I love the holiday season in NYC. There’s nothing better than heading over to Central Park South and checking out the windows at Bergdorf, taking a stroll on the Highline, or playing in the snow in Central Park. Of course, all these activities will make you hungry, but NYC’s restaurants will quickly come to the rescue. Here are some restaurants with some fun offerings for your Christmas celebration.
WHERE TO EAT IN NYC FOR THE CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY
If you and yours aren’t looking for the traditional Christmas fare, then Chola may be perfect for you. The two-star New York Times reviewed authentic Midtown Indian restaurant will be offering a Christmas lunch buffet for $22.95 per person during their lunch service: 12:00-3:00 p.m. on Christmas Day.
Their creative and non-traditional Christmas options include:
· Khade Masalawali Tangri – skewered chicken drumstick, house blend masala
· Dahi Bhalle – lentil balls soaked in yogurt, chutneys & spices
· Manchurian – fried vegetable croquettes, soy-ginger flavor, green onion
· Methi Anda Keema – spiced minced keema, fresh fenugreek, egg bhurii
· Fish Kottumali – branzino in a green coconut masala
· Gud Ki Kheer – jaggery flavored rice pudding
· Rum Cake – popular cake enjoyed in Kolkata during Christmas
The buffet menu also comes with freshly baked Naan bread and Dosai crepes.
Chola offers a variety of specialty cocktails like Himalayan Sunset (Spring 44 vodka, King’s Ginger liqueur, mango puree, and fresh lime juice) and East of Manhattan (Ragtime rye, La Copa sweet vermouth and saffron syrup) as well as a curated international wine list.
La Pulperia on the Upper East Side with rustic Latin and European fusion cuisine by Chef Carlos Barroz is celebrating ChristmasEve with special dinner hours from 4 PM – 10 PM. They will be offering an exclusive 3-course, prix fixe menu for $59 (also available à la carte) that features dishes like Salmon Brulee, Huitlacoche Empanadas, Pachu Fish Ribs, 14-Day Dry Aged NY Strip Sirloin, Tres Leches and Chocolate Mousse.
MIFUNE will be offering an eight-course menu for Christmas Eve and Day.
Highlights from the menu include Confit of Arctic Char with parmesan herb sablé and an aromatic salad; Seared Scallop with chestnut and winter truffle sauce; Lobster Ibérico Chorizo and Beef Foie Gras Wellington with foie gras winter truffle sauce.
MIFUNE New York will have two seatings at 6pm and 8:30pm.
The menu is priced at $150 per person with an optional wine and sake pairing for $70.
Patsy’s Italian Restaurant, the Midtown stalwart is capping off their 75th Anniversary by serving the classic Feast of Seven Fishes from December 17th to December 24th.
Derived from their legendary recipes, Patsy’s Feast of the Seven Fishes menu priced at $80 per person will include:
– Choice of Calamari Salad or Baccala Salad
– Linguini with Frutti Di Mare Sauce
– A choice of Shrimp Scampi, Stuffed Calamari, Shrimp Fra Diavolo, or Striped Bass.
– For dessert, diners will have a choice of Patsy’s homemade Strufoli (honey balls) or homemade Biscotti.
Patsy’s is also offering its line of homemade tomato-based sauces in specially-crafted Holiday baskets. The Holiday gift baskets contain an assortment of Patsy’s four varieties of sauces and gift baskets can be purchased on Patsy’s website.
A Christmas Eve Feast will be served on Dec. 24 from 5-10 p.m. This elegant prix fixe dinner begins with a welcome glass of Moët & Chandon followed by three appetizer, entrée and dessert choices. A sampling:Candy Cane Beets with winter greens, goat cheese mousse and toasted hazelnuts,Duck Breast with Napa cabbage, currants, pistachios and roasted rutabagas andCrème Brûlée with candy cane crunch. Children enjoy their own special menu with a choice of steak frites, penne pasta with marinara sauce, or chicken tenders and French fries, followed by vanilla ice cream with chocolate sauce or chocolate chip cookies and milk for dessert. The dinner is priced at $105 per adult and $40 per child (12 and under). Tax and a 20% gratuity are additional.
Prix Fixe Christmas Day. After a welcome glass of Moët & Chandon, diners can choose between three appetizers, including a choice ofSea Scallops with sunchoke puree and braised winter greens or Butternut Squash Velouté with cinnamon maple crème fraiche and smoked slab bacon. Dinner continues with a selection of three entrees, includingStriped Bass with melted leeks, baby potatoes and fresh crab and Mushroom Risotto with Swiss chard and parmesan cream. A traditionalBûche de Noel will be served for dessert. Young diners enjoy the same special kids menu offered on Christmas Eve. Dinner is priced at $105 per adult and $40 per child (12 and under). Tax and a 20% gratuity are additional. The prix fixe menu will be offered from 5 to 10 p.m.
Lumaca will be offering Christmas specials all day in addition to their classic Southern Italian menu. Christmas brunch includes Artichokes with goat cheese and herb frittata and Breakfast Pizza with San Marzano tomatoes, copa, fontina, and sunny side up eggs. Guests can enjoy Christmas cocktails like a Spiked Hot Chocolate with hot chocolate, cinnamon, and chamucos tequila or choose from Lumaca’s extensive Italian wine list. Lumaca will be open on Christmas Eve 7:00am-11:00pm, and Christmas Day from 11:30am-8:00pm.
Hortus NYC, the elevated modern Asian casual fine dining destination in NoMad helmed by Executive Chef Youjin Jung (Del Posto, Osteria Mozza, DB Bistro & Oster Bar, Boulud Sud), will be open on both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
They will be offering their regular lunch, dinner and prix fixe menus along complimentary amuse bouche such as Truffle Arancini and Korean Sausage Pate Choux. Holiday specials to be offered on December 24th and 25th only include A5 Miyazaki Wagyu with edamame and wasabi puree, as well as White Truffle Noodle with truffle butter and Thai chili.
At Senso Unico, the authentic Italian osteria in Sunnyside, Executive Chef Vincenzo Garofalo has created a special Christmas Eve menu to accompany their regular nightly offerings.
Highlights of the Christmas Eve specials include Carote (roasted carrots, pistachio, truffle honey, shaved fiore sardo), Spaghetti al Nero di Seppia (squid ink spaghetti, calamari, green pea puree, cherry tomatoes), Capesante (seared sea scallops, sweet potato puree, grilled asparagus, smoked pancetta) and Tronchetto di Natale (sponge cake with Nutella and whipped cream).
Jungsik will be offering a luxurious menu, which will be available on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day with open seating, will feature ten courses priced at $325 with an optional wine pairing at $225 and a premium wine pairing at $400.
The menu highlights include Osetra Caviar over tuna belly marinated in wood vinegar on a bed of crispy, toasted quinoa; their famous crisped Octopus with gochujang aioli; Lobster with confited and grilled lobster, jut guk beurre blanc (Korean clam broth beurre blanc) with herb salad, finger lime, and herb oil; Royal Bibimbap with pearl barley risotto and foie gras, wagyu beef shaving, parmesan cheese, kimchi and fresh black truffles; and acclaimed Pastry Chef Eunji Lee’s Mini Truffle Cone with a fine slice of truffle, atop truffle chantilly, chocolate caramel and fleur de sel.