Everyone’s Favorite Gift this Holiday Season: A Delicious Meal

The 2008 Holiday Season

Everyone’s Favorite Gift this Holiday Season: A Delicious Meal

 

Holidays are a time to share with loved ones and what better way to celebrate the season than with a special night out. Chefs across the country are offering prix-fixe and a la carte choices to fit every budget and palate. The following restaurants are open this holiday season, offering special menus and the chance to leave the cooking to someone else.

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New York

At Vermilion

480 Lexington Avenue, NYC

212-871-6600

OPEN: Christmas Eve: 5:00pm-11:00pm

Christmas Day: 11:30am-10:00pm

New Year’s Eve: 5:00pm-3:00am, 2 seatings: the first seating is from 5:00pm-8:00pm, the second seating is at 8:30pm until closing.

CLOSED: New Year’s Day

At Vermilion melds together not only the flavors that pepper both Indian and Latin American cuisine but also the cultural and geographical elements both India and Latin America share. The ingredients found in both cultures— coconut, tamarind, mango, beans, rice—combine to make up the innovative dishes concepted by Dey with executive chef Maneet Chauhan

Bar Americain

152 West 52nd St, NYC

212-807-7400

 

OPEN: Christmas Eve: 5:30pm-9:00pm; last seating at 8:45pm, serving a la carte menu

New Year’s Eve: 5:30pm-11:00pm; last seating at 10:45pm, serving a la carte menu

CLOSED: Christmas Day

New Year’s Day

 

Bobby Flay, New York City’s beloved hometown chef, brings his downtown flair to Midtown, with the success of Bar Americain. An American brasserie, Bar Americain celebrates the foods of America with a healthy dose of the bold flavors Flay is most known for.

 

BLT Fish

21 West 17th Street, NYC

212-691-8888

 

OPEN: Christmas Eve: 5:30pm-10:00pm; standard a la carte menu

New Year’s Eve: 5:30pm-10:00pm; standard a la carte menu

CLOSED: Christmas Day

New Year’s Day

 

BLT Fish commemorates renowned Chef Laurent Tourondel’s return to the sea, and is second in the BLT series of signature modern bistros. Tourondel re-immersed himself in the deep waters of the ocean bringing to the surface a Flatiron townhouse that couples a New England-style fish shack and a sophisticated environment for sublime seafood.

 

BLT Market

1430 Avenue of the Americas, NYC

212-521-6125

 

OPEN: Christmas Eve: 5:30pm-10:00pm
Christmas Day: 7:00am-10:45am; 1:00pm-8:45pm; offering three-course prix-fixe menu for $95 per person

New Year’s Eve

 

Acclaimed chef and restaurateur Laurent Tourondel seamlessly integrates French sensibilities into the hearty constituents of American cuisine at BLT Market in The Ritz-Carlton New York, Central Park. Tourondel brings the market to table by focusing on fresh, seasonal ingredients available in farmers’ markets, paying particular attention to unusual, wild and locally grown items.

 

BLT Prime

111 East 22nd Street, NYC

212-995-8500

 

OPEN: Christmas Eve: 5:30pm-10:00pm; Standard a la carte menu

New Year’s Eve: 5:30pm-11:00pm; Standard a la carte menu

CLOSED: Christmas Day

New Year’s Day

 

BLT Prime, Laurent Tourondel’s third venture in New York City’s Gramercy Park neighborhood, celebrates a variety of meats and cuts based on a traditional steakhouse menu.

 

BLT Steak

106 East 57th Street, NYC

212-752-7470

 

OPEN: Christmas Eve: 5:30pm-10:00pm; standard a la carte menu

New Year’s Eve: 5:30pm-11:00pm; standard a la carte menu

CLOSED: Christmas Day

New Year’s Day

 

BLT Steak, Chef Laurent Tourondel presents his adaptation of the American Steakhouse, elevating it with his signature style and all-around finesse. The result – the Modern American Steakhouse.

 

Buddakan

75 Ninth Avenue, NYC

212-989-6699

 

OPEN: Christmas Eve: 5:30pm-10:00pm

New Year’s Eve: 5:30pm-1:00am; In-house DJ spinning all night;

Complimentary Champagne toast at midnight

New Year’s Day: 5:30-10:00pm

 

Philadelphia-based restaurateur Stephen Starr opened his sensational contemporary Asian restaurant Buddakan in New York’s Meatpacking District in March 2006. Since then, Buddakan has become a modern classic, noted for its critically-acclaimed contemporary Chinese menu and dramatic design.

 

Braeburn

117 Perry Street, NYC

212-255-0696

 

OPEN: New Year’s Eve: 6:00pm-10:00pm; special prix-fixe menu

CLOSED: Christmas Eve

Christmas Day

New Year’s Day

 

Chef Brian Bistrong and partner John-Paul O’Neil present Braeburn, a contemporary American bistro in the heart of Greenwich Village. Like contemporary Parisian bistros, Braeburn’s menu uses the flexibility of the seasons and global accents to create dishes imbued with flavor.

 

Convivio

45 Tudor City Place, NYC

212-599-5045

 

OPEN: Christmas Eve: Offering regular menu as well as a special six-course seafood- focused menu for $79

New Year’s Eve: offering two seatings: seating one from 5:30-6:15 will feature the regular menu at $69/person for four courses. At the second seating, starting at 8:30, there will be a six -course menu for $99

CLOSED: Christmas Day

New Year’s Day

 

Restaurateur Chris Cannon and acclaimed Chef-Partner Michael White are the forces behind Convivio, a restaurant that exudes the soul and spirit of Southern Italy. Inspired by warm memories of Italian kitchens and the country’s unforgettable flavors, White crafts a menu that travels through the country’s Southern towns and creatively interprets revered recipes. This holiday season, $25 of each check will be donated to Citymeals-on-Wheels.

 

Cookshop

156 10th Avenue, NYC

212-924-4440

 

OPEN: Christmas Eve: 5:30pm-10:00pm; offering the regular menu

New Year’s Eve: 2 Seatings: Cookshop will be open on New Year’s Eve and will be offering two seatings: its first seating, the regular menu will be available. At its second seating (likely to be around 8:30), they will offer a special menu.

New Year’s Day: 10:30am-4:00pm; offering regular brunch menu

CLOSED: Christmas Day

 

Cookshop embodies the ideal combination of great American food, friendly service and meaningful design. The menu at Cookshop stays true to Chef Marc Meyer’s respect for the earth and its bounty. Poultry and dairy are grown with the least amount of fertilizers necessary, no growth hormones nor antibiotics; and meats are locally raised, grass fed and certified humane.

 

CRU

25 Fifth Avenue, NYC

212-529-1700

 

OPEN: Christmas Eve: 5:30pm-10:30pm, Regular menu will be available as well as a special three-course menu for $110 per person

New Year’s Eve: 5:30pm-1:30am, Three seatings: the first seating is at 5:30pm and is offering a three-course menu for $65, the second seating is at 7:45pm and is offering a five-course menu for $135, the third seating is at 10:00pm and is offering a seven-course menu for $195

CLOSED: Christmas Day

New Year’s Day

 

Chef Chea Galante’s modern European cuisine at CRU is rooted in classic techniques, incorporating the best seasonal ingredients available. From raw crudo flown in from Japan to the pastas made in house daily, care and thought enters into the creation of every dish.

 

eighty one

45 West 81St Street, NYC

212-873-8181

 

OPEN: Christmas Eve: 5:15pm-10:30pm (regular hours)

New Year’s Eve: two seatings – prixe fixe

CLOSED: Christmas Day

New Year’s Day

 

Ed Brown applies his renowned culinary talent to a new cast of impeccable ingredients at his restaurant, eighty one on New York’s Upper West Side. Through a menu of modern American cuisine, Chef Brown’s subtle preparations display the elegant flavors of the world’s most coveted and artisanal varieties of vegetables, meats and seafood.

 

FORGE

134 Reade Street, NYC

212-941-9401

 

OPEN: Christmas Eve: Four-course prix fixe menu

New Year’s Eve: Six-course prix fixe menu for up to 75 people

CLOSED: Christmas Day

New Year’s Day

 

FORGE features Chef Marc Forgione’s laid-back yet high-style approach to New American cuisine in a comfortable and energetic atmosphere. The name FORGE is Forgione’s nickname among friends, and is a fitting tribute to the level of craftsmanship present in both the food and design of the restaurant.

 

Gilt

The New York Palace Hotel
455 Madison Avenue, NYC
212-891-8100

 

OPEN: Christmas Eve: 5:30pm-10:00pm

New Year’s Eve: 2 seatings: 5:30pm – 7:00pm – Five-course seasonal tasting menu; 9:00-10:00pm- seven – course special holiday menu

CLOSED: Christmas Day

New Year’s Day

Gilt features an extraordinary wine list with great vintages of the world and an innovative New American menu by acclaimed chef Christopher Lee. Gilt’s intimate 52 seat dining room offers three and five course pre-fixe menus, in addition to a grand seven course tasting menu.

 

Gotham Bar and Grill

12 East 12th Street, NYC

212-620-4020

 

OPEN: Christmas Eve: 5:30pm-10:00pm; Four-course prix-fixe menu / $110 per person

New Year’s Eve: 5:30pm-11:00pm

CLOSED: Christmas Day

 

Gotham Bar and Grill is Alfred Portale’s celebrated classic restaurant, known for defining contemporary American cuisine, emphasizing seasonal, local ingredients and demonstrating the staying power of a restaurant that values consistency, service and quality.

 

Grayz

13-14 West 54th St, NYC

212-262-4600

 

OPEN: New Year’s Eve: 5:30-11:00pm; Five-course tasting menu/ $85 per person with a glass of champagne at midnight

 

Grayz is the modern European restaurant located in a landmark townhome on West 54th Street.

 

Mesa Grill

102 Fifth Avenue, NYC

212-807-7400

 

OPEN: Christmas Eve: 5:30pm-9:00pm, last seating at 8:45pm, serving a la carte menu

New Year’s Eve: 5:30pm-11:00pm, last seating at 10:45pm

CLOSED: Christmas Day

New Year’s Day

 

Bobby Flay developed his signature style of American cookery at Mesa Grill, marrying the flavors of southwest with his love of grilling. From fiery and cool to sweet and tart, Bobby deftly combines zesty wet and dry rubs, bold sauces along with creative and timeless techniques.

 

Pranna

79 Madison Avenue, NYC

212-696-5700

 

OPEN: Christmas Eve: 2:00pm-10:00pm

New Year’s Eve

New Year’s Day

CLOSED: Christmas Day

 

Established Long Island restaurateurs Rajiv and Payal Sharma partner with Executive Chef Chai Trivedi in their debut Manhattan project, Pranna, which combines the Eastern principles of cuisine and spirituality with Western tastes and presentations to offer an upscale dining experience in a natural, chic space.

 

 

Las Vegas

Fleur De Lys

3950 Las Vegas Blvd South, Las Vegas NV

702-632-9400

 

OPEN: Christmas Eve: 5:30pm-10:30pm – Five-course tasting menu for $99

Christmas Day: 5:30pm-10:30pm – Five-course tasting menu for $99

New Year’s Eve: 5:30pm-10:30pm; 2 seatings – $145 prix fixe menu for first seating, $215 prix-fixe menu for second seating

 

Renowned Chef Hubert Keller brings his finesses for contemporary French Cuisine from San Francisco to Mandalay Bay at Fleur de Lys. The dining experience allows diners to choose the options that suit them best: three, four, and five-course experiences are available as well as à la carte options.

 

Isla

Treasure Island, 3300 Las Vegas Blvd South, Las Vegas NV

702-894-7349

 

OPEN: Christmas Eve: 4:00pm-11:00pm – offering prix-fixe menu/ $65 per person

Christmas Day: 4:00pm-11:00pm – offering prix-fixe menu/ $85 per person

CLOSED: New Year’s Eve

New Year’s Day

 

Chef Richard Sandoval explores traditional Mexican cuisine with a modern twist served in a casually elegant dining atmosphere at Isla created by the multi-award winning international designer Jeffrey Beers.

 

MICHAEL MINA

Bellagio, 3600 Las Vegas Blvd South, Las Vegas NV

702-693-7223

 

OPEN: Christmas Eve: 5:30pm-10:00pm – market price prix-fixe menu

Christmas Day: 5:30-10:00pm – market price prix-fixe menu

New Year’s Day: 5:30pm-10:00pm; 2 seatings – $145 prix fixe menu for first seating, $215 prix-fixe menu for second seating

CLOSED: New Year’s Eve

 

Chef Anthony Amoroso works closely with Restaurateur Michael Mina to create the refined American and seafood dishes that make up the menu at Michael Mina at the Bellagio.

 

Nobhill Tavern

MGM Grand, 3799 Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV

702-891-7337

 

OPEN: Christmas Day: 5:30pm-10:00pm; prix-fixe menu/ $95 per person

New Year’s Eve: 5:30-10:00pm; prix-fixe menu/$95 per person

CLOSED: Christmas Eve

New Year’s Eve

 

Rick Moonen’s RM Seafood

Mandalay Bay, 3950 Las Vegas Blvd South, Las Vegas NV

702-632-9300

 

OPEN: New Year’s Eve: 5:30pm-10:30pm – offering a prix-fixe menu/$125 per person

CLOSED: Christmas Eve

Christmas Day

New Year’s Day

 

At Rick Moonen’s RM Seafood, Chef Rick Moonen’s commitment to using organically grown, sustainable produce and sustainably caught seafood shines through across the menu.

 

 

Colorado

The Corner Office

1401 Curtis Street, Denver CO

303-825-6500

 

OPEN: Christmas Eve: 6:30am-10:00pm – Last seating is at 8:00pm, the bar is open until 1:45am

Christmas Day: 6:30am-10:00pm – Last seating is at 8:00pm, the bar is open until 1:45am

New Year’s Eve: 6:30am-10:00pm

New Year’s day: 6:30am-10:00pm

 

The Corner Office is the first of several new concept restaurants to be launched by Sage Restaurant Group, a venture of Denver-based Sage Hospitality Resources. Chef Jeffrey Todd Bolton has designed dishes that are described as global comfort food; familiar food from a variety of cuisines from around the world prepared with distinctive twists that makes the dishes unique to The Corner Office.

 

Second Home Kitchen and Bar

150 Clayton Land, Denver CO

303-253-3000

 

OPEN: Christmas Eve: 6:30am-10:00pm – Last seating is at 8:00pm, the bar is open until 1:45am

Christmas Day: 6:30am-10:00pm – Last seating is at 8:00pm, the bar is open until 1:45am

New Year’s Eve: 6:30am-10:00pm

New Year’s day: 6:30am-10:00pm

 

With one arm around modern home-cooking and the other out-stretched around a chic, ambient, fire-lit setting, Second Home Kitchen and Bar is like a big hug at the end of a long day. The menu at Second Home is vast and characterized by modern spins on timeless favorites.

 

Chicago

Mercat a la Planxa

638 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL

312-765-0524

 

OPEN: Christmas Eve: 6:30am-8:00pm – Regular breakfast, lunch and dinner menu served

Christmas Day: 6:30am-8:00pm – Regular breakfast, lunch and dinner menu served, Chef Fiorello will be offering a Holiday Tasting Feast

New Year’s Eve: 6:30am-11:00pm

New Year’s Day: 6:30am-8:00pm – Regular breakfast, lunch and dinner menu served

 

Chef Jose Garces’ modern Mediterranean kitchen delivers a dose of Catalan soul straight to your table at Mercat a la Planxa.

 

 

 

Boston

Clio Restaurant

Uni Sashimi Bar

370 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA

617-536-7200

 

OPEN: Christmas Eve: 5:30pm-9:00pm, serving an a la carte menu

New Year’s Eve: 5:30pm-10:30pm, serving a five-course menu for $125 per person and a seven-course for $175 per person

CLOSED: Christmas Day

New Year’s Day

 

Clio, Boston’s highly regarded Contemporary French-American restaurant, has garnered a variety of national accolades fueled by Chef/Owner Ken Oringer’s passion for innovative cuisine and ability to draw upon global inspiration.

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