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Christmas Dinners You can Still Book in Manhattan

Oh ye procrastinators, it’s not too late to book Christmas dinner at these six wonderful Manhattan restaurants, even at this ungodly hour. Unwrap your Christmas-Day presents, pre-game with a glass of eggnog or Champagne, and enjoy a delicious dinner with no clean-up at these varied choices that exemplify holiday coziness, tradition, and the New York City holiday spirit.

At The Flying Fisherman, an updated take on Christmas Eve’s traditional Italian Feast of the Seven Fishes is served on Christmas Day as well, highlighting international seafood dishes while also offering traditional Christmas meal options like lamb and yams for non-seafood eaters. The appropriately named Feast of the Seven Fishes special is served in two dishes. The first includes baked clams, head-on shrimp and New Zealand mussels; the second dish is a cioppino-style fish stew with cod, scallops, salmon, red snapper, saffron Yukon potatoes and garlic croutons. A special holiday dessert is the pretty vanilla Napoleon with red berries. 269 Columbus Avenue, theflyingfishermannyc.com

Legasea Seafood

One of my new favorites, the TAO Group’s Legasea Seafood Brasserie in the Moxy Hotel Times Square, will be especially buzzy on Christmas with their own take on the Feast of the Seven Fishes. Served along with the restaurant’s varied menu of seafood mains and appetizers, Legasea’s Seven Fish Cioppino offers Chef Jason Hall’s bespoke combination of seven fishes, a richly seasoned stew of mussels, clams, king crab claws, head-on prawns, octopus, calamari and bacalao (cod). As at the Flying Fisherman, non-seafood lovers are not left out – they can share Legasea’s fried chicken with biscuits and Mike’s hot honey, served in a fun takeout box and create a new Christmas Day tradition of your own. 485 Seventh Ave., The Moxy Hotel, http://moxy-hotels.marriott.com/nyc/timessquare/dining/legasea-seafood-brasserie/

At equally trendy Industry Kitchen, Christmas will be celebrated in style with the new American-cuisine restaurant decked out to resemble a holiday chalet. Diners will be greeted by a trio of Christmas trees and reindeer in the entryway along with twinkling lights, wreaths and holly, transforming the Seaport setting into a winter wonderland. On Christmas Day, Industry Kitchen’s winter menu features warm comfort dishes like the Squash Pot with mushroom ragout, and pumpkin tagliatelle with shaved truffles. Indulge in festive dishes and libations like the gingernut pizza made with a gingerbread crust, eggnog frosting, spicy pecans and sprinkles; or the Frozen Peppermint Slide, a giant shareable cocktail with Baileys, candy canes, peppermint bark and pretzel rods for a true Christmas in a cup. An added plus:  if you forgot to buy a Christmas gift, you could make a gift statement for your entire party by ordering the restaurant’s decadent white-cheese 24K pizza that comes with osetra caviar, 24K gold leaves and foie gras. 70 South St.  http://industry-kitchen.com/

Industry Kitchen

Dining with a view of the skating rink and Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center is another tradition that will please the entire family. Choose to dine at the seafood-oriented Sea Grill, which will be serving a special three-course meal as well as a holiday menu just for kids. At this upscale seafood restaurant, treat your loved ones to a menu of salmon tartare with American caviar, house-made linguine with black truffles, butter-poached Maine lobster and dark chocolate baked ganache at this upscale seafood restaurant. 19 West 49th Street, https://www.patinagroup.com/the-sea-grill Or book a table at the adjacent Rock Center Café which will delight the family with a varied Yuletide prix fixe menu including Barolo-braised short ribs, magret duck breast with bacon Brussels sprouts, sautéed spaghetti squash, and spiced apple tart with cider reduction. As with its sister restaurant The Sea Grill, the Rock Center Café caters to the little ones with their own holiday menu. 20 West 50th Street, https://www.patinagroup.com/rock-center-cafe

Seafire Grill

If you don’t want to stay in the middle of Rockefeller Center madness or push your way among the throngs milling along Fifth Avenue or Lexington Avenue to look at the Christmas windows at Bloomingdale’s, Saks Fifth Avenue or Bergdorf Goodman, you can walk just a few blocks East to The Sea Fire Grill, where the cozy bistro has one of the city’s best prix fixe deals for Christmas Day with dishes like Truffle Burrata, Lobster Risotto and Roasted Mediterranean Branzino for a mere $79 per person. Finish your meal as you began at home with a holiday eggnog.158 East 48th St., https://theseafiregrill.com/

Christmas and New Year’s Dining: Delivered Straight to Your Home (No Cooking Involved)

Thanksgiving and Hanukkah are over but Christmas and New Year’s loom ahead.  While New Yorkers love to explore the restaurant offerings of the city, these holidays, in particular, represent times to stay at home away from the crowds.  And that means creating the perfect dinner or party for friends and family.  Fortunately, if you’re not as talented at the Iron Chef or you just don’t have the space or desire to cook up yet another mega-meal, you can pretty much have anything you’d like delivered to you from around the corner or around the globe. From Manhattan dessert treats and traditional ethnic dishes to the finest Alaskan seafood to Spanish wines and oils, you’ll enjoy global treats that will make your Christmas and New Year’s galas a “meal to remember.”

Here are some of my favorites:

Premier Cru

Premier Cru

For all your champagne and other alcoholic beverage needs, the super-knowledgeable folks at Premier Cru will help you decide on the best pairings for your meal.  Buy a case and get a discount.  Can’t decide between red and white wines?  No worries — you can create a mixed case that will satisfy everyone.  Champagnes, cavas, proseccos and other bubblys are also available. 1163 Madison Avenue, 212.534.6709. www.premiercruwine.com

Yura

Yura

Lovely Yura has been cooking up a storm ever since I can remember at her wonderful takeout food and coffee shop on the Upper East Side.  The good news is that her prepared foods can be ordered in advance and delivered directly to your door to create a fine dining meal from soup to dessert.  The kids will love the turkey pinwheels, finger food that makes eating turkey fun, and the mini cupcakes that come in a variety of flavors. Personally, I am addicted to Yura’s butternut squash soup, her chicken soup with matzoh balls, her brisket and roast chicken, and her many side dishes.   Try the Brussels sprouts with chipped garlic, or the French green beans prepared with slivered almonds.  Forget about calories and order a pile of the richest mashed potatoes you’ll find anywhere.  Add a delicious cake or a pile of black and white cookies for dessert, and you have a classic New York City meal to warm your soul.  1292 Madison Avenue, 212.860.1707, www.yuraonmadison.com.

Zabar’s

Zabar's

Anyone who visits Manhattan knows that Zabar’s is a must-visit, one-stop shop for all deli items.  And now’s the perfect time to order goodies for Christmas, from main courses like roasted turkeys and sides such as honey roasted yams, to typical Zabar’s treats like rugelach, herring in sour cream, smoked salmon and bagels (for your post-Christmas brunch), or their famous coffee beans.  For New Year’s Eve, you’ll find a wonderful selection of caviar as well.  You can pore through their many holiday baskets at their site at www.zabars.com, visit at 2245 Broadway, or call 800-697-6301 for help in selecting the perfect individualized menu.

Cookie Panache

Cookie Panache

For sweeter treats to indulge yourself or your friends & family, Cookie Panache is a solid go-to.  Its bestsellers include the likes of Dulce de Leche and Red Velvet Vanilla chewy cookies, as well as Brownie and Blondie bites.  Perfect for special occasion planning, the website filters results based on the event theme.  From birthday gifts, to thank you acknowledgements, to get-well-soon packages, a wide range of sweet snacks are available.  Located in Manhattan, this gourmet bakery hits all the right sweet-tooth chords. Order at www.cookiepanache.com.

DeliShop

DeliShop

If you salivate over tapas from Barcelona or olive oils that are some of the freshest in the world (my favorite is the very grassy Arbequina), you’ll want to know about DeliShop.  This Spanish food shop features everything from the finest of Spanish cooking oils to essential pastas, sauces, spices and more.  Not only does Delishop deliver to your door after just a few online clicks, but it also has an extensive list of traditional recipes for make-it-yourself world cuisine.  Some Spanish favorites include a classic paella entrée, típico cocktails and the ever-delicious tres leche cake.  Although not limited to those found in Spanish meals, selections largely draw upon an Iberian-based diet of oil, seafood, starch and more oil.  DeliShop also offers cooking classes at its four Barcelona locations, a potential vacation activity for the foodies and cravers of a bit of onsite Spanish culture.  Check out recipes, locations and food order options at www.delishop.es.

Figi’s

One of Figi's signature cakes

There are no false promises when it comes to Wisconsin’s delivering as the Dairy State, especially when it comes to its selections of meat and cheeses.  Figi’s has specialized in this combination of smokehouse favorites since 1944.  The variety packs are a definite win if you’re looking for a mix of new and old tastes, combining the best of all flavors into an assortment of snack-sized cuts of Colby-Jack and Cheddar cheeses, Smokehouse Summer Sausages, and buttery Cashew and Mixed Nut Add-ins among others.  Try the salami- or bacon-flavored cheese if you’re feeling daring.  Order at www.figis.com.

Coal Point Seafood Co.

Coal Point Seafood Co.

Sick of the grocery store’s mediocre seafood section of same-old, sad hunks of fish?  Alaska wants to change all that.  From Halibut to King Crab, Snow Crab, Shrimp, Scallops, Smoked Salmon, Rockfish, Sablefish, Black Cod and more, you’ll love the choices Coal Point Seafood offers.  Fare is purchased directly from Alaskan fishermen and shipped to your door.  Coal Point even has a same-day-caught-blast-frozen policy!  You can choose from individual samplers to variety packs, and different ounce options are available.  Halibut is the Alaskan fish of choice, so that is always a good start if you’re not sure what to buy.  Order at www.welovefish.com or call 1-800-325-3877 to order direct.

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.

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Christmas Eve and Christmas Brunch Dining on the Upper East Side and in Queens

MexiQ’s Kitchen & Draught:

For a Mexican take on Christmas dining, head to the city’s most foodie-ethnic borough, Queens, for a two-day Christmas extravaganza.   Starting at 11am on December 24, MexiQ will dish up a New York-style Eggs Benedict with smoked salmon, or a Mexican-inspired Breakfast Quesadilla with scrambled eggs, pinto beans and shredded chicken, both served with a taste-awakening side of Jalapeño Goat Cheese Cornbread. Christmas Eve Happy Hour begins at 4pm and continues through 4am, featuring $5 margaritas and $3 beers.  MexiQ’s Christmas Day brunch will help you recover from too much partying with their Hangover Cure, a crispy concoction of tortilla, salsa, pulled chicken and chorizo topped with two fried eggs.  www.mexiqny.com.

Location: 37-11 30th Avenue, Astoria NY

Phone: 718.626.0333

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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.

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