Ten Spots to Dine on Christmas Day
Whether a kitchen disaster foils your Christmas dinner plans or you're just looking for a nice meal out for your day off, you might check in on these ten restaurants, all spots that are keeping the light on for Christmas Day.
Agozar Cuban Bistro, 324 Bowery, 1 p.m. to 10 p.m. A Cuban-style Christmas feast will likely make you forget its freezing out there. This $35 three-course prix fixe centers around Cuban style roasted pork. The bartenders will be ready to serve up plenty of mojitos, and the lively atmosphere should make you smile even if you plan on returning all the gifts you got a few hours earlier.
Barbounia, 250 Park Avenue South, 11:30 a.m to 11:00 p.m. This Gramercy Park Mediterranean spot is offering a regular a la carte menu as well as a few special dishes for the holiday. The restaurant also boasts a serious wine list of nearly 1,000 bottles if you're looking to unwind after unwrapping gifts — or need a drink to deal with your relatives.
Bryant Park Grill, 25 West 40th Street, 11:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. For a day of ice skating, tree photographing, and, of course, hearty dining, head to this park side restaurant, which is offering a $75 three-course prix fixe. (Dhildren are also welcome to pull up a chair for $38.) Options range from lobster and parsnip chowder and a country salad starter to free range turkey and sea bass.
5 Napkin Burger, multiple locations, 11:30 a.m. to 12 a.m. If you're looking for a casual bite anywhere around town, all three Manhattan locations of this burger chain will be open and offering the regular menu. There's also a special chocolate peppermint shake for the month of December if you're feeling festive.
Grape & Vine, 52 West 13th Street, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. This Greenwich Village restaurant specializing in market-driven fare is serving stuffed quail, foie gras, and a pan roasted rack of lamb on a $55 special Christmas Day prix fixe menu.
Perry St., 176 Perry Street, 12 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. This elegant Jean-Georges operation is having an extra special holiday season after spending last year dealing with Hurricane Sandy. To share the good feelings, there's a four-course prix fixe for $108; the menu includes crispy tuna spring rolls, Maine lobster, beef tenderloin, and a dessert.
Red Rooster Harlem, 310 Lennox Avenue, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Head up to Harlem for Marcus Samuelsson's $55 Swedish Christmas prix fixe, and enjoy a warm glass of Swedish mulled wine, gravlax, and Swedish ham. The restaurant's basement lounge, Ginny's Supper Club, will also be open starting 5:30 p.m. with the same prix fixe menu. You'll also be able to order a la carte at both spots.
Station, 166 North 7th Street, Brooklyn, 9 a.m. to 4 a.m./close If you're going to be stuck at a train station this year, why not at least find one that offers some Christmas Day cheer? This restaurant will kick off the day with a bottomless brunch with eggnog and hot rum apple cider. Dig into a stuffed ham and sides like cranberry sauce and sweet potato gratin, and cap off your meal with complimentary cornbread s'mores and gingerbread cookies.
The Smith, 1900 Broadway, 11:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. If you're using the holiday to stroll around Lincoln Center and Central Park, the Upper West Side location of the Smith is offering its regular menu, which features such festive offerings as a raw bar and a porterhouse for two. Stop by the bar for a special seasonal version of eggnog.
Zerza, 320 East 6th Street, 1 p.m. to 11 p.m. This East Village restaurant is hosting a Moroccan Christmas meal for those looking to branch out from the typical Christmas dishes: For $30 per person, diners can enjoy a three-course meal which comes with a complimentary glass of sangria or champagne. The restaurant will also offer its regular a la carte menu with merguez, lentil soup, and braised beef short rib with prunes and roasted almonds.
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