New Dishes at the Breslin’s Chef’s Table; Little Brother BBQ Opens in Clinton Hill

Boerum Hill: Mile End has posted its Traditional Jewish Christmas (a.k.a. Chinese feast) menu for those looking to duck the typical Christmas dinner this year, whether for religious reasons or because their parents refuse to feed that new beau from Zuccotti Park. The menu includes Sichuan pickles, beef noodle hot pot, a pupu platter, veggies, rice, and dessert for $50 a person. Reservations are required, and can be made for Christmas Eve or Christmas Day by calling 646-494-9508. [Grub Street]
Clinton Hill: Little Brother BBQ opened its smokey doors around 4 p.m. today at 544 Clinton Avenue, between Atlantic and Fulton. Fans of owners Craig Samuel and Ben Grossman's neighborhood eateries — like The Smoke Joint — can sprint right for the hormone-free barbecue sandwiches, salads, or plates (all under ten bucks). Veggie sausage and plates are also available, as are hot dogs, chili, and baked beans. [Feed/TONY]

East Village: Kebab Garden on First Avenue near St. Marks has closed, but the sign for its replacement — the under-construction Mediterranean Grill — indicates that kebab addicts will not have to search elsewhere for their fix. [EV Grieve]
Flatiron District: Pork utopia the Breslin has added two new (non-pig) dinners to its chef’s table: Rib of Beef ($95/person) and Balsamic Roasted Duck ($65/person). Yorkshire pudding, roasted veggies, and creamed Swiss chard accompany the beef, while those choosing the duck get the same roasted veggies but with pot-roasted potatoes and brussel sprouts with chestnuts. Salads and dessert are included with both meals. Chef’s table reservations are available for groups of eight to twelve guests at 5:30 p.m., 8 p.m., and 10:30 p.m. each night, and can be placed by e-mailing [Grub Street]
Lower East Side: Saxelby Cheesemongers and “Japanese gastropub” Family Recipe are throwing a $60 Farmstead Cheese and Sake Tasting on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. at Family Recipe. The tasting will feature a three-course dinner that includes a mushroom salad with poached duck egg, choice of either a flank steak or organic tofu bento box, and Yuzu Cheesecake and organic, soy milk sake for dessert. Call the restaurant or email for tickets. [Grub Street]
Darkroom has, erm, gone dark, but Michael Auerbach, the owner of neighborhood bar No Fun, recently applied for a liquor license at the same 165 Ludlow address. The new establishment will bear the name Bodegas, feature a seafood and oyster bar (what kind of bodega is this?), and operate daily from 7 p.m. to 4 a.m. [Bowery Boogie]
Midtown: Gilt’s Michelin-crowned executive chef Justin Bogle will wow attendees at a cooking demonstration on Thursday, December 8 at De Gustibus Cooking School on the 8th floor of Macy’s, Herald Square. Bogle will team up with caviar connoisseur Deborah Keane Damond to whip up six caviar-centric courses, with dishes like bacon ice cream, borscht encapsulation (isn’t that a Matt Damon movie?), pumpernickel gougere, and Russian Osetra caviar. Activities for the evening will run from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., and $95 tickets can be purchased by calling 212-239-1652 or visiting De Gustibus’s website. [Grub Street]
Upper West Side: What goes hand-in-hand with outdoor holiday shopping? How about scarfing down coconut curry chicken empanadas and bratwursts? The Columbus Circle Holiday Market brings five lunch spots to the area until December 24, including two empanada vendors (Sonrisa and Sizzles), a Red Basil Thai Kitchen stand, German Delights, and a Turkish selection at Mmm…Enfes. Perhaps Duane Reade should open an antacid stand nearby. [New York Street Food]
Williamsburg: The Department of Health reportedly shut down pool supply store-turned-bar Union Pool last night during service. No word yet about when or if pool hours will resume. [Eater NY]