It’s the most wonderful time of the year, so why not make it even more special with a delicious meal? New York City is known for its vibrant culinary scene, and on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, there are plenty of fantastic restaurants to choose from. Whether you’re looking for a traditional holiday feast or something a bit more contemporary, here are ten great dinners in NYC that will make your festive season even brighter.
Ten Unique Dinners in NYC on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day
Nat’s on Bank
This Christmas Eve, Nat’s on Bank puts a festively unique spin on the Feast of the Seven Fishes. Diners can expect to enjoy an array of Mediterranean-inspired delicacies like Charred Radish Bonito Butter, Oysters with Caviar, Squid Caponata, Smoked Whitefish Dip with Everything Pretzel Nuggets and more. The restaurant will also be serving up Salt Cod Croquettes with Lemon Puree as well as Pernod Baked Littleneck Clams and Rock Shrimp Al Ajillo for those looking for something a bit out of the ordinary.
The Orchard Townhouse
On Christmas Eve, The Orchard Townhouse has an array of delightfully mouthwatering British-inspired dishes. Guests looking to indulge can savor Shepards Pie, succulent Lamb Shank, fluffy Yorkshire Pudding and delectable Sticky Toffee Pudding. This four-story Chelsea townhouse is the perfect place to enjoy a festive evening with friends and family while savoring these festive eats.
15 East @ Tocqueville
15 East @ Tocqueville offers an exquisite four-course dinner for those looking to celebrate Christmas in a luxurious atmosphere with elegant cuisine. On Christmas Eve, diners can enjoy this special menu from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. or on Christmas Day from noon to 8 p.m. The festive offerings include Arctic Char Tartare, Perigord Truffle Creamy Parmesan Grits, Maine Lobster Duo “Cassoulet,” Chocolate Buche De Noel, and Bourbon Eggnog Creme Brulee. An unforgettable experience awaits guests at 15 East @ Tocqueville this holiday season.
Aquavit is the ideal setting to experience a traditional Swedish Christmas feast. On December 24th, the Michelin-starred restaurant serves an unforgettable family-style Julbord with an array of classic Scandinavian holiday dishes. From Matjes Herring and Gravlax to Glazed Spare Ribs and Jansson’s Temptation, Aquavit will be serving up some of their signature creations in a festive environment with complimentary glogg. Make your reservations now for this exclusive seasonal experience.
For Christmas Eve, Dagon invites guests to enjoy a decadent Mediterranean feast. The five-course menu is a unique take on the Feast of the Seven Fishes and features a variety of traditional favorites like creamy hummus, salmon crudo and charred octopus. Fried calamari and smelts are served with an anchovy za’atar aioli, and the meal ends with a festive Christmas fruit cake.
This Christmas Eve, LittleMad offers a festive prix-fixe five-course dinner ($135) delightfully prepared by Chef Sol Han. Guests will have the chance to savor an array of dishes in this “Feast of Seven Sea Creatures,” such as Octopus Arancini with Kombu Aioli, Alistado Red Prawns with Lardo and Uni, Chou Farci “Mandoo” with blue crystal prawns, foie gras and Ossetra caviar, Half Lobster and Pâte à Choux with Chestnut. A wine pairing is available for an extra fee.
This Christmas Eve, BLACKBARN Restaurant serves guests an unforgettable dining experience. On the a la carte menu, there are several tantalizing dishes to choose from, such as Kale and Butternut Squash Salad, Big Eye Tuna Tartare, Foie Gras Terrine and Black Barn Tomahawk Steak presented Table Side. Guests can also opt for the four-course pre-fixe menu at $95 per person or $135 with a wine pairing. The meal starts with Live Scallop Crudo or Wild Mushroom Toast, followed by Roasted Beef and Boston Lettuce Salad or Porcini Risotto as mains. Finally, guests can end their meal on a sweet note with Egg Nog Cheesecake or Warm Apple Cider Donuts.
The Clam offers a unique and festive experience this holiday season with its annual Feast of the Seven Fishes available on December 23rd and Christmas Eve, from noon to 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. to late. Guests can enjoy a special three-course menu of poached scallops, gulf shrimp and calamari; spaghetti fra diavolo with jonah crab, mussels, tomato and peppers; as well as baked halibut with Maine lobster, broccoli rabe and blood orange emulsion. Diners can also order items from the regular menu if desired, either indoors or outdoors under the warmth of heaters.
This Holiday season, Jungsik serves an extraordinary eleven-course tasting menu featuring dishes that reimagine Korean flavors. From Abalone Samgyetang to Nurungji Urchin and Galbi, diners will be able to experience a unique dining experience with options for wine or champagne pairings. For an even more luxurious treat, guests can opt for the premium wine selection, which will add a touch of elegance to their festive celebrations. The ultimate dining experience is priced at $450 per person.
Lindens at Arlo SoHo
At Lindens inside Arlo Soho, guests can enjoy the holiday season with a unique menu of festive delights that bring together the best of both Yuletide and Hannukah. From Potato Latkes with Sour Cream and Apple Sauce to Pecan Crusted Duck, Chestnut Tart and Beef Wellington, every dish is carefully crafted to delight the palate. Perfectly paired signature cocktails like Red Wine Sangaree and Lindens Egg, a rich take on an Egg Nog, complete the experience. For dessert, one can indulge in Peppermint Cheesecake or Bourbon Pecan Pie.