Suggestions for restaurants on Christmas Day
I was suppose to be back home for the holidays but unfortunately, I'm stuck in the city for Christmas. On the bright side, a couple of friends from out of town will be visiting and I'm thinking of bringing them to a nice, relatively inexpensive restaurant. I know this is a longshot but apart from chinese food, is there anywhere else that's open with a nice ambience and good food??
I don't know how helpful this is, but all Jean Georges restaurants are open on Christmas - the least expensive probably being Spice Market (which, as a family style menu, can be kept to a reasonably low cost) but also includes Mercer Kitchen and Perry Street.
I went to the Cupping Room Cafe on West Broadway for brunch a few Christmases ago - it's lovely but the food is terrible.
And don't forget hotels! They're open every day of the year! A lot of nice hotels have super fancy restaurants attached to them, but you might try calling some mid-priced hotels - ie- Black Duck in the Park Avenue Hotel on 28th and Park, Thor in the Hotel on Rivington, Gemma in the Bowery Hotel. Good luck!
The Maze Gordon Ramsay will have a five-course Christmas Day menu. Not sure it's "relatively inexpensive" though. Depends on where your friends are from. Did you check opentable.com?
Thanks for the links, I haven't heard of OpenTable before but it looks like a lifesaver! My friends have been on a roadtrip through the US and are heading back to HongKong.. that's why Chinese food wasn't really on the top of my list and they're down to their last few pennies ;) we might go with Spain as suggested in the amny link...thanks!