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Does the thought of cooking and entertaining for Christmas make you feel less like Santa, and more like the Grinch? We've compiled a list of restaurants open on Christmas Eve (with notes on which are also open on Christmas Day). Go all out with a traditional holiday feast, or go casual with wine and seafood tastings, Thai, barbecue, and more.

We'll be updating this list as more menus become available. All restaurants listed had availability the night before article's publication; reservations may go at any time. If you hear of a new restaurant, or a restaurant becomes booked, let us know.

Under $60 Per Person

Arlington Club
Regular menu and holiday specials.
5:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m.
212-249-5700
arlingtonclubny.com

Blue Ribbon Bakery Kitchen
Regular menu.
12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m.
212-337-0404
blueribbonrestaurants.com/rests_bakery_main.htm

Blue Ribbon Sushi Izakaya
Regular menu.
7:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m.
212-466-0404
blueribbonrestaurants.com/rests_sushi_izakaya_main.htm

Boqueria
Regular tapas menu along with special market additions such as grilled leg of lamb with brussels sprouts and labne or whole black bass with potatoes and warm sherry vinaigrette.
12:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
212-255-4160
boquerianyc.com

Bromberg Bros. Blue Ribbon Fried Chicken
Regular menu.
11:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m.
212-228-0404
blueribbonfriedchicken.com

Center Bar
Regular menu.
1:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
212-823-9482
www.centerbarnyc.com

Cookshop
Regular menu.
5:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.
212-924-4400
cookshopny.com

The Dutch
Regular menu.
12:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
212-677-6200
thedutchnyc.com

Eataly NYC
Regular menus served along with special dishes at Le Verdure, Il Pesce, and La Pizza & La Pasta.
Prices vary by restaurant.
11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
eataly.com/nyc

The Elm
Regular menu.
6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
718-218-1088
theelmnyc.com

Fatty Crab
Chinese-American menu featuring steamed buns, pork spare ribs, wonton soup, lo mein, chili crab, and stir-fried Chinese broccoli.
À la carte. Entrées $17-39.
12:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Christmas Eve and Christmas Day
212-352-3592
fattycrab.com

Fatty 'Cue
Pulled pork, brisket, ribs, lamb shoulder, and more barbecue by the pound, with traditional sides like cole slaw and cornbread.
À la carte. Entrées $16-28.
12:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
212-929-5050
fattycue.com

Gemma at The Bowery Hotel
Root vegetable soup, roasted prime rib with potatoes and brussels sprouts, and per strudel with cinnamon gelato, with Prosecco to drink.
4:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m.
Three courses. $55/person.
212-505-9100
theboweryhotel.com

Grape and Vine
Virginia stuffed quail, pan-roasted John Dory, and pan-seared rack of lamb.
Three courses. $55/person.
6:30 a.m. to 12:00 a.m. Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
212-300-4525
grapevine-nyc.com

Hundred Acres
Regular menu.
5:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
212-475-7500
hundredacresnyc.com

Isola Trattoria and Crudo Bar
Crispy scallops with Meyer lemon and oregano jam, blue crabs with pepperoncini and bucatini, and baccala-stuffed peppers with green olive bread crumbs.
À la carte. Entrées $21-36.
7:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Christmas Eve; 12:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Christmas Day.
212-389-0000
isolasoho.com

Kefi
Chestnut manti, grilled branzino, braised pork shank, roast chicken.
Three courses. $30/person.
12:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
212-873-0200
kefirestaurant.com

KTCHN
Warm artichoke clafoutis, salmon carpaccio, or black trumpet mushroom-crusted beef filet with clementine pomander to drink.
Four courses. $45/person; $20 wine supplement.
5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
212-868-2999
ktchnnyc.com

Lafayette
Regular menu.
7:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
212-533-3000
lafayetteny.com

Lexington Brass
Chestnut soup with white truffle, salmon with bacon and brussels sprout hash, and lamb loin with turnips.
Three courses. $49/person.
3:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
212-392-5976
emmgrp.com/restaurants/lexington-brass

Locanda Verde
Regular menu.
7:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
212-925-3797
locandaverdenyc.com

Louro
Three-course menu includes chestnut soup with wild mushrooms, octopus Bolognese, suckling pig with creamy polenta and poached plums, and a 28-day dry-aged ribeye. Feast of Seven Fishes menu includes roasted monkfish, piri piri shrimp, and lobster fra diavolo.
Three courses, $55/person, or seven courses, $85/person.
5:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.
212-206-0606
louronyc.com

Maison Premiere
Regular menu, including $1 oyster happy hour from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., on Christmas Eve. Raw bar and full bar available on Christmas Day.
À la carte. Entrées $26-34.
4:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
347-335-0446
maisonpremiere.com

MP Taverna
Chestnut manti, grilled branzino, braised pork shank, roast chicken.
Three courses. $30/person.
12:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
718-777-2187
michaelpsilakis.com/mp-taverna/

Obao
Thai crispy pork belly, red curry duck confit, and clay pot catfish.
Three courses. $35/person.
11:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Christmas Eve; 5:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. Christmas Day.
212-245-8880
obaony.com

Omar's
Regular menu, plus special eggnog cocktails.
À la carte. Entrées $26-39.
5:30 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. Christmas Eve.
212-677-5242
omar-nyc.com

The Peacock
Regular menu, also available at The Shakespeare downstairs.
12:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
646-837-6776
thepeacocknyc.com

Pinch American Grill
Lobster martini, beef tenderloin, chocolate-hazelnut yule log.
Three courses. $55/person.
5:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
914-457-2541
pinchusa.com

Porter House New York
Regular menu.
11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
212-823-9500
porterhousenewyork.com

Queens Kickshaw
Asian-Jewish brunch featuring kimchi shakshouka, ramen noodle kugel, Szechuan egg in latke nest, challah french toast with five-spice pear compote. No reservations.
À la carte. Entrées $8-12.
9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
718-777-0913
queenskickshaw.com

Red Rooster Harlem
Swedish holiday menu including gravlax with pickled beets and espresso mustard, Swedish meatballs with lingonberries, potato casserole, and braised green cabbage, with glögg (mulled wine) to drink. Ginny's Supper Club, the live music and dinner venue downstairs from the restaurant, will also be serving the menu for dinner only.
Three courses. $55/person.
11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
212-792-9001
redroosterharlem.com

Ristorante Asellina
Housemade tortellini filled with braised short rib, pancetta, and cipollini onions; roasted local snapper with capers; burrata ravioli with truffle cream.
À la carte. Entrées $26-36.
5:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
212-317-2908
togrp.com/togrp-asellina-newyork

Rosa Mexicano
Chile arbòl-roasted turkey with mole and huitlacoche-plantain stuffing, pork shank with chiles and garlic, and pumpkin cake with mole swirl ice cream and cranberry salsa.
Three courses. $35/person.
12:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
212-533-3350
rosamexicano.com

Sons of Essex
Tiger shrimp dumplings, chicken confit-lemongrass eggrolls, chilled egg noodles, and five-spice roasted duck breast. Christmas movies will be screened.
À la carte. Entrées $18-32.
5:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m.
212-674-7100
sonsofessexnyc.com

The Spotted Pig
Regular menu plus seasonal specials.
À la carte. Entrées $20-32.
5:30 p.m. to 2:00 a.m.
212-620-0393
thespottedpig.com

The Strand Smokehouse
Regular menu of barbecue by the pound, plus holiday specials such as smoked barbecue ham and smoked eggnog.
À la carte. $12-18.
4:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m.
718-440-3231
thestrandsmokehouse.com

$60 to $90 Per Person

Abboccato
Feast of Seven Fishes menu including yellowfin bruschetta, baked langoustines with butter and capers, and Mediterranean sea bass with roasted artichokes and salsa verde.
Eight courses. $75/person; $30 wine supplement.
5:00 to 9:00 p.m.
212-265-4000
abboccato.com

Aldea
Portuguese-inspired Mediterranean dinner.
Three courses. $85/person.
11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., 5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
212-675-7223
aldearestaurant.com

Back Forty West
Chinese banquet including steamed buns with star anise pork, shrimp dumplings, tea-smoked duck, and crispy suckling pig for dinner. Jewish desserts, like babka and rugelach, with Champagne, pomegranate Mai-Tais, and yuzu Hemingways to drink.
$65/person.
6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
212-219-8570
backfortynyc.com

Bar Boulud
Red cabbage salad with endives, apple, and gruyère; seared scallops with sweet potato gnocchi and duck prosciutto; and boudin blanc with apples, foie gras, and truffle mashed potatoes.
Three courses. $65/person.
4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
212-595-0303
barboulud.com/nyc

Benoit
Maine lobster salad, duck breast à l'orange, and Black Forest Christmas log. Regular à la carte menu also available at the bar.
Three courses. $75/person.
5:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. Christmas Eve; 11:45 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Christmas Day.
646-943-7373
benoitny.com

Boulud Sud
Squab pâté en croûte with foie gras, Pennsylvania veal with sweetbreads and pancetta, and capeletti di quattro formaggi with porcini mushrooms, chestnuts, and truffle.
Three courses. $85/person.
4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
212-595-1313
bouludsud.com

DB Bistro Moderne
Seared foie gras with gingerbread, hamachi crudo, squash risotto with balsamic vinegar and sage, and truffled capon with brown butter.
Three courses. $68/person; $45 wine supplement.
5:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
212-391-2400
dbbistro.com/nyc

Delaney Barbecue BrisketTown
Christmas Eve dinner includes butternut squash soup, apple salad, "smoke plate" with brisket, smoked turkey, ham and pork ribs, and pie. Briskets and pies also available to order until Thursday, December 19.
Four courses. $65/person.
$200/6-8lb. brisket, $275/9-11lb. brisket, $35/pie.
Seatings at 5:30 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.
Reservations at christmas@delaneybbq.com
delaneybbq.com/christmas

The Fourth
Kabocha squash soup with dungeness crab tortellini, roasted turkey breast and leg terrine with root veg gratin, cornbread stuffing, and coffee pots de crème.
Three courses. $75/person.
4:45 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
212-432-1324
onefivehospitality.com/restaurants/the-fourth-american-brasserie

Fresco by Scotto
"A Night of 7 Fishes" menu. Grilled pizza margherita and antipasto, fritto misto with fried shrimp, calamari, zucchini and yellow squash, seafood salad, eggplant & zucchini pie, braised short ribs of beef, spiced, seared & sliced yellowfin tuna, traditional Italian cannoli, and a brownie fudge sundae. $80/adult, $40/child.
4:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. Christmas Eve.
212-935-3434
frescobyscotto.com/page_menus.php

Giovanni Rana Pastificio & Cucina
Holiday menu items à la carte, including roasted chestnut porcini ravioli, branzino filet with preserved lemon and fennel, and veal chop with leeks, potato, and black truffle vellutata.
À la carte. Entrées $24-47.
11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
212-370-0975
rananyc.com

La Bottega at The Maritime Hotel
Feast of Seven Fishes menu including sardine croccanti, pizza alla vongole (pizza with clams), calamari with couscous, and baked stuffed clams, with panettone or chocolate cannoli for dessert.
Eight courses. $65/person.
212-242-4300
themaritimehotel.com/labottega

LCL Bar and Kitchen
Truffle mushroom bisque, seared scallops with cauliflower puree and short rib, skirt steak with caramelized onion and chimichurri.
Three courses. $60/person.
12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. Christmas Eve; 5:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. Christmas Day.
212-405-4399
thelclnyc.com

The National
Diver scallops with broccoli, chanterelle, and sturgeon caviar sauce or grilled branzino served with butternut squash, pomegranate, and pumpkin seeds.
Three courses. $80/person.
2:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Christmas Day.
212-715-2400
thenationalnyc.com

Nerai
Lobster with orzo and Piave Vecchio cheese, winter salad with pomegranate and halloumi, and lamb with feta-yogurt mash and grilled portobello mushrooms.
Four courses. $75/person.
5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
212-759-5554
nerainyc.com

Northern Spy Food Co.
Fuji apple salad with kale and parsnips, heritage chicken with buckwheat, quince, and pumpkin, and halibut with celeriac, spinach, and Meyer lemon.
Three courses. $60/person; $25 wine supplement.
5:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
212-228-5100
northernspyfoodco.com

Recette
Holiday prix-fixe with pork belly, bone marrow, black bass, pork tenderloin.
Four courses. $89/person.
5:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
212-414-3000
recettenyc.com

Reynard
Chrismas goose dinner with oysters, foie gras, carpaccio, and buche de Noel.
Five courses, $85/person
Christmas Day only.
718-460-8004
reynardnyc.com

Riverpark
Regular menu.
5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
212-729-9790
riverparknyc.com

Roman's
Feast of Seven Fishes menu including spot prawns with oranges and olives, fried baccalà, and whole roasted fish with lemon, fennel, and treviso.
Seven courses. $65/person.
5:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
718-622-5300
romansnyc.com

Rosemary's
Pomegranate and citrus-cured salmon, gnocchi with mushroom ragu and black truffles, and stout-braised short rib with arugula mostarda and "farrotto."
Four courses. $75/person.
5:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m.
212-647-1818
rosemarysnyc.com

Scarpetta
Regular menu.
5:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
212-691-0555
scottconant.com

Telepan
Regular menu, plus Christmas goose for dinner and sticky toffee pudding for dessert.
À la carte. Entrées $29-48.
5:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
212-580-4300
telepan-ny.com

Topping Rose House
Feast of Seven Fishes-inspired dishes such as grilled baby octopus with fingerling potatoes and brown butter, frito misto with fennel and lemon wedges. The menu on Christmas day will include duck terrine with cranberry and mustard, prime rib with spinach, and chocolate bread pudding.
À la carte. Entrées $38-44.
5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Christmas Eve; 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Christmas Day.
631-537-0870
toppingrosehouse.com

Over $90 Per Person

BLT Fish
Chinese-American dishes, including fried rice, crab rangoons, and egg rolls, served family-style.
Three courses. $95/person.
5:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
212-691-8888
e2hospitality.com/blt-fish-new-york

Brushstroke
Lobster tail with foie gras, Canadian fuji-pork belly confit with apples and uni, and guinea hen over Japanese heirloom rice.
Seven courses. $175/person; $100 wine supplement.
5:00 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
212-791-3771
davidbouley.com/brushstroke-main

Bouley
Roasted lobster with blood orange risotto, Colorado lamb en cocotte with zucchini-mint purée, and hay-baked Pennsylvania chicken.
Six courses. $225/person; $130 wine supplement.
11:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
212-964-2525
davidbouley.com

Café Boulud
Winter squash velouté, squab en croûte, and striped bass en paupiette.
Three courses. $155/person.
5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
212-772-2600
cafeboulud.com/nyc

Corkbuzz Wine Studio
Family-style Feast of Seven Fishes menu, including wine pairings by master sommelier Laura Maniec.
Seven courses. $125/person.
7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
646-873-6071
corkbuzz.com/class-detail/?class=Christmas+Eve%3A+Feast+of+the+Seven+Fishes

Hearth
Feast of Seven Fishes menu.
Seven courses. $92/person.
5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
646-602-1300
restauranthearth.com

Kingside
Seared foie gras served with toasted brioche and sauterned-soaked grapes, Seared Long Island duck breast with duck confit and kabocha squash hash, roasted broccoli with pomegranate seeds and crispy shallots, and brandied cherry and chocolate croissant bread pudding. Regular à la carte menus will also be available all day from 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
Three courses plus sides. $95/person.
4:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. Christmas Day only.
212-707-8000
kingside-restaurant.com

Manzanilla
Tapas to start, including squid ink croquettes and oxtail brioche, followed by a dinner including caramelized goat cheese and foie gras terrine with apples, pan-seared wild striped bass with cava sauce and caviar, and a duo of duck with muscatel sauce and potato-carrot-parsnip purée.
Five courses. $95/person.
6:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
212-255-4086
manzanillanyc.com

Oceana
Feast of Seven Fishes menu including scallop crudo with persimmon and pomegranate, oyster and chanterelle pan roast, and seared turbot with poached lobster.
Seven courses. $95/person; $50 wine supplement.
5:00 to 10:00 p.m.
212-759-5941
oceanarestaurant.com

Piora
Holiday menu featuring Christmas goose with caramelized chestnut, barley, and thumbelina carrots, with an eggnog-gingerbread Bûche de Noël for dessert.
Five courses. $95/person.
5:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
212-960-3801
pioranyc.com

Saul at the Brooklyn Museum
Feast of Seven Fishes menu.
Seven courses. $125/person.
5:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
718-935-9842
saulrestaurant.com

SD26
Feast of Seven Fishes menu including cavatelli with Prince Edward Island mussels and kale pesto as well as fish and shellfish stew in spicy tomato-white wine broth with bruschette.
Four courses. $90/person.
5:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.
212-265-5959
sd26ny.com

The Standard Grill
Lobster salad with pork crackling and osetra caviar, seared diver scallop with sea beans and butternut squash vinaigrette, and Dover sole with wild mushroom and truffle broth, with raspberry-vanilla buche de Noël for dessert.
Four courses. $125/person; $50 wine supplement.
5:30 p.m. to 1:00 a.m.
212-645-4100
thestandardgrill.com

Tocqueville
Cauliflower soup with marcona almonds and black truffles, roasted pumpkin risotto with chanterelles and rosemary brown butter, slow-roasted duck breast with endive and quince, and applewood-smoked rack of pork.
Three courses. $95/person.
212-647-1515
onefivehospitality.com/restaurants/tocqueville-restaurant

About the author: Rémy Robert is an editorial intern at Serious Eats and recent graduate of Brown University. She's a diehard New Orleanian and makes a point to start each day with a bite of chocolate.

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