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It's never too cold for comedy! So it's not too cold to stop by our #23DaysofFlatironCheer tent!

We will warm you up with a tasty ginger spiced hot chocolate by  <a target="_blank" href="http://instagram.com/eatbonmi">@eatbonmi</a>on the North Flatiron Plaza! Take in musical comedy by  <a target="_blank" href="http://instagram.com/thepitnyc">@thepitnyc</a>while you spin the prize wheel to win neighborhood prizes!

 <a target="_blank" href="http://instagram.com/sonysquarenyc">@sonysquarenyc</a>also has some sweet swag and a warm place to go!

Out on the North Plaza by #FlatironReflection until 4pm!

#discoverflatiron #eatbonmi #thepitnyc #sonysquarenyc
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It's never too cold for comedy! So it's not too cold to stop by our #23DaysofFlatironCheer tent! We will warm you up with a tasty ginger spiced hot chocolate by @eatbonmion the North Flatiron Plaza! Take in musical comedy by @thepitnycwhile you spin the prize wheel to win neighborhood prizes! @sonysquarenycalso has some sweet swag and a warm place to go! Out on the North Plaza by #FlatironReflection until 4pm! #discoverflatiron #eatbonmi #thepitnyc #sonysquarenyc
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Today was another great Winter #WellnessWednesday, part of our 23 Days of Flatiron Cheer! Thanks to those of you who came out despite the cold to sweat with us this morning!💪
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 <a target="_blank" href="http://instagram.com/studioanya%2C">@studioanya,</a> <a target="_blank" href="http://instagram.com/nyhrc%2C">@nyhrc,</a>&  <a target="_blank" href="http://instagram.com/heart_nypt">@heart_nypt</a>all hosted free fitness classes for Flatiron guests this morning, and got the day started off right! Swipe for more!
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If you're interested in next week's Winter Wellness Wednesday, there are still classes available! Click the link in the bio for more info and to sign up. ⬆⬆⬆
#23DaysofFlatironCheer #discoverflatiron #winterwellness #winterwellnesswednesday
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Today was another great Winter #WellnessWednesday, part of our 23 Days of Flatiron Cheer! Thanks to those of you who came out despite the cold to sweat with us this morning!💪 . @studioanya, @nyhrc,& @heart_nyptall hosted free fitness classes for Flatiron guests this morning, and got the day started off right! Swipe for more! . If you're interested in next week's Winter Wellness Wednesday, there are still classes available! Click the link in the bio for more info and to sign up. ⬆⬆⬆ #23DaysofFlatironCheer #discoverflatiron #winterwellness #winterwellnesswednesday
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111Flatiron District Holiday Gift Guide

Flatiron District Holiday Gift Guide

Are you looking for fun ways to spread holiday cheer to friends and family? The Flatiron BID has put together a gift guide for the holidays featuring a wide range of gift ideas such as children’s toys, apparel, unique food baskets, and holiday keepsakes. Please contact businesses directly for more information.

Bath & Body Works, 304 Park Avenue South, corner of 23rd Street, (212) 260-9293

Bath & Body Works is bringing you gift ideas, inspiration, and new products throughout the holidays with their Christmas Gift Guide. Special holiday scents include Vanilla Bean Noel, Warm Candy Apple, and Twisted Peppermint. Bath & Body Works is also offering special discounts and promotions throughout the holiday season, including $10 off of purchases of $30 or more.

Bulletin Mini Mall, 927 Broadway, between 21st and 22nd Streets, (212) 228-1625

One of the newest additions to the neighborhood, Bulletin Mini Mall is an experiential retail store for women. Bulletin celebrates women in every inch of the stores through design, shopping experience, product selection, and programming. It’s also a great option for those looking to give back this holiday season as Bulletin gives 10% of all store profits to Planned Parenthood of NYC.

Eataly, 200 Fifth Avenue, between 23rd and 24th Streets, (212) 229-2560

The holidays in Italy wouldn’t be complete without panettoni and pandori. Traditionally, Italians give the festively wrapped cakes as gifts, as they symbolize luck and prosperity through the New Year. There’s plenty of time to get the foodie in your life the perfect holiday gift as Eataly will be offering extended hours by opening at 8 am on December 23rd and 24th.

Flying Tiger, 920 Broadway, corner of 21st Street, (212) 777-1239

Flying Tiger is crazy about Christmas with fun and quirky holiday treats, clothing, and ornaments. At Flying Tiger, you can spread holiday joy without breaking the bank with gifts starting at just $1.

L’Occitane en Provence, 170 Fifth Avenue, corner of 22nd Street, (212) 206-8860

Countdown to the holidays and treat yourself to must-have skin care, body and bath, and hand care gifts with L’Occitane’s Holiday Advent Calendars. Open all 24 chateau doors and find a surprise hidden behind each one. Featuring a selection of best-sellers, each calendar is filled with 24 days of beauty products.  

The LEGO Store, 200 Fifth Avenue, corner of 23rd Street, (212) 255-3217

For kids and kids at heart, shake up your imagination with holiday gifts from LEGO. Top holiday gifts include elaborate Star Wars, DC Comics, and Minecraft sets. LEGO’s smaller figurines and key chains also make perfect stocking stuffers.

Marimekko, 200 Fifth Avenue, between 23rd and 24th Streets, (212) 843-9121

During the holiday season, Marimekko is all about joy, warmth, coziness, and making wishes come true. Marimekko's gift guide is full of inspiring ideas for the Christmas stocking, including comfortable nightdresses, soft bathrobes, and sculptural vases.

Michaels, 675 Sixth Avenue, on the corner of 22nd Street, (646) 259-3911

Let Michael’s help you create a one-of-a-kind, DIY holiday gift with ceramic photo flower pots, watercolor greeting cards, and photo greeting cards holders.

Papyrus, Two Flatiron District Locations: 655 Sixth Avenue, between 20th and 21st Streets, (212) 355-1880 and 940 Broadway, between 22nd and 23rd Streets, (212) 228-2877

Papyrus has an extensive collection of holiday greeting cards and gifts like mugs, trinkets, dishes, and candles.

Rizzoli Bookstore, 1133 Broadway, between 25th and 26th Streets, (212) 759-2424

Rizzoli is the perfect place to get a holiday gift for the book lover in your life. The bookstore offers a wide collection of books from photography and design, to sports and foreign literature.

Sony Square NYC, 25 Madison Avenue, corner of 25th Street, (212) 833-8800

Sony Square NYC is a public space committed to showcasing innovations in products, music, movies and gaming. During the holiday season, shoppers can test out all of the latest Sony technologies and products.

Space Kiddets, 26 East 22nd Street, between Broadway and Park Avenue South, (212) 420-9878

Located in the heart of the Flatiron District, Space Kiddets is a children’s boutique with a funky vibe offering a one-of-a-kind selection of holiday toys and apparel.

Whisk, 933 Broadway, between 22nd and 21st Streets, (212) 477-8680

Whisk offers a wide array of kitchenware so you can get holiday gifts for everyone on your list. Whisk also provides helpful online gift guides for budgets up to $25, $50, and $100.  

Photo Credit: Flying Tiger

111Flatiron District Holiday Dining Guide

Flatiron District Holiday Dining Guide

The Flatiron District is the perfect place to spend the holidays! See below for a list of local dining options for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Please contact restaurants individually for reservations and more information.

230 FIFTH, 230 Fifth Avenue, corner of 27th Street, (212) 725-4300

Join 230 FIFTH for its Christmas festivities! On December 25th, 230 FIFTH will be serving a Christmas Day Buffet from 1 pm to 9 pm. The buffet will include Christmas favorites like honey glazed ham, oven roasted turkey, and prime rib. The meal is $42 for adults and $25 for children.

Black Barn, 19 East 26th Street, between Fifth Avenue and Madison Avenue, (212) 265-5959

Black Barn will be celebrating Christmas Eve with the Italian tradition of the Seven Fishes dinner prepared by Executive Chef Matteo Bergamini, born and raised in Toscolano-Maderno, Italy. The Seven Fishes dinner is $85 per person. Black Barn will also be serving its regular a la carte menu.

The Churchill Tavern, 45 East 28th Street, between Madison Avenue and Park Avenue South, (646) 476-8419

The Churchill Tavern is now taking bookings for dinner on Christmas Eve. Book early to ensure a reservation.

Eataly, 200 Fifth Avenue, between 23rd and 24th Streets, (212) 229-2560

This Christmas Eve, Eataly is bringing good tidings and cheer to the entire store, with special festive dishes at rooftop pop-up Baita, an Alpine bar in La Piazza, and a roaming drink cart. Eataly’s chefs will also be featuring cozy prix fixe menus at Le Verdure and Il Pesce. Eataly will be closed on Christmas Day, but will be offering extended hours starting at 8 am on December 23rd and 24th.

ilili, 236 Fifth Avenue, between 27th and 28th Streets, (212) 683-2929

Bring your friends and family to ilili on Christmas Eve for a celebration of goodwill and cheer as the restaurant will be offering a special four-course prix fixe menu for $78 per person. Entrees include Scottish salmon with golden beets and parsnips, diver scallops with eggplant and pomegranate, and stuffed grape leaves with lamb confit.

La Pecora Bianca, 1133 Broadway, on the corner of 26th Street, (212) 498-9696

On Christmas Eve, La Pecora Bianca will be offering guests a special four-course prix fixe menu for $75 per person, featuring holiday specials and La Pecora Bianca classics. Entrees include braised short rib with polenta and shaved brussels sprouts, swordfish with broccolini, turbot with cauliflower and caviar vinaigrette.

Le Coq Rico, 30 East 20th Street, between Broadway and Park Avenue South, (212) 267-7426

Le Coq Rico is open during its regular hours for lunch and dinner on both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. In addition to its regular a la carte menu, Le Coq Rico will also be offering a special $95 per person prix fixe menu. Special menu items include frog leg chervil soup, stuffed roasted Emden goose with potato gnocchi, and raspberry & vanilla snowman Vacherin.

Park Avenue Winter, 360 Park Avenue South, corner of 26th Street, (212) 951-7111

In celebration of the holiday, Park Avenue Winter will be offering a special three-course, prix fixe menu on Christmas Day from 4 pm to 10 pm.

Image via Black Barn

Are you offering a holiday dinner special? Please email info@flatironbid.org

111Flatiron Foodies: Cosme's Honey Nut Tamal

Flatiron Foodies: Cosme's Honey Nut Tamal

Today marks the third week of Flatiron Foodies, a part of the 23 Days of Flatiron Cheer, to help you with your holiday menu planning.

Tamal (also known as Tamales) and Christmas go hand in hand in Mexico. Cosme Chef/Owner Enrique Olvera and Chef Daniela Soto Innes share the restaurant's take on this holiday tradition that will leave your guests fighting over second helpings. 

Note: Ingredients are listed in grams as Mexico uses the metric system for everything, including cooking. We've taken the liberty to make the conversions to standard American cooking units for our fellow New Yorkers, and others reading this in the United States. 

 

HONEY NUT TAMAL 

Cosme
Chefs Enrique Olvera & Daniela Soto Innes

Serves:  8
Preparation time: 20-25 minutes
Cooking time: 1 hour - 1hour 15 minutes (30 minutes of cooking and 30-45 minutes in the oven)

Butternut Squash Puree:

  • 1 ea                    big butternut squash
  • 2 g (½ tsp)          salt, kosher
  • 4 g (1 tsp)           honey
  1. Wash the squash. Cut the squash longwise and clean from seeds and fibers.
  2. With a sharp knife create a grid pattern in the meat so they cook evenly. 
  3. Place the squash on a baking tray, face up, and season with salt and honey. 
  4. Cover with aluminum foil so the steam stays within the tray. 
  5. Bake for 45 minutes or until the meat is soft and you can see the grid pattern is opening up.
  6. Let the squash rest 15 minutes while still covered with the aluminum foil. 
  7. While still warm, use a big spoon to scrape the squash flesh out of the skin into a bowl. 
  8. The squash will be soft enough to become a mash simply by stirring.

Tamal:

  • 240 g (1 cup)     masa, white corn
  • 240 g (1 cup)     butternut square puree (from above)
  • 140 g (1/2 cup)  brown butter (room temperature)
  • 3 g (½ cup)        baking powder
  • 3 g (½ cup)        baking soda
  • 8 ea                   banana, leaf
  1. Mix the masa, puree, baking powder, baking soda and brown butter.
  2. Fill and seal the banana leaves.
  3. Steam tamales in oven for 50 minutes. Let the tamales rest at room temperature for 3 hours before refrigerating.
  4. Store in the refrigerator below 41 degrees for up to 3 days. To bring up to temperature, steam for three minutes in the oven (with leaf).

 Honeynut Fudge:

  • 2 ea                   honeynut squash
  • 90 g (6 tbsp)      butter
  • 1 g (1 pinch)      salt
  1. Peel the honeynut squash, clean from seeds and fibers and cut into a big dice.
  2. Bake covered until soft, and mash.
  3. While still warm, place it in a blender mixer, add a pinch of salt and emulsify with the cold butter. 
  4. Mix until a glossy, shiny, and fudgy consistency is reached.

Sikilpak:

  • 275 g (1 ¼ cup) plum tomatoes
  • 88 g (¼ cup)      tomatillo
  • 60 g (4 tbsp)      onion
  • 5 g (1 tsp)          garlic
  • 30 g (2 tbsp)      dry guajillo
  • 6 g (1 tsp)          thai chili
  • 0.3 pt (¾ cup)    pumpkin seeds
  • 0.2 pt ( ½ cup)   brown butter
  1. Preheat oven to 350F. 
  2. Place the tomatoes, tomatillos, onion, and garlic on a covered tray and bake covered until soft. 
  3. Clean the chilis from seeds and hydrate with water.
  4. Toast the pumpkin seeds.
  5. Blend all ingredients adding water until spoon consistency.
  6. Strain. 

Pumpkin Seeds:

  • 40 g (3 tbsp)      pumpkin seeds
  • 0.2 L (¾ cup)     canola oil, frying
  • 0.6 g (1 pinch)   salt, Maldon
  1. Soak the pumpkin seeds in water for at least 2 hours.
  2. Preheat the oil to 330F. 
  3. Deep fry the drained seeds until golden and puffed. 
  4. Let the excess oil drain into paper towels and season with salt while still warm.

Castelrosso Cheese:

100 g (3.5 oz)     Castelrosso 

Plate & serve: 

Remove the banana leaf from each steamed tamal and place in a bowl. Add honey nut fudge and top with the rich sikilpak. Garnish with the fried pumpkins seeds and castelrosso cheese. Enjoy! 

Pictured above: Chef/Partner - Daniela Soto Innes

Pictured below: Chef/Owner - Enrique Olvera

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111November News Roundup

November News Roundup

It's getting colder outside but the Flatiron District continues to stay hot with media attention highlighting restaurants and bars, health and wellness businesses, and neighborhood events. Stay up-to-date with the latest Flatiron District News with our monthly roundup of notable highlights.

  • After opening at 16 West 22nd Street in June, Korean-American steakhouse Cote has continued to receive positive critical acclaim. In a recent review, New York Times food critic Pete Wells called Cote’s beef, “in all likelihood the best at any Korean barbecue place in New York City.” In other restaurant news, Baita, Eataly’s alpine-themed pop-up restaurant, reopened on November 2nd (via AM New York).
  • November was another exciting month for the BID with our holiday launch party and the unveiling of Future Expansion’s Flatiron Reflection on the Flatiron North Public Plaza on Monday, November 20th. Flatiron Reflection was the winner of the annual Holiday Design Competition and will remain on view through the holidays as part of the BID’s annual “23 Days of Flatiron Cheer” programming (via Town & Village and Manhattan Digest). For more information on “23 Days of Flatiron Cheer”, click here.
  • In addition to the unveiling of Flatiron Reflection, the Flatiron District hosted several other noteworthy events throughout the month. In nearby Madison Square Park, our friends at the Madison Square Park Conservancy unveiled Whiteout by artist Erwin Redl. The installation is comprised of hundreds of twinkling LED lights in the Park’s central Oval Lawn (via TimeOut New York). On Veterans Day, tens of thousands of people lined up along Fifth Avenue in the Flatiron District to honor our nation’s veterans as part of the city’s annual Veterans Day ceremony and parade (via CBS New York).

Image of Flatiron Reflection and Holiday Launch Party

111New Neighbor: Doux Supperclub

New Neighbor: Doux Supperclub

The Flatiron/23rd Street Partnership is pleased to announce that Doux Supperclub, a Parisian-themed speakeasy featuring live performances, has opened in the Flatiron District.

Located at 59 West 21st Street, Doux features two distinct spaces. The front area is a café that offers French pastries and coffee. The back opens into a 2000-square foot lounge complete with a full bar serving up unique craft cocktails. The lounge also hosts themed dinner events with live jazz and other performances.

Each of Doux Supperclub's handcrafted cocktails are paired with chocolate. For those seeking a light cocktail, ‘Summer In St. Germain’ is made with Champagne, St. Germain elder flower liqueur, and strawberry puree. ‘Pardon My French’ is gin, Aperol rhubarb liqueur, and grape fruit juice and bitters. Whiskey fans are also in luck as the menu includes a classic Old Fashioned.

Doux’s daily menu includes French classics such as croque-monsieur and croquet-salmon on toast, toasted sourdough topped with spinach, tomato and goat cheese, charcuterie and cheese boards, and sweet and savory crepes.

Sunday’s four-course brunch is served family style and includes croissants and muffins with peach rosemary jam, classic French lyonnaise with frisée, poached egg, and bacon, crepes with red caviar, and choice of dessert. Each Sunday brunch includes a live performance.

Doux Supperclub also has space available for private events including a DJ booth, stand-up bar, and 80-person banquet seating.

Doux Supperclub is open 5 to 11 pm Tuesday & Wednesday, 5 pm to 4 am Thursday, Friday & Saturday, and 12 to 6 pm on Sunday.

Doux Supperclub, 59 West 21st Street, (212) 359-4200

Photo Credit: Doux Supperclub

111Flatiron Foodies: ilili's Baked Moussaka Eggplant

Flatiron Foodies: ilili's Baked Moussaka Eggplant

Welcome to the second installment of Flatiron Foodies, a part of the 23 Days of Flatiron Cheer, to help you with your holiday menu planning.

For the second week of the series, ilili Chef de Cuisine Daniel Dorado shares his Baked Moussaka Eggplant. This versatile dish can be served as a main or a side and is perfect for pleasing vegetarians and meat-eaters alike.

 

BAKED MOUSSAKA EGGPLANT 

ilili Restaurant
Chef de Cuisine Daniel Dorado

Serves:  6-8
Preparation time: 20-25 minutes
Cooking time: 1 hour - 1hour 15 minutes (30 minutes of cooking and 30-45 minutes in the oven)

Ingredients:

  • 3 pounds cubed eggplant, half of the skin in stripes
  • 1 cup large diced ripe Roma Tomatoes (skinless)
  • 1 cup large Roma canned tomatoes with juices
  • 1 cup sliced onion
  • 2 tablespoon sliced garlic
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • ¼  teaspoon allspice
  • ¼  teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½  cup water
  • ⅛  cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 58 round cherry tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon Kosher salt



To Prepare: 

Eggplant:

  1. Using a vegetable peeler, peel strips of skin from eggplant lengthwise and cut into 1-inch cubes.

  2. Deep-fry the eggplant in cooking oil until brown, remove from oil, and place on white paper napkins to soak up the excess oil. (For a healthier alternative, brush eggplant with oil and bake at 375 degrees until browned and slightly charred.)

Sauce:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

  2. Using a hot sauce pot, add olive oil and garlic and saute garlic until translucent, but not brown.

  3. Add the onions, all of the seasonings, and saute until onions are wilted.

  4. Add tomatoes, and water, and bring to a boil, allow to simmer for 12 minutes.

  5. Reserve for later use.

 

Baking Moussaka:

Place the eggplant in a 10-inch round baking pan and top with sauce and the 1 tablespoon of salt. Layer the cherry tomatoes in a circular fashion. Bake at 375 degrees for 30-45 minutes until the tomatoes are brown, with a slight char.

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Special Thanks to ilili General Manager Britta Priest.

Pictured above: Baked Moussaka Eggplant as served at ilili Restaurant.

Pictured below: Baked Moussaka Eggplant as served at home.
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Pictured below: Chef de Cuisine Daniel Dorado.
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Photos courtesy of ilili Restaurant.