If your family is coming to visit the Big Apple or you’ve decided to stay put for Christmas Eve, consider making a reservation to keep things simple. Many restaurants are offering prix-fixe menus well worth the price tag. Spend your time wrapping, and opening presents, instead of standing in the kitchen.
Tavern On The Green (67th Street & Central Park West) Wow your family with the magical setting of dining in Central Park. Tavern is open Christmas Eve and Christmas Day from 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Their gourmet four-course menu is $125 per adult and $65 for children 12 and younger. Choices include Wild Mushroom Ravioli, Grilled Maine Lobster Risotto with mango and jalapeno and Slow Roasted Beef Tenderloin with a cabernet sauce. Top things off with Spiced Eggnog Crème Brûlée for dessert. Since you’re already in the park, you can walk off the calories afterwards. It may sound touristy, but even New Yorkers like me visit several times a year.
La Pecora Bianca (2 locations) La Pecora serves local and seasonal cuisine with an approachable menu emphasizing vegetables and house-made pastas. They are proud to offer an all Italian wine list and an extensive selection of Spritzes and Negronis made with Italian Amari. For Christmas Eve enjoy a three-course meal for $65. They are known for their Tagliatelle with beef and pork bolognese but are also serving Tuna Tartare, Scallops and Strip Steak with chanterelles in a barolo sauce. Enjoy their two-course lunch prixe-fixe for $29 on your next visit. They are very busy during lunch, so be sure to make a reservation. The upstairs is quieter at the midtown location if hustle bustle isn’t your thing.
Oceana (120 West 49th Street) Just steps from the Rockefeller Tree and Radio City, Oceana will be serving the traditional Italian “Feast of the Seven Fishes” dinner on Christmas Eve. The special five-course tasting menu features Bay Scallop Orecchiette, Sea Bass and King Crab Cioppino and Eel and Smoked Trout. In gratitude to all of their loyal guests, they will be offering all bottled Burgundy at 50% off on Christmas Eve. The seafood at Oceana is top notch promising a memorable Holiday meal. Dinner is available on December 24th from 5-10 p.m., and is $110 per person. Revisit for their $49 three-course dinner Monday through Saturday from 5-6:30 p.m. the next time you’re planning a visit to the theatre. Through 12/29 the prix-fixe menu will be served all day on Sundays.