Next Week’s NY Happenings: Txikifest, The Living Room, Taste of LIC

SUNDAY: Basque in the Sun At Txikifest
Legendary Basque wine Txakoli gets its turn in the spotlight at this year’s Txikifest. Chelsea’s Txikito (pronounced “chiquito,” but you knew that) does the hosting, with a mini-street fair going off in their back alley. Pintxos will be served by co-hosts El Quinto Pino and La Vara. Ringers like The Hurricane Club and Sullivan Street Bakery will also be pitching in on the Basque tapas action.
Txikifest at Txikito (240 Ninth Ave., Chelsea) starts at 1pm on Sunday, June 2nd. Tickets are $50, with proceeds benefitting Sanctuary for Families. To learn more about the restaurant, check out Txikito’s listing at BlackBook Guides.

TUESDAY: South Beach Into FiDi
The W New York – Downtown celebrates the return of the heat with this week’s Terrace Fest at The Living Room. Tuesday night sees W South Beach barman Tomer Doar paying a visit to the big town, with a Pavan Liqueur bar and Cuban sandwiches to keep the Miami vibes flowing.
Travel Tuesday at The Living Room Bar& Terrace (123 Washington St., Financial District) starts at 6pm on Tuesday, June 4th. Tickets are required. To learn more about the bar, check out The Living Room’s listing at BlackBook

TUESDAY: The 8th Annual Taste of LIC
To witness Long Island City’s continuing evolution, look no further than the 8th Annual Taste of LIC, which brings all the new hotspots to Gantry Plaza State Park. Alobar, M. Wells Dinette, and Pachanga Patterson are among the local heroes dishing out delights along the East River.
General admission entry to the 8th Annual Taste of LIC starts at 6:30pm on Tuesday, June 4th. Tickets are $60. M. Wells Dinette (22-25 Jackson Ave., Long Island City) will be among the many purveyors of food and drink. To learn more about the restaurant, check out Dinette’s listing at BlackBook Guides.

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Holiday Dining For All New Yorkers

Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukah, Kwanza, or what have you, there is always a good reason to dive into a plate of roasted venison or sip a cup of mulled wine this time of year.

Start the celebrating early at the Basque restaurant Txikito in Chelsea. There, from December 19 through the 21 they are celebrating Saint Thomas, or Santo Tomas, with a special feast. In Basque country, usually they parade a pig around town that later gets raffled off. Since letting livestock loose is illegal in the city, Txikito will be offering three suckling pig feasts instead. You can also indulge in customary dishes including Talo Con Txistorra Casera, or tortillas with homemade paprika and sausage.

For a feast closer to Christmas, there is no better place to get in the holiday spirit than at the Rock Center Café. Not only can you ice skate and ogle the tree, but you can chase it with a $69 holiday feast including lobster bisque, braised short rib with pumpkin polenta, and New York-style cheesecake. Over at The John Dory Oyster Bar, chef de cuisine Josh Even has taken Christmas dinner and done it British style with his take on the feast of seven fishes. For $85 this includes a rich seafood stew and chorizo-stuffed squid, or, you can forgo the prix fixe and order a la carte.  

On Christmas Eve, chef Ben Pollinger at Oceana also is doing a feast of the seven fishes with plates of roast Maine lobster and caviar, Arctic Char with fennel and a razor clam vinaigrette, and gingerbread panna cotta, all for $95 or $145 with wine pairing. 

Now, if game meat is what you crave, you can get it at Tocqueville. There, chef Marco Moreira serves spice-crusted venison loin, house-made sausage, glazed chestnuts, and an array of hot cocktails to warm you for the holiday. The meal, sans drinks, runs $95 per person on Christmas Day.

Finally, to round out the full holiday dining experience, Takashi is open for their usual dinner hours, and offer a take on the traditional Jewish feast for Christmas—Asian cuisine. True, usually it’s Chinese food that makes the scene, but up the ante here, and celebrate at this West Villageyakiniku with a make-your-own cow blood pancake with apple cider butter or the seven-day miso-marinated grilled sweetbreads with saffron risotto.

No matter how you do it, these are all bloody great starts to 2013.