If all you really want for Christmas is a hassle-free meal and a break from the kitchen, these top Manhattan restaurants are whipping up Christmas feasts to remember forever. 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.
Set within the upscale Peninsula Hotel, which will be 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. There will be a large appetizer and dessert buffet and you will have your choice of entree, which typically includes prime beef tenderloin, turkey, and a glazed turbot fillet.
Spice up Christmas Day dining with some tapas at the Barcelona-inspired Boqueria. The Christmas menu puts a Spanish twist on holiday favorites like Suquet de Mariscos, a seafood medley, and Pimientos del Piquillo Rellenos, braised oxtail stuffed with peppers. Topping off the meal is a almond-hazlenut cake that blends Christmas flavors and classic Spanish nougat. There are multiple Boqueria locations in Manhattan, so call ahead to confirm your Christmas Day reservation.
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 which typically features lobster and caviar; scallops with sunchoke; parsley root soup with chestnut, apple, truffle crème; and your choice of entree: heritage turkey, branzino, wagyu beef, or barley risotto.
Michelin-starred Ai Firoi, in the Langham Place, New York Hotel, proposes refined flavors from the French and Italian Riviera this Christmas. While Christmas Eve offers an a la carte menu all day, Christmas Day provides the option of a four or seven-course meal, plus wine pairings.
The hip Refinery Hotel's traditional American restaurant, Parker & Quinn, proposes a reasonably priced Christmas Day prix-fixe menu including an appetizer (chestnut veloute, or artisan greens), an entree (arctic char, roasted pork tenderloin, wild mushroom risotto, or prime rib), and a dessert (black forest charlotte or bread pudding).
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. Their Christmas Day buffet includes everything from smoked salmon, duck confit, jambalaya, Swedish meatballs, and more.