Restaurant Roundup: The Foodie’s Guide to Holiday Dining

Tuesday, December 17, 2013


Courting all appetites! Whether you’re trying to impress a date, or housing the in laws with small children in tow, we have just the fix for you, prix fixe that is!


New Kid on the Block: Kingside Christmas & New Year’s Eve Prix Fixe Menus

Located on the street level of Viceroy Hotel is the newly conceived brainchild of chef-extraordinaire Marc Murphy and cocktail-wunderkind Scott Gerber. With its already-iconic checkerboard floor, innovative bar program and quirky, market-fresh ingredients, Kingside is a charming American take on the classic brasserie.

Join the dynamic duo for a Christmas Day meal you won’t forget. For a cool $95, tuck into an indulgent 4-course prix fixe Christmas menu from 4pm-11pm on Christmas Day. To start, seared foie gras is served with toasted brioche and sauterned-soaked grapes. Next, the entrée brings seared long island duck breast plated with duck confit and kabocha squash hash. Sides include roasted broccoli, pomegranate seeds and crispy shallots OR roasted butternut squash with sage. Last, but certainly not least, a rich dessert of brandied cherry and chocolate croissant bread pudding topped with crème anglaise is sure to leave your belly quite happy.

The regular a la carte menus will also be available all day from 7am-11pm, featuring an extensive raw and crudo bar, a variety of toasts, charcuterie, cheeses, salads, small plates, and larger sharing entrees.

And don’t forget the merriment! The renowned bar program overseen by the Gerber Group offers regionally brewed craft beers, a wide range of small-batch spirits and liquors, and those famous handcrafted cocktails that have made Gerber an industry legend.

Beginning at 9 pm, New Years at Kingside brings an exclusive four-course New Years menu– a $150 per person prix fixe with a $70 truffle supplement. For the adventurous palate, choose a unique dish to start such as the Nantucket Bay scallop crudo with sunflower grapefruit pesto and chili oil. Grilled octopus with crispy chorizo and papas bravas rounds out a daring and delicious second course. For the entree, do not miss the wild-rice stuffed roasted quail with foie gras, black truffle and crispy brussels sprout leaves. Sides include fregula mac and cheese OR brussels sprouts and mint. Dessert promises another round of tough decisions–although the top contender may be the caramel pudding topped with bourbon whipped cream and pretzel crumble. And of course, to ring in the New Year, there will be a champagne toast at midnight!


124 W 57th St

New York, NY 10019

(212) 707-8000


Neighborhood Favorite: Landmarc New Year’s Eve Prix Fixe

Chef Marc Murphy’s bistro-trattoria hybrid Landmarc is certainly just that, a landmark. Pairing its gourmet French/Italian fare with American steakhouse sensibilities and an award-winning wine list, Landmarc –both at its Tribeca and Time Warner Center locations– has become the go-to eatery for destination diners and regulars alike.

Finish off the year in good taste, literally. At the same price point, Landmarc will be offering different menus for a New Year’s Eve prix fixe dinner at it’s Tribeca and Time Warner Center addresses.


After 9 pm, $85 will buy each diner a three-course meal including dessert, $150 with wine pairings. The first course brings Nantucket Bay scallop crudo with pickled sunchokes and garlic chives. The second course follows with grilled Maine lobster tail, paired with sauce americaine and crispy gnocchi. The savory third course debuts seared duck breast with roasted cauliflower puree and black truffles. Finally, dessert rounds out the feast with sticky toffee pudding and bourbon whipped cream.

Landmarc (Tribeca)

179 W Broadway

New York, NY 10013

(212) 343-3883

Time Warner Center:

Further uptown at the Time Warner Center, diners can chow down on a different Landmarc New Year’s Eve prix fixe. Same time. Same price point. Seared Nantucket Bay scallops served with cauliflower flan, blood orange champagne emulsion and hackelback caviar round out the first course. The second course features monkfish osso buco with saffron and lobster risotto and wilted spinach. Enjoy the juniper crusted venison with parsnip gratin, crispy brussels sprouts and gin au poivre for your third course and finish with chocolate brioche bread pudding for dessert.

Landmarc (Time Warner Center)

10 Columbus Cir #3

New York, NY 10019

(212) 823-6123

Prix fixe dishes at both locations will be featured as specials before 9PM. If the prix fixe menus do not strike your fancy, try some of Landmarc’s popular items a la carte, such as goat-cheese profiteroles, braised lamb shank and daily specials like cassoulet and chicken liver cavatelli, among other delights!


Season for sharing: Fresco by Scotto Christmas Eve Prix Fixe Menu

This old-school, dining-room Italian restaurant is the go-to for large families on Christmas Eve. Family-run, Fresco by Scotto knows a thing or two about sharing. The Christmas Eve prix fixe menu, lovingly dubbed “A Night of 7 Fishes, ” features generous shared appetizers, and a seemingly endless selection of traditional Italian appetizers, entrées and desserts–something for everyone at even the largest of gatherings! Prices are fixed at $80 per adult and $40 per child. The menu will be offered from 4:30pm to 11:00pm on December 24th.

To start is a grilled pizza margherita and a homemade, seasonal antipasto for the table – a generous way to start off what will inevitably be the most filling Christmas Eve supper of your life! Next, choose from a seven appetizers such as fritto misto with fried shrimp, calamari, zucchini and yellow squash OR the seafood salad, topped with a refreshing citrus vinaigrette.

Amongst eight possible entrees, you can feast on braised shortribs of beef served with pan roasted vegetables and wild mushrooms, creamy parmesan polenta and barolo wine sauce OR spiced, seared & sliced yellowfin tuna with pan roasted porcini mushrooms, sugar snap peas, baby turnips, crisp gnocchi and porcini mushroom broth. All five dessert selections are sure to end the night on a sweet note, ranging from creamy ricotta cheesecake to homemade tiramisu, both with to-die-for whipped mascarpone cream.

Fresco by Scotto

34 E 52nd St

New York, NY 10022

(212) 935-3434


The New Classic: The Lambs Club New Year’s Eve Prix Fixe Menu

Named after America’s first professional theatrical club, the cozily-lit Midtown bar & grill located in the Chatwal Hotel definitely has the dark-wooded, old-Hollywood verve that would make any thespian sing. Just a stone’s toss away from Time Square and that big glittering ball, The Lambs Club, run by food guru Geoffrey Zakarian, is already a modern-classic, and now offering two New Year’s Eve prix fixe menus to ring in 2014.

A swanky package of cocktails and dancing will set you back a cool $200. At 10 pm, guests will be ushered onto the Mezzanine Bar and treated to a smattering of passed hors d’oeuvres like steamed Berkshire pork buns, turbot fish tacos and black winter truffles, desserts such as elderflower champagne gelee and passion fruit semifreddo, an open bar and handcrafted cocktails until 2 am.

For $375, one can enjoy a five-course meal with wine pairings and handcrafted cocktails until 2 am.  Indulge in hors d’oeuvres such as winter squash pudding with granola and ginger to crispy frog legs with watercress puree. Dinner is promptly served at 9 pm in the lounge-y dining room. Appetizers include a choice of gateau of Hudson Valley foie gras with pickled mustard seed and hazelnut OR quark spaetzle with whipped salt cod and Greenmarket apple. For the main course, either the caramelized diver scallops with tomato pain perdue and celery root OR roasted Creekstone Farms ribeye with brisket, French prune and bone marrow mignonette may strike your fancy. Desserts present the largest selection of all, ranging from lemon meringue tart to milk chocolate hazelnut gateaux.

On the reg, we hear the New York strip steak is always a winner. And that the creamy polenta is delish.

The Lambs Club

132 W 44th St

New York, NY 10036

(212) 997-5262


Café-eclectic: The National Christmas & New Year’s Eve Prix Fixe Menus

Internationally acclaimed Geoffrey Zakarian has brought the all-occasion grand café stateside, and it is called The National.  Located in the restored 1927 Emery Roth building – a Beaux-Arts landmark– The National defines the modern American bistro. Zakarian’s longtime associate and former sous chef, Paul Corsentino, acts as Executive Chef.

From 2 p.m. until 10 p.m. on Christmas Day, The National is serving a three-course $80 prix fixe menu that includes one starter, one main course, one dessert and shared sides. To start, choose from several tasty dishes, like the diver scallops with broccoli, chanterelle, and sturgeon caviar sauce. Choosing your main course presents a similar challenge, with options ranging from grilled branzino served with butternut squash, pomegranate, and pumpkin seeds to roasted duck with scarlet turnips, sunchoke cloud, fregola, and sour cherry jus. Shared sides include pomme puree and cider-glazed brussel sprouts. For an element of surprise, the desserts are yet to be announced.

For another unforgettable dinner and evening at a slightly steeper price point, come back to The National for your New Year’s Eve dinner!

Seatings are between 8:30 PM and 10:30 PM. Shell out $125 and savor a four-course prix fixe menu. Dishes such as sweetbreads with creamy polenta, kumquat, and shaved black truffle or striped bass tartare with harissa vinaigrette, blood orange, avocado, and sunchoke start the evening off with a bang. For the midcourse, either the butternut squash tortellini or sea scallops are recommended. Then, dig into any main course of your choosing, such as the classic prime rib served with pickled bone marrow butter, farro, parsnip, and a red wine reduction. True to tradition, the dessert menu will be a surprise.

The National

557 Lexington Ave

New York, NY 10022

(212) 715-2400


So whet those appetites and stop stressing! We’ll bring you personal trainer/ gym membership roundups after the holidays!






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