The city’s getting creative with holiday menus, a dining experience fit for the inside of a snow globe, and The Nutcracker on acid—not to be confused with Jeff Goldblum’s jazz band, which is also in town. Read on for a bunch of fun, festive things to do this week.
Feast of the Seven Fishes
Two of our favorite restaurants, Golden Diner and Don Angie are coming together for an Italian-Asian fusion Feast of the Seven Fishes this Sunday, Dec. 19th. The menu reads like a Mad Lib, with dishes like baccala and potato okonomiyaki and lorighittas black bean vongole. We’re looking forward to the pepperoni fried rice, which makes so much sense we wish we’d thought of it first.
This 70s Nutcracker
Watching The Nutcracker on acid at 3pm on a Saturday sounds like something an NYU freshman would propose. So try The Long Island City Ballet’s This 70s Nutcracker instead. It should be an equally psychedelic experience. In this original production, “a young man is transported magically to the Land of Television by his strange relative Chick where he discovers ballet for the first time.” No notes on our end. We’d love to go on that trip.
For Night of the Radishes, a Oaxacan holiday tradition, people carve intricate designs into radishes for festive displays at Christmas markets. You can join in on the fun with a pre-dinner carving kit at HOWM Cocina & Cocktails as you wait for your jalea mixta and enjoy the churro bar. If your radish isn’t ready for the MoMA, there will also be a local artist on site to create carvings for dinner guests to take home as ornaments.
This weekend is your last chance to experience one of the most intriguing meals we’ve seen this holiday season. The Autumn’s Wild Harvest Omakase at Honey Badger incorporates ingredients that were caught, foraged, or grown in the Northeast. Diners eat in their own mini-chalets, so this is a great option for a special date night. You can make reservations for Thursday-Saturday.
Le Poisson Rouge
Jeff Goldblum has a jazz band, because of course he does. And they’ve got the cred–The Mildred Snitzer Orchestra reached No. 1 on the US Jazz Charts in 2018 and played Glastonbury musical festival in 2019. They’ve even been known to break out jazz covers of Jurassic Park every now and then. The ensemble returns to Le Poisson Rouge this Friday.