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7 Things to Do in NYC This Weekend (Besides SantaCon)

Here's your game plan for avoiding the annual bar crawl
What to Do in NYC This Weekend December 8 to 10
Photo: Great Northern Food Hall

Santapocalypse has arrived in NYC, but avoiding the annual stumble through the city shouldn't involve staying locked up in your apartment. Instead, make your way to these seven weekend food events, where showing up in a Santa costume is purely optional.

All Weekend

Relax, Dammit

Relieve holiday stress with a staycation at Long Island-based Blue Point Brewing's LES pop-up "travel agency" via one of its seasonal ales. 

Julefrokost

Noma cofounder Claus Meyer is hosting this traditional Danish Christmas feast all month long at the Great Northern Food Hall. The family style meal includes house-made gravlax, crispy pork loin with pickled cabbage and rice pudding with toasted almonds and cherry sauce.

Donner and Blitzen's Reindeer Lounge

There are enough twinkly lights and holiday-themed drinks at this pop-up bar to convert even the crabbiest of Scrooges. Claim an oversize chair by the virtual fireplace, order an Elf Nog (Fernet-Branca, crème de menthe and cream) and settle in with an everlasting playlist of Christmas tunes.

Saturday, December 9 

Caviar Day

If you're planning on throwing a swanky dinner party this season, make your way to Eataly's Flatiron location, where all caviar tins are 30 percent off and there's no judgment in asking for a second (complimentary) sample.

Analogue Whiskey Festival

Need a break from mulled wine? This Greenwich Village cocktail bar's craft booze festival is back, with tastings from more than 20 renowned distilleries.

Spice Up Your Holidays Cooking Class

Famed chef Floyd Cardoz is sharing his expertise in Indian cuisine. Head to his Soho restaurant where you'll learn how to make shellfish stew with coconut, braised lamb and a sweet take on naan that's laced with chocolate.

Sunday, December 10

Latkepalooza!

Get a head start on Hanukkah festivities at the Museum of Jewish Heritage—the family-oriented party features music, hands-on activities and, yes, many potato pancakes to be had.

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