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Family-style dinners: Feast on polenta, fondue & more this winter in NYC

’Tis the season for family-style feasts.

Nothing is more cozy than sharing a big meal with people you care about.

If you’re looking to gather the gang for a unique and satisfying meal, here are four options to know.

Fondue at the Standard

Pull together your cheese-loving friends for this unique
Photo Credit: Chris Leaman

Pull together your cheese-loving friends for this unique meal. The outdoor Winter Garden at the Standard hotel in the East Village is home to several cozy yurts, one of which is hosting up to 10 people for a special fondue feast prepared by Narcissa. The menu includes unlimited fondue (gruyere and emmental or Swiss), with meat, bread and veggies like potatoes, cauliflower and mushrooms for dipping, for two hours, as well as a salad and apple strudel. For some extra warmth, there's the option to add a pot of hard cider or mulled wine for the group, too. $60/person, drinks an extra $32/person, make a reservation by calling 212-228-3344 or emailing, available now through March 1; 25 Cooper Square,

Beef shank at Eataly's Baita

That cabin on Eataly's rooftop can be all
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That cabin on Eataly's rooftop can be all yours. The market's seasonal, Italian Alps-inspired pop-up, Baita, is booking reservations for up to 10 people for the private cabin for a family-style beef shank feast with northern Italian antipasti and sides. The hearty menu includes sciatt (a beer-battered fried cheese); a salad with cabbage, shaved speck, grapes, apples and parsley; a pinot nero-braised beef shank; and for sides, polenta, potatoes and braised Tuscan kale. $450 for up to 10 people, $150-$170 for wine pairing, make a reservation by calling 212-937-8910 or at, available now through April; 200 Fifth Ave.,

Whole fish at Seamore's

Seamore's is all about fish, from its skate

Seamore's is all about fish, from its skate sandwich to seafood pozole to ponzu poke to big fish tacos. This holiday season, the restaurant is offering even more chances to indulge with The Whole Sea-Bang, a large-format, whole-fish feast for groups of four or more. The meal features a two-pound roasted fish -- which rotates seasonally -- plated on a wooden cutting board alongside guacamole, pico de gallo, black bean spread, Kale and avocado salad, seasonal sides and corn tortillas for making your own big fish tacos. $50/person, reservations must be made at least 24 hours in advance by calling 212-730-6005, available now indefinitely; 390 Broome St.,

Polenta at Tarallucci e Vino

Nothing warms you up quite like a plate
Photo Credit: Matt Simpkins

Nothing warms you up quite like a plate of polenta. The folks at Tarallucci e Vino understand that well. Last month, it launched a weekly family-style polenta dinner at its East Village location, where you can get your fill of the creamy corn porridge, served on a long rustic wooden board (a smaller board is available for parties of two). In addition to the polenta, which is topped with accompaniments like roasted wild mushrooms and Bolognese ragu, the dinner includes an antipasto of cured meats, sides of roasted Brussels sprouts and squash, and, for dessert, a chocolate pear tart. $38/person, make reservations by calling 212-388-1190, available Wednesday evenings through mid-March; 163 First Ave.,


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