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Nov 15, 2011 07:25 AM

Christmas Eve dinner with teenagers who like steak houses

Looking for a lively, atmospheric spot for Christmas Eve dinner with husband and two sons who love Porter House, Spotted Pig and Keens where we have gone other years, but looking for something different this year. My sons have sophisticated tastes and the restaurant does not need to be a true steak house, but they do like that type of a place. Thought Colicchio & Sons would be perfect in menu and atmosphere, but they are not open that night. Any neighborhood okay and price not too much of a concern. Thanks.

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  1. Minetta Tavern will be open Christmas Eve (but not Christmas Day) and takes reservations 30 days out, via phone and OpenTable.

    Minetta Tavern
    113 MacDougal St, New York, NY 10012

    1. Two teenage boys will love the atmosphere at STK. Good steaks and sides as well.

      26 Little West 12th St, New York, NY 10014

      1. I second Minetta. Best steak in the city. If your boys have endless appetites, have them order a black label burger to split as an appetizer, then they can split the cote de boeuf.

        Otherwise, outside of what you have already mentioned, Wolfgangs (only the Park Ave location for "lively") or Peter Lugers for porterhouse. Strip House for ny strip. The original Palm for double cut ny strip. Smith & Wollensky's (although I prefer the more casual Wollensky's Grill) for a good cajun ribeye.

        I think the problem you may run into is that the best steakhouses may not be "lively" on that day. Of the above, if Strip House is busy, that is by far the "liveliest" of the above for a family. Minetta is a big celeb/model haunt...but as annoying as that is, it really is the best steak in the city. It has a Mad Men-esque atmosphere.

        You could also go for something like Balthazar or Pastis for steak frites. I realize I am pushing McNally restaurants, and I am not intending to at all. I'd avoid BLT or Del Frisco's, even though they can be lively. Empire, MarkJoseph and Benjamins are all Luger spin-offs (like Wolfgangs). I just feel Wolfgang's on Park does it best. Old Homestead is also pretty decent. I think STK is horrible. It's got every bit of meatpacking image, but lacks in substance when it comes to the food (as do most places directly in meatpacking).

        Do you like Italian food? I bet you'd love Barbuto, and I think your boys would find that cool, too. Awesome spot. Well, I could go on with a lot, but will stop with the recommendations there.

        775 Washington St., New York, NY 10014

        Minetta Tavern
        113 MacDougal St, New York, NY 10012

        9 9th Ave, New York, NY 10014

        80 Spring St, New York, NY 10012

        26 Little West 12th St, New York, NY 10014

        Del Frisco's
        1221 6th Ave, New York, NY 10020

        4 Park Ave, New York, NY 10016

        Old Homestead
        56 9th Avenue, New York, NY 10011

        837 Second Avenue, New York, NY 10017

        MarkJoseph Steakhouse
        261 Water St, New York, NY 10038

        Smith & Wollensky
        797 Third Avenue, New York, NY 10022

        Benjamin Steakhouse
        52 East 41st Street, New York, NY 10017

        Wollensky's Grill
        201 E 49th St, New York, NY 10017

        Strip House
        13 E 12th St, New York, NY 10003

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        1. re: Pago77

          Thanks for all the great ideas — excellent suggestions. I hadn't thought of Minetta Tavern and think that could do it. Will try and get in and take it from there. Lots of other great thoughts, too, if that doesn't work. Really appreciate it! The boys will be happy.

          Just thought of The Dutch which is kind of in the realm, but hope to get into Minetta.

          Minetta Tavern
          113 MacDougal St, New York, NY 10012

          The Dutch
          131 Sullivan St, New York, NY 10012

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