CULINARY-OCCASIONS

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Where to Reserve a Seat for Christmas Day Dinner

















If clanging pots, dirty pans and sweating over a stove in a hot kitchen do not sound appealing as Christmas activities, then check out one of these New York City restaurants that providing Christmas Day dinner without the toil. Choose from a selection of restaurants that will be serving everything from the traditional Christmas goose to a refined tasting of Korean delicacies. With the cooking left up to someone else, family and friends can celebrate without the lingering doom of dirty dishes.

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Burke & Wills Brings NYC a Tasty Brunch from Down Under

Burke & Wills had previously won us over with their enticing meaty selection from Down Under, so when we heard they were releasing a new brunch menu we jumped at the opportunity to try it out.

This Upper West Side eatery may feel like it's way in the outback for downtown New Yorkers, but it is worth the visit. Owner Tim Harris and partner Matilda Boland (both formerly of Bondi Road, Sunburnt Cow and Sunburnt Calf) offer a complete experience not typically found on the Upper West Side, combining inspired modern Australian cuisine, world-class wines from the Southern hemisphere, craft beers and innovative artisanal cocktails.

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The Gansevoort Market is Now Open and It is Glorious

The abundance of food halls emerging all over New York City allows for any craving we might have to be satisfied, thanks to the diverse options right at our fingertips. Gansevoort Market is an impressive 8,000 square foot addition to the Meatpacking district, with over 20 of NYC’s top emerging new eateries. All of the vendors work in harmony, each selling their own unique and inventive concepts and providing a calm and inviting atmosphere.


Right as you enter Gansevoort Market you are greeted with the authentic smell of Luzzo’s fresh Neapolitan Style pizza baking in the oven, as the colorful tomatoes, fresh aroma of basil and mouthwatering Mozzarella di Bufala draws you in.

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Rejoice: Shake Shack Debuts Breakfast Menu in Grand Central

Let's agree on one thing, Shake Shack is on the same level of importance as the Statue of Liberty. This of course is in a world in which historical importance compares to culinary importance, and specifically, the GLORIOUS Shack Burger, perfectly crinkle fries with their signature cheese sauce and a whole-hearted chocolate shake.

Now at long last Shake Shack has opened up their first breakfast shack on Manhattan! Previously, the breakfast sandwich was only available at two shacks at JFK International Airport, but the burger gods have brought the city a Christmas miracle.

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Turning Back the Clock with Chapter One's Prohibition Dinner

Dining out in New York City is always an adventure. We’ve enjoyed many nights out on the town tasting culinary delights with our foodie friends, boozing on mixology cocktails with our girls and listening to the soothing sounds of live music with our significant others. Chapter One American Tavern adds a new element to the dining scene with their ongoing Heritage Dinner series. The first Sunday of every month, the restaurant hosts a differently themed three course prix fixe dinner with educational lesson on how each course directly relates to the theme it represents.

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Weekend Pick: Seviche Saturday at SUSHISAMBA

Head on over to SUSHISAMBA in the West Village this Saturday for where just $55 you can enjoy a mixology class from Porton’s Brand Ambassador, an overview of seviche from SUSHISAMBA's Peruvian Chef Pedro Duarte and delicious brunch specials. RSVP at daina@sushisamba.com or call 212 691 7885.

6th Annual Latke Festival at the Metropolitan Pavillion

Growing bored with the monotony of your own homemade latkes during the holiday season? Well, indulge in uniquely crafted holiday treats prepared by some of your favorite NYC chefs. Just in time for the Hanukkah festivities, the 6th annual Latke Festival will take place in the Metropolitan Pavilion. Monday, December 15th will be a date for the books as the various cooks come together to create their own individual renditions of the classic Hanukkah favorite. Watch as chefs compete for the titles of "Best Latke, People's Choice" and "Best Latke, Judges' Choice."

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The Village Voice Second Annual Holiday Spirits Tasting Event Came Just at the Right Time

The Village Voice Second Annual Holiday Spirits Tasting Event could not have come at a more perfect time, as last week welcomed the coldest days we’ve seen this fall and people all over NYC were in need of merry distraction. For three hours, we delightfully warmed our bones with unlimited spirits, beer and wines aboard a luxurious yacht while cruising the New York City waterways.

Once we checked into our maiden voyage on The Hornblower Infinity Cruise Ship we were given our souvenir tasting glass and our spirits program book complete with a list of all the featured distilleries as well as map to better guide our drinking itinerary for the evening.

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Thanksgiving Decor to Serve Up the Best Dinner

So you've decided to host a Thankgiving dinner that requires a turkey, patience and a pinch of good luck. Well no matter the outcome of your Thanksgiving feast preparations, if you have a fabulous collection of tabletop and home decor your guests will have something to be grateful for. No need to thank us for these adorable items that will be the key ingredients to a successful Thanksgiving dinner.

1. A Gravy Boat

Nothing like some homemade juicy gravy to pour over the turkey that you slaved over. This one is a classic white ceramic with subtle autumnal colored illustrations.

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The French Cheese Board is Offering FREE CHEESE Today

If you thought the best part about it being Friday was that it is Friday, we’re here to tell you, you thought wrong.

Today, and for one day only, the French Cheese Board in Midtown Manhattan is hosting the type of FREE event that dreams are made of, as long as your sweet dreams, much like ours, are made of cheese.

On Friday, November 21st, starting at 11am and going till 7pm, the Cheeses of Europe returns to New York City following a string of successful pop-up events throughout the country earlier this fall. The event, which is open to the public, welcomes four cheese companies from France offering samples of more than twenty different types of cheese. Additional highlights will include the debut of a new photo exhibit showcasing milk by famed photographer Colombe Clier, cooking demos by Top Chef France contestant Valentin Néraudeau, pours of wines to accompany the cheese samples, cheeses for sale at special prices, and educational presentations by each of the attending cheese companies.