Where to Eat on Christmas Eve in NYC

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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 Eve 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 Day? Here's our guide.

Under $60 Per Person

A Voce
Both the Madison Avenue and Columbus Circle restaurants of this Italian standout will be serving from their regular menus on Christmas Eve.
Lunch and dinner
Madison: 212-545-8555
Columbus: 212-823-2523
avocerestaurant.com

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
347-689-3594
baladerestaurants.com

Bar Americain
Bobby Flay's dressed-up-but-unpretentious American menu will be available on Christmas Eve.
Lunch and dinner
212-265-9700
baramericain.com

Boukies
Hip Greek spot Boukies will have a four-course Christmas Eve meal with items like chestnut soup and leek salad with baby octopus.
Dinner
$60
212-777-2502
boukiesrestaurant.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
billsbarandburger.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

Dinosaur Barbecue
Come for John Stage's awesome ribs...and stay for those ribs. Barbecue may not be your first thought on Christmas, but there's no better way to relieve holiday stress than by tucking into some smoked pork.
Lunch
212-694-1777
dinosaurbarbque.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

Francois Payard Patisserie
Francois Payard's new UES bakery will also be offering some savory bites.
All day
212-717-5252
payard.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

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

Mesa Grill
Bobby Flay's love letter to Southwestern cuisine will be serving from their regular menu and holiday specials.
212-806-7400
mesagrill.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
212-226-1966
pulinosny.com

Back Forty West
Cozy up next to Back Forty West's fireplace with family and friends this Christmas Eve. Brunch fare will be served all day long.
Brunch 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
212-219-8570
backfortynyc.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

Isa
Have an eclectic meal at this rustic Williamsburg locale. Menus are seasonal and change frequently, so come expecting the unexpected.
Dinner
212-226-1966
isa.gg

Isabella's
This Mediterranean standby will offer its regular menu Christmas Eve. Try the calamari appetizer with spicy tomato sauce and tzatziki. For the main event, choose between fish options like blackened swordfish with lentils and squash or go for the short ribs with whipped parsley root and swiss chard.
Entrees $19.50 - $28
Lunch and dinner
212-226-1966
isabellas.com

New York Wine & Culinary Center
This four course dinner with wine pairings features a different cuisine for every course. Start with the Swedish appetizer of meatballs and mushrooms. Continue the meal with a Portuguese fish stew. The third course features beef tenderloin with foie gras in a red wine sauce or a veal scaloppini in a lemon butter sauce. Pick from apple strudel and fruit trifle for dessert. There is also a reception before the meal with wine and appetizers.
$45/adults and $22.50/children
Dinner: two seatings at 5:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.
585-394-7070
nywcc.com

DBGB Kitchen & Bar
Daniel Boulud's upscale bar food can be had all day long at his downtown hotspot, along with several holiday specials. You can't go wrong with the Yankee burger or any of their housemade sausages.
Entrees $14 - $36
Lunch and dinner
212-933-5300
danielnyc.com/dbgb.html

Beauty & Essex
This sexy Lower East Side lounge will be dishing up its eclectic menu all evening. The extensive raw bar includes ceviches like the yellowtail crudo with yuzu, avocado and cilantro and shrimp cocktail with a jalapeno cocktail sauce. Hot items include Asian spiced pork ribs, lobster mac and cheese and a brick pressed chicken with mascarpone polenta.
Entrees $8 - $42
Dinner
212-614-0146
beautyandessex.com

Stanton Social
This scene-y cocktail lounge has an extensive bar-style menu composed of shared plates. Try the pulled pork sliders, duck confit and black bean empanadas or the tuna tartare roll with nori. Whatever you order, don't skip out on one of their signature cocktails.
Dinner
212-995-0099
thestantonsocial.com

$60 to $90

PizzArte
Have an authentic Neapolitan Christmas this year with PizzArte's 4-course seafood-packed meal that starts off with a shrimp cocktail and ends with a cinnamon apple tart.
$60/person
Dinner
212-247-3936
pizzarteny.com

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.
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 their 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

Tribeca Grill
New American food shines at Robert DeNiro's downtown hotspot. Try the mozzarella salad with roasted peppers and grilled eggplant to start. Classic entrees done right include grilled salmon with French lentils and an apple salad and beef filet with garlic whipped potatoes, spinach and onion rings.
Entrees $22 - $39
Lunch and dinner
212-941-3900
myriadrestaurantgroup.com/tribeca_grill.php

ilili
This sexy Lebanese lounge will have a three course prix fixe dinner menu, with a la carte items available at lunch. Make sure one of your two mezze starters is the Brussels sprouts with walnuts, fig puree and a mint yogurt sauce. Entrees include chicken, lamb, duck and vegetarian options, all with appropriate Mediterranean accompaniments and garnishes. For dessert, choose from the classic buche de noel or opt for the more exotic knafe bil jibneh, a sweet cheese tart with orange blossom syrup.
$62/person
Lunch and dinner
212-683-2929
ililinyc.com

Recette
Recette's five course Christmas Eve tasting menu will feature seasonal ingredients with its squash, shrimp and bacon appetizer. Mushroom ravioli, halibut and sirloin steak continue the progression. For dessert, the eggnog mousse with chocolate "fruit cake," candied pistachios and pomegranate sorbet is sure to put you in the holiday spirit.
$89/person
Dinner
212-414-3000
recettenyc.com

Osteria Morini
Michael White's impeccable pastas steal the show at this hip Italian food mecca. Traditional antipasti and entrees are also on the menu.
Entrees $10 - $38
Lunch and dinner
212-965-8777
osteriamorini.com

BLT Fish
Christmas Eve specials will supplement the seafood-oriented menu. Try a tarte flambe with bacalao and burgundy truffles for a celebratory start. Seared scallops with foie gras mousse and pear soubise will have you dining in luxury this Christmas. And an indulgent chocolate fondant with cranberry sorbet and toasted marshmallow makes for a sweet ending.
Specials $9 - $38
Lunch and dinner
212-691-8888
e2hospitality.com/blt-fish-new-york

BLT Steak
Two special dishes will supplement the regular menu. Pan seared scallops with kabocha squash gnocci, roasted chestnuts, kale and pomegranate jus will put you in the holiday spirit. And no Christmas meal is complete without a buche de noel.
Specials $11 - $42
Lunch and Dinner
212-752-7470
e2hospitality.com/blt-steak

Marea
Exquisite Italian plates are chef Michael White's specialty at his flagship restaurant. Several Christmas specials will be offered in addition to the regular menu. Pick from small plates like crispy anchovies in a rosemary aioli and move on to homemade pastas like a lobster ravioli with zucchini and chanterelle mushrooms. Seasonal fish and meat dishes like roasted halibut with squid ink spaetzle, kale, pomegranate and pancetta are sure to wow any food-lover.
Entrees $39-$54
Lunch and dinner
212-582-5100
marea-nyc.com

Eolo
Partake in the 3rd annual "Feast of the Seven Fishes" at Eolo this Christmas Eve with Sicilian-inspired dishes in this traditional feast.
Lunch and dinner
646-225-6606
eolonewyork.com

Hearth
It's regular rustic Italian fare will be offered in addition to a five course prix fixe "Feast of the Seven Fishes" menu.
Lunch and dinner
646-602-1300
restauranthearth.com

Maialino
Kick of the holidays 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

db Bistro Moderne
Relax at Daniel Boulud's charming French-style bistro and indulge in a three course Christmas Eve meal. Starters range from a tomato tarte tatin with goat cheese and olives to a salmon tartare with caviar, onion coulis and brioche. Entrees include hangar steak, duck breast with mushrooms and root vegetables, grilled branzino and sea scallops. Make dessert indulgent with a dark chocolate brownie with hazelnut nougatine and ice cream or the grand marnier bread pudding.
$65/adults and $35/children
Lunch and dinner
212-391-2400
danielnyc.com/dbbistro.html

Frank Prisinzano Restaurants
For Christmas Eve dinner, all of Frank Prisinzano's restaurants will offer a traditional Feast of the Seven Fishes menu. Guests may order a la carte or opt for three, five or all seven courses. Dinner: three course ($32.95), five course ($52.95), & seven course ($72.95) options.

Sauce
Brunch, Dinner
212-420-7700
saucerestaurant.com

Lil' Frankie's
Dinner
212-420-4900
lilfrankies.com

Supper
Dinner
212-477-7600
supperrestaurant.com

Frank
Brunch, Dinner
212-420-0202
frankrestaurant.com

The John Dory Oyster Bar
April Bloomfield and chef de cuisine Josh Even are offering diners a "Feast of Seven Fishes" for Christmas Eve dinner at The John Dory Oyster Bar. The dinner is available by reservation only with an a la carte menu available for walk-ins and for lunch. The chef's table menu is available for parties of 6 or more.
$85/person
Lunch and Dinner
212-792-9000
For reservations, email christmas@thejohndory.com.
thejohndory.com

Louro
Enjoy a holiday meal inspired by the Chef's favorite yuletide film "Christmas Vacation" with a 3 course prix fixe or tasting menu.
Dinner
Prix fixe: $65/person
Tasting Menu: $85/person
212-206-0606
Make reservations at nossamesa@louronyc.com
louronyc.com

Hearth
Hearth's Marco Canora will host a Feast of the Seven Fishes dinner. The five-course meal features four fish dishes, including warm sepia and octopus salad, steamed clams "casino" and cacciucco, a combination of black bass, calamari and mussels. Chestnut semifreddo will be served for dessert.
$88/person
Dinner
646-602-1300
restauranthearth.com

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

Cafe Boulud
Go over the top this Christmas a Daniel Boulud's Cafe Boulud. The three course prix fixe features wintertime flavors in its classical French cooking. Try the peekytoe crab with green apple gelee and parsley-celery root remoulade to start. Mains range from a wild mushroom risotto with Parmesan froth to beef wellington with foie gras, mushrooms, spinach and carrot puree.
$145/adults and $55/children
Lunch and dinner
212-772-2600
danielnyc.com/cafebouludny.html

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

Ciano
A five course seafood prix fixe will be available in addition to its regular rustic Italian menu.
Lunch and dinner
$79/person
212-982-8422
cianonyc.com

Colicchio & Sons
For Christmas Eve, Colicchio & Sons will serve a festive four-course and seven-course prix-fixe in both the elegant main dining room and cozy Tap Room.
4-course: $135/person
7-course: $225/person
Dinner
212-400-6699
www.colicchioandsons.com

Corkbuzz Wine Studio
For Christmas Eve, Corkbuzz will serve a traditional Italian Feast of the Seven Fishes prepared by chef Hayan Yi, featuring seven different seafood dishes, all served family style and paired with wines chosen by Master Sommelier Laura Maniec.
$125/person (including wine pairings)
Dinner
646-873-6071
www.corkbuzz.com

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