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Where To Dine On Christmas In NYC

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If you are going to be in New York City for this Christmas, you may want to know where you can eat dinner, if you don’t want to cook at home. Considering that it is Christmas, not many hotels and restaurants can be expected to remain open. So, what to do? If you don’t want to be left stranded for dinner on December 25th, here is a list of establishments, which have decided to keep their doors open so that you can enjoy a Christmas feast without toiling away in the kitchen. And we are not talking about Chinese takeaways!

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1) Black Market

For all your midnight cravings, visit this restaurant, next to Niagara on Avenue A. The Pat La Frieda burger may be the most acclaimed entry to come out of their open kitchen, but there is lot more for you to eat on Christmas night, like the Winter Nog, made with Drambuie, Irish cream and fresh mint. (110 Avenue A, (212) 614-9798)

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2) Saul

A “Feast of the Seven Fishes” awaits you at this Brooklyn restaurant. The menu prepared by Chef Saul Bolton spells due diligence on his part. The Christmas feast includes Antipasti of marinated calamari, clams oregenato, marinated anchovies, baccala stuffed piquillo pepper, spaghetti with hamhock brood, collard greens and Maine shrimp, a Blood orange and pomegranate salad, and a bitter chocolate budino. (140 Smith Street, (718) 935-9844, Opentable Online Reservations)

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3) Bar Basque

Get ready for a five-course Christmas meal at Bar Basque. Moving beyond the restaurant’s standard menu, the bar is offering Octopus Terrine, slow poached farm eggs, chicken and foie infused consommé, roasted Berkshire pork chop, and frozen gingerbread spice mousse for dessert. (839 Sixth Avenue, (646) 600-7150 ext. 2 ‎ Opentable Online Reservations)

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4) Balthazar

This will the first time that this classic restaurant will keep its doors open for Christmas revelers. There is the already popular Balthazar menu plus a $62 three-course, which includes soup, entrée, and dessert. (80 Spring Street,  (212) 965-1414)

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5) Maialino

This restaurant, with its Roman-inspired regular menu, will bring in some Danny Meyer into your life on Christmas. Chef Nick Anderer will rustle up interesting dishes like capon with polenta and some in-house panettone with zabaglione. (2 Lexington Avenue,  (212) 777-2410)

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6) Wall & Water

If you are a sucker for fresh local ingredients, then this restaurant, with its special Christmas buffet, is the right place to be. The raw food bar would serve “Fisher Island oysters, smoked salmon, smoked trout, poached shrimp, confit swordfish, red and white anchovy salad, and Hudson valley cheese & charcuteries.” For the health fanatics, the salad options on the ‘Family Table’ include “rustic breads, roasted vegetables, grilled peppers, marinated tomatoes, braised onions, fresh romaine leaves, arugula, radicchio, crisp vegetable mix, mixed sprouts, and mixed edible flowers.” The main courses will be available in “The Kitchen”, where you will get to eat “oven roasted prime beef, grilled swordfish, braised veal leg, vegetable soup, roasted root vegetables , creamy parmesan grits, mashed new potatoes, and steamed green vegetables.” And since it is Christmas, how can there be no dessert. “The Chef’s Table” will serve “home style apple pie, chocolate cake, berry crumble, pumpkin pie, or make your own Sunday with berry sauce, caramel sauce, vanilla sauce, mixed nuts, gummy bears, M&M’s, pralines & dried fruits mix.” (75 Wall Street, (212) 699-1700, Opentable Online Reservations)

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7) Riverview

For those looking for a cheap break this Christmas, this Long Island City restaurant is the right option for $50 prix fixe menu. The menu contains three courses starting with an appetizer, main course, and a dessert. In addition, kids can eat free from the kids menu. Can it get any better this Christmas? (2-01 50th Avenue, Queens,  (718) 392-5000 Opentable Online Reservations)

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8) The Sea Grill

If you want to enjoy a Christmas dinner in the shadow of the Rockefeller Center, then this restaurant is the right place to go. Their Christmas Day Prix Fix Menu is going to boast of Wild Mushroom Soup, Bluefin tuna tartare, Carpaccio of Beef, butter poached Maine lobster, Brussels Sprouts, Roasted rack of pork, etc. The wine selection has Piper-Heidsieck, Sancerre, Rodney Strong, etc. (19 West 49th Street, (212) 332-7610, Opentable Online Reservations)

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9) Gallagher’s Steak House

What is a Christmas dinner without a healthy steak to enjoy with a glass of wine? So, this steak house brings you plenty of steak options from their legendary meat aging room, which is believed to house USDA Prime Steaks for upto 21 days. There are also a plenty of seafood options for those not mad about steaks. (228 West 52nd Street,  (212) 245-5336, Opentable Online Reservations)

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10) Virgil's

Those who want the reassuring bite of BBQ to bite the Christmas cold can head over to Virgil’s, where the restaurant would be serving the choicest BBQ options this Christmas. Gather your family and friends and head out to Virgil’s for an informal meal that is not gonna cost you a bomb. (152 West 44th Street, (212) 921-9494, Opentable Online Reservations)



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