By Deirdre Haggerty/Carly Petrone
Don’t feel like cooking this Christmas? No problem. Plenty of New York City restaurants are creating special holiday menus, so all you have to do is show up!
Tavern On The Green
67th Street & Central Park West
New York, NY 10023
Tavern On The Green is an ideal spot for Christmas dinner. If the stars align and snow has fallen, the scenic view of Central Park from the enclosed glass facade will be a picturesque view to remember. Reservations are offered through Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. The menu is 3-course prix fixe fare, serving lunch/dinner from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Red Rooster Harlem
310 Lexington Ave.
Harlem, NY 10027
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Located between 125th and 126th Streets in Harlem, Red Rooster offers comfort food that celebrates the roots of American cuisine and music on select days/nights. For Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, expect a 3-course prix fixe menu in addition to a la carte offerings.
The Palm Court
The Plaza New York
Fifth Avenue at Central Park South,
New York, NY 10019
Journey back to another Christmas classic, “Home Alone 2: Lost in New York,” as you enjoy Christmas Day dinner at The Palm Court in New York’s historic hotel, The Plaza. Enjoy their sprawling Christmas dinner ($145 for adults, $65 for children 12 and under) or bring the kids for a special high tea with Eloise. Visit the site for additional holiday festivities, like their Champagne tea menu and New Year’s Eve events.
70 South Street at Maiden Lane
New YorK, NY
Industry Kitchen is offering a special Christmas menu that includes everything from grilled rack of lamb and pulled pork pizza to coffee seared scallops and lobster ravioli. Finish off your meal with one of their special holiday desserts, like their warm apple cranberry tart or their candy cane white chocolate mousse. Christmas menu is served in addition to their regular fare.
Four Seasons Hotel New York
57 E. 57th St.
Spend your mid-morning at the Four Seasons New York and take advantage of their special three-course prix-fixe lunch menu. Choose from appetizers like leek and terrine of foie gras, glazed duck salad, kale salad or bay scallops, before moving onto their main courses, which include favorites like rack of lamb and har-grilled Delmonico steak. Finally, finish off your meal with your choice of three dessert options, including a liquid gold caramel tart or a crème fraiche panna cotta with eggnog crunch. This special Christmas brunch menu runs for around $149 per person and is available from 12:30 p.m. – 2 p.m. Reservations are encouraged.
60 W. 55th St.
New York, NY
Dine at Benoit for lunch or dinner this Christmas Day and enjoy a three-course meal for $85. Appetizer options include, seared foie gras, an oyster platter or a heritage vegetable salad with black truffle, while main course options range from filet of sole with mushroom and baby spinach, to Maine lobster clam chowder and roasted venison with root vegetables. Dessert options are also available.
400 5th Ave. 2nd Level
New York, NY
Michelin-star Chef Michael White is serving up a four-course menu this Christmas Day for $135. Start off your meal with your choice of appetizers like Crudo di Passera and Zuppa di Porri (leek soup), then move on to a selection of pastas before digging into your main entree and dessert. For those looking to expand their palate, Ai Fiori is also offering a seasonal tasting menu ($250) with wine paring options ($125 for a classic paring, $195 for a Sommelier’s pairing.) as well as a separate seafood-centric “Feast Of The Seven Fishes” tasting menu, ($250) in the spirit of the Italian holiday tradition.
Carly Petrone is a freelance writer living in New York City.