Christmas in NYC means its time for holiday markets, Christmas tree lighting ceremonies and a flood of new Christmas window displays. But if that's not enough to get you in the spirit, the holiday cheer engineers of the Dyker Heights Christmas lights will certinly crank up your yule-tide joy. Every year after Thanksgiving, residents of this quaint Brooklyn neighborhood adorn their homes with bright, colorful lights. Some chose to create elaborate scenes while others opt for tastefully hung LEDs. The illuminated streets of South Brooklyn draw thousands of visitors as well as an annual Christmas lights tour. It's no wonder the beloved yearly spectacle has become known to many as Dyker Lights.
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Empire Steak House – West
For the classic New York steakhouse experience, look no further than Empire Steak House. Start with an hors d'oeuvre like jumbo shrimp cocktail ($21.95), a Maryland crab cake ($18.95) and French onion soup ($8.95). Carnivores might have a hard time deciding on a main course, though—choices include a Kobe burger ($28.95), dry-aged emperor’s steak for two ($129.95) or a twelve-ounce Wagyu steak ($275). Chilean sea bass ($35.95) and spaghetti with lobster ($36.95) might tempt seafood lovers, too. There are plenty of steakhouse sides to go with your meat, like truffled mac and cheese ($15.95), creamed spinach ($10.95) and a jumbo baked potato ($6.95). If you somehow still have room for sweets, the dessert menu is also quite extensive, with treats like apple strudel a la mode ($13.95), chocolate lava cake ($10.95) and creme brulee ($9.95).
Venue says: “USDA Prime Dry–Aged Porterhouse steak, exceptional seafood, and 400 plus wine list, in a beautiful surrounding with exceptional service”