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
Chef Junghyun Park’s array of modern Korean small plates are meant for sharing but it’s difficult to do when we want to fight over the last piece of fried chicken or the custardy egg with sea urchin. The minimalist dining room and friendly service set the perfect stage to experience Park's Korean-inspired dishes, each seemingly more creative than the previous dish.
Price: à la carte menu + add-ons such as caviar and black truffles an Atoboy's interpretation of a seafood boulliabaise with lobster, mussels and snapper.
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Just a few short blocks from the Flower District, Il Fiorista serves blossom-accented plates in its restaurant and bouquets in its attached shop, for a memorable meal where the floral theme never feels overdone.
Price: à la carte menu + holiday specials
Christmas miracle: crab claws with persimmon horseradish cocktail sauce
Alfred Portale, who left the much lauded Gotham Bar & Grill earlier this year, has opened an Italian restaurant with a more contemporary menu that’s focused on pastas, vegetables, crudos and grilled dishes. The sleek space also features the chef’s art curation, which manifests an Italy-meets-NYC theme.
On Christmas Eve, Italian SoHo charmer, Café Altro Paradiso will offer a prix-fixe menu with by chef Ignacio Mattos and chef-de-cuisine Zach Zeidman.
Price: $105 per person, with optional wine pairing for $65 per person
Christmas miracle: Cannelloni di ricotta with wild mushrooms and black truffle
Named after the Asian delicacy, this seafood-forward Thai is as family-style as it is family-run. Bring over yours to their colorful Bond Street restaurant, this Christmas Eve.
Price: à la carte menu
Christmas miracle: Fish Cheeks' crab curry
Estela never ceases to be an excellent restaurant for important celebrations. Head here on Christmas Eve to check out the latest estoteric plates coming out of the Matter House kitchen.
Price: $95 per person for an optional prix-fix menu (à la carte menu is also available)
Christmas miracle: Uni and ricotta dumplings
Bessou’s clever take on Japanese comfort food has us craving dishes beyond sushi and ramen. Owner Maiko Kyogoku, who worked for hip contemporary artist Takashi Murakami, opened a stylish space in Noho that serves as an inviting stage for chef Emily Yuen’s innovative plates, many of which draw from Kyogoku’s family recipes. For Christmas Eve, there will be a prix-fixe menu.
Price: Prix-fixe menu, $70 per person
Christmas miracle: Lobster hot pot
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
Spend your Christmas Eve with some Uptown glamour. The Met Breuer's restaurant will be open on December 24th with bites served in its elegant space.
Price: $110 per person (à la carte menu is available at the bar)
Christmas miracle: Szechuan lamb shoulder
Chef Joaquin Baca helped launch David Chang’s Momofuku empire into the mainstream before decamping to Brooklyn to open his own restaurants. Now he’s back in Manhattan with a 53-seater—named after the Japanese word for “boom”—focusing on small plates, from yakitori skewers to a cast-iron okonomiyaki.
Price: à la carte menu
Christmas miracle: crispy pork belly