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Nov 11, 2010 06:34 AM

Visiting NYC for three nights on Christmas

Hi all,

My husband and I are coming to New York City for three nights. Christmas eve, day and that monday. We love all food! French, Italian, Steak, tappas. We are staying at the Royalton in Times Square. We can travel by subway or taxi if need be. Looking for some restaurant suggestions. One night pricey $$$$ is fine, the other nights $$$ or so...

What should be my top 5 to choose from? Mainly for dinner, we like to explore on our own for breakfast/lunch.....

Carolann and Jeremy

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  1. Because you're here on 12/24 and 12/25, finding restaurants that are open might take a little more effort. I can't think of any steakhouses or tapas restaurants off the top of my head that would definitely be open.

    For French on Christmas Eve/Day, I would do Jean Georges. For Italian on Christmas Eve/Day, try Maialino. Also Mario Batali's restaurants also offer the "Feast of the Seven Fishes" on Christmas Eve (I believe his spots are closed Christmas Day). I believe Lupa and Esca have done this in the past.

    Another favorite of CHers for Christmas Day dinner is the River Cafe, but that is in Brooklyn. Marseille and Cibo have also been mentioned positively here in the past.

    River Cafe:

    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.

    Additionally restaurants affiliated with hotels tend to be open.

    For 12/26, you have more options. I think that Keens is a great steakhouse with a wonderful, old timey New York city atmosphere. Out of town visitors typically get a kick out of the atmosphere. I recommend the porterhouse for two.


    For tapas, if you seek Basque style tapas, go to Txikito. For more traditional Spanish tapas, I'd go to Boqueria (I think the new chef is doing good things -- try the cod croquettas) or Las Ramblas. Another option is Casa Mono but more "innovative" than "traditional," and the tapas are really raciones (bigger than tapas).

    Some links that might help your explorations:

    Please help me eat during a month in New York - some of the nouveau cheap eats around town

    Don't leave NY without eating these foods - focused on the more iconic NYC foods

    For cheap eats, try out some street food -- lots of interesting ethnic here that you might not find at home:

    I highly recommend RGR's self guided Lower East Side Gustatory tour as a way to do some of the iconic NYC foods, just sub in Pickle Guys for Guss' Pickles:

    Pizza in NYC

    Best brunch/breakfast in Manhattan:

    6 Replies
    1. re: kathryn

      I went to Las Ramblas one late night recently with a couple of other people, at least one of whom had visited Barcelona and had tapas at the actual location(s) called Las Ramblas. We all liked the place, and I plan on going back and getting other items there. Boqueria is better?

      Las Ramblas
      170 W 4th St, New York, NY 10014

      53 W 19th St, New York, NY 10011

      1. re: Pan

        Boqueria is different, perhaps a bit more comfortable because it has banquettes are opposed to all stool seating, and better for groupsb. And there's a little but not a ton of overlap between the two menus (Las Ramblas doesn't have padron peppers or salt cod fritters). I wouldn't necessarily say one is better than the other.

        Not sure what your friend is referring to in Barcelona. Las Ramblas is a very touristy street/neighborhood (think Times Square). I'm sure there are tapas places there but everything I saw seemed to be very touristy save for the restaurants inside the Boqueria market.

        Las Ramblas
        170 W 4th St, New York, NY 10014

        53 W 19th St, New York, NY 10011

        1. re: kathryn

          He actually said that was the only place where there was good food on Las Ramblas!

          1. re: Pan

            Wow. That, um, was not my experience at all (Cinc Sentits, the now closed Inopia, Quimet i Quimet, Tapac 24, Paco Meralgo... none of which are on Las Ramblas).

            Las Ramblas
            170 W 4th St, New York, NY 10014

            1. re: kathryn

              You misread my post, Kathryn. Places not on Las Ramblas weren't relevant to my brother's remark.

    2. thanks Kathryn for the great reply!! Can't wait..

      1. It sounds like you're going to be here for four nights. Christmas Eve is on a Friday this year. Or do you mean that you're leaving during the day on Monday the 27th?

        3 Replies
        1. re: ml77

          Yes, I will be there Friday, Sat and Sunday night...I just made reservations for Keens on Christmas eve. Sort of overwhelmed with so many choices!!! My husband is a big meat eater!!

          1. re: cperryfranz

            As your husband is a big meat eater, Keens is an excellent choice.

            To avoid being overwhlemed, I would think about ways to narrow down your options. For example, do you want to make sure to hit every one of the cuisines you listed above? Or are those just examples of what you like? Do you know where you'll be each day? If you're going to be in a particular part of town then we could suggest good places in that area.

            Christmas is a special case. You'll need to figure out what's open before spending too much time deciding where to go. As others have suggested, I would check Open Table for this info, though if you have a place in mind then I would just call and ask.

            1. re: ml77

              We have chosen Fishtails for Christmas day/night for dinner. Is it good??

        2. Open Table has a section with Christmas Eve and Christmas day rests. which are open. Not only will you see what is open, you can also book at the same time. Only problem is that many rests. will not book this much in advance, so it would pay to keep checking as time draws closer.