Lots of you have asked me if there are any good restaurants open on Christmas day or where to go during New Years! Don’t forget this is NYC and not just Chinese restaurants are open for Christmas. The city that never sleeps proves it yet again with a wide variety of restaurants that never seem to close — not even on December 24 and 25.We’ve rounded up the 7 best places to dine on Christmas Eve and/or Day, many of which offer feasts that rival the finest home-cooked meal.
The holidays are all about indulging –– and Balthazar makes that easy. Both brunch and dinner are served on Christmas Day at this classic SoHo French brasserie. The menu includes a special Christmas platter of prime rib and a raw bar with oysters and champagne. 80 Spring St., balthazarny.com
Feast of the Seven Fishes at Hearth
A cozy Italian-themed East Village restaurant, Hearth throws a Feast of the Seven Fishes every year on Christmas Eve. In keeping with the Italian-American tradition of a meatless Christmas Eve, the menu includes ceci bean soup, marinated calamari and scungilli salad, linguine con vongole and a hearty fish stew (cacciucco), followed by dessert (orange-mascarpone bombolini and gingerbread cake). Buon appetito! $94pp; advance reservations required. 403 E. 12th St., restauranthearth.com
Andrew Tarlow’s restaurant inside the Wythe Hotel is serving up a British- and Irish-inspired menu on Christmas Day this year. The four-course meal includes braised celeriac with oyster dressing and trout roe, smoked haddock with curried rice and a roast goose with chestnut stuffing and cabbage. $85pp; advance reservations required. 80 Wythe Ave., Brooklyn, reynardnyc.com
The Russian Tea Room
One of the most festive options for Christmas Day dinner, the Russian Tea Room’s three-course prix fixe offers a divine selection of choices for all three courses. Appetizers range from goat cheese and wild mushroom blinchiki to tea room red borscht; main entrées include sea bass, chicken Kiev and roasted pork (and more); and desserts run the gamut from blintzes and cheesecake to a chocolate mousse and the Czar’s Gold and Caviar Parfait (nougat cream, toasted almonds, chocolate sauce and edible gold). $105pp, $50pp kids; advance reservations required. 150 W. 57th St., russiantearoomnyc.com
Nothing says Christmas like holiday sangria, or such is the case at Boqueria, a popular SoHo Spanish restaurant that (along with the cocktails) will be offering Christmas specials and its regular menu of traditional tapas on Christmas Eve and Day. All dishes are served a la carte, and vary widely, from chicken and blood sausage croquettes to mashed potato cakes to roast suckling pig with cabbage. 171 Spring St., boquerianyc.com
An East Side staple for more than three decades, La Mangeoire is offering a three-course prix fixe menu of rustic French fare on Christmas Day. Served as both adult ($55) and children’s ($29) portions, the menu includes dishes like quiche Lorraine, foie gras terrine, duck breast with roasted chestnuts and roasted pork tenderloin with truffle butter. 1008 Second Ave., at 53rd St., lamangeoire.com
Murals on 54th
Dig in to a Mediterranean-inspired Christmas Eve dinner or Christmas Day buffet (or both), surrounded by 1930s murals commissioned by William Randolph Hearst, at this elegant restaurant in the Warwick New York Hotel. Dinner or buffet, $80pp adults, $50pp seniors, $25pp kids; Christmas Day brunch before 4pm, $37pp adults. 63 W. 54th St. murals54.com
Other super fancy favorites are:
Rolf’s German Restaurant.
Please let us know which one is your favorite in the comments below doesn’t need to be fancy, it just needs to be you????????