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This sleek farm-to-table spot will be serving its full menu on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, as well as a special four-course prix fixe ($65), with pick-and-choose options à la carte. One-off dishes will include cauliflower croquettes with black truffle aioli, salt-baked beets, poached black bass with celery root and saffron, and braised short-rib with trumpet mushrooms. For dessert, the roasted apple panettone is basically the taste of Christmas, condensed into sweet bread form.
Upper East Side
This pasta haven from chef Michael White will be serving three- and four-course customizable Christmas menus ($75 or $85). Options will include a variety of fish and meat, but more importantly, four types of house-made pasta -- including fusilli with Neapolitan pork shoulder ragu, and lamb shank pappardelle with blistered potatoes. We wish you a carb-y Christmas, we wish you a carb-y Christmas...
For both lunch and dinner, this chic-yet-cozy “bistro of beautiful birds” will be offering a three-course prix fixe ($98) to whisk you away to the French countryside -- for a few hours at least. The meal starts with a frog leg soup filled with mushroom ravioli, followed by roasted goose with pork loin stuffing and red cabbage gnocchi. A sweet finish is guaranteed with a very Insta-worthy raspberry-vanilla vacherin snowman.
If Chinese food is part of your Christmas tradition, up the egg roll ante with chef Thomas Chen’s special festive dishes, which will be offered alongside the full à la carte menu at Tuome. Whet your palate with an oxtail spring roll with herb sauce ($14) then proceed to the tea-smoked duck for two ($67) served with matching confit and a plate of luxe foie gras fried rice.
Go all out with a $75 classic steakhouse dinner that may not rein in your expanding winter waistline, but does offer a whole lot of bang for your buck. The menu features a winter salad with butternut squash, filet mignon with potato puree and bordelaise sauce, plus a slew of sides for the table (French fries, mashed potatoes, Brussels sprouts, roasted broccoli, mushrooms). A fruit-centric dessert will trick you into thinking you’re being at least a little healthy: banana bread will be served with a matching brûlée, ice cream, and peanut butter mousse.
Chef Dale Talde’s newest project will be serving special Jewish-inspired dim-sum served family-style on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Highlights include the not-at-all-kosher shrimp toast latkes with Thai chili, and a “Rabbi’s Ramen” complete with matzo balls and garlic schmaltz. The theme continues with pastrami and sauerkraut pot stickers, smoked salmon fried rice, and a schmaltz-roasted rib-eye with wasabi cream.
Lower East Side
This colorful street food spot will be serving its regular menu alongside festive specials for Christmas. Dishes on a celebratory “Chop Suey Paradise” menu will include a duck confit spring roll, spicy crab fried rice, and a Cantonese-style flounder in ginger-scallion broth. If you’ve been really good this year, reward yourself with the decadent 40-day-aged sirloin, served with charred bell pepper, Szechuan peppercorn, ginger, and wasabi butter.
This kosher vegan Buddhist restaurant has absolutely nothing special going on for Christmas -- and that’s the whole point. Jews and Buddhists alike flock to the slightly sticky tables here for shovel-loads of General Tso’s tofu and mock duck. The restaurant is also BYOB, so bring enough booze to share (and perhaps to drink while you wait for a table).
West Village & Upper East Side
Chef Craig Koketsu and beverage director Bryan Schneider have teamed up to create a Jewish-Chinese Christmas Day feast ($48). The family-style dishes will include patty melt spring rolls, peanut butter and bacon noodles, crabcake fried rice, and General Tso’s octopus. For dessert, gorge on a matcha ice cream sundae, and crack a fortune cookie to find out what 2018 might have in store.
A four-course prix fixe ($68) will kick off with kabocha squash bisque and warm honey wheat rolls, followed by roasted pear salad and chestnut agnolotti. For the main course, halibut, short rib, and duck with truffle ricotta polenta will be served, followed by a trio of desserts. It’s all served family-style, so you can almost pretend you cooked at home.
If you’ve never managed to grab a table at this buzzy Bushwick pizzeria, Christmas Day might just be your chance. The sprawling space features its own rooftop garden, an impressive roster of local beers, and naturally, a food-focused online radio station. It’ll be serving its full menu, which means you can still get your hands on its famed pizzas at the usual prices, like the $15 Cheesus Christ, with mozzarella, Taleggio, Parmesan, black pepper and cream. Start out with a meat and cheese plate, grab some caramelized sunchokes or buttermilk-chili sweet potatoes to pair with your pizza, and sip on one of the seven innovative craft cocktails.
Whether you’re actually Jewish or not, we don’t blame you for wanting a Chinese feast on Christmas Day. Every average Chinatown dim sum restaurant will be packed, but for something a little more upscale, try Chinese Tuxedo, a contemporary spot in a repurposed opera house. Gorge on updated classics like braised duck spring rolls, squid ink noodles with steamed mussels, or crab and black pudding fried rice, all while sipping hot sake and steaming green tea. There’s no prix-fixe here -- the dishes are served at standard prices -- but go ahead and lock in a reservation anyway.
Massoni may be the only place in the city where you can eat dumplings and a plate of spaghetti this Christmas Day. In addition to their usual menu, they’ll be serving a special whole roasted Peking duck ($40), plated with mooshoo pancakes, steamed buns, cucumber, and hoisin sauce. If you’re out to eat on the 25th and you don’t want Chinese (which is allowed, by the way), go for any of the classic menu items like pumpkin ravioli with sage brown butter, mushroom-mascarpone pizza, or a mountain of meatballs and garlic knots.
You survived Christmas morning (congratulations)! And while you’ve probably been over-spiking your eggnog all weekend, maybe it’s time for something a little classier. At Au Za’atar, savor plates of homestyle Mediterranean cooking (think lamb shawarma served from a mini tableside rotisserie, turnip fries, and fried cauliflower in house parsley-tahini sauce) paired with a spread of Lebanese wines, hand-selected by the in-house sommelier.
Leuca, the contemporary Italian spot in the bottom of Williamsburg’s flashy William Vale hotel, is offering a “Feast of the seven fishes.” For $90, guests will be served four courses of family style seafood-centric Italian fare, with plenty of nuanced plates (like the smoked eel croquette with Meyer lemon) that will convince even the pickiest of eaters to like fish. And yes, there are actually seven fishes incorporated into the meal.
While April Bloomfield’s famed taco joint, Salvation Taco, will not be open this Christmas, she also runs an equally tasty upmarket pub: The Breslin Bar & Dining Room. The classic dark-wood interiors and wholesome farm-to-fork plates, make this a homey spot to celebrate the holiday. For $80, eat your way through a pre-fixe menu of large-format dishes like herb-roasted leg of lamb, or prime rib with braised shallots and horseradish, and wash it down with some of the city’s finest port wines.
For Chinese food without leaving Brooklyn, Kings Co Imperial is your go-to. The non-traditional haunt is a Williamsburg favorite for seasonal modern Chinese, featuring herbs and produce grown in its very own rooftop garden. Every bit as hip as its Brooklyn neighbors, the cozy, brick-lined place will be serving its full standard menu with a few festive add-ons, like tea-smoked mu shu duck, and scallop-stuffed spring rolls. Don’t leave without sampling the handmade chicken scallion buns… several times.
Tucked beneath Flatiron’s new MADE Hotel, this sleek, subterranean space is intimate enough for eavesdropping on your neighbors, but not so pokey that you’ll bump elbows. The open kitchen is bustling, the waiters are attentive, and the new-American fare is plated so beautifully you may not want to eat it. Helmed by Le Turtle alum Greg Proechel, the menu is built of dishes like black-tahini-soaked beets, duck breast in roasted eggplant jam, and charred octopus, arranged on a bed of squid-ink custard. We suggest you start out with a “388 C” -- a creative riposte to the classic martini with gin, yuzu, chartreuse, and lemon.