The Best Restaurants for Christmas Dinner in NYC

••• Courtesy of Boqueria

All I want for Christmas is a hassle-free meal. Ask Santa for what you're really wishing for this year: a break from the kitchen.

These top Manhattan restaurants are whipping up Christmas feasts to remember in 2017, so you can forget about all that extra kitchen work, and really enjoy the holiday. Many of the below restaurants also have delightful Christmas Eve offerings.

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    ••• Courtesy of The Peninsula Hotels

    Christmas Day Menu: Set within the upscale Peninsula Hotel (sufficiently bedecked with holiday decor), the Clement restaurant is offering a three-course, family-friendly Christmas dinner, accompanied by cheerful music and a visit from Santa Claus. Appetizers include a raw bar, bespoke salad mixing station, and a selection of cheese and charcuterie. Entrees include prime beef tenderloin, turkey, and a glazed turbot fillet. Don't miss the dessert buffet.

    What it Costs: $190/adults; $85/kids (12 and under)

    Christmas Day Hours: 12 p.m.–7 p.m.

    Contact Details: 700 5th Ave. at 55th St., in Midtown; 212-903-3051

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    ••• Courtesy of Boqueria

    Christmas Day Menu: Spice up Christmas Day dining with some tapas at the Barcelona-inspired Boqueria. For this year's Christmas menu, enjoy a Spanish twist on holiday favorites, including Calabaza con Mojo Verde (Roasted butternut squash, Mojo cilantro, spicy Labne, hazelnut); Paella de Langosta y Chorizo (Lobster paella, house-made chorizo, crispy Brussels sprouts, picada, sofrito); and Lubina a la Plancha (Seabass, cipillini onions, Hen of the Woods mushrooms, artichokes, chicken jus).

    What it Costs: Priced à la carte, view menu for prices

    Christmas Day Hours: Contact each location below for details

    Contact Details: 

    • Flatiron: 53 W 19th St., (212) 255-4160
    • SoHo: 171 Spring St., (212) 343-4255
    • Upper East Side: 1460 2nd Avenue, (212) 343-2227
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    ••• Courtesy of Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group

    Christmas Day Menu: Set on a 35th-floor perch in the swank Mandarin Oriental hotel, Asiate dishes out decadent American dining in a sophisticated setting, with sweeping views over Central Park. On Christmas Day, try a prix-fixe menu featuring duck, turbot, roasted short rib, and risotto. There is also a vegetarian menu with dishes featuring sweet potato, tofu, and risotto.

    What it Costs: $150 adults/$68 children

    Christmas Day Hours: 6 p.m–10 p.m.

    Contact Details: 80 Columbus Circle at 60th St. (in the Mandarin Oriental, in the Time Warner Center), in Midtown; 212-805-8881

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    Ai Fiori
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    Christmas Day Menu: Michelin-starred Ai Firoi, in the Langham Place, New York hotel, proposes refined flavors from the French and Italian Riviera this Christmas. The four-course prix-fixe Christmas menu, helmed by Chef Michael White, includes a selection of house-made pastas, fish and meat dishes (like Capesante - pan-seared sea scallops, braised romaine, white bean purée, guanciale and Abbacchio - roasted lamb saddle, farro, squash, salsa verde), and desserts.

    What it Costs: Four-Course Prix Fixe - $150, Classic Wine Pairings - $98, Sommelier's Wine Pairings - $160

    Christmas Day Hours: 1–8:45 p.m.

    Contact Details: 400 Fifth Ave. (btwn 36th & 37th St.), 2nd Floor (in the Langham Place, New York hotel), in Midtown; 212-613-8660

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    Parker & Quinn
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    Christmas Day Menu: The hip Refinery Hotel's traditional American restaurant, Parker & Quinn, proposes a reasonably priced Christmas Day prix-fixe menu including a choice of soup (like roasted butternut squash soup), entrée (choose from options like pan-roasted true north salmon or grilled hanger steak), and dessert (like salted caramel cheesecake).

    What it Costs: $55/person

    Christmas Day Hours: 5–9pm

    Contact Details: 64 W. 39th St. (btwn 5th & 6th aves., in the Refinery Hotel), in Midtown; 212-729-0277

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    Ginny's Supper Club
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    Christmas Day Menu: Located underneath the famed Red Rooster Harlem restaurant, Ginny's Supper Club delivers an early 20th-century-style blend of soul food, handcrafted cocktails, and lively music. In previous years, their Christmas Day buffet includes dishes like Gravlax (a a Nordic dish with raw salmon, cured in salt, sugar, and dill), French toast, smashed squash and yams, and more.

    What it Costs: Awaiting 2017 details

    Christmas Day Hours: Awaiting 2017 details

    Contact Details: 310 Lenox Ave. (btwn 125th & 126th sts., under Red Rooster Harlem), in Harlem; 212-421-3821