The Holidays (with Mother) Are Always a Blast at Cafe Drake

Excuse our recent absence. We've been busy loving the holiday season and promise in 2012 to hit you up with more regular postings and updates. For now, see below a sampling of how Cafe Drake celebrates in December. Happy New Year to All and Best Wishes for a Healthy and Exciting 2012!

The NYPL tree may be grander than Cafe Drake's Charlie Brown version but is no more loved (by us anyway). Mother at the NY Public Library with the 2nd best tree in NYC.

Homemade spiced nuts are always a big deal with cocktails at Cafe Drake. And they partner so well with our traditional Christmas drinks of Manhattans and Rob Roys.

Susan M's birthday was belatedly feted at Cafe Drake when the Divine Ms. M. and her bestie Christine ( also a Cafe D. neighbor) joined us for a festive coastal Indian meal. Papadums, tandoori-style shrimp and veggie skewers and many other subcontinental dishes graced the table as we held glasses of bubbly aloft in honor of Susan!

After 20 years, now checked off the To-Do List, is a tour of Gracie Mansion. Fascinating and enhanced by both an erudite and personable tour guide and the recent decorations of Jamie Drake, the house is matched in elegance by the graceful, serene walkways of adjacent Gracie Park.

Peter Pan, Gracie Park, Upper East Side, NYC

A highlight of an overnight trip to the Hudson Valley with Mother was a stroll across the Hudson River via the Walkway in Poughkeepsie.
The nation's oldest operating inn, the Beekman Arms in Rhinebeck, New York.

Liberty of Rhinebeck, home to the Hudson Valley's best Sidecar! Dinner following cocktails here was at Tivoli's extraordinary tapas temple, Pan Zur.

Mother relaxes en suite at the Beekman Arms.
A new "house favorite" at Cafe Drake - Saigon Steak (marinated in fish sauce with scallions) and Parsnip Fries.
We always make time during the holidays for the tossed together, weeknight meal with friends: above, Jen Lazzaro vamps it up with homemade lamb sausage, curried peach chutney and enoki mushroom salad.

With Jen L., Christmas Eve 2011

The cheese course is always one of Lloyd's favorites.

Mother and Jen Lazzaro

Mother and the Amazing One-Eyed Chihuahua Ocho Manahan

Lloyd waits patiently for falling scraps during the preparation of Devils on Horseback

Christmas Eve is always the Big Meal at Cafe Drake, and this year we somehow grazed our way through Persimmon Salad, Roasted Hazelnut Soup, Fois Gras with pickled pomegranate seeds, frisee salad, baby lamb loin chops with rutabaga gratin and Brussels sprouts, Mother's homemade yeast rolls, cheese and cranberry chutney, baked cranberry "cobbler", ice cream, white chocolate and apricot bark and much more.


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