On Monday starting at 5:30 p.m., the Upper West Side will be brimming with entertainment and food for the Winter’s Eve festival, a celebration put on every year by the Lincoln Square Business Improvement District. The festival starts with a Christmas tree lighting and continues for hours with musical performances, jugglers, and lots of food to sample.
The tree lighting starts at 5:30 in Dante Park at 63rd and Broadway. After that, there will be events and performances in stores and on sidewalks between Columbus Circle and 68th Street. There will be live music at various retailers in the neighborhood, including Bed Bath and Beyond, the Apple Store and Gracious Home. Legendary folk singer Arlo Guthrie will be playing, as well as the cast of the musical Sister Act, and various brass bands will swing on the sidewalks. Check out the Winter’s Eve entertainment page for the full listings. There are also lots of kids’ activities.
There will also be lots of food, and you can sample plates for $1 to $5. From 6 to 8:30 , some of the neighborhood’s top restaurants will set up food tables under canopies in front of Time Warner Center at Columbus Circle, along Broadway between 62nd and 64th Streets and at Richard Tucker Park between 65th and 66th Streets. The restaurants expected to participate are listed below, and here’s the festival’s food page. And we posted a video about the 2009 event below the list of restaurants.
Arpeggio Food & Wine
Asiate at the Mandarin Oriental, New York
Atlantic Grill at Lincoln Center
Ed’s Chowder House
Europan Bakey Café
Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola & Great Performances
Francesco’s Pizzeria & Restaurant
Gabriel’s Bar & Restaurant
Indie Food & Wine
La Boite en Bois
Le Pain Quotidien
Luce Restaurant & Enoteca
Porter House New York
Rosa Mexicano at Lincoln Center
Sapphire Indian Cuisine
Screme Gelato Bar