Category Archives: Holidays

Eeny, Meeny, Miny, Markets

New York City is a magical place and, even more so, during the holidays. Amp up your gift giving game by sourcing your trinkets from one of the many artisanal holiday markets in the city during this joyful season. Below is your guide to the top markets to help you decide where to begin your adventure.

Grand Central Holiday Market

Monday, November 14, 2016 – Saturday, December 24, 2016

Gather in historic Vanderbilt Hall for a market with a focus on all things American-made and locally-sourced. With a collection of 40 vendors, this holiday market offers an array of gift ideas like find clothing to add to your winter wardrobe, masterfully crafted jewelry, fine arts and a variety of glassworks. Now in its 23rd year, the Holiday Fair includes prices for every salary, allowing every visitor a chance to happen upon the perfect gift this holiday season.

Union Square Holiday Market

Thursday, November 17, 2016 – Saturday, December 24, 2016

Wander the winding aisles of this winter wonderland market this holiday season and discover the perfect gift for everyone on your list. Local craftsmen display handmade artwork, jewelry, and clothing while delicious food and drink options like rich Persian soup and hot chocolate keep you warm throughout your shopping experience. Unique gifts like crafted candles, soaps and skincare products intermingle with artisan olive wood coasters and slate coasters to create an atmosphere unlike anything else. Live music and a kid’s craft station also serve to keep all who come entertained.

Columbus Circle Holiday Market

Tuesday, November 29, 2016 – Saturday, December 24, 2016

Known as the most beautiful Christmas market in NYC, Columbus Circle offers a chance to find incredible gifts while basking in the majesty of new York mid-winter. Local makers display home accessories while up-and-coming designers showcase exquisite new pieces of jewelry. Add a unique new piece of winter clothing to your collection or try to solve a handmade wooden puzzle, all while enjoying warm food and drink and indulging in artisan chocolates and truffles. If you’re searching for the spirit of holiday shopping, this market is not to be missed.

Holiday Shops at Bryant Park

November 25, 2016 – January 2, 2017

With every shop enclosed in its own “jewel box” kiosk, entering each shop in Bryant’s Park is like unwrapping a present full of wonder. Within each of these 125 boxes, you can expect to find something magical for anyone on your mind this holiday season. Clothing from Brazilian brands like Bambusa and Natural Fashion present clothing and home goods made from 100% organic cotton, while decorative goods, and jewelry makers create sparkling masterpieces to capture the holiday’s magic. Traipse the alleys and walkways and try delicious food items and warm drinks while you uncover your next holiday desire amongst one of New York’s most awe-inspiring markets.

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Thanksgiving in the City

Thanksgiving is the time of year where we come together with family and think about everything we’re thankful for. But, on top of that, it’s also the perfect holiday to eat an excess of delicious holiday food. This year, leave the cooking to the professionals in New York City and discover some of the best places to eat Thanksgiving dinner here among your friends and family. We recommend you add another notch to your belt, just in case.

Balthazar

80 Spring St, New York, NY 10012

New York’s premiere French bistro is serving up a holiday favorite, adding a special turkey entrée to its regular menu for the holiday. A three-course prix fixe menu is also available at $72 to ensure guests get the best holiday meal Keith McNally’s famous restaurant can prepare.

Rotisserie Georgette

14 E 60th St, New York 10022

Nowhere in New York knows rotisserie like Rotisserie Georgette. A perfectly roasted turkey headlines this three-course menu rounded out by chestnut soup and an array of sweets like the restaurant’s special tarte tatin. $84 will get you the full meal, with children’s versions at $40.

Le Coq Rico

30 E 20th St, New York 10003

Another specialist in roasted birds, Le Coq Rico is serving up a delicious four-course menu with more than one bird at the forefront. With a starter of duck foie gras with cranberry chutney, your Thanksgiving dinner is in no danger of running afoul. The main dish consist of a whole stuffed turkey and will run you $85 for the full course.

The Little Owl

90 Bedford St, New York, NY 10014

Don’t let the size of the bird in the name fool you, The Little Owl is serving up big flavors this holiday season. A delicious three-course prix fixe with Italian wedding soup, gravy meatball sliders, roast turkey, lasagna, and sweet potatoes in brown sugar and ginger await you at only $95 a person.

The Polo Bar

1 E 55th St, New York, NY 10022

Stop in to Ralph Lauren’s signature New York restaurant featuring holiday dishes as classic and recognizable as the Polo style itself. Enjoy the a la carte menu featuring winter squash and vegetable salad, roasted turkey, pork sausage stuffing, and maple-bacon Brussels sprouts. Dessert offerings include pumpkin pie and a pumpkin ice cream sundae.

The Dutch

131 Sullivan St, New York, NY 10012

Stop by SoHo for a family-style meal of traditional Thanksgiving dishes including roasted turkey, mashed potatoes, sausage stuffing, sweet potato, Brussels sprouts, and cranberry orange sauce. Guests have the ability to choose their first course and have a delicious set of options including steak tartare, lobster chowder, pumpkin ravioli, oysters, or a fall salad. This delicious meal is $115 per person or $55 for children under 12 and includes an array of delicious fall dessert options as well including pumpkin pie.

Maialino

2 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10010

Add an Italian influence to your Thanksgiving meal with a choice of two four-course Thanksgiving menus. While one focuses on an Italian-American turkey meal, the other is a more dedicated Italian option, serving up a full roasted suckling pig. Other delicious sides like chestnut soup and Brussels sprouts, stracciatella alla romana, and cacao e pepe pasta help round out the $115 price tag on both menus, with a kid’s version available for $65.

Dovetail

103 W 77th St, New York 10024

Twist up your traditional Thanksgiving favorites with an inventive take on the holiday meal from Dovetail. A three-course prix fixe starts with a Fuji apple salad with wild rice or truffled pappardelle and continues to a main course of slow-roasted turkey with dark meat agnolotti or sirloin steak accompanied by beef cheek lasagna. This $138 menu has a vegetarian option as well as a $75 wine pairing and ends with delicious desserts like a cheesecake stuffed with port-poached pears.

Eleven Madison Park

11 Madison Ave, New York 10010

Elevate your Thanksgiving dinner in more ways than one with a truly spectacular four-course menu from Eleven Madison Park. Priced at $245 with an optional $135 wine pairing, this menu offers a selection for each course to ensure your taste buds truly enjoy their holiday. Start with chicken veloute with black truffles or scallops with uni and fennel and then continue on to a main course choice of a perfectly cooked turkey or slow-cooked beef with mushrooms and horseradish. With so many options for every dish, all of them prepared in exquisite detail, there’s no wrong choice for the best way to enjoy your Thanksgiving in the city.

*Please note, the hotel’s restaurants will not be offering holiday menus this year.

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10 Weird and Interesting Facts About the Annual Village Halloween Parade

  1. Began in 1974 by puppeteer and mask maker Ralph Lee
  2. Largest Halloween parade in the world.
  3. Only major nighttime parade in the U. S.
  4. Anyone in costume can become a part of the parade.
  5. Up to 2 million spectators enjoy the event live each year.
  6. As many as 60,000 participants make up the parade itself.
  7. 2012’s Super Storm Sandy caused the only ever cancellation of the parade.
  8. Covered by media outlets worldwide.
  9. Produced a puppet of a Phoenix rising from the ashes for the 2001 parade to symbolize NYCs strength and vitality in the wake of the 9/11 attacks.
  10. Celebrities often attend the parade but in disguise.

Enjoy the “Reverie”!

The 2016 43rd Annual Parade is on

Monday, OCTOBER 31, 2016 at 7 pm

Watch the 2016 Parade!

Live: On 6th Avenue North of Spring Street to 16th Street from 7:00pm – 10:30pm

TV:   NY 1: 7:30 pm – 9:30pm

 

A view of last year’s fun:

2015 Village Halloween Parade

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Fall Flavor: Braised Pacific Halibut with Melted Leeks and Wild Mushroom

The flavors of fall are ripe for the harvest, and the outlets at The Roosevelt grant you access to them all. Experience the perfect marriage of food and drink when you dine with the Grande Dame of New York city, and send your taste buds on a trip to last the ages. If you’d like a taste of what we have to offer, try this recipe and discover truly fine dining.

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Ingredients:

Melted leeks:

  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 ounce butter
  • 1 ounce olive oil
  • 1 large leeks, washed and sliced thinly on a bias

Wild mushrooms:

  • 1lbs wild mushrooms
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt and pepper

Halibut:

  • 4 6-ounce halibut fillets
  • 2 ounces butter
  • 2 ounces extra virgin olive oil
  • 8 ounces water
  • Salt and pepper
  • Lemon juice
  • 2 Tablespoons chopped chives

Method:
For the Melted leeks:
In a medium rondo, melt the butter and olive oil over low heat and add sliced leeks, salt and pepper. Mix well and let cook slowly until the leeks are completely cooked, about 30 minutes

For the Mushrooms:
Preheat oven to 450ºF. cut the mushrooms into medium-large pieces, toss in a large bowl with the olive oil, salt and pepper, and spread on a parchment-lined sheet pan. Roast until caramelized.

For the Halibut:
Preheat oven to 250ºF. Season the halibut fillets with salt and pepper. Heat butter, olive oil, and water in a large sauté pan with a tight fitting lid. When mixture reaches a boil, quickly slide the halibut filets in the pan, cover the pan, and place in the oven. The halibut is ready when a metal skewer inserted into the fish feels warm to the touch. While the halibut braises, warm the melted spring onions in a small sauce pot, add the cooked mushrooms and chives to the hot onions, and stir to incorporate.

To Assemble and Serve:
Divide the spring onion mixture equally among four plates. Place a halibut filet on top of each pile and spoon a small amount of the braising juices on and around the fish.

Serves 4

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What to do Labor Day Weekend 2016

For those of us not in the food or service industry, Labor Day is an annual escape from the work week and a celebration of fair labor laws established by labor unions in the early 1900’s. Celebrate your escape from work this year with a visit to the greatest city in the world and make something special out of your long weekend.

Electric Zoo Music Festival

Fri Sep 2 – Sun Sep 4 | 20 Randalls Island Park, New York, NY 10035

Get ready to go wild this Labor Day weekend with the 8th annual Electric Zoo music festival on Randall’s island park. With four stages hosting the biggest names in EDM, like Steve Aoki, Datsik, Porter Robinson, Bassnectar, and many more, this year’s Wild Island promises a weekend of electrifying music and crazy fun, all wrapped up in an unforgettably eccentric package.

NYC Unicycle Festival

Sep 2 2pm, Sep 3 and 4 12-5pm | Battery Park to Central Park/Brooklyn Bridge to Coney Island

Find a new sense of balance with this celebration of a lesser known means of transportation and gather with enthusiasts, inventors, amateurs, and many more attendants all looking to enjoy an unusual but exciting time exploring everything a single-wheeled vehicle is truly capable of.

Twelfth Night

Fri Sep 2 – Mon Sep 5 | 81 Central Park West, New York, NY 10023

Add a little humor to your Labor Day weekend with a musical adaptation of one of Shakespeare’s most popular comedies, Twelfth Night. This humorous tale plays out at the Delacourt in Central Park thanks to The Public’s continuing Public Works project and is free for all to attend, but if you plan on going, make sure to pick up your tickets early as there is frequently a long line.

West Side Country Fair

Sun Sep 4 1-6pm | Pier I in Riverside Park South, 500 W 70th Street, New York, NY 10023

Presented by Summer on the Hudson, the West Side County Fair brings the best of a small town fair to the big city. Complete with carnival rides and games, bands, performers and delicious local foods and merchandise, this fair brings the small town charm to the big city in an exciting way. The best part is, it’s completely free!

BR Day New York

Sun Sep 4 | Little Brazil – West 46th Street between Fifth and Sixth Avenues, New York, NY

Celebrate the Brazilian day of independence with the festivities in Little Brazil. Held every year on Labor Day this celebration features traditional food dishes, dancing, and music from popular Brazilian entertainers like Preta Gil, and Jota Quest.

New York Caribbean Carnival Parade

Mon Sep 5 11am-6pm | Schenectady Ave and Eastern Pkwy to Brooklyn Museum

Following a weekend of festivities, join nearly 2 million revelers as they take to the streets in sequins and feathers accompanying a parade of floats in one of New York’s most colorful and exciting parades. Dance along and indulge in the culture through music, cultural displays, and delicious traditional cuisine like jerk chicken.

Great North River Tugboat Race

Sunday Sep 4 9am-2pm | Pier 83, West 43rd Street and Hudson River Park, NYC

Celebrate Labor Day weekend with the hardest working ship of all, the tugboat. Witness the race for superiority at 10:30 from either the pier or on-board a spectator ship, and stay after the race for more nautical themed fun. A Popeye-style spinach eating contest tests your true strength while line-toss and nose-to-nose pushing contests allow guests to compete as well. The event is fun for the whole family with plenty for all ages to participate in.

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