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Where to eat Christmas dinner in NYC

Looking for options for Christmas dinner? NYC has top-notch restaurant offerings on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

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By Alyson Penn and Christina Izzo |
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You’ve hit the best holiday pop-ups, gawked over the festive Christmas window displays and got naughty at the super spirited holiday bars, now all you have to do is find great restaurants for Christmas Eve and Christmas dinner. NYC restaurants have your back, whether you’re searching for a traditional Feast of the Seven Fishes on December 24th or a classic Christmas roast on December 25th.

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Christmas Eve dinner

Restaurants, Korean

Cote

icon-location-pin Gramercy & Flatiron

Cote—a sleek Korean barbecue effort from Simon Kim of the Michelin-starred Piora—is serving a “Feast of Seven Steaks”, featuring a seven-course steak tasting menu paired with Korean sides.

Price: $95 per person

Christmas miracle: Steak, steak, steak

Restaurants, American

Hearth

icon-location-pin East Village

Marco Canora is bringing back his annual Feast of the Seven Fishes for Christmas Eve dinner, with courses like baccala mantecato with sourdough bread; clam risotto with fennel and brown butter; and cacciucco with bass & shellfish.

Price: $98 per person

Christmas miracle: Shrimp and chickpea soup

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Lasagna for two at Don Angie
Photograph: Courtesy Yelp / Cindy V.
Restaurants, Italian

Don Angie

icon-location-pin West Village

Quality Italian's chef power couple Angie Rito (Torrisi Italian Specialties) and Scott Tacinelli (Quality Meats) turn out modern Italian-American plates at this small corner trattoria in the Village. Lit solely by warm globe lights and candles at night, the romantic locale serves inventive plates like a decadent, deconstructed lasagna for two, prime rib braciole, and two-toned pasta alongside Campari- and Cocchi-based cocktails.

Price: A la carte

Christmas miracle: Lasagna for Two

LA PECORA BIANCA pesche
Photograph: Paul Wagtouicz
Restaurants, Italian

La Pecora Bianca

icon-location-pin Midtown East

Both branches of the rustic Italian spot is issuing out a three-course feast for Christmas Eve. Chef Simone Bonelli is serving appetizers like meatballs, burrata and clams oreganata. Entrees include hand-made gramigna with sausage, broccolini, and chili flakes and a dry-aged sirloin.

Price: $65 per person

Christmas miracle: Spiced olive oil cake with creme fraiche, pears and pumpkinseed brittle

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Lakruwana
Photograph: Andrew Doro
Restaurants, South Asian

Lakruwana

icon-location-pin Staten Island

At this Staten Island temple of Sri Lankan cuisine—outfitted with Buddha statues and colorful stone walls—you can get Southeast Asian staples, like lampreis (rice and vegetables wrapped in a banana leaf) and edible rice-flour bowls filled with curry. Temper the spice with a cool mango lassi, or a bowl of coconut-milk pudding for dessert.

Price: $14.95 per person for unlimited brunch

Christmas miracle: Egg curry

Restaurants, Italian

Café Altro Paradiso

icon-location-pin West Village

In terms of physical comforts, Café Altro Paradiso is an improvement upon its squat, clamorous ancestor, Estela: The 75-seat, split-level dining room is airy and bright, if nondescript, with bare white-oak finishes, vaulted ceilings and large windows flooding everything with natural light. On Christmas Eve, chef Ignacio Mattos’ is offering a prix-fixe menu with dishes like crudo di pesce with caviar and malfatti al tartufo.

Price: $95 per person

Christmas miracle: Lasagna with wild boar ragu

Christmas dinner

Ferris
Photograph: Courtesy Noah Fecks
Restaurants, American creative

Ferris

icon-location-pin Flatiron

Set beneath the MADE Hotel, the sleek rustic-chic decor gives nothing away in terms of the cuisine (which is technically new American). Hygge vibes flow from the low ceiling, chunky wood beams and faded blue cushioned benches, working in tandem with the open kitchen and floor-to-ceiling glass windows in a space where even the crowd is polished. The artfully plated dishes from Le Turtle vet Greg Proechel offer couture comfort food.

Price: A la carte

Christmas miracle: Sasso chicken dish

Mifune
Photograph: Courtesy Mifune
Restaurants, Japanese

MIFUNE New York

icon-location-pin Midtown East

The upscale Japanese and sushi spot from Michelin-starred chef Yuu Shimano is serving an Asian feast on Christmas day with Alaskan king crab ceviche, porchini flan an sauce and sea bass with yuzu.

Price: $95 per person

Christmas miracle: Fruits du mere bisque risotto

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Restaurants, Steakhouse

Quality Eats

icon-location-pin West Village

If it looks like a steakhouse and walks like a steakhouse and talks like a steakhouse, is it a steakhouse? By definition alone, Quality Eats is a steakhouse in that it specializes in beefy butcher cuts, but it delights in subverting the classic totems of the chophouse. Christmas dinner family-style offerings are part of the Chinese Christmas menu with dim sum, peanut butter noodles and lemon (szechuan) pepper chicken.

Price: $48 per person

Christmas miracle: General Tso’s octopus

Restaurants, American creative

Reynard

icon-location-pin Williamsburg

Reynards is the new cool kid on the block without ever trying to be, a Balthazar for Brooklyn, urbane and ambitious, mature and low-key. The kitchen serves casual breakfast and lunch to a drop-in crowd, including a terrifically earthy grass-fed burger. His menu, which changes often—sometimes daily—becomes much more serious at night. For Christmas Day, rejoice in an elegant four-course meal.

Price: $105 per person

Christmas miracle: Duck liver toast on pumpkin crostini

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Sugarcane Raw Bar Grill
Photograph: Courtesy Sugarcane Raw Bar Grill
Restaurants, Global

Sugarcane Raw Bar Grill

icon-location-pin DUMBO

Added To Empire Stores’ impressive list of culinary big names in its renovated waterfront warehouse is this Vegas and Miami import decked out in wood pillars, exposed schist-rock walls and Cuban terra-cotta tiles. The globally inspired small plates are churned out from an open-fire grill, a raw bar and a traditional kitchen. The Christmas menu is a three-course prix-fixe with pan-roasted oysters, filet mignon and carrot cake.

Price: $60 per person

Christmas miracle: Salman a la plancha with delicata squash and olive gremolata

Restaurants, Chinese

Chinese Tuxedo

icon-location-pin Chinatown & Little Italy

Housed inside an old two-story opera house on Chinatown’s Doyers Street—a winding alley that looks so stereotypically “New York,” it might as well be a Hollywood back lot—the contemporary Chinese restaurant, from the Liberty’s former owner Eddy Buckingham and general contractor Jeff Lam, is fitted with a theatrical glamour.

Price: A la carte

Christmas miracle: A 32oz pan-roasted rib-eye steak with shiitake mushrooms and bone marrow sauce

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Carmine's
Photograph: Courtesy Carmine's
Restaurants, Italian

Carmine’s

icon-location-pin Midtown West

Getting a table under Carmine’s mismatched chandeliers is tough, even by Theater District standards. Once you do snag a spot, you’ll be greeted by an amicable staff that dishes out gigantic portions of family-style specialties. 

Price: A la carte

Christmas miracle: Sausage ravioli

Pinch Chinese
Photograph: Evan Sung
Restaurants, Chinese

Pinch Chinese

icon-location-pin Soho

Charlie Chen, a chef poached from Michelin-star chain and soup-dumpling heavyweight Din Tai Fung, is at the helm of the city’s newest addition to the xiao long bao craze. With this sort of chef-and-chain pedigree, the dumplings take the limelight. The Christmas menu is a three-course prix-fixe with soup dumplings, spicy wontons and peking duck.

Price: $75 per person

Christmas miracle: Cha shao pork ribs

Both nights

Restaurants, British

The Breslin Bar & Dining Room

icon-location-pin Chelsea

April Bloomfield’s upmarket pub will be open on both Christmas Eve (7am to 11pm) and Christmas Day (10am to 10pm), and will serve herb-roasted leg of lamb with chimichurri and prime rib of beef with braised shallots and horseradish.

Price: $80 and $105 per person

Christmas miracle: Confit turkey leg with stuffing and pan jus

Irvington
Photograph: Courtesy Irvington
Restaurants

Irvington

icon-location-pin Gramercy

Located on the ground floor of W New York – Union Square, Irvington offers a Mediterranean-influenced menu of New American classics highlighting fresh, locally-sourced ingredients from the neighboring Union Square Greenmarket. 

Price: $65 per person

Christmas miracle: Poached black bass with celery root, saffron and walnut oil

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Restaurants, French

Vaucluse

icon-location-pin Upper East Side

Since 2008, expansion-minded chef Michael White has focused his restaurants in the upper echelons of soulful Italian cooking—see Marea and Ai Fiori for proof. But the multi-Michelin-starred toque is going full-blown French with this 186-seat dining room, named after a landlocked region in southeastern France and decorated with illuminated banquettes, arched doorways and vaulted ceilings hung with chandeliers. 

Price: $110 three-course, $130 four-course

Christmas miracle: Epaulettes rabbit & reblochon cheese ravioli

Restaurants, Italian

Ai Fiori

icon-location-pin Murray Hill

New York restaurant-scene darling Michael White expanded his budding empire with this Italian-Mediterranean restaurant, inside the swank Langham New York hotel. For his fifth venture, White has assembled an all-star team in the dark-wood dining room overlooking Fifth Avenue.

Price: $150 per person

Christmas miracle: Ligurian crustacean ragu, seppia, scallops and spiced mollica

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Restaurants, Pizza

Roberta’s

icon-location-pin Central Brooklyn

Buzzing with urban-farming fund-raisers, local brewers pouring their ales and food-world luminaries, this sprawling hangout has become the unofficial meeting place for Brooklyn's sustainable-food movement. Opened in 2008, Roberta's features its own rooftop garden, a food-focused Internet-radio station and a kitchen that turns out excellent, locally sourced dishes.It also doesn't hurt that the pizzas—like the Cheesus Christ, topped with mozzarella, Taleggio, Parmesan, black pepper and cream—are among the borough's best.

Price: A la carte

Christmas miracle: Dry-aged prime ribe on Christmas eve and baked Mangalitsa ham on Christmas day

Restaurants, Chinese

Little Pepper

icon-location-pin Flushing

Ironically situated across from the Bland Houses projects, Little Pepper is an ideal destination restaurant for foodies. The drab, Spartan furnishings focus all attention on the stunning, spicy Szechuan fare. Come prepared for the Szechuan pepper: Even simple appetizers like the sliced beef blister with firecracker heat.

Price: A la carte

Christmas miracle: Dan dan noodles with pork 

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Kings County Imperial
Photograph: Courtesy Kings County Imperial
Restaurants, Chinese

Kings Co Imperial

icon-location-pin Williamsburg

For a non-traditional Christmas dinner, Kings County Imperial serves traditional Chinese food using seasonal, farm-to-table ingredients in a casual environment. 

Price: A la carte

Christmas miracle: Tea-smoked mu shu duck with a homemade pancake

Neptune Diner
Photograph: Courtesy Yelp/Janine K.
Restaurants, Diners

Neptune Diner

icon-location-pin Astoria

This 24/7 diner serves Amercian comfort-food classics in retro digs. Order burgers, sandwiches, eggs or even fresh seafood at the neighborhood establishment. 

Price: A la carte

Christmas miracle: Homefries 

 

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