What’s open on Christmas Day
You don’t have to trek to Chinatown to find Asian restaurants open on Christmas Day. At Ed Schoenfeld’s joint, choose from contemporary Chinese plates like the pan-fried beef wonton cakes, Katz’s pastrami egg rolls, Pac-Man dumplings and even some holiday specials. The addition of farmhouse tables and gingham-covered banquettes makes it a rustic affair.
Two floors, a couple of bocce ball courts, a fireplace and endless burgers and brews make for one merry evening. An indie pop-rock soundtrack rounds things out nicely, and on the day after Christmas, they’re throwing a pajama party to help you forget all your post-holiday blues.
David Chang’s new digs are bigger than before—and so is his Christmas meal, an eight-course lunch or dinner ($225). The menu is constantly changing, but expect innovative grub like the rye mille-feuille with béchamel, trout roe and matcha powder. If you’ve been extra nice this year, splurge on the $175 beverage pairing option.
With 28 rotating taps, casks and plenty of rare bottles, this West Village watering hole does not disappoint beer bellies. Suds like the Allagash Farm to Face, Saison DuPont and Trinity Passion Swing bring on the holiday cheer. But fill up on home cooking before heading out—the kitchen will be closed for Christmas.
Why cook when you can indulge in a multi-course kaiseki tasting menu ($175 per person) at David Bouley’s sophisticated Japanese joint? There’s also a vegetarian option ($125), and both are beautifully plated on handmade Japanese stoneware—either way, there’s no better gift than celebrating Christmas outside the kitchen.
Swap Christmas caroling for a Bollywood Disco-fueled evening with tunes from DJs Rekha and Sumie. The British-born Rekha will spin everything from film classics to the latest, fist-pumping electronic hits, and with NYC-based artist Fictive in charge of the set, lighting and video projection, it’s a feast for the ears and eyes.
If it’s a hamburger-and-beer kind of Christmas, Bill’s has your back from noon to 10pm on Christmas Day. Go for the bacon and cheddar burger with guac—it is a holiday, after all.
Escape to extraterrestrial Chinese food heaven at this dumpling mecca that serves dozens of savory, meaty, vegetarian and even sweet dumplings, all accompanied by an endless pot of tea. This is cozy cold-weather binge-eating at its finest.
Jazz up your holiday by catching a performance at the lively Greenwich Village musical hotspot. There will be toe-tapping, head-bopping tunes from the Grammy Award-winning trumpeter Chris Botti, who has recorded and performed with the likes of Sting, Yo-Yo Ma, Frank Sinatra, Joni Mitchell and Michael Buble. Night owls can go to get lost in the soulful saxophone sounds from Peter Valera & The Jump Blues Band during a midnight show, too.
This place is worth the wait. There’s a giant escalator, an even bigger dining room and a dazzling chandelier, but it’s the super-fresh dim sum served from a roving cart that will seal the deal. Order the shrimp shumai with glass noodles—it will be a much better Christmas gift than the lopsided sweater your great-aunt knit for you.
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.