Where to Enjoy a Fabulous Christmas Dinner in New York

New York City is the place to celebrate Christmas cheer. After a day of ice skating in Bryant Park or visiting the tree in Rockefeller Center, enjoy a special meal at any of these NYC favorites. Whether you’ve been naughty or nice, there’s something for everyone.

The Oak Room: For an elegant Christmas Eve and Christmas Day feast, there’s no better place to dine than in the iconic Oak Room, set in The Plaza Hotel. The Oak Room will be open for Christmas Eve, with reservations from 5:30pm-9pm, and Christmas Day from 12pm-8pm and will offer a $100 four-course prix-fixe menu. Appetizers include “Grains of Paradise” Crusted Beef Carpaccio as well as the Foie Gras “PB & J.”  Entrees include the Christmas Turkey and the Miso Glazed Virginia Ham. Save your sweet tooth for the Steamed Pudding Cake or the signature “Oak Bar” with chocolate-praline mousse and chocolate sorbet.
The Oak Room
10 Central Park South; 212-758-7777; www.oakroomny.com

Osteria il Paiolo:  Head to this Williamsburg hotspot between 5pm and 12am for a Christmas Eve dinner celebrating the tastes of Italy. The menu takes a modern approach to classic favorites with highlights including Burrata Tartufo topped with freshly shaved white truffles ($28.50), Linguini alle Vongole (fresh pasta tossed in clam sauce-$16.50), Chilean Sea Bass with a tangy lemon caper sauce ($32.50), and the Squid Ink Risotto and shrimp ($21.50).

106 North 6th Street (Brooklyn); 718-218-7080; www.ilpaiolonyc.com

Le Caprice:  Chef Michael Hartnell brings over favorites from the landmark London brasserie to The Pierre Hotel. The two-course Christmas Day menu will be offered for $85 with delightful selections including the Butternut squash veloute, Sauteed foie gras, Scottish smoked salmon, Organic turkey, Rack of Colorado lamb, and Champagne risotto.
Le Caprice
795 5th Avenue; 212-940-8195; www.capriceny.com

Esperanto:  You may be dreaming of a white Christmas, but step inside Esperanto and you’ll be sure to feel the heat of South America. Enjoy an all-you-can-eat Brazilian buffet on Christmas Eve for $9.99. Prepare yourself for a feast of Feijoada (Brazilian meat stew with black beans), Collard Greens, Pao de queijo, and Fried Yucca. Don’t forget to prep yourself with a Caipirinha, the essential Brazilian cocktail.

145 Avenue C; 212-505-6559; www.esperantony.com

Del Posto:  Mario Batali will create a Vigilia di Natale for you to remember with this seven-course Christmas Eve menu for $150 per person. Enjoy the elegance and delight of Smoked Eel Frittelle, Baccala Crostata with Olive, Mozzarella in Carozza, Tuna Testa Tramezzini, Scallops in Pancetta, Mackerel and White Bean Crostini, and Calamari and Artichoke Ragu. Wine pairing is available for an additional $150 per person.
Del Posto
85 10th Avenue; 212-497-8090; www.delpostonyc.com

Bar Basque: Step inside the ultramodern Bar Basque in the Eventi Hotel for a five-course family style Christmas Eve and Christmas Day menu for $75 per person. Chef Yuhi Fujinaga’s courses include Octopus Terrine, Slow Poached Farm Eggs, Chicken and Foie Gras Infused Consomme, Roasted Berkshire Pork Chop, and a decadent Frozen Gingerbread Spiced Mousse.

839 Avenue of the Americas; 646-600-7150; www.chinagrillmgt.com/restaurants-and-bars/bar-basque

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