Where to Eat on Christmas Eve and Day in NYC

From special prix fixe offerings with live carolers to two-starred Korean tasting menus, here's where to eat over the holiday in the Big Apple.

If you're anything like us, then you probably haven't done much in terms of holiday prep either. That's where we can step in to lend a little guidance this Christmas season (when it comes to the food part, at least).

In a city like New York, there are a bunch of options to choose from for celebrating the holiday. Here, we present 10 options for everything from the Feast of the Seven Fishes on Christmas Eve, to day-of brunches complete with live carolers, to Chinese restaurants for those looking to partake in the that classic NYC right of passage.

Benjamin Steakhouse Prime

This Midtown steakhouse is offering a prix fixe menu on Christmas Day. Items include lobster bisque, dry aged bone-in rib eye, mashed potatoes, and a flourless chocolate mousse cake. Each meal also comes with a glass of eggnog, which you can choose to spike at your leisure.


Looking for something other than your traditional holiday ham? Make a dinner reservation at this two-starred Korean restaurant that inspectors call "the epitome of contemporary elegance." Choose from either seasonal or signature tasting menus, offering dishes like tuna kim bap, autumn pear, or foie gras mandoo.


Get a taste of the classic New York dining scene at this French stalwart in SoHo. Balthazar is open 365 days a year, so you can get your fix of French onion soup, and moules or steak frites before or after opening Christmas presents.


This vegetable mecca from Jean-Georges Vongerichten is open for its regular hours throughout the holiday. Whole roasted cauliflower with turmeric-tahini and pistachios sounds like the perfect dish to kickstart your health-conscious New Year's resolutions.

Golden Unicorn

For those looking to partake in the New York City tradition of Chinese food on Christmas Day, one option is Cantonese dim sum from Golden Unicorn. If you don't want to make it onto the naughty list vying for roast pork buns or congee with preserved egg and shredded pork, inspectors suggest visitors "arrive early to nab a seat by the kitchen for better variety and hotter items."

The Sea Fire Grill

Anyone looking for a Feast of the Seven Fishes can check out this seafood spot on Christmas Eve for a prix fixe meal featuring coho salmon and scallop carpaccio, and spicy lobster open-faced ravioli with smoked trout eggs (pictured above). The restaurant is also open December 25 for those unable to make it the night before, albeit with a different menu.

Wa Jeal

This Upper East Side Sichuan spot happens to be a favorite of one of our web editors. Michelin inspectors, too, agree as Wa Jeal dons the red guide's The Plate distinction. According to inspectors, "The ambience is upscale and appealing, combining pale walls, prescient images of wicked-red chiles, an engaging staff, and a substantial wine list." Sounds like the perfect option for those that want more than takeout boxes and sweatpants.


This Bib Gourmand pizza restaurant in Bushwick is operating business as usual throughout the Christmas holiday season. That means you can feast on dishes such as caramelized sunchokes with milk jam, hazelnuts and pickled onions; mangalitsa pork collar with new potatoes, Asian pear and scallions; and the Speckenwolf pizza topped with mozzarella, speck, cremini mushrooms, onion, oregano and black pepper.

Ai Fiori

If we're lucky enough to receive a white Christmas, the wall of windows at this one Michelin star Italian restaurant in Midtown provides the perfect frame. While taking in the view, there's a Feast of the Seven Fishes menu on Christmas Eve for $175 per person, and on Christmas Day, diners can enjoy either a four-course prix fixe for $150 or a lengthier tasting menu for $250. Additional wine pairings are also available.

The Lambs Club

Offering celebrity chef Geoffrey Zakarian's modern American cuisine, The Lambs Club is hosting a series of holiday brunches and suppers throughout the month of December. Perhaps the best part of brunch is the selection of hot chocolates complete with house-made toppings, perfect for enjoying in front of the 18th century fireplace in its main dining room. Bonus: There will be carolers singing all of your favorites during each of these themed meals.

Image courtesy of The Sea Fire Grill.

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