Christmas Eve Dinner in NYC.
Are all your presents wrapped and lights on your tree? It’s hard to get everything done in time to enjoy spending time with family and friends at Christmas. There is one chore you can leave to the pros; Christmas Eve dinner. In my house this is one of the biggest meals of the year with several courses of food and desserts. It you’d rather let someone else do the cooking this year, book these reservations.
Fresco by Scotto (34 East 52nd Street) For many Italians Christmas Eve is the night of the “Feast of the Seven Fishes,” a celebration in anticipation of the birth of Jesus. As you can imagine doing seven different dishes at home is a ton of work. For $80 per person you’ll share assorted pizzas and antipastos and then have a choice of appetizers, entrees and desserts. If everyone orders something different you can taste many “fishes.” There are non-seafood dishes on the menu and children 12 and under are $45 per person.
Coppola’s (206 West 79th Street, 378 3rd Avenue) Coppola’s brick lined walls and friendly staff will make you feel right at home. I am in love with the jumbo meatballs and brick oven pizzas. It’s nice to start with a pizza as an appetizer and then order an entrée. The wine list starts at $32. The homemade pastas are wonderful and the fish dishes like grilled branzino are a good choice. Think of them as an extension of your living room. They will be offering both a prix-fixe menu around $50 in addition to their normal menu. Pastas start at $15.
I Trulli (122 East 27th Street) For $72 per person I Trulli is also offering a traditional Italian menu that includes four courses. Each course offers several different seafood choices like pasta with lobster sauce and wood-oven roasted oysters. An assortment of desserts for the entire table will complete your meal. For non-seafood lovers they are offering a special a la carte menu complete with chicken, pork and beef dishes. This place reminds me of an Italian villa.