Eat and Drink Celebrate December food holidays in NYC By MELISSA KRAVITZ email@example.com Updated November 30, 2015 12:50 PM Print Share fbShare Tweet Email 'Tis the season for eating. Enjoy a special food on its special day before the New Year's resolutions kick in... December 1: National Pie Day Photo Credit: Magnolia Bakery Not too stuffed with Thanksgiving pie? Of course not! Celebrate the beginning of December with a slice of New York's best pie (and we don't mean pizza). Treat your sweet tooth with a slice from Four & Twenty Blackbirds, black bottom pecan pie from Magnolia Bakery or maybe even try your hand at making Bouchon Bakery's simple pumpkin pie. December 2: National Fritters Day Photo Credit: FLICKR/cosasquemegustan A day that celebrates fried food! Perfect. For some Spanish flare, stop by Greenpoint's El Born for spinach, chicken and ham "croquetes" or grab a sweet banana fritter at the British A Salt & Battery. And if you still have Thanksgiving leftovers -- just fry them up into a fritter! December 4: National Cookie Day Photo Credit: FLICKR/roboppy As if every day during the holiday season isn't National Cookie Day, be sure to celebrate this Thursday. Grab a massive warm and gooey chocolate chip cookie from Levain Bakery or opt for a crispier, flat chocolate chip cookie at City Bakery. If you're up for a project, try making your own fortune cookies! December 5: National Comfort Food Day Photo Credit: FACEBOOK/DeliNYC If there was ever a day for a mac and cheese sandwich, it's today! Chow down on American classics at Bubby's or fill up on old school Jewish fare at 2nd Avenue Deli. If you're up for it, try making Chef Michael's Mac Lobsta', served piping hot at the restaurant everyday. December 6: National Microwave Day Photo Credit: Babeth's Feast When you're forced to use your oven for extra storage, a microwave may be a New Yorker's favorite appliance. Celebrate this special day with frozen gourmet foods from Babeth's Feast or perhaps pick up reheatable eats from tasty counters at Fairway, Zabar's or pre-picked ingredients from Good Eggs. December 7: National Cotton Candy Day Photo Credit: FLICKR/tweedyson Today is meant for a food made from one single ingredient: sugar. Grab a freshly spun cone of cotton candy at Handsome Dan's in all-natural flavors like Peppermint, Earl Grey, Cherry and more! December 8: National Brownie Day For the ultimate in NYC brownies, stop into Baked for their signature salted caramel brownies. December 9: National Pastry Day Photo Credit: Caprices by Sophie A holiday that can be celebrated from the moment you wake up! Perhaps set your alarm extra early to wait for a Cronut at Dominique Ansel (or just stop in at a regular time for a gingerbread croissant) or grab a light Parisian pastry from Caprices by Sophie or a French treat from Ladurée. December 10: National Lager Day Photo Credit: Brooklyn Brewery There's perhaps only one good way to celebrate this holiday in NYC: with Brooklyn Lager! Stop by The Brooklyn Brewery to get it on tap or pick up a six pack (or freshly filled growler) at your local beer store. December 12: National Cocoa Day Photo Credit: Diana Colapietro Grab a hot mug of cocoa today! Stop into City Bakery, Maman's or Jacques Torres for some of NYC's best hot cocoa or make your own, spiked, with our boozy hot cocoa recipes. December 14: National Biscuits and Gravy Day Photo Credit: FACEBOOK/eggrestaurant 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! December 15: National Cupcake Day Photo Credit: Georgetown Cupcake It seems like National Cupcake Day hasn't stopped since 2011, but you can still celebrate today! Stop into New York originals Magnolia Bakery, Baked by Melissa or Little Cupcake Bakeshop for a cupcake today, or celebrate imported cupcake chains like California's Sprinkles (home of the cupcake ATM!) or D.C.'s Georgetown Cupcake. December 16: National Chocolate Covered Anything Day Photo Credit: ROYCE Dip anything you want into chocolate today! Stop by one of ROYCE's NYC locations to try their 'Potatochip Chocolate,' made from salty potato chips and rich milk chocolate for the optimum crunchy combination. The Upper West Side's Baconery also sells a crispy, salty chocolate covered treat: chocolate covered bacon! December 18: National Roast Suckling Pig Day Photo Credit: FLICKR/bionicgrrl Prep for that Christmas ham with doay's national slow-roasted baby pig day. You can pre-order a whole pig from The Breslin or The Spotted Pig (Chef April Bloomfield of 'A Girl and Her Pig' knows how to do it!) or opt for a smaller portion at Hearth, La Vara or ABC Kitchen. December 19: National Hard Candy Day Photo Credit: FLICKR/roboppy Stock up on candies to celebrate this special day! Economy Candy will be your one-stop shop for all things sweet, vintage and totally bizarre. December 20: National Fried Shrimp Day Photo Credit: FLICKR/bensutherland There are so many tasty variations on today's special dish! Opt for Italian fritto misto at Galli, try some crispy fried shrimp puffs at Golden Unicorn, dig into rock shrimp tempura at Haru or dare to go to Times Square for a good old basket of fried shrimp at Bubba Gump Shrimp Co-- hey, you know you've always wanted an excused to stop in, especially during prime tourist season! December 21: National Hamburger Day Photo Credit: FLICKR/smoothedoutdrummer The first official day of winter also brings a great day to celebrate the burger. Feast on a New York favorite like Shake Shack's Shack Burger, wait in line at Burger Joint, try an elk burger from Bareburger or a gourmet burger at DBGB. December 24: National Egg Nog Day Photo Credit: FLICKR/smcgee Of course the day before Christmas celebrates this sweet, creamy drink. Celebrate in style with an egg nog cocktail at Murray Hill holiday haven Rolfs or grab a pint of local Ronnybrook Farms egg nog at Chelsea Market. December 28: National Chocolate Day Photo Credit: FLICKR/roboppy As if we had to give you ideas on how to celebrate this one, we suggest visiting one of New York's premium chocolatiers. Visit Mast Brothers Chocolate Factory, Jacques Torres or Rakka Chocolate for your chocolatey day. To feast on chocolate, head to Max Brenner for a totally chocolate-centric meal. By MELISSA KRAVITZ firstname.lastname@example.org Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Comments We're revamping our Comments section. Learn more and share your input.