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Kiss the Cook This Christmas Near Your 15 Bank Apartment

National “Kiss the Cook” Day coincidentally is on December 25th – Christmas day when most of us are thankful for friends and family providing a home cooked feast.

The first written evidence of the phrase “kiss the cook” is from 1813 when an Italian-English dictionary by Giuseppe Marco Antonio Baretti translates the phrase “Chi tardi arriva male alloggia” as, “they that come too late must kiss the cook” and so it began. Don’t forget to thank your favorite cook at home in your lovely 15 Bank apartment kitchen or ask to see the chef at one of these open hot spots.

Are you looking to go out for dinner near your apartment on Christmas Day??  Try BLT Steak White Plains, located in the always elegant Ritz-Carlton Westchester Hotel. Westchester residents can savor a signature BLT Steak dining experience in an open-aired space with high ceilings all while watching the action in at their open kitchen. You are within walking distance to Westchester’s finest hotel where Andrew Schilling, Chef de Cuisine fires up Christmas classics like beef Wellington with a black truffle mushroom duxelle, and green peppercorn sauce.

If you’re looking for a kid-friendly spot on Christmas day that’s just a stones’ throw from your 15 Bank apartment, try Serafina Restaurant. This international restaurant is known all over the world and it’s been a staple in Manhttan for decades. We are lucky to have it here in our city and so close to 15 Bank. Save room for their famous Chocolate Sensation with seven layers of different chocolates made with cocoa from Ecuador, hazelnut crunch, served with vanilla gelato. This is also a great spot to book for New Year’s Eve viewing of the ball drop.

For a more romantic spot choose Morton’s Steak House, where the sides are supreme when paired with a perfectly cooked prime bone-in ribeye. Sample a few and share with the one you love – favorites are jumbo asparagus, classically prepared creamed spinach, creamed sweet corn or their decadent lobster macaroni and cheese.

You can still “kiss” the chef if you are so inclined, and many of these local restaurants will make you want to – Wishing you all a Happy Holiday!


BLT Steak White Plains

The Ritz-Carlton, Westchester

221 Main Street

White Plains



Serafina Restaurant

199 Main Street

White Plains



Morton’s Steak House

5 Mamaroneck Avenue

White Plains