Best Christmas Restaurants in New York

Best Christmas Restaurants New York

Best Christmas Eve & Christmas Day Dining in NYC

Gather family and friends and enjoy a special Christmas meal together. From Italian-inspired “Feast of the Seven Fishes” dinners on Christmas Eve to a holiday carolers brunch on Christmas Day, here are GAYOT’s Best Christmas Restaurants in New York, presented in alphabetical order.

Ai Fiori

New York, NY

Chef Michael White’s Ai Fiori honors the Italian tradition of the “Feast of the Seven Fishes” with a special menu available on Christmas Eve for $175

A four-course prix-fixe menu ($150) and a tasting menu ($250) will be offered on Christmas Day. 

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Balthazar Restaurant

New York, NY

Celebrate Christmas Day amid the bustling atmosphere of New York’s Balthazar Restaurant.

The SoHo brasserie will serve its regular menus for brunch and dinner, along with a prime rib special starting at 11 a.m.

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Benjamin Steakhouse

New York, NY

Prime aged porterhouse for two, essential sides and more await at this Midtown East steakhouse.

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The Breslin Bar & Dining Room

New York, NY

Indulge in dishes like oyster stew, roasted leg of lamb and gingerbread upside-down cake with caramelized apple and whipped crème fraîche.

The Breslin Bar & Dining Room at the hip Ace Hotel in the Flatiron District gets in the holiday spirit with a three-course prix-fixe menu on Christmas Day ($85, wine pairing $45).

Café Boulud

New York, NY

Café Boulud presents a menu anchored in French and American cuisine but drawing on a world of culinary destinations.

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Dirty French

New York, NY

Christmas dinner gets a Gallic twist at Dirty French on the Lower East Side.

Among the options on the three-course prix-fixe menu ($95) are tuna tartare, steak au poivre and bûche de noël with chestnut mousse.

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Gaby Brasserie Française

New York, NY

Along with New York artwork this brasserie offers French specialties and tasty low-calorie menus.

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Jean-Georges

New York, NY

Looking to splurge this Christmas?

Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s fine dining restaurant on the Upper West Side will present a seven-course tasting menu ($258) featuring butter poached turnip, roasted Maine lobster, and herb and spice crusted venison.

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The Lambs Club

New York, NY

At The Lambs Club, holiday carolers serenade diners at brunch on Saturdays in December and for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day brunch ($68 per person, $35 for children 12 and under).

The meal includes pastries for the table, choice of entrée, sides to share and hot chocolate with house-made toppings.

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Le Coq Rico

New York, NY

Le Coq Rico in the Flatiron District boasts a sleek setting with a long bar area and an airy dining room. 

Christmas dinner ($98) will comprise frog leg chervil soup, stuffed roasted Emden goose, and for a finale, a raspberry and vanilla snowman vacherin. Complement the holiday menu with a wine pairing (additional $55).

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Marea

New York, NY

Expensive, but often transcendent Italian-accented seafood on Central Park South.

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The Mercer Kitchen

New York, NY

Magician Vongerichten conjures up a spectacle of flavor out of (practically) thin air.

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Oceana

New York, NY

This Midtown eatery offers notable fruits of the sea in a spacious setting.

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Tavern on the Green

New York, NY

Admire the holiday decorations and courtyard Christmas tree at New York’s iconic Tavern on the Green

A four-course prix-fixe brunch ($70, $55 for children 12 and under) will be served on Christmas Eve, as well as a four-course prix-fixe menu for Christmas Eve dinner ($125, $65 for children 12 and under) and Christmas Day ($125, $65 for children 12 and under).

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Tocqueville

New York, NY

Comforting classics abound on the three-course prix-fixe Christmas Eve and Christmas Day menu ($125) at Tocqueville in New York’s Flatiron District.

Sip some house-made egg nog ($15) and enjoy dishes like squash soup, smoked duck breast and bûche de noel.

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Wallsé

New York, NY

Experience a taste of Austrian chef Kurt Gutenbrunner’s homeland with the four-course prix-fixe menu ($180) available on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day at Wallsé in the West Village.

Wiener schnitzel, Christmas goose and Viennese cookies are just a few of the choices.

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