What to Eat in NYC This December
Between holiday parties, family dinners, and just the sheer amount of sweets that seem to appear everywhere this month, there's no shortage of tasty food to be had in December. But if you are craving a different type of cuisine this holiday season, we've rounded up the most exciting things to eat in the city right now. From strawberry delicacies to a fresh face at an old classic, we have a feeling you're going to be very satisfied indeed.
Milk Bar Flagship: The beloved bakery from two-time James Beard Award–winning pastry chef Christina Tosi just opened a new flagship location at 29th Street and Broadway in the former John Dory Oyster Bar space. Expect Build-A-Cake and a Build-A-Cookie stations, a mini-mart with culinary items as well as branded merchandise, a mail box for sending care packages, and much more.
Oishii Strawberries: Top chefs at restaurants like Chef's Table at Brooklyn Fare and Sushi Ginza Onodera are clamoring to get these special strawberries, which claim to be "the first & finest vertically-farmed Japanese strawberry in New York City" offering "unparalleled sweetness and aroma with a rich, creamy texture." If you prefer to eat your berries at home, you can buy an "omakase berry experience" for $50, which includes eight berries and a chance to "learn about the berry and the Oishii story from an expert grower."
The Tavern by WS: There is no shortage of big names and big talent behind The Tavern by WS – the newest restaurant to open in Hudson Yards. The Executive Chef, Eli Kaimeh, is the former Chef de Cuisine at Per Se, and the Beverage Director, Michaël Engelmann is a Master Sommelier formerly of the Modern. And the magic of The Tavern is that Kaimeh and Engelmann have applied their knowledge and expertise to create a comfortable and casual spot – that just so happens to serve absolutely delicious food complemented by a stellar wine list.
Mister French: This brand new concept on the Lower East Side from star chef David Burke is not just a restaurant, but a nightclub, featuring live music and burlesque dancing. "You can come for drinks and music, you can come for people watching, and you can come for a great meal," Burke told WWD. In case a meal is what drives you there, the food is classic French and the cocktails are inventive and tasty.
Gotham Bar & Grill: After this New York institution replaced its head chef Alfred Portale – who was himself a bit of an institution – with Victoria Blamey earlier this year, loyalists were worried the restaurant would never be the same. Well, it's definitely not the same– Blamey has her own menu and her own way of doing things – but the reviews are in, and it seems like her wave is indeed successful.
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