Holiday Food & Spirits
Day two of our team effort with Chocolate and Zucchini of Paris and Urban Junkies of London.
These are the places where we'd like to have a holiday meal; something about each of them always rubs us the right way: Blue Ribbon, 97 Sullivan [Prince/Spring] 212.274.0404, Gramercy Tavern, 42 E. 20th [Bway/Park Ave. S.] 212.477.0777, Little Giant, 85 Orchard [Broome] 212.226.5047, Lupa, 170 Thompson [Bleecker/Houston] 212.982.5089, Wallsé, 344 W. 11th [Wash] 212.352.2300
Santa Lucia: Lucia and her maidens turn up December 10th-13th in honor of Santa Lucia at Ulrika's, 115 E. 60th [Park/Lex] 212.355.7069.
Feast of Fishes: On Christmas eve, the traditional Italian meal will be prepared by Jonathan Waxman at Barbuto, 775 Wash [Jane/W. 12th] 212.924.9700
Hannukah: At the Beard House, 167 W. 12th [6th/7th] 212.627.2308, a Hannukah celebration dinner on December 26th, 7pm, $115. Neil Kleinberg of Clinton St. Baking Co. and Restaurant will cook.
Getting into the Spirits
• The wine list is truly amazing at Veritas, 43 E. 20th [Bway/Park Ave. S.] 212.353.3700
• New place to sip bubbly: Champagne Bar at Country, 90 Mad [29th] 212.889.7100
• Get your holiday ales at B & E Quality Beverage, 511 W. 23rd [10th/11th] 212.243.6812, which sells over 400 beers.
International Holiday Specialties
Myers of Keswick, 634 Hudson [Horatio/Jane] 212.691.4194, for British puddings.
Marquet Patisserie, 15 E. 12th [5th/Univ] 212.229.9313, for a Büche de Noël.
Poseidon Bakery, 629 9th [44th/45th] 212.757.6173, for a vasilopita, a round loaf eaten on New Year's day, with a lucky coin baked into it.
Del Posto, 85 10th [15th/16th] no phone yet. Mario Batali and Lidia Bastianich have teamed up for what promises to be an Italian blockbuster. Doors should be open by mid-December.
Gilt, 455 Mad [50th] 212.891.8100. Paul Liebrandt is one of the city's most imaginative chefs. You can find out what's on his mind, two weeks from now.
Paris Events at Chocolate and Zucchini
London Events at Urban Junkies
|Jerseyana? Arcadia? Sopranovania?
A.P. reported a couple of weeks ago (and The Daily Show had some fun with it on Monday night) about New Jersey's search for a new slogan, with suggestions solicited from the general public. (Some not unexpected fun was had: 'New Jersey: It Always Smells Like This'). But we think the rebranding doesn't go far enough. Remember there used to be prunes, but the prune industry decided to rebrand as dried plums? We think the same sort of thing would work for New Jersey (The Prune of States?). Give the place a new name, a fresh start. Something catchy, euphonious, with positive associations. Or not. We welcome your suggestions.