Dignitaries from across Westchester County and beyond turned out last night to officially recognize the opening of Red Horse by David Burke with a ribbon cutting ceremony at the new restaurant in downtown White Plains. The White Plains, helmed by international award-winning chef David Burke, is an American steakhouse with Asian accents –the 200-seat restaurant (with another 80 outdoors) is the second steakhouse under the Red Horse banner, signaling Burke’s intention to grow the brand.
David Burke Hospitality Management (DBHM) signed an 11-year lease with Renaissance Hotel Partners for a 7,900 square foot space at The Opus, Westchester hotel.
Attending the ceremony were Westchester County Executive George Latimer and Deputy County Executive Ken Jenkins, White Plains Mayor Tom Roach, the White Plains City Council and Cappelli Organization CEO Louis Cappelli among other elected officials, business leaders and artists.
The DBHM team has incorporated characteristic elements of David Burke restaurants in the new Red Horse, including: a massive pink Himalayan salt wall separating the open kitchen from the dining room; eye-catching lighting fixtures; captivating artwork. Some from Burke’s own eclectic collection, other obtained specifically for the new restaurant. The antique pool table, vintage phone booth and red horse statues are unique to it.
The menu mirrors that of the original Red Horse in Rumson, NJ with a focus on prime beef dry-aged according to Burke’s Himalayan salt process, Patent US 7,998,517 B2. The menu also features a number of Burke’s signatures, such as: Popovers, Clothesline Bacon; Lobster Dumplings, Salmon Pastrami; Angry Lobster; and Pork Chops with Sandy Hook Clams Casino.
While the main entrance of the new Red Horse by David Burke is at 121 Main St., it also has an entrance from The Opus, so it is an on-site lunch, happy hour, dinner and weekend brunch option for hotel guests and residents of the Residences at The Ritz-Carlton, Westchester II.
“We are thrilled to welcome Red Horse by David Burke to The Opus” stated Elizabeth Andrews, general manager of The Opus, Westchester. “Chef Burke’s culinary greatness and innovative vision will be an incredible addition to The Opus for our hotel guests and residents as well as the local Westchester community and beyond.”
Having concentrated primarily on his home state of New Jersey, where he has opened five restaurants since March of 2020, Burke is looking forward to expanding his presence in New York. The White Plains Red Horse will join his flagship David Burke Tavern on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, Red Salt Room and King Bar in Garden City and Salt & Char and Morrisey’s lounge & Bistro in Saratoga on his New York restaurant roster.
“It’s an impressive and very flexible space in a great location,” said Burke. “I’m very excited about it as launching pad for the expansion of the Red Horse by David Burke brand. And I’m looking forward to becoming involved in the Westchester County dining scene and more involved with the Hudson Valley’s.”
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