Cozying up during the holidays can be nice, but sometimes it's good to get out of the house. Especially in cramped New York apartments. And with a smattering of our city's best restaurants — everyone from Tuome to Red Cat — offering festive holiday specials, it'll be well worth your trek out into the cold. Here are six spots where you can celebrate Christmas without the hassle:
Chef Thomas Chen guides the East Village newcomer through its first Christmas dinner, serving their regular menu (lobster with spicy Newberg sauce, chow fun and tripe; duck with pea shoots, grapefruit and chinkiang). He will, of course, also serve his wildly popular Pig Out for Two (shown above) and a special, off-menu holiday dish with winter truffles. Tuome will open for dinner service from 5:30–9:30 PM on both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
536 E. Fifth St.; 646-833-7811
Enjoy a traditional raclette dinner on Christmas Eve from 5:30–11:00 PM, dipping crisp vegetables and housemade bread into the creamy cheese fondue (shown below). In keeping with the theme, there's also German marble cake and enough bubbly for a proper celebration. Dinner is à la carte, with regular menu items also available. As for the day itself, the NoHo bistro will serve Christmas To-Go: a packaged meal including dishes such as foie gras terrine, chestnut soup, rack of lamb and bûche de Noël ($275 for four to six people). Reservations for pick-up dinners must be made at least two days in advance, and can be collected from 4–10 PM on Christmas Eve.
55 Bond St.; 212-388-0038
Tutto il Giorno
In addition to their regular menu, the chic TriBeCa eatery (shown at the top of this article) will offer à la carte Christmas Eve specials including coniglio ($19) — a succulent rabbit terrine topped with organic red beet salad and grain mustard — and guanciotto ($33) — braised veal cheeks with tomato confit. Finish the holiday meal with traditional Italian panettone ($10) — a parfait with warm chocolate. Drop by from 5:30–10 PM.
114 Franklin St.; 212-274-8100
Il Buco Alimentari
The NoHo eatery will open for breakfast on Christmas Eve (9 AM–2 PM), and then again on Christmas Day for the Italian Feast of the Seven Fishes. For $95 per person ($45 for children), diners can devour a delectable seafood prix fixe: bacala mantecato (salt cod brandade with grilled filone bruschetta and extra virgin olive oil), gambero alla piastra (grilled giant prawn in pesto rosso and lemon) and coda di rospo (roasted monkfish dressed in leeks, cabbage leaves, lobster fumé). Come between 4:30–10:30 PM, but reservations are suggested.
53 Great Jones St.; 212-837-2622
The Red Cat
Chelsea's favorite neighborhood nook will also channel the Feast of the Seven Fishes, serving a seafood dinner of everything from hamachi tartare (shown above) to crispy shrimp to grilled swordfish. Guests can opt between à la carte options for $15 per piece, or for a $150 prix fixe option that serves the entire feast to two people. The restaurant will open from 5:30–11 PM on Christmas Eve.
227 10th Ave.; 212-242-1122
On both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, Momofuku Ko will serve an eight-course prix fixe ($225 per person with beverage pairings for an additional $175). Choose between seatings from 1–6:30 PM on either day, but expect reservations to fill up soon.
8 Extra Pl.; 212-203-8095