Christmas Eve Dining in NYC

If you don’t feel like whipping up a five course Christmas Eve meal at your home, Eater has you covered! As Christmas Eve approaches (and it is approaching fast), Eater has prepared a list of options for where to enjoy this feast in the city. The options include anything from traditional Christmas feasts to more international varieties such as a Swedish julbord, Mexican tacos, Caribbean callaloo-stuffed ravioli, and Brazilian moqueca. Below are a few options for where to spend December 24th dinner this year if you feel like mixing it up!

  • Aquavit, offering a traditional Swedish julbord buffet for $95 per person, at 65 East 55th Street.
  • Il Buco Alimentari e Vineria, five course fish dinner for $95 per person, at 53 Great Jones Street.
  • Le Fond, Christmas Eve supper family style, at 105 Norman Avenue in Brooklyn.
  • Northern Spy Food Co., three course prix fixe menu at $65, at 511 E 12th Street.

For more dining options on Christmas Eve and more about the menu offerings, click here

Culintro Panel: A Chef’s Tale Video Recap

About a month ago, acclaimed Chefs Missy Robbins (A Voce, Corkbuzz), Daniel Kluger (ABC Kitchen, ABC Cocina) and Chris Jaeckle (All’Onda, Uma Temakeria) discussed their experiences rising to Chef stardom, their decision to start their own ventures, and the process behind it all. Attendees listened attentively to answer questions they had about starting their own restaurant and the types of challenges they would face in doing so.

Culintro has now posted a video recap of the panel. Listen to the panelists answer questions such as, What are the learning opportunities within a large restaurant group? How to create opportunities to promote learning? What is the right moment to leave an empire and have your own restaurant? The video is available for your viewing, here.

UberLUNCH Pop Up Today!

Earlier this week Uber announced their national giving campaign by making a donation from Uber and raising funds for #3MillionMeals to support No Kid Hungry, to help eliminate child hunger in America. Today, Uber is teaming up with Sweetgreen to continue these efforts for a one-day UberLUNCH pop up. From 11 – 1:30 PM request and purchase a freshly-prepared meal by Sweetgreen delivered in 10 minutes!

Every dollar of your lunch meal will go to No Kid Hungry. The lunch menu includes a Kale Caesar Salad and a Date Cake for dessert for $12. The Kale Caesar is Sweetgreen’s popular spin on a classic; shredded kale with chopped romaine, tomatoes, shaved parmesan, parmesan crisp, roasted chicken, fresh lime squeeze, and house-made caesar dressing. The date cake is a special holiday treat crafted exclusively for UberLUNCH and so will not be available in any stores. The cake contains dates, walnuts, cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg and heart-healthy cold pressed extra virgin olive oil.

Here is How To Order:

  1. Open your Uber app on your smartphone between 11-1:30
  2. Select the LUNCH option on the far right of the slider
  3. Set your delivery location and request your LUNCH
  4. Once connected, your driver will text you to find out how many meals you would like to order (up to 10)
  5. Meet your driver outside and grab your delicious Kale Caesar and Date Cake!

No cash will be needed as your lunch will be billed directly to your UBER account, and every dollar will go to No Kid Hungry. UberLUNCH will only be available in the 11-1:30 timeframe within Manhattan. For more details on the giving campaign and delivery instructions, click here to visit the Uber blog.

Breakfast at GCT Shake Shack

Danny Meyer’s Shake Shack outpost at New York City’s Grand Central Terminal will now be offering breakfast sandwiches! The hamburger chain will now be serving the following breakfast sandwiches in their location at the lower level dining concourse:

• Sausage, Egg N’ Cheese
• Bacon, Egg N’ Cheese
• Egg N’ Cheese 

The meatless version of the breakfast sandwich will be priced at $3.75, while the sausage and bacon Egg N’ Cheese sandwiches will cost an additional dollar at $4.75. The breakfast menu will be available from 7 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. but only on weekdays. The breakfast sausage is applewood smoked Niman Ranch, served on a potato roll with American cheese. As it stands now, the only other Shake Shack location to serve breakfast is at its two locations in John F. Kennedy Airport. To check out the breakfast menu, click here.

100 Montaditos to ReOpen in Brooklyn

The 100 Montaditos on Ludlow Street that opened three months ago is now set to close. After spending a full year to build out the space the outpost will be closing after a short three month run. Mini Hospitality owns the US franchise rights to the chain, named for its 100 varieties of mini-sandwiches, and is planning to transform the space into more of an upscale concept with a full liquor license.

The concept works very well in Madrid, Spain’s capital, where the chain blankets the city center, but did not have as much luck when it opened in Miami, and is now proving to be unsuccessful in New York City as well. The goal of Mini Hospitality was to open 30 US locations by 2017 but this now seems too aggressive and it may be time to revisit this goal. Mini Hospitality believes the concept of small finger sandwiches and beer will do better in Brooklyn. A release from DNAinfo quoted the franchise owners, “We feel that the demographic of neighborhoods such as Bushwick, Greenpoint, and Upper Manhattan, offer us multiple opportunities to expand our international brand in the coming year.”

To read more about the closing of 100 Montaditos due to a combination of location and concept, click here

Last Minute Thanksgiving in NYC

If there’s one city where you can make Thanksgiving dining plans at the last minute, its New York City. There are a number of last minute reservations that are available and a good variety of restaurant and menu options. Below is a list of a few restaurants that GrubStreet compiled that still have reservations on Turkey Day with some great menus:

Price per person: $95
Menu: The holiday menu includes a chestnut soup with roasted brussel sprouts, heritage turkey with polenta and kale, as well as the Maialino classics such as the roast suckling pig and tonnarelli cacio e pepe. 
The Gander
Price per person: $85
Menu: The Gander is offering a four-course prix fixe menu with seasonal squash soup, a crispy calamari salad and sea trout tartare. The entrees include a dry-aged strip steak, a roasted branzino, and of course a turkey dish. 
Pearl & Ash
Price per person: $95
Menu: Pearl & Ash will be serving turkey four ways: in turkey butter, turkey sausage, turkey Wellington and fried with cranberry and slaw. Take your pick!
Price per person: $60
Menu: Daniel Boulud will be serving, “The Gobbler,” a seven-ounce Turkey burger topped with rodichio slaw, toasted pumpkin seeds and cranberry ketchup. This is not the only item featuring the holiday bird, but definitely sounds like a must to try…The three-course holiday menu also includes great pâté and ice-cream sundaes. 

To see a full list of last-minute Thanksgiving Day restaurant options in the city, along with a great list of takeout options, click here




NYC Does Hot Chocolate Better

Its time to gear up for the cold by packing on those layers, and of course by locating New York’s best cups of hot chocolate. To take your mind off the dreaded words “polar vortex,” Grubstreet has compiled a list of a few spots in the city that serve an elevated cup of hot chocolate. This great city is full of chefs, bartenders, baristas, and bakers wanting to step up their chocolate game to offer exotic versions of the classic hot chocolate.  A few of these listed below are spiked with ingredients such as lavender, salted caramel, brownie batter, and actual alcohol. Here are some of the options from the Grubstreet survey to go out and try!

Price: $3.50
Secret Ingredient: Lavender
It’s no surprise that the bakery with the most amazing new chocolate chip cookie in town also makes a solid hot chocolate. The milk is infused with dried lavender, then strained, steamed, and combined with melted dark chocolate. Plus: Maman also sells prepackaged spoons made of chocolate, which melt beautifully into a mug of warm milk.

Blue Bottle Coffee at Gotham West Market
Price: $5
Secret Ingredient: Coffee
Of course, there’s coffee in this hot chocolate — making it a mocha, technically. Mast Brothers supply the chocolate ganache.

Victory Garden
Price: $4.50
Secret Ingredient: Cajeta
Sophia Brittan makes a salted-caramel hot chocolate, using traditional chocolate from Oaxaca, Mexico. It’s hand-frothed with a Mexican molinillo whisk and topped with homemade cajeta and sea salt.

Shake Shack
Price: $3.50
Secret Ingredient: Salted caramel
This year, Shake Shack’s hot chocolate includes a blend of bittersweet dark chocolates, caramel sauce, sea salt, and milk. It’s exactly what you need after waiting in line, in the freezing cold, just for a perfect burger.

Pasar Malam
Price: Free!
Secret Ingredient: Condensed chocolate milk
A wise business strategy at this relatively new version of a Malaysian night market: Give customers a hot drink as soon as they arrive. To make this “Pulled Hot Chocolate Tea”: orange-Pekoe tea infused with warm spices, and then drizzled in condensed chocolate milk.

To check out the full list of great spots in the city to get a cup of special hot chocolate, click here


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