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Here is our round-up of the best restaurants in New York City (NYC) that are open and serving Christmas Eve and Day dinner this year.

What are the Best NYC Restaurants open for Christmas?

Planning to spend Christmas in New York? Excellent idea! It’s one of the most festive and joyful days in the entire year in the city. There’s a lot to do including wonderful window-shopping, world-class food options, and a plethora of ways to burn off the calories afterward.

For those planning to be in the city and not inclined to cook, we’re sharing our insights on the best restaurants for a memorable Christmas Eve and day dinner in New York City. Rest assured, there are plenty of options – one of the joys of New York is that there’s a perfect restaurant somewhere in the city for everyone.

Here are our expert Food Editor’s thoughts on twelve outstanding options for Christmas Eve and dinner in New York this year.

What are the Best New York City Restaurants Open for Christmas this year?

1. Le Pavillon, Midtown

Located: One Vanderbilt Ave

La Pavillon located in midtown will be serving Christmas Eve dinner this year.  There chefs Michael Balboni and Will Nacev will be serving a special three-course menu for $245 per person. You can make reservations here.


2. Avra Rockefeller Center, Midtown

Located: 1271 6th Avenue

Avra Rockefeller Center is located in midtown and will be serving both Christmas Eve and Day. Plus, a bonus to this restaurant is that it is only steps from the famous tree at Rockefeller Center and right across from the Radio City Music Hall!  They have an excellent Greek,  Mediterranean and seafood menu of seafood, caviar, and meats is the perfect range to be able to hit any price point you want. See the full menu and reserve a table here.


3. AperiBar, Midtown West

Located: 120 West 41st Street

AperiBar is located in the heart of Times Square and is serving the Feast of the Seven Fishes on Christmas Eve. You can enjoy these dishes with a wine pairing for $95 per person and $45 per children under twelve years old. You can reserve your table here.


4. The Mark Restaurant by Jean-Georges, Upper East Side

Located: 25 East 77th Street

The Mark Restaurant by Jean-Georges is located in the Upper East Side in The Mark Hotel. It is serving a three-course meal on Christmas Day with appetizers like Roasted Cauliflower Soup, entres like Black Sea Bass, and desserts such as a Holiday Cookie Plate. You can make reservations here. 


You can also stay in one of their chalets. They are serving dinner on Christmas Eve and Day in a cozy chalet where you can enjoy a delicious fondue experience. You can make reservations here. 

 6. Haven Rooftop & Restaurant

Located: 132 West 47th Street

Haven Rooftop & Restaurant is located in the heart of NYC’s theater district and will be serving dinner on Christmas Eve. They will be serving a three-course meal at $85 per person.  The choices look delicious such as Lobster Bisque Soup as an appetizer, Spaghetti with Truffle Sauce for an entree, and Chocolate Mouse for dessert. You can make a reservation here. 


7. Le Coucou

Located: 138 Lafayette Street

Le Coucou is located Soho and will be serving Christmas Eve dinner this year.  For Christmas Eve, chef Daniel Rose has created a pre-fixed course French cuisine for $210 per person. You can click here for reservations.


What are the Best New York Restaurants for Christmas?

That’s our take on the best restaurants in New York City (NYC) open and serving Christmas Eve and dinner this year. Whether you eat in or out, we hope you have a terrific time this holiday in Gotham, dear reader.

Pamela Thomas-Graham

Pamela Thomas-Graham is the Founder & CEO of Dandelion Chandelier. She serves on the boards of several tech companies, and was previously a senior executive in finance, media and fashion, and a partner at McKinsey & Co.