— The tornado of costumed drunk people known as SantaCon will rip through Midtown, the Flatiron District, Gramercy, and the East Village tomorrow, starting at 10 a.m. The official SantaCon homepage has info about bars that are welcoming the sauced Santas, but some downtown taverns, like Phebe’s in the East Village, will be turning away these revelers tomorrow. Phebe's bartender Eleni Angeles tells the Times that on this day, people "get sick or do things they shouldn’t be doing indoors." If you are a business owner who does not want to play ball with this crowd, you can always print out one of these signs and hang it in your window.
— Speaking of SantaCon, our friends at Vox point out that, oddly enough, the frat-tastic event has its roots in ‘70s Danish performance art:
— The new location of pretty person restaurant Cafe Gitane in the old Hillside space will have the same menu and aesthetic as the original in Soho. Owner Luc Levy is also planning to open a location in Tokyo, and he’s contemplating bringing Cafe Gitane to Los Angeles, too. The Vinegar Hill location of the cafe will open in the spring.
— A new Chinese restaurant is moving into the East 49th Street space that housed Chin Chin for nearly three decades, as well as the shortly-lived Red Stix after that. Steve Cuozzo reports that chef Jun Pan, who worked as an instructor at Chinese Culinary Institute, will serve a menu focusing on "new Cantonese cuisine." He’ll be working alongside Michelin-starred dim sum specialist Mok Kit Keung. The new establishment will be called Bay Chinese Seafood Restaurant.
— Some of Times writer Eric Asimov’s most memorable wine-drinking experiences this year occurred at Maialino, Blue Ribbon Sushi, and Betony.
— The Wall Street outpost of David Chang’s fried chicken hit Fuku got initial approval for a beer and wine license earlier this week. The application notes that the space will have five tables.
— Cafe Boulud’s former executive chef Gavin Kaysen is opening a follow-up to his Midwestern hit Spoon & Stable. Called Bellecour, the restaurant in Kaysen’s hometown of Minneapolis will pay homage to his mentors Paul Bocuse and Daniel Boulud with a menu of classic French bistro fare.
— Here’s a hot take on the opening night of Union Square Cafe 2.0 from former Times critic Mimi Sheraton:
Cheers at grand opening Union Sq Cafe:Great space where regulars will want to sit downstairs;food good but missed iconic defining dishes.— Mimi Sheraton (@mimisheraton) December 9, 2016
— The Guardian’s Marina O’Laughlin revisits the London outposts of Shake Shack and Five Guys only to find that she still doesn’t like these American burger joints very much. Here’s Marina on the Shack: "The burgers are surprisingly tiny and weaselly for the price. The meat is uniformly grey, the buns damp and the taste mostly grill."
— Real Housewives star Ramona Singer tipped the bathroom attendant at The Ainsworth $100 earlier this week.
— Uber’s food delivery operation, UberEats, expanded service to Upper Manhattan, Queens, and the Bronx this week. It now delivers food from over 1,000 New York City restaurants.
— And finally, here’s a look at how Mile End’s breakfast poutine is made: