Unsurprisingly, the folks at this swank Art Deco palace really know their cheese—just check out the cave in back. A side order of macaroni gratin—penne noodles baked with Comté, Gruyère and Parmigiano-Reggiano and topped with bread crumbs—elevates the humble mac to an art form. Come in during regular hours on Christmas Day and give yourself the gift of no dishes!
RECOMMENDED: Christmas for kids in New York City
Cooking a holiday meal for your entire clan can be a stressful job—especially in a cramped NYC apartment. If you'd rather skip out on slaving over the stove, treat everyone to dinner at one of the family restaurants in NYC that are open on Christmas Day! Many of the eateries will offer festive menus for the occasion, including options for your pickiest eaters. Afterwards, head home and whip up some hot chocolate (minimal cooking required!) and pop in one of our favorite Christmas movies for kids. Happy holidays!