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Need Christmas Eve restaurant suggestions!!

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I'm looking for a perfect Christmas Eve restaurant.
My girlfriend and I are 27 and I want to make this night special because it is also our anniversary. I'm looking for:
high-level NYC VIEW,
with MID~HIGH PRICE range (doesn't really matter i guess),
and more CONTEMPORARY ATMOSPHERE
with interesting DECOR and ARCHITECTURES.
We are planning to stay in either DREAMNY or W hotel.
Any suggestion for me???????

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  1. There will be a lot of restaurants who are closed on that night, for what it's worth.

    You don't say what kind of cuisine you'd like, either.

    By "MID~HIGH PRICE range (doesn't really matter i guess)" do you mean $200 per person? $300 per person? Make sure you are accounting for tax, tip, and drinks/wine. Also a lot of places that ARE open will be serving a special holiday prix fixe menu, which tends to be more expensive than their regular a la carte menu.

    There's a brand new restaurant called Robert that opened in the Museum of Art and Design in Columbus Circle, haven't heard much about it, but the photos make it look like it has great views.

    http://www.robertnyc.com/

    Nearby there's also Asiate in the Mandarin Oriental but right now OpenTable is showing that there's no availability even though they are open on Christmas Day.

    http://www.mandarinoriental.com/newyo...

    The Sea Grill isn't high up but overlooks the ice skating rink at Rockefeller Center, and is serving Christmas Eve Dinner for $110. However, not ALL the tables have a view and I'm not sure if they can guarantee you one of the ice rink. The food is fine, but nothing special, IMO.

    Your best bet may be to go outside of Manhattan (like the River Cafe in Brooklyn) so you can get a view OF Manhattan. It's not really contemporary atmosphere/architecture though.

    I think finding a place with a view AND that's modern/hip AND that's open on Christmas Eve AND has amazingly delicious food might be really difficult.

    http://www.rivercafe.com/

    See also:
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/650763
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/644493
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/604127

    1. Remi

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      1. re: smokeandapancake

        Check out Olana in the Flatiron district. It's romantic, luxurious and beautiful and the food is superb. Not sure if it's open that night. No view, but gorgeous and a bit undersung for what it is. Restaurants with views tend to not be very good. River Cafe is a good suggestion if that's what you're looking for.

        1. re: niia

          Olana would be a great choice but is unfortunately not open that night. I have not been to Remi but it has been recommended to me, and I am keeping it in mind for the future. Expensive, but the menu looks interesting and it was described to me as a "special occasion" type of place. Frankly, I can't think of anything with a view that is worth considering.