14 NYC Restaurants That Have Christmas Dinner Covered
From the Feast of the Seven Fishes to holiday brunch.
The holiday season is officially here: That means New Yorkers are checking out the Rockefeller Center tree, heading to some over-the-top holiday bars, and taking part in the bevy of festive activities around town. There’s so much to do to celebrate the season in NYC so when it comes time to plan a feast for the holidays, accept a gift from our city’s incredible restaurants and make a reservation instead.
Whether you’re looking for a decadent meal complete with truffles and caviar, a proper Feast of the Seven Fishes, or some holiday cheer in the form of coquito at a rooftop bar, local restaurants have something for everyone. In fact, there are even options to party all night—so late you might run into Santa Claus on the way home. So check out this list of all the best restaurants open on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day in NYC and make a reservation so all will be merry and bright.
Anything At All
Tucked away in the Graduate Hotel on Roosevelt Island, Anything at All is open for both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day offering two feasts worth the tramway trip. Naturally, the seafood-focused spot is offering a feast of the seven fishes on Christmas Eve for $75 per person that blends the Italian-American tradition with Ethiopian influences in dishes like arctic char tartare with injera crisps and grilled bass with berbere, a popular regional spice blend. On Christmas Day, executive chef Megan Brown is switching gears to offer a Mediterranean menu inspired by their “chosen families” that includes an appetizer, entree, and dessert for $60 per person. The restaurant also has a slate of holiday cocktails by bar director Estelle Bossy including three milk punches, a sweet potato coquito, and warm options like hot chocolate spiked with mezcal and genepy.
All month long, including on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, this upscale Venezuelan restaurant will offer a four-course holiday dinner that serves two for $80. Casa Ora’s executive chef Isbelis Diaz is serving up a menu that starts with pan de jamon and pork tamales with raisins and olives, before moving into a slow-roasted pernil for two and Venezuelan flan for dessert. Holiday cocktails are also available, including rum eggnog and a rum and whiskey hot toddy dubbed the Hot Papi. The menu can be ordered in the dining room or in a cozy outdoor tent complete with blankets and holiday decor.
From December 17 until Christmas Eve, visit HOWM to participate in the Oaxacan holiday tradition, Night of the Radishes. As part of the tradition dating back to the 1700s, people carved radishes to be used in festive displays at holiday markets. So this year, the restaurant will host local artists to demonstrate and create radish carvings to take home, and guests can try their hand at the art before digging into a prix-fixe menu by chef Byron Penafiel. The Christmas Eve and Day menu is $65 per person and includes four courses: Crispy patacones and mango chili chutney and chicharrons to start, followed by a choice of cazuela de mariscos or filet mignon with cheesy potato gratin and bordelaise sauce and desserts like housemade churros and pan dulce de leche.
Jack & Charlie’s No. 118
This new cozy American restaurant in the West Village will be open for Christmas Eve. Jack & Charlie’s No. 118 will offer its typical supper club-inspired menu featuring handmade pasta, steakhouse favorites, and playful bar bites like shepherd's pie croquettes, along with holiday specials. Specials from chef and partner Ed Cotton include a decadent wild mushroom soup with black truffle whipped cream, braised Christmas goose au vin, and warm spiced carrot cake with ginger ice cream and salted rum caramel sauce.
Throw stuffy traditional dinners aside and celebrate Christmas Eve with a roaring party at Kokomo. The hit Caribbean restaurant is hosting an ugly sweater holiday party complete with DJs, bottle service, and a reverse happy hour that runs until 3 am. The restaurant will be serving up coconut curry mussels, crispy fish tacos, and discounted rum punch and margaritas, plus holiday cocktails like the Plantini with rum, plantain puree, and demerara syrup. Guests can RSVP for free or book table packages that include food and drink online.
After opening just last month inside the Arlo Hotel in SoHo, Lindens is offering a peek at its menu along with holiday specials on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. The restaurant’s offerings include pecan-dusted duck breast with cherry jus and caramelized sunchokes; potato gratin with winter truffles, thyme, and white cheddar; and beef wellington. The specials and holiday cocktails like mulled wine and a chai latte flip are available in the restaurant’s dining room or outside in individual heated cabins decked out with wreaths and twinkling lights.
The Musket Room
Executive chef Mary Attea is drawing on family tradition for a Feast of the Seven Fishes at The Musket Room on December 23 and Christmas Eve. The eight-course dinner is $135 per person and includes salt cod croquettes with Kristal caviar and tarragon aioli, razor clam oreganata, and langoustine tortolloni en brodo with scampi roe and fennel, among other dishes and a white truffle supplement for an extra decadent meal. The restaurant also has holiday baskets available for pickup that include options like a breakfast sandwich kit and desserts like seasonal pies and rum cake from pastry chef Camari Mick.
Chef Marc Forgione, who recently took over the helm of Peasant, will present the restaurant’s classic menu of wood-fired Italian dishes for Christmas Eve. Guests can sample dishes like calamari, handmade pasta, or proteins charred in the restaurant’s centerpiece rustic oven or book the restaurant’s private dining room for a family-style dinner that can feature dishes from the standard menu or consist of a feast of the seven fishes designed by the chef.
At POPULAR, the new restaurant inside Ian Schrager’s PUBLIC hotel, chef Diego Muñoz is offering a five-course menu of Peruvian fare for $125 per person on Christmas Eve. The restaurant and pisco bar is serving up plenty of holiday libations to pair with oysters with cucumber and a pink peppercorn mignonette to start. The menu then moves through a roasted winter squash salad; branzino with chimichurri sauce made with Peruvian rocoto peppers and huacatay; porchetta with ají panca and fermented fig jus that is inspired by Chilca, a town just south of Lima that’s famous for its figs; and a Bûche de Noël made with manjar blanco (Peruvian dulce de leche) for dessert.
The Rooftop at Selina Chelsea
For a festive Christmas Eve celebration, head to The Rooftop at the Selina hotel in Chelsea. The bar has been transformed into a tropical-themed winter wonderland, complete with pink fur blankets, glittering metallic birds, twinkling lights, and a roaring fireplace. For the holiday season, the bar is offering a coquito and churro bar that includes drinks made with bourbon, aged tequila, and aguardiente in addition to the standard rum version.
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Soogil is known for blending Korean and French cuisine into luxurious tasting menus, and the restaurant will continue that tradition for a special Christmas menu. Chef Soogil Lim’s six-course tasting menu is $158 per person and includes dishes like caviar and foie gras to start, turbot with shrimp mousse and seafood broth, beef wellington, and a dark chocolate panna cotta topped with black truffles to finish off the meal. The chef’s signature uni bowl and Black Diamond caviar are available to supplement the meal, which is available on both Christmas Eve and Day.
At this newly opened upscale comfort food restaurant below the Park South Hotel, chef Bryce Shuman will lean on tradition for Christmas Eve and Day feasts. On both days, Sweetbriar’s three-course menu runs $95 per person and includes a choice of butternut squash soup or a cobb or beet salad; main courses like applewood-smoked ham with brown sugar mustard glaze, a charcoal-grilled hangar steak with Italian chicories and dry-aged beef jus, or grilled maitake mushrooms with lentils and mushroom broth; a slate of sides for the table; and a traditional Bûche de Noël for dessert.
Cozy up by the fireplace and celebrate the holidays at Tiny’s this year. The historic townhouse restaurant will offer a Christmas Eve dinner for $85 per person that includes a lobster bisque amuse bouche and bread for the table, plus a choice of lobster tortellini with porcini and morel mushrooms and a champagne butter sauce or a goat cheese salad for the first course and pan-roasted halibut, homemade ravioli, or filet mignon for the main course. Head back on Christmas Day for a brunch complete with dishes like a loaded egg sandwich, brioche French toast, and “hangover rancheros'' in case you had a little too much holiday cheer.
This seafood-focused restaurant by chef Shaun Hergatt is the perfect place for a swanky Christmas Eve celebration. Vestry has a three-course menu for the holiday for $125 per person that includes options like grilled quail with sunchokes and truffle vinaigrette or Japanese scallops with calamansi and sea grapes to start, and main courses like Long Island duck breast with parsnips and mountain huckleberries, wagyu beef with potato puree and miso-mustard, and butternut squash risotto. For dessert, choose from a Bûche de Noël, eggnog creme brulee, or cheesecake with honeycrisp apple. On Christmas Day, the restaurant will be serving its standard menu.