Chef David Burke

Celebrity chef David Burke is coming to Westchester.

Red Horse by David Burke, a modern American steakhouse with Asian accents, will open in early 2023 in the space that was, for 11 years, BLT Steak in White Plains. The 200-seat Opus Westchester restaurant will be the second steakhouse under the Red Horse banner, signaling Burke’s intention to expand the brand.

David Burke Hospitality Management (DBHM), the restaurant operations and consulting firm run by Burke, also signed an 11-year lease for the 7,900 square foot space.

Diners can expect Red Horse decorative features such as bold red and white caliper-printed wallpaper, an installation of mouth-blown red glass rods and an oil painting copy of a ruby colored horse from Burke’s collection which inspired the name. Guests will also be greeted by a life-size red horse sculpture commissioned by Burke.

Additionally, there will be a huge wall of Himalayan pink salt separating (but not hiding, thanks to a row of windows), an open kitchen, eye-catching light fixtures and artwork, some of which comes directly from from Burke’s own eclectic collection. Others will be obtained specifically for the new restaurant.

As for food, the menu will mirror that of the original Red Horse in Rumson, New Jersey, with an emphasis on premium beef dry-aged using Burke’s patented Himalayan salt process. . Other signature dishes will include popovers, clothesline bacon, lobster balls, salmon pastrami, angry lobster and pork chops with Sandy Hook Clam Casino.

So far, Burke has primarily focused his restaurant reach in his home state of New Jersey, where he has opened four restaurants since March 2020. He is now, according to a press release from his company, looking forward to expand its presence in New York. The White Plains Red Horse will join its 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.

Says Burke of future site Red Horse: “It’s an impressive and very flexible space in a great location. I’m very excited for this to be a launching pad for the expansion of the Red Horse by David Burke brand. And I look forward to getting involved in the Westchester County food scene and getting more involved in the Hudson Valley.”

Red Horse by David Burke is located at 121 Main St. in White Plains, but will also have entry from The Opus, so may include on-site lunch, happy hour, dinner, and dinner. a weekend brunch for hotel guests and residents of Residences at the Ritz-Carlton, Westchester II.

Burke, known for his whimsical creative approach to contemporary American cuisine, currently operates or orchestrates (with his management company) the culinary component of 17 restaurants and one historic event venue in the United States and Saudi Arabia. They also oversee a growing list of David Burke-branded products, including cookware, bakeware, steak sauce, cutlery and wine. More information can be found at

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