On the Twelfth Day of Christmas...

Celebrating the Twelve Days of Christmas The Daily Meal-style, with a food carol about some of New York City's best dishes.

Lupa's beets with pistachio.

Technically, the Twelve Days of Christmas don’t start until Christmas Day, but we’re already in the spirit. To celebrate here’s the carol, ‘The Twelve Days of Christmas’ The Daily Meal-style, featuring some New York City dishes enjoyed over the years that we’d be willing to sing about.

Twelve Drummers Drumming. A drummer beats a drum. The only beat in this carol is the beet you can eat.

On the twelfth day of Christmas, my waiter brought to me...

Clockwise from top: Lupa's Beets with Pistachio; North Fork Table & Inn's Assortment of Roasted Baby Beets; Blue Ribbon Bakery’s Warm Goat Cheese Sandwich w/Red Pepper, Beet and Grilled Onion Relish; Back Forty’s Golden Beet and Fresh Chèvre Salad; Sorella’s Tonnato Salad with Celery, Beets and Poppy Seeds; Blaue Gans’ Roasted Baby Beet Salad with Pine Nuts and Frisée; Esperanto's Calamari Salad with Mango, Shaved Coconut and Beets; The Harrison’s Beet Salad with Toasted Pistachios and Robiolina; Enoteca Barbone's Red Beet Gnocchi with Gorgonzola Dulce; Shorty’s .32’s Pickled Beets; Duane Park's Red & Golden Beet Salad; and Momofuku Ssäm Bar's Beet and Lime Ganache.

So the carol would go:

On the Twelfth Day of Christmas my waiter brought to me...
Twelve beets for eating,
Eleven tasty smoked things,
Ten gourds a-heaping,
Nine pies a-twirling,

Eight, made with milk in,
Seven soups worth sipping,
Six eggs for feasting,
Five on-ion rings!

Chicks from four birds,
Three fried French hens,
Two desserts for two,
And Felidia’s pear ravioli.

Think another New York City dish should've been featured? Suggest it below!