Whether you're looking for a traditional roast beef and Yorkshire pudding or an alternative to all the holiday hubbub, there are lots of options for dining out on Christmas Day across the city.
Here are some spots that are open on the holiday, many of which are serving special menus:
If you're looking for a special upscale meal to celebrate the holiday, The Leopard at des Artistes, right across from Central Park, will be open. The Italian restaurant will serve a Christmas menu featuring risotto with lobster and sautéed artichoke and oven-roasted Capretto (a type of goat) scented with rosemary, served with peas and roasted potatoes.
After opening presents, treat yourself to an elegant lunch at the Four Season. The hotel's restaurant The Garden is serving a prix-fixe lunch for $139 a person.
The Plaza Hotel's decorations, including its large Christmas tree with white and gold ornaments, make it a great place to get in the spirit. The hotel's Palm Court will be open on Christmas, offering a prix-fixe menu with roasted free-range turkey and a smoked pit ham with apple balsamic glaze for $145 per person or $65 for children 12 and under.
If you want a truly decadent meal to celebrate Christmas, Mastro's is serving gorgonzola mac & cheese, creamy lobster mashed potatoes and Alaska king crab black truffle gnocchi along with their traditional steaks. The steakhouse is located near the Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center.
Enjoy the restaurant's "Feast of the Seven Fishes" for $95. There will also be a limited a la carte menu featuring: a raw bar, kedgeree, lobster rolls, stuffed squid, roasted peanuts, spiced castelvetrano olives, parker house rolls and smoked haddock fritters.
The Breslin is serving British favorites this Christmas: April Bloomfield's Yorkshire Pudding and a pear parfait with cranberries and linzer sauce.
The restaurant will be closed for breakfast, but open for brunch and dinner, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and from 5:30 to 10 p.m. The bar is open until midnight. The traditional a la carte menu is available as well.
From 11:45 a.m. to 10 p.m., Alain Ducasse's Benoit is hosting what it calls "a French kind of winter wonderland," on Christmas. Tuck into cod with black truffle or roasted venison, among other dishes, and finish the meal with the traditional chocolate log, the "Buche du Noel."
Le Coq Rico will serve up a pasture-raised heritage-breed goose on Christmas roasted with a pork loin stuffing and accompanied by potato gnocchi, sour cream and apple cinnamon red cabbage.
Sink your teeth into a giant pile of pastrami at this famous deli for a memorable holiday experience. Katz's will be open from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Christmas.
Industry Kitchen, known for its views of the East River and Brooklyn, is open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Christmas. Its Christmas menu can be viewed here and includes parsnip apple soup, grilled rack of lamb and a warm apple cranberry tart.
Sidle up to a communal table and devour a wood-fired pizza — perhaps the "Nun on the Run" — on Christmas. The restaurant is open from 10 a.m. to midnight.