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Around Town - New York City's weekly guide for food and fun!
December 9, 2020, 6:54.04 pm ET


Photos: Brooklyn Kura
Brooklyn Kura is offering a Sake Hot Toddy. Created by sake sommelier Paulie Nattathan, the cocktail features amber sake (a unique type of sake brewed using roasted rice), housemade apple cider (infused with cinnamon, apple-scented black tea, and fresh makrut lime leaves) and a splash of lemon juice. The cocktail is served warm by the carafe ($32; serves 2) and is perfect for a post-ice skating treat! With a heated outdoor courtyard, warm cocktails and close proximity to Industry City’s socially-distanced winter activities, Brooklyn Kura’s taproom offers a safe opportunity to experience a bit of holiday joy in south Brooklyn.

Photo: Essex Pearl/Feast of Seven Fishes
The Market Line on Essex Street continues to get into the holiday spirit. Offerings include Duck, Porchetta and Ham from Ends Meat; curated seafood boxes from Essex Pearl, including one box entitled "Feast of Seven Fishes," and sausage maker Shaller & Webber is offering Cocktail Weiners, German Christmas Stollen (holiday cake) and German Pfeffernüsse (spice cookies).

Photo: Mochidoki/Holiday Bark
Mochidoki is out with its holiday creations. Four new flavors are being introduced including Chocolate Bark (Chocolate mochi ice cream with peppermint cream, white chocolate curls and dark chocolate drizzle), Apple Pie, Matcha Latte and Snowball (Coconut mochi ice cream with dark chocolate, toasted coconut and slivered almonds). The boxed set costs $18 and can be picked up at their SoHo flagship shop (176 Spring St) and for local delivery.

Photo: Jacques Torres/Holiday Sampler
Jacques Torres is also out with its holiday offerings, including the Christmas Sampler Hat Box ($122.00) filled with Jacques’ chocolate Santa, Snowman, and Santa Bear nestled next to a Brulée Bar, rich Classic Hot Chocolate mix and a 25-piece bonbon assortment. The chocolates are available at Jacques Torres locations and online.

Photo: Little Chef Little Cafe
Little Chef Little Café is offering a holiday feast to go including pre-dinner snacks like Brie & Cranberry Puffs, and Caramelized Onion Blue Cheese dip, to a three-course meal with dessert along with house-baked breads and sweet holiday treats (order here by 12/18 for delivery or pickup on 12/24). Chef Diana Manalang is also making festive holiday cookies and cupcakes including some decorated with string lights for the Christmas table. For a fun activity, Gingerbread Cookie Decorating Kits are available now through the holidays and include 8 cookies plus frosting, candy and sprinkles for decorating ($25).

And Santa Claus is coming this Saturday (socially-distanced of course) to the Estuary's heated patio this Saturday (December 12) in Brooklyn Heights. Santa will be taking pictures from 12pm-3pm. Complimentary hot chocolate will be offered from the Ebb & Flow Bakery. A prix-fixe brunch is also being served.

Stay tuned for next week's Around Town