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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.

Photograph: Liz Clayman

You’ve hit the best holiday pop-ups, gawked over the festive Christmas window displays and bought tickets for the best Christmas shows—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 25 th.

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Both Nights

Fowler & Wells

Price: A la carte

On the menu: Tom Colicchio’s new dining room inside the Beekman Hotelwill serve its regular menu for both Christmas Eve (5pm to 9pm) and Christmas Day (2pm to 8pm), so expect dishes like chestnut agnolotti with black truffles ($21), rabbit schnitzel with pistachios and chanterelles ($33), and beef cheeks with braised potatoes and raisins ($43).

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Financial District

The Breslin Bar & Dining Room

Price: A la carte

On the menu: April Bloomfield’s upmarket pub will be open on both Christmas Eve (7am to 11pm) and Christmas Day (10am to 10pm), and will serve a traditional roast with a side of Yorkshire pudding, as well as a pear parfait with cranberries and a Linzer sable. 

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Midtown

Mile End Deli

Price: $65 per person

On the menu: The seventh annual Chinese Christmas is back for the holidays, offered at both Manhattan and Brooklyn outposts of Mile End on December 24th and 25th.The spread involves dishes like short-rib smoked meat bao with creamy slaw, shiitake-stuffed eggplant with ponzu sauce and Szechuan wide noodles with chili oil and shaved ginger.

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Boerum Hill

Bouley

Price: $275 per person, $160 for wine pairings

On the menu: Have yourself a ritzy little Christmas at David Bouley’s fine-dining flagship, which is offering a six-course tasting menu on both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Holiday menus are not preannounced but previous lineups have included stuff likefoie gras terrine, porcini flan and fresh Dover sole.

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Tribeca

Brushstroke

Price: $135 per person

On the menu: The Christmas tasting menu from this Japanese kaiseki stunnerwill include Norway salmon smoked in cypress, a stewed beef-cheek done with garlic and sunchoke ankake, and jumbo Pacific oysters with lemon foam, all prepared by chef Isao Yamada. 

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Christmas Eve Dinner

Union Square Cafe

Price: $175 per person

On the menu: Welcome back Danny Meyer’s beloved downtown restaurant with a four-course Christmas Eve dinner that includes roasted goose.

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Gramercy

Indian Accent

Price: $95 per person

On the menu: A four-course Christmas Eve dinner at this fine-dining Indian stunner feature family-style dishes like roast beef tenderloin with black-pepper kurma and butter chicken kulcha, as well as desserts like a rum ball spiked with Old Monk.

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Midtown West

Leuca

Price: $70 per person, $50 for wine pairings
On the menu: Andrew Carmellini’s Italian newcomer at the William Vale Hotel is hosting a La Vigilia feast on December 24th. The menu will feature dishes like tuna crudo, oyster Fra Diavola and salt-cod fritters. (The regular dinner line-up will also be available.)

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Greenpoint

Loring Place

Price: A la carte

On the menu: Dan Kluger’s highly anticipated solo spot will serve its full regular menu on Christmas Eve, with small plates like wood-grilled broccoli with pistachio-mint dressing ($13), pastas such as whole-wheat campanelle with slow-roasted duck ($16) and flame-roasted mains like roasted short rib with horseradish gremolata ($30). 

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Greenwich Village

Agern

Price: $125 per person, $95 for wine pairings, $65 for non-alcoholic beverage pairings

On the menu: Give your Christmas Eve celebrations a Nordic twist with family-style options from the Scandinavian dining room with dishes like crispy pork belly with knotweed, salmon with smoked mayonnaise and red cabbage with pickled berries. 

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Midtown East
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Christmas Dinner

Brushstroke

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Price: $135 per person

On the menu: The Christmas tasting menu from this Japanese kaiseki stunnerwill include Norway salmon smoked in cypress, a stewed beef-cheek done with garlic and sunchoke ankake, and jumbo Pacific oysters with lemon foam, all prepared by chef Isao Yamada. 

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Tribeca

Quality Italian

Price: A la carte

On the menu: The Italian-American steakhouse is offering a special honey-baked porchetta for two ($49 per person) on Christmas Day between 4pm and 10pm.

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Midtown West

The East Pole

Price: A la carte

On the menu: The uptown spot is offering its full menu on Christmas Day, with staples like Atlantic striped bass and grilled Angus rib eye, along with holiday additions such as a heritage ham.

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Lenox Hill

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Clint D
Clint D

Do you have updated listings for Christmas Day 2014?