Christmas 2015: Indulgent lunches in NYCChristmas 2015
In New York City, the weeks leading up to Christmas can be an endurance triathlon of sorts – everyone is working, shopping or heading to holiday parties. All of this frenzied activity usually results in a ravenous appetite. To satisfy cravings and get a temporary respite from the holiday hustle, here are five restaurants to indulge in a delectable lunchtime meal.
Infirmary NYC on the Upper East Side Chelsea
The name probably conjures less-than-pleasant associations, but it actually refers to the classic Louis Armstrong tune Saint James Infirmary. Infirmary NYC pays homage to the fabled American city of New Orleans in both name and cuisine. Kick calorie counts to the curb and order up an authentic Roast Beef Po’ Boy sandwich, complete with debris (pan drippings) on crusty French bread. Or opt for Southern Shrimp and Grits, made with Worcestershire-tinged beurre blanc and aged smoked cheddar. If you’re feeling extra adventurous, add on a Sazerac cocktail too.
Infirmary NYC is at 1720 2nd Avenue between 89th and 90th Streets.
Runner and Stone in Gowanus, Brooklyn
If you want to get a head start on hanging out in the next hot Brooklyn neighbourhood, become a regular at Runner and Stone in Gowanus. A classy but casual restaurant with an inviting modern design, the lunch menu offers a balanced scope of both lighter fare and full-plate options. Lunchtime patrons cannot pass up the chance to experience the Gruyere on Rye, a sophisticated twist on grilled cheese that’s prepared to perfection with red wine shallots. Leave room for handmade, baked-on-the-premises German Pretzels with house-made butter, a treat that’s one of Brooklyn’s best-kept secrets…for now.
Runner and Stone is at 285 3rd Avenue in Brooklyn between Carroll and President.
Claudette in Greenwich Village
This French Provençal restaurant blends the tastes of southern France with distinctly Mediterranean influences. The bright, cosy and chic interior reflects the refined menu options: begin with hors d’oeuvres (the warm garlic flat bread with truffle hummus is a favourite) and move on to the Spiced Ahi Tuna sandwich entrée, dressed with heirloom tomatoes, romaine and saffron aioli. Linger with a glass (or two) of pinot noir to extend the bliss beyond the main course.
Claudette is at 24 5th Avenue between West 9th and 10th Streets.
Bubby’s in TriBeCa
Bubby’s is known for serving real American comfort food made from real family recipes and only with fresh, organic ingredients. Brunch is an everyday occurrence at the TriBeCa location, so there are both sweet and savoury selections to sate whatever your palate is craving. Try the hearty and filling Huevos Rancheros or the deliciously rich Mac and Cheese (the latter is served as a shared plate). If you don’t have room for dessert, make sure to order some of Bubby’s Pie to go.
Bubby’s is at 120 Hudson Street on the corner of N. Moore.
Patsy’s in Midtown West
If you’re in the mood to dine like a movie star, treat yourself to lunch at Patsy’s. Family-owned and operated since 1944, Patsy’s has an illustrious history of hosting celebrities and dignitaries from every era. The Clams Oreganata or Stuffed Artichoke are tantalising starters to consider, but be prepared to pace yourself – the list of entrees is extensive. If you can handle the heat, the Rigatoni Fra Diavalo does not disappoint (hot cherry peppers can be added for an extra kick). Revel in the sumptuous, white tablecloth atmosphere and savour the meal, imagining the paparazzi waiting for you outside.
Patsy’s is at 236 West 56th Street between 8th Avenue and Broadway.