886 Commerce Street
Thornwood, NY 10594
(914) 769-4515

Casa Rina has a $20 three course dinner available Sunday through Wednesday. 

Thursday they offer a $25 four course price fixed dinner.

Monday through Friday they also have a special three course early bird dinner for $18.95 that includes a glass of wine.

Crabtree’s Kittle House
Eleven Kittle Road
Chappaqua, NY 10514
(914) 666-8044

Crabtree’s Kittle House offers a three-course Prixe Fixe dinner menu Sunday through Friday for $39.

Eastchester Fish Gourmet
837 White Plains Road
Scarsdale, NY 10583
(914) 725-3450, ext.1

Eastchester Fish Gourmet offers a three course menu for $32.95, from 5-6:30 PM, Monday through Thursday.  The menu changes daily, based on what is available at the fish market. 

Fat Sal’s Bar & Grill
265 Tate Avenue
Buchanan, NY 10511
(914) 930-1771

Mondays:  Buy one burger, get the second one 50% off (equal or lesser value with purchase of a beverage)
Tuesdays:  5 Tacos for $9.95 (w/purchase of a beverage)
Wednesdays:  $6 wines 4 PM – closing (select wines)

Fin & Brew
5 John Walsh Boulevard
Peekskill, NY 10566
(914) 788-4555

Wednesdays Fin & Brew has a three course Prix Fixe Menu for $34 per person.

Golden House Chinese Cuisine
3639 Hill Blvd.
Jefferson Valley, NY 10598
(914) 962-8088

Golden House has a $17.95 dinner special Monday through Thursday that includes a choice of soup, appetizer and dinner (from selected items) and house special fried rice.  There is a 2 person minimum.

Hudson Anchor
222 Beekman Avenue
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591
(914) 600-8123

Hudson Anchor has a 3 course $19.95 Prix Fixe Menu.  The website does not specify days and/or times that this menu is offered.  Please check directly with Hudson Anchor for additional information.

The Hudson Room
23 South Division Street
Peekskill, NY 10566
(914) 788-FOOD

The Hudson Room offers a 3 course Prix Fixe meal for $32.95 (appetizer, main, dessert) Tuesday and Wednesday.

Kee Oyster House
126-128 E. Post Road
White Plains, NY 10601
(914) 437-8535

Sunday:  Sunday Fun Day – half price lobster
Tuesday:  Tasty Tuesday – half price starters

L’INIZIO
698 Saw Mill River Road
Ardsley, NY 10502
(914) 693-5400

L’INIZIO offers a 3-Course Prixe-Fixe dinner menu for $33, Monday through Wednesday. 

Sunday they have a burger and a beer deal for $18. 

Mima Vinoteca
63 Main Street
Irvington, NY 10533
(914) 591-1300

Mima Vinoteca offers a three course pre theater dinner for $39. 

Red Hat on the River
One Bridge Street
Irvington, NY 10533
(914) 591-5888

For the month of February, Red Hat on the River is having a Winter Bistro special.  Sunday through Wednesday (not offered on Feb. 13) they have a 3 course dinner for $32.  

Risotto Italian Restaurant & Bar
788 Commerce Street
Thornwood, NY 10594
(914) 769-6000

Risotto Night Prix-Fixe dinner is offered Sunday, Tuesday & Wednesday.  $25 includes a select appetizer, risotto and dessert. 

Rye Roadhouse
12 High Street
Rye, NY 10580
(914) 925-2668

Mondays:  Build Your Own Quesadillas starting at $6.95
Tuesdays:  Burger Night – 5-11 PM half-price burgers
Wednesdays:  Fried Chicken Night – Four piece chicken dinner with two sides for $12.95

Saint George Bistro
155 Southside Avenue
Hastings-on-Hudson, NY 10706
(914) 478-1671

Saint George Bistro offers a Two Course Prixe-Fixe menu for $25 weekdays, Tuesday through Thursday.

Sundays they offer a Family-Style dinner for $29 per person which includes an appetizer and entree for the table to share. 

If you know of any other dinner deals in Westchester County, please let me know in the comments below and I will add it to this list!

 

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Holiday Gift Ideas for Westchester County Families

Some unique holiday gift ideas perfect for Westchester County families.

I’ve been posting various holiday gift guides these past few weeks. However, there are some unique gifts that you can give to families living in Westchester County.  Check out this post that I shared on the Westchester County Moms Blog last year for some holiday gift ideas especially for Westchester County Families!

Some new additions this year include “Experience Gifts”:
While these places may not sell gift certificates, you can give money with a note for its intended use, or ask for a family experience, to these Westchester County family fun venues.

Grand Prix New York (Mt. Kisco, NY) -This venue has Go Karts, bowling and an arcade.  A full day of fun for families with older children.

Legoland Discovery Center (Yonkers, NY) – Designed for children ages 3-10, this venue has 2 rides, 10 build and play zones and a 4D cinema.  Located in Ridge Hill, there are several restaurant choices nearby for lunch or dinner.

Spins Hudson (Peekskill, NY) – Your family can have a day of fun here.  There’s an indoor ropes course, arcade and laser tag in this one venue.

 

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Winston Restaurant Debuts New Fall Menu

Winston Restaurant debuts new fall menu.

(I was invited to a tasting of the new fall menu at Winston Restaurant. As always, all opinions are my own.)

 

Winston Restaurant has been a welcome addition to Mount Kisco since 2014.  Named after the dog owned by Executive Chef Michael Williams, the restaurant serves New American cuisine using fresh, high-quality ingredients. I dined at Winston back in December of 2014, during the restaurant’s inaugural year.  Even then, my husband and I were impressed with the quality and flavors of the food.  It appears that Winston has maintained that high standard of food and service to bring you a memorable dining experience.

Executive Chef Michael Williams recently debuted a new fall menu that I was fortunate enough to get a preview tasting of.  Believe me readers, you will not be disappointed!  The dishes featured below will be replacing some of the summer-type dishes off the restaurant’s a la carte menu.

Six of the delicious signature cocktails on the Winston Restaurant fall menu.

 

Your first decision will be which tasty cocktail to order.  And let me tell you, it won’t be an easy one!  While Winston has a full service bar and extensive wine list, you will want to try one of their signature cocktails.  The fall menu includes (pictured clockwise from top left) a Spiced Apple Margarita, Blueberry Dash, Ginger Redemption, Passion Fruit Bellini, The Herbed Pear and a Pumpkin Mojito.  The only other drink, not pictured, is the Gentleman Fig.   I love sweet drinks and the Passion Fruit Bellini was right up my alley.  Since I had to drive home (and I might be a lightweight) I didn’t try any of the other cocktails. They all have such interesting combinations of flavors and ingredients, and appeared to be well-liked by my fellow diners.

The starters on the new fall menu at Winston Restaurant in Mount Kisco.

The fall menu includes four new starters (pictured above clockwise) Vegetable Spring Rolls, Beef Negimaki, Beef Carpaccio and Gruyere Potato Dumplings.  They were all delicious but I highly recommend the potato dumplings and the carpaccio.  The beef carpaccio is topped with an arugula salad and is a nice light dish to start your meal.  The potato dumplings are small, fluffy pillows of deliciousness.  Accompanied by butternut squash, corn and asparagus, this dish embodies the goodness of fall. The portions are large enough for sharing so why not get both?!

The four new entrees on the fall menu at Winston Restaurant in Mount Kisco.

Chef Williams knocked it out of the ballpark with the new entrees on the fall menu!  The four entrees (pictured above clockwise) include Pan-Seared Diver Scallops with Cannelini Beans, Chipotle Encrusted Cod atop a Butternut Squash, Corn and Brussels Sprout Leaves medley, Hudson Valley Magret Duck Breast with a Moroccan Honey Glaze served with a potato gratin and roasted cauliflower and Asian Braised Pork Shank atop a combo of Fingerling Potatoes and Savoy Cabbage.  Honestly, they are all delicious and I can’t pick a favorite.  I think it really depends on what you’re in the mood for.  The cod has a bit of a kick from the chipotle crust, but isn’t overly spicy.  The braised pork is so tender it falls off the bone.  I love duck and the Moroccan Glaze is on point.  And look at the perfect sear on those scallops!  Again, I recommend ordering different entrees than your dining companions and sharing.

The desserts from the new fall menu at Winston Restaurant in Mt. Kisco.

Finally, we can’t forget about dessert.  No matter how stuffed I am, I always take a peek at the dessert menu…..just in case there’s something that I have to try. Apple Tart served with vanilla ice cream is the new addition to the fall dessert menu.  The nine piece assorted Cookie Plate and The Dirty Winston, a chocolate hazelnut layer cake served with raspberry sorbet are mainstays on Winston’s dessert menu.  My advice: skip the cookie plate.  If you’re going to splurge on dessert, really splurge!  Depending on your sweet preferences both the apple tart and Dirty Winston are really good.  However, if you love creme brulee, like I do, you must order the creme brulee trio. While I didn’t sample this dessert during my most recent visit, speaking from my prior dining experience, they are really good! The flavors change seasonally.

Are you salivating yet?! Winston will still be serving their new fall menu from now until the spring.  Sunday through Thursday they also have a Prix Fixe Menu.  I had never thought of Winston as a “family” restaurant.  However, they have a kids menu featuring favorites like a cheeseburger, chicken fingers and pasta.  The whole family can enjoy a great dinner out!

The Details:

Winston Restaurant
130 East Main Street
Mt. Kisco, NY 10549
(914) 244-9780

Hours: 
Closed Mondays
Tuesday – Thursday:  5 PM – 9 PM
Friday & Saturday:  5 PM – 10 PM
Sunday:  5 PM – 9 PM

Parking:  Street parking available in front of the restaurant.  Village Center Parking Lot is located behind the restaurant.  Meters enforced 8 AM – 6 PM Monday through Saturday.  Free parking Sundays and holidays.

Price:  $$ (small plate/starters average $15, most entrees priced between $25 – $35, most desserts are $10 and under)

Reservations can be made via phone or through OpenTable.