Beat the post-holiday blues with savings, courtesy of January 2018 restaurant weeks in a city near you.
Traditional hot toddies are simple propositions: liquor, hot water, and honey. Maybe some herbs or spices if the composer is feeling inspired. Despite the small ingredient list, they deliver a big hit of heat. Here are 9 top hot toddies to sip when the mercury drops.
Travelle Kitchen + Bar, Chicago, Illinois
The apple hot toddy is redolent with a wealth of warming spices: clove, cinnamon, allspice, and nutmeg. Powered by rye and Luxardo maraschino liqueur, and sweetened with spiced syrup, apple tea gives it depth. A cherry speared on a sprig of rosemary, cinnamon stick, and orange peel finish it off. Make a reservation at Travelle Kitchen + Bar.
Death or Glory, Delray Beach, Florida
The Hottie Choco Toddy will cure all your winter blues. Made with hot chocolate and Afrohead Briland 07 dark rum, it’s garnished with a cinnamon stick. Doctor Feelgood would surely approve. Make a reservation at Death or Glory.
Bergerac, San Francisco, California
With a name like Beety.S.M., you know this cocktail is going to be dangerously delicious and tantalizingly titillating. Beet-infused tequila is the dominant flavor, while allspice, lemon, and honey take on sub roles. Whip and blindfold sold separately. Make a reservation at Bergerac.
Coda di Volpe, Chicago, Illinois
This concoction should take care of your pesky cold. Bourbon and apple brandy are smoothed out with spiced ginger honey and lemon juice. Have three and you’ll forget you were even sick in the first place. Make a reservation at Coda di Volpe.
Oyster Bah, Chicago, Illinois
Meet the Loddy Todday. Forged with Bluecoat gin, Campari, Laphroaig scotch whisky, lemon juice, and Buddha’s Blend tea, it’s a powerful potion. Just what you need when it gets dark before happy hour even starts. Make a reservation at the Oyster Bah.
Buh-bye, 2017 — here’s to a new year and the chance to ring in 2018 with over-the-top, multi-course dinners and sips of Champagne. These 11 restaurants (and thousands of others on OpenTable) are serving festive dinners that are perfect preludes to that midnight ball drop.
Meritage Restaurant + Wine Bar, Boston, Massachusetts
There are two seatings for chef de cuisine Keith Bombaugh’s gala meal, with specialty dishes like scallop ceviche (leche de tigre, huitlacoche, popcorn), walnut cannelloni (sour cherry, hazelnuts, mornay sauce), and lobster (celery root, smoked butter, Johnnycake). Cap the celebration with Baked Alaska (Champagne, strawberries, meringue). Make a reservation at Meritage.
Bazaar Meat by José Andrés, Las Vegas, Nevada
Choose from a decadent 10-course or 12-course dinner, with hand-crafted tasting menus from Andrés, developed to “take guests on a journey of the palate.” Featured dishes include cotton candy foie gras, a wagyu bone-in ribeye, the bagels and lox cone; and tartare (beef sirloin, Savora mustard, egg yolk, HP Sauce, and anchovies). Make a reservation at Bazaar Meat by José Andrés.
Le Coq Rico, New York, New York
This truffle-centric, five-course meal is a perfect New York ending to an interesting year. Chef Westermann’s menu stars heritage stuffed roasted Emden goose (potato gnocchi, sour cream, apple-cinnamon red cabbage). Also featured: 12-spice foie gras with housemade baguette and, for dessert, black truffle Ice cream. Make a reservation at Le Coq Rico.
Uni, Boston, Massachusetts
Chef-partner Tony Messina, dishes up two dinners on the 31st. There’ll be an abbreviated à la carte menu with faves like spicy foie gras and tuna taki. Or, luxe it up with an omakase menu — 12 to 15 courses, depending on chef’s whim, with dishes such as king crab with brown butter, passion fruit and lardo, tai sushi with ebi shrimp and Perigord truffle tamago, and an A5 Japanese wagyu beef option, too, plus magnums of Champagne. Make a reservation at Uni.
Campton Place, San Francisco, California
Chef Sri Gopinathan will serve two menus at this Cal-Indian hot spot — one vegetarian and one for meat lovers. Special dishes include Dungeness crab (with kohlrabi, curry, and mustard bloom), poached Maine lobster tails (with spiced tomato butter), and a fruit kebab with pongal and coconut chutney. Make a reservation at Campton Place.
Deuxave, Boston, Massachusetts
Ring the year in right with a decadent modern French, five-course dinner (think white truffles and caviar), and dishes like Prime beef tenderloin (egg yolk raviolo, celery root Robuchon, bordelaise), duo of ahi tuna (Satsuma tangerines, blood orange consomme, avocado) and single-origin chocolate mousse (with New Year’s trappings). Optional wine pairings, too. Make a reservation at Deuxave.
The holidays are one of the busiest times of the year for Chinese restaurants, so booking a reservation for your family get together is as essential as ordering pork fried rice. Whether you prefer crab rangoons or General Tso’s, and whatever you’re celebrating, these eight Chinese restaurants will hit the spot.
China Live, San Francisco, California
This modern eatery is one of the most highly-acclaimed Chinese restaurants in the Bay Area. Score a seat at the first floor Market Restaurant and chow down on some chow mein. For a more intimate family dining experience, book one of eight tables by George Chen and experience a lavish tasting menu. Make a reservation at China Live.
Golden Temple, Brookline, Massachusetts
Just outside Boston is a Chinese food mecca open until 2AM on both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Take the T (Boston’s subway) for a NO MSG dining experience using only fresh ingredients cooked to order. Their modern, elegant dining room is an ideal setting to binge on their insanely extensive menu. Make a reservation at Golden Temple.
Hakkasan, Miami Beach, Florida
Tucked inside the Fontainebleau Resort, Hakkasan is serving up Cantonese cuisine against a backdrop of chic ambiance. The stunning dining room and a large assortment of menu items make this the perfect place for a gathering on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day. “With holiday offerings such as dim sum, Peking duck, wok-baked lobster, and a wide range of craft cocktails — it is truly the best Cantonese dining experience in Miami,” says chef Thomas Connell. Make a reservation at Hakkasan.
Imperial Lamian, Chicago, Illinois
This North River neighborhood spot is dishing out a special holiday menu. Bring the whole family and feast on specials like PEI mussels with green curry, cumin-scented dorade, and tofu cake with ground pork. They’ll also have plenty of holiday-themed signature cocktails to toast with. The menu will debut on Christmas Eve through the New Year. Make a reservation at Imperial Lamian.
Lionhead, Seattle, Washington
Known for its flavor complexities, Sichuan cooking is becoming more and more popular in the US. Come for the bao and stay for the chili cumin beef. Pro tip: this place is not for the those averse to a chili or two. Make a reservation at Lionhead.