New York City Restaurants Open on Christmas Day

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December is flying by and we are nine days away from Christmas, can you believe it? If you had a busy Thanksgiving slaving away in the kitchen and want the luxury of having someone else prepare your Holiday meal, check out the NYC restaurants that will be open for Christmas.


Legasea recently announced that they’ll also be putting their twist on the Feast of Seven Fishes as a special on the menu. Their Seven Fish Cioppino comes complete with mussels, clams, king crab claws, prawns, octopus, calamari, and bacalao, and topped off with buttery potatoes, cherry tomatoes, and fennel, and filled to the brim with a white wine, saffron broth.

Executive Chef Jason Hall (formerly of Craft and Gotham Bar & Grill) has transformed classic seafood favorites, like the Lobster Bake, into unique and shareable dishes designed for groups. The holiday cocktail menu puts a twist on classic mixology, like the Pink Velvet Hot Chocolate. A lively, nautically-inspired setting brings the restaurant together to provide guests with an unforgettable evening full of good food and good company.


Christmas Eve — 5:00pm — 11:00pm

Christmas Day — 11:30am — 10:00pm

MENU: A la carte (highlights: Crab Beignets, Cauliflower Carbonara, Flounder Francaise

Avra Madison

Avra Madison, is an authentic bi-level Greek restaurant located on the Upper East Side just blocks from Central Park and across the street from Barney’s New York. The 17,000-square-foot restaurant is co-owned by Nick Tsoulos, Nick Pashalis, Marc Packer, and Tao Group, the 207-seat eatery offers traditional Greek cuisine with an emphasis on fresh seafood. Avra Madison is the Greek eateries second location


Christmas Eve — 5:00pm — 11:00pm

MENU: A la carte (highlights: Grilled Octopus, Tuna Sashimi, Avra Chips, Fish By the Pond)

The Wayfarer

The Wayfarer,owned by Eric Marx and Lisle Richards who recently opened The Village Den alongside Antoni Porowoski, will be offering a prix fixe menu for Christmas Eve and Day as well as a Christmas Brunch menu.

Christmas Brunch

  • French Toast Nuggets — apricot, marzipan
  • Maine Lobster Hash — poached eggs, sweet potato jalapeno hash, yuzu béarnaise
  • The Wayfarer Brunch Burger — sunny side up egg, Canadian bacon, aged cheddar, crispy shallots, tomato

Christmas Dinner

  • Faux Gras Torchon — vegetarian take on foie gras, wild mushroom, maple roasted walnut, brioche
  • Tater Tots Caviar — smoked salmon, crème fraiche, chives
  • Heritage Pork Chop — broccoli rabe, chili flakes, white bean, salsa verde
  • Roasted Cauliflower Risotto — burgundy truffle, kale, aged parmesan

Located in the heart of midtown Manhattan, The Wayfarer is a perfect spot for those checking out the Rockefeller Tree, walking Central Park, or getting some additional holiday shopping in.

Carmine’s Times Square

Open Christmas Eve 11 AM — midnight at Times Square; 11 AM — 11 PM at UWS

Open Christmas Day 11 AM — midnight at Times Square; 11 AM — 11 PM at UWS

With locations in Times Square and on the Upper West Side, Carmine’s will offer their a la carte menu as well as specials on Christmas Day. With massive portions served family-style, Carmine’s is a great place for large groups. Guests can devour heaping plates of pasta, along with meat and seafood dishes and delicious Italian desserts.

Carmine’s Times Square will offer Christmas Day specials including Arugula and Endive Ricotta Salad with red onions, peppers, roasted tomato, and black olives; Broccoli and Sausage Ravioli; and a Rack of Lamb with roasted vegetables. Carmine’s UWS will offer Christmas Day specials such as Fruit Misti Salad, Sausage Ravioli, a Rack of Lamb, and Stuffed Salmon.

Brooklyn Chop House

Open Christmas Eve 11:30 AM — 11 PM

Open Christmas Day 11:30 AM — 11 PM

Those looking for a delicious Christmas feast can enjoy dim sum and chops at Brooklyn Chop House in the Financial District. The restaurant will serve their a la carte menu, which includes deli-inspired dumplings that come in options like Turkey BLT, Pastrami, Reuben, and Philly Cheesesteak. Other signature starters include Double Thick Bacon Satays with peanut sauce, Peking Duck Tacos, and Short Rib Bao Buns. Entrées include Dry-Aged Porterhouse Steak, Salt and Pepper Lobster, and New Zealand Lamb Chops. The restaurant also offers tasty craft cocktails and a chef’s selection of desserts.

Dirty French

  • Modern French bistro fare by Executive Chef Jordan Terry accompanied by beloved 1980s classic tunes. Christmas Day ($98 per person; 12 Noon to 8pm). Three-course prix-fixe menu highlights include: Bourguignon (Grilled Oysters, Garlic, Parsley), Roquefort (Roasted Beets, Candied Cashews), Poulet Rôti (Roasted Chicken, Trumpet Mushrooms, Mustard Jus), Opera Cake (Almond, Peanut Butter, Banana Ice Cream) and others

Woodpecker by David Burke

Woodpecker by David Burke is an American, wood-fired restaurant located in the heart of the NoMad neighborhood with a creative menu, inspired and curated by Celebrity Chef David Burke. With dishes including roasted meats, fish, pastas, and wood-fired pizzas, Woodpecker wants you to feel at home while enjoying a high-quality meal. This holiday season, Woodpecker by David Burke will be open on Christmas Day from 12:00PM-8:00PM and New Year’s Eve from 12:00PM-10:00PM, both with a la carte service! Additionally, Woodpecker is serving up a special treat onNew Year’s Day, with brunch all day from 11:00AM-6:00PM!

The Ribbon

The Ribbon will be open on Christmas Day from 2pm-10pm for some deliciously festive specials including the below.

  • Treviso and endive salad with pears and blue cheese ($17)
  • Potato latkes with smoked Salmon and Caviar ($22)
  • Duck 2 ways — Duck confit and Duck sausage with Brussels sprouts, pumpkin puree and apple mustard ($33)
  • Apple crumble with Maple ice cream ($12)


Thoughtfully crafted by Chef Fernando Navas, Kingside will be offering up a spectacular meal Christmas Eve and Christmas Dayfor New York’s city dwellers, including Cast Iron Seared Foie Gras, Sunchoke Bisque and more.
*Limited Regular Menu will also be available

  • Sunchoke Bisque — Walnut oil, sunflower sprouts, brioche ($14)
  • Cast Iron Seared Foie Gras — Lingonberries jam, Panettone Toast ($18)
  • Olive oil Confit Cod — Parsnip, wilted chard, winter truffles ($34)
  • Prime Rib Eye for two — padron peppers, smashed fingerlinb, au proivre ($68)
  • Anjou Pear and Almond tart — zabaglione gelato ($12)

CUT New York

CUT will be open for dinner service on both Christmas Eve and Christmas from 5pm — 10 pm with a specialty holiday menu created by Executive Chef Raymond Weber for $95/person. Dishes like the Heirloom Pumpkin Soup, Nantucket Bay Scallop Crudo, Hand Made Tortelloni, Pan Roasted Milk Fed Veal Chop, Grilled USDA Prime Dry Aged New York Sirloin, Roast Pumpkin-Pecan Pie and Duce de Leche Cheesecake are just some of the options to choose from this holiday menu.

On New Years Eve, CUT will be offering a three course prefix menu by Executive Chef Raymond Weber that includes sauces & sides for the table and a Champagne Toast for $175/person with two seating times- 5:30pm — 7:30pm and 7:45pm — 10pm. Choices include East & West Coast Oysters, Black Diamond Caviar, Winter Salad, Butter Poached Maine Lobster, Japanese Pure Wagyu Beef and a choice of various sweets for dessert.

The Wilson at INNSIDE by Meliá New York

Christmas Day: The Wilson will be providing seating’s throughout Christmas day. Breakfast will take place from 7AM-11AM and a pre-fixe dinner will be served from 4PM-9PM including decadent dishes such as blue crab carbonara and Maine lobster chowder. The restaurant will be closed from the hours of 11AM To 4PM.

The Time New York Hotel

From festive cocktails to a shopping package, this centrally located Manhattan hotel has plenty of offerings to kick off the holiday season! With shopping at the top of everyone’s to do lists this time of year, the TIME for the Holidays Shopping Package will help you pick up something for everyone.

After a long day hitting the stores and taking in a few sites, LeGrande Lounge’s signature holiday cocktails –the Apple Cider and White Chocolate Martini will help you unwind before taking in a show!

Russian Tea Room

On Christmas Day, the iconic restaurant will have a $125 three-course prix fixe menu full of Eastern European delicacies, including Tea Room Red Borscht, Goat Cheese and Wild Mushroom Blinchiki, Boeuf à la Stroganoff, Chicken Kiev, and Roasted Ham for a more traditional option. The full menu can be found here:

Strip House

The iconic NYC steakhouse is offering a holiday menu worth celebrating. Both Strip House locations in Manhattan will be offering chef-inspired menus featuring special holiday dishes including Main Lobster Gnocchi with Caviar, Fresh Ricotta, Santa Barbara Uni Emulsion, a local Dry Aged Moulard Duck Breast, a 12oz Wagyu Ribeye with Burnt Bone Marrow Miso Butter, and more.

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Tony Bowles is one of the youngest sought out journalists in the media world. He focuses on lifestyle, travel, entertainment, food and more! Based out of NYC.

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