Finding a restaurant to have Christmas Eve dinner is no small feat – especially if you don’t want to be locked into paying an exorbitant amount in mandatory prix fixes. Sometimes it takes extensive Yelp searches, multiple phone calls, and numerous dead-ends until you find the right place. Don’t know where to begin? Try out this list of my tried and true holiday dinner spots!
If you’re craving French, Le Midi, which offers a la carte dining on Christmas Eve, is perfect for you! The prices are very reasonable and its central Manhattan location will make it easy for everyone to just hop on the train. Service was attentive and if you’re lucky, you might even have the place to yourselves for the night! Their Entrecôte, which is a premium cut steak with string beans, maître d’hôtel butter & potatoes au gratin, is to die for!
If you’re craving Italian, try any of these two Altamarea restaurants – both located in Soho. If you’re looking for more rustic Italian, try Osteria Morini. The restaurant has a great homey feel to it and the prices are super reasonable. Osteria Morini is offering their a la carte menu as well as some special Feast of the Seven Fish specials. Definitely try their Cappelletti, which feature tiny truffle-ricotta raviolis in a melted butter sauce with prosciutto. The ricotta ravioli were soft and pillowy and paired so well with the light butter sauce.
For a more modern feel, take a walk down the main streets of Soho to Costata, which is part steakhouse and part pasta lover’s paradise. If you’re more of a pasta person than a steak person, try their Garganelli with alla fiamma, speck, radicchio and truffle cream. This dish is super light and fragrant – not heavy at all. The speck and truffle cream work together so well.
For larger parties, San Marino is my go-to spot for holiday dinner. Party of 8? No problem. Party of 12? Even better! And the best part? They allow reservations for parties of 12 on OpenTable! They offer their a la carte menu with no special price hikes during the holiday season. Most of the time, since it’s inside a hotel, you get the private room to yourself. We love coming here for our annual holiday dinners. Service is impeccable and attentive and the prices are reasonable. My favorite dish? Their pink sauce ravioli!
And last, but not least, Rafele is a great option for larger parties. For parties of 10 or larger, you will have to commit to a family-style prix fixe but the prices are super reasonable. A prix fixe of 3 appetizer choices, 2 pastas, 2 entrees, 2 sides, and 3 desserts is just $55 per person. I think it’s a steal!
Hurry up and make your Christmas Eve dinner reservations today! And be sure to use OpenTable for those points!