Weekend Picks

Chicken Gobbler Sandwich at Blue Ribbon Fried Chicken

Blue Ribbon Fried Chicken is serving a special Thanksgiving sandwich during the month of November: fried chicken with a layer of stuffing, mashed potatoes, housemade gravy, and cranberry sauce ($8.95).

Through Nov. 30 
Blue Ribbon Fried Chicken
28 E. First St. (at Second Avenue)
BlueRibbonFriedChicken.com

Christmas Market at Le Parker Meridien

Twelve vendors, spanning food, jewelry, and botanicals, will be open daily during the holiday season both inside and outside the Le Parker Meridien hotel in Midtown. Food vendors will include Glazed and Confused donuts, La Sonrisa Empanadas, La Belle Crepe, and Voilà Chocolat.
 
Friday, Nov. 25–Saturday, Dec. 24
11 a.m.–8 p.m.
Le Parker Meridien
119 W. 56th St. (between Sixth & Seventh avenues)
ParkerMeridien.com

Brunch With Broadway Stars at The Lambs Club

This week will be your last chance to watch Broadway stars from “Chicago” perform while noshing on brunch fare at The Lambs Club. Gabby McClinton will be singing show tunes and jazz standards from noon to 1 p.m. Diners can choose from menu options like buttermilk pancakes with whipped lemon ricotta and berry compote; the Duck Confit Latke with poached egg, frisée, and lingonberries; and the Lambs Club Burger on toasted challah with Cabot sharp cheddar and shallots, served with fries. $68 per person, $35 for children.

Saturday, Nov. 26 
11 a.m.–3 p.m. 
The Lambs Club
132 W. 44th St. (between Sixth Avenue & Broadway)
TheLambsClub.com

Upcoming Events:

Winter’s Eve at Lincoln Square 

After celebrating Thanksgiving, ring in the holiday season with the Winter’s Eve festival. It kicks off with a tree-lighting ceremony at Dante Park, followed by entertainment from street performers, crafts for children, and ice sculpting. Visitors can sample food from local restaurants and shops like Bar Boulud, Bouchon Bakery, Ed’s Chowder House, P.J. Clarke’s, and Sapphire Indian Cuisine. $1 to $4 per tasting.
 
Monday, Nov. 28
5:30 p.m.–9 p.m.
Dante Park (at Broadway & 63rd Street)
Along Broadway from Time Warner Center to 68th Street

Trolley Tour by Outer Limits Beer 

KelSo's founder Kelly Taylor will lead a tasting tour of Queens breweries via beer trolley. (Courtesy of KelSo Beer)
KelSo’s founder Kelly Taylor will lead a tasting tour of Queens breweries via beer trolley. (Courtesy of KelSo Beer)

Kelly Taylor, founder of KelSo Beer, will guide a tasting tour of breweries in Queens. Taylor will explain modern beer history and talk about behind-the-scenes operations on the tour beginning at LIC Beer Project and continuing by trolley to three other breweries—Bridge and Tunnel Brewery, Finback Brewery, and Single Cut Beersmiths. KelSo beer will also be provided. $40 per person.

Thursday, Dec. 1 
6 p.m.–10:30 p.m.
LIC Beer Project
39-28 23rd St. (between 39th & 40th avenues), Queens
Eventbrite.com 

Guest Chef Series at Virginia’s

Charred beets dish. (Courtesy of Quality Eats)
Charred beets dish. (Courtesy of Quality Eats)
East Village restaurant Virginia’s is collaborating with guest chefs to create a series of special dinners. Next up is chef Ryan Bartlow of Quality Eats teaming up with Virginia’s chef Matt Conroy to serve dishes like charred beets with yogurt, sorrel, and dry-aged beef fat; grilled Neuske’s bacon with peanut butter and jalapeño jelly; and long-bone short rib steak with sautéed greens and scalloped sunchokes. $75 per person.
 
Tuesday, Dec. 6
7 p.m.
Virginia’s
647 E. 11th St. (between Avenue B & Avenue C)
VirginiasNYC.com

Great Northeast Cheese Fest

More than 30 artisanal creameries will showcase their cheeses, including Vulto Creamery, Crown Finish Caves, Crosswinds Farm and Creamery, Mohawk Drumlin Creamery, and Bovina Valley Farms. New York chefs will create unique cheese-filled dishes for the event, including Alfonso Zhicay of Casa del Chef, Will Horowitz of Ducks Eatery and Harry & Ida’s Meat and Supply Co., and Hugue Dufour of M. Wells Steakhouse. Top-rated wines, craft beers, farmstead ciders, and cocktails created especially for pairing with cheeses will also be available. $60 per person.
 
Saturday, Dec. 10
6 p.m.–9 p.m. 
Flushing Town Hall
137-35 Northern Blvd. (at Linden Place)
Eventbrite.com 

Rooftop Bar at McKittrick Hotel

The McKittrick Hotel’s rooftop bar, Gallow Green, is now open for the winter season. Surrounded by ski chalet decor, patrons may enjoy hot cocktails like Sleep No More, hot mulled wine with five-spice berry shrub, whiskey, and Amaro Montenegro; boozy punches like Manderley Punch with Maker’s Mark bourbon, Angostura 1919 Rum, orange juice, lemon juice, honey syrup, and sparkling water. The menu includes raclette with potatoes, pearl onions, speck, mushrooms, and herb salad; Roast Butternut Squash wood-fired pizza; and Lodge Burger with grass-fed Angus beef, bacon, and white American cheese.

On weekends, the bar will serve brunch, with dishes like the Full English Breakfast, the Low Country Chicken and Waffles, and smoked salmon with dill-cucumber salad and beet caviar. 

The Lodge at Gallow Green
542 W. 27th St. (between 1oth & 11th avenues)
McKittrickHotel.com

Holiday Pop-Up Bar at Mace 

The Christmapolitan with vodka, elderflower liqueur, spiced cranberry sauce, lime juice, and fig bitters. (Noah Fecks)
The Christmapolitan with vodka, elderflower liqueur, spiced cranberry sauce, lime juice, and fig bitters. (Noah Fecks)

Miracle, a holiday pop-up bar, will be featuring holiday-themed cocktails.  Guests can imbibe the Christmopolitan, with vodka, elderflower liqueur, spiced cranberry sauce, lime juice, and fig bitters; the Muletide, with Linie aquavit, oloroso sherry, ginger syrup, lime juice, and pumpkin pie soda; and the Santa-quila, with cacao nib–infused reposado tequila, Pedro Ximenez sherry, maple syrup, and black walnut bitters.

Friday, Nov. 25–Saturday, Dec. 24
Mace
649 E. Ninth St. (between Avenue B & Avenue C)
MaceNewYork.com

Tiki-Themed Holiday Pop-Up Bar at Boilermaker

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The “…and a Parrot in a Palm Tree” cocktail with reposado tequila, joven mezcal, Pierre Ferrand dry curaçao, spiced coconut syrup, and lime. (Noah Fecks)

Three cocktail bars across the United States—Boilermaker (NYC), Lost Lake (Chicago), and Beachbum Berry’s Latitude 29 (New Orleans)—are joining hands to create tiki-themed holiday cocktails served at a pop-up bar. Called the Sippin’ Santa’s Surf Shack, the bar will serve drinks including Hawaiian Milk Punch, with bourbon, balsam liqueur, cream, and chai syrup; On Christmas Island, with three varieties of rum, housemade ginger syrup, Don’s Spices #2, passionfruit, and lemon; and Chinatown Christmas, with Chinese five spice–infused scotch, plum wine, demerara, and angostura bitters, served on a snowball.

Friday, Nov. 25–Saturday, Dec. 24
Boilermaker
13 First Ave. (at East First Street)
BoilermakerNYC.com

Holiday Shakes at Shake Shack 

The Chocolate Peppermint shake. (Evan Sung)
The Chocolate Peppermint shake. (Evan Sung)

Fast-casual chain Shake Shack is launching a trio of seasonal shakes: Pumpkin Pie, a blend of pumpkin pie and vanilla frozen custard, topped with whipped cream and spiced pie crumble; Christmas Cookie, made with sugar cookie frozen custard topped with whipped cream and sprinkles; and Chocolate Peppermint, chocolate frozen custard blended with peppermint and topped with whipped cream and chocolate peppermint candy crumble ($5.75 each). Available at all locations except stadiums and JFK airport. 

Through March, the chain is also serving a winter-appropriate brownie batter hot chocolate, topped with whipped cream and chocolate sprinkles ($3.89). For customers who purchase a gift card valued at $25 or more, Shake Shack will offer a complimentary holiday ornament.

Through Jan. 1, 2017
ShakeShack.com

New Brunch at The Cannibal Liquor House

The 1925 Phantom cocktail. (Oleg March)
The 1925 Phantom cocktail. (Oleg March)

The Cannibal’s newly opened, drinks-focused offshoot is now serving weekend brunch. Dishes include smoked trout hash browns, liège waffle with apple ice cream and smoked maple syrup, and the Breakfast Burger, topped with a fried egg. Drinks feature twists on classic brunch cocktails, like the Bloody Maria, made with tequila and housemade Sangrita; and the healthy Mean Green Machine, with celery, apple, cucumber, Chartreuse, and Salers Aperitif Gentiane liqueur. 

Saturday & Sunday
11 a.m.–3 p.m.
The Cannibal Liquor House
111 E. 29th St. (between Lexington Avenue & Park Avenue South)
TheCannibalLiquorHouse.com

Fall Menu at Green Fig 

Persian Lamb Couscous. (@RatedRuwan)
Persian Lamb Couscous. (@RatedRuwan)

Green Fig, the modern Israeli restaurant inside the Yotel hotel, has a new slate of dishes for the fall season. They include duck seasoned with Indian spices and honey, served with carrot purée, peanut crumble, and yacon leaf; the Persian Lamb Couscous with pan-seared loin, served with hand-rolled couscous, smoked king oyster mushrooms, and tahini; and the All About the Mushroom, with king oyster mushrooms in porcini spice cream, sprinkled with dry, crumbled mushrooms, and garlic chips.

Green Fig at Yotel New York
570 10th Ave. (between West 41st & West 42nd streets)
GreenFigNYC.com