Weekend Picks

‘Hamilton’ Performance With Broadway-Themed Drinks 

The W Hotel in Times Square has snagged the cast of the wildly popular “Hamilton” musical to perform songs from the production. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. at The Living Room performance space, where the bar will be serving Broadway-themed cocktails. Limited seating can be reserved for $20 per person, while standing admission is free.

Sunday, Dec. 4
7 p.m. 
W New York Times Square 
1567 Broadway (at 47th Street)
WHotelsNewYork.com

Breakfast With Santa 

Breakfast by the Rockefeller Center skating rink. (Michael Marquand)
Breakfast by the Rockefeller Center skating rink. (Michael Marquand)

Celebrate the holidays with ice skating and a visit with Santa. Guests can enjoy a breakfast spread at the Rock Center Café ($70 to $125 for adults, $50 to $85 for children) or The Sea Grill ($110 to $150 for adults, $70 to $95 for children). Children can indulge in sweet treats like gingerbread men, candy canes, and a chocolate fountain. After breakfast, attendees can skate around the rink with Santa himself. 

Weekends through Dec. 24
The Rink at Rockefeller Center 
Fifth Avenue (between 49th & 50th streets)
TheRinkAtRockCenter.com/breakfast-with-santa

Union Square Holiday Market 

Get your holiday shopping done at the Union Square Holiday Market, where over 200 local artisans display their wares daily. Some food vendors include Brookie’s Cookies NYC; Meatball Obsession; and La Montagne Des Saveurs, with imported French cheeses.

Through Dec. 24
Union Square Park 
UrbanspaceNYC.com

Upcoming Events:

Milkshake Specials at Black Tap 

Special collaboration shakes with Jars by Dani. (Courtesy of Black Tap)
Special collaboration shakes with Jars by Dani. (Courtesy of Black Tap)

The popular burger joint is partnering with dessert shop Jars by Dani to give out limited edition shakes in exchange for toy donations to Memorial Sloane Kettering Children’s Hospital. The special flavors are a vanilla shake with white chocolate, sprinkles, whipped cream, and a birthday cake sandwich; and a vanilla shake with a fudge brownie layers, sprinkles, whipped cream, and a brownie.

Saturday, Dec. 3 &  Sunday, Dec. 4
2 p.m.–4 p.m.
Jars by Dani
189 Lafayette St. (between Broome & Grand streets)

Also this weekend, Black Tap has joined hands with Otto’s Tacos for a special taco and shake. Otto’s will be serving tacos topped with cheddar cheese, shredded lettuce, chipotle aioli, bacon, onion strings, barbeque drizzle, and cilantro; and Black Tap will serve an horchata milkshake with vanilla-iced cinnamon toast crunch, churros, Canelitas cinnamon cookie, and dulce de leche.

Through Monday, Dec. 5
All Otto’s Tacos and Black Tap locations
OttosTacos.com
BlackTapNYC.com

Grand Bazaar 

The Upper West Side market Grand Bazaar is hosting a special holiday market on Sundays in December. Vendors like Mr. Guacamole, Jalapa Jar (tacos and salsa), Joon Rice (crispy rice dishes), and Empanada Sonata will be serving food, while Sweet and Salzig (German holiday cakes), Voilà Chocolat, and Mana Sauces will be selling their housemade goods to holiday shoppers.

Sundays, through Dec. 18
10 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
100 W. 77 St. (at Columbus Avenue)
GrandBazaarNYC.org

Latke Festival

Bustan's Sweet Potato and Zucchini Latke. (Courtesy of Great Performances)
Bustan’s Sweet Potato and Zucchini Latke. (Courtesy of Great Performances)

The Latke Festival is back for its eighth run. This year, participants include Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, serving maple bourbon sweet potato latkes with smoked goat cheese creme and sage oil; Burger and Lobster, serving lemon butter poached lobster latke with chive crème fraîche; Benchmark, serving caraway-scented latke with pastrami-style short rib, truffled sauerkraut, and mustard creme; and The Norm, serving Cava latke with Jamaican-style oxtail and coconut yogurt. Beverages are included. Proceeds go to The Sylvia Center, a program that teaches youth about nutrition. $70 per person.

Monday, Dec. 19
6 p.m.–9 p.m.
Brooklyn Museum
200 Eastern Parkway (at Washington Avenue), Brooklyn
LatkeFestival.com

Gingerbread Lane at the New York Hall of Science

A 500-square-foot mini village made of gingerbread and candy (candy canes, peppermint, gum drops, and more) is on display at the New York Hall of Science through Jan. 15. On Dec. 11, children can learn how to build a gingerbread house of their own, and on Jan. 16, they can take home pieces of the holiday village. $8 per family for the gingerbread workshop.

On display through Jan. 15, 2017
New York Hall of Science
47-01 111th St., Corona, Queens
NYSCI.org

Fall Menu at David Burke Fabrick 

Heirloom Carrot Salad. (@fohnyc)
Heirloom Carrot Salad. (@fohnyc)

Executive chef Michael Franey is offering a new seasonal menu featuring hearty dishes, such as Little Italy Lasagna with ricotta, fontina, Parmesan, and Sunday gravy; kabocha squash scented with turmeric and ginger, served with lentil salad, and a mint and turmeric yogurt sauce; and Upstate Apple Crisp with warm apple-raspberry crisp, almond crumble, cheddar cracker, and vanilla ice cream. 

David Burke Fabrick at the Archer Hotel
47 W. 38th St. (between Fifth & Sixth avenues)
DavidBurkeFabrick.com

Polenta Feast at Tarallucci e Vino 

A polenta feast at Tarallucci e Vino. (Matt Simpkins Photography)
A polenta feast at Tarallucci e Vino. (Matt Simpkins Photography)

Tarallucci e Vino brings to New York the central Italian tradition of sharing polenta at the dinner table during the cold winter months. Your table will be served stone-ground corn polenta on a long wooden board, topped with your choice of roasted wild mushrooms, Bolognese ragu, Taleggio cheese, or tomato-braised cuttlefish (choose two). The menu also includes small and shared plates, and dessert. $38 per person. 

Wednesdays through February 2017
Tarallucci e Vino East Village
163 First Ave. (between East 10th & East 11th streets)
TarallucciEVino.net

Vegetarian Dinner at Miss Lily’s

Callaloo and Mushroom Lasagna. (Courtesy of Miss Lily's)
Callaloo and Mushroom Lasagna. (Courtesy of Miss Lily’s)

Jamaican restaurant Miss Lily’s is launching a special “ital” dinner menu inspired by the “vital” way of life in Jamaica. The vegetarian menu will rotate according to the season. The current lineup of dishes includes roasted pumpkin soup with coconut cream, callaloo and mushroom lasagna with blistered tomato sauce, and chocolate mousse with peanut crunch. $26 per person.

Miss Lily’s SoHo
132 W. Houston St. (at Sullivan Street)
MissLilys.com

Sake Club at Sushi Seki

(Courtesy of Sushi Seki)
(Courtesy of Sushi Seki)

Sushi Seki is launching a sake club to introduce diners to different types of sake. Beverage director Rick Zouad has curated a selection of sakes to pour each evening, such as Eiko Fuji Namazake Junmai Ginjo, an unpasterized sake with soft, fruity notes; and Chikurin Karoyaka Junmai Ginjo, with notes of plum, yellow bell pepper, and sunflower. Guests can order by the glass for easy sampling.

Sushi Seki at Times Square
365 W. 46th St. (between Eighth & Ninth avenues)
SushiSeki.com

New Sushi Menu at Brushstroke

Steamed unagi sushi. (Courtesy of Brushstroke)
Steamed unagi sushi. (Courtesy of Brushstroke)

Brushstroke, chef David Bouley’s Japanese restaurant, is introducing a new sushi kaiseki menu. Chef Isao Yamada will serve an 11-course meal of different types of raw, cooked, or cured sushi, from masu-sushi (sushi in a wood container) of scallop on the shell, to mushi-sushi (steamed hot sushi) of unagi (freshwater eel), and boh-sushi (roll-shaped sushi with cured or cooked fish) of black sea bass, served with sesame sauce. $125 per person. 

Brushstroke
30 Hudson St. (between Duane & Reade streets)
DavidBouley.com