Whether you are celebrating Christmas Eve or the last night of Chanukah, there are fabulous menus for all. New York City restaurants always kick up the holiday cheer and this year is no exception. Here are five great restaurants offering interesting menus for the holidays.
Toloache: Chef Julian Medina created a fabulous Mexican Chanukah menu that can tempt any palate. There are clever creations like Smoked Whitefish Guacamole and Jalapeno Latkes along with Poached Halibut and amazing Dulce De Leche filled Donuts. Menu is available through December 24th.
Address Upper East Side: 166 East 82nd Street, New York, NY 10028
Paolo’s: This Upper East Side neighborhood gem is celebrating Chanukah with a special Italian menu accompanied by luscious potato latkes and free jelly filled donuts. A perfect place to celebrate Christmas Eve and the last night of Chanukah.
Address: Hotel Wales, 1295 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10128
Phone: (212) 794-1890 paolasrestaurant.com
Nocciola Ristorante: Chef Jonathan Frizzell of this East Harlem gem is serving up a true Feast of the Seven Fishes. The menu includes: Blue Point Oysters with flying fish roe and Meyer lemon, Cozze e Vongole: with a basil-dill broth and roasted tomato, Tonnarelli – king crab with bottarga (Mediterranean caviar), tomato, and hot chilies, Wild Sea Bass with potatoes and squid ink vinaigrette, and for dessert – Profiteroles. Yum!
Address: 237 East 116th Street, New York, NY 10029
Phone: (646) 559-5304 nocciolanyc.com
Piora: Chef Christopher Cipollone is offering a six-course tasting menu at this intimate West Village favorite. The menu includes a course of Mistletoe with cranberry and yogurt, Carrot prepared with beet, orange and walnut, Chestnut with squash, porcini and Balsamic, Sunchoke Veloute with caviar and eggyolk and a choice of a Feast of Fishes or Christmas Duck. For dessert: Gingerbread with milk chocolate, brown butter and caramel.
Address: 430 Hudson Street, New York, NY 10014
Phone (212) 960-3801 www.pioranyc.com
Local 92: This Mediterranean East Village gem is offering a value-priced Christmas Eve menu that can’t be beat. There is a choice of three appetizers, a second course of Truffle Polenta and a lovely main course selection including: Lobster Ravioli, Lamb Shank, Roasted Chicken or a Vegetarian Ravioli. For dessert – a warm chocolate soufflé served with vanilla ice cream.
Address: 92 2nd Avenue, New York, NY 10003
Phone: (212) 432-2232 www.local92nyc.com
If you are dining at home with friends and family, Maison Kayser has some delicious holiday items to serve this season: Here is a sample of some of our favorites: Eric Kayser’s Traditional Kugelhopf made with golden & dark raisins macerated in Kirsch & Rum, Tarte Pecan, chopped pecans cooked to sweet coffee caramel in a tart shell, topped with chocolate mousse or bring a variety of mini bûches – the fabulous bite-size desserts that everyone is talking about. maison-kayser-usa.com
Wishing all of you a Happy Chanukah and a very Merry Christmas!
Cheers to all.
Raise your spirits and get the dish!