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Celebrate February Food Holidays in NYC

Fall in love this February... with food!

From tater tots to Nutella to Margaritas and more, there is plenty to celebrate this month.

Feb. 1: National Baked Alaska Day

It's flaming, it's frozen, it's a Baked Alaska.
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It's flaming, it's frozen, it's a Baked Alaska. Enjoy the classic dessert at Delmonico's or go for an updated version at Craftbar.

Feb. 2: National Tater Tot Day

Celebrate the fried food in modernist glory at
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Celebrate the fried food in modernist glory at Astoria's Sek'end Sun, where the crisp potato fritters come atop a bed of spicy cheese sauce. For a late night round of tots, swing by Crif Dogs and don't hesitate to get them smothered in cheese sauce!

Feb. 3: National Carrot Cake Day

Celebrate the sweet side of this root vegetable
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Celebrate the sweet side of this root vegetable with a carrot cake from Lloyd's Carrot Cake. Place an order at the Bronx or East Harlem bakery locations to ensure your slice of NYC's best carrot dessert.

February 4: National Homemade Soup Day

Cozy up with some soup. Check out our
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Cozy up with some soup. Check out our list of NYC's best soups, slurp up one of our favorite ramens or try making your own soup.

Feb. 5: World Nutella Day

The entire globe will be enjoying chocolate hazelnut
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The entire globe will be enjoying chocolate hazelnut spread today. Stop by Eataly's Nutella Bar for a sweet treat or visit the Lower East Side's Louie and Chan for their Boccone Dolce, made with baked Italian meringue, Nutella, Devonshire cream and seasonal berries.

Feb. 6: National Frozen Yogurt Day

New Yorkers should have no problem celebrating this
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New Yorkers should have no problem celebrating this holiday. 16 Handles, Pinkberry, Yogurtland, Red Mango and plenty of other small businesses sell fro-yo year round all over the city. Bonus: today is also national chopsticks day, so perhaps make that your utensil of choice?

Feb. 7: National Fettuccine Alfredo Day

Here's a day for optimal gluttony: carbs and
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Here's a day for optimal gluttony: carbs and cream. Stop into midtown's Alfredo 100 for the oldest (and cheesiest) recipe in town. Bonus: Request the golden silverware to really kick off this food holiday celebration.

Feb. 9: National Pizza Pie Day

Celebrate this day by ordering an entire pie.
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Celebrate this day by ordering an entire pie. Grimaldi's, Lucali and Roberta's only sell by the pie so eat every slice on this special day. If you can, try and get into SRO, NYC's pizza speak-easy, for a secret taste of Neapolitan pie.

Feb. 13: National Tortellini Day

Did you know that tortellini was made to
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Did you know that tortellini was made to look like Venus' navel? Celebrate this Italian stuffed pasta in NYC by picking up some freshly stuffed noodles at Chelsea's Giovanni Rana or Arthur Avenue's Borgatti's Ravioli. Dine out for homemade tortellini at Osteria Morini, Carbone, Da Silvano or al di la Trattoria.

Feb. 17: National Cabbage Day

Never thought you'd celebrate cabbage, right? Warm up
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Never thought you'd celebrate cabbage, right? Warm up with hearty Eastern European stuffed cabbage at Café Glechik in Brighton Beach or get totally creative at Ivan Ramen with Lancaster Okonomiyaki made with a scrapple waffle, charred cabbage, pickled apple and maple kewpie mayonnaise.

Feb. 18: National Drink Wine Day

As if you needed an excuse to drink

As if you needed an excuse to drink wine any day. Celebrate by drinking wine made in NYC and pick up a bottle from Brooklyn Winery or Brooklyn Oenology, both in Williamsburg.

Feb. 20: National Cherry Pie Day

President Abraham Lincoln left a strange legacy with
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President Abraham Lincoln left a strange legacy with his whole too-honest-to-lie-about-chopping-down-a-cherry-tree thing, but at least we get dessert out of it. Pick up a cherry pie from Martha's Country Bakery in Queens or go for a luxe version of the treat with the cherry crisp at Mastro's Steakhouse in midtown.

Feb. 21: National Biscuits and Gravy Day

For biscuits and gravy cravings, head straight to
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For biscuits and gravy cravings, head straight to Williamsburg's egg, where fluffy homemade biscuits with sausage or mushroom gravy is served all day long. You can also grab brunch at Astoria's The Bonnie, where biscuits come in a spicy gravy with the option of eggs on top -- ask for them poached!

Feb. 22: National Margarita Day

Leave it to February to bring a national

Leave it to February to bring a national celebration of frozen boozy drinks. Try a frozen pomegranate marg at Rosa Mexicana, a grilled grapefruit margarita at Dos Caminos or a Styrofoam cup slushy-style mark at Williamsburg's Turkey's Nest Tavern.

Feb. 24: National Tortilla Chip Day

Celebrate tortilla chips in their greatest form: nachos!
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Celebrate tortilla chips in their greatest form: nachos! Fun fact: Nachos are more than 70 years old! That totally pre-dates the microwaved cheese and Tostitos snack. Created in 1943 by Mexican restauranteur Ignacio "Nacho" Anaya, the original nachos were made from fried corn tortillas with melted cheddar cheese and sliced jalapeño peppers. While nachos have definitely evolved since then, they're still a pretty excellent snack. Celebrate with the assorted nacho flavors (including carne asada!) at Taqueria Diana or go all out with a platter of nachos grandes at El Maguey y la Tuna. For a late night celebration, try the loaded nachos at Pork Slope, made with chili, jalapeños, cheddar, tomatoes, onions, and drizzled with lime sour cream.

Feb. 25: National Clam Chowder Day

Mmm chowder! Enjoy it New England style at
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Mmm chowder! Enjoy it New England style at Grand Central Oyster Bar or Manhattan style at Ed's Chowder House. You can also enjoy a tasty cup to go from Chelsea Market's Lobster Place or Red Hook Lobster Pound. To celebrate all things clam, head to The Clam on Hudson Street.

Feb. 29: National Surf and Turf Day

Celebrate your bonus day with America's best pairing:
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Celebrate your bonus day with America's best pairing: Surf and turf. Get the steak and seafood specials at BV's Grill or American Cut.

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