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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. :-)

          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.

            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!

              2. I don't know if this would fit the celebratory bill, but at least some Jewish delis will be open. Junior's on Westwood Blvd. and Nate 'N Al's in Beverly Hills customarily are.

                1. yes- the tradition lives on. mimosa's. coffee cake--entemans's for breakfast--maybe some lox, gifts--we have xtian relatives--then a movie or two and Chinese food. It's tradition. we do it all in the South Bay, sometimes going to LBeach by the pike. food at the Szechuan in Lomita--dumplings, hot and sour, shanghai noodles, fish in hot sauce, something with eggplant, ditto tofu, green beans-with pork and hot.
                  a fine thing for this jewish, druid family.
                  now--what movie is the tough choice--Juno a leading candidate at the moment.
                  Movie house is usually pretty empty and the Chinese restaurant pretty much the same.
                  We have roast beast and yorkshire pudding then night before.

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                  1. re: peterboy

                    Sounds like a great day for you and your significant Druid, but this was a request for a 70-year-old Jewish lady whose daughters intimidate each other. The Pacific Dining Car, fancy but simple, is open on Christmas, and the original "Miracle on 34th Street" -- much loved by my Jewish ex-mother-in-law -- is on the Fox Movie Channel.

                  2. I'll be eating at the Pine Tree Korean Restaurant at 8322 Reseda Blvd. I like Korean WAY more than Chinese, and the 10-12 panchan make it seem like a special occasion.