Just in! Magnums of champagne from small producer Guy Larmandier. This lovely bubbly represents "the epitome of purity, elegance and finesse," according to Jean-Luc Le Du. $130 per magnum, but buy six for your New Year's Eve party and get 15% off.
Deadline alert: if you want to give the gift of cheese on Christmas, make sure to get your orders in to Lucy's Whey by this Monday, Dec 20. While you're ordering, ask Lucy's about where your cheese came from, and expect a detailed answer, because this Hamptons import prides itself on having personal relationships with all its source farms and cheesemongers.
il Buco still has available tables in their private dining area for a customized prix-fixe meal, Mon 12/20-Thu 12/23 and the last week of December. Dine at the cozy semi-private Chef's Table (up to 18) or the completely private Wine Cellar (up to 25).
Basis's 100% local and traceable meats, produce, and dairy come straight from family farms upstate to your doorstep. Order by Dec. 24 and get a $150 discount when you gift a 12-month subscription; food comes once a month.
Stand in awe of Anselm Kiefer's 25 sculptures: huge glass boxes filled with pieces of debris inspired by the wreckage of World War II and other German-centric tragedies. Closing this Saturday, Dec. 18th.
New York's rowdiest holiday market doubles as a block party tonight, with extended hours to celebrate the kick-off. (Would you expect anything else from a collaboration with Santos Party House?) Through Thurs. Dec. 23; the crafty Hester Street Fair regulars peddle art, vintage jewelry, handmade gifts, gourmet treats, and even terrariums (pictured).
Tonight from 7-10pm: It's a shopping party at the Sex and the City costume designer's fabulous, leopard-print-laden store. Enjoy free cocktails courtesy of Hennessy, free manicures from Ginger Liz, and music by DJ Runna while you browse the racks!
For the opinionated journalist or vocal politician in your life: This "Bias Clock" has a slanted base which allows the time to be read slightly differently, depending on the angle of the viewer. [$150]