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Suggestions for Christmas Day?

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A friend of mine could use some help -- her mom is turning 70 on Christmas Day and she was planning to cook a nice birthday dinner for the family at home. However, one sibling now wants to eat at a restaurant, and it seems many places are either completely booked or only hotel spots are open. They are on the wait list for the Four Seasons.

The family is Jewish, so caroling, et al., is not required. Any suggestions for a nice lunch or dinner would be welcome!

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  1. I thought all Jewish families knew - you go out for Chinese on Christmas!

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    1. re: asimen

      That's my family tradition, although we'd usually get take-out and eat with the cartons on the table.

      1. re: asimen

        Well this is actually a birthday dinner and the birthday happens to fall on Christmas Day, so take-out Chinese is probably not going to work.

        1. re: NAspy

          Who said you have to do take-out?

          Why not just go to a Chinese restaurant and dine-in?

          I'd suggest Mission 261 - nice setting and very good dinner fare.

        2. re: asimen

          Haha, I was thinking the same thing! :-D Every year my family goes to an early matinee movie and then out for Chinese late-lunch-early-dinner. It's the best!

        3. Take her to see Sweeney Todd and then out for some meat pies at Empanada's Place. :-)

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            1. Go to Open Table and check out what's available.

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              1. re: perk

                Be careful with Open Table. We made a reservation on Xmas day for JiRaffe, only to have it cancelled 4 days later. They said they weren't going to be open. So, I don't know if they fixed all of that, by not listing closed restaurants, but double check before relying.

                1. re: Azizeh Barjesteh

                  Good to know. I've never had any trouble with them.
                  Thanks.

              2. La Terza is having a special Christmas day dinner from 4-8 pm (I think those times). I think that you can choose from a preset meal or the menu. I didn't read the E-mail they sent very closely, but I think those were the details.

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                1. re: jenngen

                  Great suggestion!! Thank you very much!