New York legend Eli Zabar takes market-to-table to a new level with the opening of Eli’s Table on the Upper East Side. Eli’s Table stands next to gourmet market Eli’s Manhattan, but its ambiance is much more date night than grocery run. Distressed oak covers the ceilings, candles provide soft light, and the walls are lined with wine bottles as a preview of the vintages to come. The collection focuses on Burgundy and Piedmont, with by-the-glass pairings rotating with the shifting nightly menus. The kitchen works seasonally and locally—some produce is sourced as close by as Eli’s own greenhouse. Eli’s Rooftop Greens make the cut on the opening menu, as does a very seasonal three-squash risotto with pine nuts and Parmigiano. Heartier date nights may call for Pennsylvania-bred steak for two, dry-aged in-house and charred to perfection. Eli’s coming. Work up an appetite.
American takes on Belgian brews square off against old world originals at the Fifth Annual Battle of the Belgians at Jimmy’s No. 43. The afternoon of Saturday, December 6 see how far your patriotic spirit takes you, as you taste dozens of brews (including an Italian ringer) and vote on a winner. A whole roasted hog will provide sustenance for your transatlantic sampling.
High Line Holidays
It’s rare that a concert lineup lives up to the diversity of a neighborhood, but the High Line Holiday Concert on Saturday, December 6 does Chelsea justice. Drop by and you’ll hear a community chorus, a jazz singer, an LGBT marching band, and Los Pleneros de la 21 performing traditional Puerto Rican holiday songs. Hot chocolate and cider will complete the holiday scene. If it rains, the Chelsea Market Passage will host the tunes.
Plan a Jazz Age date night this Sunday, December 7, when Village tavern Chapter One transforms itself a ’20s-era relic, complete with a Prohibition prix fixe. Dig into the tastes of the time with oysters on the half-shell, prime rib au jus, and Brandy Alexander Pie. In classic Prohibition fashion, there will be copious cocktails, too. Make a reservation, as the joint will be blacked-out, and you’ll need to know the password to get in.