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Where to Eat on Christmas Eve in New York City

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2008_10_hasmaps%20%283%29.jpgIf you plan to eat out on Christmas Eve, you better figure out your game plan. Here's a guide to some of the best restaurants in NYC that will be open for dinner on Christmas Eve — most will be serving their usual a la carte menus, but a few will be offering special prix fixes or themed dishes. For where to eat out on Christmas Day, consult Eater's map from last week.


— Marguerite Preston

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Maison Premiere

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298 Bedford Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11211
(347) 335-0446
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This popular Williamsburg restaurant and oyster bar will offer a special six-course Christmas Eve seafood tasting menu, available from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. for $95 per person. The restaurant will also serve oysters until 2 a.m. and the bar wil be open until 4 a.m.

2. Aquavit

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65 E 55th St
New York, NY 10022
(212) 307-7311
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Aquavit will serve the Grand Julbord, a selection of traditional Nordic holiday fare, including Prinskorv (sausages), herring, salmon, and Christmas ham. The Julbord costs $85 per person, and includes a cup of glogg. It will be served from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

3. Takashi

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456 Hudson St
New York, NY 10014
(212) 414-2929
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Chef Takashi will offer an array of holiday specials, including bone-marrow and crawfish dumplings, make-your-own cow blood pancake, and seven-day miso-marinated grilled sweetbreads. Takashi will be open for regular dinner hours Christmas Eve, from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.

4. Moti Mahal Delux

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1149 1st Avenue
New York, NY 10065
(212) 371-3535
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This Indian restaurant, which was recently awarded two stars by the New York Times, will offer both a vegetarian and a non-vegetarian three-course prix fixe menu. The vegetarian meal is priced at $29.99 per person, the non-vegetarian meal at $34.99 per person, with a glass of house wine for an additional $10. The restaurant will be open for its regular dinner hours, until 12 a.m.

5. Barbuto

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775 Washington St
New York, NY 10014
(212) 924-9700
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Jonathan Waxman's trattoria will be open from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Christmas Eve. In addition to the regular a la carte menu, a family-style meal for $75 per person will be available to parties of seven or more.

6. Lupa Osteria Romana

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170 Thompson St.
New York, NY 10012
(212) 982-5089
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Mario Batali's Greenwich Village restaurant will serve a traditional "La Vigilia," or Feast of the Seven Fishes, with a menu that will include lobster, scallop, Arctic char and eel.

7. Cafe Boulud

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20 E 76th St.
New York, NY 10021
(212) 772-2600
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Cafe Boulud will offer a three-course dinner from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Christmas Eve. For $145 per person, the menu will include guinea hen terrine and beef wellington with foie gras.

8. L'Absinthe Restaurant

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227 E 67th St
New York, NY 10065
(212) 794-4950
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The Upper East Side Brasserie will serve its a la carte menu with several Christmas specials, including smoked salmon tartare, roasted loin of venison, and Buche de Noel.

348 Wythe Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11211
(347) 689-3594
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Taavo Somer's Williamsburg restaurant is accepting reservations for Christmas Eve dinner. The menu hasn't been released yet, but expect several wood-fired dishes.

10. Petrossian Boutique & Cafe

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911 7th Ave.
New York, NY 10019
(212) 245-2217
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Petrossian will offer a three-course Christmas meal for $77 per person. Course options include a smoked fish smorgasboard and Christmas goose, or for $55 extra a serving of Royal Shassetra Caviar.

11. Tocqueville Restaurant

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1 E 15th St.
New York, NY 10003
(212) 647-1515
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Toqueville will serve a three-course holiday menu, with course options that include smoked duck breast, seared sea scallops and venison loin. The prix fixe menu is $95 per person. In addition they will have two holiday cocktail specials: a pear Bellini and a warm cider toddy.

12. Recette

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328 W 12th St
New York, NY 10014
(212) 414-3000
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Chef Jesse Schenker will serve a four-course menu of Hamachi crudo, short rib ravioli, braised pork shoulder and toffee pudding. The prix fixe meal is $89 per person.

13. Mas (la Grillade)

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28 7th Ave. S
New York, NY 10014
(212) 255-1795
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At this restaurant focused on food cooked over an open wood fire, chef Galen Zamarra will offer a four-course prix fixe dinner for $95 per person. The exact menu will not be available until closer to Christmas.

14. Hearth

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403 E 12th St.
New York, NY 10009
(646) 602-1300
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Chef Marco Canora will celebrate the Feast of the Seven Fishes with a five-course meal (featuring seven different types of fish). The cost of this prix fixe meal will be $88 per person, and Hearth's regular a la carte menu will also be available.

15. Benoit Bistro

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60 W 55th St.
New York, NY 10019
(646) 943-7373
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The French Bistro will offer a three-course menu in addition to their usual a la carte offerings. Course options include Maine lobster salad and duck breast. The prix fixe menu will be $75 per person.

16. Marlow & Sons

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81 Broadway
Brooklyn, NY 11211
(718) 384-1441
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The menu at Marlow & Sons on Christmas Eve will include chestnut soup, goose tartare, roasted poussin, choucroute garni and croquembouche for dessert. As always, oysters will also be available.

17. Sirio Ristorante

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795 5th Ave
New York, NY 10065
(212) 940-8195
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Sirio will serve a Christmas Feast of the Seven Fishes menu, as well as limited a la carte options. For $85 per person, the prix fixe menu will include calamari salad, lobster ravioli and roasted Branzino.

18. Left Bank Manhattan @LeftBankNYC

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117 Perry St.
New York, NY 10014
(212) 727-1170
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Left Bank will serve a two-course fish dinner, with options that will include a crab and potato cake, and cuttlefish cooked in ink. The prix fixe menu will be $60 per person.

19. Le Rivage

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340 W 46th St
New York, NY 10036
(212) 765-7374
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The Christmas Eve prix fixe menu at this Midtown French restaurant will include seafood crepes, quiche lorraine, traditional French roast duck, and desserts from Jacques Torres. Every meal also includes sides of haricots verts, pommes Anna, and roasted brussels sprouts. Le Rivage will charge their usual prix fixe price, $39 per person.

20. Ofrenda

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113 7th Ave. S
New York, NY 10014
(212) 924-2305
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This Mexican restaurant in the West Village will be serving a four or five-course prix fixe menu of traditional Mexican Christmas dishes. This year's menu will be posted on their website later this week, but in past years the menu has included whole roasted snapper, sweet tamales, and hot Christmas punch.

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1. Maison Premiere

298 Bedford Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11211

This popular Williamsburg restaurant and oyster bar will offer a special six-course Christmas Eve seafood tasting menu, available from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. for $95 per person. The restaurant will also serve oysters until 2 a.m. and the bar wil be open until 4 a.m.

298 Bedford Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11211

2. Aquavit

65 E 55th St, New York, NY 10022

Aquavit will serve the Grand Julbord, a selection of traditional Nordic holiday fare, including Prinskorv (sausages), herring, salmon, and Christmas ham. The Julbord costs $85 per person, and includes a cup of glogg. It will be served from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

65 E 55th St
New York, NY 10022

3. Takashi

456 Hudson St, New York, NY 10014

Chef Takashi will offer an array of holiday specials, including bone-marrow and crawfish dumplings, make-your-own cow blood pancake, and seven-day miso-marinated grilled sweetbreads. Takashi will be open for regular dinner hours Christmas Eve, from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.

456 Hudson St
New York, NY 10014

4. Moti Mahal Delux

1149 1st Avenue, New York, NY 10065

This Indian restaurant, which was recently awarded two stars by the New York Times, will offer both a vegetarian and a non-vegetarian three-course prix fixe menu. The vegetarian meal is priced at $29.99 per person, the non-vegetarian meal at $34.99 per person, with a glass of house wine for an additional $10. The restaurant will be open for its regular dinner hours, until 12 a.m.

1149 1st Avenue
New York, NY 10065

5. Barbuto

775 Washington St, New York, NY 10014

Jonathan Waxman's trattoria will be open from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Christmas Eve. In addition to the regular a la carte menu, a family-style meal for $75 per person will be available to parties of seven or more.

775 Washington St
New York, NY 10014

6. Lupa Osteria Romana

170 Thompson St., New York, NY 10012

Mario Batali's Greenwich Village restaurant will serve a traditional "La Vigilia," or Feast of the Seven Fishes, with a menu that will include lobster, scallop, Arctic char and eel.

170 Thompson St.
New York, NY 10012

7. Cafe Boulud

20 E 76th St., New York, NY 10021

Cafe Boulud will offer a three-course dinner from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Christmas Eve. For $145 per person, the menu will include guinea hen terrine and beef wellington with foie gras.

20 E 76th St.
New York, NY 10021

8. L'Absinthe Restaurant

227 E 67th St, New York, NY 10065

The Upper East Side Brasserie will serve its a la carte menu with several Christmas specials, including smoked salmon tartare, roasted loin of venison, and Buche de Noel.

227 E 67th St
New York, NY 10065

9. Isa

348 Wythe Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211

Taavo Somer's Williamsburg restaurant is accepting reservations for Christmas Eve dinner. The menu hasn't been released yet, but expect several wood-fired dishes.

348 Wythe Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11211

10. Petrossian Boutique & Cafe

911 7th Ave., New York, NY 10019

Petrossian will offer a three-course Christmas meal for $77 per person. Course options include a smoked fish smorgasboard and Christmas goose, or for $55 extra a serving of Royal Shassetra Caviar.

911 7th Ave.
New York, NY 10019

11. Tocqueville Restaurant

1 E 15th St., New York, NY 10003

Toqueville will serve a three-course holiday menu, with course options that include smoked duck breast, seared sea scallops and venison loin. The prix fixe menu is $95 per person. In addition they will have two holiday cocktail specials: a pear Bellini and a warm cider toddy.

1 E 15th St.
New York, NY 10003

12. Recette

328 W 12th St, New York, NY 10014

Chef Jesse Schenker will serve a four-course menu of Hamachi crudo, short rib ravioli, braised pork shoulder and toffee pudding. The prix fixe meal is $89 per person.

328 W 12th St
New York, NY 10014

13. Mas (la Grillade)

28 7th Ave. S, New York, NY 10014

At this restaurant focused on food cooked over an open wood fire, chef Galen Zamarra will offer a four-course prix fixe dinner for $95 per person. The exact menu will not be available until closer to Christmas.

28 7th Ave. S
New York, NY 10014

14. Hearth

403 E 12th St., New York, NY 10009

Chef Marco Canora will celebrate the Feast of the Seven Fishes with a five-course meal (featuring seven different types of fish). The cost of this prix fixe meal will be $88 per person, and Hearth's regular a la carte menu will also be available.

403 E 12th St.
New York, NY 10009

15. Benoit Bistro

60 W 55th St., New York, NY 10019

The French Bistro will offer a three-course menu in addition to their usual a la carte offerings. Course options include Maine lobster salad and duck breast. The prix fixe menu will be $75 per person.

60 W 55th St.
New York, NY 10019

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16. Marlow & Sons

81 Broadway, Brooklyn, NY 11211

The menu at Marlow & Sons on Christmas Eve will include chestnut soup, goose tartare, roasted poussin, choucroute garni and croquembouche for dessert. As always, oysters will also be available.

81 Broadway
Brooklyn, NY 11211

17. Sirio Ristorante

795 5th Ave, New York, NY 10065

Sirio will serve a Christmas Feast of the Seven Fishes menu, as well as limited a la carte options. For $85 per person, the prix fixe menu will include calamari salad, lobster ravioli and roasted Branzino.

795 5th Ave
New York, NY 10065

18. Left Bank Manhattan @LeftBankNYC

117 Perry St., New York, NY 10014

Left Bank will serve a two-course fish dinner, with options that will include a crab and potato cake, and cuttlefish cooked in ink. The prix fixe menu will be $60 per person.

117 Perry St.
New York, NY 10014

19. Le Rivage

340 W 46th St, New York, NY 10036

The Christmas Eve prix fixe menu at this Midtown French restaurant will include seafood crepes, quiche lorraine, traditional French roast duck, and desserts from Jacques Torres. Every meal also includes sides of haricots verts, pommes Anna, and roasted brussels sprouts. Le Rivage will charge their usual prix fixe price, $39 per person.

340 W 46th St
New York, NY 10036

20. Ofrenda

113 7th Ave. S, New York, NY 10014

This Mexican restaurant in the West Village will be serving a four or five-course prix fixe menu of traditional Mexican Christmas dishes. This year's menu will be posted on their website later this week, but in past years the menu has included whole roasted snapper, sweet tamales, and hot Christmas punch.

113 7th Ave. S
New York, NY 10014

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