For some families, home cooking is over and done with -- and Christmas Day is all about Chinese food. Another best new restaurants of the year, Graffiti Bao, is doing a special take-out-only menu for the holiday. So call in advance and order some duck, noodles, bao buns, and more. Don't plan to stick around. All of this is to go.
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This authentic Irish pub has a few choices for the holiday. Traditional Christmas Dinner is $26 and includes roast turkey with gravy, sage stuffing, roasted potatoes, and brussels sprouts with carrot and parsnip mash. Otherwise, try a glazed ham dinner for $25 with green beans, smashed potatoes, and Jameson honey-glazed carrots. Both choices come with cranberry sauce and a dinner roll -- and go great with a perfectly poured pint of Guinness.
The Golden Tiki is one of those places that just gets better over time. The latest evidence -- a growing shrunken head collection of local celebrities and a pair of animatronic birds that tell dirty jokes every half hour or so. The bar is revealing the "12 Negronis of Christmas" on December 25 to go along with an already strong lineup of holiday cocktails. Gin, rum, whiskey, tequila -- any spirit is fair game. So sit down for a while, try a few drinks, and order some bar bites off the food menu.