May the fork be with you…
* What’s in a name? A free luxurious sandwich if you play your cards right on Dec. 15, when the hotly awaited “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” beams into theaters. Luke’s, the popular seafood restaurant, is giving away a free lobster roll to the first 20 people named Luke or Lucas — first or last name — who show up at each of its 26 restaurants. You must bring an ID. The giveaway, of course, is in honor of the “Star Wars” franchise’s hero and Jedi Master Luke Skywalker. There are 12 Luke’s locations in New York (lukeslobster.com), plus others in Boston, Miami, Las Vegas, Washington, D.C., Chicago and Long Branch, NJ.
New to the scene…
* It’s a little bit country…and a lot of Southern comfort food. Opry City Stage, a 28,000 square-foot four-story fusion of a live music venue and dining space, is now open in the Theater District (1604 Broadway). Expect live music throughout the day, curated by Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry, the weekly country music stage show that’s been broadcast on the radio for nearly a century. The ground floor is a retail space, while the second and third floors house a two-story restaurant, bar and performance stage. The fourth floor features a concert space called The Studio at Opry City Stage. The food, led by the team behind Blue Ribbon Restaurants, includes highlights like Pimento Cheese Dip served with saltine crackers and celery ($15); a Biscuit Basket with cinnamon butter and honey ($12); and a Nashville Hot Chicken Sandwich with pickles on a brioche bun ($21). Eye candy includes art installations and exhibits that pay tribute to some of the Opry’s artists and performances.
This Nobu location’s offering the chain’s first prix-fixe lunch
* Here’s some sweet news. Hershey’s Chocolate World celebrates its grand opening Dec. 14 after a move to a bigger space in Times Square. The new location (20 Times Square, which is 701 7th Ave.) will be nearly three times the size of its original location in the nabe, measuring in at about 6,000 square feet. Festivities start at 10 a.m., and the first 1,000 attendees will get a gift. If you miss out on that, just explore the new attractions, which include Hershey’s Kitchens Bakery (serving warm-baked goods and beverages); Hershey’s S’mores Experience; and a chance to personalize your Hershey’s Milk Chocolate Bar wrapper .
Get it while you can…
* There are plenty of reasons to stress about the holidays. Don’t let one of them be what to bring for dessert. Put in your order now at Breads Bakery (breadsbakery.com) for seasonal treats. The Hanukkah selection, available now through Dec. 20, includes sufganiyot (deep-fried doughnuts eaten during the Jewish festival) in flavors like strawberry, chocolate, dulce de leche, and lemon (one for $3.50, six for $18, and 12 for $30). For Christmas, offerings include Challah Stollen (a tasty take on Christmas bread) for $16.95; and a Bourbon Honey Cake that’s infused with vanilla and bourbon ($12.95).
with Joe Dziemianowicz
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