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Tips for Safely Dining Outside for Seniors in Westchester County

19 Jun Tips for Safely Dining Outside for Seniors in Westchester County

 

“A bottle of white, a bottle of red...

Perhaps a bottle of rose instead

We'll get a table near the street

In our old familiar place

You and I, face to face”

Remember this famous chorus from Billy Joel’s popular song, Scenes from an Italian Restaurant?  Billy may have to edit his lyrics a bit in the time of Coronavirus to “You and I, six feet apart and face mask to face mask.”

Westchester County, Fairfield County and Nassau County have moved to the next Phase of reopening local businesses including restaurants.  

And so we wonder: Is it really safe for seniors to be dining out? 

Experts across the board say that to make the most responsible decision, you’ll have to consider many factors.  Do you or your loved one have underlying issues that could mean the virus is more likely be more serious? Do you live with someone who has underlying issues and you need to protect them? 

Here is what you should know before you take your elderly loved one out to dine at your favorite local restaurant again.

  • Search the restaurant’s website and social media for their Covid-19 safety guidelines or call ahead and ask. If the restaurant website or their social media does not mention Covid-19 or the coronavirus, that might give you a head’s up that they are not paying enough attention to the guidelines or taking them seriously.  

“It’s nice to return to a small amount of normalcy, but we are also working very hard to ensure a safe experience for everyone and have added a new link to safety information on our website,” said by Brian Doyle and Nick Bell, owners of JP Doyle’s  Restaurant in Sleepy Hollow, Westchester. 

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  • Wash your hands before you leave your home. If you made a stop along the way, wash your hands again at the restaurant making sure to use a tissue or paper towel to open the door when you leave the bathroom. Make sure there is soap and clean paper towels when you enter the bathroom so you are not stuck without.

  • Continue to Keep Social Distancing.  Restaurants should have tables at least six to ten feet apart. In addition, for your own safety and for the safety of an elderly loved one, try your best to stay at least six feet apart at all times from people who do not live with you.

  • The Restaurant Server Must Wear a Mask. While not attractive or adding to an elegant dining ambiance, wearing a mask has been shown to be effective from spreading the virus to you and from you spreading it to someone else. With a senior, always opt to wear your mask with them and remove it when the meal arrives. Different types of masks offer different levels of protection. While surgical grade N95 respirators offer the highest level of protection against Covid-19 infection, these masks are costly, in limited supply, contribute to landfill waste and are uncomfortable to wear for long periods. There are many mask options available now for your elderly loved one to feel comfortable while wearing it.

 

  • Dine Outside Only - For now, even if inside seating is available, only dine outside with your elderly loved one.  Restaurants have put up tents and added additional seating outside in parking lots. Do not dine inside even if tables are separated by plexiglass, because it has been shown that  recycled air from an indoor air-conditioner can spread the virus. A study in China revealed how nine people sitting near one another at a restaurant were infected with COVID-19, and that it likely spread from the restaurant's air-conditioner, blowing viral droplets of one person who was asymptomatic farther than they might have normally gone. 

 

  • Don’t eat at restaurants’ peak times. You want to dine when it is less crowded. For example, you may want to arrive at the restaurant for lunch as early as 11am. That also means the restaurant will be less crowded and the service will probably be faster.

 

  • Make confirmed reservations ahead by phone or online so you’re not waiting outside with large groups of people. Many tables in outdoor spaces usually only seat two or four, but now there will be larger parties of five or six that are more difficult to seat outside.

 

  • Help a senior to order keeps them from getting confused or overwhelmed. Suggest one or two meal choices that you know they like, read certain parts of the menu to them, or point out one or two pictures. Don’t let them touch a menu that has been touched by others. 

 

"Develop a safe plan for learning menu options. Is the menu online? Review in advance, know what you are ordering before you go. Is menu contact-less? Or printed on a piece a paper for single use?  Perhaps a staff member can recommend a particular dish that would be appealing,” said Susan Keating, CMC, Founder/President with Honora Care Management & Consulting in Westchester.

  

  • Keep the outing short.  Older adults with dementia typically become tired easily. Keeping a restaurant outing brief helps avoid any issues caused by becoming overtired. That might mean skipping the appetizer or taking dessert to go and sticking to entrees that don’t take long for the kitchen to prepare.

 

  • Avoid self-serve food and drink options and any type of buffet or self-serve salad bar so that you don’t have to touch shared items.

 

  • Bring helpful dining and bathroom items that your older adult typically uses during a meal or a trip to the bathroom. That might include:
    Special utensils, dishware, or a cup
    Towel or moist wipes
    Extra sweater in case they get cold outside
    Any items needed in the bathroom

  • Be Considerate to everyone. Know when it is time to stay home, especially if you personally are sick or have been exposed to the virus within the past 14 days. Think about those who are more at risk of severe complications and death from Covid-19. 

Westchester Restaurants with Outside Dining

The restaurants listed below are from Westchester Magazine's comprehensive list of outside dining

Amore

1 Kent Pl, Armonk
914.273.3535
From the comfort of Amore’s terrazzo, guests can look out on a grapevine-strewn pergola, leafy tomato plants, and a rushing stream — all while maintaining social distancing and dining on authentic Italian dishes.
Reservations: Reservations are required for al ‘fresco dining.

Apropos at The Abbey Inn

900 Fort Hill Road, Peekskill
914.739.3546
Peekskill’s newest fine dining establishment is high on the hill, utilizing the Abbey’s Grand Terrace event space along with banquet tables and easily-sanitized seating to serve guests, along with outdoor bar service all week long.
Reservations: Highly suggested; walk-ins accepted as available
Considerations: Food will be served in take-out containers to minimize exposure and for ease of leftovers.

Barley on the Hudson

665 Commerce St, Thornwood
914.495.3333
This incredible spacious desk from the owners of The Barley House has 14 beers on tap, giant pretzels, four TV’s, and views of the Tarrytown Marina.
Considerations: Contact-free menus, single-use utensils, and hand sanitizing stations at the entrance and throughout the seating area.

The Barn at Bedford Post Inn

954 Old Post Rd, Bedford
914.234.7800
As you’d expect from a Relais & Châteaux property, the stone patio at Bedford Post Inn is picture-perfect, with lush landscaping, blooming wisteria, an outdoor wood-fired grill and oven, and a cushy fireplace nook for chilly summer nights.
Reservations: Highly encouraged. You can make a reservation here.
Considerations: 45 seats; max 4 per table

bartaco

1 Willet Ave, Port Chester
914.937.8226
Port Chester’s favorite taco shack is back open as of Saturday, June 13, serving guests on its Byram River-facing patio.
Reservations: No; first-come, first-served

Café Hudson

1 Van Der Donck St, Yonkers
914.338.7542
Café Hudson is opening up its spacious patio for burgers, sandwiches, specialty cocktails, and more, served with views of the

Café Hudson

1 Van Der Donck St, Yonkers
914.338.7542
Café Hudson is opening up its spacious patio for burgers, sandwiches, specialty cocktails, and more, served with views of the Hudson River and Manhattan skyline.
Reservations: No; first come, first served.

Chat 19

19 Chatsworth Ave, Larchmont
914.833.8871
This little sidewalk-seating enclave is perfect for drinking an ice-cold martini in the cool shade.
Reservations: No; first-come; first-served.

Colony Grill

35 Abendroth Ave, Port Chester
914.934.2428
Kick back and relax on Colony Grill’s large patio for the perfect pairing of homemade pizza and a river view.
Reservations: No reservations. First come, first served.

Croton Tapsmith

129 Grand St, Croton-On-Hudson
914.271.2337
The closed on Tuesdays, the Tapsmith will reopen starting Wednesday for street-side outdoor serving.

Dolphin

1 Van Der Donck St, Yonkers
914.751.8170

Flaunting comfort food with views of the Hudson River and Yonkers pier, Dolphin is open with sidewalk seating that accommodates parties of up to 8 people.
Reservations: No; first-come first served
Considerations: 9 tables with 34 seats; mask required

Dubrovnik

271 Main St, New Rochelle
914.637.3777
On the oasis-like back patio at Dubrovnik, you’d be forgiven for wondering if you’ve somehow left New Rochelle and ended up in Croatia, where the chef is grilling whole fish over the wood-burning fire and the tomatoes in your salad are from the tangle of plants in the organic garden next to your table.
Reservations: Recommended (by phone) but walk-ins welcome
Considerations: 5 tables on terrace, 7 in garden; contactless menus using QR codes

Esposito’s

18 Broadway, Valhalla
914.761.8640
Italian classics and family-friendly pizza nights are now possible at Esposito’s open rooftop restaurant.
Reservations: Offered, but not required.

Fattroot Asian Kitchen

11 Wheeler Avenue, Pleasantville
914.579.2552
Satisfy your Asian streetfood cravings while never running out of sriracha at Fattroot’s sidewalk-adjacent outdoor dining space.
Reservations: Required for dinner; first-come, first served for lunch hours; book by phone
Considerations: limited menu available

Fin & Brew/River Outpost Brewing Co.

5 John Walsh Blvd, Peekskill
914.788.4555
Craft beer brews, patio dining, and Hudson River views add up to a perfect summer afternoon at these fine-dining options.
Reservations: Highly recommended. Make a reservation here.
Considerations: Two-hour time limit per table.

freebird kitchen & bar

161 Mamaroneck Ave, White Plains
914.607.2476
With views of Mamaroneck Ave and a spacious rooftop, guests at freebird kitchen & bar can relax, kick back, and enjoy Southern specialties while maintaining a safe distance from others.
Reservations: Required; book by phone
Considerations: freebird kitchen & bar asks that customers be respectful of other guests and keep meals from 45 minutes to an hour due to limited seating.

Gigante Restaurant & Bar

660 White Plains Rd, Eastchester
914.961.1001
Acclaimed Chef Samuel Kim serves up Italian-influenced, American cuisine from the comfort of Gigante’s poolside patio.
Reservations: Required; make one here

The Grille at The Somers Pointe

1000 West Hill Dr N, Somers
914.276.1000
Enjoy burgers, hot dogs, barbecue and seafood with a view of the Somers National Golf Club from the Grille’s charming stone patio.
Reservations: Encouraged.

Half Moon

1 High St, Dobbs Ferry
914.693.4130
It doesn’t get much more summery than a glass of rosé on the riverfront terrace at this Dobbs Ferry institution. Guests can relax on one of two beautiful patios, both equipped with their own bar.
Reservations: No; first-come, first served
Considerations: Each patio has 10-12 tables; change in hours on website; one table on each patio that will seat 10; designated entrances and exits

Hudson Farmer & the Fish

11 River St, Sleepy Hollow
914.631.8380
The blue-stone patio butts right up against the RiverWalk, with views of the Hudson River and the Mario Cuomo Bridge as the backdrop for ultra-fresh seafood and produce.
Reservations: Reservations by phone and walk-ins accepted
Considerations: Table time limited to one hour fifteen minutes due to limited tables/spacing restrictions.

IL FORNO Italian Kitchen 

343 US-202, Somers
914.277.7575
Enjoy Italian classics on this Somer restaurant’s beautiful outdoor patio surrounded by luscious green plants and umbrellas at each table for shade.
Reservations: Required; book by phone

JP Doyles

48 Beekman Avenue, Sleepy Hollow

(914) 631-3015

 

KEE Oyster House

126-128 E Post Rd, White Plains
914.437.8535
White Plains’ esteemed oyster house and seafood spot sports sidewalk-adjacent dining space with iron tables and chairs and plenty of umbrellas for shade.
Reservations: No

La Lanterna

23 Gray Oaks Ave, Yonkers
914.476.3060
Ever seen a canopy of bistro lights from the Saw Mill and wondered, What’s over there? The answer is La Lanterna. But don’t let the parkway-adjacent location deter you, the wine garden is quite charming with tall, light-filled trees and cozy iron tables.
Reservations: First-come, first served
Considerations: 100 seats on patio; max 10 per table

La Vista Ristorante Italiano

355 Smith Ridge Rd, South Salem
914.533.2671
Homey vegetable gardens and lush landscaping separate the 50-person patio from the road at La Vista. Outside seating comes with the same old-school pomp as inside, including tableside presentations, a roving dessert cart, and generous pours of homemade grappas.
Reservations: Recommended

Le Fontane

137 Somerstown Turnpike, Katonah
914.232.9619
This peaceful garden patio has been rearranged to fit about 20 socially distanced tables. Most tables will seat 2, and others may seat 4 to 6.
Reservations: Reservations required (but won’t turn away walk-ins if a table is available.) Reservations can be made over the phone or online here.
Considerations: If guests don’t bring their own mask, Le Fontane will provide one, in addition to several hand sanitizing stations.

Le Jardin du Roi

95 King St, Chappaqua
914.2381368
The name may be French, but the house-smoked barbecue is among the most popular (and delicious) offerings at this North County staple. Also quite appealing is the 75-seat brick patio surrounded by vines, perennial gardens, and a big, shady maple tree.
Reservations: No
Considerations: About 26 seats in the day; 40 seats at night

Maggie Spillane’s

571 Gramatan Ave, Mount Vernon
914.699.8900
This rooftop garden in Fleetwood is a popular warm-weather haunt with two full bars and more than a dozen flat-screen TVs for relaxing with a few beers (or strawberry daiquiri) and an order of wings.
Reservations: Strongly encouraged, few walk-in tables will be available. $50 deposit to make a reservation. Online table availability viewing system coming soon. For now, reservations can be made either by telephone or online here.
Considerations: Tables will be limited four people for now, and guests will be asked to stay no longer than 90 minutes due to limited seating.

Maria New Rochelle

11 Huguenot St, New Rochelle
914.636.0006
This modern Italian eatery with an American twist is open for outdoor dining near downtown New Rochelle and offers sidewalk seating lined with planters and umbrellas.
Reservations: First-come, first-served; reservations will be able in the following weeks.
Considerations: 20 seats available for dining.

Patsy’s

Located 15 miles from its original location in  East Harlem, Patsy’s in New Rochelle feels worlds away from the hustle and bustle of the city, serving coal-fired pizza to its ample outdoor seating areas where diners can watch boats go by in the New Rochelle marina.
Reservations: No; first-come, first served
Considerations: Ample outdoor seating; 90-minute dining limit; hour change (11 a.m. – 10 p.m. every night)

Peekskill Brewery

47 South Water St, Peekskill
914.734.2337
Relax at spread-out picnic tables and enjoy outdoor beer service at Peekskill Brewery’s  “Party Lot.” (You can even bring your pooch to this dog-friendly space!)
Reservations: No
Considerations: No wait service, order and take-out before finding a picnic table to sit down at. No more than one person per group on line at once to place orders; maintain 6-feet between patrons on line.

Peter Pratt’s Inn

673 Croton Heights Rd, Yorktown Heights
914.962.4090
Known for its farm-to-table food, Peter Pratt’s Inn is giving fresh food a new home in its Outdoor Dining Menu, featuring tasty dishes such as buttermilk fried chicken and waffles, Vietnamese pork-shrimp spring rolls, and crustless key lime pies.
Reservations: Place a reservation by telephone.

Pizza and Brew

851 Central Park Ave, Scarsdale
914.472.1032
Pizza and Brew is open for al ‘fresco dining, seating around 60 people on their spacious patio.
Reservations: First-come, first-served.

Purdy’s Farmer & the Fish

100 Titicus Rd, North Salem
914.617.8380
On either the remodeled front porch of this 1775 farmhouse or in the shade of a tent on the pastoral lawn, customers can enjoy healthy farm to table cuisine and beautiful views.
Reservations: Reservations required, as well as a $50 deposit per person. Book a reservation here.
Considerations: Wear a mask when you enter or get up from your table. Sanitizing stations will be available and one-way traffic to restrooms enforced.

The Rare Bit

23 Cedar St, Dobbs Ferry
914.693.8000
The Dobbs Ferry gastropub will reopen starting this week with 15 seats available for drinks, and next week with 55 seats outdoors — including 6 tables for 2, 4 tables for 6, and 2 tables for 8. Expanded hours for brunch Friday through Sunday are expected soon.
Reservations: Open table

Red Hat on the River

1 Bridge St, Irvington-on-Hudson
914.591.5888
A favorite summer haunt, dining on the patio promises spectacular views, plus a menu of light, shareable plates, such as pan-fried crab cake and Spanish “paella” risotto.
Reservations: No
Considerations: Menu is currently take-out and guests can have a patio picnic at physically distanced tables at their will

Risotto

788 Commerce St, Thornwood
914.769.6000
With over 26 seats available, this cozy trattoria is now open for outdoor brunch and dinner service on their patio, including their fan-favorite cacio e pepe.
Reservations: No
Considerations: No sitting fee; tables for up to 4 guests;

RiverMarket

127 West Main Street, Tarrytown
914.631.3100
Enjoy some farm-to-table favorites and impressive cocktails at this Tarrytown joint with an outdoor patio that boasts views of the Cuomo bridge along with some of the best people watching in town.
Reservations: No; first-come first served
Considerations: Mask required on the patio until seated; patio capacity unchanged; no sitting fee; 3 people at a time in restrooms

Rooster’s Brews and Wings

1 Baker Street, Mohegan Lake
914.743.1797
Mohegan’s down-home chicken joint is back with its full menu, along with plenty of food and drink specials to celebrate the partial reopening. Take your orders to-go or enjoy them on the house’s new outdoor tables.

Rye Roadhouse

12 High St, Rye
914.925.2668
Rye’s bayou original has just expanded its outdoor space to include 10 tables split between the front and rear of the restaurant.
Reservations: Suggested

Scalini Osteria

65 Pondfield Rd, Bronxville
914.337.4935
Looking to impress a date? Nab a spot in the storybook courtyard, where 10 intimate tables nestled between climbing ivy, live plants, and the sounds of birds chirping (yes, really) set the stage for one seriously romantic dinner.
Reservations: Recommended; lunch walk-ins welcome if seats remain available
Considerations: Two-hour seating limit

Sherwood’s

2136 Boston Post Rd, Larchmont
914.833.3317
Sherwood’s is still offering take out only, but making tables in their garden open for use. If there is a table available, customers are welcome to grab a drink and bring their dinner outside.

Shiraz

83 E Main St, Elmsford
914.345.6111
For those craving Mediterranean dishes, Elmsford’s Shiraz is open for takeout, delivery, and outdoor dining!
Reservations: Yes; call or book online
Considerations: 50 seats available; outdoor seating in the front of the restaurant as well as the back; mask required

Sonora

179 Rectory St, Port Chester
914.933.0200
Port Chester’s Sonora is back, offering limited outdoor seating on its deck.
Reservations: No; first-come, first seated
Considerations: Max 4 per table; customers are asked to respect 90 minute sitting limit.

Southern Table

39 Marble Avenue Pleasantville
914.618.3355
Pleasantville’s southern staple is reopening its patio to customers to customers this week.
Reservations: None for the first week or so; expected later.

Spaccarelli’s

238 Saw Mill River Rd, Millwood
914.941.0105
Spaccarelli’s is opening its patio for al fresco dining, serving Italian classics at a safe distance.
Reservations: First-come, first-served.
Considerations: Offering one-time use menus

Sunset Cove

238 Green St, Tarrytown
914.366.7889
For those who are looking for Hudson River views with their dinner, Sunset Cove offers two options: Guests can sit at outdoor tables located in front of the dining room for a more traditional restaurant and waitstaff experience; or order via take-out service and seat themselves at other available tables on the patio.
Reservations: Book a reservation here.
Considerations: Limited menu, and waitstaff are no longer serving alcoholic beverages. However, guests may order drinks at the bar and bring them directly to their tables themselves. Sunset Cove is using text paging to allow guests to wait outside of restaurant and know when their table is ready.

Taco Dive Bar

55 Hudson Ave, Peekskill
914.788.8226
There’s sidewalk seating for 20, but the mural-covered courtyard (where you can also order from Buns-N-Bourbon and Hudson Creamery) is where it’s at for chilling with friends over tacos and margaritas — all with views of Riverfront Green Park and passing trains.
Reservations: No
Considerations: Menu is currently take-out and guests can use the outdoor seating at will

Tauk

401 Main St, Armonk
914.730.1144
A beautiful outdoor patio, warm lobster rolls, Montauk Brewing Company beers on tap, and live music on Saturday nights bring summer vibes to Armonk Square.
Reservations: No
Considerations: Outdoor space opens Friday, June 12. 90-minute dining limit on all tables to make time for proper cleaning and sanitization between guests.

Traditions 118

11 Old Tomahawk St, Granite Springs
914.248.7200
Whether it’s dining under the shade of a spacious tent, laughing with family on the patio, or playing a friendly game of bocce, Traditions 118 has many ways to enjoy their redesigned outdoor space.
Reservations: Call to make a reservation.

Tredici North

578 Anderson Hill Rd, Purchase
914.997.4113
Creekside dining provides a lovely ambiance at Purchase’s upscale Italian eatery.
Reservations: Required.

Tequila Sunrise

145 Larchmont Ave, Larchmont
914.834.6378
Enjoy a sizzling fajita and frozen margarita in the newly expanded sidewalk/street café at Tequila Sunrise.
Reservations: Yes; call to place a reservation. Walk-ins also welcome.

Via Forno Wood Fired Pizza

2 Garth Rd, Scarsdale
914.566.6464
Between its side patio and front sidewalk seating, Via Forno is comfortably seating around 60 guests while maintaining social distancing regulations. More customers will be able to enjoy their wood-fired pizza and wine soon with the expansion of a rear patio soon to be in construction.
Reservations: Reservations are highly recommended, but not required; call to place a reservation.

Village Social

251 East Main St, Mount Kisco
914.864.1255
The sea of open umbrellas at Village Social’s popular, East Main Street patio, signals it is open for business, serving crisp cocktails and Tuscan kale salad.
Reservations: First-come, first-served for lunch. Call ahead for dinner.

Villaggio

389 N Central Ave, Hartsdale
914.949.3427
From made to order Italian and delicious pizza, to a classic American burger, Villagio’s Restaurant and Café is serving the works on their open patio.
Reservations: Accepting reservations; open seating, space permitting
Considerations: Paper table covers changed after each diner

Walter’s Hot Dogs

937 Palmer Ave, Mamaroneck
914.500.5029
186 Mamaroneck Ave, White Plains
914.397.9406
Walter’s, a Westchester landmark that’s been serving it’s critically acclaimed hotdogs since 1919 has made outdoor seating available once again at both its locations.
Reservations: No

The Winery at Saint George

1715 E Main St, Mohegan Lake
914.455.4272
Enjoy dinner and wine on Saint George Restaurant’s spacious outdoor patio, now with 12 socially distanced open tables.
Reservations: Reservations recommended. Book a reservation here.

Wood & Fire

59 Marble Ave, Pleasantville
914.747.2611
118 Brook St, Scarsdale
914.722.4854
Patios at both of the Italian-Southern hybrid’s locations will be reopening this week for sit-down service.
Reservations: Not for the first week or so; expected later on.

Wooden Spoon

6 Division St, New Rochelle
914.278.9432
Wooden Spoon will be opening its lovely backyard patio for lunch and dinner, serving up to 32 guests in the outdoor space at once.
Reservations: First-come, first-served.
Considerations: The newly renovated patio space is still shaping up, so reservations won’t really begin until on or about Friday, June 12.

X20 Xaviars on Hudson

71 Water Grant St, Yonkers
914.2965.1111
There’s riverside patio seating, where up to 40 guests can enjoy everything from sushi to butternut squash bisque while soaking in views of the Palisades and George Washington Bridge.
Reservations: Required. Book a reservation here, or by telephone.

 
 

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