Food & Drink

The Weekend Guide

The stretch between Christmas and New Year’s? Basically one long quiet weekend. Stuck in the city? Here’s a little sumpin’ to shake you up.

Christmas Eve Lunch
What: Warm Maine crab + shiitake = energy for the last shopping lap.
Why: Calling birds, French hens, and turtledoves have you on a fowl overload.
When: Thurs. & Fri. noon-3:30 p.m.
Where: Payard Bistro & Patisserie, 1032 Lexington Ave. b/t 73rd and 74th Sts. (212-717-5252).

NYC General Store’s Personal Vintage Shopper
What: Get a pro to help you maximize your wardrobe for $125 off the regular price.
Why: A jump start on a new you for the new year.
When: By New Year’s Day to get the discount.
Where: Book online at nycgeneralstore.com.

“Enter the Dragon” Holiday Bash
What: Sip, shuffle, and smooch in the ballroom as Cirque du Soleil flexies twist themselves into knots.
Why: Come midnight, you’ll be twisted too.
When: New Year’s Eve
Where: Maritime Hotel, 88 Ninth Ave. at 16th St. (212-924-1268 or email ap@skynewyork.com). $150 buys you open bar till 2 a.m.

Eat (Again. Only a few more days till New Year’s Resolutions kick in.)
Fried Eggs, Bacon, Frisee, and Gorgonzola
What: The ultimate hangover cure.
Why: Ho, ho, ho. (Dance, nasty girl, dance!)
When: Post ball-drop.
Where: ‘Wichcraft, 49 E. 19th St. b/t Broadway and Park Ave. South. (212-780-0577).

Post-Holiday-Party Treatment
What: Exfoliation, microdermabrasion, and lymphatic drainage for your face.
Why: Toxins are so 2004.
When: Fri 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Sat. 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Where: Completely Bare, 103 Fifth Ave., b/t 17th and 18th Sts., 4th fl. (212-366-6060).

Now bid farewell to 2004 and ring in 2005. Go forth and make us proud.