Salvation Taco Opens in Pod 39; Mexican-Swedish Christmas at Fonda

God jul, and feliz Navidad! Fonda is serving a Mexican-Swedish Christmas at its Brooklyn and Manhattan locations. From December 17 to December 30, try anchovy and hard-boiled egg salad with rye tortilla chips and lemon zest pico de gallo, Swedish meatballs with with mashed potatoes and lingonberry-chipotle sauce, and other Mexican twists on Swedish dishes. The menu is available prix fixe with cocktail, wine, and glögg pairings for $65 per person. [Grub Street]

• Ken Friedman and April Bloomfield’s taqueria is now open in the Pod 39 Hotel. The latest in a string of authentically New York taco joints, Salvation Taco serves food until 5 p.m. and drinks (created by Sam Anderson) all night. Dinner service starts next Monday. [Eater]

L&W; Oyster Co. launched lunch service today. The menu includes “in and out in 30 minutes combo meals” like the “Clam on Clam Action”: a fried-clam sandwich with clam chowder for $21. [Grub Street]

• Spanish restaurant Andanada 141 launched happy hour today. From 5 to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday, a glass of wine and traditional Spanish pincho (or small tapa) is $10. [Grub Street]

EN Japanese Brasserie’s chef Abe Hiroki will be on hand to answer questions at the restaurant’s next chef dinner on December 18 at 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. He will be serving a menu created specially for the evening. [Grub Street]

• On New Year’s Eve, EN Japanese Brasserie is doing a traditional Mochitsuki, a year-end event in which the chef and diners pound mochi rice with a large, wooden mallet atop a stone pestle. The flattened rice is then used for dessert. It’s $95 or $135 per person for the first kaiseki seatings and $135 for seatings after 9 p.m. See the menus here. [Grub Street]

• The Food Experiment’s Best Bite National Cook-off Championship will go down at Brooklyn Brewery on December 16 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Amateur chefs from around the country will compete for cash, cookware, and bragging rights. Tickets are $45 and include all food samples and unlimited brewery beer. Purchase tickets here. [Grub Street]

Salvation Taco Opens in Pod 39; Mexican-Swedish Christmas at Fonda