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Where to Get Christmas Dinner? Try These 29 Restaurants

By Rebecca Ngu | December 11, 2015 4:26pm | Updated on December 13, 2015 5:40pm
 A look at restaurants offering Christmas specials this season. 
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Here are some stylish city restaurants that will be open Christmas Eve and Christmas Day with a host of holiday specials — reserve your seat before everyone else does! 

 Bespoke Kitchen, 615 1/2 Hudson St., West Village

Christmas Eve: 5 p.m. to midnight
Christmas Day: 12 p.m. to midnight

Chef Franco Barrio, a Casa Mono and Picholine alum and winner of Food Network’s Chopped, will be offering a delectable Christmas family-style menu on Christmas Day and Christmas Eve for $50 per adult and $25 per child. Dishes will include wild mushroom stuffing, red skin mashed potatoes, Goffle Road Farms turducken, and assortment of holiday desserts. 

 Senza Gluten, 206 Sullivan St., Greenwich Village

Christmas Day: 12 p.m. to 11 p.m.

This gluten-free Italian restaurant, one of the few of its kind, will offer special seafood dishes in addition to its regular menu on Christmas Day. Highlights include carpaccio di pesce spada, swordfish carpaccio with assorted herbs and dressings; vongole gratinate, baked clams with home made bread crumbs, garlic and parsley mixture; and torta di nocciole con zabaione al moscato, toasted and ground hazelnut cake served with Moscata Zabaione.

► Industry Kitchen, 70 South St., Financial District

Christmas Day: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Guests will enjoy both a delicious Christmas dinner and breath-taking views of New York with Industry Kitchen’s “Christmas Under the Brooklyn Bridge.” The modern American restaurant is located just by the East River and offers a special Christmas Day menu for $80 per guest featuring dishes such as lamb lollipops and lobster escargot, roasted pomegranate goose, and roasted baby portable caps.

► Bouley, 163 Duane St., Tribeca

Christmas Eve: 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
Christmas Day: 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.

Chef David Bouley's restaurant will feature a six-course lunch tasting menu for $135 (plus $130 for wine pairings) on Christmas Eve and a six-course dinner tasting menu on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day for $255 (plus $145 for wine pairings).

► Reynard, 80 Wythe Ave., Williamsburg

Christmas Day: 1 p.m. to 8 p.m.

This New American restaurant will serve a four-course prix-fixe Christmas dinner for $85 per person. Entrees include a choice between branzino of scallop butter, roasted Christmas goose with goose sausage stuffing and pear sauce, or pastured lamb with prunes.

► Brushstroke, 30 Hudson St., Tribeca

Christmas Eve: 11:30 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Christmas Day: 5 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

Right next door, this Michelin-starred kaiseki Japanese restaurant will serve a tasting menu prepared by Chef Isao Yamada for $175 (vegetarian tasting Menu $125, plus $100 with pairings).

► Miss Lily’s, 132 W. Houston St., SoHo; 109 Ave. A, East Village

Christmas Eve: both locations open 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Christmas Day: SoHo location open 2 p.m. to 9 p.m.

A special prix fixe menu will be offered on both Christmas Eve and Christmas day for $46 per person. Menu includes classic Miss Lily’s dishes like jerk grilled corn and holiday favorites like pimento-crusted prime rib. 

► Davio’s Manhattan, 447 Lexington Ave., Midtown

Christmas Eve: 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Come enjoy a traditional and affordable Italian Feast of the Seven Fishes for $65 per guest featuring dishes like halibut with bagna cauda and broccoli rabe and sunchokes followed by festive desserts.

► Il Buco Alimentari & Vineria, 53 Great Jones St., NoHo

Christmas Eve: Brunch 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Dinner: 4:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

Come enjoy the traditional Feast of the Seven Fishes for $95 per guest. A menu for children is available for $45. A special Italian sgroppino cocktail with housemade lemon sorbet and Prosecco will be served before dinner. 

► Carmine’s, 2450 Broadway, Upper West Side; 200 W. 44th St., Times Square

Christmas Eve and Day: 11 a.m. to midnight

Enjoy holiday specials on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day. The beef tenderloin ($104.95) will be the special on Christmas Eve, and the chicken alla romana ($49.95) will be the star dish on Christmas Day.

► Benchmark, 339 2nd St., Park Slope

Christmas Day: Reception at 6:30 p.m.; tasting menu at 7 p.m.

The New American restaurant at the heart of Park Slope will be serving a champagne reception followed by a seven-course tasting menu for $100 per guest, $165 with beverage pairings.

► KOA 12 W. 21st St., Flatiron 

Christmas Day: 5 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

This Modern Chinese restaurant will offer dishes such as seasonal vegetables wrapped in thinly-sliced pork belly and dragon fruit and shrimp ceviche. Additionally, diners can choose one of two ramen dishes.

► Tocqueville, 1 E. 15th St., Union Square

Christmas Eve: 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Christmas Day: 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

For both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, this French-influenced restaurant will offer a three-course menu with a variety of seasonal appetizers, entrees, holiday cocktails and desserts ($95 per person, $55 per child, 10 and under).

► The Fourth, 132 Fourth Ave., Greenwich Village

Christmas Eve: 7 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.
Christmas Day: 12 p.m. to 10 p.m.

This New American restaurant will offer a three-course prix fixe menu featuring seasonal dishes on Christmas Day for $75 per person. Dishes include Main lobster with fennel, torcchio pasta and smoked ham hock, and egg nog crème brûlée.

► HARBS, 198 Ninth Ave., Chelsea

Sunday to Tuesday: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Wednesday to Saturday: 8 a.m. to midnight

This high-end Japanese café will feature special holiday sweets such as a white chocolate cake and a Waguri tart made out of chestnuts, whipped cream and red beans.

► Black Tree BK, 261 Metropolitan Ave., Williamsburg

Christmas Eve: 4 p.m. to midnight
Christmas Day: 4 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Following the informal Jewish tradition of eating Chinese food on Christmas, this restaurant will be offering a Chinese menu with favorite items like scallion pancakes, chicken dumplings, and chicken or duck bao.

► Alfredo 100, 7 E. 54th St., Midtown

Christmas Eve and Day: 11:30 a.m. to midnight 

The Italian restaurant will feature live music, special holiday cocktails, and delicious desserts with a fancy twist such as gingerbread crème brûlée on Christmas Eve. Guests can enjoy their à la carte menu on Christmas Day. 

► Tavern on the Green, 67th St. and Central Park West, Upper West Side

Christmas Eve: 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Christmas Day: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

A special Christmas à la carte and three-course prix fixe menu will be offered on Christmas Eve for $95 per person and $55 per child. A three-course prix fixe menu will also be available Christmas Day for $125 per person and $75 per child.

► Schmackary’s, 362 W. 45th St., Hell’s Kitchen

Sunday to Tuesday: 8 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Wednesday to Saturday: 8 a.m. to midnight

This bakery will be offering a special selection of holiday cookies for $2.75 each.

► Aldea, 31 W. 17th St. between Fifth and Sixth Ave., Union Square

Christmas Eve: 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

This Michelin-starred restaurant will be offering a Portuguese-inspired three-course prixe fixe menu on Christmas Eve for $85 per person. The restaurant will take reservations from 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.

► Colicchio & Sons, 85 Tenth Ave., Chelsea

Christmas Eve: starting at 5:30 p.m.

Guests are welcome to enjoy a four-course holiday feast on Christmas Eve for $165 per person and $75 for children. The dinner includes delicious and sophisticated fare such as Peconic Bay scallop crudo with ruby red grapefruit, coriander and jalapeño.

► Hearth, 403 E. 12th St., East Village

Christmas Eve: 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Chef Marco Canora will prepare his annual Feast of the Seven Fishes on Christmas Eve for $95 per guest and $54 for wine pairings. The menu features specialty fish dishes such as marinated seafood salad, linguine con vongole, and cacciucco.

► Lupulo, 835 Sixth Ave., Midtown South

Christmas Eve: 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Come to this neighborhood restaurant and bar from Michelin-starred George Mendes for comforting Portuguese fare. Guests can order dishes à la carte and Christmas specials from the seasonal menu.

► Riverpark, 450 E. 29th St., Kips Bay

Christmas Eve: 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Guests can enjoy a three-course menu with special dishes from the on-site farm. Main courses include decadent dishes like grilled quail with beech mushrooms, sweet potatoes, pecans, barley and maple-bourbon gastrique and cocoa spaccatelli with pork ragù, quince, sage and pecorino.

► Vic’s, 31 Great Jones St., NoHo

Christmas Eve: 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.

This Italian-Mediterranean restaurant will offer a flavorful take on the traditional Feast of Seven Fishes on Christmas Eve for $70 per person. An array of seafood antipasta and pasta courses will be served.

► Le Philosophe, 55 Bond St., NoHo

Christmas Eve: 5:30 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Chef John Paquette will serve melted wheels of bubbly cheese with housemade bread, vegetable crudité, and glasses of champagne along with à la carte Parisian dinner specials. The bistro will offer a Christmas Day meal to-go package feeding 4-6 people for $275 available for pick-up on Christmas Eve between 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. They are also launching a holiday cookies program till the end of December where they will be selling boxes of housemade European cookies.

► Tutto Il Giorno, 114 Franklin St., Tribeca

Christmas Eve: 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.

This high-end Italian restaurant will offer a variety of succulent Christmas specials, including coniglio, a rabbit terrine topped with organic red beet salad and grain mustard and guanciotto, braised veal cheeks with tomato confit and a potato cake.

► Virgil’s Real Barbecue, 152 W. 44th St., Midtown

Christmas Day:  11 a.m. to midnight

Enjoy Executive Chef Neal Corman's Christmas special of baby back ribs smoked and glazed with apricot barbeque sauce. Full rack for $26.95 or half rack for $20.95.

► Tempura Matsui, 222 E. 39th St., Murray Hill 

Christmas Eve: First seating 6 p.m. to 6:30 pm; second seating 8 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.; closes 11 p.m.
Christmas Day: First seating 6 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.; second seating 8 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.; closes 11 p.m.

This Japanese restaurant will serve its regular tempura omakase course, including an appetizer, sashimi, 14 pieces of Tempura, a choice of rice course, and dessert for $200.