Restaurant news and notes

Here’s last year’s giant King Kong-inspired gingerbread creation by Norma’s at Le Parker Meridien. What will they impress us with this year?

The Orchard House
The Lower East Side welcomes a new restaurant to the block, The Orchard House. The new spot serves contemporary American cuisine, featuring laid-back weekday dining, handcrafted cocktails and local DJ entertainment on weekends.
146 Orchard St.
212-777-8600

Four-course dinner at Tocqueville
From now until Dec. 21, welcome the holiday season with Tocqueville’s four-course Marques De Murrieta Wine Pairing Dinner, which features wines from a 160-year-old Spanish estate. The $135 menu features warm octopus salad, braised rabbit with saffron ravioli, German-style pork tenderloin and a cheese course for dessert.
1 E. 15th St., 212-647-1515

Gingerbread extravaganza
We all know the story of Hansel and Gretel and that decedent gingerbread house in the forest. Now, New York’s best bakeries and restaurants have created their own gingerbread creations, which will be open for public voting in the lobby of Le Parker Meridien hotel from now until early January. Tickets to vote are $1, and all proceeds will be donated to City Harvest to feed NYC’s hungry.   
119 W. 56th St.
212-245-5000


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