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Where to Eat Christmas Eve Dinner in Manhattan

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Here's a guide to 12 great restaurants for Christmas Eve dinner in Manhattan. You won't find any white-hot new restaurants on this map — this is a guide to reliable establishments that have been around for a few years, if not decades. Most will be serving their usual a la carte menus, but a few will be offering special prix fixes or themed dishes.


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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Osteria Morini

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218 Lafayette St
New York, NY 10012
(212) 965-8777
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Morini serves the kind of hearty food that you want to eat on a cold winter's night. The Altamarea Group's Soho hit will be serving its regular menu on Christmas Eve, with a few holiday specials. If you're splurging, consider the dry aged prime NY strip steak for two. [Krieger]

2. Back Forty West

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70 Prince St
New York, NY 10012
(212) 388-1990
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Peter Hoffman and Shanna Pacifico are going to be serving a Chinese feast on Christmas Eve, with steamed pork buns, tea smoked duck, a whole steamed bass, fried rice, and crispy suckling pig, plus dessert, for $65 per person before tax and tip. Check out more info and make reservations on the restaurant's homepage. [Krieger]

3. Mas (la Grillade)

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28 7th Ave S
New York, NY 10014
(212) 255-1795
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Galen Zamarra's cozy restaurant will be serving a four-course prix fixe for $120 on Christmas Eve. The menu has not been finalized yet, but expect a few courses of fresh seafood and rustic grilled meats, as well as lightly composed vegetable dishes. This restaurant always smells like a campfire. [Facebook]

4. Aquavit

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65 E 55th St
New York, NY 10022
(212) 307-7311
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On Christmas Eve, Aquavit will be offering a Julbord, which is a traditional Christmas smörgåsbord. The options will include Christmas ham, Swedish meatballs, herring, ginger snaps, and glögg. The feast is $88 per person. [Photo: Aquavit]

5. Café Boulud

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20 E 76th St
New York, NY 10021
(212) 772-2600
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Cafe Boulud will be serving a three-course prix fixe on Christmas Eve with options like squab en croûte, winter squash velouté, striped bass en paupiette, and a duo of dry aged beef. The kitchen will also be fully stocked with black and white truffles. The price is $155 per person. [Facebook]

6. The Dutch

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131 Sullivan St
New York, NY 10000
(212) 677-6200
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The Dutch has a great vibe around the holidays, and the kitchen is still firing on all cylinders. The restaurant will be offering its regular menu on Christmas Eve, which now includes things like chestnut-ricotta agnolotti with brown butter, and skate schnitzel with cabbage and apples. [Krieger]

7. Lincoln Ristorante

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142 W 65th St
New York, NY 10023
(212) 359-6500
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Jonathan Benno's terrific Italian restaurant will be serving a version of the traditional Feast of the Seven Fishes on Christmas Eve. The $85 meal includes baccala fritters, scallop and lobster sausage, and cobia with mushrooms. Dishes from the regular menu will be offered as well. Note: The special Feast of the Seven Fishes menu will also be served the week before Christmas, starting on December 18. [Krieger]

8. Telepan

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72 W 69th St
New York, NY 10023
(212) 580-4300
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Bill Telepan's beloved Upper West Side restaurant will be offering its regular menu plus two holiday specials: Christmas goose, and sticky toffee pudding. The space just got a complete overhaul. Now it has a cool, slightly more modern vibe. [Krieger]

9. Aldea

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31 W 17th St
New York, NY 10011
(212) 675-7223
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The Christmas Eve menu at George Mendes's Flatiron restaurant is a mix of Portuguese/Mediterranean-inspired dishes, and more traditional holiday fare. Options include a foie gras terrine, Serrano ham, Spanish-style octopus, suckling pig, diver scallops, and venison leg. The food is always excellent here. Christmas Eve dinner is $85 for three courses. [Photo: Sam Horine]

10. Hearth

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403 E 12th St
New York, NY 10009
(646) 602-1300
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Hearth is bringing back its beloved Feast of the Seven Fishes menu on Christmas Eve. This monster meal includes dishes like octopus carpaccio, bean soup with shrimp, and linguini & clams. The dinner is $92 per person, and worth every penny. [Krieger]

11. Le Rivage

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340 W 46th St
New York, NY 10036
(212) 765-7374
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Paul Denamiel's stellar Restaurant Row establishment will be serving its regular menu of classic French bistro fare on Christmas Eve. Standout dishes include the frog legs, the coq au vin, or the sweetbreads. The dining room has a lot of old-school charm. [Krieger]

12. Blaue Gans

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139 Duane St
New York, NY 10013
(212) 571-8880
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Kurt Gutenbrunner's Tribeca standby will be serving a three-course meal for $75 that will include options like a foie gras terrine, lobster ravioli, traditional Christmas goose, roasted cod with Brussels sprouts, and gingerbread parfait. [Krieger]

1. Osteria Morini

218 Lafayette St, New York, NY 10012
Morini serves the kind of hearty food that you want to eat on a cold winter's night. The Altamarea Group's Soho hit will be serving its regular menu on Christmas Eve, with a few holiday specials. If you're splurging, consider the dry aged prime NY strip steak for two. [Krieger]
218 Lafayette St
New York, NY 10012

2. Back Forty West

70 Prince St, New York, NY 10012
Peter Hoffman and Shanna Pacifico are going to be serving a Chinese feast on Christmas Eve, with steamed pork buns, tea smoked duck, a whole steamed bass, fried rice, and crispy suckling pig, plus dessert, for $65 per person before tax and tip. Check out more info and make reservations on the restaurant's homepage. [Krieger]
70 Prince St
New York, NY 10012

3. Mas (la Grillade)

28 7th Ave S, New York, NY 10014
Galen Zamarra's cozy restaurant will be serving a four-course prix fixe for $120 on Christmas Eve. The menu has not been finalized yet, but expect a few courses of fresh seafood and rustic grilled meats, as well as lightly composed vegetable dishes. This restaurant always smells like a campfire. [Facebook]
28 7th Ave S
New York, NY 10014

4. Aquavit

65 E 55th St, New York, NY 10022
On Christmas Eve, Aquavit will be offering a Julbord, which is a traditional Christmas smörgåsbord. The options will include Christmas ham, Swedish meatballs, herring, ginger snaps, and glögg. The feast is $88 per person. [Photo: Aquavit]
65 E 55th St
New York, NY 10022

5. Café Boulud

20 E 76th St, New York, NY 10021
Cafe Boulud will be serving a three-course prix fixe on Christmas Eve with options like squab en croûte, winter squash velouté, striped bass en paupiette, and a duo of dry aged beef. The kitchen will also be fully stocked with black and white truffles. The price is $155 per person. [Facebook]
20 E 76th St
New York, NY 10021

6. The Dutch

131 Sullivan St, New York, NY 10000
The Dutch has a great vibe around the holidays, and the kitchen is still firing on all cylinders. The restaurant will be offering its regular menu on Christmas Eve, which now includes things like chestnut-ricotta agnolotti with brown butter, and skate schnitzel with cabbage and apples. [Krieger]
131 Sullivan St
New York, NY 10000

7. Lincoln Ristorante

142 W 65th St, New York, NY 10023
Jonathan Benno's terrific Italian restaurant will be serving a version of the traditional Feast of the Seven Fishes on Christmas Eve. The $85 meal includes baccala fritters, scallop and lobster sausage, and cobia with mushrooms. Dishes from the regular menu will be offered as well. Note: The special Feast of the Seven Fishes menu will also be served the week before Christmas, starting on December 18. [Krieger]
142 W 65th St
New York, NY 10023

8. Telepan

72 W 69th St, New York, NY 10023
Bill Telepan's beloved Upper West Side restaurant will be offering its regular menu plus two holiday specials: Christmas goose, and sticky toffee pudding. The space just got a complete overhaul. Now it has a cool, slightly more modern vibe. [Krieger]
72 W 69th St
New York, NY 10023

9. Aldea

31 W 17th St, New York, NY 10011
The Christmas Eve menu at George Mendes's Flatiron restaurant is a mix of Portuguese/Mediterranean-inspired dishes, and more traditional holiday fare. Options include a foie gras terrine, Serrano ham, Spanish-style octopus, suckling pig, diver scallops, and venison leg. The food is always excellent here. Christmas Eve dinner is $85 for three courses. [Photo: Sam Horine]
31 W 17th St
New York, NY 10011

10. Hearth

403 E 12th St, New York, NY 10009
Hearth is bringing back its beloved Feast of the Seven Fishes menu on Christmas Eve. This monster meal includes dishes like octopus carpaccio, bean soup with shrimp, and linguini & clams. The dinner is $92 per person, and worth every penny. [Krieger]
403 E 12th St
New York, NY 10009

11. Le Rivage

340 W 46th St, New York, NY 10036
Paul Denamiel's stellar Restaurant Row establishment will be serving its regular menu of classic French bistro fare on Christmas Eve. Standout dishes include the frog legs, the coq au vin, or the sweetbreads. The dining room has a lot of old-school charm. [Krieger]
340 W 46th St
New York, NY 10036

12. Blaue Gans

139 Duane St, New York, NY 10013
Kurt Gutenbrunner's Tribeca standby will be serving a three-course meal for $75 that will include options like a foie gras terrine, lobster ravioli, traditional Christmas goose, roasted cod with Brussels sprouts, and gingerbread parfait. [Krieger]
139 Duane St
New York, NY 10013

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