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The best NYC Christmas food and drink deals this year

Looking for Christmas dinner in NYC? Check out these takeout and delivery options for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day

Written by
Christina Izzo
&
Time Out contributors
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You’ve gawked over the stunning holiday lights, watched all of the classic Christmas movies, and bought the coolest gifts for everybody on your list. Now, all you have to do is find a great restaurant for Christmas Eve and Christmas dinner. NYC restaurants have your back, with takeout and delivery holiday packages as well as festive outdoor dining on December 24 and 25. 

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Christmas dinner in NYC

  • Restaurants
  • Contemporary American
  • Union Square
  • price 2 of 4

Available for prepaid pick-up or delivery on December 25th, the Christmas Ribeye Dinner for Two kit from Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s ABC flagship stars a bone-in, dry-aged, 32-ounce ribeye dressed with caramelized onion jus. To complement the carne, find a chicory-apple salad, a potato gratin with black truffles, and grilled broccoli rabe with chili and lemon.

Price: $248 for two people

Christmas miracle: An apple-quince crisp with almond streusel and goat milk ice cream.

  • Restaurants
  • Mediterranean
  • Lenox Hill
  • price 2 of 4

This Mediterranean-focused midtowner is offering a Christmas Dinner to-go package, stocked with tasty-sounding stuff like burrata with grilled bread, tortellini in brodo, grilled Spanish branzino, and broccoli with Salmoriglio sauce. All packages are available for pick-up and delivery on December 24th and 25th, but not that delivery is an additional charge of $60.

Price: $115 a person

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  • Restaurants
  • French
  • Upper West Side
  • price 2 of 4

Set for prepaid pick-up on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day, this Francophilic holiday celebration from Daniel Boulud includes classics like beef tartare, butter-poached lobster, branzino Meunière, and beef bourguignon. A la carte add-ons include $10 side dishes (potato latkes, root-veg gratin), $28 cocktails for two, a $39 charcuterie board, and bottles of champagne (starting at $40).

Price: $85 per person

Christmas miracle: A chocolate buche de noel

  • Restaurants
  • Steakhouse
  • Midtown East

The midtown steakhouse is celebrating the holiday with a prix fixe available for indoor and outdoor dining or takeout on Christmas Day. Appetizers include lobster bisque and Italian burrata; mains are fittingly meaty with bone-in ribeye, filet mignon and rack of lamb; rounded out with sides (home fries, creamed spinach) and desserts (cheesecake, tiramisu).

Price: $75 per person

Christmas miracle: Of course, there will be eggnog, because is it the holidays without it?

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  • Restaurants
  • French
  • Midtown West
  • price 2 of 4

In the Christmas Day to-go package from Alain Ducasse's classic brasserie, expect French plates like foie gras terrine, parsnip velouté, spiced duck breast, and a mandarin-chocolate yule log. Optional sides include pommes frites ($10), mushroom fricassée ($14), and celeriac puree with black truffle ($12).

Price: $90 per person

  • Restaurants
  • Italian
  • West Village
  • price 3 of 4

Christmas Eve is getting an Italian accent with the holiday prix fixe at Ignacio Mattos’s Soho spot. The five courses include an antipasti starter, citrus salad with dates and pistachios, a taleggio-filled angolotti, roast pork with mostarda di Cremona, and a holiday meringue with lemon curd and candied grapefruit. 

Price: $95 per person, with optional wine pairing for $55 per person

Christmas miracle: Any holiday party that starts with salty coppa, fried olives, and crunchy crostini is a good one. 

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  • Restaurants
  • Korean
  • Flatiron
  • price 3 of 4

Cote—a sleek Korean barbecue effort from Simon Kim of the Michelin-starred Piora—is serving a Holiday Feast with Dom Pérignon for pick-up and local delivery on December 4th, 11th, 18th, 22nd and 23rd. Each box comes with a 10-pound roasted prime rib rack, sticky rice "stuffing," roasted Korean sweet potatoes, galbi "gravy," and more, paired with a 2009 bottle of bubbly. Each package arrives with reheating and service instructions, as well as a prime rib sandwich recipe from Chef David Shim to use up your leftovers. 

Price: $700 for six people

Christmas miracle: Washing down the meat sweats with Dom, baby. 

  • Restaurants
  • American creative
  • Flatiron
  • price 4 of 4

Daniel Humm’s famed roast duck gets a makeover as part of the EMP at Home holiday menu: Find it as a spiced duck breast with honey gastrique and as confit tucked inside a shepherd’s pie with potato puree. Rounding out the menu are dishes like a celery root velouté with black truffles, oyster mushrooms with smoked butter, and a chocolate-hazelnut tart.

Price: $475 for four people

Christmas miracle: For every dinner purchased, the restaurant will donate 20 meals to New Yorkers experiencing food insecurity as part of their partnership with Rethink Food.

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  • Restaurants
  • Contemporary American
  • Nolita
  • price 2 of 4

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: $120 per person for an optional prix-fix menu (à la carte menu is also available)

Christmas miracle: Fried quail with Tokyo turnips

  • Restaurants
  • American
  • West Village
  • price 3 of 4

This Hudson Square spot has you covered from appetizer to dessert for Christmas. Along with a for-four hors d'oeuvres platter (candied nuts, dressed eggs) available from December 11th to 31st for $100, the restaurant has put together a Christmas at Home meal kit, complete with your choice of meat (braised beef short ribs or a glazed Niman Ranch ham) and sides such as potatoes Dauphinoises and roasted carrots with saffron.

Price: $70 per person

Christmas miracle: Holiday cookies ($30) and sticky toffee pudding ($12) can be added a la carte.

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