Looking for the best restaurants for Christmas dinner? From upscale 5-star holiday dinners with all the trimmings to the best last-minute restaurant to watch the snow fall while you enjoy the fixings, sing Christmas carols, and sip eggnog, here are the best NYC restaurants to enjoy Christmas dinner (and get caught under the mistletoe).
Best Restaurants for Christmas Dinner – Nougatine at Jean-George
There’s no place like home for the holidays unless you’re in 5-star New York restaurant Nougatine at Jean-Georges enjoying tasty foie gras brulee and a flaky black sea bass with all the accoutrements.
Located at 1 Central Park West in New York City, this tasting menu’s worth unwrapping. Christmas dinner consists of four-courses including a soy-glazed short rib, tuna tartare, the foie gras, sea bass, and other succulent options, but leave room for dessert.
What’s nearby? Take a short cab ride to Radio City Music Hall to see the Rockettes Christmas Show or walk along Fifth Avenue and check out the store window holiday decorations.
Christmas Day: $118 per person, (212) 299-3900.
Up for tapas? For a festive Feliz Navidad Barcelona-style, head to Boqueria for a Spanish-influenced a la carte Christmas dinner.
Christmas Day: Call ahead for hours and details. Locations include 53 West 19th Street, (212) 255-4160, 171 Spring Street, (212) 343-4255, and 1460 2nd Avenue, (212) 343-2227.
With the holiday classics playing in the background, let’s hope for a White Christmas as you enjoy a 3- or 4-course meal at Vaucluse which will be serving juicy beef tenderloin and tender roasted duck.
Located at 100 E. 63rd Street in New York City, the French eatery is the perfect backdrop for enjoying a holiday meal before heading to Rockefeller Center to see the tree or do a little ice skating. It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!
Christmas Day: $110 3-courses prix fixe or $130 4-courses adults, $60 3-courses children (646) 869-2300.
Whether you’ve been naughty or nice, what’s Christmas without a visit from Santa Claus? For a 3-course meal, the entire family will enjoy, head to Clement for juicy turkey and beef tenderloin.
Located at the Peninsula Hotel at 700 Fifth Avenue (55th Street) in midtown New York, guests will enjoy holiday music, a raw bar, an abundant salad mixing station, a cheese display, dinner, and a visit from Saint Nick, but save room for the dessert buffet.
Christmas Day: Hours are 12-7pm and costs $190 adults, $85 children, (212) 903-3051.
Want the perfect view to watch the snow falling? If you’re entertaining family and friends, head to Asiate on the 35th floor of the Mandarin Oriental Hotel for a holiday feast with all the trimmings including duck, short rib, risotto, and turbot.
Located at 80 Columbus Circle in New York City, Christmas dinner will include a prix-fixe menu and vegetarian options. With sweeping views of Central Park, after dinner grab a hot cocoa from a local vendor and enjoy a horse-drawn carriage ride. If it gets too chilly, pop into Neiman Marcus for a little shopping. You’ll fa, la, la, la, love it!
Christmas Day: Hours are 6-10 pm and costs $150 adults, $68 children, (212) 805-8881 for reservations.
With so many great ways to enjoy Christmas Dinner in New York, it might be hard to choose. For the best things to do in New York next month, use Gosur travel maps for convenient smartphone access and maps of The Big Apple.