Where to Dine on Christmas in New York CityDecember 9, 2013 - by CG News Desk
During the holidays, many of the city's top restaurants feature special menus for the week of Christmas, including special Christmas dinners. Here's a list at some of our favorites -- which will be updated regularly, so be sure to check back!
For New Year's Eve dining options, click here.
Please click on the restaurant name for address, phone number, website, and more information.
Abboccato Ristorante will host their annual Christmas Eve tradition, Feast of the Seven Fishes, on Tuesday, December 24, from 5 to 9pm. Click here to view the full menu, which is $75/person ($105 with selected Italian wines). Click here for reservations.
Benjamin Steakhouse will be offering a special Christmas Day prix fixe menu from 11am to 11pm, featuring holiday egg nog (alcoholic and non), choice of prime ribeye, Chilean sea bass or rack of lamb, sides, and dessert. Click here to view the full menu. Please call ahead for reservations (212-297-9177) or click here to reserve online. $79.95 per person (not including tax & gratuity).
On Christmas Eve, the historic Bull & Bear steakhouse will be offering a four-course prix-fixe dinner menu -- featuring filet mignon, Colorado lamb, bone-in ham steak and Alaskan halibut -- from 3 to 9:45pm ($165; $75, children 12 & under). A wine pairing is also available for $60. On Christmas Day, they will offer a limited a la carte dinner menu from 2 to 7pm. For reservations, click here.
In upscale setting reminiscent of old-style European circus tents, Circo on West 55th Street will offer a special 4-course Tuscan Christmas Eve menu ($85/person). Click here for the full menu. Call 212-265-3636 for reservations, or click here. (Circo will be closed on Christmas Day.)
Garage Restaurant & Cafe in Greenwich Village will beopen on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, offering traditional Christmas menus and a special Christmas Day brunch. They will be open both days from 11am to midnight, with the regular unlimited brunch offered on Christmas Eve from 11am to 4pm.
Looking for something casual and fun for the holidays? Guy Fieri's Times Square restaurant, Guy's American Kitchen Bar, will be open on Christmas Eve from 11:30am to 10pm and Christmas Day from noon to 8pm. To view their menu, click here. Read our review of Guy's American here.
All of Heartland Brewery’s NYC locations will be open over the holidays, offering a relaxed atmosphere where you can kick back and relax and sample one of the many unique brewed beers (their special edition winter/holiday brew, Old Red Nose Ale, available in giftable "brew packs" that include two pint glasses and a 750ml bottle). The Empire State Building location will be open during its regular hours on both days, while other locations will be open noon-8pm on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day (see below for full addresses). Located next door to the Times Square location is HB Burger, which serves specialty burgers and “hard shakes" (for adults) from noon to 8pm both days. 35 Union Square at 16th St., 212-645-3400; 127 W. 43rd St. btw. Sixth and Seventh Aves., 646-366-0235; 350 Fifth Ave. at 34th St. in the Empire State Building, 212-563-3433; 625 Eighth Ave. at 41st St., 646-366-0235; heartlandbrewery.com.
Hornblower Cruises' will be offering Santa's Christmas Eve Dinner Cruise on December 24; a Nautical New Year's celebration on December 31; and New Year's Day Brunch Cruises. Click here for reservations and more info.
For Christmas Eve, Le Cirque will offer a la carte lunch from 11:45am to 2:30pm and three different menus from 5:30-10:30pm: French Goose 4-course menu ($125); Chef's Classics 4-course menu ($125); and a Chef's Tasting six-course menu ($145). Click here to view the full menus; click here for reservations. (Le Cirque will be closed Christmas Day.)
Long regarded as one of New York's superb classic French dining rooms, Le Perigord will be offering their full a la carte menu and $68 pre-fixe menu on Christmas Eve (5:30-10pm) and Christmas Day (noon-9pm). For dessert, expect traditional almond and chocolate bûche de Noël. Call 212-755-6244 or click here for reservations.
The two Morton's The Steakhouse locations, at 551 5th Ave. (near 45th St.) and near the World Trade Center at 136 Washington St., will be open on Christmas Eve from 11:30am-9pm. For reservations, click here.
Oceana restaurant will be celebrating Christmas Eve with their Feast of the Seven Fishes holiday tasting menu on December 24 from 5 to 10pm. The a la carte menu will also be available. Click here to view the full offerings, and here to make reservations.
Located in the Waldorf Astoria lobby, Peacock Alley will be offering an a la carte lunch (11:45am-2pm) and small-plates menu featuring tapas-style selections (2:30-8pm) on Christmas Eve. They will also be hosting their famous Grand Buffet Brunch (complete with a chocolate fountain!) on Christmas Day from 9:30am-4:30pm ($98; $65, children 12 & under). For reservations, click here or call 212-872-1275.
Sirio Ristorante, located in the Pierre, a Taj Hotel New York near Central Park, will offer a Feast of the Four Fishes 4-course menu ($95) for Christmas Eve dinner and Christmas Day lunch and dinner. Click here to view the full menu. Call 212-940-8195 or click here for reservations.
On Christmas Eve, Sons of Essex is bringing back the classic Chinese menu from Schmulka Bernstein's (the classic Kosher Chinese restaurant that once occupied the same Lower East Side space) from 5 to 11pm. Plus: drink specials and a classic Christmas movie. Call 212-674-7100 or email [email protected].
Tio Pepe in Greenwich Village will celebrate Christmas Eve and Christmas Day with a menu that includes Pulpo a la Gallega, Sopa de Mariscos, Tournedos Pepe, Brazo Gitano, and Turrón Español; click here for details.