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Have a Jolly Holiday

December is here, and with it comes snow, Santa, menorahs, and good holiday cheer! Partake in these fun wintery events that are sure to warm you up and give you something to talk about on your days off by the fire.

The Feast of Seven Fishes - Patsy's Italian Restaurant will be hosting a magnificent Italian feast, running from December 16th- 24th. Derived from their legendary recipes, Patsy's Feast of the Seven Fishes will include a choice of calamari salad or baccala salad, a half-order of linguini with frutti di mare sauce, along with a choice of shrimp scampi, stuffed calamari, shrimp fra diavolo, or tilapia livornese. Dessert takes the feast to another level, with a choice between homemade strufoli (honey balls) or homemade biscotti. The feast will be $59.95/person and it'll be well worth it!

ALL ACCESS PASS
Behind the Scenes with Dion Roy

Last Friday, November 18th, non-profit organization Rock the Schools held a concert to benefit NY State public school music programs. There have recently been some major budget cuts and many schools are in jeopardy of having their music programs cut altogether. Performing at this concert were artists Dion Roy, Tyler Hilton, Bryan Greenberg, Ryan Cabrera, and special guest Val Emmich. The event was hosted by Lauren Berger, the Intern Queen and Z100's Trey Morgan. Now it's time to go behind the scenes with Dion Roy and find out why he got involved in this concert, what's next on his agenda, and some of his super secrets!

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RECAP: Thanksgiving Food Specials & Fall Cocktails

Partake in the holiday spirit and check out some great Thanksigiving day specials and fab fall cocktails.

Madison & Vine is offering up a to-die-for Thanksgiving menu at $45/person. Choose from an appetizer of butternut squash and pumpkin bisque with toasted pumpkin seeds or a fall salad of frisse and seasonal greens (with roquefort cheese, maple glazed walnuts, warm bacon vinaigrette). Move on to the entree, where you can choose from roasted turkey with mashed taters, candied sweet potatoes, haricot vert, cornbread, stuffing, cranberry orange relish...basically, the works. Or you can opt for slow roasted prime rib with mashed potatoes, sauteed baby veggies, with a delicious port wine sauce. Still not enough options for you? They also offer white truffle ravioli with toasted pine nuts in a brown butter sage sauce. Dessert brings more goodies in the form of pumpkin pie a la mode or hot apple pot pie, also a la mode.

HOW-TO
Have a Bombay Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving week is here, people, and that means it's time to get your drink on. Luckily, last Tuesday November 15th, noted mixologist Tony Abou-Ganim held a class called Demystifying the Martini, aimed to provide lucky attendees with all the knowledge of making the perfect martini. Don't worry, those of you who, er, weren't invited, can still reap the benefits of Tony's class. You may not know the history of the gin cocktail, or have had hands on experience at Catch crafting delicious cocktails, but now you can have the recipes and imbibe yourself this Thanksgiving. And don't forget to go behind the scenes and read Tony's interview!

Bottoms (and turkeys) up!

NOTABLES
Interview with Iron Chef Winner and Mixologist Tony Abou Ganim

Renowned cocktail expert, Tony Abou Ganim, was winner of Iron Chef America 2007 with Mario Batali, is the National Ambassador of the US Bartenders Guild, and Associate Member of the Museum of the American Cocktail. Obviously a world-class bartending connoisseur, Tony passes on his knowledge to wannabes and drink-lovers alike. Learn how he rose to fame, as well as tips for creating the perfect cocktail!

DAILY BITES
PizzArte Now Delivers!

Lovers of midtown's PizzArte can now rejoice. You no longer have to trek into the wintery elements to order up your savory Neopolitan 'za. Orders can be placed online at their website. A selection of their Neapolitan pies, including the traditional Margherita, the spicy Diavola with Neapolitan salame, and the namesake PizzArte with speck, zucchini and house-made burrata and more are available for delivery along with salads, appetizers such as Neapolitan meatballs, octopus, seafood salad, a variety of pastas and desserts.

IN THE SPOTLIGHT
Mister H Introduces Happy Hour

The swanky 1930s Shanghai-themed speakeasy lounge, Mister H, located at the Mondrian SoHo, is now introducing longer hours, complete with a special happy hour from 5-10pm Monday through Friday. Its brother Imperial No. Nine will be providing yummy bites to satisfy your appetite and there will be reduced price specialty cocktails.

Specialty cocktails will be priced at $14 and include creative mixtures such as Keen (vodka, coconut water, agave nectar, kaffir lime, lemon juice) and Fragile (cinnamon infused rum, port, apple cider, fresh lemon juice, maple syrup), among others.

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It's Almost Turkey Time: More Thanksgiving Meals in NYC

Don't want to baste the day away? Check out these Thanksgiving specials all over town.

Spice Market is offering a prix fixe menu ($34) on November 24. These Southeast Asia inspired dishes are a delightful departure from your traditional Thanksgiving fare. Enjoy butternut squash soup, chestnut sausage stuffing, gingered cranberry sauce, and of course roasted turkey breast. The resto will be open from 12pm-1am Thanksgiving day.

Take advantage of Wall & Water's stupendous deal, where guests can enjoy a full menu created by Executive Chef Maximo Lopez from 12-9pm on specialties such as red wine braised shoulder of beef, herb roasted organic turkey, butternut squash souffle, and more. Let the kiddies play in the Children's Lounge with puzzles, games, and coloring. OR have Wall & Water cook your turkey for you! Reserve a turkey 72 hours in advance, pick it up, warm it up, and chow down. Order one by sending an e-mail to ian.grant@andaz.com.

RESTAURANT 101
Grab the Bull by the Horns at El Parador

El Parador is one of the oldest names on the block...but that's no reason to write it off, it's stuck around for a reason! This joint opened up in 1959 and shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon. Owner Jose "Alex" Alejandro took the reins from his father, who acquired the restaurant in 1990. Blockheads loyals will start singing a different tune once they step into this quaint and cozy Mexican hub. They have all your favorite dishes and some more unique selections, including Jalapenos Rellenos (jalapenos stuffed with anejo cheese or chunky peanut butter) and Mexican Fried Ice Cream. The staff is friendly and the customers are always enjoying themselves and coming back for more. It's best to make a reservation because even in the middle of the week, this place is hopping.

CULINARY OCCASIONS
Happy Cappuccino Day!

Who knew that it was Cappuccino Day?! Well luckily for you, Andaz 5th Avenue is quick on the uptake and is celebrating this fabulous holiday. Grab a bargain while you shop at the store and treat yourself to a $2 cappuccino. Their cappuccinos are brewed with espresso beans from local roaster Cafe Grumpy. Grab your brew on the go if you are a shopaholic or take your time and relax at the communal table in the retail section. Pair it with some snacks made by Pastry Chef Charmaine McFarlane or grab a sandwich from local purveyors such as the Mast Brothers and Katz's Delicatessen.