Hello loves! Hope everyone is doing well and had a fantastic Thanksgiving & holiday weekend! Back to the grind today, blah. Monday mornings are tough but there’s some seriously cool events going on in the city this week. One of my favorites, the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting this Wednesday! I’m not sure why I always get so excited for this, it’s not like I attend the event (if I did I probably wouldn’t be close enough to see the tree even!) but I think its just another reminder that Christmas time is setting in. Love it! Honestly what’s better than Christmas, you get presents, spend time with the fam & eat lots and lots of food!
Alright, enough of my blabbering on about the best holiday of the year! Can you believe we’re just days away from December? This year flew by!
Nov 28 - 12th Annual Winter’s Eve @ Lincoln Sq., Broadway (@ W 63rd St) starting at 5:30pm. It’s almost winter and you know what that brings—yes snow…but also the Winter’s Eve fair and festival at Lincoln Square! The fun fest will kick off with a neighborhood tree lighting ceremony, followed by a slew of goodies, like free entertainment, food tastings, in-store activities, shopping and more! Sidewalks along Broadway from Columbus Circle to 68th Street will feature performances by street musicians, jugglers, stilt-walkers and more! The fest is free, but they encourage you to donate a coat to the New York Cares Coat Drive to help keep local families and children warm this winter. Great time, great cause—can’t get better than that!
The Fundamentals of Cooking: Fish at The Astor Center, 399 Lafayette St (@ E 4th St) from 6-9:30pm. Clueless about filleting flounder? Bewildered about breaking down lobster? Then this is the class for you! Join the Astor Center tonight for their Fundamentals of Cooking culinary class, where they’re featuring fish this time around. With Chef Carl Raymond’s help, you’ll explore the sometimes intimidating world of fish cookery. Learn how to cook fish from start to finish, from choosing the freshest fish at the market, to butchering techniques and knife skills, to cooking recipes for all types of tasty treats from the sea! After whipping up side dishes and sauces to complete your seafood feasts, wind down with a glass (or two!) of wine and enjoy your delicious creations. Grab a ticket here for this fun fish cooking class!
Nov 29 - Generous Randy Date Night at Fatta Cuckoo, 63 Clinton St. (b/w Rivington & Stanton St) at 6pm. The folks over at Fatta Cuckoo are trying to spice things up with a, dare we say, cooky concept. The restaurant is unveiling Generous Randy Date Night, a weekly deal-driven Tuesday night menu that co-owner Leah Tinari hopes will get many a Clinton St. res lucky tonight! The new menu is perfect for two, featuring a bottle of wine, a shared appetizer, a choice of entrée and dessert, all for the bargain-bin price of $35! Nosh on roasted corn hush puppies, wild mushroom risotto, citrus-braised short ribs, and more delish dishes! Finish the meal off with some of Fatta Cuckoo’s homemade sweet treats, or have some dessert of your own back at your place—if you know what we mean!
Holy Mole! at the Ger-Nis Culinary & Herb Center, 540 President St, Ste. 2E (b/w 3rd & 4th Ave) from 6:30-9pm. Craving Mexican tonight? Forget about waiting for takeout—make your own Mexican feast instead! Head to the Ger-Nis Center for their Holy Mole! culinary class, where they’ll teach you how to make authentic Mexican mole to top a slew of sensational dishes. With Nissa Pierson’s help, you’ll be toasting nuts, roasting chilies, and grinding spices together like a pro! Learn how to whip up a variety of Mexican moles to top delicioso dishes like tortillas with fiery mole salsa, roasted pork with blackberry mole and pulled chicken tacos with chocolate mole sauce (mmm!). Buy tickets here. Trust us—you’ll be glad you didn’t get takeout! Ole!
Nov 30 - Columbus Circle Holiday Market, 59th St (@ Broadway) opening at 10am daily. Get a jumpstart on your holiday shopping at the 7th annual Columbus Circle Holiday Market! Running November 30th through Christmas Eve, the market features fab finds like French truffles, gingerbread houses, handmade wooden puzzles, shearling, handcrafted home accessories and more! If you need to warm up from the chilly weather or you shop till you drop, take a break and grab a cup of cider or a nibble from one of the local vendors who will be cooking delightful dishes right in front of you!
Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony, 30 Rockefeller Plaza (b/w 5th & 6th Ave) from 7-9pm. To most New Yorkers, the Christmas season doesn’t officially kick off until the annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony at Rockefeller Center. Well the wait is finally over because the tree lighting is tonight! Join thousands of onlookers at Rockefeller Plaza to kickoff the holiday season at the ceremonial tree lighting, broadcasted live across the globe. The famously tall Norway Spruce will be spruced (ha!) up with 30,000 environmentally friendly LED lights and crowned with a swanky Swarovski crystal star. The live telecast also features performances by an impressive line-up of surprise celeb guests. So don’t be a Scrooge—get in the holiday spirit at the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting tonight!
Turkey Leg Ball 2011 at Hudson Terrace, 621 W 46th St (b/w 11th & 12th Ave) at 7:30pm. Hope you saved room after your Thanksgiving carb-fest, because this is a festive feast too delicious to pass up! Head to Hudson Terrace for the 2nd annual Turkey Leg Ball, featuring a slew of spirits and sensational eats from 7:30-10:30 pm. Chow down on smoked turkey legs with cranberry chutney, stuffing muffins with Gruyère, buttermilk biscuits with apple butter, and more mouthwatering morsels. Absolut Vodka, Macallan Single Malt Scotch, Wines of New Zealand, and Bulldog Gin will be there in force for your boozing pleasures. There are two floors of fun and feasting, so feel free to roll through and grab handfuls of food at your leisure—we won’t judge! Gobble up a ticket here!
Dec 1 - The Caviar Aperitivo at Calvisius Caviar Lounge @ Four Seasons, 58 E 58th St (b/w Park & Madison Ave) from 6-8pm. Class up your Thursday with some caviar and cocktails at the Caviar Apertivo. From December 1st through the 3rd, the Calvisius Caviar Lounge at the Four Seasons is hosting a public tasting event of four of their fine caviars as an intro to the 10-gram tins unique to the brand. Caviar expert Tomasso Mazzarella will introduce each tasting flight and describe the various etiquettes and serving traditions. For $99, indulge in Calvisius’s De Venise, Ossetra Royal, Ossetra Classic, and White Sturgeon caviars, and wash them down with a vodka shot or a glass of champagne!
Wine & Cupcake Tasting @ Holiday House, 2 E 63rd St (b/w 5th & Madison Ave) from 6-8pm. Wine and cupcakes—could it possibly get yummier?! Head to the Holiday House for the downright delicious Wine & Cupcake Tasting! Cupcake Vineyards will be on hand to pour out wonderful wine as you nosh on some yummy sweet treats! The tasting event is part of Holiday House’s month-long showcase, benefitting Susan G. Korman For the Cure. Running from November 16th through December 11th, the showcase features a slew of special events, like holiday shopping nights, book signings, a chocolate tasting with Mariebelle Chocolatier, a wine tasting with Brooklyn Winery, and more! Get tickets and event info here!
Holiday Entertaining Made Easy! at The JCC in Manhattan, 334 Amsterdam Ave. (Bt. 76th & 77th St) from 7-9:30pm. Throwing a holiday party just got a whole lot easier! The JCC in Manhattan will teach you everything you need to know to throw a fun festive fete with their Holiday Entertaining Made Easy class! Learn time saving party planning tips and presentation ideas while you shake festive cocktails and prep some delicious hors d’oeuvres. In no time, you’ll be pouring out perfect pomegranate margaritas and sparkling white sangria and serving up delicious bites like goat cheese cheesecakes, truffled deviled eggs, smoked salmon tartines, and mango-topped plantains to your party guests! Grab a ticket here and be the life of your holiday party!
Dec 2 - Happy Hour @ Affaire, 50 Ave B (b/w 3rd & 4th St) from 5:30-8pm. Francophiles, head to the East Village tonight for some flavors de France with happy hour at Affaire! From 5:30 pm-8 pm tonight, the French bistro is serving up specials like 25 cent frogs legs (buffalo style!), $6 martinis, and $6 specialty cocktails. If all that doesn’t fill your belly, Affair’s also offering their weekly special, a filet mignon with red wine reduction (yum!) for only $25. Bon appétit!
Sexy Cheese & Sumptuous Wines at the Artisanal Premium Cheese Center, 483 10th Ave (b/w W 37th & W 38th St) from 6:30-9:30pm. Planning on cooking up a romantic dinner for you and your beau tonight? Start off with a sensual cheese and wine pairing! Don’t think cheese can be sexy? Well the folks over at the Artisanal Premium Cheese Center will prove you wrong with their Sexy Cheese & Sumptuous Wines class! Fromagere Erin Hedley as she presents world’s some of the world’s most alluring, addictive cheeses paired with sensational wines, and gives her top ten reasons why she thinks cheese is super sexy. Grab a ticket here— your taste buds will fall in love at first bite!
Wasabassco’s Burlesque Holiday Celebration at City Winery, 155 Varick St. (@ Vandam St) from 9pm-12am. The holiday season just got way hotter! The lovely ladies of Wasabassco Burlesque are getting in the holiday spirit by throwing the biggest burlesque show ever to take place at City Winery! The super-sized show features three whole hours of teasing and titillating courtesy of Wasabassco beautiful burly-Q babes, like Sapphire Jones, BooBess The Baroness, Evelyn Vinyl, Gal Friday, Hazel Honeysuckle, and many more! Grab a $15 ticket here—bet you’ve never been to a holiday party like this before! Grab your buds, raise a glass of good cheer and watch your presents unwrap themselves!
Dec 3 - Cake Decorating Class @ Carlo’s Bakery, 631 Grove St. (@ 18th Ave) from 9-11am. Love Cake Boss? Head to Jersey City for a cake-decorating class from Mr. Cake Boss himself Buddy Valastro as part of Carlo’s Bakery’s new culinary classes! We know, we know, it’s Jersey, but it’s the Cake Boss! Plus, cakes this scrumptious looking are more than enough reason to schlep all the way to Jersey City. Tie on a complimentary apron and get ready to make a fab fall-themed fondant layer cake with the help of the Carlo’s team of decorators. Get behind the scenes tidbits and learn the bakery’s tricks of the trade, from rolling out fondant to creating the perfect trimmings for your vanilla and chocolate cake with chocolate fudge filling (yum!). Snag a ticket here and start baking cakes like a boss!
Belgium 2 Brooklyn Festival at Mugs Ale House, 125 Bedford Ave. (b/w N 10th & N 11th St) from 12pm-12am. Get the best Belgian brews without even leaving Brooklyn at the Belgian 2 Brooklyn Festival at Mugs Ale House! On December 3rd and 4th, the Brooklyn bar will be pouring out over 20 different kinds of Belgian beers per day, like White Birch Belgian Pale Ale, DeStruisse Outblack and Laughing Dog St. Bennys Hoppy Monk (awesome name!). You’ll also get the chance to taste rare brews like Fantone and Dedolle. There’s no cover—just pay as you go!
Winter Festival: A Night of Food & Live Music at Build It Green! Gowanus, 69 9th St (b/w Smith St & Hamilton Pl) from 6:30pm-12am. Sure, winter brings the freezing cold, but it also brings the Winter Festival at Build It Green! Gowanus! Gear up for a fun night of food and live music, starting with a three-course dinner prepped by farm-to-table resto Lot 2, featuring delish dishes like chicken and sausage gumbo, buttermilk cornbread, and apple crumb bars. Wash it down with brews provided by Butternuts, Captain Lawrence, and more! The dinner will be accompanied by a live DJ set and silent auction. Stick around afterwards for live music at 9 pm, with performances by The Suzan, Savoir Adore, Ambassadors and the always awesome Amanda Palmer! Snatch up tickets here for this great night in Gowanus!
Dec 4 - Gingerbread Extravaganza at Le Parker Meridien, 119 W 56th St (b/w 6th & 7th Ave). Marshmallows, gum drops, candy canes, oh my! All this sugary goodness is coming together at the Gingerbread Extravaganza at Le Parker Meridien! Head to the hotel lobby to check out a gingerbread wonderland chock full of creative confections, all created by local bakeries and restaurants. Unfortch, the feast is for the eyes only (no nibbling on frosted roofs!), but you can vote for your fave! Just pick up a $1 ticket at the concierge desk, check out the competitors and then drop your choice in the ballot box. You’ll be automatically entered in a chance to win a 5-night stay at the luxurious Parker Palm Springs!
Smorgasbrewery at the Brooklyn Brewery, 79 N 11th St (b/w Berry St & Wythe Ave) from 12-5pm. What do you get when a local brewery meets a flea food market? Smorgasbrewery! The brainchild of Brooklyn Brewery and the Brooklyn Flea Food Market, Smorgasbrewery launches at the brewery today as a mini version of the popular Saturday food fest Smorgasburg. Running until March, the fest will feature a rotating case of five Brooklyn Flea and Smorgasburg food vendors in the brewery’s Tasting Room. Head to Brooklyn Brewery for a smorgasbord of yummy bites and brews today!
NYC Annual Holiday Cookie Swap at Hill Country BBQ, 30 W 26th St (b/w 6th Ave & Broadway) from 1-3pm. Bake up your best batch of holiday cookies because it’s time for the NYC Annual Holiday Cookie Swap! Bring one dozen homemade cookies to Hill Country BBQ and join in the holiday fun as the city’s best cookie bakers share and swap their sweet (or savory!) treats. Don’t worry about lugging extra containers on the subway to bring home a bunch of baked goodies—GLAD is providing potluck-sized Gladware to all attendees! A $40 ticket get you a delicious BBQ buffet lunch, a box of homemade cookies, and a donation to Cookies for Kids Cancer! On top of all that, there will also be a cash bar for your imbibing pleasure! Sweet!
Chinese Dumpling Class at The Brooklyn Kitchen, 100 Frost St (b/w Leonard St & Manhattan Ave) starting at 2pm. Who doesn’t like a good dumpling? You can fill them with absolutely anything, and you absolutely should! With the help of Connie Sun of Bite Size Kitchen, you’ll learn how to make delectable dumplings at the Brooklyn Kitchen’s Chinese Dumping Class. From fried to steamed, savory to sweet, you’ll whip up all different kinds of dumplings, and learn how to make fillings from all around the globe. The best part? Eating ‘em! Wash down the tasty bites with a beer pairing provided by the Brooklyn Brewery. Grab a $65 ticket here and get cooking!