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Christmas in New York: the restaurants and shops that help us celebrate

Looking for a place to get the essentials for a Christmas Eve feast? Or perhaps you’re leaving the cooking to the professionals and you’re looking for a place to make a reservation? With the holiday season in full swing, what better way to celebrate than enjoying some of New York City’s top eats. We have compiled a list of some of the best New York City food and market spots from our latest title Savoring Gotham: A Food Lover’s Guide to New York City. Enjoy and be merry!

Arthur Avenue: In the heart of the Bronx, Arthur Avenue is synonymous for its food and cultural venues of Italian and Italian American food. Here you can find a variety of restaurants and markets that are sure to cover your recipe needs. Looking for fish for your Feast of Seven Fishes? Check out Randazzo’s and Cosenza’s fish markets where you can buy the freshest from the sea. Or maybe you are just looking for a dessert to top off your meal. With some of the best pastry and bakery shops around you won’t have to look too far. Try out the traditional Addeo Bakery, home to their crusty Italian bread – wrapped in paper and string- or De Lillo’s Pastry Shop where their pastries taste as if you were in Napoli, Italy. With a wide variety of Italian cuisine, be sure to add Arthur Avenue to your list.

Eataly: Home to the most complete selection of Italian regional groceries, Eataly is a one-stop shop for all things Italian. Nearly fifty eight thousand square feet, Eataly is located on the first floor of the former International Toy Center Building on Fifth Avenue. Here you can check out Fulton Fish Market, eat from one of the seven restaurants, including their rooftop La Birreria, or choose your choice of takeaway.

Red Rooster:  If you’re looking for American comfort food with Swedish and African influences, then Red Rooster is the place to be! Ethiopian-born and Swedish-raised celebrity chef Marcus Samuelsson opened The Red Rooster in 2010 and it has since become a place of energy and excitement, as well as being a mark of diversity among other restaurants in the area.

Katz’s Delicatessen: This legendary spot, made most famous by New Yorkers themselves, is the perfect spot to grab some of the best platters, sandwiches, and meats. Ranging from pastrami to corned beef, sauerkraut and homemade Russian dressing; this is your go to place.

Fraunces Tavern: This landmark restaurant located in the Financial District is a colonial American tavern which is said to be the site where General George Washington offered his farewell at the end of the Revolutionary War. Today it is both a museum and restaurant. Check this local hot spot for a bit of history, craft beer, and great food.

McSorley’s Old Ale House: Another New York hot spot, McSorley’s Old Ale House is the oldest continually operating Irish Bar. With few modern improvements, McSorley’s sports rickety chairs, sawdust strewn floors, and memorabilia covered walls that make it feel as if you’ve transported back in time.

Delmonico’s: Since the 1830s, movie stars, socialites, and the like have all made their stop at Delmonico’s. The true essence of fine dining, this premier New York restaurant will not be the cheapest, but will be sure to satisfy your eating delights.

Dylan’s Candy Bar: Daughter of fashion designer Ralph Lauren, Dylan Lauren is the “brainchild” of one of New York’s candy empires. It’s a must visit for those with a sweet tooth for all things candy related.

Feature Image: “2013 Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting” by Anthony Quintano, CC BY 2.0 via Flickr.

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