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Not sure what to bring to all those upcoming barbecues and block parties? Keep it simple by picking up a dish from these Westchester spots.
When folding tables line neighborhood streets, music blasts from rented speakers, and the aroma of ribs fills the air, you know it’s block party season. Summer parties and barbecues bring family and friends together, but they also come with the pressure of what to bring. Instead of nervously saying, “I brought myself!” or simply contributing a bottle of wine, show up with one of these fabulous shareable dishes and platters that will outshine even the best homecooked recipes. Whether it’s a well-heeled charcuterie crowd or you’re trying to delight cupcake-loving kids, these Westchester spots have the most aesthetic and delicious to-go dishes for one and all.
144 South Ridge St, Rye Brook; 914.308.3692
15 Palmer Avenue, Scarsdale; 914.722.0200
Balducci’s offers an astounding number of shareable dishes that range from traditional Mediterranean to TexMex. You can go the lighter route with vegetable crudités, the festive fruit platter, or an artisanal cheese sampler, or be the star of the event with Balducci’s Berkshire ham platter or one of the 12 opulent sushi combination platters. If that’s not enough to help you claim the title of most valuable guest, Balducci’s creates three-foot heroes and multiple seafood platters, including shrimp cocktail party bowls.
Carmine’s Italian Deli Cafe
7 Old Rd, Elmsford; 914.345.2605
Carmine’s Italian Deli Cafe offers an extensive variety of shareable dishes for a poolside get-together, a family barbecue, or a neighborhood block party. If you want to be the person that fills bellies and attracts pasta-loving children, choose from a selection of dishes like rigatoni Bolognese, ravioli, and Mama Rosa meatballs. If you’re attending or hosting a more sophisticated event, wow the crowd with a flavorful chicken scarpariello or a perfectly tender London broil. Running late with no time to cook but you already agreed to contribute? Without stealing anyone’s thunder completely, bring one of Carmine’s scrumptious and shareable summery sides like green beans almondine or sautéed carrots with tarragon.
Dobbs And Bishop Fine Cheese
107 Pondfield Rd, Bronxville; 914.361.1770
Dobbs and Bishop will bring a level of cheesy elegance to your summer event that can only be found in their carefully crafted platters and baskets. Trust these expert cheesemongers to put together a perfect assortment of hard and soft cheeses, dried fruits, dips, and crisps. Choose the Fan Favorite combination if you’re looking for an extravagant of popular cheeses like creamy triple-creme and hard cheddar. If you want to honor local cheese artisans, order the exquisite Born in the USA basket.
Frank & Joe’s Deli
702 Central Park Ave, Scarsdale; 914.723.5454
This cozy and authentic Italian deli is already famous for its sandwiches, but it can also be crowned king for its incredible variety of shareable dishes. As a neighborhood favorite, Frank & Joe’s never fails to combine fresh ingredients with creative ideas to produce an applause worthy dish. The delectable platters — both visually pleasing and beyond tasty — are the perfect segue into the charcuterie trend of this summer. Start simple with the deluxe antipasto, featuring a beautiful spread of sweet and hot soppressata, cubed provolone and Parmigiano Reggiano, stuffed pepper shooters, and meats. Once you secure a reputation as the designated charcuterie champion, level up with a custom Italian cold cut platter stuffed with your own selection of hot, sweet, spicy, and peppery meats and cheeses.
48 Gedney Way, White Plains; 914.949.7202
If you’re looking for an assortment of impressively towering carnivorous sandwiches, wraps, and burgers, look no further. Specialty sammies here include the Crusader, a traditional stack of cheesy roast beef with the necessary pickled toppings, and the Doogly, a sweet and spicy honey variation of a turkey club. If you have any doubts that Rooster’s monster sandwiches will satisfy everyone at the party (including vegetarians), bring along a medley of savory sides. Because, certainly, nobody at a barbecue can say no to a “Don’t Be a Chicken” sandwich alongside some jalapeño poppers or mac ‘n’ cheese bites.
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Tzatziki Greek Grill
1 Huguenot St, New Rochelle; 914.738.2737
We all know and love the typical barbecue classics, but the best way to elevate a 2022 summer party is to incorporate the rich Greek flavors of Tzatziki Greek Grill. Friends and family will race to fill their plates with chicken and pork souvlaki, gyro meat, and warm crusty pita topped with tangy tzatziki sauce from the Olympian platter. All of the shareable to-go dishes are served with a fresh salad, pita, tzatziki, or tahini sauce. To ensure that your carb needs are met for the day, choose between lemon potatoes, rice, or French fries that are rumored to be dangerously crispy and delicious.
And for dessert…
The Bakehouse (Riviera Bakehouse)
660 Saw Mill River Rd, Ardsley; 914.693.9758
2 Depot Plz, Tarrytown; 914.366.7420
It is undeniable that if someone lays out a tray of the Bakehouse’s famous cupcakes they will become the most popular person at any party. If you bravely took on the task of providing dessert for a group of ravenous children, the gourmet 16-piece vanilla and chocolate set of cupcakes or the 20-piece mini cupcake sampler with dulce de leche, vanilla, Nutella, raspberry mousse, funfetti, cannoli, and many other flavors will be a lifesaver. If you’re taking a more upscale cupcake approach to a summer event, arrive with the 12-piece chocolate lovers cupcake box or opt for the assortment of classic and citrusy flavors arranged as a garden in the seven-piece floral sampler.
380 Main Street, armonk; 914.273.4777
SugarHi’s Greatest Hits sampler contains the perfect combination of goodies to satisfy every type of sweet tooth. This crowd pleaser contains homemade raspberry pop-tarts, three massive cookies, cake scraps, birthday cake blondies, a s’mores bar, and more. These innovative creations can be complemented by a customizable college candy box for a graduation party, or if you’re more of a cake lover, order a “surprise inside” sprinkle cake for pretty much any occasion.