This free event, New York’s largest neighborhood holiday festival, takes place on Monday, November 28th in Lincoln Square, and the outdoor food tastings have become one of the best-loved traditions for event-goers. Restaurants include: A Voce, Asiate at the Mandarin Oriental, New York, the Atlantic Grill, Bar Masa, Breadsoul Café, Bouchon Bakery, Café Fiorello, Ed’s Chowder House, Épicerie Boulud, Europan Bakery Café, Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola & Great Performances, Gabriel’s Bar & Restaurant, La Boîte en Bois, Landmarc, Le Pain Quotidien, Luce Restaurant & Enoteca, Magnolia Bakery, Porter House New York, Rosa Mexicano at Lincoln Center, Sapphire Indian Cuisine, Screme Gelato Bar, Soutine Bakery, Telepan,’wichcraft, and other great Upper West Side eateries. Food will be served from 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Foodies of all kinds will enjoy samplings of a wide range of dishes such as: Atlantic Grill’s Butternut Squash soup with Cranberry Crème Fraiche; Café Fiorello’s Pasta e Fagioli and Chocolate Mousse; Hot Apple Cider and Clam Chowder by Ed’s Chowder House; Beignets with Caramel Apple Sauce from Asiate at the Mandarin Oriental; Soutine’s Peppermint Brownie, and plenty of other tasty treats. Tastings will be held under canopies along the sidewalks, snow or shine, at Time Warner Center at Columbus Circle, along Broadway between 62nd and 64th Streets and at Richard Tucker Park between 65th and 66th Streets.
Winter’s Eve begins with an annual Tree Lighting Ceremony at 5:30 p.m. in Dante Park, and in addition to the food tastings, is followed by a host of free musical acts, art activities, street performers, shopping specials and tons of family fun. Musical headliners include folk legend Arlo Guthrie, jazz singer Catherine Russell, kid’s rock and roll musician Joanie Leeds & the Nightlights, Broadway show Sister Act, Jazz at Lincoln Center, The Hot Sardines, Opera Collective and Select Blendz, as well as various marching bands. Other entertainment includes Arm-of-the-Sea theater puppets, Big Apple Circus, Dance Parade and ice sculpting by Okamoto Studio. Don’t forget to drop by the Winter’s Eve Dance Tent at 62nd Street and dance like crazy to Grammy Award winning band The Klezmatics!
In the spirit of holiday giving, The New York Cares Coat Drive is this year’s Winter’s Eve charitable partner; event-goers are encouraged to bring a gently used or new coat to donate at various drop-off locations throughout the district.
A portion of the Winter’s Eve Food Tastings’ proceeds will be donated to the New York Cares Coat Drive. For more information on Winter’s Eve visit: http://www.winterseve.org/