Around Town - Tea-Tinis at 8282, NYC Ugly Sweater Parties, Where to Swim with the 7 Fishes and more.

December 15, 2022, 7:08.26 pm ET  


Photo: 8282                                                                                     

8282 is featuring a tea-tini station for the holidays. Starting Friday, December 16 through Christmas Day, a selection of teas such as burdock, buckwheat, chai, corn, matcha, and jasmine will be shaken up with vodka, tea-infused soju, tea syrup, and citrus bitters, all made in-house. Mixologist Katrina Sobredilla has created these innovative tea fusion cocktails to pair well with 8282’s menu which is divided into two categories: small plates called Anju, which means food you eat with alcohol in Korean, and larger shared plates named Banju, meaning alcohol paired with good food. 8282 will be opened on Christmas Eve from 5:30 pm to 11:30 pm and Christmas Day from 5:30 pm to 10:30 pm.

Lodi at Rockefeller Center is offering Holiday Gift Baskets for pick-up only certain to bring good cheer.  The baskets are filled with imported Italian specialty items like Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Chocolate Covered Hazelnuts, White Fig Jam, and more. Fresh Sourdough Pane, made fresh from the bakery each morning, is also included.  

Here are some places to break out your “Ugly Sweater” for the holidays:

Drop by Citizens food hall (Manhattan West Plaza 385 9th Ave.) for seasonal cocktails like Spiked Hot Chocolate at the Market Bar from Tuesday to Friday until 9 p.m. Wear your old fuzzy sweaters to enjoy extended Happy Hour specials on Tuesdays and Thursdays until 9 p.m.

Roam Sporting Club (107-12 70th Rd) in Forest Hills, Queens is hosting a friendly Eat Drink and Be Ugly Sweater Party on Saturday, December 17th. Patrons can enjoy a menu full of Burgers, Salads, Wings and munchies such as Tempura Battered Pickle Chips, Truffle French Fries, Empanadas and more while proudly wearing their most ridiculous sweaters! There will be bottle specials all night and live music from DJ Beezy, keeping the party pumped till 4 a.m.

To get into the Christmas spirit, e’s BAR (511 Amsterdam Ave) will be hosting an Ugly Sweater Contest on Saturday, December 24th from 7pm - 10pm. Surprises and prizes for the ugliest sweater will last all night and e’s BAR will be shaking up some special holiday themed drinks, playing everyone’s favorite Christmas tunes, and more!


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Ellington on Broadway (2745 Broadway Between 105th & 106th Streets, New York) is hosting Brunch with Santa at Ellington on December 18th from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm with a holiday-themed a la carte Sunday brunch menu featuring a special Kids Menu (think Kids French Toast); as well as large format celebratory dishes such as Ellington Eggs Benedict, Southern Fried Chicken Sandwich, and Peanut Butter and Chocolate Belgian Waffle. To add to the festivities, patrons will also be able to capture their Christmas moments with Santa Claus.


Photo: Aquavit                                                                                             

Aquavit is offering its famous family-style Julbord, a Swedish Christmas smorgasbord ($225 per person) from noon to 9 pm on Saturday, December 17, Friday, December 23, and Saturday, December 24 in their Main Dining Room. Guests can enjoy a complimentary cup of a warm glogg (infused wine), and indulge in the Scandinavian holiday vibes with Swedish cured meats, herrings, a variety of cold seafood, and hot dishes. Also, exclusively in the Bar Room, a family-style Christmas Plate ($85 per person) will be offered for lunch Tuesday through Friday from December 13 to December 22, and for dinner Monday through Thursday from December 12 to December 22. Starters including Matjes Herring and Gravlax followed by entrees like Glazed Spare Ribs, and Jansson's Temptation, as well as a complimentary cup of glogg.

There are several NYC restaurants offering a Feast of the Seven Fishes.


Photo: LittleMad                                                                                           

On Christmas Eve, Chef Sol Han at LittleMad is offering a Feast of Seven Sea Creatures. The celebratory five-course prix-fixe dinner ($135) starts with a series of Chef’s Snacks for The Table, including creations like Octopus Arancini with Kombu Aioli and Alistado Red Prawns with Lardo and Uni before moving on to Chou Farci “Mandoo” with blue crystal prawns, foie gras and Ossetra caviar, and a Half Lobster, all prepared with Chef Han’s signature touch of playfulness and French technique combined with his Korean heritage. For dessert there’s Pâte à Choux with Chestnut. Wine pairing is available for an additional $65.  

At The Clam, Chef Mike Price will be serving up the restaurant's annual Feast of Seven Fishes on Christmas Eve with a three- course special menu (each dish can also be ordered a la carte.) The first is an Insalata Frutti Di Mare, cold poached seafood salad with octopus, mussels, scallops, celery hearts, fennel, and pickled peppers; second course is Spaghetti Fra Diavolo with spicy tomato, peekytoe crab, shrimp, whipped ricotta, and basil, and the third course is Ippoglosso Al Forno, baked halibut with Maine lobster & meyer lemon gratin, wilted spinach, and salmoriglio.


Photo: Dagon                                                                                               

On Christmas Eve, Dagon is offering his unique version of Feast of the Seven Fishes. Guests can enjoy a five-course menu for $75 and all dishes, as expected, represent “somewhere in the Mediterranean.” The meal starts off with Creamy Hummus with spicy warm Salt Cod followed by Salmon Crudo paired with cauliflower tabbouleh and then Fried Calamari and Smelts served with Anchovy za’atar aioli. The last two courses include Charred Octopus with black tahini, and Branzino Chraime, served with spaghetti. The festive feast finishes with Christmas Fruit Cake.

Italian family-style restaurant Carmine’s is offering a Feast of Seven Fishes special on Christmas Eve, available for dine-in only with a reservation. Dishes include Fried Calamari, choice of Baked Clams or Clams on the Half Shell, Shrimp Cocktail, red or white Clam Sauce over pasta, Mixed Seafood with pasta, Shrimp Scampi, and Salmon Oreganata.


Photo: Vic's                                                                                                     

Vic’s, the NoHo Italian staple from Vicki Freeman and The Bowery Group, debuts their iconic “Feast of Seven Fishes” from December 17-23. For seven days only, guests will be able to order seven delightful seafood specials (a la carte) such as tuna crudo with calabrian chili crisp, pear, celery and basil, grilled shrimp with meyer lemon aioli and bagnetto rosso, lobster piccata with crispy sunchokes and more. The “Feast of Seven Fishes” menu is available in the lively dining room, as well as in the heated outdoor dining area. Reservations via Resy.

Dave's Hot Chicken has opened its newest NYC location in a somewhat unlikely spot, 86th Street between 4th and 5th Avenue in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn. Located just steps away from the now-defunct Century 21 Department Store, Dave's is lighting the neighborhood on fire with its cult chicken following. 

 
Photo: High Line Art                                                                             

High Line Art is announcing the third High Line Plinth commission: Old Tree, a 25-foot-tall sculpture in vivid pink and red, by artist Pamela Rosenkranz. Located on the park at West 30th Street and 10th Avenue, the Plinth has become a landmark destination for major public artworks, featured on a rotating basis. Rosenkranz’s dramatic artwork will be installed on the High Line in Spring 2023 and will be on view through September 2024.

And 'tis the season of giving, so we thought we would share this vending machine we came across in the concourse of Rockefeller Center. It's called the Light The World Giving Machine from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints where you can buy a gift for someone in need.  The machine states 100 percent of your gift goes to the charity or cause of your choice. You could choose to buy a winter jacket, bags of seeds, a Passover meal, movie night, birthday cupcakes, or pay off a prescription co-pay as a means of giving back this holiday season.  
 
Until next time, we'll be seeing you Around Town!


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