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Christmas Eve and Christmas Day dinner at NYC restaurants

Give yourself a present this holiday—let the pros do the yuletide cooking for you with a Christmas Eve and Christmas Day dinner at NYC restaurants

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Making plans for the holidays? Use Time Out New York’s handy restaurant guide to plan out your big yuletide gathering. From a Feast of the Seven Fishes blowout at All’onda to a Chinese food feast at Mile End, there’s a Christmas Eve and Christmas Day dinner for every type of celebration at some of the best New York restaurants

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Christmas Eve Eve

All'onda

Price: $95 per person

On the menu: For his take on the Feast of Seven Fishes, Chris Jaeckle will serve modern Italian plates like crispy tuna tartare with preserved-tomato-and-olive puree, a Peconic Bay scallop crudo with citrus seaweed salad, and pan-roasted skate with lemon, parsley and salted plum. And yes, that famed uni bucatini—one of our 100 Best Dishes and Drinks of 2014—will also be available. 5:30–10pm

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Greenwich Village

Christmas Eve

Aquavit

Price: $95 per person

On the menu: This Nordic-minded dining room is serving a Christmas Julbord with over fifty items to choose from, such as roasted venison, sherry herring, hot-smoked pike and caramelized cabbage. Desserts include festive options like candy bark, chocolate fudge and gingersnap cookies. Noon–9pm.

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Midtown East

Burke & Wills

Price: $60 prix fixe

On the menu: Chef Rodrigo Nogueira (Montmartre, Colicchio & Sons) has created an Aussie-style three-course prix fixe for the night before Christmas. For starters, find rotisserie-beet salad with goat-cheese fritters or Pâté Grand-mère–slathered grilled bread with mustard and pickles, while entrees include poached lobster with black truffle and chestnut ravioli filled with ricotta and pumpkin. End things on the sweet side with halzenut-chocolate bread pudding and olive cake festooned with caramelized figs. 4pm–midnight.

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Upper West Side

Café El Presidente and Tacombi at Fonda Nolita

On the menu: Both Mexican restaurants will feature dinner items like a salt cod prepped with capers, olives, and raisins ($5) and a beef-picadillo taco kicked with jalapeno peppers and topped with almond-goat-cheese salsa ($4). Warm up with Mexican hot chocolate ($3.50) or a toasty Champurrado ($3.50), brewed with Mexican chocolate, corn masa and cinnamon. 11am–7pm.

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Flatiron

Catch

On the menu: At the Meatpacking spot, Top Chef alum Hung Huynh will serve his usual globally-inspired seafood menu—think salt-baked Chilean turbot for two with parsnip and truffle dashi—alongside a la carte holiday favorites like roasted partridge with savoy cabbage in chestnut-foie-gras jus ($45). 4-10pm

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Meatpacking District

The Clam

Price: $90 per person

On the menu: Chef Mike Price has created a five-course version of the Italian-American Christmas Eve staple, the Feast of the Seven Fishes. Dishes will include a seafood salad of lemon-tossed, parsley-sprinkled calamari, shrimp and scallops, as well as chunky lobster chowder with gold potatoes and sherry. Pasta makes an appearance in the house-cut spaghetti Fra Diavolo with mussels and arugula. 1–10pm.

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West Village

Dear Bushwick

Critics' pick

Price: $45-55 prix fixe

On the menu: The charming resto-bar is offering two options for Christmas dinner: a two- or three-course prix fixe along with a la carte options. Prix fixe dishes include cod and cockles in broth, a mushroom Wellington and rib roast served with Yorkshire pudding. Sip on a complimentary glass of Aspal sparkling cider and take home specialty chocolate bark at the end of the meal. There will also be a limited number of roasted lambs heads from Hudson Valley Harvest, accompanied by pickled tongue salad, English chutnies and roasted parsnips, meant for the table to share ($40). 6-11pm.

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Bushwick

The Gander

Price: $95 prix fixe

On the menu: Jesse Schenker’s holiday feast begins with winter squash soup and second-course options like fluke tartare with beets and cranberries, and a bacon-crowned wedge salad with white-anchovy dressing. Mains include suckling pig and duck breast with winter-bean cassoulet, while the dessert lineup features sticky toffee pudding with whiskey and crème fraiche, and gingerbread cake with cherries. 5:30–10:30pm.

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Flatiron

Recette

Price: $95 prix fixe

On the menu: Yes, Schenker is pulling double holiday duty, also serving a festive four-course menu at his West Village restaurant. To start, there’s grilled kingfish with winter-squash salad and sunchokes, followed by ravioli with maitakes or white truffles (the truffles are an additional $60). For a main, Schenker will serve Peking duck with a cucumber-scallion salad, and eggnog cremeaux for dessert with cinnamon ice cream, apple compote, caramel cake and a decadent chocolate-brandy ganache. 5–10pm.

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West Village

Christmas Day

15 East

Critics' pick

Price: $145 per person

On the menu: The first-rate sushi temple is serving a seven-course tasting menu on December 25th, offering specials such as a creamless puree of chestnut soup with sudachi confit and Japanese tanpa beans, a choice of foie-gras chawan mushi or uni ikura caviar soba, and entrees like Maine lobster, Japanese red snapper and a duo of Mishima beef. A chef’s choice of sushi and sashimi will round out the meal. 6–10:30pm.

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Union Square

Benoit

Critics' pick

Price: $80 prix fixe

On the menu:  The French bistro will issue out three festive courses for both lunch and dinner, with options spanning Maine lobster salad with winter-root vegetables, seared scallops with glazed endives and mignonette pepper, and a roasted chicken for two loaded with garlic, with pomme frites on the side. A chocolate-passion-fruit Christmas log for dessert will have you caroling all the way home. Noon-11pm.

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Midtown West

Lexington Brass

On the menu: Stop in and warm up Christmas Day with seasonal comfort foods like buttermilk-fried chicken with mashed potatoes and honey butter ($27), lobster studded mac and cheese ($17), and roast chicken topped with pine nuts and olives ($26). Sip on a Brass Sidecar of cognac and Cointreau ($15) alongside a festive Christmas prime rib just after 5pm. 7am-11pm.

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Midtown East

Marea

Critics' pick

Price: $150 per person

On the menu: Michael White’s Italian stalwart is serving a four-course meal, featuring lobster with burrata, fusilli with octopus and bone marrow; and wild stripped bass with Thumbelina carrots and capers in brown butter. Dessert options include, naturally, tiramisu and panna cotta. Noon­–11pm.

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Midtown West

Red Rooster Harlem

Price: $55 per person

On the menu: Marcus Samuelsson’s Harlem tavern will tout to this celebutoque’s Swedish roots with a three-course Christmas julbord comprising traditional Swedish meatballs with lingonberries, a Swedish ham with stone-ground mustard and a potato casserole dubbed “Janssen’s Temptation.” This festive Nordic meal is complete with a glass of glögg, a spice mulled wine with notes of cinnamon, cardamom and cloves. 5:30–10:30pm.

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Harlem

Reynard

Critics' pick

Price: $85 per person

On the menu: The Wythe Hotel eatery will roll out a five-course repast including dishes like braised celeriac with oyster dressing and trout roe, smoked haddock with curried rice, and a goose roasted with chestnut-cabbage stuffing. 1–8pm.   

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Williamsburg

Christmas Eve and Christmas Day

Boqueria

On the menu: This Barcelona-style tapas bar will don a list of holiday specials including Coca de Mallorquina, grilled flatbread with caramelized onions, sobrassada, quail eggs and Mahon cheese. Other specialty tapas dishes include the creamy chicken and blood sausage croquettes and the roasted suckling pig and mashed potato cake. End with a sweet treat like the almond and hazelnut cake with dulce de leche ice cream and a glass of holiday sangria tinged with hints of cinnamon and cloves. Open noon-9pm on 12/24-25.

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Soho

Isola Trattoria & Crudo Bar

On the menu: White razor-clam pizza and monkfish osso buco are available on December 24th at this Mondrian Soho restaurant, while December 25th brings specials such as bacon-wrapped pheasant with pumpkin-maple polenta and braised Swiss chard ($30) and seared ribeye with port-braised shallots and truffle potatoes ($59). Noon-9pm.

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Soho

Jean Georges

Critics' pick

Price: $238 prix fixe

On the menu: The fine-dining stalwart will serve seven Christmastime courses, including openers like warm glazed potatoes with caviar and a ten-mushroom soup with chili and lime. Among the latter courses, there’s black sea bass with roasted Brussels sprouts in spiced-apple jus andspice-encrusted venison with red cabbage and chestnut puree. To cap it all off, loosen your belt for the Christmas-dessert tasting table. 11:30am–2:30pm, 5–11:15pm.

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Upper West Side

Mile End Delicatessen

Critics' pick

Price: $65 per person

On the menu: At this New-Jewish deli, Noah Bernamoff and co. will dole out a cheeky Chinese feast of corned beef and kraut wontons with spicy mustard sauce, smoked-meat dan dan noodles and hot-and-sour soup with chicken-liver dumplings.  Dec 24 6–10pm; Dec 25 1–10pm.

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Downtown

RedFarm

Critics' pick

On the menu: Both the West Village and Upper West Side location of this Chinese-American crowd-pleaser will serve their usual menu—three-chili chicken, steamed-lobster dumplings—along with holiday dishes like barbecued duck in a dried Japanese-plum sauce and black-truffle–and–chicken soup dumplings. Dec 24, 5pm–midnight; Dec 25 noon–10pm.

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West Village

Trattoria Il Mulino

On the menu: For its Feast of Seven Fishes prix fixe, the casual outpost of this modern Italian eatery is doling out grilled octopus with olives, tomatoes and capers ($22); linguini topped with shrimp and mussels ($40); and pan-seared scallops with winter squash ($38). 11:30am–11pm.

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Flatiron

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Clint D
Clint D

Do you have updated listings for Christmas Day 2014?