Drinking & dining out is a year-long affair in the Crescent City, so even on Santa’s special day, you’re always able to grab a great cocktail & a bite to eat. Here are some notable spots to choose from if you happen to be in need of a little stronger holiday spirit on the 25th...
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French Quarter The spectacular pairing of Nathan Richard's cuisine and a killer cocktail menu (fit for the Kingfish himself) will not steer you wrong down in the French Quarter on Christmas Day. Or pretty much any day, for that matter. All reservations are officially booked, but walk-ins are welcome and available.
Central Business District Pop a bottle of bubbly and order the intimidatingly wonderful grand seafood tower (“Le Grand Plateau De Fruits De Mer”, featuring a whole Maine lobster, 16 oysters, 12 shrimp, 10 clams, 16 mussels, king crab, and ceviche) for a truly special holiday experience on Xmas day this year. It will do you no wrong.
Central Business District and Uptown If you happened to miss Chef Alon Shaya’s special Chanukah menu at Domenica, don’t fret; both his original outpost in the Roosevelt Hotel and the new Uptown slice spot will both be serving beer, pies, and pillowy garlic knots on the 25th.
Central Business District John Besh is no Grinch when it comes to his restaurant group, all of which pretty much open on Christmas day, including his flagship, August. (Editor's note: after getting some updated information, it looks like August will be open on Christmas eve, but sadly closed on Christmas day this year).
CBD The best new bakery in NOLA isn't wholly closing up shop for Christmas, thank goodness. However, it's only open until noon, and you need to place an order in advance on its website if you want to get in on the hot baked action.
CBD Chef Nina Compton's popular new spot will be feeding the masses on the 25th with its elegant Creole/Caribbean fare, and it has a killer prix-fixe menu that you'll want to check out, just in case you happen to burn your goose.
Uptown Because Jung's is known for its upscale Chinese, you know it's going to be killing it on Magazine St come Xmas day for the Uptown set -- and really, anyone else who likes Chinese on Christmas, which should be everybody, right?
Gert Town Jewish Christmas means one thing, and that’s Chinese food. If you’re a member of the tribe and you’d like to continue this hallowed tradition (or if you just like roasted duck and lo mein), Five Happiness is the place you’re going to head for all your dumpling and noodle needs. (Note: if you’re more than a party of five, it will behoove you to make a reservation well in advance.)
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Scott Gold is a writer in New Orleans who will definitely be eating Chinese on Christmas. Follow him @scottgold.