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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.

Il Fiorista
Photograph: Time Out/Ali Garber
By Emma Orlow and Time Out New York contributors |
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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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Atoboy
Courtesy Atoboy/Diane Kang
Restaurants, Korean

Atoboy

Flatiron

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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Il Fiorista
Photograph: Time Out/Ali Garber
Restaurants

Il Fiorista

Flatiron

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

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Photograph: Courtesy Portale / Pat Dunford
Restaurants, Italian

Portale

Chelsea

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.

Price: $125 per person
Christmas miracle: Torta Di Pere (maple mascarpone, poached pears and maple gelato)
Photograph: Filip Wolak
Restaurants, Italian

Café Altro Paradiso

West Village

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

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Fish Cheeks
Photograph: Courtesy Kylie Thompson
Restaurants, Thai

Fish Cheeks

Noho

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
Photograph: Virginia Rollison
Restaurants, Contemporary American

Estela

Nolita

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

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Bessou
Photograph: Teddy Wolff
Restaurants, Japanese

Bessou

Noho

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
Photograph: Cayla Zahoran
Restaurants, Korean

Cote

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

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Photograph: Courtesy of Flora Bar
Restaurants, Italian

Flora Bar

Lenox Hill

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

Būmu
Photograph: Courtesy Būmu/Andrew Bui
Restaurants

Būmu

Greenwich Village

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

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