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I am coming to New York for Christmas and want a fiendly "local" restaurant, moderate price, for Christmas Day lunch.
We will be staying in Soho.

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  1. First of all, almost every restaurant in Chinatown will be open, and almost all are inexpensive, though perhaps not that friendly.

    If you want to eat in Soho or any other neighborhood, check OpenTable to see which restaurants are open, because many won't be.

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    1. re: Pan

      Ditto -- although given that it will be Christmas, most of them will be slammed, at least later on in the evening. For non-Chinese restaurants, many hotel restaurants will be open, so I'd start there. It's a bit early to be looking though -- try again in late November. Many restaurants don't know what their plans are this far in advance.

    2. In Melbourne, Australia all the good restaurants get booked out quickly so I thought I should ask early. Chinese wasn't really what i was looking for as our US Christmas!
      I will look on Open Table as suggested.
      Does anyone have favourite restaurants in the Soho area or nearby that they can recommend anyway not just for Christmas lunch?

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      1. re: kjanep

        Balthazar and Aquagrill are two popular places in Soho that are often mentioned on this board. I don't know if they are open on Xmas day though. Here are a couple of recent threads on restaurants in Soho. (I think Kathryn helped look up a few of the places!)

        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/651393
        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/652206

        You can look up the restaurants that are mentioned in the threads above to further investigate. As you probably know, due to the high cost of rent and the soft economy, a lot of restaurants come and go in NYC but I am sure you will find out if they are still around when you make reservation for your Xmas meal.

        I hope you will have fun in NY!

      2. We've done Christmas at Cibo (41st and 2nd Ave), and it seems to me that we did it one year at Marseille (44th and 9th Ave). Cibo is definitely neighborhood and so is Marseille on holidays. You'll get out of both of them for about $100 or a little less per person including the prix fixe price, a glass of wine, tax and tip.

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        1. re: Jane A.

          Thanks all, I will look into these to see if they are open.