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Inauguration Day in NYC

Hill Country_exterior-1.jpgBuh-bye Bush.   I’d say that’s reason enough to celebrate this Tuesday, January 20th — Inauguration Day.   A flurry of restaurants around the city will be hosting Inauguration festivities and honoring the occasion with everything from Obama-tini’s, Chicago-style pies and my personal favorite, Hill Country’s “Give Bush the Boot” cocktail…

Hill Country
30 W. 26th St.
(212) 255-4544
The soon-to-be-former President Bush may be from Texas, but Hill Country’s all about Obama’s inauguration. So much so they’re serving a Give Bush the Boot cocktail, made with Lonestar beer and a shot of bourbon or tequila.  Pair it with the Presidential Platter ($25), which includes brisket, pork and beef ribs, chicken and traditional southern sides.  You can even watch the inauguration action right at your table.

833 Union St. (btwn. 6th & 7th Aves.)
(718) 857-8828
Park Slope residents have taken to this newcomer in no time at all.  The cocktail party called “M’Obama Express” starts early with “B’Arak” Mojitos” and Hawaiian-style edibles in honor of Obama’s birthplace.  Then, there’s Matthew Schaefer’s crab chowder.  What’s more American than chowder?  (Besides apple pie.)



davidburke Townhouse
133 E. 61st St. (btwn. Lexington & Park Aves.)
(212) 813-2121
If you can’t celebrate on inauguration day, consider celebrating the rest of the week.  That’s what David Burke is doing in his UES townhouse-cum-restaurant.  From January 19th to the 23rd, there will be specials, the likes of “CarpacciObama,” with seared tuna, octopus, pineapple and taro. A main course of grilled halibut with citrus sauce, white asparagus and black trumpets comes straight from the White House family cookbook. And dessert pay homage to Obama’s African background, with a banana-kola nut bread in a Kenyan coffee glaze and served with passion fruit sorbet.

181 W 10th St. (btwn. 7th Ave. S & 4th St.)
(212) 488-2626
If you can’t make it to D.C., you can celebrate in style at bobo in the West Village.   They’re going all out with a James Brown impersonator, band and bar party for $65.  The upstairs dining room will host a more civilized affair with cocktails starting at 7PM and dinner at 8:30. The best part of the evening? A photographer will be present to take photos of guests with Obama lookalikes!  

Klee Brasserie
200 9th Ave. (btwn 22nd & 23rd Sts.)
(212) 633-8033
Klee will be offering a $50 three-course menu from now until the big Tuesday 2-0. Chicago-style brats start off the meal, followed by Bluenose bass with caviar (the blue party did win after all.)  You can finish with a green apple strudel to celebrate the “green” movement.



Bloomingdale Road
2398 Broadway @ 88th St.
(212) 874-7400
$9.95 for a three-course is a pretty good deal any day.  But on January 20th, patrons can come in for a special lunch featuring soup, a sandwich with fries or salad, and ice cream and watch the Inauguration on one of the restaurant’s flat screens.  Order the Obamatini or one of the other seven Presidential cocktails on the menu for $6 – Nixon or Harding, anybody?



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2 Harrison St. (btwn. Hudson & Staple

(212) 966-6960
In honor of our 44th president, Chanterelle will be breaking out an
Inauguration Day lunch for $44.  Order a “Yes We Can” cocktail made with
prosecco, kumquat liquor and orange bitters.  Lunch specials include a truffle
butter and fontina pizza, lobster salad with applewood smoked bacon, and apple
cake a la mode. As you eat, keep an eye on the inaugural celebrations,
broadcasted live at the restaurant


70 Prince St. @ Crosby St.
(212) 219-8570
and Chicago have always been
at war when it comes to food.  Pizza, hot dogs…both think they’ve got the
best.  When at Savoy in Soho, dine Chicago style
for the big Inauguration Day.  Chicago-style pizza bites, mini-wieners
with cucumber relish, and Second
City bbq are just some of
the hors d’oeuvres that will be passed out.  And $75 will get you access to the food and an
open bar.  (Portions of the proceeds going to the Brennan Center
for Justice.)


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Sushi Samba
245 Park Ave. S (btwn. 19th & 20th Sts.)
(212) 475-9377
Brazilian and Japanese fusion food will be served with red, white and blue cocktails
with blue curacao raspberries and creme de coco for this Inauguration Party.


Chelsea Market
75 9th Ave. @ 15th
(212) 255-7990
Some of us will be
celebrating the inaugural festivities at home. Take care of dessert by ordering
a box of four Obama cookies from Eleni’s.
Each cookie is hand painted with either our soon-to-be president’s mug (it
really looks like him) or his name. If not cookies, get Obama in cupcake form,
in both chocolate and vanilla with white buttercream frosting.

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