After a difficult year for many restaurants and other businesses, COVID-19 regulations are being lifted and conditions are improving. The White Plains BID has launched a digital version of their White Plains BID Dining Guide to encourage residents of White Plains and the surrounding area to come downtown to enjoy dining once again. This guide can now be viewed at wpbid.com/dining.
The White Plains BID Dining Guide is being featured as part of the White Plains BID’s White Plains Staycation program in collaboration with Westchester County’s Tourism & Film’s “Go Beyond Without Going Far” campaign. County Executive George Latimer was joined by White Plains BID Executive Director Brittany Brandwein as the City announced their collaboration with the County on this effort.
Residents of White Plains and the surrounding areas are encouraged to make the downtown a spot for their next vacation. Participants can stay at least one night at a hotel, receive a $100 dining credit for one of the restaurants listed in the White Plains BID Dining Guide, and choose one local activity to enjoy. Visit wpbid.com/staycation to plan and finalize an itinerary to stay, eat, and play in downtown White Plains.
White Plains Mayor Tom Roach said: “I am happy to see the White Plains BID Staycation campaign receive this recognition and support from the County. It is a model initiative that will have a positive impact on White Plains and could have a similar impact in other communities who choose to utilize the model. This and other county economic development initiatives set the right tone and will be so important to all Westchester communities as we emerge from the Pandemic.”
Brandwein explained: “Our downtown has eclectic options to stay, eat, and play, from hip to historical. We are grateful to County Executive George Latimer and Westchester County for their support to move this program forward and to highlight all that White Plains has to offer.”
In previous years, the White Plains BID had published a paper version of the dining guide, the last being the 2020 6th edition. These guides come in the form of a large folded map and are distributed throughout White Plains, including to hotels, government buildings, residential buildings, neighborhood organizations, and at events. Due to the public’s increase caution and desire to go contactless, creating a digital version of the guide was a necessary response. This was also an opportunity to move forward in a modern direction to accommodate a more tech-savvy population. The digital version of the guide can be accessed anytime on a phone or computer, there is no need to carry anything extra, and it will be updated in real-time as new restaurants open.
As of the launch, there are 88 restaurants and eateries listed in the guide. In the 2020 version of the guide, printed in late 2019, there were a total of 95 restaurants. In the past year, understandably many restaurants have closed, but a few new ones have opened. New restaurants and eateries include 914 Exotics, Bello’s Mexican Grill, Chazz Palminteri Italian Restaurant, Falafel Place, and The King Crab. There are many more on the horizon this year, so be sure to check the digital dining guide frequently.
To create the guide, the White Plains BID partnered with Mapme, an interactive map service that works with other organizations and municipalities around the world. With this service, the White Plains BID designed a custom map that is comprehensive and easy to understand and navigate.
With this guide, you can filter by cuisine, price point, or both. Each location has a detailed listing, including address, phone number, description, website link, and photos. Nearby parking locations are listed as well. When clicking the address of any listing, the user will be brought to Google Maps showing directions to that location.
Thank you to the White Plains BID Dining Guide sponsors Silverman Realty Group, Inc., and many others for helping make this digital dining guide possible.
If you ever having trouble deciding where to eat, visit wpbid.com/dining on your phone or computer to see what is available in downtown White Plains!