17 New York City Restaurants Open on Christmas Day
There's so much to love about Christmas Day, but the holiday is hardly without its stresses. After spending weeks whittling down your gift shopping list, wrapping all of those presents, not to mention the travel and the late-night holiday parties, you're ready to just relax. So the last thing you want to do is the spend hours in the kitchen on the big day preparing a feast. Instead, let these top New York City restaurants do the work, so all you have to do is sit back, relax, and enjoy the season.
Jean-Georges Vongerichten's bistro in an Upper East Side brownstone is serving a $108 three-course, prixe-fixe menu with a choice of appetizer, entrée, and dessert on Christmas Day. Offerings include Peekytoe crab dumplings, Faroe Island salmon with chili-pumpkin seed broth and roasted delicata squash, peppercorn crusted Wagyu beef tenderloin with potato gnocchi, brussels sprouts and sage, and the Christmas classic, bûche de Noël. (Fun fact: JoJo was the chef's nickname as a young boy.)
160 East 64th Street, 212-223-5656
From 11:30 a.m. to 11 pm., this Midtown steakhouse will serve a $79-per-person, prix-fixe menu for Christmas Day with appetizers like lobster bisque, mains including bone-in ribeye and Montauk swordfish, with sides like sauteed broccoli, mashed potatoes, or onion rings and a specialty of the chef's choice for dessert.
23 East 40th Street, 212-338-0818
Tavern on the Green
All day on Christmas Day, Tavern on the Green is serving a four-course prix-fixe menu for $125 per person. Guests can choose from dishes like wild mushroom gnocchi, glazed country ham with rum-roasted pineapple, Maine lobster risotto, spiced egg nog crème brûlée with a gingerbread cookie, and a Christmas pavlova with marinated berries and lemon curd. Reservations can be made by contacting [email protected]or by calling the number below.
Central Park West and 67th Street, 212-877-8684
This Christmas from noon to 8 pm, Executive Chef Jordan Terry will offer a three-course prix-fixe for $98 per person including bites like grilled oysters with garlic and parsley, roasted beets with candied cashews, roasted chicken with trumpet mushrooms and mustard jus, and opera cake made with almonds, peanut butter and banana ice cream.
180 Ludlow Street, [email protected] (reservations not available by phone)
At the Life Hotel, this Nomad favorite will be open for both brunch and dinner on Christmas Day where Chef JJ Johnson's pan-African flavors will get a holiday twist with specialty dishes like an eggs Benedict with king crab, collards, biscuits and étouffée, brown paper bag fried chicken, fig French toast with Thai basil syrup and salmon noodles with African nectar broth. In the evening, head to the hotel's Gibson + Luce bar for a holiday party from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. hosted by Pam Wiznitzer and Luis Hernandez.
19 West 31st Street, 212-615-9910
On Christmas Day, take a mini vacation to Italy with Executive Chef Michele Brogioni's four-course prix-fixe menu ($140 per person plus $125 for wine pairings.) Tastes on offerinclude torchon of foie gras, three-meat tortellini, hay-cooked lamb saddle, and the Italian classic Christmas cake, panettone.
717 Fifth Avenue, 212-207-1902
Chef Fernando Navas will be offering a special menu at this Midtown modern American spot this Christmas Day, with offerings like sunchoke bisque with walnut oil, sunflower sprouts, and brioche, cast iron seared foie gras with lingonberries jam and panettone toast, olive oil confit cod, and prime rib eye for two.
124 West 57th Street, 212-707-8000
This Michelin-starred East Village joint will offer up a three-course prix fixe menu for $68 this Christmas with bites like chicken liver mousse with milk bread, octopus with pork XO, brown butter and fingerling potatoes, snow crab with noodles, squash, and dashi butter, and beignet with goat's milk caramel, citron, ice cream.
536 East 5th Street, 646-833-7811
From 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Christmas Day, this seasonal Nomad spot from former Eleven Madison Park chef Greg Proechel will offer the restaurant's regular menu along with his specialty sasso chicken with schmaltz polenta and greens.
44 West 29th Street, 212-213-4420
The classic Christmas ham just isn't doing it for you this year, why not head to this Midtown steakhouse for some equally festive beef? Mastro's will be serving their regular menu all day Christmas Day, in addition to specials like the Chateaubriand, sliced and served tableside with béarnaise and peppercorn sauces on the side and a pumpkin-infused version of its famous butter cake.
1285 6th Ave, 212-459-1222
Mix up your typical Christmas Day menu at this tapas staple's Soho, Upper East Side, and West 40th Street outposts, where they'll be offering their regular menu from noon to 9 p.m. and a la carte specials as well as a Christmas Feast menu for $70 per person including half a Maine lobster, monkfish, mussels, roasted carrots, fingerling potatoes and almond picada, pan con tomate, chorizo Iberico, and an almond and hazelnut cake.
Soho (171 Spring Street; 646-760-3867); Upper East Side (1460 Second Ave; 646-845-9726); West 40th Street (260 West 40th St.; 646-233-4078)
If you're shopping for some Christmas Day deals in Midtown, head to this glitzy spot for brunch (with dishes like French toast nuggets and Maine lobster hash) or dinner (including tater tots and caviar with smoked salmon, heritage pork chops, and roasted cauliflower risotto with truffle.)
101 West 57th Street, 212-691-0030
Celebrate Christmas with a Bombay-inspired feast at Gramercy's newly-opened Gupshup. Guests can expect Indian classics and eclectic fusions like roasted bone barrow paired with mini mint naans, grilled lobster tail in moilee sauce, black dal, and chicken tikka.
115 East 18th Street, 212-518-7313
Woodpecker by David Burke
If you can't curl up by the fireplace this Christmas Day, you can still curl up with a wood-fired meal at celebrity chef David Burke's Nomad outpost from noon to 8 p.m. with their regular menu of roasted meats, fish, pasta, and wood-fired pizzas.
30 West 30th Street, 646-398-7664
Red Rooster Harlem
At Marcus Samuelsson's acclaimed Harlem restaurant guests can enjoy an a la carte menu on Christmas Day as well as a three-course $55 prix fixe including butternut squash soup with eggnog cream, gingerbread gremolata, roasted duck breast with root vegetable mash, charred brussels sprouts, and chocolate yule log.
310 Lenox Avenue, 212-792-9001
Ginny's Supper Club
Take in some live jazz at Ginny's Supper Club underneath Red Rooster Harlem with their $65 per person Christmas Day brunch buffet including deviled eggs, collard greens succotash, apple-carrot mash, and mac & greens.
310 Lenox Avenue, 212-421-3821
Tiny’s and The Bar Upstairs
Tiny’s and The Bar Upstairs in Tribeca is offering a prix-fixe menu on Christmas Day from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. for $69 ($89 with wine pairing.) Guests will start with lobster bisque with homemade whole wheat and cranberry breads, followed by a choice of lobster ravioli in a champagne butter sauce or Humboldt Fog goat cheese salad with raspberry vinaigrette. For the main course, guests have the choice between a pan roasted halibut or a smoked filet mignon served with pommes de terre gratin and sugar plum Christmas cookies or sea salt chocolate truffles for dessert.
135 West Broadway, 212-374-1135
Far tastier than half-hearted Christmas takeout, Chef Lena Ciardullo's Roman stunner will be serving their regular menu of pizzas from 12 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. like the Patate Alla Carbonara with potatoes, guanciale, black pepper, pecorino, and egg and the Casino with clams casino, bacon, bechamel, provolone, baby kale, garlic and breadcrumbs.
29 East 29th Street, 212-651-3800
This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com.
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