Christmas Eve and Christmas Brunch Dining in Manhattan

New York City has no scarcity of great restaurants offering special holiday meals for Christmas Eve or Christmas Brunch.

In the next two articles, we’ve gathered some of the best from this year’s crop.  Enjoy, and Merry Christmas.

Casa Nonna:

A traditional Roman and Tuscan holiday meal can be found at  Casa Nonna, with seafood and home-made pastas included in the restaurant’s four-course Christmas Eve ‘Feast of Seven Fishes.’ For a reasonable $42 per person, you’ll enjoy dishes such as Sicilian Swordfish and Pecorino Gratin of Stewed Mussels, as well as Grandma’s fabulous Budino di Pannetone, a distinctive twist on the Christmas Bread Pudding with sprinkles of caramel sauce and chestnut gelato.

Location: 310 W. 38th Street

Phone: 212.736.3000


Live jazz will accompany the special Christmas prix fixe menu at this midtown Mediterranean brasserie.  The three-course menu includes such dishes as Urfa Biber Rubbed Prime Rib and Roasted Lamb, priced at $54 per person. One of the restaurant’s more unusual and delicious Turkish desserts, the Goat Cheese Cake with Armagnac prunes and candied orange zest, should not be missed.  In the spirit of the holidays, Pera will donate the equivalent of 10% of your food and beverage bill to a charity of your choice.  More information at:

Location: 303 Madison Avenue (between 41st and 42nd Street)

Phone: 212.878.6301

La Mangeoire:

Executive Chef Christian Delouvrier’s French country cooking will keep you warm and comfortable as you dine on their special all-day prix fixe Christmas Day menu, priced at $49 per person for adults and $30 for children under 12.  Standouts among La Mangeoire’s beloved bistro menu are the Pan Seared Duck and Crispy Atlantic Salmon.

Location: 1008 Second Avenue (at 53rd Street)

Phone: 212.759.7086

John Dory Oyster Bar:

Not exactly the place to go for a ‘Feast of Seven Fishes,’ the new John Dory Oyster Bar at the Ace Hotel is where Chef de Cuisine Josh Even will be serving up a six-course menu of aquatic favorites on both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.  For $65/person, the prix fixe menu includes a Hog Island Sweetwater Oyster holiday special served with Sea Urchin Crema.  The seafood-centric menu is available by reservation only.

Location: 1196 Broadway (at 29th Street)

Phone: 212.792.9000


Beautiful views of the East River compliment Tom Colicchio’s newest destination for modern American cuisine.  In honor of Christmas Eve, a lavish three-course dinner for $95 per person will feature lobster, Wagyu beef, foie gras, caviar and truffles, plus a striking array of holiday-oriented desserts.  Reservations are available from 5 to 10pm and must be made in advance. Unusual for a Manhattan restaurant, free parking is available in the building's garage.

Location: 450 E 29th Street (1st avenues)

Phone: 212.729.9790


For a spiced-up twist on Christmas Eve, try Iberian-inspired Aldea, with its popular fusion menu of dishes from the Iberian Peninsula and refined seafood dishes.  The a la carte menu Christmas Eve menu features the restaurant’s standout Arroz de Pato, a rice dish of duck confit, chorizo, olive and orange. Reservations are strongly recommended.

Location: 31 W 17th Street (between 5th and 6th Avenue)

Phone: 212.675.7223

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