Babu Ji’s New Menu, Seamore’s To-Go, and Thanksgiving Galore

By Annie Wu, Epoch Times
November 18, 2015 7:59 pm Last Updated: November 20, 2015 4:54 pm


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Babu Ji’s Bengan Bartha curry dish. (Courtesy of Babu Ji)

Babu Ji’s New Menu

Trendy Indian restaurant Babu Ji is launching a new menu for the cooler weather. Executive chef Jessi Singh is cooking up hearty dishes like Tandoori Lamb Chops, marinated in papaya and nutmeg; Bengan Bartha, a traditional curry dish from Singh’s hometown village that’s made of fire-roasted eggplant and green peas; and Colonel Tso’s Cauliflower, a Chinese-influenced dish where the vegetable is tossed in a tomato chili sauce and topped with sesame, onion seeds, and chives.

Babu Ji
175 Avenue B

Seamore's Fish and Chips. (Courtesy of Seamore's)
Seamore’s Fish and Chips. (Courtesy of Seamore’s)

Seamore’s Off The Hook Takeout Menu

Seamore’s is making its sustainable, locally-caught fish available for takeout. Beginning this month, the casual seafood restaurant will offer a special item every month, sold only through its takeout “Off the Hook” menu. The dish for November is Fish and Chips with pollock, served with house-made tartar sauce, hot spiked malt vinegar, and crushed Russian fingerling potatoes.

Each month, Seamore’s will offer a special, off-the-menu item sold only out of the takeout window located on Mulberry Street (between Broome and Kenmare), from 3pm to 5pm and 10pm to midnight.

3 p.m.–5 p.m., 10 p.m.–midnight
390 Broome St.

Mocu Mocu's holiday set meal. (Courtesy of Mocu Mocu)
Mocu Mocu’s holiday set meal. (Courtesy of Mocu Mocu)

Sweet Gifts and Meal Sets at Mocu Mocu

Japanese eatery Mocu Mocu is offering a special holiday set meal on weekends. Until Dec.15, Mocu Mocu will serve Hiroshima-style okonomiyaki (a type of savory pancake), a soup (choose from miso, edamame, or pumpkin), a dessert of pumpkin obanyaki (filled pancake), and a drink (brewed coffee or tea), all for $23. Ordering the special also comes with a gift: a Mocu Mocu shopping bag.

Thinking of gifting some sweets to a foodie friend? The restaurant is selling obanyaki gift boxes on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. You can choose from four flavors to fill a box of six: Matcha de Bosco (matcha cream with mixed berries), Matcha Azuki (matcha cream and red bean), Ujikintoki Mochi (mochi, matcha cream, red bean), and Apple Compote and Custard Cream.

Through Tuesday, Dec. 15
Gift box: Tuesday–Sunday, $9.95
Holiday set: Tuesday–Sunday, $23
Mocu Mocu
746 10th Ave.

The Chocolate Expo

Attention chocolate lovers everywhere: the Chocolate Expo is one of the largest chocolate events in the nation. Savor the richness with tasting samples, and purchase chocolates, baked goods, specialty foods, gelato, cheeses, wines, and more from 35–100 local, regional, and even some international vendors.

Sunday, Nov. 22
11 a.m.–7 p.m.
Meadowlands Expo Center
355 Plaza Drive, Secaucus, N.J.
$15 adults, $10 children (under 5 free)


21 Club

This classy, old-school New York joint is offering a three-course prix fixe on Thanksgiving with dishes like Lobster Bisque with Vadouvan spiced apple; Moroccan Glazed Rohan Duck with salsify, chantenay carrots, and collard greens; and NY Cheesecake with warm berry compote.

Thursday, Nov. 26
21 Club
21 W. 52nd St.
$135 per person, $55 for children 10 and under

(Courtesy of Delmonico's Kitchen)
The main dining room at Delmonico’s Kitchen. (Courtesy of Delmonico’s Kitchen)

Delmonico’s Kitchen

The spinoff restaurant of Delmonico’s, Delmonico’s Kitchen, will be open on Thanksgiving to offer fine American dishes like Blue Crab Cake with maple horseradish mustard, and fennel apple salad; Autumn Butternut Squash Risotto with parmesan cheese; and Baked Granny Smith Apple and Cranberry Crumble with vanilla bourbon ice cream.

Thursday, Nov. 26
Delmonico’s Kitchen
207 W. 36th St.
$80 four-course prix fixe, $21.95 children

Chef Jason Hicks’s Thanksgiving Menu

Chef Jason Hicks is serving an English-influenced Thanksgiving at his restaurants Jones Wood Foundry, The Peacock, and The Shakespeare.

You can order family style, or prix fixe at The Peacock, while the Shakespeare will serve the dishes a la carte and the Foundry will serve only prix-fixe. The menu includes Butternut Squash Ravioli with split pea and crumbled goat cheese; Traditional Roast Turkey with sage-chestnut stuffing; and Pumpkin Pie with Chantilly Cream.

Thursday, Nov. 26
11 a.m.–7 p.m.

Jones Wood Foundry
401 E. 76th St.
Prix fixe: $65 per person for three courses, $35 for children under 8

The Peacock
24 E. 39th St.
Family style: $65 per person, $35 for children under 12
Prix fixe: $65 per person for three courses, $35 for children under 8

The Shakespeare
Downstairs from The Peacock
A la carte only

(Courtesy of The Gander)
Sea Trout Tartare from The Gander. (Courtesy of The Gander)

The Gander

At The Gander, award-winning chef Jesse Schenker is putting a modern spin on Thanksgiving with dishes like Pan Seared Salmon with creamy bisque, black trumpet mushrooms, and squash; Sea Trout Tartare; and Pumpkin Pie with maple ice cream and candied pecans.

Thursday, Nov. 26
The Gander
15 W. 18th St.
$85 for four-course prix fixe

(Courtesy of Recette)
The dining room at Recette. (Courtesy of Recette)


At chef Schenker’s other popular restaurant, Recette, you can enjoy a new interpretation of the holiday meal, with dishes like Roasted Monkfish, served with pumpkin, pancetta and sage succotash, caviar, and thyme crème, or the more traditional Roasted Turkey with sausage bread pudding, mac-and-cheese, cranberry, and jus.

Thursday, Nov. 26
328 W. 12th St.
$85 four-course prix fixe

Interior of Piccolo Fiore. (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)
Interior of Piccolo Fiore. (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)

Piccolo Fiore

Looking for an Italian-themed Thanksgiving without the mess and clean-up? Piccolo Fiore in Midtown East is offering a five-course holiday feast for $49 per person.

The menu features butternut squash soup with Asiago crostino, harvest salad with apples, pears, hazelnuts, dried cranberries, baby spinach in a white balsamic, homemade cheese ravioli; slow-roasted turkey with chestnut stuffing, sage gravy, sweet potatoes, and string beans; and a pecan-chocolate crostata.

Thursday, Nov. 26
Piccolo Fiore
230 E. 44th St.
$49 per person

The Lambs Club

Food Network judge and restaurateur Geoffrey Zakarian is serving a family-style Thanksgiving menu at The Lambs Club. Zakarian’s offerings are extensive: choose from appetizers like Pate en Croute with venison, Braised Veal and Celery Root Agnolotti, and Oxtail Marmalade. For the main course, you can get the classic Roasted Heritage Turkey, or go vegetarian with Roasted Baby Carrots. You can also try non-conventional holiday dishes like Roasted Diver Scallops and Glazed Berkshire Pork Belly.

For sides, there are updates on classics like Caramelized Brussels Sprouts with Pignoli and Ricotta Salata, and Whipped Sweet Potatoes with nutmeg and pomegranate meringue. Dessert promises all sorts of fall season treats, like Butternut Squash Cream Puffs, Pumpkin Pave, and Apple Cider Sorbet.

Thursday, Nov. 26
The Lambs Club
132 W. 44th St.
$85 per person, $35 for children

The rooftop at Monarch Lounge. (Courtesy of Monarch Rooftop Lounge)
The rooftop at Monarch Lounge. (Courtesy of Monarch Rooftop Lounge)

Monarch Rooftop Lounge for Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade

If you want to watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade but don’t want to deal with the crowd, consider going to the Monarch Rooftop Lounge, which overlooks 35th Street and Sixth Avenue, a prime parade-viewing location. On the day of the parade, Monarch will be serving brunch and specialty cocktails like Hot Caramel Cider and Chocolate Russian, as guests view the parade from the terrace or broadcast on television screens.

Thursday, Nov. 26
Starting at 8 a.m.
Monarch Rooftop Lounge
71 W. 35th St.
$250 per person (includes all food and drinks)

(Melissa Hom)
The main dining room at Black Barn. (Melissa Hom)

Black Barn

In keeping with the theme of his new restaurant Black Barn, chef John Doherty will serve rustic American dishes for Thanksgiving, including Carrots Escabeche with burrata, Chestnut Gnocchi with autumn vegetables and parmesan, and Mangalista (pig) Charcuterie with pickled vegetables.

Thursday, Nov. 26
12 p.m.–8:30 p.m.
Black Barn
19 E. 26th St.
$75 per person, $35 for children 12 and under

(Courtesy of The Smith)
A turkey dish served on The Smith’s Thanksgiving menu. (Courtesy of The Smith)

The Smith

This popular neighborhood brasserie is serving a three-course Thanksgiving meal at all three of its locations. You can choose from comforting dishes like Natural Heritage Turkey Pot Pie with baby portobello mushrooms and pearl onions; Braised Short Ribs with butternut squash, glazed cipollini onions, and cabernet jus; and Sticky Toffee Pudding.

Thursday, Nov. 26
The Smith
East Village location
55 Third Ave.
Midtown location
956 Second Ave.
Lincoln Square location
1900 Broadway
$62 for three-course prix fixe; $31 for children under 12

(Melissa Hom)
Maison Premiere’s Corn Custard with Lobster and Chestnuts. (Melissa Hom)

Maison Premiere

This Williamsburg seafood restaurant is serving an ocean-influenced Thanksgiving with dishes like Sea Scallops with farro, butternut squash, and lemon thyme; and Hake with carrot and smoked onion. Of course, non-seafood dishes are also available, like Chestnut Ravioli with mascarpone and chicken liver.

Thursday, Nov. 26
2 p.m.–9 p.m.
Maison Premiere
298 Bedford Ave., Brooklyn
$65 per person

( John Selves)
Interior of The Clam. (John Selves)

The Clam

This seafood-centric restaurant is doing a more decadent take on Thanksgiving, with dishes like Stuffed Whole Maine Lobster with fall mushroom and crab stuffing, cognac, and wilted spinach; and Baked Little Neck Clams with pancetta, sweet onions, peppers, and butter crumbs. Finish with desserts like Hazelnut Cheesecake, and Apple and Cranberry Crostata with ginger gelato.

Thursday, Nov. 26
1 p.m.–10 p.m.
The Clam
420 Hudson St.
$90 for three-course prix fixe, $25 for children

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Interior of Pearl & Ash. (Courtesy of Pearl & Ash)

Pearl & Ash

Nolita wine bar Pearl & Ash’s new executive chef Trae Basore promises twists on classic holiday dishes, like Black Bread with cultured butter and sage, Brussels Sprouts with bacon and preserved lemon, Six-Day Brisket with Yukon Gold potatoes, and Pumpkin Hand Pie with crème fraîche and streusel.

Thursday, Nov. 26
Pearl & Ash
220 Bowery
$75 for six-course prix fixe

A dish on The Red Cat's Thanksgiving menu. (Courtesy of The Red Cat)
A dish on The Red Cat’s Thanksgiving menu. (Courtesy of The Red Cat)

The Red Cat

Chef Jimmy Bradley’s popular Chelsea restaurant will serve holiday dishes a la carte. The menu items showcase his inventive flair, such as the Butter-Basted Organic Turkey with sausage-fig stuffing and jus; Cinnamon Buttered Sweet Potatoes; and Chicken Liver and Foie Gras Terrine with brandied plums.

Thursday, Nov. 26
12 p.m.–11 p.m.
The Red Cat
227 10th Ave.

BLT Steak's Roasted Turkey. (Courtesy of BLT Steak)
BLT Steak’s Roasted Turkey. (Courtesy of BLT Steak)

BLT Steak

This bistro-style steakhouse will serve a classic Thanksgiving dinner with Roasted Turkey, Chestnut-Sausage Stuffing, Sweet Potato Gratin, and Cranberry Spiced Bread Pudding.

Thursday, Nov. 26
BLT Steak
106 E. 57th St.
BLT Prime
111 E. 22nd St.