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.
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: $195 for adults; $90 for children (12 and under)
Christmas Day Hours: 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Contact Details: 700 5th Ave. at 55th St., in Midtown; (212) 903-3918
Christmas Day Menu: Spice up Christmas Day dining with some tapas at the Barcelona-inspired Boqueria. The Christmas menu puts 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
Christmas Day Hours: Contact each location below for 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
- Midtown: 260 W 40th St., (212) 255-6047
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 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.
What it Costs: $138 for adults; $68 for children (12 and under)
Christmas Day Hours: 6 p.m to 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
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).
What it Costs: $150 for the Four-Course Prix Fixe menu; $98 for Classic Wine Pairings; $160 for Sommelier's Wine Pairings
Christmas Day Hours: 1 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.
Contact Details: 400 Fifth Ave. (between 36th & 37th streets), 2nd Floor (in the Langham Place, New York hotel), in Midtown; 212-613-8660
Christmas Day Menu: The hip Refinery Hotel's traditional American restaurant, Parker & Quinn, proposes a reasonably priced Christmas Day prix-fixe menu including an appetizer (lobster bisque, Caesar salad, or meatballs and ricotta), an entrée (pan-roasted true north salmon, grilled hanger steak, wild mushroom risotto, or squid ink spaghetti), and a dessert (salted caramel cheesecake or flourless chocolate cake).
What it Costs: $55 per person
Christmas Day Hours: 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Contact Details: 64 W. 39th St. (btwn 5th & 6th aves., in the Refinery Hotel), in Midtown; 212-729-0277
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 Nordic dish with raw salmon, cured in salt, sugar, and dill), French toast, smashed squash and yams, plus more.
What it Costs: Awaiting 2018 details
Christmas Day Hours: Awaiting 2018 details
Contact Details: 310 Lenox Ave. (between 125th & 126th streets, under Red Rooster Harlem), in Harlem; 212-421-3821