Summer barbecues are already a distant memory, remedy so it’s time to break out the linens and entertain indoors. Whether you’re hosting a Holiday Party or simply ringing in the cold with a five-course meal, buy here are the hottest places to buy the gourmet holiday food you will pretend to have made from scratch.
The Candle Café | Many vegan and vegetarian restaurants have cropped up throughout the city, however very few have the capacity to delight and appease a table of diverse palates at a dinner party or soiree. The Candle Cafe is one of the few that has a track record of catering and providing high-quality, gourmet vegan takeout meals for special occasions. They will clearly have no Thanksgiving turkey, but they sure can work wonders with a Portobello mushroom.
Miss Lily’s | Few things warm up a cold December night better than jerk chicken, curried goat, and sweet plantains. Miss Lily’s is the perfect place to get that dinner party spread that your guests will never forget. Hot, flavorful Jamaican food in the middle of New York winter is just what the doctor ordered. Don’t forget to order Dark and Stormy Rum Cake for dessert–and don’t be afraid to pair it with actual rum.
City Bakery | If you’ve ever had City Bakery’s Mac & Cheese, homemade hot chocolate, or pretzel croissants, you know that their food is mouthwatering. City Bakery is happy to provide food for any of your dinner parties. The menu contains all of the classics, plus some seriously gourmet offerings. Dishes like pheasant soup and cornbread with bacon will bring happiness to the whole family.
Essex | Hosting dinner parties in your home can be delightful, however inevitably this involves a last-minute redecorating spree and a full-blown liquor cabinet restock. To skip the stress of hosting the dinner yourself, host your guests at Lower East Side hotspot Essex. Essex boasts the perfect Prix Fixe party menu for the holiday season. With oysters, potato pancakes, strip steak and more, your guests will enjoy both a delicious meal and unforgettable ambience.
Butterfield Market | As far as gourmet markets go, Butterfield is definitely in the top tier both in quality and in price-point. With endless catering and holiday meal pickup options, Butterfield is capable of providing everything from a hearty winter brunch to a decadent feast. Just about every carved, roast, herbed and baked meat you can possibly imagine is available, so this is the place to come if you’d like a lot of options for your guests to choose from.
– Naakai Addy