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New Yorkers - Please Help!

We will be spending our 3rd Christmas in your wonderful city. I am looking for New Yorkers to share their Christmas Day restaurants.

Please do not refer me to Open Table. I've been there and the selection is limited. Plus as we all know, not ALL restaurants participate with Open Table.

The previous two Christmas Day dinners we enjoyed at Chelsea Bistro (2002, 2004), but we are looking for somewhere new. We would prefer a restaurant and not a hotel, plus we are looking for restaurants away from the Theatre District and mid town. UWS, UES, Chelse, Greenwich, Soho, etc. would be preferred. Ethnic just won't cut it.

I am willing to make tons of phone calls to see if restaurants are open as they may be one year and not the next. So don't hesitate to comment on a spot you visited on Christmas Days a couple years back. Thank you so much!

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  1. You could try the King's Carriage House, 251 E 82nd Street
    New York, NY 10028 (212) 734-5490.

    We had Thanksgiving dinner there many years ago and it was a memorable occasion. I don't know if they are open for Christmas but you can easily find that out.

    1. Thank you Brian W., I will call them today to see if they are open for Christmas dinner.

      1. Cibo, on the corner of 2nd Av. & 41st St., is a large, attractive neighborhood restaurant with very good food. They are always open for Christmas dinner and have the menu posted on their website.

        http://cibonyc.com

        1. I believe Compass is open (70th between West End and Amsterdam) and the food is fabulous.

          1. I phoned King's Carriage House and they are not open. I looked at Cibo's menu but it did not excite me for $65.00 p.p.

            Thank you comidaqueen for Compass. This restaurant is looking very promising. I e-mailed them today and they responded very quickly indicating they should have a menue in a couple of days. I appreciate your opinion on the food.

            I also called Jo Jo and they are e-mailing their Christmas Day menu in a couple of days when it's ready. The other restaurants that I am considering are Brasserie and Brasserie 8 1/2.