Where to Eat on Christmas Day

By Tom Liddy on December 25, 2011 11:37am 

MANHATTAN — Think there are no dining options on Christmas Day other than a homecooked meal, Chinese takeout, or fast food? Think again.

Manhattan is packed with restaurants that are offering hungry holiday diners delicious options.  In fact, more than 400 restaurants around the borough were offering reservations on Christmas Day.

Here's a sampling. Be sure to check ahead to make sure there are still tables available.

HARLEM:

Marcus Samuelsson's uber-popular Red Rooster in Harlem is offering a Christmas buffet complete with "a festive mix of holiday classics, Rooster signatures, and Marcus’ yuletide favorites" from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. for $55 per person. Kids eat for half price.

WASHINGTON HEIGHTS

The 24-hour, 7-day-a-week Dominican food hub La Casa del Mofongo at 1447 St. Nicholas Street at 182nd Street will be serving up holiday specials for Christmas Day.

GREENWICH VILLAGE:

Famed Chinese restaurant Suzie's, at 163 Bleecker St. is staying open until 1 a.m. on Christmas Day.

Live jazz hotspot Garage Restaurant and Cafe is open from 11 a.m. - 2 a.m. Christmas Day, and will be serving up a four-course Christmas Day Brunch for $28.95 and a Christmas dinner for $49.95, with cornish hen, duck confit, and chocolate bread pudding.

EAST VILLAGE:

Katz's Deli, the New York City deli staple, is open year-round and offers massive gut-busting sandwiches to satisfy your holiday glut.

UPPER EAST SIDE:

Fishtail by David Burke is offering a 7-course "Feast of the Seven Fishes" for $75, featuring oysters, caviar, and lobster lasagne among other goodies.

For a meal that's not as wallet-busting, try Big Daddy's diner at 1596 Second Ave., which is open until 10 p.m. on Christmas Day

MURRAY HILL/UNION SQUARE

The Park Avenue Bistro is open from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. and serving an a la carte Christmas Day menu with items including lobster bisque, crispy duck or leg of lamb and desserts like chocolate Molten cake.

SOHO/ NOLITA

Crudo is offering a three course prix fixe for $35 per person on Christmas day. The Mulberry Street Italian restaurant specializes in fish and oysters.

Comfort food outpost the Cupping Room Cafe will offer a five-course prix fixe Christmas meal for $55 a person, starting at 6 p.m.

UPPER WEST SIDE

Fatty Crab, part of the Fatty 'Cue empire, is rolling out its "No. 1 Fatty" Chinese menu for Christmas Day, and will be open from noon to 10 p.m.

Those in the mood for a healthy, free-range organic Christmas should head to Josie's West. The restaurant is serving Christmas Day brunch from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. and dinner from 3:00 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.

CHELSEA/HELLS KITCHEN

La Promenade des Anglais is open for brunch from noon to 3:30 p.m. and dinner 4:30 p.m.

And Italian casual dining hub Maria Pia is open for Christmas Day with a special holiday menu.

LOWER EAST SIDE/ CHINATOWN

Pulino's pizzeria will be open until midnight Christmas Day, serving up its regular menu of brick oven pizza and Italian specialties.

And Chinatown is rife with restaurants serving up their standard meals for Christmas Day, or try the Michelin bib gourmand NYC 2011 award winner Red Egg, which serves Cantonese and Szechuan style, as well as dim sum.

MIDTOWN

Marseille has a Christmas Day three course Prix-Fixe menu for $39.95 a person.

And star chef Gordon Ramsay's Maze won't be naughty Christmas Day with a four course tasting menu from noon to 9.30 p.m. that costs $105 per person, according to OpenTable.com

DOWNTOWN

Kutsher's Tribeca, the new Jewish-American bistro at 186 Franklin St., is featuring a different type of potato latke each night of Hanukkah, topped with everything from pear butter to melted leeks. Kutsher's is also serving a special Chinese-themed menu on Sunday, but as of Friday morning it was sold out.

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