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Where to Dine for Christmas in NYC 2017

December 14, 2017 - by City Guide News Desk
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Where to Dine for Christmas in NYC 2017. During the holidays, many of the city's top restaurants feature special menus. It's not just December 25th, either; some establishments offer Christmas Eve dinner or a tradition like the Feast of the Seven Fishes. Some of our favorite Christmas dining destinations in NYC follow.

Christmas Dining NYC: Ben & Jack's Steak House

sirloin steak ben and jack's nyc

Students of the famed Brooklyn steakhouse Peter Luger, the eponymous Ben and Jack opened their Ben & Jack’s Steak House in New York City in 2005. (There are two central locations now, one near the Empire State and one near Grand Central.) For Christmas, they'll be pulling out all the stops. Get in the spirit right from the start with a complimentary gingerbread eggnog martini. From there, the prix fixe opens up to appetizers like baked clams, fried calamari, or French onion soup. Entrees include famous beef cuts like Ben and Jack's rib-eye or sirloin (above), plus options like rack of lamb, Chilean sea bass, and grilled wild salmon. The likes of potatoes and mac 'n' cheese are among the sides, and apple strudel, cheesecake, pecan pie, or chocolate mousse make the cut for dessert. $85.95 per person. 255 Fifth Ave., 212-532-7600; 219 E. 44th St., 212-682-5678;

Christmas Dining NYC: Benjamin Steakhouse

Benjamin Steakhouse NYC New Year's Eve menu

Peter Luger alumni Benjamin Prelvukaj and Chef Arturo McLeod have combined over 30 years of experience to create Benjamin Steakhouse, conveniently located near Grand Central Terminal in the century-old Chemist Club Building. Along with its usual refined Old World service and charm, Benjamin Steakhouse will be offering a special Christmas Day prix fixe. Start with eggnog (virgin and spiked versions are both available) then move on to choices like lobster bisque, USDA Prime bone-in-rib eye, rack of lamb, and an array of dessert temptations: cheesecake, chocolate mousse cake, bourbon pecan pie, or red velvet cake. Merry Christmas. $79 per person. 52 E. 41st St., 212-297-9177,

Christmas Dining NYC: Benjamin Steakhouse Prime

benjamin steakhouse prime dining room

Benjamin Steakhouse, the 2016 Concierge Choice Awards winner for steak, has spun off New York’s newest steakhouse destination, Benjamin Steakhouse Prime, which just happens to be the 2017 Concierge Choice Awards winner for Best New Restaurant. This Christmas look for a $79 three-course prix fixe that starts with egg nog and appetizers like burrata or lobster bisque; followed by USDA prime filet mignon, bone-in rib-eye, or Montauk swordfish, and desserts like apple strudel or cheesecake. 23 E. 40th St., 212-338-0818,

Christmas Dining NYC: Bevy

Bevy is one of NYC's freshest dining destinations, bringing New American creativity to a sophisticated midtown space. The restaurant is helmed by Chef de Cuisine Chad Brauze, whose intriguing background includes stints with famed chefs Thomas Keller and Daniel Boulud, and degrees from both the Culinary Institute of America and Columbia University (Math and Science). For Christmas Day, look for a three-course prepared menu ($80, with an optional wine pairing for $38 more). For mains, choose between a beef rib-eye and a crispy-skin striped bass, with forage blanc mousse, macron almond creme, and truffle honey ice cream just one of the dessert options. Inside the Park Hyatt New York, 153 W. 57th St., 212-897-2188,

Christmas Dining in NYC: B.B. King Blues Club & Grill

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If you’re looking for an inspirational Christmas Day experience, check out B.B. King Blues Club & Grill. They’ll be hosting a foot-stomping, hand-clapping performance by the Harlem Gospel Choir, the most famous gospel choir in the world. There are two show times, 2:30pm and 7:30pm, and an impressive array of soul food to go with the show. Also in December, enjoy the annual tradition of A Darlene Love Christmas. The esteemed singer performs "Love for the Holidays" on December 21, 22, and 23, and again on Janaury 13, 2018. 237 W. 42nd St., 212-997-4144,

Christmas Dining in NYC: Brazil Brazil

Looking for some authentic Brazilian flavors in the heart of Manhattan? Brazil Brazil, a favorite on Restaurant Row near Times Square, is your spot. This Christmas, don't miss a special $65 prix fixe which provides options like tuna tartare, jumbo shirmp with lobster ravioli, grilled t-bone, herb-crusted salmon, and desserts like Brazilian chocolate truffle or homemade panna cotta. Ask for one of the spicy caipirinhas: Malagueta Caipirinha with clementine or jalapeño. 328 W. 46th St., 212-957-4300,

Christmas Dining in NYC: Buca di Beppo

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Eclectic décor, lively music, and engaging staff all add to the fun at Times Square's Buca di Beppo. Open Christmas Day beginning at 11am, they'll be offering a traditional, family-style Christmas feast. Choose from a regular family meal, with a choice of salad and pasta, or opt for the Deluxe, which adds entrees like chicken limon and chicken Parmigiana to the mix. 1540 Broadway, 212-764-6527,

Christmas Dining NYC: Carma Asian Tapas

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For many New Yorkers, Christmas dinner is synonymous with Asian food. For a modern take on the cuisine, check out Carma Asian Tapas in the West Village. On offer are creative and tasty new Asian tapas, housemade dim sum, signature sake cocktails, and what SinoVision calls the No. 1 Best Soup Dumpling in the City. 38 Carmine St., 212-243-0388,

Christmas Dining in NYC: David Burke Kitchen

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Regionally sourced ingredients and imaginative reinterpretations of classic American cooking are on display at David Burke Kitchen in The James New York downtown. Christmas Day is no exception, with a $79 three-course prix fixe where you can choose from a starter, a main, and a dessert. Your options include: "duck duck goose meatballs" with truffled chestnut emulsion, lobster & shrimp cocktail, squid ink cavatelli, "tongue & cheek" with bordeaux-soaked beef, eggnog pudding, and a cheesecake lollipop tree for two. 23 Grand St. 212-201-9119,

Christmas Dining in NYC: Fogo de Chão

fogo de chao christmas dining nyc

Fogo de Chão's first churrascaria (Brazilian steakhouse) in New York City is a three-level sophisticated stunner. New and seasonal menu items are included as a part of the regular full churrasco price on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day (and New Year's Eve and Day as well). Look for fire-roasted meats carved tableside, indulgent bone-in cuts of cowboy rib-eye, lamb chops, and beef ribs among other favorites, plus a Vegas-cut New York strip, sweet potato casserole, butternut squash soup, and a winter citrus salad. 40 W. 53rd St., 212-969-9980,

Christmas Dining in NYC: Grotta Azzurra

Founded in 1908, Grotta Azzurra has counted Enrico Caruso and Frank Sinatra among its fans. Today it’s a perfect destination for traditional Italian in the heart of Little Italy. White tablecloths and a warm atmosphere make for a great ambiance, and the special menu for Christmas Eve features a la carte temptations like bacon-wrapped-scallops, lobster salad, lobster ravioli, fettuccini Maremonti, salmon Dijon, and lobster served in a butter-Grand Marnier sauce. 177 Mulberry St., 212-925-8775,

Christmas Dining in NYC: The Marshal

the marshal christmas nyc

Using seasonal ingredients and natural preparations, the mission at The Marshal is to make the farm-to-table experience casual, interesting, and fun. The restaurant is centrally located near Times Square in Hell's Kitchen. Christmas Day will feature seatings at 1pm, 3pm, 5pm, and 7pm; a special holiday menu features holiday classics like Christmas ham, roasted Christmas goose, and Christmas pot roast. Brussel sprout salad and duck confit are among the appetizers; polenta, acorn squash, and wood oven-roasted cheesy mashed potatoes and bacon are among the sides. Just $35 for two courses, $19 for children (main course only). Reservations strongly recommended. 628 Tenth Ave., 212-582-6300,

Christmas Dining in NYC: Morton's The Steakhouse

Morton's the Steakhouse in NYC Christmas Menu

The two Morton's The Steakhouse locations, at 551 Fifth Ave. and near the World Trade Center at 136 Washington St.will be open this year on both on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

Christmas Dining in NYC: Patsy's Italian Restaurant

Struffoli Patsy's

This Theatre District landmark (Frank Sinatra’s favorite) has been family-run since 1944. Enjoy authentic Neapolitan cuisine at Patsy's Italian Restaurant—although they'll be closed for Christmas, they will be laying out a Feast of the Seven Fishes from December 17th through Christmas Eve. Drawing on the house's legendary recipes, the feast includes a choice of calamari salad or baccala salad; linguini with frutti di nare sauce; and a choice of shrimp scampi, stuffed calamari, shrimp Fra Diavolo, or striped bass. For dessert, it's Patsy’s homemade strufoli (honey balls, seen above) or homemade biscotti. Patsy’s Feast of The Seven Fishes costs $79 per person. 236 W. 56th St., 212-247-3491,

Christmas Dining in NYC: Royal 35 Steakhouse

The sophisticated midtown destination Royal 35 Steakhouse is known for sizzling steaks, dry aged in-house using pink Himalayan salt. For an elegant Christmas Eve or Christmas Day meal, enjoy an $85 prix fixe at Royal 35. Start off with a choice of lobster bisque, seared sea scallops, or a house salad with aged goat cheese. Next up is roast prime rib or grilled Atlantic salmon; Yorkshire pudding and truffle mac ’n’ cheese are the sides. For dessert, warm chocolate cake and apple pie await. 1 E. 35th St., 212-804-7276,

Christmas Dining in NYC: Sea Fire Grill 

The Sea Fire Grill specializes in contemporary American seafood, with a focus on highlighting the fish itself. Christmas Eve look for a special Feast of the Seven Fishes! Coho salmon and scallop carpaccio with king crab starts things off, followed by a spicy lobster caneloni, halibut with caviar and tarragon oil as the main course, and a glass of Champagne. It's $99 per person. Christmas Day sees an equally tempting feast, one that starts off with a glass of holiday eggnog (spiked or not, your choice). The prix fixe includes possibilities like appetizers of blue cheese salad, burrata, or lobster bisque; filet mignon, lobster risotto, or roasted branzino for the entrees; and pecan pie or chocolate molten cake for dessert. The meal comes with coffee or tea and costs $85 per person. 158 E. 48th St., 212-935-3785,

Christmas Dining in NYC: Christmas Cruises

Bateaux NYC New Years Eve

For an epic New York experience, get out on the water. Bateaux New York is Manhattan’s premier all-glass, European-inspired dining cruise vessel. Every elegant trip features creative dining, fine wines, and breathtaking skyline and Statue of Liberty views. On the 21st, 22nd, and 26th through 29th of December, catch a Holiday Lights Dinner Cruise on Bateaux; on the 24th you’ll find a special Christmas Eve Bottomless Mimosa Brunch Cruise and Christmas Eve Dinner Cruise. On top of stunning skylines, the bountiful buffets and non-stop DJ music of Spirit Cruises provide an experience to remember. Spirit’s version of the Holiday Lights Dinner Cruise takes place on the 21st, 22nd, and 27th; also look for a Jingle Bells Lunch Cruise on the 23rd and Christmas Eve lunch and dinner cruises. Chelsea Piers, Pier 61, near W. 23rd St. on the Hudson. Spirit Cruises, 866-483-3866,; Bateaux New York, 866-817-3463,

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