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Where to Feast on Christmas Eve

Cooking for the holidays can be stressful, especially on Christmas Eve. The best bet is to throw in that apron and have someone else do the work for you. Take the pressure off with one of these amazing prix fixe deals in the city.

Spice Market is offering two prix fixe menus for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Both menus are priced at $55, with dishes such as shrimp tod mon pla, soy cured salmon and lobster tail and pineapple sticky buns. Colicchio & Sons is offering a four course ($135) and seven course ($225) prix fixe dinner in the main dining room, as well as the Tap Room. Highpoint Bistro & Bar offers guests a festive three course menu for just $44 ($19 for children) from 4-9pm.

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Candy Cane Inspired Cocktails

Christmas is right around the corner and will be here before we know it. The best way to get prepared, besides shopping, is celebrating the holiday season with plenty of boozy treats. Check out the recipes below to serve up at your X-mas shindig, all inspired by America's holiday treat - candy canes!

Candy Cane (2 servings) 2 oz. BOLS Peppermint White
2 oz. BOLS Creme de Cacao White
2 oz. milk
2 scoops vanilla ice cream
½ oz. grenadine
Blend all ingredients and pour into glass.



Chocolate Peppermint Cookie
¾ oz. Partida Blanco Tequila
1 oz. Peppermint Schnapps
¾ oz. Godiva Liqueur
1-1/2 oz. Cream
Rim martini glass with chocolate syrup and crushed candy canes. Shake ingredients in a shaker with ice and strain into martini glass.

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Gobble Gobble: Turkey Day Feasts

With Thanksgiving exactly one week away and with NYCs obvious wine'ing and dine'ing culture we've got some perfect resto reccs for dining in or taking out your turkey dinner. Or, if you're itching to cook you're first ever holiday feast, there's even a 101 style class in our mix worth trekking to before testing your skills next Thursday. Gobble gobble!

Head to Prospect Brooklyn, a modern American restaurant on November 19th at 7pm for a Thanksgiving cooking class. The one and a half hour class will offer tips on how to prepare a traditional Turkey Day dinner by executive Chef Kyle McClelland. The class will also cover the perfect alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverage pairings. Hurry up, there are only 14 spots in the class and tickets cost $60. Call (718) 596-6826 to reserve your spot. Extra: All attendees will receive a 10% discount during their next visit to Prospect.

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Satisfy Your Bourbon Craving

It's all about the bourbon this September, when we all get to celebrate National Bourbon Month. Nix your typical vodka cocktails for some strong brown spirits. We've let you know where the most innovative and delicious bourbon cocktails are served around the city, as well as DIY recipes to try on your own. Good luck and enjoy!

Lowcountry serves up a plethora of bourbon laden 'tails. Try out their Lowcountry Old Fashioned (Four Roses Bourbon, Orange, Brandy Cherry), Bourbon Dark & Stormy (Rebel Yell Bourbon, Lime, Ginger Beer, Molasses), Sazarac (Johnny Drum Bourbon, Absinthe, Orange Bitter), Triple-B (Blueberry Shrub, Buffalo Trace, Bourbon, St. Germain, Cava), Lowcountry Iced Tea (Firefly Sweet Tea Bourbon, Mint, Lemon, Blackberry Shrub), Ginger Julep (Johnny Drum Bourbon, Jalapeno, Ginger, Mint, Ginger Ale), and last but not least, the Vanilla Chai Manhattan (Vanilla Chai infused Bourbon, Sweet Vermout, Brown Sugar). The Tangled Vine offers two essential bourbon cocktails, The Amsterdam Ave (1792 Ridgemont Reserve Bourbon, Cherry Heering, Maraschino Liquor, lemon, $14) and the Collins (1792 Bourbon, lemon, club soda, $12). Northeast Kingdom in Bushwick let's patrons try out their Old Bushwick Cocktail (Jim Beam, bitters, lime, $9), while Casa Nonna makes The Tuscan (Woodford Reserve Bourbon, peach honey syrup, Marreti Biscotti liquor, bitters, $14).

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Summer Sign-Off: Hit Up These Places

These last few days of summer are precious so take advantage and do all things summer: enjoy the outdoors, bqq, and cool off with something cool 'n' sweet. Check out all of these New York City restaurants offering up just what you need!

Folks who want to relax in Washington Square Park should order pizza picnic boxes from Pizza Roma on Bleecker Street in the West Village. These clever carryout containers, named after parks in Rome, are filled with the restaurant’s signature Roman-style pizza al taglio (square pizza by the cut), Paninis, fresh summer salads, and more.

To host a barbecue feast near the East River Esplanade or in your own backyard, turn to Neely’s Barbecue Parlor on the Upper East Side. The restaurant offers hefty picnic baskets to feed three ($89) and an even larger option to feed five ($149), both of which come with items like chopped beef brisket sandwiches, spicy pinto beans with burnt ends and warm peach crisp.

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Happy National Watermelon Day!

Today we pay homage to the melon of all melons...watermelon! Restaurants and bars around the city are whipping up dishes and libations made specially from your favorite fruit.

Two very special dishes will be added to Anthony Ricco's menu at Spice Market in celebration of this special day. Try out their Thai-inspired Watermelon Gazpacho ($8.50) with watermelon, Thai chilies, tomatoes, cucumber, and red wine vinegar. They are also serving delectable Chocolate Covered Watermelon Slices ($8) dusted with crushed, spiced almonds.

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The Greatest List of Olympic-Worthy Cocktails Ever

Go USA! Every four years the summer Olympics glue us to our TV's as we root for our team. Amp up your night by trying out some of these medal-worthy cocktails!

Gold Medal Screwdriver

2 oz. Russian Standard Gold
2 each Mango Slices
1 each Lime Wedge
.5 oz. Ginger Simple Syrup
Juice from 1 whole Orange

In a highball glass, muddle the mango, lime and ginger simple syrup. Fill with ice and add Russian Standard Gold and freshly squeezed orange juice. Garnish with an orange wheel and enjoy!

Brother Jimmy’s Cuervo “Gold” Margarita Kosher salt for rimming the glass (optional) 2 ounces Cuervo Gold 1 ounce triple sec 1 ounce Rose’s Lime Juice 2 ounces store-bought sour mix (we prefer Lemon-X brand) Splash of orange juice Lime wedge for garnish If you’d like a salted rim, rim a 16-ounce mason jar in salt. In another glass, add ice, and then the tequila, triple sec, and Rose’s Lime Juice. Add the sour mix and orange juice. Place a shaker on top of the jar and shake well. Pour into the rimmed glass and garnish with the lime wedge.
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8 Ways to Celebrate National Daiquiri Day

In honor of National Daiquiri Day, we've rounded up some of the best rum-soaked 'tails for you to try out around good ol' NYC. From mojitos to martinis, we've got a list sure to get your whistle wet, so get ready to start drinking after work today!

Barrio 47’s Barrio Especial $14
Signature Daiquiri: Mount Gay Barbados rum infused with Lemongrass & Vanilla Bean, Passion Fruit puree & Lemon sugar

Mojito 47 $14

Santa Teresa rum, muddled cucumber, mint, lime, topped with Prosecco