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Does the thought of cooking an elaborate Christmas dinner have you thinking like Scrooge? We've compiled a list of NYC restaurants open on Christmas Day to keep you in the holiday spirit. Go all out with a classic French of Italian tasting menu or keep Christmas casual with bar food or Mediterranean tapas.

We'll be updating this list as more menus become available. If you hear of one, or a restaurant becomes book, let us know. This is far from a comprehensive list, and if you're looking for a Christmas meal a little off the beaten path, restaurants in hurricane-affected areas like Staten Island and South Brooklyn would certainly appreciate the business.

Eating out on Christmas Eve? Here's our guide

Under $60 Per Person

Balade
Great Lebanese fare draws East Villagers to Balade. Order several mezze to share. Hummus, red pepper mouhamara and labneh are best bets. Meat and veggie platters with lamb kabobs, beef shawarma and falafel are guaranteed to have something for everyone.
Lunch and dinner
212-529-6868
baladerestaurants.com

Bill's Bar & Burger
Don't feel like getting dressed up for a fancy meal this Christmas? Bill's Bar & Burger has you covered with its superior bar food. Chicken wings, hot dogs, and of course, burgers will be dished up all day.
Lunch and dinner
Rockefeller Center: 212-705-8510; Meatpacking: 212-414-3003 (Book soon, reservations filling up fast!)
billsbarandburger.com

Rosa Mexicano
Make upscale, authentic Mexican cuisine a spicy new Christmas tradition with a special menu available prix fixe ($45) or a la carte at all three NYC locations. Highlights include Duck Noodle Soup, Roasted Beet and Kale Salad and Pumpkin Creme Brulee.
Lunch and Dinner
Union Square: 212-533-3350 First Avenue: 212-753-7407 Lincoln Center: 212-977-7700
rosamexicano.com

Bistro La Promenade
This charming French bistro will be serving up its expertly prepared casual bistro fare all day. Come for classics like moules frites (fried mussels) and seafood risotto or try one of their seasonal specials.
Entrees $25 - $38
Lunch and dinner
212-255-7400
lapromenadenyc.com

Hospoda
Two warming winter specials at this modern Bohemian will be offered Christmas Day in addition to the regular menu. The wine sausage with potato salad is a Czech specialty, and smoked cinnamon, spiced apples, and chestnut caramel spice up a decadent Valrhona dark chocolate cake.
Specials $9 - $16
Dinner
212-861-1038
hospodanyc.com

Marble Lane
The steakhouse and bar in the Dream Downtown hotel will be serving their a la carte menu and a $35 prix fixe.
Lunch and dinner
212-229-2336
marblelane.com

Piquant
This Brooklyn charmer serving up Latin American-French fusion will offer holiday specials like poached lobster with braised leeks, makrud lime and caviar sauce, and butternut squash-red curry soup with foie gras croutons.
Dinner
718-484-4114
piquantnyc.com

Virgil's Real Barbecue
Come to Virgil's for a laid-back holiday meal. This barbecue specialist will be smoking up a special prime rib menu item, served with a horseradish cream sauce, baked potato and cornbread.
Lunch and Dinner
212-921-9494
virgilsbbq.com

Smoke Jazz & Supper Club
Jazz musician Louis Hayes with the Harold Mabern Quartet will set the mood this Christmas. Enjoy a two course prix fixe menu with comfort foods like dark and stormy braised short ribs served with cheddar cheese mashed potatoes and roasted baby carrots.
$35/music set and dinner
Dinner
212-864-6662
smokejazz.com

Moti Mahal Delux
Belly-warming Indian dishes are Moti Mahal Delux's specialty. Try meat dishes like chicken tandoori cooked in their clay oven or a vegetarian entree like stir fried eggplant "Baingan Patiala" with ginger and onion.
Entrees $9.95 - $22.95
Lunch and dinner
212-371-3535
motimahaldelux.us

Pulino's
For a fuss-less Christmas dinner, head to Pulino's for some "Bowery-style" pizza. Try the basic margherita or try some of their excellent meat and veggie toppings. Pastas and meat dishes are also available for those who want something more substantial.
Pizzas $15 - $19; entrees $15 - $22
Lunch and dinner
212-724-2100
pulinosny.com

Takashi
Warm your belly with hearty Japanese-Korean fare like bone marrow and crawfish dumplings in a hot peanut oil sauce. Other Christmas specials include miso grilled sweetbreads with saffron risotto and filet mignon with truffles and foie gras.
Specials $16 - $35
Dinner
212-414-2929
takashinyc.com

$60 to $90

Ai Fiori
Ai Fiori will be open Christmas Day offering its regular Italian-focused menu. Choose from their rich risottos or plated appetizers like razor clams with fennel and chorizo to start. Hearty fish and meat entrees like striped bass with artichokes and blue crab or duck with foie gras, apples and chestnuts elevate Ai Fiori above and beyond typical Italian meals.
Items available a la carte (entrees $35 - $52)
Lunch and dinner
212-613-8660
aifiorinyc.com

Benoit
Dine in luxury this Christmas with classically prepared French dishes like filet mignon with a black truffle sauce, foie gras and a lobster salad with caviar cream. Chocolate-praline yule log and orange tian are dessert options.
$75/person; 3-course prix fixe with a la carte entrees available
Lunch and dinner
646-943-7373 (Book soon, reservations filling up fast!)
benoitny.com

Petrossian
A traditional roasted Christmas goose with gravy, cranberry and orange relish and butternut squash puree is featured on Petrossian's 3 course prix fixe menu. Go for rich appetizers like smoked fish with caviar and salmon roe, foie gras terrine with fig preserves or a parsnip-lemon bisque with foie gras chocolate truffle and candied orange peel.
$77/person
Lunch and dinner
212-245-2214
petrossian.com

Maialino
Start Christmas Day off right with a hearty brunch at Maialino. Start off with a selection of house-baked pastries like the olive oil muffin and honey butter pork biscuit. Mains range from egg dishes to sandwiches to pastas and meat plates. We love the porchetta sandwich with a fried egg and their thick cut black pepper bacon.
Entrees $12 - $38
Brunch
212-777-2410
maialinonyc.com

The John Dory Oyster Bar
April Bloomfield and chef de cuisine Josh Even are offering diners a "Feast of the Seven Fishes" for dinner on Christmas Day at The John Dory Oyster Bar. The dinner menu is available by reservation only with an a la carte menu available for walk-ins and for lunch.
$85/person
Lunch and Dinner
212-792-9000
www.thejohndory.com
For reservations, email christmas@thejohndory.com.

Reynard
Head to Reynard Christmas Day for a 5 course prix fixe starting with oysters and pate, and ending with a buche de noel. You'll also get a goose with savory bread pudding, foie gras, and a cheese plate sampling.
$85/person
Lunch and Dinner
718-460-8004
wythehotel.com/dining/restaurant

Over $90

Bouley
Come prepared to be treated like royalty at Bouley this Christmas. The French-focused fare incorporates the highest-quality seasonal ingredients for an unforgettable gastronomic experience. A 5-course lunchtime menu and 6-course dinner tasting menu are available.
Lunch and dinner
Lunch: $95/person; dinner: $195/person
646-943-7373 (Book soon, reservations filling up fast!)
davidbouley.com

Russian Tea Room
This renowned tea room boasts authentic Russian fare including Boeuf a la Stroganoff and honey basted ham with candied yams. This three course prix fixe includes a dessert choice of tea room blintzes, a chocolate mousse pyramid with raspberry filling and cheesecake. If you are feeling especially regal, opt for the Czar's gold and caviar parfait complete with 24-karat edible gold.
Lunch and dinner
$105/adults and $50/children
212-581-7100
russiantearoomnyc.com

Tocqueville
Imaginative entrees like seared diver scallops with foie gras and artichokes and smoked duck breast with baby bok choy and Asian pear grace this contemporary French-American on Christmas. Indulge in a chocolate-cherry buche de noel or a chestnut napoleon for dessert.
Dinner
$95/person
212-647-1515
tocquevillerestaurant.com

Jean Georges Nougatine
Wow your family and friends this Christmas with a meal at Jean Georges Nougatine. The four course prix fixe features unrivaled French fare. Dishes like truffle crusted salmon with leeks vinaigrette and roasted capon with black truffles, crispy Brussels sprouts, potato puree and jus are features this year. A special Christmas dessert will conclude an unforgettable meal.
Lunch and dinner
$98/person
212-299-3900
jean-georges.com

Mercer Kitchen
This chic SoHo spot will have a special four course, market-driven menu available in additional to a la carte items. The day's specials include roasted mushrooms and poached egg with Parmesan, seared scallops with a meyer lemon-cauliflower sauce, onions, garlic and capers and roasted capon with black truffle, roasted vegetables and mashed potatoes. And if you can't make it home after the meal, wait out your food coma in the Mercer Hotel lounge.
Lunch and dinner
$98/person
212-966-5454
themercerkitchen.com

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