Monday, December 24, 2012

Where to Eat on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day

Posted by on Mon, Dec 24, 2012 at 12:04 PM

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There’s no shame in not wanting to cook a big holiday dinner this year. There’s not even any shame in not knowing anyone who wants to cook a big holiday dinner for you. There are plenty of restaurants in Brooklyn forgoing their own celebrations in order to help you get into the Christmas (and Christmas Eve) spirit this season — and not all of them serve Peking duck, potstickers, and hot and sour soup. But yeah, most of them do.

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Where to Eat Out on Christmas Eve
Saul Restaurant

Chef Saul Bolton will host the Feast of the Seven Fishes for the eighth year running at his Cobble Hill restaurant, Saul, as well as at (appropriately), his newly opened Brooklyn Heights spot, Red Gravy. We are neither Italian nor in the habit of commemorating the midnight birth of baby Jesus, but multiple courses of pristine shellfish prepared by a Michelin-starred chef? Glory, glory hallelujah!

140 Smith St, (718) 935-9844

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Where to Eat Out on Christmas Eve
Allswell

If fish isn’t your thing, check out the Olde English banquet at this Williamsburg gastropub on Christmas Eve — complete with mulled wine, a Double Gloucester cheese and chutney course, roast beef with Yorkshire pudding, bashed carrots and neeps (that’s turnips to you heathens), jacket potatoes, sticky toffee pudding, and lemon shaker pie.

124 Bedford Ave, (347) 799-2743

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Where to Eat Out on Christmas Eve
Fonda

Here’s a Christmas Eve curveball — from December 17th-30th, chef Roberto Santibanez will add a little bit of Swedish flavor to the decidedly Mexican menu at his popular Park Slope restaurant — inspired by a recent passion for Scandinavian cuisine acquired after several trips to Stockholm. Holiday ham is nice, but wouldn’t you rather feast on roasted jalapeno soup with dill crema, Swedish meatballs with chipotle sauce, lutefisk with cured poblano peppers, warm apple tart with saffron and Guajillo-infused Aquavit Glogg?

434 7th Ave, (718) 369-3144

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Where to Eat Out on Christmas Day
Lucky Eight

If you’re determined to act out the final scene in “A Christmas Story” this year, Sunset Park’s Chinatown is a must for expertly roasted duck. We particularly love this perennially packed spot, that seats large families jostling over platters of sautéed sea clams with XO sauce, abalone and shark fin soup, and crispy suckling pig over rice.

5204 8th Ave, (718) 851-8862

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Where to Eat Out on Christmas Day
The Pearl Room

This Bay Ridge restaurant never misses an opportunity to run a prix fixe; $52pp buys a choice of three courses on either Christmas Eve or Day. Chow down on jumbo lump crab cakes, braised short rib wellington, and cheesecake, or seafood salad, prosciutto-wrapped pork tenderloin, and tiramisu.

8201 3rd Ave, (718) 833-6666

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Where to Eat Out on Christmas Day
1 or 8

Take a break from tradition and make a holiday meal from raw fish and nori at this starkly modern sushi spot. The chef’s choice Omakase ($50pp) seems appropriately celebratory, but you can’t go wrong with lobster ceviche, duck leg confit over grilled vegetables and buckwheat noodles, or a crispy shrimp roll with cabbage and yuzu miso, accompanied by a potent shot of shochu or fizzy glass of champagne.

66 S 2nd St, (718) 384-2152

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Where to Eat Out on Christmas Day
Reynard

We hope the folks at Reynard’s are raking in some sweet holiday pay in order to bring you this luxurious Christmas Day prix fixe. $85pp is actually a pretty good deal for such a high end, consummately French repast — the meal kicks off with oysters, pate and assorted cheeses, followed by roasted goose with foie gras and savory bread pudding, and buche de noel for dessert.

80 Wythe Ave, (718) 460-8004

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Where to Eat Out on Christmas Day
Mile End

You don’t need to be a Jew to celebrate like one on Christmas. Join everyone’s favorite hipster delicatessen over the holidays for a no-holds-barred Chinese feast, which includes hot and sour soup, dan dan noodles with lamb, dry rubbed chicken wings, smoked bluefish toast and BBQ duck for $65pp. Bring your own Manischewitz.

97A Hoyt St, (718) 852-7510

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