The 10 Best Restaurants for a Christmas Meal in NYC, 2014 Edition


Sticking around for the Christmas holiday? Or is the thought of cooking a Christmas goose on your Foreman Grill turning you into the Grinch? Whatever your plans are for the two-day celebration, just know there are plenty of restaurants ready to welcome you with some holiday cheer. Here are the 10 best Christmas Eve and Christmas Day holiday dining deals in NYC.

Christmas Eve

Aquavit, 65 East 55th Street

If you’re looking to experience a new holiday tradition, consider Aquavit’s julbord — a large-format Swedish Christmas dinner perfect for big groups. From noon to 9 p.m., guests can enjoy hot and cold dishes like pickled herring, Christmas ham, and pork spare ribs in family-style servings. The meal also includes appetizers, salads, and dessert, like gingersnap cookies and caramel brittle. Reservations are $95 per person.

Catch, 21 Ninth Avenue

The holidays are all about sharing, and Catch is offering several large plates designed for at least two to enjoy. Special holiday dishes include a roasted partridge with chestnut and foie gras au jus as well as salt-baked Chilean turbot. The restaurant’s seafood-heavy menu will also be available for those seeking sushi and other Asian specialties.

Eataly, 200 Fifth Avenue

Whether you’re looking to explore a five-course chef’s tasting menu at the swanky Manzo or enjoy a holiday refreshment at Birreria, all of Eataly’s restaurants have something to offer. For $35, guests can enjoy a three-course dinner at Le Verdure with a focus on vegan and gluten-free items, while Il Pesce is running a $40 four-course special. Reservations for all of Eataly’s dining options can be made on its website.

FP Patisserie, 1293 Third Avenue

For those with a sweet tooth, noted baker Francois Payard will offer a special $44 dinner that includes his signature buche de noel for dessert. Savory dishes include foie gras torchon, goat cheese and onion tart, and roasted chicken.

Tavola, 488 Ninth Avenue

If you and your family are all about the Feast of Seven Fishes, this Hell’s Kitchen restaurant can give your nonna a rest. Share appetizers like grilled Portuguese sardines, octopus, and baked clams oreganata, and then tuck into pasta and a main course. For dessert, panettone bread pudding and pistachio cannoli will make sure everyone is in bed before Santa arrives. Tavola’s regular menu will also be available.

Christmas Eve and Christmas Day

Blaue Gans, 139 Duane Street

Not getting a tree this year? If that’s the case, you might want to head to chef Kurt Gutenbrunner’s house, as all guests will receive an ornament upon arrival to decorate the restaurant’s Christmas tree. After picking out the perfect branch, guests can enjoy a three-course Austrian menu for $90. Main-course options include wiener schnitzel, goose, and crispy salmon; there will also be traditional Christmas cookies and chestnut ice cream. Reservations are available on Christmas Eve from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. and on Christmas Day from noon to 9 p.m.

Brasserie, 100 East 53rd Street

Planning a trip to Rockefeller Center? After taking the requisite tree photo, head over for one of many specials this nearby restaurant is offering throughout the holidays. Starting at 4 p.m. on Christmas Eve, guests can enjoy a three-course prix fixe for $35. Christmas Day brunch starts at 10 a.m. and provides two courses for $26. The restaurant will also offer dinner on Christmas Day — $59 for three courses — in addition to its à la carte menu.

Isola Trattoria & Crudo Bar, 9 Crosby Street

On Christmas Eve, the restaurant inside the Crosby Street Hotel is running a modern take on the infamous Feast of the Seven Fishes with white razor-clam pizza and monkfish osso buco. On Christmas Day, roasted pheasant and a seared ribeye are on the menu. The restaurant is open from noon to 9 p.m. on both days.

Christmas Day

Bryant Park Grill, 25 West 40th Street

Ice skating, a Christmas tree, and a pop-up winter village make Bryant Park Grill a favorite holiday destination. After working up an appetite, guests can enjoy a special three-course menu full of fine dishes including lobster chowder, roasted venison, and duck breast cooked in Grand Marnier.

Jimmy’s No. 43, 43 East 7th Street

Give the gift of endless meats and sides for $25 and splurge on a fine craft beer at this annual celebration for stragglers. A guest chef will be cooking up as much food as you can handle, and you’ll also get dessert. The bar’s deep lineup of exotic beers and ciders will also be available for purchase. Make your reservation in advance.