Ten Reservations You Should Make for Christmas

Here it is, the Highlight of the year! The holidays are upon us. I’m not sure how much you are in the mood to cook after you mastered Thanksgiving, but I know I’m definitely making reservations for Christmas Eve. If you are ready to let someone else take over in the kitchen, then here are a bunch of restaurants that are doing some amazing things via a Prix Fixe menu. I have dined at all the following restaurants, and I can vouch for absolute yum. Some of these menus are for Christmas Eve, some for Christmas Day, some are for both. Reservations will run out quickly, so don’t hesitate!

Bar Boulud

Well, it looks like it will be another year in which we cannot celebrate the holidays in France. But hey, that shouldn’t stop us from eating a great French meal for Christmas. Bar Boulud has a modest $70 three course menu with items like Consommê De Boeuf, Lobster Salad and Beef Wellington Rossini. This sounds like a deal you cannot beat!

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Benjamin Prime

Steakhouses always seem so festive for the holidays! Benjamin Prime is up there in that department and is always ready to spoil you for the occasion. For a mere $85 per person you can indulge in an Eggnog followed by Lobster Bisque, Filet Mignon, Rack of Lamb, accompanied by creamless creamed spinach and topped off with Cheesecake! That’s of course besides lots of other goodies on the menu!

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Dirty French

More French food you say? Ok, Dirty French it is. For $98 per person you can dine like French Royalty! Choose from items like Fois Gras, Scallops, Steak Au Poivre, Etouffée, or Tarte on a three course menu. Everything sound simply divine. This is what you need!

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Celebrity Chef Bobby Flay owns this Mediterranean restaurant, and it sports a healthy mix of rustic charm and swankiness. For Christmas Eve you can indulge in four courses for the price of $110 per person. The menu lists items like Crispy Oyster, Black Sea Bass, Paella and a selection from the full dessert menu. I’m positive you can’t possibly go wrong with a reservation here.

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You want a Michelin starred restaurant for Christmas. I understand. It’s the time to REALLY spoil yourself this year. You worked hard, you deserve it. So Marea has your name all over it. It will run you $175 per person, and it might just be the best $175 ever spent. The menu is chuck full of oysters, caviar, lobster, octopus, truffles, aged sirloin, veal and plenty of dolci. Yes. Do it.

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Mercer Kitchen

This is hands down one of my favorite restaurants in New York. It’s from the genius mind of Chef Jean Georges Vongerichten, just a touch more casual than his usual FiDi establishments. For $98 you will be treated to three courses with menu items like Crispy Salmon Sushi, Black Truffle and Fontina Pizza, Seared Scallops, Roasted Poulet Rouge Chicken, Tarte Tatin or Citrus Panna Cotta.

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Pinch 75

Go ahead. Throw tradition to the wind. Let’s do Chinese for Christmas. Why not. Pinch 75 participates with the Holiday craziness, and offers a three course menu for (of course) $75 per person. Dumplings, Peking Duck, Pork Ribs, all the usual yumminess will be served.

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Russian Tea Room

Does Santa live in Russia? He just might. Baby it’s cold out there. Russian food seems almost like the obvious choice for Christmas. It’s so European and snwoy, and the Russian Tea Room is so pretty and Christmasty. I love this place. It will cost you $125 to dine like a Czar. Have Borscht, Blincik, Beouff Strognoff, Kulebyaka, and assorted sweet from a three course menu. Sounds delightfully foreign and delicious.

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Temple Court

This is one of the most beautiful restaurants in New York. If you’re not only looking for great food, but also for ambiance, this is it. Chef Tom Colicchio owns this grand eatery, and I’ve never had a bad meal under this umbrella. Travel downtown and treat yourself to Appetizers like Hamachi Crudo or Potato Gnocchi, Entrees like Lobster Thermidor or Duck L’Orange, desserts like a Gingerbread Yule Log. All this for $125 per person for three courses. You’re gonna love it.

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Tuome is a fairly new spot in the city, and here you will be served new American cuisine. Innovative and simple, taste is in the forefront here. The Christmas menu runs at $82 per person for three courses, and some of the menu item choices entail Quail with soy sauce and mizuna, Wagyu Beef with Chinese broccoli or a Beignet with Goat’s Milk Caramel. This menu is imaginative and modern.

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Author: Gotham Foodie

Hello there, fellow foodies! My name is Erica, I was born and raised in Germany, and moved to the US, New York City to be exact, in July of 1987. I have worked most of my time here in the Big Apple as a bartender, but my true love is food. I cook just about every day, I search for good food everywhere, and pretty much always find it. I don't consider myself a food critic, I don't have the culinary background for that kind of expertise. I do however know good food, good chefs and good restaurants. I report back about my culinary adventures, and I choose to leave out my unsatisfactory experiences. We have enough negativity in our daily lives, I don't want to add to that. All the recipes in my FROM MY KITCHEN and DOTW blogs are cooked and prepared by me. All pictures are taken by me. I don't always eat everything you see in my pictures, but you bet your buns, I do try everything. Last but not least, you should know that I am a huge Top Chef fan. I have never missed an episode of the Bravo TV show. I have at this point visited almost 20 restaurants run by Top Chef contestants, and I'm continuously impressed by their skill, drive and passion. So I will continue to seek them out, and I hope you join me in my journey!

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