The Best Places To Dine Out For Christmas In New York

With Christmas only two weeks away, its time to make holiday plans. For New Yorkers, cooking may not always be the answer. With tight kitchen spaces in even the nicest of apartments, and an expansive array of incredible dining options, heading out to restaurants for the holiday may be the best decision on cutting out stress and cutting into something delicious. Here are out recommendations on the best spots to eat at. Act fast though, because reservations will surely fill quickly.



This midtown favorite is offering a prix-fixe dinner for Christmas. While prix-fixes at other restaurants can often be a coin flip, Benoit’s is offering a great line of dishes from Sea Bream Crudo and Sunchoke Velouté to Seared Maine Sea Scallops and Sweet Spiced Duck Breast. Save room for desserts bound to get anyone holdouts into the Christmas spirit like the Amarena Cherry Yule Log.

Location: 60 W. 55th Street

Le Coq Rico


Le Coq Rico is also offering a prix-fixed menu, bit with a classic take on the Christmas feast. Open for both lunch and dinner, the $98 menu features a roasted heritage goose of Dickensian proportions. Chef Westermann’s Mannele au Chocolate is a perfect blend of Alsatian brioche shaped like gingerbread men and chocolate chips that bring are perfect for kids needing to play with something in anticipation of getting back to presents under the tree.

Location: 30 E. 20th Street



For those looking for something a little more subtle and intimate, as opposed to big family affairs, should head to Dante, Greenwich Village’s café gone bar. At night, the top-ranked watering hole offers some classic cocktails and amazing eats. Another plus is that the restaurant will be offering a la carte options, which is tough to find in the city on a holiday. From Apple Cider Glazed Legs of Ham to Christmas Turkey and apple sage stuffing, Dante is a great fit for anyone traveling in smaller groups.

Location: 79-81 Macdougal Street

Rolf’s German Restaurant


Rolf’s German Restaurant, in Gramercy, is where Santa must make his eggnog pit stop when in the city. Of all the restaurants in New York, Rolf’s pulls out all the stops with decorations that fill every nook and cranny of the small space in a way that makes anyone feel perfectly cozy as they sip mulled wine and eat French onion soup. Even if just for a cocktail, make sure to stop in.

Location: 281 3rd Avenue



This restaurant steeped in New York history. From old days in Greenwich Village as the favorite dive bar of firefighters in the area, Chumley’s is now one of the city’s most sought after reservations. For Christmas, the restaurant is offering a three-course menu at $90 per person. Menu items range from Kampachi first courses, to duck and potato pie in the second course, to smoked chocolate pot de crème in the third course. Other options will be two different kids of oysters and cocktails from one of the Village’s best bar programs.

Location: 86 Bedford Street

SUGARCANE raw bar grill


For those who love passing plates around the table, this Brooklyn restaurant has mastered the art of smaller plates perfect for sharing. They’ll also be offering an a la carte menu for Christmas that can help keep the seafood dishes tailored to everyone’s tastes perfectly. The cocktail program at the bar, located in DUMBO, is also one of the best in Brooklyn.

Location: 55 Water Street, Brooklyn