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Christmas Eve and Christmas Night

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pastagrrl Nov 6, 2010 11:14 AM

hi everybody!

i am a long time lurker and have gotten awesome recs from this board for past visits to manhattan. we dream about the veggie platter at azuri cafe with gusto.
this year it will be a four day christmas extravaganza. we are a party of four for christmas eve and a party of two for christmas night. we are staying in murray hill but are open to all neighborhoods. we'd like to keep it to $30 or under per entree; seafood/pasta is a plus. decent wine list also a plus. for xmas eve we need to go a bit mainstream (italian ,french, american); for xmas night we are cool with mexican, indian, mediterranean as well as the aforementioned mainstream.

i went to open table and searched for availability both nights. i was hoping for some help choosing.
here's what i somewhat narrowed for xmas eve:

--ponty bistro--one of our party is rooting for this one and unless i hear differently from you guys it is the frontrunner
--antica venezia
--crispo

xmas night:
the above three (but obviously not whichever one we go to 12/24)
a casa fox
barbounia

thanks so much for any input!

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    kathryn RE: pastagrrl Nov 6, 2010 04:09 PM

    Lots of Manhattan restaurants only open their books 28, 30, or 31 days in advance, so you're eliminating places by doing your search on OpenTable this way. I'd wait until after Thanksgiving to search again.

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      pastagrrl RE: kathryn Nov 7, 2010 08:43 AM

      Thanks for the tip. I guess I am nervous. and compulsive...
      I will wait a few weeks.

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      foodiemom10583 RE: pastagrrl Nov 6, 2010 08:38 PM

      I'm pretty sure one of the Batali/Bastianich restaurants will be open for Christmas Eve. For the past couple of years, I've been keeping my eyes out for an Italian restaurant that offers the "Feast of the 7 Fishes" for Christmas Eve and one of them had a version of it last year.

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        ttoommyy RE: foodiemom10583 Nov 7, 2010 03:55 AM

        Otto always does the Feast of the 7 Fishes. I believe Felidia (Lidia's restaurant) did last year also.

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        Felidia
        243 E 58th St, New York, NY 10022

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          foodiemom10583 RE: ttoommyy Nov 7, 2010 10:42 AM

          Thanks! I'll have to check out Felidia's menu. I think when I looked at Otto's (and another also, maybe Del Posto), it was less traditional than I was hoping for. I may just have to wrangle an invitation for my family to someone's Italian grandma's house.

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          Del Posto
          85 10th Avenue, New York, NY 10011

          Felidia
          243 E 58th St, New York, NY 10022

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            ttoommyy RE: foodiemom10583 Nov 8, 2010 04:06 AM

            "...it was less traditional than I was hoping for. I may just have to wrangle an invitation for my family to someone's Italian grandma's house."

            Well, traditional as far as Italian-American food goes. What is served at Otto is traditional for Italy. :)

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              foodiemom10583 RE: ttoommyy Nov 8, 2010 07:04 AM

              Well, "traditional" to me, meaning what I had as a child that was cooked by a Sicilian immigrant who had to use what was available in Brooklyn.

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                ttoommyy RE: foodiemom10583 Nov 8, 2010 08:24 AM

                Gotcha. Same here, just sub Naples for Sicily.

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                  foodiemom10583 RE: ttoommyy Nov 8, 2010 09:28 AM

                  What's scary is that I remember the menu like it was yesterday, though it was 30 years ago: Frutti di Mare salad with scungili, calamari, and baby shrimp; baked clams; baccalao stew with potatoes; zuppa de pesce with whole crabs, mussels, and clams; shrimp scampi; and whole fish (I think it was sardines) baked with onions, white wine, and olives. It haunts me.

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