Where to Dine This Christmas in NYC
Where to Dine This Christmas in NYC
From the Rockefeller Center tree lighting and ice skating at the center’s Rink to the incredible holiday window displays on Fifth Avenue to the Rockettes at Radio City Music Hall and so much more, The Big Apple has a plethora of seasonal events going on in and around the city, all of which are bound to create an appetite. If you are looking for the perfect restaurant to enjoy a holiday feast, step right this way. Here are some great dining options that offer prix fixe menus (some include a visit from Santa!) that are worthy of a visit this time of the year.
Bar Gonzo: Come Christmas morning, Bar Gonzo, the Hell’s Kitchen restaurant and lounge, introduces its new brunch menu. The all-inclusive buffet(which includes both breakfast and lunch items) is served from noon-6 pm, with the bar remaining open until midnight.
Massoni (at Arlo NoMad): Chef Dale Talde and his partners, David Massoni and John Bush, all of Three Kings Restaurant Group, make their first foray into Manhattan this year with Massoni, a full-service restaurant that serves “Inauthentic Italian” fare (Italian-style cuisine with multicultural influences). For Christmas this year, In addition to the full menu, Massoni offers a whole-roasted Peking duck ($40) with Moo Shu pancakes, steamed buns, cucumber, scallions and Hoisin sauce available between 1-8 pm.
Sunday In Brooklyn: Williamsburg's favorite brunch destination, Sunday In Brooklyn, offers an extended brunch service from 8:30 am to 6 pm, along with food and drink specials. Enjoy pastry specials like Stollen, a traditional German fruitcake that's usually eaten during the Christmas season (a cake-like bread made with dried fruit). Sunday In Brooklyn's version features candied orange peel and lemon peel, cranberries, almonds and spices. The entire loaf is dipped in butter and then rolled in powdered sugar for $6 and is available now through the holiday season.
Nickel & Diner: Nickel & Diner is open for brunch from 9:30 am-4 pm, serving a $40 prix fixe menu that includes an assorted pastry basket, choice of cocktail or fresh-squeezed OJ, choice of entree, and coffee or tea. For $90 guests can upgrade their drinks to a bucket of Moet & Chandon minis.
Legasea: The TAO Group's newest restaurant is open Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Taking a modern approach to seafood, its á la carte menu serves up local, sustainable dishes in a vivacious atmosphere. Helmed by chefs Ralph Scamardella (TAO, LAVO) and Jason Hall (formerly of Craft, Gotham Bar & Grill), this seafood restaurant menu includes fun, shareable twists on classic seafood.
Rice & Gold: (at Hotel 50 Bowery): Rice & Gold is offering a special Dim Sum menu for Christmas Eve from 1-8 pm. Menu highlights include shrimp toast latkes (crispy potato/Thai chili/cilantro); rabbi's ramen (chicken soup, matzo balls, pulled chicken, soy-marinated egg, garlic schmaltz); shmaltz roasted ribeye (black pepper au jus and creamy wasabi); pastrami pot stickers (rye sauerkraut, Swiss cheese, Chinese mustard); and smoked salmon fried rice with dill, soy, Meyer lemon and cashew.
Holidays at The Plaza: Visit The Plaza for the iconic Christmas Day Grand Buffet. Menu items include lobster with truffles, seared salmon, beef short ribs and slow-roasted turkey along with accompaniments and desserts to share for $190 and $75 for children 12 and under. Also, visit The Todd English Food Hall on weekdays during the holidays to enjoy a children’s prix fixe menu inclusive of a VIP fast pass line privilege with Santa at The Plaza.
Davio’s: The Feast of the Seven Fishes, known as La Festa dei Sette Pesci, is a deeply rooted Italian Christmas Eve tradition, originating in Southern Italy and honoring the vigil prior to a religious holiday when no meat was served. Join Davio’s Manhattan on Christmas Eve to celebrate the Feast of Seven Fishes with good food and great company. The three-course prix-fixe menu features delectable seafood courses in addition to the à la carte menu. The Feast of the Seven Fishes menu is available from 5-10 pm. Reservations are recommended by calling 212.661.4810. Closed Christmas Day.
The Carlyle Hotel: Built in 1930, The Carlyle is a luxury hotel that exudes charm and elegance. For generations, it has been the “home away from home” for world leaders, celebrities and sophisticated travelers. This Christmas Eve, enjoy a decadent four-course prix fixe dinner with seatings at 5:30 pm and 8:30 pm for $195 per adult, $98 per child under the age of 12. Also open Christmas Day, Usher in holiday cheer with Santa Claus with a delectable four-course prix fixe menu in The Carlyle Restaurant for $230 per adult, $125 per child under the age of 12 with seatings at 12:30 pm, 3:30 pm and 7 pm.
Benoit: Indulgence awaits at Benoit, a French contemporary bistro from star chef, Alain Ducasse. Enjoy a Christmas Eve and Christmas Day prix-fixe menu that includes sea bream crudo and sunchoke velouté, seared Maine sea scallop, sweet-spiced duck breast and beef filet mignon and an assortment of sides. Desserts include chestnut and Amarena cherry yule log, grapefruit and champagne vacherin (cow's milk cheese) and chocolate and passion fruit cake. Holiday hours are Christmas Eve from 5:30 pm to 11 pm and Christmas Day from 11:45 am to 10 pm.