A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY CHRISTMAS FEEAAAST!

a free christmas treeIf you happen to not have a dinner being prepared for your royal indulgences this Christmas Eve, here are some suggestions for all you hard at work preparing those ten year plans.  This is our list of the traditional and some new and tantalizing feasts to be had this season.

So cool down those engines and fire up the burners and get ready for a happy merry feast for all.

AQUAVIT

aquavitThey have a ‘Christmas plate’ choc-full of Herring, Vasterbotten, Swedish Meatballs and a traditional Christmas Ham.  Risalamande – a particularly Danish Christmas almond rice pudding is being offered and shouldn’t be missed.

This can be enjoyed anyday of the week except for Saturday and Sunday.

65 East 55th Street 212-307-7311

ESCA

escaTheir renowned chef plans his dinner every afternoon at 4pm, however, their Christmas Eve Feast of the Seven Fishes is going to be preplanned for a whole five days! So get excited, this place knows the oceans inhabitants and how to cook ‘em! (count 52 dinner options) Oh yeah, expect a steep bill

W. 43rd St., 212-564-7272

 

HEARTH

left_hearth_01They are seasoned veterans of the beloved Feast of the Seven Fishes, so if you feel like having something a wee bit more ‘stick your bones’ and Italian prepare to shell out a worthy 92 dollars – hell it may be worth the extravagance.

403 E 12th St, New York, NY 10009 (646) 602-1300

 

BACK WEST FORTY

back west forty diningA Jewish-Chinese dinner is being put together here. Sounds special and were definitely excited about more than the steamed star anise pork buns or the tea smoked duck.  It’s the Chocolate Babka with the Vanilla Ice cream that seems to be wooing us from this champion of a menu.

70 Prince St. @ Crosby St. (212) 219-8570

FATTY ‘CUE
fatty-cue-wvIf you can hear your Grill compelling you to host another one your mid-winter BBQ bashes, then this place is for you.  Seriously, their Christmas Eve southern BBQ is being served by the half pound, at $18 for a half pound of pulled pork or $14 for a half pound of rib along with an enormous list of sides they might as well call this the “Return of the turkey Gobble 2.” So strap on those boots and take a little hike to good old BK or get on down to the Westside on that trusty yellow sleigh and chow down.

91 South Sixth St. Brooklyn, NY 11249 (718) 599-3090

50 Carmine St (bet. Bleecker & Bedford) (212) 929-5050

PIORA

pioraClassic American is what’s going on at this fusion joint – Christmas Goose with Caramelized chestnuts, Barley and Thumbelina carrot. Top that off with an egg nog and your set.  By the way, just in case you happen to be making plans for a single dinner don’t make reservations from their website just call them and let them know.

 430 HUDSON ST (212) 960-3801

HANGAWI

3-hangawi-vegetarianSTONE BOWL STONE BOWL STONE BOWL. If you haven’t been here before then Christmas might be a good time to sample their Prix Fixe menu.  It’s an exciting mix of Porridge, Kabocha pumpkin croquettes and vermicelli noodles – WHOA.  Oh yeah its all Vegan, so eat up.

12 E 32nd St (212) 213-0077

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Prix Fixe Yourself

By: Samvida Patel

It’s that time of the year again! What originally was a 4-day affair organized by Tim Zagat and the late Joe Baum for the reporters attending the Democratic Convention of 1992, transformed into a month-long event by the unrelenting demands of the public.  Who doesn’t love seemingly affordable splurging?  And we say seemingly because of course, when you know you’re getting a huge price cut, you may feel inclined to spend on extras, like fine wine.  So in the end, what you had hoped would be a 25-dollar lunch or a 38-dollar dinner turned into much, much more.

But…we still love it.  When else would you be able to experience fine dining, if you are one of the working middle-class majority?  Here is an eclectic mix of restaurants we have pooled together for you to consider.

La Masseria- Italian is always a safe option to go with if you don’t traverse the boundary separating conventional and novel foods, but it can become boring if you don’t frequent the right places.  La Masseria, happens to be an exception.  While they keep their dishes simple, the finesse that goes into producing balanced, flavorful food with perfectly al-dente texture is unmistakable.  The Gnocchetti di Patate alla Sorrentina embodies just that—as someone who prides herself in being an eater of all almost all non-vegetarian dishes, I would say this simple, delicate pasta is the best on the menu.

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Hangawi- Sure it’s tucked away among the karaoke bars, casual eateries, and hotels that make up “K-Town,” but its name has much acclaim for its authentic, vegetarian food and traditional atmosphere.  More than the actual food, practices of the Eastern culture such as removing shoes and sitting close together on low-to-the-ground tables, offers customers an intriguing dining experience. Image

ImageAll dishes complement ambiance with their wholesome, pure quality, but the Spicy Todok Bibimbap and stone bowl stir fries particularly stand out.

Ilili- A prime member of New York City’s upmarket venues, this restaurant takes Lebanese foods to another level entirely.  To put into perspective, chefs behind these creations have been able to slash the unfortunate, most-hated-vegetable reputation that brussel sprouts carry.

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The roasted sprouts are tossed with slivered grapes, walnuts, and pureed fig, all of which are brought together with mint yogurt sauce.

Unfortunately, the dish is not on the prix-fixe menu, but it is an absolute must-try.  You can’t go wrong with any choice on either the set or a la carte menus.  Especially not the Phoenician Fries and Braised Lamb Shank!

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These of course, are only 3 of 293 restaurants participating in “restaurant month.”  Book your table in advance because places get packed super fast!  Can’t find a reservation?  Thankfully, featured restaurants including Amma, Darbar Fine Indian Cuisine, Darbar Grill, Yuva Frontier Indian Grill, and Fig & Olive 5th Avenue catering are all on Foodtoeat.com! You can have the same scrumptious food delivered to you and have restaurant week your way.

Happy Dining!

Article Reference:

http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2010/08/how-restaurant-week-became-restaurant-month/61215/

Photo References:

http://www.yelp.com

http://www.foodspotting.com

http://www.notjustvegetarian.com

http://www.gorgeouslywed.com

DailyFoodtoEat is the official blog of FoodtoEat, a sustainable online food ordering and concierge catering service featuring your favorite restaurants, food trucks and caterers. Check out the deliciousness here: www.foodtoeat.com