What can condiment connoisseurs expect at mustard boutique Maille and how will Le Cirque celebrate its 40th anniversary? That and more in this week's dining news....
Just a few of the mustards available at Maille.
A Mecca for Mustard Aficionados Opens its First Location
Maille, which recently opened its first U.S. outpost in the Upper West Side, isn’t your run-of-the-mill condiment shop. This Dijon mustard brand offers more than 20 varieties of mustard and mustard on tap. Pierette Huttner, the boutique's mustard sommelier, is also onsite and will be able to guide you through all the flavors. 185 Columbus Ave., 212-724-1014
Le Cirque Fêtes Andrea Bocelli for 40th Anniversary Le Cirque, one of New York’s most iconic restaurants, is celebrating its 40th anniversary with Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli, recipient of the UN Global Citizen of the Year Award, for a festive four-course truffle dinner on December 16. Proceeds from the dinner will benefit the Andrea Bocelli Foundation. 151 E. 58th St., 212-644-0202
Tijuana Picnic Opens in the LES
Mexican food is having its moment in New York with a number of hot restaurant openings like Cosme and Empellon Al Pastor. The latest is Tijuana Picnic on the Lower East Side from experienced owners Jon Neidich and Jean-Marc Houmard. Expect dishes like grilled corn with cricket aioli spiked with coffee-chipotle powder and red snapper ceviche that calls on quality ingredients from Chef Alex Lopez. 151 Essex St., 212-219-2000
Blue Ribbon Bakery Offers a Special Holiday Treat
Forget the cronut this holiday season—Blue Ribbon Bakery is offering a special challah jelly doughnut from December 16-24. These sweet morsels are filled with homemade raspberry jam and sprinkled with powdered sugar on top. 14 Bedford St., 212-647-0408
Personalized Chocolates at Voila Chocolat
Customers at Voilà Chocolat don’t simply browse through a selection of gourmet chocolates—they can also create their own culinary confections. From truffles to chocolate bars, experts like Christophe Toury and Dennis Teets will guide you to make chocolates personalized to your taste. They also offer classes for small and large groups. 221 W. 79th St., 212-920-8799
Warm Up with Il Principe's Hot Chocolates Il Principe’s hot chocolate menu is the perfect antidote to the season’s cold temperatures. This Italian restaurant in Hotel Hugo is serving several versions: a traditional mix with Belgium dark chocolate, the Mocha Italiano made with an espresso shot, and L’Orange, which is spiked with Cointreau and Drambuie. 525 Greenwich St., 212-608-1211
Get Festive at The Lambs Club The Lambs Club is an ideal restaurant to get into the holiday spirit this year. On December 20 and Christmas Day, diners will not only savor Geoffrey Zakarian’s food but will also be serenaded by carolers. The menus are $68 for adults and $35 for children. 132 W. 44th St., 212-997-5262
Bacchanal Starts Serving Brunch Bacchanal's chef Craig Hopson is now serving brunch favorites like whole grain waffles and the restaurant's namesake omelette made with Brussel sprouts, potatoes, and manchego. Guests can opt for unlimited drinks for an additional $20. 146 Bowery St., 646-355-1840