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Holiday Pop-Up Bar Season Is Here

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Plus, two events at Frenchette this week — and more intel

A Santa Claus figuring stands at the front of a bar, where people are standing in a space decorated for the Christmas holidays. Sebastian Heck/Miracle on 9th

Holiday pop-up bar season is upon us

Popular holiday pop-up bar Miracle is back in town for the season. Starting tonight, the Cabinet at 646 East 9th St. will be the first to turn into its Christmas-y version — including decorations and cocktails like a Christmapolitan (vodka with cranberry sauce), a Run Run Rudolph (tequila and cold hot chocolate), and a new one called SanTaRex, which comes in a Tyrannosaurus Rex mug.

More bars will get the Miracle treatment starting next Monday. East Village bar Mace (505 East 12th Street) will transform again next week, and Downtown Brooklyn bar Livingston Manor (42 Hoyt Street) will be a Miracle for the first time this year, starting November 25 as well, according to a spokesperson.

Meanwhile, sister pop-up Sippin’ Santa, where the drinks come from tiki master Jeff “Beachbum” Berry, will take over Boilermaker (13 First Avenue) in the East Village. Drinks there include a Kris Kringle Colada and a large format run punch called Jingle Bowl, which comes in a bowl that looks like a hot tub. It too starts next Monday.

And Brooklyn bar Leyenda is again doing its own holiday pop-up starting next Monday, too. Julie Reiner and Ivy Mix’s pan-Latin bar will become Sleyenda, with drinks like the Santa’s Little Cider (hot mulled cider and rum in a Santa’s Boot mug) and the Nutcracker Old Fashioned (hazelnut-infused bourbon, pecan-infused rum, macadamia nut orgeat, maple syrup, bitters in a nutcracker glass).

All of them end when the season does, at the end of the year.

The last piece of City Bakery closes

The final Birdbath Green Bakery — a spinoff of the now shuttered City Bakery — has closed, with staffers claiming that owner Maury Rubin owes them hundreds of dollars in backpay, according to Gothamist. The Grand Central location remained opened after City Bakery’s closure, which Rubin has said was due to debt issues.

In other news

— The owner of Champion Pizza now has a fried chicken-in-a-cone restaurant called Cluck’s.

In addition to the rooftop pool bar, the cocktail bar in a plane, and a Jean-Georges restaurant, the TWA Hotel is also getting an ice skating rink.

Frenchette is having a custom knife truck show on Monday, from 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Renowned bespoke knife makers Bryan Raquin, Nick Anger, and Will Griffin will be there. And on Wednesday, the restaurant will be cooking Meredith Erickson’s cookbook Alpine Cooking for a special lunch. Tickets cost $85 and include dishes such as spinach and cheese mezzaluna and Roussette poached trout. Email

— The next residency at Intersect by Lexus comes from Mumbai, a Goan restaurant called O Pedro. Chef Hussain Shahzad’s menu will start in February 2020.

— To get Goan food a little earlier, try Cardamom, a Sunnyside restaurant that Hungry City writer Mahira Rivers recently recommended.

New Yorker’s critic Hannah Goldfield likes F&F Pizzeria best out of all the newfangled slice joints, like Paulie Gee’s and Scarr’s.

— Couldn’t have predicted this: The East Village’s dog-friendly restaurant is having some health department issues.

— Lol

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