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Christmas In The City (and its ‘Burbs)

December 1, 2022 — Celebrate the most wonderful time of the year in Philadelphia and beyond with help from local premier chefs serving up unforgettable prix fixe menus and festive à la carte fare. Locales offering Christmas menus for dine-in and takeaway include Patchwork, Holy ‘Que Smokehouse, Urban Farmer, and Seaview Hotel & Golf Club, while Red Owl Tavern, Stella of New Hope, and Royal Boucherie boast plentiful brunches throughout the holiday weekend.

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CHRISTMAS DINNER FOR DINE-IN AND TAKEAWAY

Patchwork, a lively restaurant and bar focused on New American cuisine nestled on the 2nd floor of Hyatt Centric Center City Philadelphia, is serving up one thoughtfully collated multi-course dinner helmed by revered Executive Chef Jonathan Dearden, available from 5 – 9pm on both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Diners can enjoy an assortment of ultra-seasonal, hyper-local fare (including a mouthwatering flavorful lamb entrée) for just $49/person plus tax and gratuity, in addition to festive craft cocktails, sparkling wine, and local brews for imbibers to sip on.

Reservations are highly encouraged and can be made via OpenTable.

1620 Chancellor St | 215.985.1234 | www.patchworkphilly.com

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Seaview Hotel & Golf Club, the New Jersey Shore’s quintessential seaside resort located only 50 minutes from Center City, is offering shore-goers a robust prix fixed dinner in exquisite main dining room on Sunday, December 25 from 3 – 8pmFor $59.95/person, highlights from Chef Rudy Correa’s spirited Christmas menu include Corn & Crab Chowder, Grilled Center Cut Filet served alongside truffle whipped potatoes, haricot verts, and foie gras demi-glace, Prosciutto Wrapped Chilean Seabass with saffron risotto, haricot verts, and lemon beurre blanc, Mushroom & Butternut Squash Risotto, and Eggnog Crème Brûlée topped with fresh berries.

Reservations are required and can be booked by clicking here.

401 S New York Rd., Galloway, NJ | 609.652.1800 | www.seaviewdolcehotel.com/

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Holy ‘Que Smokehouse, the acclaimed Bucks County BYOB serving authentic Texas-style barbeque that’s made fresh every day, has the meat-lover in mind this holiday season by offering BBQ platters and bountiful side dishes available for takeaway. Fans of the beloved Texas-style BBQ joint can enjoy an extensive selection of meat and accompaniments including Brisket Tray (5lbs), Pulled Pork (5lb), Rack of Ribs, Beer and Cheddar Brats (5lb), and Brisket Cheesesteak Sliders (20 count). Side dishes (serving 12-15 people) include Mac ‘N’ Cheese, Cider Slaw, and Creamed Corn.

Orders for parties of more than 15 people must be placed by Saturday, December 17, while smaller groups interested in ordering can do so day of. To place an online order, or for more information on the menu, pricing, and pick-up process, click here. Pick up is on Saturday, December 24 from 12 – 3pm.

5788 Lower York Rd., Lahaska, PA | 267.544.5762 | www.holyque.com

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Urban Farmer, Logan Square’s modern American steakhouse, has a top-notch selection of holiday fare available for take-away and dine-in this Christmas. Guests dining at Urban Farmer can enjoy elevated offerings served à la carte including an 8oz. Pennsylvania Ham ($28) prepared with bourbon apple cider glaze, and a 10oz. 1855 Beef Ribeye ($40) crafted with red wine beef jus, and horseradish aioli. Both entrées are served with a heaping portion of Yukon Gold Potato Purée and Roasted Winter Vegetables. Desserts ($12 each) include Sweet Potato Pie, Apple Almond Crumb Pie, and Coconut Custard Pie – served by the slice and topped with a dollop of spiced whipped cream.

For those looking to celebrate at home, Urban Farmer’s Christmas At Home ($190) feeds 4 – 6 people and is available for pick-up on Saturday, December 24 and Sunday, December 25 from 12 – 3pm. Packages include choice of Roasted Prime Ribeye or Bourbon Apple Cider Glazed Ham, Housemade Cornbread, Brussels Sprouts, Yukon Potato Purée, Roasted Winter Vegetables, and choice of Coconut Custard, Sweet Potato Pie, or Apple Crumb Almond Pie for dessert.

Urban Farmer will be open on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day from 7am – 3pm for brunch service and 4pm – 9pm for dinner.

1850 Benjamin Franklin Parkway | 215.963.2788 |  www.urbanfarmersteakhouse.com/philadelphia-happenings/

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OPEN FOR PRE-OR-POST CHRISTMAS BRUNCH

Red Owl Tavern, the modern American tavern on Independence Mall, offers locals and visitors a chance to enjoy a celebratory Christmas brunch, with the dining room and bar open for brunch service on Sunday, December 25 from 8am – 2pm. Morning-inspired fare and lunch bites include Pumpkin Pie Belgian Waffle ($18), Loaded Hash Browns ($14), Wild Mushroom Toast ($19), Buffalo Chickpea Burger ($19), and Breakfast Jawn (18) crafted with Jersey pork roll, cooper sharp, hash brown, fried eggs, and long hot aioli, served with a heaping portion of breakfast potatoes.

With purchase of entrée, imbibers can cheers to the most wonderful time of the year with Red Owl Tavern’s Mimosa Brunch ($22) complete with a bottle of sparkling white wine, and choice of orange or cranberry juice.

Reservations are highly encouraged and can be booked by clicking here.

433 Chestnut St | 215.923.2267 | www.redowltavern.com/

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Stella of New Hope, the modern American restaurant helmed by seasoned Executive Chef Michael O’Halloran in New Hope, PA, has Christmas Eve brunch secured for natives and visitors of charming New Hope, boasting an elaborate menu curated by Executive Chef Michael O’Halloran. Open on Saturday, December 24 from 11am – 3pm, folks can enjoy a plethora of elevated brunch fare such as Oysters on the Half Shell (M/P) with green apple and wasabi mignonette, Roasted Beet & Pomegranate Salad ($12), Buttermilk Biscuit Eggs Benedict ($13), Lemon Ricotta Pancakes ($14), and the signature Stella Burger ($16) composed of a double patty, American cheese, potato roll, lettuce, red onion, and tomato, served with French fries.

Spirited sippers ideal for enjoying amidst the holiday weekend include The Morning After ($16) fashioned with scotch, lemon, honey, and ginger, Stella Bloody Mary ($16), and As It Should Be ($17) crafted with pomegranate, prosecco, and rosemary.

Reservations for Christmas Eve Brunch can be made by clicking here.

50 S Main St, New Hope, PA | 267.740.2691 | www.stellanewhope.com

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Royal Boucherie, Philadelphia’s atmospheric and lively neighborhood restaurant and bar, is continuing the festivities post-Christmas with an extra special Boxing Day brunch on Monday, December 26 from 11am – 2:30pm. For one-day-only, foodies can enjoy Monday brunch featuring newly-launched French plates including Mushroom Crêpe ($14), Croque Madame ($15), French Omelette ($16), Quiche ($16), Eggs Benedict ($27) with seafood mousseline, leek, and sauce bearnaise, and Crème Brûlée French Toast ($16) composed of stuffed brioche, berries, berry jam, and maple syrup.

Reservations for Boxing Day Brunch can be made via OpenTable or by calling the restaurant.

52 S Second St | 267.606.6316 | www.royalboucherie.com

-Nicole Schofield