Where to Dine on Christmas Day

Where to Dine on Christmas Day

Interior of new restaurant, Little Frog Bistro & Bar (Courtesy Little Frog Bistro & Bar)

If you’re spending Christmas in NYC this year and want to enjoy a festive meal, but don’t have the means to prepare it yourself, some of the city’s best restaurants are taking reservations! This is a great option for travelers who will be in town, as well as locals who would rather let someone else handle the cooking for this jolly holiday. Here are five restaurants where you can celebrate Christmas Day, ranging from a more traditional sit-down meal to fun brunches.

Little Frog Bistro & Bar (Upper East Side): This chic new Parisian bistro just opened last month and is hosting an à la carte brunch on Christmas Day. Order a tasty cocktail like the Red Bird (Prosecco with spiked raspberry coulis) or Saketini (Nigroni sake, vodka and cucumber). Try the lobster mac & cheee, farm egg omelette, cod ceviche and other savory dishes. If you are dining with a little one, Little Frog has a kid’s menu that includes grilled cheese, fried chicken and frites, mac & cheese and more. Get a holiday version of the signature Frogger Sundae to share for an extra special holiday treat!

Benjamin Steakhouse (Murray Hill): Owned by Benjamin Prevukaj and Benjamin Sinanaj, Benjamin Steakhouse is one of NYC’s top steakhouses. Enjoy a three-course prix fixe meal on Christmas for just $79.95 a person (tax and gratuity not included). In addition to holiday eggnog—alcoholic or non-alcoholic—guests can savor their choice of starter (lobster bisque, lump crab cake or a winter salad), as well as entrée options of dry-aged USDA prime rib eye steak, grilled Chilean sea bass or rack of lamb with a vegetable side. For dessert, delight in a slice of cheesecake, chocolate mousse cake or bourbon pecan pie. Yuuuuum! 

Rock Center Café (Rockefeller Center): Make reservations for a $95, three-course prix fixe meal on Christmas Day at this Rockefeller Rink-side restaurant near the famous Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree. The generous menu includes appetizers like beet salad, crispy pork belly and lobster bisque, among others. For an entrée, choose from savory dishes such as fresh pappardelle pasta with a duck ragu, seafood stew, housemade orecchiete with shrimp, Atlantic salmon and more. Decadent dessert choices are New York cheesecake, Valrhona chocolate mousse, caramelized apple tart and pumpkin panna cotta. Click here to reserve your table! 

The Water Club (Kips Bay): Enjoy your Christmas meal as you overlook the East River. The three-course, $95 prix fixe menu has such appetizers as oven-poached Asian pear salad, foie gras torchon and a roasted chestnut & parsnip bisque, among others. Entrées include filet mignon, braised New Zealand lamb shank, a vegetable casserole and more. The lengthy dessert list has seasonal favorites like old fashioned apple tart, sticky toffee pudding and Christmas plum pudding.

The Lambs Club (Theater District): Take in some Christmas tunes while you dine on Christmas Day during the Holiday Carolers Brunch! Live, festive music and traditional brunch fare including an assortment of pastries for the table and your choice of egg dishes, stuffed French toast, buttermilk pancakes, The Lambs Club burger and more. Have a toasty mug of hot chocolate with house-made toppings while you brunch. Only $68 per person, with children 12 and under just $35. Click here to make your reservation.

Enjoy the Holiday Carolers Brunch at The Lambs Club (Courtesy The Lambs Club)

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