Psst... We're working on the next generation of Chowhound! View >
HOME > Chowhound > Manhattan >
Oct 10, 2010 12:40 PM

christmas day dinner in NYC

we are going to New york for christmas from england, we would love to know somewhere for christmas day dinner, the only issue I have is that my wife does not eat seafood, if possible i would like somewhere special as I doubt we will ever do this again/ Ive looked at the river cafe as this looks beautifull but I am getting the same restaraunts all the time on line, please help me have a memorable christmas dinner.

  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
  1. The restaurants aren't posting yet - it's too early. Try around mid-November. We have the big Thanksgiving holiday Nov. 25 which is occupying peoples' attention first.

    1 Reply
    1. Snap...Myself and my family are also going to New York for Christmas from England, and I'm looking for somewhere for Christmas dinner. Let me know if you hear of anywhere good (and vice versa!)

      1. Most NYC restaurants only take reservations about a month in advance (some are 30 days or 31 days, others set it at 4 weeks) which is why OpenTable is giving you the same results over and over.

        Many restaurants won't know or publicize being open on Christmas Day until late November. While some restaurants are open, many are closed. They usually make announcements just after Thanksgiving. I'd check the local magazines,, and then.

        Chinatown can also be an option if you're willing to wade through the crowds (it's extremely popular on Christmas Day, especially with the Jewish population of NYC).

        What are you willing to spend per person, including tax, tip, and wine/drinks?

        If you have the budget, I would look into Maialino, Momofuku Ko, and Jean Georges, who were all open for Christmas Day dinner in 2009. All three of these are "special occasion" type restaurants and pretty expensive, but I did Maialino for Christmas Eve last year, and it was great!

        BTW, last year Zagat reported these places were open on Christmas Day: Adour, Armani Ristorante, Benoit, BLT Market, Blaue Gans, Carmine's, Cornelia Street Cafe, David Burke Townhouse, Fishtail, Kittichai, Le Bernardin, Macao Trading Co., Rouge Tomate, SD26, Tamarind.

        And not all of these will, of course, work for the lady who avoids seafood (just fish or fish and shellfish too?), and some may choose not to stay open on Christmas Day. Typically, I find that hotel-connected restaurants are the safest bet, although neither Locanda Verde nor the Breslin were open last year.

        Jean Georges
        1 Central Park W, New York, NY 10023

        BLT Market
        1430 6th Ave, New York, NY 10019

        Le Bernardin
        155 W. 51st St., New York, NY 10019

        Cornelia Street Cafe
        29 Cornelia Street, New York, NY 10014

        60 Thompson St, New York, NY 10012

        Blaue Gans
        139 Duane Street, New York, NY 10013

        Momofuku Ko
        163 1st Ave, New York, NY 10003

        Rouge Tomate
        10 East 60th Street, New York, NY 10022

        Macao Trading Co.
        311 Church Street, New York, NY 10013

        Locanda Verde
        377 Greenwich St, New York, NY 10013

        The Breslin
        20 W 29th St, New York, NY 10001

        2 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10010

        19 East 26th Street, New York, NY 10010

        1. River Café is a great way to appreciate/enjoy NYC - food & service are excellent, and the view is wonderful. THey take reservations up to a year in advance, so, assuming they aren't already booked, phone them NOW. A very special place for visitors, and not bad for the rest of us New Yorkers (just went there for my birthday celebration). Should be no problem taking a cab from Manhattan if you're not up to taking the subway.

          2 Replies
          1. re: boredough

            Do you have any idea how much is per person on Christmas Eve Dinner?

            1. re: anacaleg

              Sorry but I just saw this request. I don't know if River Café is doing anything special for Christmas, but their normal prix fixe is $100 (just went up from $98/person)

          2. I had a wonderful Christmas dinner at Bouley a few years ago. I don't know whether they're open this year.

            1 Reply
            1. re: NYCkaren

              agree with Bouley. we had a great christmas dinner there 2 years ago as well. i think it is open this year