As depicted in many a Christmas movie, New York is truly a wonderful place to visit this time of year with tourists from the all over the world gathering in this metropolis to absorb the Christmas spirit. Between the holiday windows at Saks Fifth Avenue or Bergdorf Goodman, the majesty of the Rockefeller Christmas Tree or the Christmas Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall, there truly are few places that get people in the Christmas spirit quite like New York. For those who want to get in the spirit of giving over a bountiful meal, Lawlor Media Group gives its top five suggestions for where to dine this Christmas in New York.
1. Upscale Take on Christmas Classic- Philippe New York
Owner and Executive Chef Philippe Chow, formerly of acclaimed Manhattan restaurant Mr. Chow, puts his own contemporary and upscale spin on traditional Beijing-style cuisine at Philippe. All Philippe signature dishes, like the famed Chicken Satay, perfectly glazed and crispy Peking Duck, Green Prawns, and Filet Mignon and Broccoli, are served in generous portions and family-style, giving all guests the opportunity to be part of a lively and social dining experience perfect for the holiday season.
Open on Christmas Day: 2:00 PM to 10:30 PM
Location: 33 East 60th Street (Btwn Park & Madison Aves.) New York, NY
For more information visit: www.philippechow.com
2. Parisian Flair in the Big City- Artisanal Fromagerie Bistro
Murray Hill’s temple to wine and cheese will open its doors for Christmas and a special New Year’s Eve extravaganza. Both occasions will two special multi-course tasting menus prepared by newly appointed Executive Chef John Creger, filled with traditional favorites and will be available for $95pp on Christmas.
For the Christmas six- course menu, diners will be treated to delicious dishes. Choices for this decadent menu include: Potato Leek Soup with paddlefish caviar and crème fraiche; Duck Confit Rilette with grilled toast, caramelized onion and port; Potato Gnocchi with Maitake, sunchokes and truffle cream; Tuna Steak Au Poivre with grilled asparagus, sweet potato puree with carrot ginger sauce; Australian Wagyu Steak with pomme dauphone, kale, gratin with a bone marrow bernaise.
Open on Christmas Day: 10:00 AM- 1:00 AM
Location: 2 Park Avenue (@ 32nd St.) New York, NY
For more information visit: www.artisanalbistro.com
3. Traditional Steak Dinner- T-Bar Steak & Lounge
Make this Christmas special at classically-chic Upper East Side eatery, T-Bar Steak and Lounge. The sophisticated dining room, with a soft candlelit glow, is a cozy haven that will ensure your holiday night is nothing short of exceptional. Enjoy an à la carte meal that harkens back to the good old days of white table cloths and refined service.
Christmas Day -Dinner Only: 3:00 PM- 8:00 PM
Location: 1278 3rd Avenue (Btwn 73rd St & 74th) New York, NY
For more information visit www.tbarnyc.com
4. Neighborhood Chinese- China Fun
For diners looking to find alternatives to traditional holiday staples such as turkey and stuffing, the Upper East Side’s China Fun will be open regular hours Christmas and New Year’s serving customers from its wide ranging menu of delicacies from the various regions of China.
The eclectic menu, created by the Wu family and executed by Executive Chef Wing Fong Chen, who has been with the restaurant since its opening, is highlighted by dim sum, soup dumplings, Cantonese BBQ, noodles, wok dishes among other options. Under the direction of the Wu family, guests can trust in the restaurant’s ability to ensure each visit is great each and every time they dine at China Fun.
Open on Christmas Day: 11:00 AM-11:00 PM
Location: 1221 2nd Avenue (@ 64th St.) New York, NY
For more information visit: www.chinafun-ny.com
5. Christmas in the Hamptons- Osteria Salina
For the first time since Osteria Salina opened in its original Bridgehampton location in 2015, the Italian eatery is open year-round at its new Wainscott, NY location. Osteria Salina boasts a wood burning pizza oven in addition to a classic baby grand piano bar lounge, and is continuing its tradition of serving fresh, clean local fare coupled with genuine Sicilian hospitality.
On Christmas Day, Osteria Salina will be open from 2:00 PM – 8:00 PM serving its regular menu and specials.
Location: 108 Wainscott Road Wainscott, NY
For more information visit: www.osteriasalina.net