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Seafood Spot Cull & Pistol Reopens in Chelsea Market
December 7, 2021, 6:26.07 pm ET

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After 19 months of being closed due to the pandemic, Chelsea Market is pleased to announce the reopening of Michelin-acclaimed seafood restaurant Cull & Pistol. In addition to the reopening, Cull & Pistol took the time off to refresh its interior space and menu.

Highlights include: Pistols on Horseback (fried Chesapeake oysters rolled up in slices of cured ham), Salmon Shawarma Pita, and the Lobster Bake for 2.  It is comprised of lobster, New Caledonian Prawns, mussels, clams, chorizo, marble potatoes and corn. All the shellfish is steamed in a house made lobster stock and mounted with lemon thyme butter. Once everything is cooked, the pot is finished with fresh lemon juice and herbs. Also on the menu, Grilled Spanish Octopus that is wild-caught and served atop a ragu of sofrito (onion-tomato marmalade), chorizo, creamy butter beans and roasted red peppers.  For dessert, there’s banana pudding and key lime pie.

As part of the design refresh, Cull & Pistol also installed a custom Silestone bar and tabletops, white oak backbar shelving to highlight the wine and beverage program, and warm lighting throughout the space.

Cull & Pistol is located at 75 9th Ave, New York, NY (646) 568-1223

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Santa Claus is Coming to Brooklyn's Estuary
December 7, 2021, 6:09.33 pm ET

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Estuary at ONE°15 at the Brooklyn Marina is hosting its free annual Santa Claus event on Sunday, December 12th from 11:30 AM -2:30 PM.

In partnership with the NYPD’s 84th Precinct, the man in the red suit is slated to arrive in a festooned patrol car and take photos with children and their families over complimentary Hot Chocolate from its Ebb & Flow Bakery. The annual event supports a joint Toy Drive and fundraising campaign where 100% of proceeds go to Friends of Karen, a local non-profit helping children battling life-threatening illnesses and their families.

To contribute, attendees can either bring a new unwrapped toy, purchase a toy while on-site, donate through this link or purchase an ornament that they can sign and hang on the restaurant’s Giving Tree.

Estuary is located at 159 Bridge Park Drive, Pier 5 - Brooklyn Bridge Park.

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H&H Bagels Opens in Moynihan Train Hall
December 7, 2021, 5:53.15 pm ET

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The iconic New York bagel sensation, H&H Bagels, has opened a brand-new location in the Moynihan Train Hall of Penn Station. With locations currently on the Upper East Side, Upper West Side, JFK Airport, LaGuardia Airport, the new operation marks the brand’s fifth location in New York City.

The location debuts the brand’s new fast-casual bagel concept in which consumers can now follow their bagel or sandwich along an assembly line as employees put together their custom order. The shop also sells all of the H&H Bagels classic sandwiches, including the bacon egg and cheese to the smoked salmon sandwich, as well as individual bagels.

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Milano Market Arrives in Brooklyn in Time for Holidays
December 6, 2021, 12:52.13 am ET

Milano Market, Bay Ridge, Brooklyn

A shiny new gourmet food shop has arrived in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn. Milano Market which specializes in Italian cuisine is showcasing everything from oversized meatballs in tomato sauce to house made porchetta and prosciutto imported from Palma, Italy. This is the shop’s second location after getting its start on the Upper East Side in 1982.

Visitors will also discover vibrant vegetables like broccoli rabe sautéed with garlic and oil, and oven roasted brussel sprouts, alongside freshly-baked ham, fried chicken cutlets, roasted eye round and smoked pastrami. All look wonderful.

Milano Market, Bay Ridge, Brooklyn

There are dozens of signature sandwiches to be had like the Milano Special with ham, salami, ham, capicola, mortadella, provolone, lettuce, tomato, roasted peppers and oil & vinegar on semolina hero; and Smoked Prosciutto (Speck) with fresh mozzarella, roasted pepper, tomato, basil with oil & vinegar on rosemary focaccia. There are also several vegetarian options.

Visitors will also discover a number of house-made salads and pastas such as lasagna, raviolis and stuffed shells.  Assorted breads and baked goods are also sold along with a large selection of cheeses, imported olives and fine olive oils. Many of the items, including  6-foot heroes and platters, can be catered with 48 hour notice. There are also gift baskets.

Milano Market is located at 7801 Third Ave (78th St), Brooklyn, NY

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Restaurant Radar: Max Brenner is Coming to Times Square
December 6, 2021, 12:36.50 am ET


Signage is up for a new Max Brenner Chocolate Shop in Times Square. The shop is located at 720 7th Ave, not too far from Hershey's flagship store and M&Ms.  Max Brenner is best known for its hot chocolate, chocolate praline candies, waffles and chocolate fondue.  Max Brenner also operates a shop and restaurant near Union Square and a kiosk at the Bryant Park Winter Village. Stay tuned!


Around Town - Podnology, Winter Pie Shop, Planet Taco and more...
December 5, 2021, 11:06.03 pm ET


Podnology arrives in New York City. The self-contained, contactless pods have popped outside Empanada Mama in Hell’s Kitchen near 51st St and 9th Ave.  The pods are climate controlled for winter and summer.

Also in Hell’s Kitchen, Planet Taco now has a second location at 705 9th Avenue with tacos named after Saturn, Venus and Mars. Another new arrival nearby, Shorty’s (517 9th Ave), which ditched its bar is serving up Philly Cheesesteaks.

Tiptoe is the star this year for this year’s holiday windows at Macy’s Herald Square with an inside look at how Santa’s reindeers are taught to fly.

Bryant Park’s Winter Village is back. One of our favorite food kiosks this year is the Winter Pie Shop serving up all sorts of mini pies, including Apple Crumb, Brown Butter Pumpkin and Salted Caramel Apple.

Until next time, we'll be seeing you Around Town!

Review: Is Mrs. Doubtfire a Misfire?
December 5, 2021, 10:00.09 pm ET

Review: Is Mrs. Doubtfire a Misfire?
Photo: Joan Marcus                                                                                 

By Brian Scott Lipton

Much like its cross-dressed title character, “Mrs. Doubtfire,” now at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre, clearly required some padding to turn its famed source material – the award-winning 1993 film starring Robin Williams – to transform itself into something satisfying. One wishes, though, the show’s creators hadn’t opted for the 38DD treatment. Read Full Review


NYC Places That Will Get You Into The Christmas Spirit
December 5, 2021, 12:10.55 pm ET

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Miracle, the Christmas-themed pop-up, is taking over Thief in Williamsburg for the holidays.  Miracle on Union (595 Union Ave) will be serving holiday cocktails in a festive setting from November 23rd to December 25th.

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The Skinny becoming naughty or nice.  Lower East Side bar The Skinny will be transformed for the holiday season into “Naughty or Nice.” This annual holiday pop-up will continue through the end of January.

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The Moxy Times Square Hotel turns pink to celebrate the holiday season. The hotel’s all-season rooftop is now “The Pink Winter Lodge,” an urban oasis featuring floor-to-ceiling pink log walls and a frosted flower arch glowing with custom pink faux antler chandeliers.

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Feliz Coctelería has popped up at the Garret with holiday merriment for all.  Twinkling lights, eclectic ornaments, and colorful textiles adorns the space along with lots of snowflakes, gift-wrapped tables and a life-size floating sleigh. Hanukkah-inspired blue and silver adornments & floating dreidels offer an all-encompassing holiday experience. There are also limited edition holiday drinks served in seasonal glassware.



The Greens at Pier 17 in the Seaport have been transformed into a Winter Wonderland.  These private cabins with floor-to-ceiling views of the Brooklyn Bridge and Manhattan skyline are fully heated with chalet-inspired decor and comfy banquette seating.


Le Village de Laffayette has returned for a second season.  The heated outdoor chalets at Lafayette are decked out with holiday cheer. The chalets seat up to four guests and cost $125 per person. The price includes a 3-course winter menu served family-style

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Dingaling is offering plenty of holiday cheer in the East Village. Co-owners Michael Bray and Noble Harris are decking the halls in a festive fashion, including a fully decorated tree, tinsel, and the works hung from the ceiling. Its signature drink, Dubbed Rudolph the Red Nosed Grasshopper, is a blend of vodka, peppermint liquor, green chartreuse, oat milk and garnished with shaved chocolate. Dingaling is also hosting a New Year’s Eve party ($150) with open bar, champagne toast and great tunes.


The Lodge at the Winter Village is the place to be after a night of ice skating at Bryant Park.  Here you can celebrate with a holday toast and enjoy some bites and shopping from nearby vendors.

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The Veuve Clicquot Winter Chalet is back at Mr. Purple located on the 15th floor of Hotel Indigo on the Lower East Side.  Festive cocktails, including an Apple Cider Mimosa and Frozen Hot Chocolate, are offered along with a limited menu of cheese and chocolate fondue, short rib empanadas, shrimp scampi, and pretzel bites.

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If you want to be on Santa’s naughty list check out Santa's Secret at Hudson Yards. Tucked away on the fifth floor of the Shops and Restaurants (Thursdays through Sundays until January 2) you will find Santa’s Secret, a speakeasy featuring an eye-popping variety show with unique acts ranging from a stunning ballet performance to a sultry burlesque act, mouthwatering holiday-themed cocktails, and a five-piece band with lead vocals by Inyang Bassey. Ticket start at $45.


A Winter Village is coming to Governor’s Island starting December 17th at Colonel's Row.  The centerpiece is a 5,000 square foot ice skating rink.  Visitors will also find festive winter lights, winter games, sled rentals and fire pits, along with food and warm drinks.

Also see:

Ten Things To Do In NYC For The Holidays

Places to Celebrate Christmas and New Year’s in NYC


Feast of the 7 Fishes at Scampi in Flatiron
December 5, 2021, 12:04.33 pm ET

Scampi's Tuna Aqua Pazza/Photo: Evan Sung

Scampi, the vibrant coastal Italian restaurant in Flatiron led by Chef PJ Calapa, is preparing a Feast of the 7 Fishes that will be offered family style for $95 per person. The feast includes:

Little gem salad with boquerones, pecorino, mollica

Tuna acqua pazza with tomato, cucumber, calabrian chilies

Yellowtail with baby fennel, grapefruit

Mafaldini scampi with shrimp, garlic butter, breadcrumbs

Spaghetti with clams, garlic chives

Octopus "fried rice" with farro, bomba, pancetta

Branzino with leeks, broccoli rabe, scallion pesto

Cannoli with chocolate chip ricotta

Reservations can be made on


Places to Celebrate Christmas and New Year’s Eve in NYC
December 3, 2021, 7:54.38 pm ET


Photo: Aquavit Julbord                                                                                       


Two Michelin star restaurant Aquavit is bringing back their famous family-style Julbord, a Swedish Christmas smorgasbord, all day from noon to 9pm on Saturday, December 18 and Friday, December 24 for $175 per person, with a complimentary cup of a warm Glogg. For those celebrating at home, Aquavit is offering a Christmas Kit ($495) to go which serves four.   


Chef Marc Forgione’s Wood-fired Nolita destination Peasant will be open on Christmas Eve, serving their regular a la carte menu. The restaurant is also offering options for group dinners in the private downstairs Wine Room, which can accommodate up to 25 people, offering a variety of family-style menu, including the option for chef Marc to curate a Feast of the Seven Fishes dinner. Peasant will be closed on Christmas Day.


For Christmas Eve, Italian family-style restaurant Carmine’s is offering a new Feast of the Seven Fishes special ($350), available for dine-in only with 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. Additional holiday specials are offered on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, along with their full menu.  


Chef Mike Price is serving up the restaurants’ yearly feast on both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Offered at $75 per person, three courses are available (which 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. The second course is Spaghetti Fra Diavolo with spicy tomato, peekytoe crab, shrimp, whipped ricotta, and basil. Fo the third course there is Ippoglosso Al Forno, baked halibut with Maine lobster and meyer lemon gratin, wilted spinach, and salmoriglio.  


Casual seafood restaurant The Mermaid Inn is offering Happy Hour all night on Christmas Eve at its three New York City locations, with $1.25 oysters and small plate specials including Salmon Tartare and Artichoke & Spinach Dip, along with select $6 beers and $9 wines and cocktails. Reservations can be made at Closed on Christmas Day.


From Christmas week through New Year's Eve, Spanish restaurant Socarrat is offering a special holiday dinner featuring a Lamb Truffle Paella ($65 per person) with lamb chops, truffle puree, asparagus, saffron aioli, and rice cooked in mushroom sofrito. The paella is served with shareable tapas such as Croquetas de Hongo (mushroom croquettes) Gambas al Ajillo (garlic shrimp) and Datiles, bacon-wrapped dates stuffed with Valdeon cheese. For dessert, Churros with Hot Chocolate and Flan will be served. Reservations, take-out, and delivery can be placed through  

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For Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, barbecue restaurant Virgil’s is offering a special 16 ounce Smoked Prime Rib ($38). Their full menu of barbecue favorites, including Memphis Style Pork Spare Ribs, Texas Beef Brisket, Barbecued Chicken, and Carolina Pulled Pork, along with plentiful sides will also be available. Meals can be ordered for take-out or delivery from either of their locations; dine-in reservations can be made for their Times Square restaurant at  


Olmsted, chef Greg Baxtrom's restaurant in Prospect Heights, is offering a limited number of dinner packages for four people for $500. The festive feast can be picked up on 12/24 and 12/25 from 10am - 2pm. The menu includes Rouille Olives, Jasper Hill Farm Harbison Cheese and Honey Mustard Glazed Duck Duo Terrine. Other offerings include Black Truffle Short Rib Pot Pie with Dueling Sweet Potato Duchesse, Brussels Sprouts Okonomiyaki, and Austrian Christmas Stollen and Eggnog for dessert.


For Christmas Eve, Chef Bryce Shuman is offering a 3-course prix-fixe lunch special with amuse and sides ($95pp). The menu includes - For the table - Pretzel Crisps with Ricotta Mustard.  Other offerings include Cobb Salad, Butternut Soup and Beet Salad. Second course - Applewood Smoked Ham with Brown Sugar Mustard Glaze; Salmon Mi Cuit with Horseradish Cream; Charcoal Grilled Hangar Steak with Italian Chicories and Dry Aged Beef Jus; and Grilled Miatake Mushroom with Lentils and Mushroom Broth. For Dessert, there is Chocolate Yule Log Cake (Buche de Noel)


Chef Einat Admony in collaboration with Yuchen Ye are offering a limited regular menu and special dishes for Christmas Eve such as Yemenite Soup Dumplings, Vegetarian Fried Egg Rolls with sweet and sour sauce, Crispy Glazed Short Rib with daikon pickles, and Fried Whole Fish with ginger and scallions.


Executive Chef Lenny Moon has designed a menu that takes diners on an eclectic culinary adventure as he infuses pan-Asian flavors with European techniques. Served on Christmas Day will be a $70 per person prix fixe menu that begins with a Hortus Royal Platter for Two, chilled lobster tail, yellowfin tuna crudo, and a shrimp cocktail; followed by a Scallop Tostada, served with charred corn and salsa.


Sami & Susu, the Mediterranean restaurant and specialty store in the Lower East Side, is offering a special pickup Christmas package for $70 / person. It includes choice of two spreads like Chicken Liver Mousse or Muhammara; one salad like Moroccan Carrots with harissa vinaigrette, labneh, pistachio, mint, and cilantro, or Apple Tabbouleh with bulgur, herbs, almonds, and red onion; one side such as Turkish Rice Pilaf with caramelized onions, herbs, nuts, and chopped tomatoes, or Crispy Brussel Sprouts with pancetta & balsamic; and one entree like Brisket with stewed root vegetables, or Branzino with herbs, lemon, & garlic.


Sweetbriar Chef Bryce Shuman is offering a 3-course meal Christmas Day for $95 per person. For The Table there are Pretzel Crisps with Ricotta Mustard. First Course includes Cobb Salad, Butternut Soup and Beet Salad.  Second course includes Applewood Smoked Ham with Brown Sugar Mustard Glaze; Salmon Mi Cuit with Horseradish Cream, Charcoal Grilled Hangar Steak with Italian Chicories and Dry Aged Beef Jus, and Grilled Miatake Mushroom with Lentils and Mushroom Broth.  For Dessert, there is Chocolate Yule Log Cake (Buche de Noel)

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Haven Rooftop above the Sanctuary Hotel in Midtown is ready for diners to escape to enjoy a Christmas Eve special menu complete with a kids and adults price fixe. The kid’s menu is $29 per child and includes a choice of Soda or Juice, Penne Pasta with Butter or Havenly Chicken with Fries and a choice of NY Cheesecake or Crème Brûlée for dessert. The adult menu is $79 per person and includes a choice of Lobster Bisque, Tuna Tartare or Roasted Butternut Squash with Brussels sprouts and brie cheese. Entrees include a choice of Lamb Chops served with mashed potatoes and a red wine reduction sauce, Wild Striped Bass served with cauliflower puree and asparagus, Lobster Spaghetti with blush sauce and Havenly Chicken with beurre blanc sauce, mesclun salad and fries. Dessert includes New York Cheesecake, Tiramisu and Crème Brûlée. This price fixe menu will be served from 5pm - 9:30pm. Haven will also be open for lunch on Christmas Eve 12pm - 2pm.   


The Australian-style brasserie Isla Restaurant will serve a special 3-course Christmas lunch from Executive Chef David Taylor for $125 per person. For the table, diners will begin the celebratory meal with Beau Soleil Oysters with Trout Roe and Cucumber Shallot Mignonette, Grilled Prawns with Yuzu Chermoula, and Fried Halloumi with Green Tahini and Lemon Sumac Shallots. Indulge in a choice of Lamb Shoulder served with Anchovy Mint Marinade, Tuscan Kale and Parmesan Polenta, and Seared Scallops served with Celeriac Puree and Cipollini Pine Nut Relish. The table will also enjoy Fried Brussels Sprouts and Fingerling Potatoes with Mint and Creme Fraiche in addition to wine pairings with each course. Desserts include Roasted Apple Pavlova and Hazelnut Milk Chocolate Cake. All bookings receive a complimentary welcome drink and ‘bon bons’ for the table.


Fornino will offer catering for the holidays. The Italian-style restaurant will offer its full menu including appetizer platters, salads, and pizza. "Antipizza" appetizer platters include Formaggio featuring a selection of five imported Italian cheeses, Salumi, la Verdura, and grande misti which features all three options. Their extensive Neopolitan pizza menu includes the classics as well as specialty pizzas such as Salsiccia di Pollo, Pera e Coppa, and Funghi e Prosciutto. Their ultimate pizza party package comes with two varieties of appetizer platters, two varieties of salad, and three pizza varieties along with eco-friendly disposable plates, flatware, and delivery for $50 per person.


At Tiny’s Cantina in Prospect Heights, Executive Chef Cenobio Canalizo has curated a festive array of specials that pay homage to his native Puebla for Christmas Eve + Day.Hailed as the quintessential holiday cocktail throughout Mexico, Rompope ($14) is a spiced beverage, similar to eggnog, that originated in the 17th-century via Pueblan nuns. Made in-house this season at Tiny’s, Chef Cenobio’s recipe is a rich combination of Mexican ceylon cinnamon and dark rum, thickened with milk and egg yolks. For those under 21, the drink will also be available in dessert form with a Rompope Flan ($9), made with the eggnog liqueur and darkened with caramel.


Tuscany Steakhouse, located in the heart of Central Park South, will be open on Christmas Eve from 12 pm – 10 pm and on Christmas Day from 4pm – 10 pm. Tuscany Steakhouse is owned by veteran restaurateur Steve Haxhiaj, an alumnus of Wolfgang’s Steakhouse. The main attraction presents itself in the form of Tuscany Steakhouse’s USDA Prime Dry-Aged Steaks, which are dried in the restaurant’s signature aging box. The restaurant’s interior is dimly lit, with white-washed brick and roman arches trimmed with rich oak offers old world European charm. The wine list features more than 300 bottles.

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Jack & Charlie's No. 118 is open for Christmas Eve. Choose from the regular a la carte menu and specials such as Wild Mushroom Soup with black truffle whipped cream; Braised Christmas Goose "Au Vin" - red wine braised goose with chestnuts, smoked bacon, button mushrooms, and spaetzli; Dover Sole Meunière with brown butter, lemon and soy-caper sauce; and Warm Spiced Carrot Cake with whipped cream cheese frosting, salted rum caramel sauce and ginger ice cream.


Limani New York will be open on Christmas Eve  from 12 pm – 11 pm. the stunning Greek-Mediterranean dining destination located in the heart of Rockefeller Center. Helmed by Executive Chef-Partner M.J. Alam (Estiatorio Milos), Limani creates a truly exceptional experience for its guests, highlighting clean Mediterranean flavors spotlighting whole fish flown in daily from the Mediterranean. Upon entering the guests will find themselves whisked away to the islands of Greece. Marked by beautiful white marble bar, one will find an expansive dining room with high ceilings and white leather seating and a beautiful blue infinity pool.  


Pekarna on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, will be open for Christmas Eve from 5pm - 2am and Christmas Day from 11am - 2am.  The restaurant and cocktail bar melds traditional Slovenian and New American dishes with French techniques. Executive Chef Kamal Hoyte, who runs the kitchen, honed his culinary skills at some of the finest restaurants in New York, including Oceana Restaurant and Restaurant Daniel.  


With locations in Times Square, Midtown, and Brooklyn ICHIRAN will be open on Christmas Eve and on Christmas Day from 12 pm-8:30 pm. ICHIRAN is the world’s leading expert in Tonkotsu ramen.  Solo dining booths are designed so guests could focus only on the ramen that sits before them, savoring the fragrance of the broth and experience each slurp of ramen.  The Hakata-style homemade thin noodles are prepared daily factoring in the humidity and temperature that day at ICHIRAN’s Brooklyn Factory.  ICHIRAN’s famous ramen is also available for delivery. 


Located in Hell’s Kitchen, Badshah will be open on Christmas Eve from 5 pm - 10:30 pm and on Christmas Day for brunch from 12 pm-4 pm and dinner from 5 pm-10:30 pm.  Named after the Hindi term for “King of the Village,” Badshah features inventive dishes inspired by Indian street food and signature classics updated in creative ways with spices, flavors and dishes representing different regions of India across the menu.


Madam Ji, Located in Greenwich Village, will be open on Christmas Eve from 5 pm - 10:30 pm and on Christmas Day for brunch from 12 pm-4 pm and dinner from 5 pm-10:30 pm. The restaurant offers modern interpretations of traditional Indian flavors for an elevated after work dinner or a boisterous, Bollywood-inspired weekend brunch. To complement the menu, Madam Ji offers crisp and refreshing cocktails and the delicious betel leaf ice cream, Paan Kulfi, for dessert.


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Time Out Market, a Dumbo destination brought to you by the food + bev editors at Time Out, is hosting an exclusive, ticketed event to ring in the 2022 New Year. Two packages are available for those ages 21+.

-Love & Happiness  (Price for entry: $100), 9pm doors open. It includes $75 food and beverage credit. DJ and live swing band with Champagne toast at midnight

-VIP Skyline: (Price for Entry: $150), 9pm doors open. It includes $100 food and beverage credit, exclusive access to The Rooftop and terrace with unobstructed views of the Brooklyn Bridge and Manhattan skyline (Instagrammable!). Entertainment includes DJ and live Latin jazz band, magician & fortune teller. Complementary individual-sized bottle of champagne for a midnight toast


Brooklyn Chop House in FiDi will celebrate New Year’s Eve with a multi-course dinner for $145 per person. Appetizer options include rock shrimp tempura, chicken lettuce wraps, chicken satays with peanut sauce, vegetable spring rolls, bacon cheeseburger shumai, or pac man seafood dumplings. For entrees, guests are given a choice of 24 oz ribeye steak, salt & pepper 4lb lobster for 2, 7lb Long Island Peking Duck for two, spicy Kung Pao chicken, or sea bass with black bean and fresh garlic. The variety of sides will feature different fried rice including lobster, soft shell crab, and chicken along with french fries and onion rings, crispy seaweed, and Bok Choy. Desserts include ice cream or sorbet sampler, red velvet cake, or peanut butter cheesecake. A choice of two appetizers and one entree are available to one to five guests and six guests or more will be served family-style.


Slate, the upscale bar, lounge and club in the heart of Chelsea, is celebrating the occasion with a 5-hour premium open bar with a special live DJ performance, General Admission begins at $145 and complimentary appetizers will be served from 9pm - 11pm. As midnight approaches, party-goers get a glass of champagne while they prepare to tune in with revelers at the biggest end-of-the-year celebration in the world. The ball drop will be featured on Slate’s array of Hi-Def TVs. Watch all the revelry unfold, while the Live DJ Countdown to midnight provides the crowd energy to power into the New Year live never before. Doors will open at 8pm. Tickets required.


For New Year’s Eve, Tasca is offering an exclusive four-course tasting menu with seatings at 6 pm for $85 and 9 pm for $95.  Complimentary glasses of champagne will be available for diners of each seating to toast in the New Year! Adding to the festive atmosphere, Tasca’s downstairs dining room will feature a live DJ from 9 pm – 1 am. This New Years’ Eve prix fixe menu will feature some of the restaurant’s innovative flavors from the Iberian Peninsula of Spain, and Caribbean islands of Cuba, the Dominican Republic, and Puerto Rico. Highlights include Seafood bisque with shrimp tempura; Grilled baby lamb chop over boniato purée topped with Perigord sauce and Caribbean apple mint jelly; and Sea scallops in a black bean broth with Caribbean herbs and saffron teardrops. On New Years’ Day, the restaurant will be open from 5 pm – 11 pm with their à la carte menu available for dining in, takeout, and delivery.

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Daintree Rooftop & Lounge invites you to party the night away while perched high up in the Manhattan sky with unbelievable views of the Empire State Building.   The special night will include a live DJ, passed hors d’oeuvres, a champagne toast and fireworks at midnight. Tickets begin at $95. Doors open at 9pm. Tickets required.


Amali New Year’s Eve special will feature a full course tasting menu for $150 per person. The main menu includes Burrata Di Bufala served for the table, Potato Gnocchi, Tajarin Pasta, and Filet Mignon. Dessert includes chocolate mousse. Chicken, Fish, and Vegetarian are available.


American Brass in Long Island City features an Early New Year’s Eve menu with availability from 5pm - 7:30pm for $90 per person and a late menu with availability from 9pm - 10pm for $225 complemented by a champagne toast at midnight as well as an open bar. The late menu features an Amuse Bouche and Sourdough Focaccia for the table, with a choice of a Poached Duck Egg, Kampachi Tartare and Cauliflower Velouté for the first course. The second course includes Mushroom Lasagna and Ricotta Cavatelli, the third course features Ocean Trout with champagne sauce, smoked trout roe and marble potatoes, Short Rib served with black truffle pomme purèe, confit king trumpet mushrooms and sauce diablè, and Grilled Cauliflower with vadouvan spice, golden raisin chutney and marcona almond ‘tahini’ and desserts include Red Wine Velvet Cake, Honey Walnut Tart and Dark Chocolate Mousse.  


To ring in the 2022, Temperance will be hosting a standing soiree featuring a festive selection of large-format wines chosen by sommelier AJ Ojeda-Pons, as well as small bites including oysters on the half shell, Lebanese lamb sliders. and deviled eggs with calabrian chili. Tickets will cost $175 for unlimited food and wine from 9pm-1am. The event will be reservation-only with tickets being released via Resy on Wednesday 12/18 at 11am. Temperance Wine Bar will be open for New Year’s Day Brunch from 12pm - 4pm. Alongside bubbly mimosas and their full and expansive wine list, select menu items will also be offered, including Eggs Benedict, Pain Perdu, Shakshuka and more.


Chef/Partner Ed Cotton is offering an early and late seating at Jack & Charlie's No. 118.  The menu for first seating is a 3-course prix-fixe menu ($95pp), Late seating will be a 4-course prix-fixe menu ($135pp) plus champagne toast – there will also be a special 11PM seating (limited availability) in the Oyster Room with oyster and champagne pairings, plus music and dancing ($85pp). Options include Chilled Lobster Salad; Bucatini Cacio e Pepe with toasted crushed peppercorn and pecorino; Prime Beef Rossini with toasted brioche, baby spinach, shaved black truffle and port wine sauce, among others. Desserts include Flourless Chocolate Cake and Sticky Toffee Banana Pudding with Rum-butterscotch sauce and roasted banana ice cream.

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Sweetbriar Chef Bryce Shuman is offering early and late seating for this New Year’s Eve meal. The early seating is an a la carte menu. The late seating is a six-course tasting menu for $295 with an optional beverage pairing (additional cost). It includes Black Truffle Consommé, Caviar and Cornbread with Créme Fraîche and Ham Hocks Gellé, Smoked Foi Gras Curls with Apple and Salsify, Salmon Mi Cuit, with Horseradish Cream, Charcoal Grilled Short-rib with Potato and Italian Chicories and Sweetbriar Chocolate Mousse


Peasant will be open on New Year’s Eve, offering a la carte specials highlighting festive seasonal offerings, including caviar service with sunchokes, Ossetra caviar and fermented horseradish, Baked potato ravioli with black & white truffle and The Golden Egg with passionfruit, coconut and gold leaf.


Chef Sujan Sarkar is offering two seatings for his contemporary Indian cuisine. Early Seating will be a prix-fixe menu ($90pp). Late Seating will include a 4 hour open bar, passed appetizers, seated dinner with dessert, DJ, dancing, and NYE party favors for the ball drop ($275 pp)


Bondi Sushi, the popular sushi concept known for its fresh, affordable menu items and bright airy spaces, is offering a $99 tasting menu from 11am-10pm that includes a special cocktail and dessert. The menu features: Crispy Rice topped with Santa Barbara Uni and Winter Truffles; Caviar and Gold Leaf hand roll; Champagne-Marinated Ikura hand roll; Seared Wagyu + Uni Nigiri, Negitoro hand roll with uni and takuwan, Clearwater Shrimp, mango and tempura crunch hand roll; and Lobster, shiso leaf and yuzu hand roll. Tickets can be pre-purchased on RESY for all three locations (Nomad, Nolita and Upper East Side).


Chef Kunihide Nakajima is offering his Edomae omakase menu with premium ingredients for New Year’s Eve ($400pp). It includes 4 seasonal appetizers, 12 pieces of nigiri (including 3 pieces of premium Japanese uni), and dessert. Each guest will also receive the special Nakaji x Suigei Junmai Daiginjo Sake bottle as a complimentary gift


Chef Hideyaki Kobayaki's regular a la carte menu will be available until 8:00pm, with a special 6-course kappo-style tasting menu available all night ($140pp). It includes Crab and Tokyo Turnip Soup; Wagyu Tataki and Kumamoto Oyster; Golden Eye Snapper Matsukasa-age; Miyazaki Wagyu Chateaubriand Tempura; Snow Crab Shabu Shabu OR Washugyu Sukiyaki (Miyazaki A5 Wagyu beef +$38), and Mandarin and Blueberry Adzuki Bean Mochi


Chef Einat Admony is accepting reservations until 9:30PM on New Year’s Eve. Menu specials include Lamb Chops, Oysters, Stuffed Onions and Shrimp.

Happy Holidays!

Public Hotel's Popular Unveils Seasonal Menu
December 3, 2021, 6:36.01 pm ET

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Popular, the globally inspired signature restaurant of Ian Schrager’s PUBLIC hotel, has unveiled its succulent and imaginative seasonal menu, created by Chef Diego Muñoz of Lima, Peru and Chef John Fraser of New York City

Among the new dishes are Duck Leg with Stir Fried Rice, Cilantro and Huancina, an ode to Peruvian coastal cuisine; Ají de Gallina Tortellini, which salutes Munoz’s Spanish, Moorish and Italian influences; Mushroom Cau Cau, a comforting traditional beef tripe stew; Quince Cachanga, a seasonal-inspired pasty; and a decadent Pumpkin and Vanilla 3 Leches, which is a makeover of the restaurant’s most popular dessert.

Munoz has also added a variety of specialty cocktails to the menu, each made with Peru’s noble spirit, Pisco, including the “La Rojita,” “El Conde,” Infalible,” “Senora Presidente” and the “Mala Calabazza.”

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Paley Center Reopens with Holiday-Themed Paleyland Exhibit
December 3, 2021, 6:13.24 pm ET

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The Paley Center for Media (25 West 52nd Street) has announced its highly anticipated Grand Reopening with the return of its classic holiday extravaganza, PaleyLand, which will be available to visit through January 6.

At PaleyLand, a four-floor extravaganza, visitors of all ages can watch exclusive holiday screenings of such TV specials as “Frosty the Snowman,” “The Grinch Who Stole Christmas,” and “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” and meet and take photos with beloved characters from these notable holiday classics.


They can also see a live holiday-themed LEGO demo from LEGOMasters, take photos with Santa and a stunning seven-foot menorah, play their favorite video games from the PaleyGX Studio, and watch live tutorials from a stylist from the American Girl Store. Visitors can also enjoy the exhibit’s newest centerpiece, The Paley Express, a magical winter wonderland holiday train display – and take photos with its conductor.

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The Best Holiday Shows to See in NYC
December 3, 2021, 5:44.34 pm ET

The Best Holiday Shows to See in New York City
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New York City is the entertainment capital of the world, so it’s hardly surprising there’s a slew of must-see holiday shows and other musical events this month.

The Original Rockabilly Christmas: Las Vegas sensation Shea Arender and his incredible 10-piece big band will get the joint jumping with this energizing show of holiday favorites at Midtown’s Swing 46. Each show is accompanied nightly by a three-course dinner (or on select Sundays by a sumptuous brunch). December 3-30.

Twas the Night Before…Cirque du Soleil is making its triumphant return to the Hulu Theatre at Madison Square Garden with its unique take on the beloved Christmas tale -- which includes an incredible skating duo, mesmerizing suspension acts, a playful hoop scene, mind-blowing acrobatics, amazing choreography, spectacular costumes and fantastical music. (December 9-27.

Jim Henson’s Emmet Otter’s Jug Band Christmas: This beloved musical adaptation of Russell and Lillian Hoban’s book and Jim Henson’s popular classic holiday special at the New Victory Theatre follows Emmet Otter and his Ma as they enter a Christmas Eve talent contest hoping to win prize money to buy each other holiday gifts. December 10-January 2.

Bob Anderson: One for the Road: The award-winning impressionist – who even looks like the Chairman of the Board thanks to some amazing make-up artists – will come to Carnegie Hall to perform some of Sinatra’s best-loved hits while backed by a 32-piece orchestra. (December 11 at 7pm.

The Best Holiday Shows to See in New York City
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Kristin Chenoweth: Christmas at the Met: The multi-award-winning superstar makes a long-awaited return to the Metropolitan Opera for a one-night concert featuring selections from her new album “Happiness Is…Christmas” as well as other vocal selections. (December 13, 8pm.

Kimberly Locke: The popular “American Idol” finalist will serenade fans at Birdlabd with cuts from her new holiday CD, “Christmas Is Here,” including the title tune (made famous by Donna Summer) and the Hawaiian standard “Mele Kalikimaka.” (December 13 at 7pm.

Todd Almond with Betty Buckley: Almond, the brilliant singer-songwriter now appearing in Broadway’s “Girl from the North Country,” will celebrate the release of his new CD, “A Pony for Christmas,” at Chelsea Table +Stage with the help of a very special guest star: the incomparable Tony Award winner Betty Buckley. (December 13 at 7pm.

Jennifer Nettles: Just weeks after ending her acclaimed Broadway stint in “Waitress,” the Grammy Award-winning megastar returns to NYC – Town Hall to be precise – for a special concert that will include many theater favorites from her recent album “Almost Like New.” (December 15 at 7:30pm.

The Best Holiday Shows to See in New York City
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Norm Lewis: There’s No Place Like Home for the Holidays: While Feinstein’s/54 Below will have many great shows all month (including a tribute to Judy Garland by owner Michael Feinstein), you can be guaranteed to have a truly wonderful time when one of Broadway’s best (and most charming) singers takes the stage just in time for Christmas. (December 16-24.

Judy Collins/Darlene Love: Two of pop music’s living legends play on back-to-back nights, December 17 and 18, at Town Hall. Collins hits town with her popular “Winter Stories” tour, while Love raises the roof with her “Home for the Holidays” concert. (December 17 and 18 at 8pm.

Karen Mason: Longtime cabaret lovers that no show really captures the joy of the season as well as Mason’s exuberant “Christmas! Christmas! Christmas!,” which is sure to pack the intimate Laurie Beechman Theatre at the West Bank Café. (December 17-19 at 7pm.

A Charlie Brown Christmas: Live on Stage: The classic “Peanuts”-themed television special comes to life in this sure-to-special stage production making its NYC premiere at the recently opened Palladium Theatre Times Square. (December 21-24.

--Brian Scott Lipton

Myron Mixon’s Pitmaster Barbeque Coming to Hoboken
December 2, 2021, 7:47.19 pm ET

Myron Mixon’s Pitmaster Barbeque, Hoboken, Brisket
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Myron Mixon’s Pitmaster Barbecue is coming to Hoboken.  Mixon is a 5-time world barbecue champion described as the “winningest man” in barbecue with more than 200 grand championships and 1,800 trophies.  He’s also worked as a judge and starred in such hit shows as “BBQ Pitmasters” and “Smoked.” Now Mixon, who already operates restaurants in Florida and Virginia, is bringing his barbecue know-how to the Northeast.

Myron Mixon’s Pitmaster Barbeque, Hoboken, Pulled Pork

The Hoboken location will offer a selection of Mixon’s famous beef brisket, baby back ribs, smoked sausages, pulled pork and smoked chicken along with sides of baked beans, mac and cheese, loaded baked potato salad, and Brunswick stew. There are also snacks like hog sauce chicken wings and buffalo pork rinds. A new brisket mac-and-cheese sandwich, called The Griner,” will also be showcased at the Hoboken location.

Myron Mixon’s Pitmaster Barbeque, Hoboken, Ribs

Several salads and bowls are also being offered along with banana pudding and chocolate chip cookies for dessert. Visitors can also buy all of the meats by the pound and ribs by the rack. The Hoboken location, which will seat 55 people indoors and out, is expected to open within the next few days.  Stay Tuned!

Myron Mixon’s Pitmaster Barbeque, Hoboken, Banana Pudding

Myron Mixon’s Pitmaster Barbecue is located at 618 Washington St. in Hoboken, New Jersey

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L'artusi Team Opens Via Porta in West Village
December 2, 2021, 6:52.48 pm ET

Via Porta, West Village, NYC, Interior
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L’Artusi, which recently opened b’artusi, is adding a neighborhood café and sandwich shop to its repertoire in the West Village. Via Porta, which is open for breakfast and lunch, is offering an all-day take-away menu of Italian-inspired sandwiches and salads prepared by  L’Artusi’s long-time executive chef Joe Vigorito, and house made sweet and savory pastries from pastry chef Janée Humphreys. Visitors can also purchase pasta sauces, fresh cheeses, Italian-imported olive oils, and more.

Via Porta, West Village, NYC, Pastries

Via Porta’s breakfast includes house made pastries like Cacio e Pepe Scones, Huckleberry Pear Poptarts, Carrot Cake Muffins and Olive Oil Loaf; Seasonal Frittata with radicchio, broccoli, goat cheese, and pecorino; and the Uova Funghi, a sandwich inspired by L’Artusi’s popular roasted mushroom appetizer with soft scrambled eggs, Gouda cheese, thick-cut pancetta, and lemon aioli.  

Via Porta, West Village, NYC, Sandwich

For lunch, there is an array of sandwiches, including the Joe Vigs, Chef Joe Vigorito’s namesake, with mortadella, finocchiona, prosciutto, asiago, mozzarella, peppers, and garlic aioli on a sesame seed roll from Parisi Bakery,  Chicken Saltimbocca with a crispy chicken cutlet, spicy capicola, arrabiata sauce, provolone, house made pesto, and mozzarella, among others. There are also salads, including a Sunchoke Caesar.

Via Porta, West Village, NYC, Sauces

Via Porta is open daily from 7AM-3PM, with the entire menu offered from open to close.

Via Porta is located at 522 Hudson St, New York, NY

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Agi's Counter Arrives in Crown Heights
December 2, 2021, 6:12.17 pm ET

Chef Jeremy Salamon is opening the doors to Agi's Counter in Crown Heights with breakfast, lunch, pastries, and coffee. Dinner service will kick off after the holidays. 

Named after his Hungarian Grandmother, Agi's Counter is an all-day cafe with heavy Jewish & Eastern European influences. There’s a “Nosh Plate” featuring chicken liver pate, 6-minute deviled egg, pickles, market vegetables, Alpine cheese and spelt crackers. Visitors will also discover rolled crepes, called Palascinta, with fresh cheese, toasted caraway butter and poached pear served with a seasonal jam, while paprika pork sausages arrive with butter beans and parsley salad. Potato bread and pastries such as Gerbeaud Cake and Sacher Torte are whipped up by Pastry Chef Renee Hudson.

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The space is designed by Michael Groth, inspired by Ilonka Karasz, a Hungarian female designer from the 1920s. The branding and artwork pays homage to Hungarian Restaurateur George Lang and his renowned restaurant “Cafe Des Artistes.”

Agi’s Counter is located at 818 Franklin Ave, Brooklyn, NY (718) 822-7833

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Empellón Opens a New Location at Waterline Square
December 1, 2021, 7:52.36 pm ET

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Empellón Taqueria, led by Chef and Co-Owner Alex Stupak, has a new location at Waterline Square, a luxury condominium complex overlooking the Hudson River on the Upper West Side. The menu is sticking to the basics. Think tacos, guacamole, seasonal vegetable dishes and queso fundido, a take on cheese fondue.

Diners will also discover fun appetizers and snacks like quail egg sopas, popcorn chicken and celery root seasoned peanuts. Tacos come with a range of toppings, including skirt steak, pastrami, veggie chorizo, shrimp and lamb barbacoa. A new flavor also drops every Tuesday. At least seven different margaritas can be found ranging from the classic to grapefruit and spicy cucumber. There are also palomas and an agave-coconut old fashioned. A selection of wines, including sparkling and rosé varieties, can also be found.

Empellón Taqueria is located at 645 West 59th Street, New York, NY (212) 380-1232

The Clocktower Restaurant Reopens in Flatiron
December 1, 2021, 7:12.25 pm ET

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Restaurateur Stephen Starr is announcing the return of Jason Atherton to The Clocktower Restaurant at The New York EDITION in Flatiron. The renowned English Chef is also unveiling a new, entirely-British menu. In fact, The Clocktower is the city’s only Michelin-starred British restaurant.

Atherton calls the new menu “100% British, like the food back home.” Starters include Clocktower Scotch Egg with walnut ketchup — a condiment inspired by HP Sauce (an English staple); ‘Ham, Eggs & Chips’ with pineapple pickle — a classic working man’s pub meal; and London Gin-Cured Salmon with cauliflower puree, black pudding and Suffolk cider.

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Larger plates bring classic comfort foods like Elysian Lamb Shepherd’s Pie with “sheep rustler” cheese, Beef Wellington with horseradish mash, glazed carrots and bone-marrow gravy prepared tableside, and IPA Beer-Battered Fish & Chips with mushy peas, seaweed tartar and Meyer lemon which is as British as it gets

Desserts include an English Custard Tart with nutmeg and yogurt sorbet, and Banoffee Baked Alaska, a recipe created in East Sussex in 1971 at the Hungry Monk restaurant. Margaret Thatcher, the Prime Minister at the time, declared it her favorite dessert.  

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The Clocktower’s beverage program is led by Aaron Thorp, who also oversees the beverage program at Starr’s celebrated NYC restaurant Le Coucou. It includes a list of playful and inventive cocktails inspired by iconic children's literature.

The ambiance of The Clocktower is reminiscent of a private members club that one might find in London with rich colors and textures, romantic lighting, and five rooms to experience across the entire second floor of the hotel. The opulent bar is wrapped entirely in 24k gold leaf. There’s also a billiards room with bright purple pool table and light fixture to match.

The Clocktower is located on the second floor of The New York EDITION at 5 Madison Avenue, New York, NY (212) 413-4300

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Chicago-Style Pizza Expands in West Village at Emmett's On Grove
December 1, 2021, 6:38.20 pm ET

Emmett’s Chicago-Style Pizza Expands in West Village
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On the heels of celebrating the restaurant’s 8th anniversary at its mainstay location on MacDougal Street, owner Emmett Burke is ready to shine a spotlight on his tavern-style, thin-crust pies at his new location on Grove Street. Cooked with an extra crispy bottom and sliced into sharable party ‘cut’ squares, Burke uses top-line ingredients brought in from Chicago or sourced locally for his pies, and is willing to stake his reputation that his "tavern" pies can compete against the New York slice. They include the signature ‘Hot Poppy’ with pepperoni, red onions, jalapeños and house-made paprika ranch, along with build-your-own or cheese pies.

Emmett’s Chicago-Style Pizza Expands in West Village
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The new menu also features favorites like spaghetti and meatballs, house-made focaccia with prosciutto and burrata, as well as Windy-City staples such as slow-cooked Baby Back Ribs with special sauce, pickles and a side. Burke is also introducing a Midwestern take on fish n’ chips with a Friday Fish Fry.  Classic cocktails are also offered including the Grasshopper and Negroni Sbagliato punch. Diners will also find hand-picked “Old World” wines and “New Age” natural wines.

The rustic setting features refurbished furniture from the North Woods of Wisconsin and works from American artists Cy Twombly and Alexander Calder.

Emmetts on Grove is located at 39 Grove St, New York, NY

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