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Christmas In NYC

My wife and I are coming to New York for Christmas. We were looking for somewhere to eat Christmas Day. Someone recommended Fraunces Tavern. Does anyone know if they will be open? Does anyone have any other recs for Christmas Day dinner? Want to spend around $60-80 and open for any ideas. Thanks.

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  1. Is your $$$ figure for two or one?

    1. It really is way too early to know exactly which restaurants will be open. The only restaurant that I know of that is always open on Christmas Day and serves a traditional holiday menu is Cibo, a neighborhood spot on the corner of 2nd Av. & 41st St. Very good food and pleasant ambiance. As it gets nearer the holiday, they will probably post the menu with prices on their website.


      If you want to go ethnic, most Chinese restaurants are open on Christmas Day.

      As for Fraunces Tavern, I've never heard anyone rave about the food there. But if you are interested because of the historical setting, you could call and see if they will be open.


      1. The traditional thing in New York, as far as I know, is to eat Chinese food on Christmas. Most Chinese restaurants will be open and doing a brisk business on that day. But that will cost a heck of a lot less than you propose to pay, unless you go to a real high-end place like Chinatown Brasserie (which I'm guessing might be closed, because it's in the East Village) or perhaps if you go to Oriental Garden and just pick the fish and seafood you want out of the tanks and tell them how you want them cooked.

        1. $$$ was for two. Thanks for all the info so far.

          1. Fraunce's Tavern is pretty bleak. Yes, it is historical but that's about it. Cibo would be a far better option - but agreed...Chinese is probably the way to do it in NYC on the 25th.

            1. i don't if they will be open on x-mas, but for the price there is no better than Alias on the corner of Clinton and Rivington. lower east side. Two can easily eat for 60-80 if you are cafeful with alcohol.

              1. Here's a link that lists restaurants that are open for either Christmas Eve or Christmas Day. They will all be around $75+ per person.

                I disagree that it's traditional to eat in Chinese restaurants on Christmas Day. It's just that they stay open while so many others close. You are wise to reserve now for the holiday.

                Another restaurant that is reopening with a new owner is Ye Waverly Inn on Bank Street in the West Village. You might want to check if they're open.

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                1. re: Flynn1

                  I read (I think on eater) that the new owners have changed the name slightly. They've modernized it to *The* Waverly Inn.

                  1. re: Flynn1

                    Just a clarification: There's no need to reserve for Christmas if you're eating Chinese food, unless you decide to go to a place that takes reservations and gets totally packed, like Congee Village or some of the Grand Sichuan locations. Many Chinese restaurants may not take reservations at all.

                  2. What about somewhere for Christmas Eve? We want somewhere kindda fun. We like various types of food. Cost somewhere in the neighborhood of $150 for two. Thanks for any ideas.

                    1. It's cheesy, but Tavern on the Green is beautiful at Christmas time with the lights and everything...especially if there's snow.

                      How about Rolf's? The food's decent, and the decor is mindblowing (Imagine the Spiegel catalog mating with the swiss colony and throwing up in a room).

                      My family and I always go to San Domenico for X-mas eve, and it's always lovely...and right across from Central Park if you want to take a buggy ride after. We used to get drinks before at the Oak Room, but...stupid developers.