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Dec 9, 2013 01:49 PM

Xmas Eve downtown

Starting my planning a little late but I'm looking for recommendations for an Xmas Eve dinner for 4 (my parents from Boston, an aunt from Prague and myself) at 8pm. Some criteria:
Cuisine is open (We eat everything but don't want to be limited by exclusively pre-fixe or tasting menus)
Below 34th St (I live near Union Sq but we don't mind traveling)
Service must be great but not stuffy or overbearing. We don't want to be rushed through our meal.
Reasonably priced - sub $30 entrees... Let's say around $50-60 a person for food only.
A good wine list
Nice ambience (not insanely loud).

If such a place exists that is open Xmas Eve and still has availability I'd love to know about it. Nothing stood out for me on OT so I appreciate the help. Thanks!

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  1. Lavagna has worked for me in the past.

    Places fill up fast on that night. Best to book ASAP.

      1. re: swannee

        Not sure "Ambience" at congee village is what the OP is looking for.

      2. Ilili
        Hearth (amazing wine list)
        Northern spy
        I trulli (amazing wine list)

        Eater ny published this guide for last year, as an idea of who is likely open this year as well:

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        1. re: Ttrockwood

          OpenTable would be a good resource as well.

        2. If you like Italian try Da Ciro or Marcony. Both excellent.