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My family will be visiting me during Christmas, and I would like to take them to a nice, but moderately priced restaurant for Christmas Eve. I have done some searching, but haven't had very good luck, so I thought I'd ask the Chowhound community.

Firstly, my family's taste is relatively conservative, so some of the more"eclectic" and "peculiar" restaurants (wd~50, and the like) wouldn't go over that well.

Whether or not they have a special menu for the evening is not necessary. However, it would be nice.

A Pre Fixe menu is a major plus.

I am thinking something with a rustic, hearty atmosphere and menu would be really nice...it seems like the type of foods that are appropriate for the time of year and for family to gather around...something that warms the soul on a cold Winter night, which I am sure it will be.

I would like to keep it to about $50 per person for the evening.

So if anything comes to mind, I greatly appreciate any help anyone can provide.

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  1. There are many boards on this topic on Chowhound. I just recently replied to one about New Year's Eve in New York. There is a restaurant called Atlantic Grill near where I live that is very good and that I've been to about 6-7 times. It specializes in all kinds of seafood dishes (from oysters to lobster to salmon) and it is moderately priced. The service is great and I've never had a bad meal there. once you get your food, the waiters will leave you alone and let you hang out all night long at your table. There is no rush to leave. It is always packed with locals and worth checking out (it's on 3rd Avenue and 76 Street). Give it a try!

    Also, I like Swizz in the winter. They do all kinds of fondue there. It's very traditional.

    Lastly, any kind of French bistro will be a hit. They food is heavy enough that in the winter it will fill you up quickly. On the cheaper side, you have places like French Roast (I prefer teh one on the Upper West Side) and Cafe Delsace. Or, you could go some place fancier like Bar Boulud, CBGB, or whatever.

    Good luck!

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    French Roast
    78 W 11th St, New York, NY 10011

    Atlantic Grill
    1341 Third Avenue, New York, NY 10021

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    1. re: citykid426

      CBGB? The closed rock club? I think you meant DBGB.

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      DBGB
      299 Bowery, New York, NY 10003

    2. $50pp before tax, tip, and drinks/wine? How many in your party?

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      1. re: kathryn

        yes - approximately 50 (give or take) before tax and tip, which is why I was hoping for a prix fixe menu, so I can be a little more certain of final prices. Total will only be 3 including me

        1. re: Tyler85719

          Hearth is my go to for unadventurous eaters. They have some availability on OpenTable.com if you are willing to eat at a later time. I would also give Po a call.

          Also check out Apiary. The decor isn't really super comfy/cozy but the price and cuisine may work for them.

          1. re: kathryn

            I've been to Hearth and somehow got on their mailing list. Their gnocchi is fantastic. Here is their menu for pre-Christmas dinner:

            Feast of the Seven Fishes - Family Style

            First Course

            Clams Oreganata
            Roasted Red Pepper, Lemon Zest, Parsley

            Baccala Montecato Crostini
            Salt Cod is the one dish that must be part of the Feast of The Seven Fishes

            Second Course

            White Anchovies
            Arugula, Shaved Fennel, Pickled Onion, Breadcrumbs

            Grilled Calamari Salad
            Smoked Chick Peas, Black Olives, Celery

            Third Course

            Shrimp And Mussel Cacciucco
            The classic fish stew from Viareggio in Tuscany

            Fried Flounder
            Lemon, Aioli

            Dessert

            Mini Cannoli

            Dark Chocolate Budino

            December 24, 2010
            5-9 PM
            $65 per guest

      2. we did Otto last year and it worked out perfectly. i find the menu such a joy to order from, as i can keep calling off dishes without sweating the damage on my wallet.

        probably best to stipulate a table in the back room, as the front dining area can feel very cramped.

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        1. re: coasts

          which Otto are you referring to? the pizzeria?