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Christmas Eve and Christmas dinner in NYC

Let the pros do the yuletide cooking for you with these places for Christmas Eve dinner and Christmas dinner in NYC

Photograph: Liz Clayman

Spending Christmas in New York? Use our handy restaurant guide to plan out your big holiday gathering. From Italian Feasts of the Seven Fishes on the 24th to classic Chinese food at restaurants open on Christmas Day, here are the best places for Christmas Eve dinner and Christmas dinner at restaurants in NYC.

RECOMMENDED: See the full Christmas in New York guide

Christmas Eve dinner and Christmas dinner

Black Tree Brooklyn

Price: All dishes $9-$17

On the menu: Chef Sandy Dee Hall has your Chinese-and-a-movie tradition taken care of this year—well, the food part, at least. On December 24th and 25th, the farm-to-table Williamsburg outfit will dispatch trumped-up Chinese staples such as beef spring rolls with ricotta and honey (two for $9), duck fried rice with brussels sprouts and pickled kale ($17), and four steamed chicken dumplings with habanero sauce and garlic confit ($8). As for the movie? That’s up to you.

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Williamsburg

Chefs Club by Food & Wine

Price: $98

On the menu: The supper club’s resident culinary director Didier Elena takes to the kitchen this Christmas, tapping into his French training under mega-toque Alain Ducasse. On both December 24th and 25th, the restaurant will offer choices like chestnut bisque or foie-gras–quince terrine with toasted brioche for appetizer, and entrées like venison loin with kabocha squash and monkfish cabbage roulade with black-trumpet mushrooms.

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Nolita

Mile End Delicatessen

Price: $65

On the menu: Both locations of Mile End are ready for your cool-hunting bubbe with their annual, culture-crossing Jewish-Chinese feast served on both December 24th and 25th. The six-course repast spotlights oddball pairings like dashi imbued with smoked meat and a slow-cooked egg, cumin-smacked wings and smoked duck served with sticky rice, a scallion omelette and Chinese greens.

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Downtown

Momofuku Ko

Price: $225

On the menu: Momofuku boss David Chang does Christmas in style at this dark-wood Bowery counter. The eight-course feast will run you just over two Franklins with a beverage pairing available for an extra $175. Exact dishes have yet to be released, but expect executive chef Sean Gray’s ever-evolving tasting menu with some holiday tweaks. Take note: there are only 22 seats, so make reservations ahead of time.

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East Village

Red Rooster Harlem

Price: $55

On the menu: Marcus Samuelsson’s Harlem haunt will offer a three-course prix-fixe menu in addition to its la carte offerings, with dishes ranging from saucy meatballs to sweet Swedish cured ham. At the same time, downstairs sister venue Ginny's Supper Club will serve a $45 buffet that comes with a cheeses, Nordic gravlax, French toast and hearth-roasted smashed squash. On Christmas Eve only, seven-piece jazz outfit Rakiem Walker Project will take the stage for two live performances at 6:30 and 9:30pm.

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Harlem

Tavern on the Green

Price: $95 on Christmas Eve, $125 on Christmas Day

On the menu: The Central Park staple is a natural holiday mainstay given its location and grade-A grub dispatched by chef James Stevenson. The three-course yuletide menu comes with a choice of starters (roasted figs, chestnut soup), mains (ham with roasted pineapple, filet mignon with potato croquettes and haricots verts) and desserts (carrot cake, eggnog parfait). Opt for a December 24th seating to save thirty bucks on your feast.

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Upper West Side

The Palm Court

Price: $125

On the menu: Make like Eloise at the Plaza Hotel with a special Christmas high tea service served from December 24 through 27. The three-tiered repast includes scones with Devonshire cream and lemon curd, festive pastries (gingerbread macaron, Bûche de Noël) and sandwiches like Christmas ham with hot-buttered rum glaze on a ficelle baguette. Toast the season with a glass of Moët & Chandon rosé or Veuve Clicquot Brut.

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Midtown West

The John Dory Oyster Bar

Price: $95

On the menu: Chefs April Bloomfield and Charlene Santiago fete the holidays with a modern take on the Feast of the Seven Fishes. The six-course, seafood-focused affair leads with monkfish torchon (sake, osetra caviar) before turning to a geoduck number (yuzu, watermelon radish) and squid ink noodles floating in dashi broth with quail egg and a spicy chili sauce. The chefs divert from the ocean only for a crispy pork belly dish (served with uni custard), and sweet profiteroles topped with matcha ice cream.

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Midtown

Christmas Eve dinner in NYC

Faro

Price: $100

On the menu: At this rustic, hyper-seasonal Brooklyn newcomer, chef-owner Kevin Adey taps into the traditional Italian Feast of the Seven Fishes with a seafood bounty showcasing nine varieties of fish and shellfish over seven courses. Enjoy dishes like Kumamoto oyster with African lemon peppers, a warm brandade with American paddlefish caviar and potato crumbles, and cuttlefish-ink maharrones with cockles. Cap it all off with an almond cake nestling sweet Luxardo cherries and a meringue.

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Bushwick

Gato

Price: $95

On the menu: Celebutoque Bobby Flay is preparing a family-style, seven-fish seafood affair starting with small bites like polenta-crusted oysters with horseradish gremolata and raw tuna piquillo in a saffron sauce. Larger courses range from a halibut and tomato-saffron soup to a paella loaded with lobster, shrimp and squid. The sweet finisher is a honeycrisp apple tart, tweaked for the holiday with a chestnut gelato.

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Downtown

Il Buco Alimentari & Vineria

Price: $95

On the menu: The Italian market-restaurant does a traditional Feast of the Seven Fishes with for-the-table standards like salt-cod brandade with grilled filone bruschetta, crisp fried smelts and lemon-parsley octopus. After the savory courses, guests will receive a classic Italian sgroppino cocktail with house lemon sorbet and prosecco before tucking into desserts like chocolate budino with crispy gold wafers and torta di sanguinelle (a blood-orange Semolina torte).

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Downtown

L'Amico

Price: $125

On the menu: At his first Italian standalone, former BLT chef Laurent Tourondel will create a seven-course Festa Dei Sette Pesci (Feast of the Seven Fishes) prix-fixe. The menu leads with light numbers like clam oreganata (lemon oil, garlic focaccia) and diver sea scallops (endive marmalade, caramelized tangerine) before hitting heavier pasta notes with a bucatini pasta fra diavolo and a seafood lemon-mascarpone agnolotti.

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Chelsea

Le Philosophe

Price: $28

On the menu: Get bubbly wine and even bubblier cheese at this champagne-and-raclette affair. Chef John Paquette will do the honors, scraping gooey ribbons from a wheel of fromage onto your plate alongside house-baked bread, vegetable crudite and a glass of bubbly. For an additional price, guests can pad out their meal with à la carte specials ($18 foie gras terrine, a $45 couronne d’agneau rack of lamb), but save room—all parties will receive a free Austrian marbled kugelhopf cake with mulled wine or coffee for dessert.

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Downtown

Rebelle

Price: $85

On the menu: For the holiday, this Lower East Side critical darling sticks to its French small-plates motif in a five-course set menu. Daniel Eddy turns out specials like a foie gras terrine with red wine and sourdough, a tilefish seared with fennel broth and a butter-poached lobster a l’Americaine with tomato preserve and cayenne. The chef nods to the traditional Chinese Christmas with a Peking duck number and finishes the meal with a maple-spiced cake and chocolate cremeaux with eggnog ice cream.

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Nolita

The Gander

Price: $95

On the menu: At his sophomore restaurant, chef Jesse Schenker turns out a four-course menu of meaty specials for the holiday. Choose from appetizers (hamachi crudo with apple and bacon, beef tartare with lardo and mushroom broth) and mains, including a suckling pig ham with sweet potatoes and a duck breast with parsnips, squash and brown butter) Finish the feast with with a flourless chocolate cake or a traditional cranberry cobbler with oat streusel and oatmeal ice cream.

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Flatiron

Christmas dinner in NYC

Ai Fiori

Price: $130

On the menu: Located in the Langham Place Fifth Avenue hotel, Michael White’s dark-wood dining room offers trussed-up digs and an equally fancy four-course menu. Start with appetizers like a bibb lettuce salad tossed with radicchio, manchego and aged sherry, or crispy sweetbreads served with a side of polenta. Second-course pasta options include a blue-crab spaghetti and a pork-shoulder ravioli, while mains comprise line-caught Atlantic halibut (celery-root caponata, black truffle) and an Amish veal chop au four with new potatoes and prosciutto.

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Midtown West

Bagatelle

Price: $68

On the menu: Meatpacking residents can enjoy a festive dinner at the neighborhood’s French bistro, offering three limited-time dishes for Christmas only. The Feast of the Seven Fishes risotto pays homage to that Italian seafood tradition with clams and lobster, while a homemade linguine sticks to your ribs with a Perigord black-truffle pesto and porcini cream sauce. If you have space, indulge in a rich gianduja-and-Tahitian-vanilla mousse for dessert.

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Meatpacking District

Marea

Price: $150

On the menu: Soak up the luxe decor at Michael White’s coastal Italian restaurant while enjoying a selection of antipasti, such as Nova Scotia lobster with burrata and eggplant al funghetto, and chestnut soup with smoked trout and chiodini mushrooms. Second-course fusilli offers the hand-rolled pasta with red-wine–braised octopus and bone marrow. Meat lovers can choose between a grilled 50-day–aged sirloin and a roasted duck breast with chestnut ragù and baby turnips.

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Midtown West

The Clam

Price: $90

On the menu: True to form, the cozy, 50-seat restaurant will highlight seafood in a modern take on the Feast of the Seven Fishes. Menu highlights include freshly-shucked Wellfleet oysters served family-style with chili mignonette, lobster chowder with Yukon gold potatoes, and spaghetti fra diavolo with rock shrimp, arugula and lemon. Dessert is a decadently boozy 86-proof chocolate icebox cake with bourbon, chocolate wafers and espresso chantilly.

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West Village

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Clint D
Clint D

Do you have updated listings for Christmas Day 2014?