Indeed, many restaurants are closed for the Christmas holiday so the staffs can celebrate with family and friends, but there are a few that are remaining open should you have a kitchen snafu or want to have a professional do all the work for you.
Here, five Michelin-rated restaurants to hit up for an epic Christmas celebration:
At Michael Mina’s brasserie on the third floor of the Waldorf Astoria, a special à la carte menu is highlighted on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Celebrate as the French do and feast upon escargots à la Bordelaise, a premium shellfish plâteau of oysters, chilled lobster and King crab, steak frites and duck á l’orange.
Join chef Bill Montagne of One Off Hospitality Group’s Italian seafood concept for a traditional Feast of the Seven Fishes dinner for $125 per person. Antipasti dishes include shrimp katafi with lardo and basil, and uni crostini with bone marrow and pickled radish. Primi dishes include cavatelli with bay scallops, black truffle and spinach, as well as lobster spaghetti alla chitarra with lobster miso, guancial and spring onion; choose from turbot and langoustine duo or prosciutto-wrapped monkfish for your piatti dish.
Chef Martial Noguier is offering a special three-course prix fixe menu for $70 on both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Appetizers include cauliflower velouté with glazed chestnut, Everton cheese, truffle oil and brown butter; crispy house-cured duck confit with sweet potato purée, Medjool date, Brussels sprout shavings and frisée salad; and Maine diver sea scallops with hedgehog mushrooms, duck prosciutto, roasted hazelnut and Jerusalem artichoke purée. A roasted rack of lamb with apricot purée and Israeli cous cous with Moroccan spices and beef tenderloin au poivre are entrées offered for the holiday.
Unsure of what to eat Christmas morning? Head to The Langham hotel’s acclaimed Travelle restaurant and go around the world in 80 plates. From 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., chef de cuisine Ricardo Jarquin is hosting a brunch buffet for $145 per person ($50 for kids). Look for breakfast favorites like poached eggs Benedict, cheese blintzes with cranberry compote and an omelet station, as well as globally-inspired plates, like a variety of ramen bowls, poké, tacos and tamales. A five-course dinner is also offered from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. for $85 per person ($40 per child).
The legendary Chicago pizza joint is operating on both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day from the hours of 11:00 a.m. to midnight. Do as Kevin McCallister would do for the holiday (or any day) and fill up on deep-dish and thin crust pizzas, cheesy garlic bread and Italian beef sandwiches.Hero image courtesy of Travelle.