Glogg served at Aquavit. (Courtesy of Aquavit)
Glogg served at Aquavit. (Courtesy of Aquavit)

Aquavit 

The Michelin-starred Scandinavian restaurant is serving a traditional Swedish smorgasbord (buffet-style meal) on Christmas Eve. Dishes include herring, gravlax, cured meats, Swedish meatballs, and an assortment of salads. Wash it all down with a cup of glogg, Scandinavian mulled wine.

On weekdays until Dec. 23, you can also enjoy a traditional Christmas meal for lunch. The three-course tasting Christmas Plate includes herring, gravlax, meatballs, Christmas ham, Vasterbotten cheese, and more.

Christmas Plate
Through Dec. 23
Weekdays, 11:45 a.m.–2:30 p.m.
$52

Christmas Eve Smorgasbord
Thursday, Dec. 24
Noon–9 p.m.
$95

Aquavit
65 E. 55th St., New York, N.Y.
aquavit.org/holidays

Hecho en Dumbo's Champurrado. (Ethan Smith)
Hecho en Dumbo’s Champurrado. (Ethan Smith)

Hecho en Dumbo

Get a taste of a traditional Mexican holiday feast, known as Noche Buena. Hecho en Dumbo will serve holiday dishes like Bacalao a la Vizcaina, cod with olives and potatoes in a cinnamon-accented tomato sauce; and Ensalada Noche Buena, a salad of beet, apple, jicama, and orange with pomegranate and walnuts.

Warm up with a cup of Champurrado, a Mexican hot chocolate drink thickened with masa, or Ponche Navideño, a warm punch that’s traditionally served at Christmastime.

Through Dec. 23
Hecho en Dumbo
345 Bowery, New York, N.Y.
hechoendumbo.com

Bouley

Acclaimed Michelin-starred chef David Bouley will craft six-course holiday tasting menus for his eponymous restaurant. Holiday menus are not pre-announced, as the chef enjoys taking inspiration from ingredients that are fresh and available at the time.

Thursday, Dec. 24
Lunch: 11:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m.
Dinner: 5 p.m.–11 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 25
All day, 11 a.m.–11 p.m.

Bouley
163 Duane St., New York, N.Y.
$135 lunch (+130 wine pairing), $255 dinner and all day (+$145 wine pairing)
davidbouley.com

The bar at Chefs Club. (Courtesy of Chefs Club)
The bar at Chefs Club. (Courtesy of Chefs Club)

Chefs Club

Food and Wine magazine’s experimental restaurant Chefs Club invites different guest chefs every week to cook in its kitchen. Chefs Club’s Culinary Director Didier Elena is heading a team to serve a three-course holiday dinner with dishes like Foie Gras and Quince Terrine on toasted brioche, Venison Loin with kabocha squash and celery root, and Buche de Noel for dessert.

Thursday, Dec. 24 & Friday, Dec. 25
5:30 p.m.–11:30 p.m.
Chefs Club
275 Mulberry St., New York, N.Y.
$98
chefsclub.com

The dining room at Bagatelle. (Courtesy of Bagatelle)
The dining room at Bagatelle. (Courtesy of Bagatelle)

Bagatelle

This Meatpacking District hotspot is serving an Italian-French holiday dinner with Feast of the Seven Fishes Risotto; Homemade Linguine and Perigord Black Truffle Pesto; and Gianduja and Tahitian Vanilla Mousse.

Friday, Dec. 25
Bagatelle
1 Little West 12th Street, New York, N.Y.
$68
bagatellenyc.com

Benoit's Roast Organic Chicken with garlic clove. (Courtesy of Benoit)
Benoit’s Roast Organic Chicken with garlic clove. (Courtesy of Benoit)

Benoit

Chef Alain Ducasse’s casual bistro promises a hearty, three-course Christmas dinner. Choose from Twice Baked Upside Down Comté Cheese Soufflé; Filet Mignon with french fries and bordelaise sauce; and Quenelles De Brochet with nantua sauce and rice pilaf.

Thursday, Dec. 24 & Friday, Dec. 25
5:30 p.m.–11 p.m.
Benoit
60 W. 55th St., New York, N.Y.
$85; $30 for children
benoitny.com

The interior of Sons of Essex. (Courtesy of Sons of Essex)
The interior of Sons of Essex. (Courtesy of Sons of Essex)

Chef Hung Huynh at Sons of Essex

“Top Chef” winner Hung Huynh is hosting a Chinese-inspired Christmas Eve dinner at Lower East Side restaurant Sons of Essex. Dishes on the a la carte menu include Roast Duck Scallion Pancake, Roasted Branzino with Chili Garlic Sauce, and Double Cantonese Lobster, cooked in a wok with ginger, garlic, jalapeño, and rice wine.

To add to the Christmas spirit, the restaurant will be screening classic holiday films, including “A Christmas Story,” while dinner is served.

Thursday, Dec. 24
6 p.m.–11 p.m.
Sons of Essex
133 Essex St., New York, N.Y.
sonsofessexnyc.com

Duck Tasting Platter from Mile End Deli. (Courtesy of Mile End Deli)
Duck Tasting Platter from Mile End Deli. (Courtesy of Mile End Deli)

Mile End Deli

This modern update on the Jewish deli is serving a Jewish Christmas dinner with quirky fusion Chinese dishes like Beef Tongue Dumplings, Hunan Fried Egg with Kewpie mayo, Xi’an Spiced Potatoes, and Chef Brian Corned Wings with spicy cumin aioli.

Thursday, Dec. 24 & Friday, Dec. 25
Mile End Deli
97A Hoyt St., Brooklyn, N.Y.
53 Bond St., New York, N.Y.
$65
mileenddeli.com

Sushi Samba's Sesame Sour. (Courtesy of Sushi Samba)
Sushi Samba’s Sesame Sour. (Courtesy of Sushi Samba)

Sushi Samba

This fusion Japanese-Brazilian-Peruvian joint will serve special seasonal dishes like Seared Long Island Foie Gras with toasted Peruvian panetón, Whole Roasted Poussin Adobado, and the Jingle Bell Sushi Roll with panko scallop, tuna, kale, and sesame aioli. Wash everything down with a Sesame Sour, a Japanese take on the classic cocktail.

Thursday, Dec. 24 & Friday, Dec. 25
Sushi Samba
87 Seventh Avenue S., New York, N.Y.
sushisamba.com

Whole Roasted Duck from Edi & The Wolf. (Courtesy of Edi & The Wolf)
Whole Roasted Duck from Edi & The Wolf. (Courtesy of Edi & The Wolf)

Edi & The Wolf

Try an Austrian-inspired holiday dinner at the tavern Edi & The Wolf. Parties of four or larger can share a Whole Roasted Duck, cooked with apples, oranges, chestnuts, and prunes, and served with pretzel brioche, braised red cabbage, and marjoram jus. Enjoy it with a glass of their housemade mulled wine.

Thursday, Dec. 24
Edi & the Wolf
102 Avenue C, New York, N.Y. 
$78 for party of four or more
www.ediandthewolf.com

Piora's Mistletoe Chips made of kale and cranberries. (Courtesy of Piora)
Piora’s Mistletoe Chips made of kale and cranberries. (Courtesy of Piora)

Piora

The Michelin-starred new American restaurant has a holiday tasting menu full of Christmas flavors like peppermint and seasonal ingredients like cranberries and sweet potatoes. The menu includes dishes like the whimsical Mistletoe with cranberry and kale; Sirloin en Croute with Brussels sprouts, sweet potatoes, and foie gras; and Candy Cane with pistachio, peppermint, and chocolate for dessert.

Thursday, Dec. 24
5:30 p.m.–11:30 p.m.
Piora
430 Hudson St., New York, N.Y. 
$175
pioranyc.com

The interior of Colicchio & Sons. (Courtesy of Colicchio & Sons)
The interior of Colicchio & Sons. (Courtesy of Colicchio & Sons)

Colicchio & Sons

Chef Tom Colicchio’s American restaurant will serve a four-course meal, starting with canapés, and followed with dishes like Roasted Duck with persimmon; Tokyo turnips and spiced jus; Garganelli pasta with lamb ragout, olive, and preserved lemon; and Chestnut Yule for dessert.

Thursday, Dec. 24
From 5:30 p.m.
Colicchio & Sons
85 Tenth Ave., New York, N.Y. 
$165; $75 for children
www.craftrestaurantsinc.com/colicchio-and-sons

The interior of Boqueria. (Courtesy of Boqueria)
The interior of Boqueria. (Courtesy of Boqueria)

Boqueria

Tapas bar Boqueria has prepared a Spanish-inflected holiday menu, with dishes like Calabaza con Mojo Canario, roasted butternut squash with spicy labneh, mojo verde, and hazelnuts; Paella de Langosta y Butifarra, lobster paella with house-made pork sausage, crispy Brussels sprouts, and picada sofrito; and Caballa a la Plancha, grilled Spanish mackerel with gigante beans, cauliflower, black aragon olives, and salsa verde.

Thursday, Dec. 24
All locations

Friday, Dec. 25
SoHo and UES only

Boqueria
boquerianyc.com

Marea

Chef Michael White is serving fine, elegant Italian fare at his Michelin-starred restaurants. At Marea, enjoy a seafood-centric four-course meal with dishes like Nova Scotia lobster with burrata, eggplant al funghetto, and basil; Gnocchetti with ruby red shrimp, red chilis, and rosemary; and Tiramisu with espresso gelato.

Thursday, Dec. 24
Noon–11 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 25
1 p.m.–9 p.m.
Marea
240 Central Park South, New York, N.Y. 
$150
marea-nyc.com

Ai Fiori

At Michael White’s other upscale Italian restaurant, enjoy excellent pasta in addition to meat and seafood courses. Options include the Tortelli with ricotta & mascarpone ravioli, sottocenere cheese, and red wine glaze; Atlantic halibut with celery root caponata, and black truffle; and veal chop with potatoes, prosciutto, and sage.

Friday, Dec. 25
1 p.m.–9 p.m.
Ai Fiori
400 Fifth Ave., Level 2, New York, N.Y. 
$130, $65 for children
aifiorinyc.com

L’Amico

Chef Laurent Tourondel’s L’Amico will serve his take on the Italian holiday meal, Feast of the Seven Fishes, on Christmas Eve. Aside from fish (Wood Oven Baked Branzino), the seven-course menu will include Bucatini Pasta with lobster; Octopus and Shrimp Scampi; and Diver Sea Scallops with endive marmalade and caramelized tangerine.

Thursday, Dec. 24
L’Amico
849 Avenue of the Americas, New York, N.Y. 
$125 per person
lamico.nyc

The Red Cat's Hamachi Tartare. (Courtesy of The Red Cat)
The Red Cat’s Hamachi Tartare. (Courtesy of The Red Cat)

The Red Cat

Chef-owner Jimmy Bradley will pay homage to his Italian heritage with a Feast of the Seven Fishes menu on Christmas Eve. Courses can be served family style or a la carte for $15 each. Seafood rules the menu with dishes like Crispy Shrimp with white polenta, rapini, and brown butter; Sauteed Calamari with fennel, blood orange, and salsa verde; and Grilled Octopus with white beans, fried leeks, romesco, and aioli.

Thursday, Dec. 24
The Red Cat
227 10th Ave., New York, N.Y. 
theredcat.com

East 12th Osteria's appetizer duo with stuffed flying squid and baby octopus. (Courtesy of East 12th Osteria)
East 12th Osteria’s appetizer duo with stuffed flying squid and baby octopus. (Courtesy of East 12th Osteria)

East 12th Osteria

This East Village restaurant is offering a three-course Feast of the Seven Fishes meal with seafood on Christmas Eve, and a three-course, Northern-Italian inspired menu on Christmas Day. The seafood feast includes mazzara prawns, octopus, sea scallops, and black bass. The Christmas Day menu includes dishes like Tortellini filled with truffled Crescenza cheese and porcini sauce, Beef Short Ribs braised in St. Maddalena wine, and Chocolate Fondant with hazelnut cream and raspberries.

Feast of the Seven Fishes
Thursday, Dec. 24
$75

Christmas Day menu
Friday, Dec. 25
$65

East 12th Osteria
197 First Ave., New York, N.Y.
east12osteria.com

Lupulo and Aldea

Chef George Mendes’s Portuguese restaurant, Lupulo, will be open on Christmas Eve to serve its regular menu and some Christmas specials on their seasonal menu. Try the Salt Cod Casserole with potatoes, olives, and eggs, or Lamb Leg cooked over charcoal with farro, fennel, and broccoli rabe.

At Mendes’s Spanish and Portuguese-influenced restaurant, Aldea, a special three-course prix-fixe menu will be served.

Thursday, Dec. 24
Lupulo
835 Sixth Ave., New York, N.Y. 
5 p.m.–11 p.m.
lupulonyc.com

Aldea
31 W. 17th St.
5 p.m.–9 p.m., New York, N.Y. 
$85
aldearestaurant.com

The PieLogen from Pastry Chef Zac Young

In charge of bringing dessert to the holiday party? Executive pastry chef Zac Young at the restaurant group David Burke Group, has created a new line of pastries that consists of a pie inside a cake.

For the holiday season, Young created the PieLogen, a toffee pecan pie, eggnog cheesecake, and chocolate caramel yule log all in one, layered together with chocolate buttercream frosting.

The treats are currently only available for pick-up at the David Burke fabrick restaurant inside the Archer Hotel.

David Burke fabrick
47 West 38th St., New York, N.Y.
$65
thepiecakenshop.com

Bûche Tentation from Maison Kayser. (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)
Bûche Tentation from Maison Kayser. (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)

Maison Kayser

Christmas time in France often means serving the traditional bûche de Noël. Maison Kayser makes three versions. Our favorite is the dramatic Bûche Tentation, which is airy, light, and refreshing, perfect for ending a decadent holiday meal. It is pistachio cake with layers of blueberry meringue and crémeux, rasberry mousseline cream, and cassis compote with a raspberry glaze and white chocolate. Another bûche is a delicate and lovely marriage of chestnut and apricot, and the chocolate one is intense and rich, sure to please chocolate lovers.

Maison Kayser
Locations in Manhattan
maison-kayser-usa.com

Breakfast With Santa at The Rink at Rockefeller Center

The young and young at heart can sit down to a family-style breakfast with Jolly Ol’ Saint Nick and his elves at the Rock Center Café or The Sea Grill before heading out for an ice-skating session. The breakfast includes pastries, eggs, bacon and sausage, juices, coffee, and tea. Families get to take photos with Santa while elves offer a small gift.

“New York comes alive in the winter,” said Nick Valenti, CEO of Patina Restaurant Group. “With the decorations and the spirit, people flock to the city this time of year. Breakfast with Santa is a wonderful way to enjoy the holidays with the whole household. It’s our own family tradition too, and the kids and grandkids always come to join us.”

The Rink at Rockefeller Center 
Fifth Avenue (between 49th & 50th streets), New York, N.Y.

Breakfast with Santa
The Sea Grill
19 W. 49th St., New York, N.Y. 
$115 adults, $75 children

Rock Center Café
20 W. 50th St., New York, N.Y. 
$85 adults, $55 children
therinkatrockcenter.com/breakfast-with-santa