Celebrate the Holidays with Chick-fil-A Catering

This post was sponsored by Babbleboxx on behalf of Chick-fil-A. All opinions and content are my own.

Chick-fil-A is a top notch option for holiday gatherings, including holiday office parties, family gatherings, girls’ night in, welcome home parties for college students, casual weekends at home, and many more. Chick-fil-A catering offers something for every taste, making hosting your family and friends this holiday season easier.

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Dinner at Baron’s Cove

Last week during Long Island Restaurant Week, we dined at Baron’s Cove, nestled on Sag Harbor‘s West Water Street with its sweeping views of the cove. Baron’s Cove is celebrating the season with their new ‘Chopped’ winning Executive Chef, Jay Lippin. He established his new post in July, bringing reimagined Hamptons classics including farm fresh food and East Coast American cuisine.

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Tuscan Inspired Dinner with Hatfield ® Premium Reserve Pork ®

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Here in New York, the weather is often unpredictable and with two young children, we much prefer to stay in and cook. For cooking with pork products, we look no further than Hatfield® Premium Reserve Pork®, which delivers a mouthwatering, steak-house inspired, exceptional eating experience without any hassle. For our latest recipe, we made our Tuscan Inspired Skillet Pork Chops.

Hatfield® Premium Reserve Pork® is highly marbled, tender, and very easy to cook. Whether cooked on the grill, in a skillet, or in an oven, you can’t overcook it. When it comes to With Hatfield® Premium Reserve Pork®, you can be confident that every cut is Tasty. Tender. Every Time.™

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Topping Rose House: Long Island Restaurant Week 2018

Long Island Restaurant Week is happening this week from Sunday to Sunday November 4th to 11th. One of our first dining destinations was Topping Rose House in Bridgehampton this past Wednesday evening. Restaurant Week features eight days of deals, with prix-fixe dinners across Long Island for $29.95.

Topping Rose House is a regular dining destination of ours. The service, quality of ingredients, and dishes are consistent and always very memorable. We started with Raspberry Prosecco Bellinis, one of my go-to signature cocktails that I find refreshing anytime of year.

We chose the following two appetizers: Crispy Salmon Sushi: Chipotle Mayonnaise, Soy-Honey Glaze; and Truffle Butternut Risotto: Apple Chips. It was a popular night! We arrived at 7:15pm for our 7:30 reservation, and the house was packed, even more so than some evenings during the summer season. Therefore, I recommend making your reservations now for this weekend.

Both were excellent choices. The Sushi pairs beautifully with the Bellini and I just love the soft, crispy texture. Almost each time I visit Topping Rose House I order this dish. My ideal evening would be this dish with a glass of white wine.

Photo by Satin Sky Photo

For our entrees, we had the Smoked Lamb Ragu: Goat Cheese Gnudi, Crispy Garlic; and Peconic Bay Scallops (Supplement $12): Meyer Lemon Cauliflower, Caper Soffrito. We tried each other’s dishes and were very impressed. The Ragu is the perfect dish for this chilly weather we have upon us this weekend. The Peconic Bay Scallops of course were succulent and sweet. When you come out east, you must order this dish. Peconic Bay Scallops are considered “the prize” of the East End and it is as local as local gets.

Our desserts also included two of my favorites: Buttermilk Panna Cotta with Caramelized Oats and Blood Orange, and Warm Chocolate Cake with Vanilla Ice Cream. We finished with chocolate truffles and miniature cookies, complements of the kitchen.

On Saturdays, please note that the reservations must be made by 7pm, until when Restaurant Week has to be offered.

Where to Dine Out for Thanksgiving on Long Island and NYC

If you find yourself missing out on family time at Thanksgiving because you’re too busy running around in the kitchen, then maybe this year it’s time to try something different. Here are six restaurants throughout the East End and New York City that will serve and or cater Thanksgiving for you, so you can sit back, relax and finally spend time with your loved ones.

For a gorgeous meal with an ambiance to match, East Wind in Wading River will be serving a full Thanksgiving Buffet in their gorgeous Grand Ballroom. Featuring all the flavors that Thanksgiving has to offer—Butternut Squash and Roasted Apple Bisque, Apple Chutney Stuffed Pork Loin, Roast Turkey with a Cranberry Compote and Steel Oat Crusted Salmon with a Warm Fig and Date Couscous and Pumpkin Beurre Blanc—you and your family are sure to have an evening you’ll be thankful for for years to come.

Claude’s Carrot Cake, Courtesy of Claude’s at Southampton Inn

The Thanksgiving menu at Claude’s in Southampton is chockfull of decadent items: for dinner, you can choose from a Local Cheese Pumpkin Ravioli with Truffle Sage Brown Butter and Parmesan Cheese, Pumpkin Ricotta Gnocchi, Heritage Roast Turkey with Stuffing, a Cranberry Trifle, Warm, Sticky Toffee Date Cake with Vanilla Ice Cream and their award-winning Carrot Cake. So for this Thanksgiving, spend dinner at Claude’s enjoying—and relaxing with—your family, instead of stressed out in your kitchen.

Desmond’s in Wading River is making it possible for you to have your turkey and eat it, too…at home! For $225 (plus tax), you’ll get a Golden Brown Roasted, 14-16 lb turkey—ready to carve —plus all the fixings; all you need to do is place your order by Tuesday, November 20th. With Desmond’s To-Go, you’ll be able to host a top-notch Thanksgiving dinner of 8-10 people without breaking a sweat.

At Gurney’s in Montauk, you’ll find a smorgasbord of foods: Artisan Cheese and Charcuterie boards, Chilled Seafood, Whole Roasted Organic Turkey with Cranberry Sauce, Gravy and Apricot Mostarda, Warm Honey Biscuits, Herb Crusted Beef Prime Rib with a Red Wine Jus, Sushi and Pan Seared Duck Breast with Wild Mushrooms, Fregola and Blackberry Port Sauce. For kids, Gurney’s is offering Cheese and Pepperoni Pizza, Apple Slices and Caramel, Organic Chicken Strips and Mac n’ Cheese. For dessert, you may have a hard time narrowing it down: Cinnamon Caramel Apple Cheesecake, Gingerbread Cream Cheesecake, Pumpkin Cream Cheesecake, Pumpkin Creme Brûlée and Pumpkin Bread Pudding—just to name a few!

Looking for an adventure outside of the East End? Check out the Thanksgiving dinner offerings at Greenwich Steakhouse and Demarchelier in New York City. For an upscale Thanksgiving celebration in the West Village, Greenwich Steakhouse is serving up a Traditional Turkey special, signature menu selections, Dry-Aged Steak and an ample bar to accompany the delicious foods.

For a familial atmosphere, family-owned and operated Demarchelier on the Upper East Side is the place to dine. With an a la carte serving of classic French dishes such as Terrine de Foie Gras with Toast Points, a specialty prix fixe menu and a traditional Thanksgiving meal of Roasted Turkey Breast, Stuffing, Cranberry Sauce, Mashed Potatoes and Carrots, there’s sure to be something here for everyone’s palate. If you save room for dessert, you can look forward to a decadent slice of Pumpkin Pie or Pecan Tart.

Five Favorite Activities on Long Island this November

As we approach Thanksgiving where cuffing season is in full swing and families join around the fireplace to share stories and pumpkin pie, Long Island is where to be. Below we’ve culled our five favorite activities you and your loved ones can do together this November.

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Mustang Harry’s

Located steps away from New York City’s Madison Square Garden and Penn Station is Mustang Harry’s, a legendary sports bar and Irish gastropub that is the ideal spot to catch up on all things sports on their large flat screen televisions strategically located all around the restaurant. Their 99-seat sweeping bar is perfect for locals and concert goers alike to grab a bite before or after the game or show, and there are plenty of booths and high top seating just opposite the bar.

Their menu includes elevated cuisine with a selection of handcrafted pub classics such as Shepard’s Pie and Fish & Chips, along with gourmet burgers, and appetizers with a little kick like their Crispy Calamari. Mustang Harry’s also serves a wide selection of signature cocktails, wine, beer, and spirits. Guests will easily settle inside this charming and lively establishment that evokes a post-industrial Manhattan with friendly, Irish character.

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Cleo at Mondrian Park Avenue

I dined at Cleo at Mondrian Park Avenue in Manhattan last Sunday on a calm evening, away from the hustle and bustle of New York Fashion Week, my reason for being in the city. Cleo Restaurant serves delectable Mediterranean cuisine including kebabs, Moroccan lamb, Branzino, and plenty of vegetarian options. They also have the sweetest waitstaff around. I could tell that they enjoyed being there and I appreciated their sincere hospitality and friendliness.

I started with one of their signature cocktails, Voodoo Child: Hendricks gin, Lillet rose, rosemary, grapefruit, lime, Peychauds bitters ($16). I liked that it was not sweet, but still light and refreshing. Additional cocktails include their Thai Basil Mule, Passionfruit Margarita, and Mondrian Old Fashioned made with Woodford Reserve Bourbon.

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The Clubhouse in East Hampton

My family and I visited The Clubhouse in East Hampton, the newest and ultimate game experience in the Hamptons that includes mini golf, bowling, an arcade room, a full bar, and dining options. Indoor and outdoor dining experiences are available at The Clubhouse, with an outdoor bar and seating area overlooking the mini golf course and patio. Live musicians play on the patio on select evenings.

During our visit, we did a full tour and played two games of bowling, a round of mini golf, and we ate dinner outside on the patio. Everyone had a blast, our daughter especially. She has been asking us almost everyday to come back to go bowling and play mini golf. Guess who will probably host her birthday party here next year!?

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Brooklyn Chop House Pop-Up in Southampton

Brooklyn Chop House is set to open in the Financial District on Nassau St. in September. My family and I had the opportunity to dine privately at their pop-up at Oreya in Southampton last week.

As one of the most unique concepts I have seen in some time (think traditional New York City staples with a twist of Asian flare), the menu focuses on Dim Sum and Chops, with dishes from Homemade Dumplings and Noodles to 50-60 day dry-aged Prime Steaks and Double Thick Cut Chops.
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The Backyard Restaurant at Solé East 2018

We visited The Backyard Restaurant in Montauk on a Thursday afternoon less than two weeks ago. As a family of four with two young children, we always prefer to make our reservations for dinner as early as possible. The restaurant was very accommodating and seated us promptly adjacent to their backyard garden, which I had never explored before. We generally sit poolside just in front of where the musicians perform on select evenings.

I was very impressed with the ample amount of property Solé East has. Guests could easily spend the entire day on property, resting in one of the hammocks, or by the campfire during the evenings. My daughter loved running around and sitting in the swings. It is the perfect family and couples destination that is within walking distance to the Village of Montauk and its beaches. A bike ride to the beach is just 3 minutes!
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Jue Lan Club

Last month, Jue Lan Club opened its doors for the 2018 summer season. Jue Lan Club, with a location in New York City as well as one in Southampton steps away from the train station, is a modern Chinese restaurant that features indoor and outdoor seating. My family and I visited the restaurant on a Wednesday evening in June. We appreciated that the restaurant during the day and early evening is child-friendly and that there was ample room for them to walk around and sit on the lounge chairs in between courses.

Jue Lan Club first opened in New York City in the old Limelight space in December 2015, and opened its Southampton outpost in the Summer of 2016. In addition to their signature dishes such as my favorite Chicken Satay and Edamame Dumplings, their menu includes seafood like the East Coast Oysters and the Deviled Eggs topped with Chilled Lobster. Specialty cocktails like the Lychee Martini and Asian Pear Sour are a favorite amongst guests, and are also available for $8 during happy hour.

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Junoon NYC

Junoon, or “passion” in Hindi, is located just steps away from Eataly and Madison Square Park in the Flatiron District of Manhattan. Serving authentic yet elegantly modern Indian cuisine, the restaurant received the prestigious Michelin star the year it opened in 2010. This was our first visit to Junoon, a restaurant that offers a fine dining experience in their main dining room, and a more casual yet refined vibe in their front dining room, or Patiala Room, just opposite the bar.

We arrived at just after 5pm. The waiting area, or lounge, had almost a personality of its own with its grand Indian decor, like you were about to walk into a dining experience rather than just simply a meal.

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The Preston House & Hotel

The Preston House & Hotel, which opened its doors just a few short months ago, is a boutique twenty-room hotel that entwines rich, Civil War era history with a chic and modern design and luxurious amenities. The hotel is situated directly across the street from the Long Island Aquarium. The hotel property is owned and operated by J. Petrocelli Contracting, which also owns the Long Island Aquarium, the Hyatt Place East End and the Sea Star Ballroom, located right across the street in Riverhead, as well as Raphael Vineyard in Peconic.

The hotel and restaurant are within walking distance to several nearby shops, the Riverhead Indoor Farmer’s Market (winter and early months), Suffolk Theater, and other attractions. It is also ideal for those who want to visit the East End and would prefer a midway point to the North Fork’s luscious vineyards and the Hamptons scene.
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