NYC Food Events for the Holidays and Beyond


Try Jewish/Chinese crossover foods, like this matzoh-crusted General Gau's tofu, at Woks & Lox. [Photograph: J. Kenji Lopez-Alt]

If you're spending the holidays in NYC and looking to do more than stay in the warm indoors, here are some classes, dinners, and outings to keep you busy and festive.

Saturday, December 21

Brooklyn Flea's Gifted Holiday Market
Saturday, December 21 and Sunday, December 22, 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Finish your Christmas shopping at the Brooklyn Flea, which has relocated to a bigger, warmer space in Williamsburg for the cold months, and snack on Smorgasburg offerings as you go. 80 N. 5th St., 2nd floor, Brooklyn, NY; event details

Monday, December 23

Fresh Winter Pasta at Eataly
Monday, December 23, 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eataly's chefs will teach participants how to make fresh ravioli, gnocchi, and pappardelle, which will be served in class with traditional seasonal sauces and wine pairings. Guests will take home the recipes for everything prepared in class. $100. 200 5th Ave., New York, NY; event details

Saturday, December 28

Woks and Lox
Saturday, December 28, 10:00 p.m. Chef Serious Eaters!) Chichi Wang and Noah Arenstein will join forces at Nom Wah Tea Parlor on a Chinese/Jewish dinner for the holidays, featuring corned beef wontons, chicken gizzard fried rice, and kugel with XO sauce, along with Woks and Lox's special brew, made with Sichuan peppercorns and matzoh at SingleCut Beer. Proceeds from the night's Chinese auction will go toward recovery efforts in the Philippines. 13 Doyers St., New York, NY; event details

Wooly Madness: All About Sheep's Milk Cheese
Saturday, December 28, 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Murray's Cheese Shop will host Matthew Ranieri of Old Chatham Sheepherding Company, the country's largest sheep dairy, as he leads a workshop on sheep's milk cheeses from Manchego to Roquefort. $60. 254 Bleecker St., New York, NY; event details

Gingerbread House Workshop
Saturday, December 28, 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Jon Lovitch, creator of Gingerbread Lane at the New York Hall of Science, will be leading a DIY gingerbread house workshop. Participants will receive a kit with pieces, icing, and candy. Free with NYSCI admission; $11 Adults; $8 Children. 47-01 111th St., Corona, NY; event details

Wednesday, January 1

Mochitsuki at Mitsuwa
Wednesday, January 1, 12:00 p.m. Head to the Mistuwa Marketplace to join in the traditional Japanese New Year celebration, which will feature taiko and shishimai lion dance performances. The main event is mochi pounding, a ritual in which one person pounds the rice with a wooden hammer while another wets and repositions it between strokes, keeping a steady rhythm. There will, of course, be plenty of mochi snacking to follow. 595 River Rd., Edgewater, NJ; event details

Saturday, January 4

Three Kings Day Coquito Crawl
Saturday, January 4, 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Head up to the Bronx for a trolley tour of the area's Art Deco architecture and dining spots old and new. Ticket include tastings of special fare from local restaurants and samples of coquito, an eggnog-esque drink from Puerto Rico. Trolley launch location TBA. $25. 851 Grand Concourse, Bronx, NY; event details

Ongoing Events

Spirit School at Brandy Library
Tuesdays and Fridays, 6:30 p.m.; Saturdays, 3:00 p.m. Ethan Kelley, the beverage director at Brandy Library, teach participants all about the art of alcohol, with plenty of drinks and snacks to aid in the lessons. $90-120. 25 N. Moore St., New York, NY; event details

Friday Night Dinner
Fridays, 6:30 p.m. Guest instructors and students from the chef's training program at the Natural Gourmet Cookery School prepare three-course vegetarian dinners each week, with dishes like wild rice pilaf in a baby pumpkin and roasted chili pepper soup with basil coulis. BYOB. $40. 48 W. 21st St., 2nd floor, New York, NY; event details