If you’re looking for a Christmas Eve or Christmas meal in New York City, embark on a foodie-inspired tour of festive eats and holiday celebrations happening at these Manhattan dining destinations.
The following is courtesy of Lawlor Media Group, their clients and friends.
Shun Lee Palace – 155 East 55th Street, New York, NY
Upscale Chinese restaurant Shun Lee Palace specializes in serving trendy and eclectic cuisine since its opening on Manhattan’s East Side in 1971. With regional dishes from across China, Manhattan’s original fine dining Chinese restaurant creates mouth-watering Oriental fare with a gourmet twist.
The popular Lion’s Head with Vegetable Casserole is tenderized pork meatballs with Shanghai bok choy simmered in a casserole. Baked Lobster with Ginger & Scallions is a shelled chunk of Maine Lobster baked with ginger, scallion, black beans, chopped pork dimmers in a soy sauce and rice wine. Try the Hunan Style Filet Mignon pan-fried with garlic, scallions and hot pepper served with Chinese greens.
For a complete cultural dining experience, sip on the classy Cucumber Sake-tini, a house favorite, which is blended using a traditional rice wine. Uncork one of the many exceptional wines including a luxury Chinese Cabernet Sauvignon created by Moët Hennessy near Tibet in the mountains of China’s Yunnan province.
Open Christmas Eve: 12:00 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. | Open Christmas Day: 12:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Tamarind Tribeca – 99 Hudson Street, New York, NY 10013
Tamarind Restaurant in Tribeca has received a coveted Michelin Star for serving complex but flavorful Indian fare crafted for the sophisticated palate. The highly skilled culinary team present to diners the classic Indian cuisine with modern sensibilities. From India to New York, Tamarind has carved its unique niche by establishing Indian culinary traditions while maintaining the standards of a fine dining restaurant.
The Tandoori Mixed Grill is precisely proportioned lamb chop, shrimp, tandoori chicken, Tenakay Murgh, Punjabi tikhe, black lentils and nan. Rice entrees include Chicken Biryani, basmati rice, chicken and Indian spices; Tamarind Rice, basmati rice, tamarind, mustard seeds and curry leaves; and Lemon Rice which is lemon-flavored basmati rice, curry leaves and mustard seeds. Indulge in traditional Indian desserts including the Gajrela which is a carmelized carrot pudding with pistachios, cashew nuts, vanilla ice cream and raspberry coulis. Rasmalai is a pressed Indian cheese made with reduce milk and a drizzle of rose water syrup.
The upscale dining experience is complete with a cityscape view of New York City and large windows inviting in natural lighting during the day. Tastefully designed chandeliers offer soft, ambient lighting during the evening reflecting brightly the sophisticated dining experience.
Open Christmas Eve & Christmas Day: 11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (lunch) & 5:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. (dinner).
Greenwich Steakhouse – 62 Greenwich Avenue, New York, NY
The newly-appointed Executive Chef Oscar Reyes at Greenwich Steakhouse is crafting seasonal favorites on the new brunch, lunch and dinner menus. Diners can enjoy the masterfully articulated flavors in each dish that are artfully plated, appealing to guests’ desires. The three-story dining experience offers those in attendance classic comfort across three distinctive floors, perfect for hosting your holiday gatherings and intimate celebrations. Signature selections includes the 1.5 lb. Lobster Salad over arugula, onions and cherry tomatoes, Filet Mignon Chipolini for two with Chimichurri, Chicken Parmigiani, a 24 oz. Cajun Colorado Ribeye Steak or a Grilled Double Veal Chop over fresh vegetables. Customize your steak options with a choice of sauces including Oscar, Au Poivre, Green Peppercorn, Garlic Herb Butter or Chimichurri, or enhance your dish with delicious sides including the Grilled Asparagus, German Baked Potato, or Truffle Fries & Rosemary. The dining experience offers those in attendance three distinctive floors, perfect for hosting your holiday gatherings and intimate celebrations.
Greenwich Steakhouse will be open during normal business hours for the holiday season.
Demarchelier Restaurant – 50 East 86th Street, New York, NY
An authentic French bistro experience awaits on the Upper East Side at Demarchelier Restaurant this holiday season. Enjoy the familial spirit at the family-owned and operated restaurant which captures the true essence of gourmet French dining. Demarchelier Restaurant attracts a loyal clientele who delight in the authentic French cuisine.
Seasonal specials perfect for your holiday gatherings include Terrine de Foie Gras with Toast Points, the roasted Duck a L’Orange, a hearty Cassoulet, the classic Bouillabaisse and one of the most celebrated dishes in France, the Pot-Au-Feu. Gift yourself a sweet treat from the Dessert menu featuring Crème Brulee, Tarte Tatin with Vanilla Ice Cream or a Calvados Green Apple Sorbet.
For a French-inspired holiday, Demarchelier brings together art lovers, family and friends with original artworks by restaurant owner and founder Eric Demarchelier lining the walls. Affectionately known as an intimate gathering space, the cozy French bistro was reopened on 86th Street over 25 years ago by artist Eric, brother of famed fashion photographer Patrick Demarchelier. Under the management of Emily Demarchelier, Eric’s daughter, Demarchelier Restaurant has remained New York City’s little piece of France.
Open Christmas Eve: 11:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. | Open on Christmas Day: 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. (dinner).
Russian Samovar – 256 West 52nd Street (At 8th Avenue) New York, NY
For a Russian holiday like none other, Russian Samovar is providing authentic Russian cuisine historically favored by native New Yorkers and members of the ethnic group in the Theatre District.
Russian Samovar’s seasonal menu includes the winter soup Salyanka with beef, smoked sausages, olives, pickles and onions; Vareniki are Russian dumplings served pan-fried with sour cream; and Khachapuri, a traditional Georgian three-cheese pastry. The dessert menu includes the popular Russian layered honey cake Medovik, traditional cheese cake Zapekanka, and Poached Pear served with ice cream and chocolate sauce.
Throughout the holiday season, family and friends can enjoy Russian Samovar’s time-honored history and the exceptional ambiance which embodies a 19th-century feel, complete with Russian folk prints and picturesque green and red shades. If you are in the Theatre District, head to Russian Samovar to experience Russian culture, New York City history and the most lively musical and performing art shows featuring classical works, show tunes, lounge music, jazz, and Russian gypsy folk music.
Open Christmas Eve: 5:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. | Open on Christmas Day: 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m.
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