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Where to Dine for Christmas in NYC 2018

December 5, 2018 - by City Guide News Desk
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Where to Dine for Christmas in NYC 2018. 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: 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. Merry Christmas. $79 per person. 52 E. 41st St., 212-297-9177, benjaminsteakhouse.com

Christmas Dining NYC: Benjamin Steakhouse Prime

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Benjamin Steakhouse, the 2018 Concierge Choice Awards winner for steak, has spun off New York’s newest steakhouse destination, Benjamin Steakhouse Prime, which just happened 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 a chef's choice of desserts. 23 E. 40th St., 212-338-0818, benjaminsteakhouse.com

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, bucadibeppo.com

Christmas Dining in NYC: David Burke Tavern

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The all-new David Burke Tavern is a modern American restaurant by award-winning celebrity chef David Burke. A stately townhouse setting showcases Burke’s creative, contemporary approach to classic fare—often with showstopping presentations. On Christmas this year, you'll find a prix fixe special for $85 per person ($40 for children under 12). Burke's famous Clothesline Maple Candied Bacon, above, is available as a table share appetizer. Pastrami salmon duos, lobster & bay scallop chowder, burrata with squash & shrimp salad, roast prime rib with cornbread pudding and black truffle, and "duck, duck, duck," a three-way of BBQ wing, roast breast, and dumpling. 135 E. 62nd St., 212-988-9021, davidburketavern.com

Christmas Dining in NYC: Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steakhouse New York

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Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steakhouse New York, near Radio City Music Hall in Rockefeller Center, redefines fine dining in the heart of New York City. From 3 to 8pm on Christmas Day they'll be offering elevated takes on elevated steakhouse classics, like wagyu beef samplers, prime rib, and an impressive 45-day dry-aged double bone-in prime rib-eye, and seasonal seafood selections. Dining family-style is encouraged with indulgent side dishes like lobster macaroni 'n' cheese, creamed spinach, and the decadent Uptown Del’s Potato with layers of melted Fontina cheese topped with shaved truffles. (If you're looking for gift ideas, through January 1 2019, guests will receive a $20 bonus card for every $100 gift card purchased with the Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse gift card promotion. 1221 Avenue of the Americas (entrance on 49th St.), 212-575-5129, delfriscos.com

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. A chilled lobster and shrimp appetizer is special for the season. Reservations are taken 11am-11:30pm on Christmas Eve and 11:30am-11pm on Christmas. 40 W. 53rd St., 212-969-9980, fogodechao.com

Christmas Dining in NYC: Morton's The Steakhouse

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Famous for USDA prime-aged beef, fresh seafood, fine wine, and elegant desserts, Morton’s The Steakhouse is an ideal place for a memorable dinner. The two New York locations of Morton's will be open this year on both on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. 551 Fifth Ave., 212-972-3315; downtown location near the 9/11 Memorial at 136 Washington St., 212-608-0171, mortons.com

Christmas Dining in NYC: The Ribbon 

The Ribbon NYC

The Ribbon on the Upper West Side will be open on Christmas Day from 2pm-10pm for some deliciously festive specials including Treviso and endive salad with pears and blue cheese ($17) Potato latkes with smoked Salmon and Caviar ($22); Duck 2 ways - Duck confit and Duck sausage with Brussels sprouts, pumpkin puree and apple mustard ($33) a, dfor dessert, Apple crumble with Maple ice cream ($12). This spinoff of the Blue Ribbon empire of sushi and fried chicken fame is will soon  join New York City's Times Square/Theater District scene.  20 W. 72nd Street, theribbonnyc.com 

Christmas Dining in NYC: The 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 ravioli, with halibut with caviar and tarragon oil as the main course. 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 Boursin bibb lettuce salad, burrata, or lobster bisque; filet mignon, lobster risotto, or roasted branzino for the entrees; and chocolate mousse cake, New York cheesecake, ice cream, or a fudge sundae for dessert. The meal is $79 per person. 158 E. 48th St., 212-935-3785, theseafiregrill.com

Christmas Dining in NYC: Woodpecker by David Burke

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Famed chef, artist, and innovator David Burke will be serving up a full menu at Woodpecker by David Burke. Dishes feature creative takes on roasted meats, fish, pastas, and wood-fired pizzas. You'll find it open on Christmas Day from noon to 8pm. 30 W. 30th St., 646-398-7664, woodpeckerbydb.com


Christmas Dining in NYC: Christmas Cruises

Bateaux NYC New Years Eve

For an epic New York holiday 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. All through the season, catch a Holiday Lights Dinner Cruise on Bateaux; on the 23rd you’ll find a special Holiday Bottomless Mimosa Brunch Cruise and on the 24th you can choose from a Christmas Eve Sightseeing Lunch Cruise  and a 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. All through the season look for Holiday Lights Dinner Cruises, Jingle Bells Lunch Cruises, and on the 24th a special Christmas Eve Dinner CruiseChelsea Piers, Pier 61, near W. 23rd St. on the Hudson. Spirit Cruises, 866-483-3866, spiritcruises.com; Bateaux New York, 866-817-3463, bateauxnewyork.com


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