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Best NYC Restaurants for Christmas 2019

NYC restaurants lay out festive feasts for Christmas dinner. It's not just December 25th for special menus, 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: American Cut

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American Cut pays homage to that ultimate New York dining experience—the steakhouse. LDV Hospitality and Chef-Partner Marc Forgione capture the nostalgic glamour of NYC in midtown and Tribeca locations. Although they'll be closed on Christmas, they will be laying out a Christmas Eve feast. Look for a signature a la carte menu from 5:30-9pm in midtown and 5:30-9:30pm in Tribeca. Tribeca: 363 Greenwich St., 212-226-4736, americancutsteakhouse.com/tribeca; Midtown, 109 E. 56th St., 212-388-5277, americancutsteakhouse.com/midtown

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, dry-aged rack of lamb, and an array of dessert temptations. Merry Christmas. $84.95 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 2019 Concierge Choice Awards winner for Best Restaurant Experience. 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. $85 per person. 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 show-stopping presentations. On Christmas this year, you'll find a prix fixe special for $95 per person ($42 for children under 12). Burke's famous Clothesline Maple Candied Bacon, above, is available as a table share appetizer supplement. Follow it up with pastrami salmon layer cake, tuna poke, pomegranate bbq quail, dry-aged prime rib, and "duck, duck, duck," a three-way of citrus-glazed breast, confit leg & root vegetable hash, and dumplings. 135 E. 62nd St., 212-988-9021, davidburketavern.com

Christmas Dining in NYC: Fogo de Chão

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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-9:30pm on Christmas Eve and 11am-9pm on Christmas; New Year's Eve is 11am-11pm and New Year's Day is 11am-10pm. 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: Patsy's Italian Restaurant

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This Theatre District landmark (Frank Sinatra’s favorite) has been family-run since 1944, celebrating its 75th anniversary this year! Enjoy authentic Neapolitan cuisine at Patsy's Italian Restaurant—and 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 mare sauce; and a choice of shrimp scampi, stuffed calamari, shrimp Fra Diavolo, or striped bass for entrees. Come dessert, it's Patsy’s homemade strufoli (honey balls, seen above) or homemade biscotti. Patsy’s is also offering its line of homemade tomato-based sauces in specially crafted holiday baskets, which contain an assortment of Patsy’s four sauces, available on Patsy’s website (www.patsys.com). 236 W. 56th St., 212-247-3491, patsys.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, followed by halibut with caviar and tarragon oil as the main course. It's $99 per person and comes with dessert and a glass of champagne. 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 burrata with jamon Iberico, fig, and sundried tomato vinaigrette, or lobster bisque; filet mignon, lobster risotto, or roasted branzino for the entrees; and chocolate molten cake, New York cheesecake, or tiramisu for dessert. The meal is $85 per person. 158 E. 48th St., 212-935-3785, theseafiregrill.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 22nd and the 29th you’ll find a special Holiday Bottomless Mimosa Brunch Cruise and on the 24th you can choose from 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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Take in unparalleled skyline views from the water aboard one of Hornblower’s breathtaking sightseeing cruises. Among the options for the season you'll find a Festive Holiday Dinner Cruise on Friday, December 13th and 20th. There's a lunch version that runs the same days at 12:30pm. On the 24th, hop aboard the Santa's Christmas Eve Dinner Cruise in New York or the daytime version, the Christmas Eve Brunch Cruise in New YorkPier 40 at Hudson River Park, 353 West St., hornblower.com 


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