There’s no place like home for the holidays, but if your idea of Christmas is to let somebody else do the cooking, servingand dishwashing, here is a holiday dining guide for dining out on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day in NYC’s Flatiron District.
While NYC on the Cheap is proud of publishing NYC events and attractions always $25 or less, there are times you have to splurge, and the holidays is one of those times.
Please contact restaurants individually for reservations and more information.
And be sure to tip generously, since restaurant staff is giving up their holiday to serve you.
230 FIFTH, 230 Fifth Avenue, corner of 27th Street, (212) 725-4300
Special Christmas Day Buffet from 1 pm to 9 pm. The buffet includes such favorites as honey glazed ham, oven roasted turkey, and prime rib. The meal is $42 for adults and $25 for children, and the rooftop view is included in the price.
SEE ALSO Best rooftop bars in winter.
Burger and Lobster, 39 West 19th St., between Fifth and Madison Avenue, (212) 833-7532
Open Christmas Eve with its regular menu of affordable lobster, lobster rolls and giant burgers, all served with fries and a salad. Burgers are $19 and $20, more for one slathered in foie gras. Lobster is priced by size. Closed Christmas Day. There’s also a second location in Bryant Park.
SEE ALSO Best lobster restaurants in NYC
Black Barn, 19 East 26th Street, between Fifth Avenue and Madison Avenue, (212) 265-5959
Celebrate Christmas Eve with the Italian tradition of the Seven Fishes dinner prepared by Executive Chef Matteo Bergamini, born and raised in Toscolano-Maderno, Italy. The Seven Fishes dinner is $85 per person. Black Barn will also be serving its regular a la carte menu.
ilili, 236 Fifth Avenue, between 27th and 28th Streets, (212) 683-2929
Bring your friends and family to ilili on Christmas Eve for a celebration of goodwill and cheer as the restaurant will be offering a special four-course prix fixe menu for $78 per person. Entrees include Scottish salmon with golden beets and parsnips, diver scallops with eggplant and pomegranate, and stuffed grape leaves with lamb confit.
La Pecora Bianca, 1133 Broadway, on the corner of 26th Street, (212) 498-9696
A special four-course prix fixe menu on Christmas Eve is $75 per person, featuring holiday specials and La Pecora Bianca classics. Entrees include braised short rib with polenta and shaved brussels sprouts, swordfish with broccolini, turbot with cauliflower and caviar vinaigrette.
Le Coq Rico is open during its regular hours for lunch and dinner on both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. In addition to its regular a la carte menu, there is a special $95 per person prix fixe menu. Special holiday menu items include frog leg chervil soup, stuffed roasted Emden goose with potato gnocchi, and raspberry & vanilla snowman Vacherin.
In celebration of the holiday, Park Avenue Winter will be offering a special three-course, prix fixe menu on Christmas Day from 4 pm to 10 pm.
Thanks to the Flatiron Business District for providing this list of restaurants open on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.