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Where to eat this holiday season

Photo credit: KG-NY

Tis the season to eat, drink, and be merry—and our guide to the best of holiday dining in the city will have you doing all three in style, from now until New Year’s Day. Please enjoy, and out of respect for your holiday—when we believe your inbox should only be filled with messages from friends and family—you won’t hear a peep from us until January 2015. Happy Holidays from everyone at BBE!

Austrian elegance at Wallsé
Michelin-starred chef Kurt Gutenbrunner’s Wallsé is named after his hometown in Austria, and elegant but neighborly Austrian fare is the name of the game at this art-filled restaurant. A classic four-course menu on Christmas Eve and Christmas evening will feature celebratory dishes like foie gras terrine with apples and nut cream, lobster with fennel, gnocchi, and salmon, and roasted Christmas goose with red cabbage, semolina dumplings, and poached pears. Gutenbrunner’s lavish New Year’s feast will include oysters with tuna tartar and cream fraîche, ravioli filled with sheep’s milk ricotta and studded with truffle, and Wagyu beef, served with Jerusalem artichoke and horseradish sweet potato.

When: December 24–25, 5:30 PM–11 PM ($140/person; $70 for children 10 and under; $125 per person for Champagne flight)
New Year’s Eve: first seating 5:30 PM–6:45 PM, second seating 9 PM–10 PM ($265/ person, $135 for children 8 and under; $170 for Champagne Flight)
Where: 44 W. 11th St., NY, NY 10011
Telephone: 212-352-2300

Style and substance at Colicchio & Sons
Colicchio & Sons, Tom Colicchio’s tall-ceilinged, plush leather–chaired temple of serious cooking, is definitely celebrating the holidays. Chef de cuisine Chris Lavey’s four-course Christmas Eve prix fixe will include roasted octopus with caramelized endive, and black truffle–stuffed Amish chicken with Brussels sprouts and wheat berries. Meanwhile, pastry chef Stephen Collucci will do Christmas dessert justice with chocolate yule with Sicilian pistachio, sour cherry, torrone ice cream, and more. The following week’s New Year’s Eve menu is all about luxury: think spice-roasted lobster with bok choy, fusilli with wild boar Bolognese, and a Champagne toast, of course.

When: Christmas Eve, 4:30PM–10:30 PM ($165/person); New Year’s Eve, 5 PM–6:30 PM ($155/person), 7:30 PM–11 PM ($220/person)
Where: 85 Tenth Ave., NY, NY 10011
Telephone: 212-400-6699

A Tuscan-style yuletide pig roast at Rosemary's
Rosemary's is hosting a celebratory pig roast for Christmas Eve. For $80, guests will get plenty of succulent pig, plus access to a pasta bar, smoked hot sausage station, a mozzarella pulling bar, a seafood station, and more. The spirited West Village restaurant features Tuscan-inspired cooking that highlights produce from the rooftop garden. Live music will accompany the exuberant feasting.

When: Wednesday, December 24; seatings at noon, 4 PM, and 8 PM
Where: 18 Greenwich Ave., NY, NY 10011
Telephone: 212-647-1818

Il Buco Alimentari's Feast of the Seven Fishes
The Feast of the Seven Fishes, also known as La Vigilia, is a Southern Italian Christmas Eve tradition. It goes exactly how it sounds: seven fishes—or seafood dishes—are enjoyed on the night before Christmas Day. NoHo's shining Italian star, Il Buco Alimentari e Vineria, is doing it up with a six-course seafood studded menu that doesn't skip the caviar—although those Umbrian black truffles shaved over Maine lobster with back trumpet mushrooms will run you $25 extra. There are also oysters, scallops, and olive oil–poached salt cold. And absolutely no Il Buco meal would be complete with out a contribution from uber-talented baker Kamel Saci. For this feast, he's got you covered with panettone with mascarpone, brown butter, and persimmons.

When: Wednesday, December 24 ($95/person)
Where: 53 Great Jones St., New York, NY 10012
Telephone: 212-837-2622

Uncle Boon's New Years Eve Thai feast
New Year’s is no time to skimp on flavor, as Uncle Boons wife and hubby co-chefs Ann Redding and Matt Danzer well know. Both former Per Se cooks, for the big night they will be serving a prix fixe, reservation-only feast in their cozy, wood-paneled temple of Thai home-style cooking. Guests will start with betel leaf wraps, tapioca and pork dumplings, and lobster-lotus custard canapés, then make their way to dishes like Thai suckling pig and crab grass noodles, ending the year on a sweet note with sweet black sticky rice and palm sugar custard.

When: Wednesday, December 31 ($100/person)
Where: 7 Spring St., NY, NY 10012
Telephone: 646-370-6650

A Mediterranean New Year's Eve Medley by Bar Bolonat
Chef Einat Admony knows her way around a dish of hummus, and at her newish modern Israeli eatery Bar Bolonat, she's pushing all sorts of Mediterranean gems for New Years Eve via an extensive prix fixe that offers a little something of everyone. Think fried cauliflower with peanut tahini, beets with pistachio yogurt and dukkah, and a little cured foie with pomegranates for good measure. Larger dishes center around branzino with green harissa and lamb neck with chickpea purée, dates, and preserved lemon. Dessert also promises to be worth saving room for...

When: Wednesday, December 31, 5:30 PM–8:30 PM ($97/person), 8:30 PM–10:30 PM ($123/person, includes welcome toast)
Where: 611 Hudson St., New York, NY 10014
Telephone: 212-390-1545

Tuome's Asian-Spiked Contemporary American New Year's Eve Prix Fixe
Tuome quietly slipped into the East Village this past August under the guidance of former Eleven Madison Park chef Thomas Chen. Slowly, a buzz grew for Chen's bold East-meets-West fusion that, for once, works—and works very well. For New Year's Eve, Chen is rocking a seven-course prix fixe in his minimalist, wood-paneled, golden-hued den on East Fifth Street. All the earthly delights are accounted for, from amuse to dessert, uni to truffles to caviar. There's a branzino for two with fermented soy beans, duck with black rice vinegar gastrique, and totally epic rice pudding with black rice, tapioca and pummelo.

When: Wednesday, December 31, 5:30 PM—7:30 PM ($95/person), 8 PM–11:15PM ($125/person, including Champagne toast)
Where: 536 East 5th St., NY, NY 10009
Telephone: 646-833-7811

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