Here are some Christmas Day dining options—whether you’re looking for a special meal, or you just want a bite to eat.
~THE DINING ROOM AT THE RITZ-CARLTON~ will be offering a six-course tasting menu for the table at $175 per person.
~AME~ at St. Regis will offer a special Christmas Day five-course menu in addition to the restaurant’s regular menu (they will also be open on Christmas Eve from 5pm-9pm). The menu includes Dungeness crab salad; seared Maine diver scallop; and roasted Atkins Ranch lamb chops. $95; wine pairings additional $65. 4pm-8pm.
Another one doing double duty is ~AMERICANO~ at Hotel Vitale, open both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day (5:30pm-10pm). The three-course dinner will include choices like lardo-wrapped Hawaiian blue prawns; house-crafted cotechino with Umbrian lentils and grilled red onion; Piemontese-style rib-eye with horseradish creamed Brussels sprouts and grilled king trumpet mushrooms; candy cap mushroom and ricotta tortellini; and rice pudding gelato with quince, sour cherries, and cinnamon fritter for dessert. $75 per person.
If you’re looking for a Chrismas buffet, THE OAK ROOM RESTAURANT in the St. Francis will be serving a buffet from 3pm-10pm, with dishes like rock shrimp salad, Alaskan snow crab and smoked salmon, seasonal salads, and pastries, pies, and tarts. Additionally, guests have a choice of five holiday favorites, such as slow-roasted turkey with giblet gravy and fresh cranberry relish; steamed Pacific Northwest salmon with rice; and sea salt and herb-rubbed prime rib of Angus beef with Asiago potatoes. $79 adults; $37 children 12 and under (exclusive of tax and gratuity).
It’s one of the steepest brunch prices I’ve seen, but the TOP OF THE MARK will be doing both a brunch and dinner buffet from 11am-7pm. There will be a carving station, overnight caramel French toast, and eggs Benedict, as well as a selection of appetizers, salads, and entrées. There will be entertainment from 11am-4pm by Elias Nagash on piano, and Richard Scales (yes, that’s his name) playing jazz piano from 4pm-10pm. $99 per person and $59 per child (4-12 years old), exclusive of tax and gratuity.
If you have some relatives staying downtown who will want some brunch, CAFÉ DE LA PRESSE will be open from 8am-4:30pm for brunch, and from 5:30pm-9pm for dinner with a regular à la carte menu.
Do you just want a steak? BOBO’S will be open, and serving their regular à la carte menu.
FYI, many hotel restaurants will be open, so you can seek out more options as needed.
My Aunt Mary’s Christmas tree. Photo: © tablehopper.com.
Saturday Dec 25, 2010