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Surely everyone is aware of the divine pleasures which attend a wintry fireside..

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The city is slowly filling with holiday tourists and we've been making our rounds to visit all of the city's holiday markets and partaking in all of the holiday festivities before they're too crowded. Here's what's on our list of things to see and try this week:

Treats & Eats

1. As you can tell from past posts, I love pop-ups in the city (Saints & Sinners / Eureka). With the holidays come plenty of pop-ups, including Baita, Eataly's answer to warming up this winter. Replacing Birreria, the famous market's rooftop microbrewery. "A short ride up Eataly's elevator to La Birreria transports you to Baita, a rooftop Italian ski lodge serving up hot cocktails, fresh pastas and plenty of festive holiday decor", describes Melissa Kravitz of AMNY. If you can't make it this month, Baita is open through March 2016.

2. Another transformed rooftop is the McKittrick Hotel's The Lodge at Gallow Green, in its second year. The Lodge takes over Gallow Green, looking over NYC, above the action of Sleep No More. "The Lodge was actually envisioned as a “bothy", a structure usually found in the mountains of Scotland and used by hikers who are passing through. Besides the main lodge, there is a tiny old boathouse where guests can relax on a small canoe as well as an outdoor area with blankets and a fire pit. The bothy itself...features various pockets for lounging, including a small bedroom with a desk, a bench and a bed; a bunk-bed area, and a long table adjacent to a fireplace."

Sights & Sounds 

1. Some great performances are happening in the city throughout the holiday season. Grab a ticket quickly, as they're selling out fast, to see Macbeth at New York distilling company in Greenpoint tonight, Wednesday the 9th through Sunday the 13th. "Come and experience the mysterious, dark world of William Shakespeare’s Macbeth, brought to you by FoxWolf Productions. It’s a night full of spirits (Open Cocktail Bar provided by NY Distilling Co.), a dramatic live score (www.zacselissen.com), and visceral consequences."  Directed by Jamie Watkins and conceived by Masterfool, there will be some tickets sold at the door. So, you'll have another chance if case they sell out online.

2. Dec 11th-31st, "The Classical Theatre of Harlem, in its debut at the world famous Apollo Theater, brings a new Harlem-based holiday musical that crosses genres — from disco to rock to gospel that promises to be a classic for years to come. The Apollo’s Soundstage is transformed into a winter wonderland when beloved Christmas carols are re-imagined as dynamic new songs, destined to become holiday favorites for a new generation. The First Noel follows three generations of a family affected by the tragic loss of a loved one, when an unexpected visit reveals some long-absent Christmas joy. It is a story about how a community is healed, one family at a time, as everyday people do extraordinary things to help one another receive the gift of love at Christmas time."

As always, if you'd like our help planning your weekend, or booking tickets, let us help!