Hot Bread Kitchen Cookbook Tour, Dinosaur Bar-B-Que’s New Menu, Holiday Dining

By Annie Wu, Epoch Times
December 11, 2015 10:38 am Last Updated: December 14, 2015 4:35 pm
Try The World's special edition Holiday Box. (Courtesy of Try The World)
Try The World’s special edition Holiday Box. (Courtesy of Try The World)

Try the World Pop-Up

Try the World is a subscription box service that delivers snacks and goodies from around the world. On Dec. 15, the company will open a pop-up store for visitors to sample food and wine from different cultures. Their special holiday edition box, curated by food critic and TV host David Rosengarten, will also be on sale. The box includes pannetone from Italy, açaí dessert sauce from Brazil, and ginger snaps from Sweden.

Through Dec. 29
Monday–Friday, 10 a.m.–7 p.m.

Saturday & Sunday, 10 a.m.–8 p.m.
118 Orchard St.

Hot Bread Kitchen founder, Jessamyn Waldman Rodriguez. (Jennifer May)
Hot Bread Kitchen founder, Jessamyn Waldman Rodriguez. (Jennifer May)

Hot Bread Kitchen Cookbook Tour

Jessamyn Waldman Rodriguez, founder of the acclaimed Harlem bakery Hot Bread Kitchen, is on tour to promote her recently published cookbook of recipes from the bakery, “The Hot Bread Kitchen Cookbook.” The bakery employs immigrant women, helping them develop their careers in the food industry.

Rodriguez will be visiting local Whole Foods stores to sign copies of the book, answer audience questions, and offer samples of her vegetarian tamales.

Wednesday, Dec. 16
5 p.m.–7 p.m.
Whole Foods Market Upper East Side
1551 Third Ave.

Saturday, Dec. 19
3:30 p.m.–5:30 p.m.
Whole Foods Market Bowery
95 E. Houston St.

BBQ Lamb Shoulder with crispy fried rice. (Courtesy of Dinosaur Bar-B-Que)
BBQ Lamb Shoulder with crispy fried rice. (Courtesy of Dinosaur Bar-B-Que)

Dinosaur Bar-B-Que Brooklyn New Menu

The Brooklyn location of popular barbecue joint Dinosaur Bar-B-Que is serving up some new dishes inspired by international cuisines. Choose from Korean-influenced dishes like the gochujang-marinated and pit-smoked BBQ Lamb Shoulder and the Pork Belly Slider with Korean glaze. For a Jamaican twist, try the Jerk Lamb Shoulder Slider. And to get some spiced-up Latin American flavors, try the Double Trouble Green Chili Burger with jalapeño, smoked poblano, pickled onions, and melted cheddar.

Dinosaur Bar-B-Que Brooklyn  
604 Union St., Brooklyn

Ganso Yaki Lunch Menu

Japanese street food eatery Ganso Yaki has launched a new lunch menu, serving ramen in the different regional styles of Japan.

There’s the Tokyo ramen, with a shoyu (soy sauce) base, chicken broth, and pork chashu; the Sapporo ramen with a shio (salt) base, butter, chicken broth, and crispy chicken leg; the Kyoto ramen, with a vegetarian broth of chili, miso, and shiitake mushrooms; and more.

Ganso Yaki
515 Atlantic Ave., Brooklyn

Cheese Fouduta Dip with melted yellow cheddar. (Courtesy of Zeppelin Hall)
Cheese Fouduta Dip with melted yellow cheddar. (Courtesy of Zeppelin Hall)

Zeppelin Hall Beer and Cheese Fest

This German-style biergarten in Jersey City is hosting their annual Beer and Cheese Fest, with special grilled cheese sandwiches and poutine dishes to pair with their selection of beers.

Among your options are the Pizza Melt Grilled Cheese, with mozzarella, marinara sauce, and pepperoni; Jalapeño Popper Melt, with jalapeño poppers and American cheese; Veggie Grilled Cheese with wild mushrooms, caramelized onions, and aged gouda; and poutine dishes like the Chicken Diablo Poutine, with grilled chicken, jalapeños, sriracha, and red pepper flakes and the Smoke Haus BBQ Poutine, with smoked pulled pork, jalapeño pickles, and cheddar cheese.

Through Dec. 23  
Zeppelin Hall
88 Liberty View Dr., Jersey City, N.J.

La Verace pizza. (Courtesy of Rossopomodoro)
La Verace pizza. (Courtesy of Rossopomodoro)

Rossopomodoro Bottomless Pizza

The Italian pizza chain is celebrating the holidays with a “bottomless pizza” special. Patrons can eat as many pies as they want for a flat price of $20. The rules: pizzas are brought out one at a time, and you must finish the whole pie before ordering the next.

Pies include the Margherita (mozzarella, basil, San Marzano tomatoes), the Broccoletta (brussels sprouts, guanciale, fonduta cheese), and the Friarella (sausage, rapini, and mozzarella).

Sunday, Dec. 13, to Thursday, Dec. 24
118 Greenwich Ave.
$20 per person

Making croissants at the International Culinary Center. (Courtesy of International Culinary Center)
Making croissants at the International Culinary Center. (Courtesy of International Culinary Center)

International Culinary Center Cooking Classes

The International Culinary Center in SoHo has a lineup of cooking classes coming up in December and January. In the Homemade Pizza class, learn to make pizza margherita and tarte flambée. Or get baking in the classes on Doughnuts, Fritters and More; Classic Croissants; and Parisian Baguettes.

International Culinary Center
462 Broadway
Tuition: $195

Attendees at last year's Cassoulet Cook-Off. (Courtesy of Jimmy's No. 43)
Attendees at last year’s Cassoulet Cook-Off. (Courtesy of Jimmy’s No. 43)

Cassoulet Cook-Off

East Village bar Jimmy’s No. 43 is hosting the Eighth Annual Cassoulet Cook-Off. Amateur and professional chefs will get to compete in making the best cassoulet—the rich French casserole of slow cooked meat and beans. The public can sample the different cassoulets and then vote on their favorite. Tickets also include one drink. Part of the proceeds will go to Grow NYC Greenmarket.

Sunday, Jan. 10
Noon–3 p.m.
Jimmy’s No. 43
43 E. Seventh St.

Brooklyn Cookie Takedown

Food event organizer Matt Timms is back with his latest “Takedown” home cooking competition, this time for homemade cookies. Join in the festivities to sample the competitors’ creations, or sign up for the competition yourself. A portion of the proceeds will go to Women’s Education Project.

Sunday, Dec. 13
Noon–2 p.m.
Royal Palms Shuffle Board Club
514 Union St., Brooklyn

Seamore’s Feast of the Seven Fishes

To ring in the holiday season, buzzy seafood restaurant Seamore’s is serving a new series of specials, changing every two days for two weeks beginning Dec. 10.

Dec. 10–11: Fish Cakes with Curry

Dec. 12–13: Frito Misto

Dec. 14–15: Clams and Linguine tossed with white wine butter sauce

Dec. 16–17: Shrimp and Grits

Dec. 18–19: Stuffed Squid with squid ink and couscous risotto, sauteed peas, and mushrooms

Dec. 20–21: Creamed Polenta with Monkfish Ragu

Dec. 22–23: Whole Roasted Porgy stuffed with Italian mire poix and smoky tomato broth

390 Broome St.          

Schmackary’s Holiday Cookies

The popular cookie bakery is baking special holiday cookies. Pick up treats like the Dirty Peppermint, a dark chocolate cookie with white chocolate, crushed candy canes, and peppermint cream cheese frosting; and the Eggnog cookie, with rum and eggnog cream cheese frosting.

362 W. 45th St.

A contestant at last year's Speed Rack competition. (Courtesy of Speed Rack)
A contestant at last year’s Speed Rack competition. (Courtesy of Speed Rack)

Speed Rack 

The best female bartenders in the city will be competing in the all-female speed-bartending competition, Speed Rack. The public can watch on as the contestants prepare cocktails under time limits, all in the name of raising money for breast cancer charities. The winner will move on to the National Finals that will take place in New York in June 2016.

Participating bartenders come from top restaurants and bars like The Dead Rabbit, Lure Fishbar, Red Rooster, and Holiday Cocktail Lounge.

Monday, Dec. 14
6 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Music Hall of Williamsburg
66 North 6th St., Brooklyn
$25 in advance, $30 at the door

Holiday Dining on the Town


Dishes on Tempura Matsui's winter omakase menu.  (Courtesy of Tempura Matsui)
Dishes on Tempura Matsui’s winter omakase menu. (Courtesy of Tempura Matsui)

Tempura Matsui

The upscale Japanese tempura restaurant is open on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day to serve its tempura omakase course, which includes an appetizer, sashimi, 14 pieces of tempura, a rice course, and dessert.

Dec. 24 & Dec. 25
6 p.m.–11 p.m.
Tempura Matsui
222 E. 39th St.

Slow Roasted Duck Breast. (Courtesy of Tocqueville)
Slow Roasted Duck Breast. (Courtesy of Tocqueville)


The French-American restaurant Tocqueville is serving a three-course holiday menu, with appetizers like Creamless Cauliflower Soup with preserved black truffles and House-Cured Terrine of Hudson Valley Foie Gras; entrees like Red Wine Braised Lamb Shank and Applewood Smoked Slow Roasted Rack of Pork; and dessert like Bittersweet Chocolate-Cherry Bûche de Nöel and Christmas Sundae with eggnog, chocolate mousse, and walnut ice cream.

Dec. 24 & 25
5 p.m.–9:30 p.m.
1 E. 15th St.
$95 per person, $55 for children 10 and under

Tavern on the Green

The iconic restaurant in Central Park is serving a three-course prix fixe dinner on both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. On Christmas Eve, the courses can also be ordered a la carte.

Dec. 24 & 25
11 a.m.–11 p.m.
Tavern on the Green
67th Street & Central Park West
Christmas Eve: $95 per person, $55 for children
Christmas Day: $125 per person, $75 for children

Dragon Fruit with Shrimp Ceviche. (Courtesy of KOA)
Dragon Fruit with Shrimp Ceviche. (Courtesy of KOA)


Enjoy an Asian-inspired Christmas meal at Chinese–Japanese restaurant KOA. Iron Chef Yuji Wakiya will be serving dishes like Dragon Fruit and Shrimp Ceviche, Salt-Crusted Filet Mignon with Spicy Chinese Miso Sauce, Dan Dan Ramen, and Strawberry Romanoff for dessert.

Dec. 24, noon–8 p.m.
Dec. 25, 5 p.m.–10:30 p.m.
12 W. 21st St.