The holiday season is upon us, which means tons and tons of delicious food will be consumed between now and the new year. If you aren’t up to cooking some of that food on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day… fear not, because some of the top restaurants in Manhattan will be open on one or both to fulfill your culinary needs in a truly tasty way.
Boulton & Watt (5 Avenue A) will be open for brunch on Christmas day from 12:00pm to 4:00pm, then they will be serving their all day menu from 4:00pm to close. After a morning of viewing holiday window displays, treat yourself to a burger and fries for just $16, or skip the snacks and dive straight into a round of homemade pickle backs. Finish off your meal with Boulton’s signature (and Santa’s favorite!) Cast Iron Cookie, which is served with a glass of cold milk.
Cleo (444 Park Ave South) will open their doors for breakfast as usual from 7am to 11am, then close from 11am-4pm. The restaurant will reopen from 4-9pm to serve a Mediterranean twist on a prix fixe, three course Christmas dinner for $55 a person. Guests can decide between Beet Salad, Hummus, or Spicy Cigars to start, and will have a choice of Smoked Short Ribs, Saffron Chicken or Branzino for their entree. Finally, guests can pick one of three delicious three desserts: Pumpkin and Gingersnap Cheesecake, Sticky Toffee Pudding or a Trio of Gelato. Reservations can be made here. The menu is available online.
After ice skating at Bryant Park, guests can make their way over to Parker & Quinn (64 West 39th Street), where breakfast will be served from 7am to 11am and a prix fixe three-course Christmas feast from 4pm to 9pm. Guests will have the option of starting with lobster bisque, little gems caesar or butcher’s meatballs. Then, they’ll decide on one of four mouthwatering entrees including the grilled hanger steak or True North Salmon. Finally, guests will end their meal with a selection of desserts including, the salted caramel cheesecake or flourless chocolate cake. All of this will cost just $55 per person! The restaurant will be closed from 11am-4pm. Reservations can be made by calling (212)729-0277. The menu is available online.
Trademark Taste + Grind (38 West 36th Street) will be open for breakfast from 7am to 11am and will be serving a prix fixe Christmas dinner from 4pm to 9pm. Presented with a plethora of options, guests can choose from four first courses, five second courses, and two desserts for $55. Guests can indulge in pairings like the Shrimp Cappellacci with saffron brodo, calabrian chili oil, chives to start, and Chef Adrienne’s Rigatoni Bolognese topped with soft ricotta, and grana-padano. The restaurant will be closed from 11am-4pm. Reservations can be made by calling (646)858-2320. The menu is available online.
Spend Christmas morning at The Wilson (132 W 27th Street), where breakfast will be served from 7am to 11am, or before visiting the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree, stop by for a prix fixe Christmas meal between 4pm and 9pm at $55 a person. For starters, guests will be able to pick between Tuna Crudo, a Broken Wedge or Merguez Lamb Meatballs. Then they can enjoy one of four tasty entrees including Chatham Cod or Blue Crab Spaghetti Carbonara. Finally, they’ll select one satisfying dessert such as the Milk Chocolate Pudding or Heirloom Apple & Almond Crisp. The restaurant will be closed from 11am-4pm. Reservations can be made by calling (212) 529-2671. The menu is available online.
Legasea combines a top-tier seafood menu with a fun-casual atmosphere for an entertaining dining experience that is to be expected from TAO Group. 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. Legasea is focused on its food offerings, serving up local, sustainable seafood of the highest quality including Spicy Crab Beignets, Cauliflower Carbonara, and Flounder Francaise, as well as delicious options for those not so marine-inclined, like the Half Lancaster Lemon Chicken and the Heritage Pork Chop Schnitzel. 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. They will be open on Christmas Eve from 5:00-11:00 PM and Christmas Day from 11:30 AM to 11:00 PM.
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. Their Executive Chefs are Michael D’Armi & Fermin Chavez. Avra Madison is the Greek eateries second location. They will be open on Christmas Eve from 5:00-11:00 PM.
Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse New York will be open from 3:00pm – 8:00pm on Christmas Day. Guests are invited to dine on elevated steakhouse classics, such as Prime Rib, the impressive 45 day dry-aged double bone in prime ribeye, wagyu and seasonal seafood selections. Dining family-style is encouraged with indulgent side dishes like lobster macaroni and cheese, creamed spinach and the Uptown Del’s Potato with layers of melted Fontina cheese topped with shaved truffles. The full Christmas Day menu can be found here.