Tom has often observed that Chinese restaurants do a huge business on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day because there are some people who don’t follow the traditional big family feast on these days. The proprietors of Longway Tavern and Meauxbar had likely made those same observations because they are offering a Chinese-American Feast on Christmas Eve at Longway Tavern, and Hanukkah Brunch, also on Christmas Eve. Longway Tavern perpetuates the spirit of its original owners, a couple who kept their doors open all night for anyone wanting to stop by. They would have loved such a party as this.
Salt and Pepper Squid - Black satsuma, pepper jelly - $14
Catfish Rangoon - Salted catfish, sesame, scallion - $11
Sweet and Sour Chicken Hearts - Cilantro, satsuma, fermented honey - $8
Kung Poa Broccoli - Peanuts, peppers, dried chile - $11
Fried Rice - Smoked pumpkin, scrambled egg - $10
Beef Chow Fun - Rice noodle, broccoli rabe, bean sprouts - $18
Peking Chicken - Roasted cabbage, pickles - $26
Char Sui Pork - Kale, puffed rice, la shallots - $20
Side White Rice ($5), Donuts ($8), Fortune Cookies ($2)
Hours: 4 PM - 11 PM
And Meauxbar offers a gathering place for observers of the Jewish holiday, with a simple a la carte menu hitting all the right notes, ending with Grandma’s Babka.
Hanukkah Brunch Menu:
Appetizer: Gravlax, House Made Pickles, Marmalade, Zaatar Crackers - $15
Entree: Smoked Brisket, Root Vegetable Latkes, Apple Butter, Horseradish Creme Fraiche - $25
Dessert: Chocolate Hazelnut Babka - $10