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The 5 Best Holiday Dishes In New York City

December 19, 2011 12:00 PM

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Chefs whipping up tasty fare at Locanda Verde. (credit: locandaverdenyc.com)

Chefs whipping up tasty fare at Locanda Verde. (credit: locandaverdenyc.com)

The Christmas season always seems to stretch a bit longer in New York City than most other places. Even so, it will be New Year’s Eve before you know it. New York’s restaurants and bakeries are whipping up their seasonal eats in celebration of the holidays. Here are five of the best offerings around town. By Siobhan Wallace.

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Celery Root Soup, Gramercy Tavern

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(credit: Gramercy Tavern)

42 East 20th Street
212-477-0777
gramercytavern.com

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Though not open on Thanksgiving day, the classic Gramercy Tavern is always a place to stop by to get into the seasonal holiday spirit. Currently offered as one of their first courses is warming Celery Root Soup with apples, chestnuts, and butternut squash. It’s a must for anyone in love with fall’s savory flavors.

Fennel-Glazed Duck, Locanda Verde

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Chefs whipping up tasty fare at Locanda Verde. (credit: locandaverdenyc.com)

377 Greenwich Street
212-925-3797
locandaverdenyc.com

Simple dishes done well are the highlight at Locanda Verde, and their autumnal Fennel-Glazed Duck is the perfect example. Served with savory roasted potatoes, Tuscan kale, and duck sausage, the dish is rounded out with sweet concord grapes. Thanksgiving day diners with get another inspired dish of turkey with fig-and-chestnut stuffing.

Warm Lentil Salad, Freemans

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Warm Lentil Salad From Freemans (credit: Freemans)

End of Freeman Alley
212-420-0012
freemansrestaurant.com

Freemans is giving the holiday its own special rustic appeal. High on the list of must-try dishes is their Warm Lentil Salad. Roasted carrots, kale, and delicious Hen of the Woods mushrooms make this a delicious and healthy comfort food dish. And they’ll be serving it up on Thanksgiving day.

Kale Salad, Radish

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Radish's Kale Salad (credit: Siobhan Wallace)

158 Bedford Avenue
718-782-2744
radishnyc.com

Williamsburg’s Radish is bringing out their best dishes including their roasted pumpkin with goat cheese and kale salad. Roasted just to al dente, the sweetness of the pumpkin complements the tangy goat cheese and bittersweet kale. A nice sprinkling of pepitas adds a great overall crunch. This is available as a side dish for Radish’s Thanksgiving catering.

Pumpkin Eggnog Trifle, Sugar Sweet Sunshine

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(credit: Sugar Sweet Sunshine)

126 Rivington Street
212-995-1960
sugarsweetsunshine.com

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Sugar Sweet Sunshine makes room in their pastry case next to their famous banana pudding for Pumpkin Eggnog Trifle. Layers of moist, spicy pumpkin cake sandwiching rich, creamy eggnog pudding and whipped cream. No one layer overwhelms another leading to the perfect combination of holiday flavors.

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Siobhan Wallace is the co-founder of BlondieandBrownie.com.

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