Best Christmas Restaurants in New York

By Gayot Editors

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 Top Christmas Restaurants in New York, presented in alphabetical order.

1. abcV

abcV, New York

Flatiron District, NYC

For a vegetable-forward take on a Christmas Day feast, look to this Jean-Georges Vongerichten restaurant in the ABC Carpet & Home building, which is offering a prix-fixe menu ($98 per person).

2. Ai Fiori

Ai Fiori, New York

Midtown West, NYC

Reservation OpenTableChef 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 $212.

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

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3. Aureole

Aureole, New York

Midtown West, NYC

AureoleReservation OpenTable is offering a special three-course dinner on Christmas Eve ($145 per guest, $55 child).

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4. Balthazar Restaurant

Balthazar Restaurant, New York

SoHo, NYC

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New York restaurant that recalls a classic French brasserie of the early 20th century.

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5. Benjamin Steakhouse

Benjamin Steakhouse, New York

Midtown East, NYC

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

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6. Benoit

Benoit, New York

Midtown West, NYC

Reservation OpenTableAt Alain Ducasse’s casual and elegant Midtown bistro, a special prix-fixe menu ($95) will be offered to diners on Christmas. Indulge in parsnip velouté, crispy veal sweetbread and white truffle, along with beef filet mignon and chocolate yule log.

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7. Café Boulud

Cafe Boulud, New York

Upper East Side, NYC

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Café Boulud presents a menu anchored in French and American cuisine but drawing on a world of culinary destinations. This Upper East Side restaurant will offer a four-course prix-fixe menu on Christmas Eve ($175). Expect choices such as hiramasa crudo, beef Wellington and molten chocolate chestnut cake.

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8. Charlie Palmer Steak

Charlie Palmer Steak, New York

Midtown West, NYC

Charlie Palmer Steak at the Archer New York hotel is the setting for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day dining, as holiday guests will encounter a special menu (lunch or dinner $79 per person).

9. Dirty French

Dirty French, New York

Lower East Side, NYC

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Christmas Day dining gets a Gallic twist at Dirty French on the Lower East Side. Among the options on the December 25 menu are tuna tartare, steak au poivre and opera cake. An à la carte menu will be offered on Christmas Eve.

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10. Fig & Olive

Fig & Olive, New York

Midtown East, NYC

Fig & OliveReservation OpenTable in Midtown East celebrates Christmas Eve with a four-course prix-fixe dinner menu ($72).

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11. Gaby Brasserie Française

Gaby, New York

Midtown West, NYC

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At Gaby Brasserie Française at Sofitel New York, the Christmas Eve three-course menu ($105 per person) includes a welcome glass of Moët & Chandon. Enjoy dinner on Christmas Day ($105 per adult), which also includes a welcome glass of Moët & Chandon.

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12. Gotham Bar & Grill

Gotham Bar & Grill, New York

West Village, NYC

Equally stunning flavors and presentations at this American classic.

13. JoJo

Jojo NY, New York

Upper East Side, NYC

JoJoReservation OpenTable on the Upper East Side offers farm-to-table fare from chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten. Among the dishes on Christmas Day’s three-course prix-fixe menu ($108) are butternut squash minestrone, sautéed black sea bass, and citrus Pavlova.

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14. The Lambs Club

Lambs Club, New York

Midtown West, NYC

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At The Lambs Club, holiday carolers serenade diners at brunch on Saturdays in December and for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day brunch ($75 per person, $40 for children 12 and under). The meal includes traditional brunch food and hot chocolate with house-made toppings. In addition, the carolers perform at the restaurant’s Sunday Suppers in December and the Christmas Eve and Christmas Day three-course prix-fixe dinners.

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15. Marea

Marea, New York

Central Park South, NYC

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Gnochetti with Atlantic shrimp, pan-roasted veal chop and ricotta doughnuts are among the choices on Marea’s four-course Christmas Day menu ($175).

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16. The Mark Restaurant by Jean-Georges

The Mark Restaurant by Jean-Georges, New York

Upper East Side, NYC

Reservation OpenTableChef Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s relaxed Upper East Side restaurant will host diners on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Following an amuse-bouche of tuna tartare, caviar and brioche, guests will choose from dishes such as butternut squash soup with white truffle, and Maine lobster, Meyer lemon risotto and basil ($178).

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17. The Mercer Kitchen

Mercer Kitchen, New York

SoHo, NYC

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Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s restaurant in The Mercer hotel celebrates Christmas Day with a special three-course prix-fixe menu ($98 per person). Among the choices: butternut squash soup, prosciutto wrapped pork chop and tarte Tatin.

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18. Perry St.

Perry St., New York

West Village, NYC

This West Village restaurant from Jean-Georges Vongerichten will offer a three-course prix-fixe menu on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day ($118).

19. Rotisserie Georgette

Rôtisserie Georgette, New York

Upper East Side, NYC

Reservation OpenTableDine à la carte on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day at this French rotisserie-centric restaurant on the Upper East Side.

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20. Tavern on the Green

Tavern on the Green, New York

Upper West Side, NYC

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A glamorous legend in the green shadows of Central Park.

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21. Tocqueville

Tocqueville, New York

Union Square, NYC

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Tocqueville’s Christmas Eve and Christmas Day three-course prix-fixe menu ($125) includes choices such as tuna tartare, Moroccan spiced braised lamb shank, and English sticky date pudding with crème Chantilly.

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22. Wallsé

Wallse, New York

West Village, NYC

Experience a taste of Austrian chef Kurt Gutenbrunner’s homeland with the prix-fixe menu ($195) available on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day at Wallsé in the West Village.

Wiener schnitzel and Christmas goose are just a couple of the choices.