MMTM’s Chrismukkah Picks

This year’s holiday season is doubly joyous, with Christmas and Hanukkah overlapping for the first time in a while. However, double the fun also means double the work, with the preceding weeks full of gift wrapping, cocktail parties, cookie swaps, tree cutting, candle lighting, and nights of home decorating. So, why not save some energy with a relaxed holiday meal prepared for you by some of the city’s finest chefs and cooks? Miami eateries are offering a number of delightful dining options, including prix-fixe dinners, buffet spreads, a la carte options, and prepared meals ready for you to take home. Read on for our picks of some of the great restaurant meals that can be enjoyed, fuss-free, during Hanukkah and Christmas – a.k.a. Chrismukkah.

Pubbelly (South Beach): Get an early jump start on your Christmas gluttony at the third annual La Parranda celebration at Pubbelly on December 20th. Chef Jose Mendin is inviting Goya chef Fernando Desa to host their much-loved Puerto Rican Christmas celebration dinner. Serving up a collection of 10 family style dishes, guest chefs Xavier Torres of Drunken Dragon and German Alejandro of Alavara Dorado (Puerto Rico) will also be stopping by to work their culinary magic. Two seatings are available: one at 7PM and one at 9:30PM.

The Wynwood Yard (Wynwood): Celebrate Chanukah on December 27th from 7-11PM with the Rogers Park Band. Hosted by Chabad at Midtown, this Chanukah party will start with the kindling of The Yard’s unconventional uber artsy Menorah under the stars, followed by specialty latkes, artisanal schnitzel, and Israeli fare from Shnitz n’ Fritz, Miami’s first ever Kosher food truck. Specialty drinks will also be available from The Bar at The Yard.

Beaker & Gray (Wynwood): Executive Chef Brian Nasajon’s is shaking things up this Christmas with his holiday go-to’s – Jewish and Chinese cuisine. On Christmas Day, guests will be treated to alternative holiday a la carte offerings including General Tso’s Chicken, Potato Latkes, Lo Mein, and Shakshuka.

Blue Collar (MiMo): Like all truly great holidays, Chanukah is mostly about food. To that end, Chef Daniel Serfer and Blue Collar are offering Jewish Holiday Baskets for all eight nights of Chanukah for the Seder good. Baskets are $35 per person and include latkes & apple sauce, Marsha’s salad, braised brisket, and roasted potatoes, plus a choice of veggie side and dessert.

The Dutch (South Beach): On Christmas Eve, the $50 per person dinner will include a traditional Caja China Pig Roast along with other savory Latin dishes prepared by Executive Chef Adonay Tafur. Guests can spend the evening in the Grove, the Dutch’s lush outdoor playground, enjoying board games and sipping Coquitos, all while enjoying live music by DJ Bre.

StripSteak by Michael Mina (Miami Beach): Fontainebleau’s modern American steakhouse is offering a three-course, holiday-inspired prix-fixe menu priced at $75 per person, available from 6-11PM, on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Guests will enjoy a first course of Roasted Baby Beets followed by the main course of Wood Grilled Filet Mignon. For dessert, diners will enjoy Warm Apple Crumble with eggnog ice cream.

Scarpetta (Miami Beach): Those seeking a rustic yet elegant holiday meal with a nod to the Feast of the Seven Fishes can indulge in Scarpetta’s four-course prix-fixe menu available on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day from 6-11PM. Priced at $75 per person, guests will enjoy Cioppino with mussels, clams, prawns, and shellfish brodo followed by Tagliatelle and Seared Snapper, and Salted Caramel Budino for dessert.

Izzy’s Fish & Oyster (South Beach): Get ready for a “Feast of the Seven Fishes” at Izzy’s! Menu highlights include Chilled Bangs Island Mussels, Linguini with Clams, Oysters, Maryland Crab Stuffed Maine Lobster, and Lemon Meringue Pie. Cost is $65 per person or $100 per couple, with an optional wine pairing for an additional $25 per person.

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Vagabond Kitchen and Bar (MiMo): Chef Roberto Dubois has cooked up a delicious four-course dinner menu for Christmas Eve. Guests can enjoy this meal for $69 per adult and $35 per child under 12. Following the Christmas Eve dinner is Vagabond’s Christmas Brunch at $45 per adult and $35 per child. Guests can sip on bottomless mimosas and bellinis for $18 for two hours, or by the glass for $9.

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The National Hotel (Miami Beach): Enjoy a prix fixe Holiday Temptation featuring three delectable courses and two specialty cocktails for $65 per person. Standout dishes include Lobster Bisque, Beef Carpaccio, Lamb Chops, 14 oz. Angus Prime Rib, and a Pecan Tart. Dinner will be accompanied by live musical performances from Live! at the National, the hotel’s unique talent of South Florida singers and piano players at their iconic Blues Bar, while sipping refreshing handcrafted cocktails.

Mandarin Oriental, Miami (Brickell Key): The hotel’s two signature restaurants are offering up delectable options for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day meals. Azul will be offering a 4-course dinner for $125 per person on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. The menu will feature dishes such as Foie Gras Torchon and Suckling Pig, as well as an a la carte menu for kids under 12. On Christmas Eve, La Mar will feature their a la carte menu and an assortment of special Christmas Eve dishes including Pastel de Choclo and Cordero, while on Christmas Day, the restaurant will feature its notable Sunday offering at $85 per person, including Champagne and unlimited brunch or $120 per person for premium entrees.
Pinch Kitchen (Shorecrest):For those that don’t want to cook for Christmas Eve this year, Pinch will be offering a Holiday Feast-To-Go. There are two options for the Holiday Feast-To-Go – a stuffed crown roast of lamb ($370.00) or a whole turkey ($250.00). Each option serves six people and includes the following sides: truffled pommes puree, Pinch holiday salad, homemade buttermilk biscuits, sautéed garlicky broccoli rabe, and fire roasted bell peppers. The last day to place orders for the Holiday Feast-To-Go is December 21st, and orders will be available for pick up on December 24th until 4:30PM.

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