Best Christmas Dinners in NYC

A white linen covered table at Carmine's in New York City with freshly prepared seafood and traditional Italian food options.
Photo Credit: Carmine’s

With as much merriment as the holidays provide, figuring out plans for the season takes a bit of work! From obligatory Christmas parties, to buying and wrapping gifts, and mailing out holiday greeting cards…whew! It’s easy to get lost in a whirlwind of activity, and before you know it, the season is over. That’s why we’re advocates of taking one large thing off your plate and letting someone else take care of it: Christmas dinner!

By attending Christmas dinner at a local restaurant, you’ll be able to enjoy the evening with loved ones without needing to prep, cook, and cleaning up the kitchen. Instead, throw on your Christmas attire and head to one of the below spots in Glenwood neighborhoods to take joy in the day!

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Iconic Chinese Food at Chinese Tuxedo

If you want to jump on the Chinese food bandwagon on Christmas Day, there’ss no better spot than Chinatown’s newly opened Chinese Tuxedo. Located in Downtown Manhattan (it’s approximately a 15 minute walk, or short cab or Uber ride for downtown Glenwood residents), this restaurant is an elevated version of what you would typically think of for a Chinese restaurant. It’s situated in an old two-story opera house on the winding Doyers Street – arguably one of the cutest streets in NYC, and the inside is candlelit and glamorous!

Cost: The price is a la carte.

Freshly prepared pasta at Marea restaurant in New York City.
Photo Credit: Marea

A Multi-Course Meal To Remember at Marea

If you’re looking forward to putting on your finest cocktail dress or suit savor a special meal, Marea is your spot this holiday season.

Located on Central Park South, Marea is ideal for Glenwood residents living on the Westside. It’s known throughout New York (and beyond) as being one of the city’s most extravagant places to dine, and would make for a special dinner to remember. The menu focuses on coastal Italian seafood, and the Christmas dinner will include a 4 course prix fixe menu, with 4 options per course.

Cost: $150 per person

An interior view of Carmine's Italian restaurant in New York City.
Photo Credit: Carmine’s

For a Laid Back Family Style Meal, Head to Carmine’s

After a full day of Christmas activities, there’ss a good chance you want to skip all the formalities and go someplace you can have a bottle of red wine, a boat load of delicious food, and relax in the company of your loved ones. Carmine’s in Times Square is just the place! The legendary restaurant is famous for its Italian food and humongous portions, which are best for sharing. This place is perfect for Glenwood residents on the Westside of Manhattan, specifically those of Crystal Green and Emerald Green.

Cost: The price is a la carte.

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A Meal with a Special Visit From Santa at Clement

If you have children dining with you, having a special visit from Santa Claus during your Christmas meal is truly a memory in the making!

Clement, located at The Peninsula Hotel in Midtown (close for Glenwood Midtown East residents), will be serving holiday classic dishes. The entree you choose, the appetizers, and the desserts are offered in a buffet format, so you can enjoy a bit of everything! Pair that with festive holiday music, and voila – best Christmas meal, ever.

Cost: $190 per person, $85 for 12 years and younger

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