MEATPACKING DISTRICT — Today Major Food Group partner Jeff Zalaznick sends word that Santina, the Torrisi team's coastal Italian blockbuster beneath the Highline has an official opening date: January 15. Mark your calendars.
GREENWICH VILLAGE — Sweetwater Social is hosting an Ugly Sweater Party in combination with their First Annual Toy Drive on December 22. The event starts at 5 p.m. and everyone who brings a sealed toy will receive one cocktail on the house. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 212-253-0477. [Facebook]
LOWER EAST SIDE — Bowery Hotel restaurant Gemma is now accepting reservations for Christmas Day. Gemma will be serving its regular dinner menu, in addition to special holiday items like potato and leek soup, roasted suckling pig, and panettone pudding for dessert. Call 212-505-7300 to make reservations. [EaterWire]
UPPER WEST SIDE and WEST VILLAGE — Red Farm's black truffle dumplings are back on the menu starting today. Stuffed with chicken, pork, and, of course, black truffles, they cost $20 for two and will be available while the truffles are in season. [EaterWire]