If you plan on staying in the city on Christmas Day, try making reservations at one of this weeks picks for a relaxed meal. Nothing beats the calm New York City vibe on Holidays. The December throngs of tourists fade away…
Green Fig (570 Tenth Avenue) Located on the fourth Floor of Yotel, Green Fig features modern Israeli cuisine with influences from the Mediterranean and the Middle East. They strive to combine unique flavors and spices with local seasonal ingredients. On Christmas, try their three-course menu for $49. It includes Apple Cider Baby Back Ribs and Pumpkin Risotto with caramelized fennel. If you are in need of a hotel that day, it’s a convenient choice near Times Square and the famous ball drop on New Year’s Eve. Try the The Big Apple cocktail ($15) with bourbon, apple brandy and maple cinnamon syrup with dessert. The aromas of curry, thyme and chickpeas are sure to warm your tummy.
The Shadmoor (1066 Second Avenue) The Shadmoor is known for bringing fresh Montauk seafood to Manhattan. Their $58 three-course menu includes Sea Scallops, Lobster Salad and Pan Seared Halibut. For meat lovers, you can choose Filet Mignon or Chicken Roulade stuffed with spinach and mushrooms. To save, grab $1.25 oysters, $5 beer and $7 wines everyday from 3-6:30 p.m. at the bar. They serve a two-course lunch ($24) from 12-4 p.m. and dinner ($30) from 4-6:30 p.m. daily as well. The nautical vibe is very casual and beachy and will help you envision the warm days of summer.
Mifune (245 East 44th Street) Looking for a new twist on Christmas? Spend Christmas in Japan this year with a seven-course $95 menu at this high-end Japanese-French palace. There are two seatings on Christmas at 5:30 and 8 p.m. that include Alaskan King Crab Ceviche, Tosazu Gelée Wild New York Sea Bass and Black Angus Filet Mignon. If you want to splurge, add on the $60 sake pairings with each course. Their sushi is top grade and sure to spoil anyone who visits. For lunch they offer a three-course menu for $45 that highlights some of their famous dishes like Sashimi and Braised Pork Belly.