Best NYC Restaurants to Have Christmas Dinner

We are featuring 24 Best NYC Restaurants to Celebrate Christmas in 2022

What are your plans for dinner this Christmas? Almost everyone I know is taking things easy this Holiday—it is one of those years when everyone wants to slow down and do nothing. We have had a few tough years, some of us more challenging than others, but I believe the sentiment is the same: no one wants to run around and do a lot this season. Therefore, some of you might want to dine out on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day [I have gotten many requests for a list of restaurants], so we are sharing the Best NYC Restaurants to have Christmas dinner.

And here they are, the Best NYC Restaurants to have dinner on Christmas Eve or on Christmas Day.

ESME

ESME is hosting “A Red Sauce Christmas Eve” on December 24th from 6 PM. Dinners are encouraged to wear festive attire to express their Holiday spirit. Reservations must be made in advance and prepaid for $65.00 per Person.

999 Manhattan Avenue—Green Point
(347) 689 3071

Temple Court

The fabulous dining destination Temple Court at The Beekman Hotel will be open on Christmas Eve and Day. An à la carte menu will be served in The Bar Room. The Christmas menu is available in the Temple Court Dining Room on Saturday, December 24th, and Sunday, December 25th.

Four seasonal courses for $185 Per Person.

5 Beekman Street—Financial District
(212) 658-1848

Antica Pesa Brooklyn

On Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, Antica Pesa Brooklyn will feature a selection of dishes from their menu. The set menu will cost $100.00 Per Person. On Saturday, December 24th, and Sunday the 25th, seating is available at 5:30 PM, 7:30 PM, and 9:30 PM.

Antica Pesa Brooklyn

Make reservations via Resy.

115 Berry Street—Williamsburg
(347) 763-2635

Kokomo

If you want to experience a true Caribbean Christmas, Kokomo is the place to visit on Christmas Eve for a special pop-up menu.

Make your reservations via Resy.

65 Kent Avenue—Williamsburg
(347) 799-1312

Leuca

Leuca is serving a traditional Feast of the Seven Fishes menu from December 20th to the 24th and an à la carte menu with holiday specialties on Christmas Day.

If you are celebrating at home this year, pre-order Chef Andrew Carmellini’s Christmas Takeaway Feast and some festive, seasonal offerings here.

111 North 12th Street—Williamsburg

Soogil

Soogil serves modern Korean cuisine with French Accent and will feature a Holiday tasting menu on December 24th and 25th. The tasting menu is $175.00 Per Person, Wine Pairing $96.00, and Burgundy Pairing $56.00.

Make reservations via Resy.

108 east 4th Street—East Village
(646) 838-5524

Sweet Catch BK

Brooklyn’s newest Seafood Restaurant Sweet Catch is open on Christmas Eve from 5 to 10 PM, serving their regular menu with a fabulous addition of seven exclusive Christmas desserts for this weekend ONLY.

1222 Nostrand Avenue—Little Caribbean|Prospect Lefferts Garden
(347) 240-7799

Shalom Japan

Shalom Japan’s 10th annual Christmas tradition screening of Miyazaki films with hot pot will continue this year. In addition, this Japanese Jewish hybrid in South Williamsburg will feature a Prix-Fixe menu at $75.00 Per Person.

Make reservations via OpenTable or call the restaurant directly.

310 S 4th Street—Williamsburg
(718) 388-4012

Benoit

Gather family and friends at Benoit for an exquisite holiday feast in a Parisian bistro interior adorned with garlands and twinkling lights.

Chef Alberto Marcolongo has created a special Christmas 3-course menu at $95.00–enjoy the oyster platter to the dried fruit warm brioche and the filet mignon.

Reserve your table for December 24th or 25th from 12:00 to 8:30 PM by calling (646) 943-7373.

60 West 55th Street—Midtown West
(646) 943-7373

As You Are

As You Are Bar, Restaurant and Bakery will host Christmas Eve and dinner. The menu will feature Roasted chestnut agnolotti, festive cookie tins, eggnog delight, et cetera. Of course, the regular full menu is also available.

As You Are Bar

Make your reservation for December 24th and 25th from 5:30 to 10 PM. Make reservations via Opentable.

252 Schermerhorn Street—Downtown Brooklyn
(718) 303-3535

The Ribbon

The Upper West Side Neighbourhood favorite, The Ribbon, is Surrounded by iconic landmarks and features an extensive wine list and craft cocktails to pair with their Classic American dishes with a touch of French influence.

The Ribbon offers various dinner options, from Treviso and Endive salad or stuffed butternut squash to Atlantic Salmon or traditional ham or turkey.

20 W 72nd Street—Upper West Side
(212) 787-5656

Chongqing Lao Zao

For a unique dining experience, visit Chongqing Lao Zao—a bi-level restaurant specializing in Chongqing hot pot is known for its fiery broths bobbing with Sichuan peppercorns and whole red chiles.

Chongqing Lao Zao

37-04 Prince Street—Flushing
(917) 563-7171

Le Crocodile

Le Crocodile is open on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day with a holiday Prix-Fixe menu for $145.00 Per Person. The regular menu is available as à la carte. Or there is an option for the Christmas Ham with Maple Glaze and Potato Gratin for $55.00 per Person.

80 Wythe Avenue—Williamsburg
718 460 8004

Aquavit

Aquavit is a two-Michelin-starred restaurant. And will serve an incredibly elaborate family-style meal, served only during Christmas. Julbord has become a holiday hallmark at Aquavit. They will be doing a special Julbord on December 23rd and 24th all day to keep the festive traditions alive.

65 East 55th Street—Midtown East 
(212) 307-7311

Love’s Kitchen

To celebrate with fun food, visit Love’s Kitchen. The restaurant will be open from 11 AM to 10 PM with the regular menu of wings, nachos, potstickers, loaded fries, burgers, and so much more.

125-02 84th Road—Queens
(347) 561-4500

Eleven Madison Park

Celebrate the Holidays with an entirely plant-based menu at Eleven Madison Park, a Michelin-starred Restaurant. In addition, a prepaid tasting menu is available at $195.00.

Make Reservations here.

11 Madison Avenue—Flatiron
(212) 889-0905

Birds of a Feather

Experience a fabulous Chinese restaurant in Williamsburg offering Sichuan cuisine with new ideas and new dishes. Birds of a Feather is open on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

Birds of a Feather is the brainchild of Yiming and Xian, the Michelin-starred duo behind Cafe China.

191 Grand Street—Williamsburg
(718) 969-6800

Boucherie

Spend Christmas at anyone of Boucherie’s sister restaurants, all offering a special menu for Christmas dinner. Do not miss the special decadent Christmas Dessert menu of CRÈME BRÛLÉE, TARTE AU CHOCOLAT/CARAMEL, PARIS-BREST, and DOUCEUR D’HIVER.

Make your reservations here.

La Grande Boucherie
145 W 53rd Street—Midtown West
(212) 510 7714

Boucherie West Village
99 7th Avenue South—West Village
(212) 837-1616

Boucherie Union Square
225 Park Avenue South—Union Square
(212) 353-0200

Petite Boucherie
14th Christopher Street—West Village
(646) 756-4145

Mason Premiere

Neighborhood staple Mason Premiere will be open Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. This cocktail bar is rooted in the traditions and ceremony of oyster bars and absinthe cafés, where at-hand service is paired with frank advice about daily shellfish and quenching wines served and the recipes from old bar manuals.

Best NYC Restaurants to Have Christmas Dinner

298 Bedford Avenue—Williamsburg
(347) 889-5710

Chez Moi

Nestled within a charming storefront, this French restaurant Chez Moi offers classics such as Steak Frites, Escargot, and mussels inspired by different regions of France.

Make reservations via Resy.

135 Atlantic Avenue—Cobble Hill

Balthazar

Balthazar is an all-day French brasserie. They will be open on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. On Christmas Day, the featured menu is $72.00 Per Person with roasted prime rib, winter vegetables, Yukon Gold mashed potatoes, and black truffles.

Balthazar

80 Spring Street—Soho
(212) 965-1414

The Osprey

The Osprey, located at 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge, serves good, clean, and fairly sourced farm-to-table cuisine. Market-driven, New American kitchen serving approachable dining, influenced by the global diversity of New York’s neighborhoods.

The Osprey

Gather with loved ones and celebrate the holidays at The Osprey. Indulge in their festive 4-course Prix-Fixe menu, curated by Executive Chef Denevin Miranda. Dinner menu available Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

Make reservations on Christmas Eve from 5 to 9 PM and Christmas Day from 12 to 7 PM.

The Osprey—1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge
60 Furman Street—Brooklyn Bridge
(347) 696-2505

One if by Land, Two if by Sea

If you are looking for a Romantic Christmas, then One if by Land, Two if by Sea is the place to dine. The restaurant is the fifth most romantic restaurant in the world. A former carriage house built in 1767 features charming architecture and rich history.

One if by land, Two if by Sea offers a four-course Prix Fixe menu at $175.00 Per Person.

The restaurant serves some of the finest American cuisines in New York City. Executive Chef Gary Volkov and Pastry Chef Vera Elezovic are sure to satisfy even the most discerning food connoisseur and provide you with the most enjoyable dining experience.

One if by Land, Two if by Sea Restaurant

17 Barrow Street—West Village
(212) 255-8649

Red Rooster

Authentic Harlem Soul Food Red Rooster is the place to visit. The restaurant is open on Christmas Day and features American cuisine by Marcus Samuelsson’s travels and culinary journey.

On Christmas Day, enjoy a special Christmas brunch from 11 AM to 4 PM upstairs, with a performance from DJ PhearNone to enjoy while you dine. Then to end the night, Nate Lucas will be jazzing it up from 5:30 PM to 9:30 PM for dinner. An all-day “A La Carte” Menu with Christmas Specials will also be available.

Make Reservations via OpenTable.

310 Lenox Avenue—Harlem
(212) 792-9001

Happy Holidays Dahlings. What are your plans for Christmas Eve or Christmas dinner?

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