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New York’s Finest Feast of the Seven Fishes Celebrations

Theres-nothing-better-than-quality-seafood-900x599It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and we’re not just talking about Christmas — we mean Christmas Eve!  Because that’s when Italians celebrate the Feast of the Seven Fishes (otherwise known as La Viglia), a multi-course, seafood-centric extravaganza, commemorating the wait for the midnight birth of baby Jesus.  But why should Italians have all the fun?  Even if your own family isn’t cooking up a shellfish spread, you can still get in on the under-the-sea action at the following restaurants — from Seamore’s to The John Dory Oyster Bar to The Clam and more!

Seamore’s

Seamore’s
390 Broome St
Little Italy,New York 10013
(212) 730-6005

Instead of just one night, Seamore’s will usher in La Viglia with a two-week long, Feast of the Seven Fishes series.  Starting on December 10th, a new fish-focused special will be offered during each day leading up to Christmas, from Fish Cakes with Curry, Linguine with Clams and Fritto Misto; to Shrimp and Grits, Stuffed Squid, Whole Roasted Porgy, and Creamed Polenta with Monkfish Ragu.

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Faro

Faro
436 Jefferson St
Bushwick,New York 11237
(718) 381-8201

For their first Christmas Eve, this Michelin Bib Gourmand honoree is throwing a fantastic Feast of the Seven Fishes dinner, for $100 per person.  Expect Kumamoto Oysters with grated watermelon radish to start, followed by Foie Gras and Tuna Bon Bons, Chilled Blue Crab Salad on house-milled bread, Warm Brandade with American paddlefish caviar, Cuttlefish Ink Maharrones with cockles, and Maine Lobster Tail and Lobster Agnolotti, concluded with Almond Cake with luxardo cherries for dessert.  If Kevin Addey’s sophisticated Italian isn’t enough of a draw, this briny feast should be.

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The Clam

The Clam
420 Hudson Street
West Village,New York 10014
(212) 242-7420

This terrific, seafood-focused eatery from Joey Campanaro and Mike Price is celebrating the Feast of the Seven Fishes with a five-course prix fixe for $90 a person.  Menu highlights at this West Village haunt include Wellfleet Oysters with chili mignonette, Lobster Chowder with yukon gold potatoes, and Spaghetti Fra Diavolo with rock shrimp and mussels, followed by 86 Proof Chocolate Icebox Cake made with bourbon, chocolate wafers, and espresso chantilly.

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Hearth

Hearth
403 E 12th St
East Village,New York 10009
(646) 602-1300

Chef Marco Canora will offer his annual Feast of the Seven Fishes at the cozy, East Village staple, Hearth, for $96 per person (plus $54 for wine pairings).  The festive menu will feature a variety of specialty fish dishes, including Marinated Seafood Salad, Linguine Con Vongole and Cacciucco (a Tuscan fish stew), plus Gingerbread Cake with roasted apples, toffee sauce and eggnog gelato for dessert.

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Vic’s

Vic’s
31 Great Jones St
NoHo,New York 10012
(212) 253-5700

Vicki Freeman and Marc Meyer’s Italian-Mediterranean in NoHo will welcome in La Viglia with an array of Antipasti, such as fried whitebait, roasted oysters, sea urchin bread and marinated mackerel.  A duo of pasta courses will follow, including Fontina Fonduta with American caviar and Linguine with clams, as well as Brodetto with black bass, tomatoes, capers and green olives, as well as traditional Sicilian candies and cookies for dessert.

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The John Dory Oyster Bar

The John Dory Oyster Bar
1196 Broadway
Midtown West,New York 10001
(212) 792-9000

Stop by April Bloomfield’s chic oyster bar on Christmas Eve for a six-course seafood spectacular, for $95 per person.  Just keep in mind (since she’s a famously meat-centric chef) that many of the courses will tend towards surf and turf, such as Rock Shrimp and Crispy Pigs Ear, Littleneck Clams with Bone Marrow, and Seared Scallops slicked with Foie Gras, which is more than fine with us!

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The Red Cat

The Red Cat
227 10th Ave
Chelsea,New York 10011
(212) 242-1122

Inspired by owner Jimmy Bradley’s Italian upbringing, The Red Cat’s Feast of the Seven Fishes will be served family style, with a flurry of tasty courses, including Hamachi Tartare with trout caviar, Nantucket Bay Scallop Ceviche, Crispy Shrimp with brown butter, Housemade Tagliatelle with peekytoe crab, Sauteed Calamari with fennel, Grilled Octopus with white beans, and Grilled Swordfish with quinoa tabbouleh and citrus nage.

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La Pecora Bianca

La Pecora Bianca
1133 Broadway
Flatiron District,New York 10010
(212) 498-9696

This buzzy newcomer in the Flatiron District is charging $80 per person for their Feast, featuring a traditional, five-course spread of Striped Bass Tartare, Cioppino with clams, mussels, sepia and monkfish, Ricotta Cavatelli with lobster, and Baked Whole Dorade with sunchokes and fennel, followed by Migliaccio Cake topped with the restaurant’s housemade preserves.

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