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Where'd you eat out on Christmas Eve/Day?

So, for those of us without home cooked meals in the city on Christmas, where'd you go?

Had a lovely Christmas dinner at La Sirene tonight. It was jam-packed, very cozy, perfect for Christmas. :)

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La Sirene
558 Broome Street, New York, NY 10013

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  1. We spent the eve at Crispo and it couldn't have been better. Every seat was full, but the service never faltered. We had a great table in the back patio near the fireplace and below two giant wreaths. Just perfect! And then the food...

    Crispo, Christmas Eve, 2010 just earned a spot on my "Top 5 Meals Out" list.

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    Crispo
    240 W 14th St, New York, NY 10011

    1. We had a nice and cozy Christmas Eve dinner at Aldea.
      My Slow Poached Egg appetizer was excellent. I also enjoyed my entree of Arroz de Pato. Great all-around service.

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      Aldea
      31 West 17th Street, New York, NY 10011

      1. Grand Sichuan, a yearly Jewish Xmas tradition. It was crowded and they were seasoning the food with a lighter hand, but it was still delicious. If new year's eve is "amateur drinking night", is Christmas "amateur Sichuan night"? Maybe that's what caused them to tone down the spice?

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          1. re: kathryn

            Saint Marks. I miss Sonny, the old headwaiter. But it's our neighborhood favorite and it was a short, brisk walk.

        1. Christmas Eve, Shun Lee Cafe - in the neighborhood, and right next door to the theatre showing "Black Swan", next stop

          1. Christmas dinner at Marseille. We have been going there for several years on Christmas. The food was great as always, and the prix-rix fixe is more than reasonable, a bargain really, and we love the ambience.

            1. Christmas dinner at Kajitsu. Review to come shortly.

              Wonderful but very different from what most people would associate with Christmas. Purely vegetarian, no meat, no fish, no egg. Zen-like and harmonious surroundings is a nice refuge from the hustle and bustle of the festive holiday season.

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              Kajitsu
              414 East 9th Street, New York, NY 10009

              1. Love La Sirene, such a cozy cute little place. I tried to go to Ippudo and it was packed so I walked right in to Hung Ry and had some of the most amazing noodles and broth ever! Go, go now!

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                La Sirene
                558 Broome Street, New York, NY 10013

                Ippudo
                65 4th Ave, New York, NY 10003

                Hung Ry
                55 Bond St, New York, NY 10012

                1. Went to Picholine. Was amazed that a Michelin two-star was so wildly inconsistent -- both kitchen and service. Lobster bisque was off-the-charts fantastic (with bottomless flavor in their stock), the wild mushroom risotto with duck cracklings was awesome, my chicken "Kiev" with liquid foie gras very good. But my mom's prime rib with foie gras "Yorkshire pudding" was cold, and I have no idea why the "Yorkshire pudding" was so named because it was leaden, dense, cold, and disgustingly inedible. Our waiter and the runners were sweet and great, but one of the captain types was a snide jerk, not letting me choose my cheeses off the cart, and bringing me more cheeses than I'd ordered. Plus, two of us got the runs afterwards.

                  I had much more fun the next evening at the Bar Room at the Modern, for less money and with overall better food.

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                  Picholine
                  35 West 64th St., New York, NY 10023

                  1. Chinatown Brasserie. Most satisfying Xmas dinner in years. Really enjoyed the Kun Pao Lotus Root. Veggie pot stickers also very good.

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                    Chinatown Brasserie
                    380 Lafayette St, New York, NY 10012

                    1. We ate at Le Verdure in Eataly.

                      It was our first time and it was fantastic.

                      Best of all - Eataly was rather quiet. No waits, no lines.

                      It was perfect.

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                      Eataly
                      200 5th Ave, New York, NY 10010