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    North of NYC North of NYC By Houlihan Lawrence By Houlihan Lawrence by

    There's really no greater unifying force than food, which couldn't be more evident this time of year.  The holiday season is the dining room's time to shine.  From old and new, simple to sumptuous, rectangular to round-tabled, each and every one effuses a unique personality to the point no two are truly alike.  Scroll down and dig in, here are some of the best we found with taste to match (or even rival) the cuisine.

    BEDFORD | 168 Hook Road | $7,950,000
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    Sunrise, sunset.  You'll see both from the unique octagonal dining room at the beloved Bedford retreat of a renowned Broadway composer (who didn't write the aforementioned lyric, but we digress). It's certainly a contender for having the best view in this list, with arched floor-to-ceiling windows framing sweeping vistas from atop Mt. Aspetong spanning three states!  Hardwood paneling and a wainscoted Cathedral ceiling accent simply elegant decor to define a warm, sophisticated sense of luxury that's an equilibrium of every essential element. See more

    GREENWICH | 547 Lake Avenue | $17,250,000
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    The designer/owner of this sprawling Greenwich estate strived to execute incredibly imaginative interiors suited to the home's legendary scale, and the dining room is no exception.  A spindly yet simple chandelier, entrapped within a semi-spherical ceiling vault, suspends its crystalline tentacles above an aligned round table like a Portugese Man-of-War, striking a juxtaposition with the room's rectangular floorplan and bedazzling fireplace.  Besides, it's only right that food plated in the home's award-winning kitchen—recognized by Connecticut Cottages & Gardens with a 2014 Innovation in Design award and boasting Ann Sachs tile and an imported 7 x 9 Caesarstone center isle—is served in a commensurate environment. See more

    RED HOOK | 160 Milan Hill Road | $2,950,000
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    Organic free-range turkeys only (or tofurkeys?) at this one.  The setting couldn't possibly be better for a farm-to-table fête any time of year, but the thought of posting up here over dishes involving kale, duck eggs and butternut squash while looking out towards yonder barns and silo seems a special grade of perfection.  We'd consider bundling up and strolling right out that door to walk off any ensuing tryptophan comas, perhaps with warm cocktail in hand to enjoy on the waterside outdoor patio, reached by a footbridge over the falls—especially if locally-sourced apple pie awaits us piping-hot upon return. See more

    BRONXVILLE | 18 Prescott Avenue | $3,495,000
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    The bar for elegance here is as high as the ceilings. This two-story space isn't a dedicated dining room, per se, but with ballroom proportions, intricate finished woodwork and high windows it's as breathtaking a space there is for breaking holiday bread.  The romantic Bates & Howe-designed hilltop home is a pristine renovation bringing together the best of old and new, with walk-to-town convenience and plentiful parking for guests (10+ cars)—and for those who arrived without one, Metro North is a short distance and half hour-or-less ride away. See more

    RYE | 1 Halls Lane | $5,695,000
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    There's only two words you need to know about the interiors of this 1904 Coastal Colonial : Albert Hadley.  They're genuinely attributed to the acclaimed designer, famous for his commissions for the Kennedy White House, and in the case of the dining room define a bright, intimate environment with a splash of the exotic.  The four-floor home sits atop two idyllic acres in tony Milton Point, with views of Long Island Sound. See more

    MILLBROOK | 539 Killearn | $11,500,000
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    We'll call this model "The Presidential."  Federalist lines, a friendly lampshade chandelier and splashes of color offer refreshing elegance that invites just the right amount of traditional to the table, keeping the meal close to its Colonial roots. Timeless luxury by the bite. See more