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Around Town - New York City's weekly guide for food and fun!
December 3, 2020, 6:14.36 pm ET


Photo: Il Buco Alimentari

il Buco Alimentari and Vineria is POPPING UP at The Market Line (at 115 Delancey St) on the Lower East Side with Alimentari Flaneur Friday, December 4th- Sunday, December 6th. il Buco will be featuring housemade bread by Sheena Otto, house baked pastries, fresh pastas, salumi cured in-house by Bernardo Flores and sauces by Chef Justin Smillie. il Buco Alimentari's bread and olive oils are stocked at Alimentari Flaneur on Mulberry Street, and you can shop their entire line online and in the market of il Buco Alimentari at 53 Great Jones Street.

Photo: MakiMaki
MakiMaki is featuring Wagyu beef for its Japanese-style winter hot pots. The new Shabu-Shabu hot pots are being offered at the restaurant’s 6th Avenue location (1369 6th Ave) for the first time. The dish is ideal for cozying up outside at MakiMaki’s socially-distanced patio throughout the colder months. Guests can reserve seating ahead of time to enjoy the new dish, which serves 2, at their own personal burners.

Photo: Hortus NYC
NoMad’s Hortus NYC (271 Fifth Avenue) is showing off its hidden winter patio complete with space heaters and umbrellas. Perfect for date night or small family gatherings, the intimate space is hidden away from the sounds of the city. The fall menu includes pumpkin soup, oysters with plum vinaigrette, spicy braised short rib and more. Hortus NYC also offers a two course prix-fixe dinner for $45, with the option for a wine pairing at an additional $25.

J. Bespoke (121 E 27th St) is bringing its speakeasy cocktail making to you with new private virtual classes. Head bartender, Hernan Trujilo, guides you through the process with drinks like the Nitro Cold Brew Martini (reyka vodka, montenegro amaro, cold brew coffee, honey) and Imagine It done (old forester 86 proof bourbon, green chartreuse perfume, orange & angostura bitters, demerara). For more info contact

Photo: Black Seed Bagels
Black Seed is wrapping up the year with the latest entry in their monthly chef collaboration sandwich series, partnering with Oxomoco, the Michelin-starred Mexican restaurant in Greenpoint. The Oxomoco Barbacoa Bagel Sandwich - a collaboration between Oxomoco chef Justin Bazdarich and Black Seed executive baker Dianna Daoheung - is made with slow-roasted lamb barbacoa and salsa de chile morita (a salsa made with chiles and tomatillos), topped with a fried egg and pickles on a bagel. ($16) It is available at all six currently open Black Seed bagels locations (Bushwick, East Village, Nolita, NoMad, 30 Rock and Brookfield Place) through the end of December.
The New York Botanical Garden is illuminating the holidays with NYBG GLOW, an all-new nighttime outdoor experience featuring brilliant colors and glowing orbs.

Photos: Marlon Co/New York Botanical Garden
The illuminated Haupt Conservatory serves as the centerpiece along with the Visitor Center Reflecting Pool. Visitors will also enjoy artistic ice sculpting, music and pop-up performances by the Hip Hop Nutcracker. Purchase tickets in advance (They're going fast!).
Also this season, the Lincoln Square Business Improvement District is also kicking off the holiday season with a choreographed display called Tumbling Brights. Spirit figures are being lit up from Columbus Circle up to 70th Street for the holiday season.
Stay tuned for our next Around Town!