Five Spots to Enjoy the Feast of Seven Fishes

By Billy Lyons  |  December 12, 2013

It's holiday time and for a lot of folks, Christmas dinner isn't the main event. Christmas Eve is where it's at for seafood lovers, and a number of New York restaurants will serve up a traditional pre-holiday Feast of the Seven Fishes this year. While no one may ever execute a meal quite like grandma, there's plenty of highly qualified chefs that are more than happy to give your loved ones a break from the kitchen on December 24. Here are five of our picks: 

Grand Central Oyster BarIf you want to mix and match the fish for your feast, this New York institution will serve their seven sea creatures a la carte from 11:30 AM until 9:30 PM. Diners can select grilled jumbo shrimp over linguini or lobster thermidor, and there's sea urchin gelato available to finish off the meal. Entrees average just under $30, and wine pairings are offered for an additional charge (212-490-6650).

Lincoln Ristorante: If you can't contain your Christmas Eve hunger pains to just one day, Jonathan Benno is offering a week-long prix fix menu for seafood lovers that's $85. Guests receive seafood salad, a seafood-laden pasta, and cobia with oyster mushrooms and arugula pudding among other sides. The offer will be available from December 18 to December 24 (212-359-6500).

LouroDavid Santos' West Village dining room, known for its thematic dining experiences inspired by TV shows, is dishing out a spirited $85 tasting menu. Uni crudo, mackerel, and lobster fra diavolo are a few of the courses being served from 5:30 PM to 11 PM. There's also a separate three-course Christmas Eve menu for $55 which allows diners to select from the likes of chestnut soup, dry-aged ribeye, and venison (212-206-0606).

Oceana: Scungili salad, seared sturgeon with caviar sauce, and an oyster-and-chanterelle-mushroom pan roast are a few of the dolled up dishes on the restaurant's special seven-course menu, available for $95. Any item can be ordered a la carte, and taking advantage of the tasting menu requires everyone at the table to sign up. Wine pairings are also available for an additional $50 (212-759-5941).

Saul: Saul Bolton will host his annual feast for the first time in his new home in The Brooklyn Musuem, offering a $125 seven-course dining experience. Fried anchovies, charred octopus, and roasted monkfish are featured on the menu, and a chocolate chestnut pudding is the only course that doesn't feature seafood. Unfortunately, if you're hoping to make a day out of it, the museum itself is closed every Tuesday, so you'll have to take in the stylish plating techniques instead (718-935-9842).