New York City - Christmas Eve dining in Manhattan
Dec 15, 11, 4:26 pm
Would the NY forum be able to recommend a restaurant for us for Christmas Eve? MamaBear and I are spending Christmas in Manhattan. As it is our first Christmas outside the home country, we're trying to make it a memorable evening and are looking for a restaurant with qualities like outstanding service, elegant surroundings and traditional (western) food. The cost is of less concern for this night.
We've been looking at the Peacock Alley at the Astoria Waldorf. Would we happy going here? What recommendations would the forum have for this night?
Dec 16, 11, 9:24 am
We went to Gramercy Tavern one year and it was lovely. Food delicious, service immaculate, surroundings sublime. But you need to make reservations soon! That probably applies to many restaurants for Christmas Eve.
Dec 16, 11, 9:57 am
I'd probably skip the hotel restaurant, although I admittedly don't know anything about it.
There are several restaurants I think that do a traditional Italian "Feast of Seven Fishes" dinner. See http://www.restaurantgirl.com/best_of/our_favorite_feast_of_seven_fi.html and http://blogs.villagevoice.com/forkintheroad/2011/12/feast_of_the_seven_fishes_new_york.php I'd probably try to get a reservation at Lupa if it's not full already (not the most formal restaurant, but truly amazing food).
For something less ethnic, Gramercy Tavern, Gotham Bar and Grill and many other top-notch restaurants are open for Christmas Eve.
Dec 16, 11, 12:11 pm
Here (http://ny.eater.com/archives/2011/12/christmas_eve.php)'s Eater's guide to restaurants serving dinner on Christmas Eve. If you want to go fancy, I'd recommend Tocqueville but I believe Jean Georges is also open.
Whatever you choose, be sure to make reservations soon!