What’s open on Christmas Day
A Chinatown staple for vegetarian Buddhist cuisine, this Kosher restaurant is a popular Christmas Day hangout for Jewish New Yorkers who do not celebrate the holiday. Load up on vegan sesame chicken, faux-shrimp dumplings and fried taro duck for a holiday feast unlike any other.
Food, cocktails and a movie? Sounds like the perfect holiday. This dine-in theater will be screening It’s a Wonderful Life and Christmas Vacation on Christmas morning as part of Nitehawk’s Christmas movie series.
Housed in a former opera house, this buzzy contemporary Chinese restaurant will indeed be continuing New York’s tradition of Chinese food on Christmas, serving its regular seasonal menu throughout the day. Think house-made egg noodles with pork floss, baby bass steamed with ginger and a squap served whole with crispy skin and tangy black vinegar.
For an upscale Christmas feast, head to this Williamsburg staple, where Chef Christina Lecki has created a menu consisting of duck liver toast on pumpkin crostini, clam chowder with celery hearts and oyster crackers, roasted rib of beef with horseradish kefir cream and green pepper condiment, duck a l ’Orange with burnt citrus and jus and more. The prix-fixe is $105 per person (tip included) and will be served from noon to 8pm.
Chill out at this chic gastropub with an all-day menu from noon to 10pm, with holiday selections including a confit turkey leg with stuffing and pan jus, herbed roasted leg of lamb with mint chimichurri and natural jus and prime rib of beef with braised shallots and creamy horseradish. Desserts such as gingerbread cheesecake and chocolate yule log are also on the menu, and the bar will stay open until midnight.
In addition to serving the regular menu, this new Dale Talde spot in the Arlo NoMad will have a special whole roasted peking duck served with mooshoo pancakes, steamed buns, cucumber and hoisin sauce ($40) available from 1pm to 8pm on Christmas Day.
Jumbo lollipops, mushroom barstools and candy cane décor characterize this Willy Wonka-inspired holiday pop-up that will offer plenty of festive drinking on Christmas Day. A gumball machine–shaped cocktail has made the rounds on Instagram this season, but other saccharine creations like the Sundae Funday, topped with rainbow sprinkles, will awaken your inner child.
This Chinatown gem has been doling out dim sum since the 1920s. A lot has changed since then, but the joint has still managed to hold onto much of its old-timey allure, with its vintage façade, retro booths and checkered tablecloths. Forget all about a traditional Christmas ham and have the fried sesame balls and the house special pan-friend dumpling platter instead.
If eating well is on your wish list, consider your request granted. Head to Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s farm-to-table Union Square restaurant for dishes made with locally sourced, organic and fresh ingredients. There will be an a la carte menu of Christmas specials that are as good for you as they are delicious.
Knock back a few martinis at this Carlyle Hotel hotspot, named after the author of the Madeline children’s books. Ice-skating elephants and picnicking rabbit scenes on the walls exude a youthful vibe that will make you nostalgic for Christmas past, while the 24-karat gold leaf ceiling and live jazz piano keep things classy.
A wise elf once said, “The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loudly for all to hear,” and you should certainly follow his advice during these fun Christmas caroling events in NYC. Some of the best NYC parks and New York attractions are welcoming carolers to partake in festive (and free!) merriment.