New York City Restaurants For Christmas Dinner

The bustling sidewalks of New York tend to quiet down on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day as most New Yorkers gather together with family and friends to celebrate the holiday at home. For New Yorkers who prefer to dine out, they can find a festive spirit, as well as fine cuisine, at some the city's great restaurants.

Lupa Osteria Romana

Opened in 1999 by celebrity chef Mario Batali and his partners, James Denton, Joseph Bastianich and Mark Ladner, Lupa is a classic Roman-style trattoria set down in the middle of New York's Greenwich Village, a neighborhood of 19th-century brick and brownstone houses set along winding narrow streets. On Christmas Eve, Lupa pays special homage to its Italian roots by serving a Seven Fish dinner, a Christmas tradition that is honored in Italian households on both sides of the Atlantic. This prix fixe menu is available with or without wine pairings. Lupa Osteria Romana 170 Thompson Street
 New York, NY 10012 212-982-5089

The Sea Grill

At Christmastime, throngs of visitors, as well as native New Yorkers, flock to Rockefeller Center to admire the massive Christmas tree and watch the skaters gliding across the ice rink. At The Sea Grill, located overlooking the skating rink, you'll have a perfect view of the lights and excitement of Christmas in the heart of Manhattan. As the name suggest, this Rockefeller Center landmark specializes in fish, and in his Christmas menu Executive Chef Jawn Chasteen has remained true to his vision of The Sea Grill as a restaurant where diners savor "ingredient-driven and locally sourced specialties," as the restaurant's website puts it. The Sea Grill Rockefeller Center 19 West 49th Street New York, NY 10020 212-332-7610

BLT Market

In December, especially after a snowfall, Central Park becomes a true winter wonderland, with the city lights reflecting off the drifting snow as horse-drawn carriages make their way along the park's winding paths. Overlooking the park is Chef Laurent Tourondel's BLT Market. Located in the elegant Ritz-Carlton Hotel, BLT Market (the initials stand for "Bistro Laurent Tourondel") offers a Christmas menu that seamlessly blends the tastes and styles of French and American cuisine and concludes with France's classic Christmas dessert, Buche de Noel. BLT Market Ritz-Carlton Hotel New York 50 Central Park South New York, NY 10019 212-521-6125

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