Christmas & New Years 2010 – A Rroundup Part 1


Calvisius Caviar

Just for the holidays, until New Year’s Eve, Calvisius Caviar is offering 15% off any order of caviar from their website,  What better way to spruce up the holidays than with the most pure-tasting caviar on the market?  Because the caviar is farmed and controlled, Calvisius is able to provide the best quality of life for the sturgeon, giving them high-quality feed.  With a direct-to-farmer relationship, not only is Calvisius Caviar environmentally beneficial, but their caviar is less expensive as a result.  The caviar is highly recognized and internationally acclaimed, and is used in top restaurants including Le Bernadin and Marea.

The tins are available as gifts, exquisitely wrapped, all ready for the festivities! Along with their nation-wide shipping, take advantage of this special online offer sure to provide a royal experience for anyone this holiday!


Part of the Italian Christmas tradition involves serving seven courses of fish for good fortune.  While white wines would be the obvious complement to this feast, Melissa Muller-Daka, Executive Chef of Sicilian newcomer, Eolo, is taking things in a slightly less conventional direction.  It’s out with the old and in with the slightly different this holiday season as Muller-Daka pairs her Fish-centric Christmas Eve Tasting Menu with reds in addition to whites.  Muller-Daka wanted to continue the theme of Sicilian essence in her food as with her wines by using reds from Planeta, Siciliy’s pre-eminent winemakers.  However, because Sicily bears more red wines than whites, pairings for the fish-filled holiday menu posed a challenge.  With no holiday miracle necessary, Muller-Daka unexpectedly and successfully pairs pine-nut sardine filet with Merlot, seafood and juniper risotto with Cerasuolo di Vittoria, or octopus carpaccio with rose, just to name a few.  Be a rebel, step out of the box and try this unique pairing menu this Christmas Eve!


190 Seventh Ave.
(646) 225-6606

The Tea Set Organic Tea and Champagne Room

Stop in at this West Village spot with a friend between the 20th and the 24th and with the purchase of a glass of champagne, you’ll receive a second glass to toast with, compliments of owner Jacques Doassans.  Also, dont miss his must-see holiday window display, featuring a spectacular Pommery Champagne tower that adds a “pop” to this uniquely social setting, which serves custom-created, organic, fair-trade teas.  Also in the window is a decked out Christmas tree with gifts, such as tea samples and tins, for customers.   The displays will be up through New Years.

235 W.12th Street

(646) 894-0511

Orient Express

Another West Village hotspot, Orient Express, is serving up special holiday cocktails ($14 each) from now until January 1st.  This nostalgic train-themed cocktails & small plates bar is featuring:

·      Winter Julep: a twist on Mint Julep, served hot

·      Four Roses Hot Toddy: lemon, honey, bourbon

·      Mulled Wine

·      Pumpkin Manhattan

·      Bijoux: chartreuse, g vine gin, vermouth


325 West 11th Street

(212) 691-8845

Timi’s Gelateria Classica Italiana

This brand new cutting edge gelateria is offering special gelato flavors for Christmas, which will run through the new year until January 7th (since La Befana doesn’t show up until the eve of the 5th). Get a nice big scoop of holiday spirit with the following flavors:

·      Panettone – made with Malaga cream, panettone pieces, chocolate, candied fruit, and raisins

·      Choco Mint

·      Vanilla Cinnamon

·      Chocolate Sorbet with Pear

·      Spicy Chocolate Cherry

37 St. Marks Place, near 2nd Avenue

(212) 533-2077

Scarpina Bar & Grill

Have a Merry Christmas at Scarpina with their special Christmas Prix-fixe Menu.  On Christmas Eve for $35 per person, choose one appetizer, one entrée and one dessert from their delectable selection consisting of shrimp bits in champagne fondue or a roasted leg of lamb with rosemary au jus, brussels sprouts and fingerling potatoes.  Desserts range from apple cobbler to pumpkin crème brulee.

Also, ring in the New Year with Scarpina’s New Year’s Eve Prix-fixe Menu. For $69 per person, this 3-course meal comes with a complimentary glass of champagne.  Dishes include beef carpaccio with shaved manchego cheese, arugula salad and truffle oil or a Filet Mignon with brandy green pepper sauce, lobster mashed potatoes and haricot vert.  The night is complete with noisemakers and a DJ to keep the celebrations going.   


88 University Place

(212) 645-4525

Casabe Bistro Latino

Casabe also offers two prix-fixe menus this holiday!  Their $35 per person Christmas Eve Pre-Fix offers the likes of yuca crusted salmon filet or a sweet plantain bread pudding with vanilla ice cream.

Their New Year’s Eve Prix-fixe is priced at $75 per person, consisting of three courses and an amuse bouche of oyster fritters and caviar sauce.  Enjoy lobster empanadas with yellow tomatoes, leeks and an ahi amarillo sauce for a first course or an entrée of sautéed red snapper, served with baby scallops and lobster on Valencia rice.  For dessert a sweet duo of champagne toast or a chocolate fondant cake with plantain bread pudding await you.   


208 E.58th Street

(212) 750-7766


MacarOn Café! macaron

Who needs shiny new toys when you’ve got glittery new macaron flavors and designs this holiday from MacarOn Café! The haute designers of the baking world, MacarOn’s signature French treats are created as collections befitting the season.

  • Chocolate/Raspberry makes its debut for Christmas, combining two popular flavors together. 
  • Favorites Vanilla and Pistachio will both be decked out in a sparkly, shiny look sure to rival the allure of the ornaments on your tree. 
  • Chocolate/Coconut will be topped with little sugary Christmas trees for a festive touch.

If you want the ultimate luxury look, all macarons in store will be shiny on December 23rd & 24th.  Perfect gifts for the holidays, all festive flavors and designs can be packaged in MacarOn Café’s new luxury gift boxes.
Be sure to also check out the magnificent golden macaron tree display in the window at the recently opened Madison Avenue location (photo attached)
MacarOn Café
625 Madison Avenue, entrance on 59th Street
(212) 486-2470
485 7th Avenue, entrance on 36th Street
(212) 564-3525


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