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Where to Celebrate the Feast of 7 Fishes in New York This Year

The Feast of Seven Fishes is a tradition among the Italian-American community and there may not be a better place than New York to carry out this annual holiday event which takes place on Christmas Eve. The Feast of Seven Fishes is also known as The Vigil or La Vigilia in Italian.

The tradition is as you may know or might have guessed the tradition of eating a meal that consists of 7 different seafood dishes. Some of the dishes that are commonly consumed include but are not limited to salted codfish, fried smelts, stuffed lobsters, shrimp cocktail, fried scallops, deep fried calamari, fried eel, and octopus salad.

If you celebrate this annual Christmas Eve tradition and happen to be in New York, here are a few of the amazing places where you can dine out in celebration.

• Mamma Guidara’s will be serving baked clams, Linguine Vongole, seafood salad, shrimp scampi and other classics for a fixed price of $85 per person.
• Ai Fiori is offering a seven-course feast which includes lobster bisque with tarragon and white truffles, salt cod with fennel, garlic, and rice as well as blue-prawn crudo and others for a total of $175.
• Gloria will be serving up striped bass aguachile, octopus mile, skate wing with mopales and 4 other dishes for only $85 per person.

These are just a few of the hot spots featured in a recent article on grubstreet.com found here which offers 15 places to enjoy and celebrate this tradition in New York!