Known for its joie de vivre year round, Sofitel New York will be especially festive over the holidays. The focal point for the festivities will be the hotel’s highly reputed Gaby Brasserie Française, where Executive Chef Sylvain Harribey, winner of Food Network’s hit show Chopped, has planned delectably French Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve menus.
On Wednesday, Dec. 24 from 5:30-10 p.m. and Thursday, Dec. 25 from 12-10 p.m., guests can enjoy a $95 per person (not including tax and gratuity) Christmas Feast that includes a glass of Laurent-Perrier Champagne. For starters, there is a mushroom cappuccino with truffle oil and a first course of pan-seared large scallop in a Provençale crust, finished with a red pepper coulis. The entrée is a choice of Osso Bucco marinated in port wine and served with foie gras chips and fresh tomato pepper linguini or pan-seared, whole Bronzino accompanied by cranberry risotto and a side of Kale in a green pea sauce. And in true French tradition, dessert is a mini Bûche de Noël.
Sofitel New York’s New Year’s Eve fête will let guests celebrate the holiday on two continents in one night. Festivities will kick off at 5 p.m. with a DJ, followed by a 5:30 p.m. screening of TV Monde 5 coverage of fireworks in Paris and Champagne toast as the New Year arrives there, six hours ahead of the U.S.
Revelers can enjoy two seatings for a $160 per person (not including tax and gratuity) dinner: the first from 5-6 p.m. and the second from 8:30-9:30 p.m. The meal, which includes a glass of Laurent-Perrier Champagne begins with an Amuse Bouche of prosciutto, goat cheese and raisin roulade, then moves to a choice of appetizers. They are lobster and salmon terrine or Hudson Valley foie gras. The entrée features Chilean Sea Bass with truffle butter or, as an alternative, Beef Wellington. Dessert is Chocolate à la Francaise. A wine pairing with the dinner is offered for an additional $49 per person. For children 12 years and under, there is a special $24.50 menu of Steak Frites, ice cream and soda.
There are choices of small bite plates and a Laurent Perrier bottle special available the entire evening to keep things lively as the clock inches towards midnight. The Times Square Ball Drop will, of course, be screened as of 11:30 p.m., and the revelry will continue until 2 a.m.
For reservations or more information, call 212-782-3091 or visit www.gabynyrestaurant.com.