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CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR’S 2009Everyone’s Favorite Gift this Holiday Season: A Delicious Meal

December 2009 – 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, leaving the cooking to someone else!NEW YORK

Alto

11 East 53rd Street

212-308-1099

www.altorestaurant.com

OPEN:              Christmas Eve; lunch 12pm-2:30pm, dinner 5:30pm-10:30pm; offering the regular a la

carte or prix-fixe menu

CLOSED:          Christmas Day

New Year’s Eve

New Year's Day

 

Alto, named in reference to alta cucina, the term for highly refined Italian cuisine, is the celebrated collaboration of Restaurateur Chris Cannon and acclaimed Chef/Partner Michael White.  Balancing bright and bold flavors, White’s menu celebrates the elegant simplicity of Northern Italy’s freshest ingredients and graceful techniques, bringing highly-refined Italian cuisine to midtown Manhattan.

Anthos

36 West 52nd Street

212-582-6900

www.anthosnyc.com

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

New Years Eve: 5:00pm-10:00pm; serving a la carte menu

CLOSED:         Christmas Day & December 26

New Year’s Day

Anthos, the Greek word for blossoming, is the highly acclaimed modern Greek temple from Chef Michael Psilakis and Donatella Arpaia. Anthos is one of only two Greek restaurants in the world to hold a Michelin Star, and was nominated by the James Beard Foundation in 2008 in the category of Best New Restaurant. The New York Times named it a top ten Best New Restaurant in 2007.

 

 

Bar Americain152 West 52nd Street

212-265-9700

www.baramericain.com

OPEN:            Christmas Eve: 5:30pm-9:00pm; last seating at 8:00pm

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

New Year’s Day: brunch: 11:30am-2:30pm; dinner: 5:00pm-11:30pm

CLOSED:       Christmas Day

                       

Bobby Flay, New York City’s beloved hometown chef, brings his downtown flair to Midtown with 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

212-691-8888

www.bltfish.com

OPEN:              Christmas Eve:

BLT Fish: 5:30pm-11:00pm; standard a la carte menu and special blackboard menu

BLT Fish Shack: 11:45am-2:30pm, 5:30pm-11:00pm; standard a la carte menu and special blackboard menu

New Year’s Eve:

BLT Fish: 5:30pm-11:00pm; standard a la carte menu and special blackboard menu

BLT Fish Shack: 11:45am-2:30pm, 5:30pm-11:00pm; standard a la carte menu and special blackboard menu

New Year’s Day:

BLT Fish and Fish Shack: 5:30-11:30pm; standard a la carte menu

CLOSED:         Christmas 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

212-521-6125

www.bltmarket.com

OPEN:              Christmas Eve: 5:30pm-10:00pm; standard a la carte menu
Christmas Day: 1:00pm-9:00pm, three-course prix-fixe menu for $95 per person                        New Year’s Eve: First seating 5:30pm-7.30pm, four-course prix-fixe for $105 per person; Second seating 8.30-10:00pm five-course prix-fixe for $155

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

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 Prime111 East 22nd Street

212-995-8500

www.bltprime.com

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

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

New Year’s Day: 5:30pm-10:00pm; standard a la carte menu and special blackboard menu

CLOSED:        Christmas DayBLT 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

212-752-7470

www.bltsteak.com

OPEN:             Christmas Eve: 11:45am-2:30pm, 5:30pm-11:00pm; standard a la carte menu and special

blackboard menu

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

New Year’s Day: 5:30-11:30pm; standard a la carte menu an
d special blackboard menu

CLOSED:          Christmas Day

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.Blaue Gans

139 Duane Street

212-571-8880

www.kg-ny.com

OPEN:              Christmas Eve: 11:00am-7:00pm, serving the regular menu Christmas Day: 12:00-7:00pm, three-course prix fixe menu or special a la carte menu

New Year's Eve: Regular dinner hours and menu

New Year's Day: Regular dinner hours and menu

Chef Kurt Gutenbrunner presents traditional Austro-German fare in a charming and casual setting at Blaue Gans.  Nestled in Manhattan’s TriBeCa neighborhood, the restaurant pays homage to the traditional wirtshaus.

Braeburn

117 Perry Street

212-255-0696

www.braeburnrestaurant.com

OPEN:             Christmas Eve 1:00-8:00pm; standard a la carte menu

                        New Year’s Day: Brunch 12:00–4:00pm, Dinner 5:00-9:00pm; standard a la carte menu

CLOSED:          Christmas Day

New Year’s Eve

Chef Brian Bistrong and partner John-Paul O’Neil present Braeburn, a contemporary American bistro in the heart of Greenwich Village. Like Parisian bistros, Braeburn’s menu uses the flexibility of the seasons and global accents to create dishes imbued with flavor.4-4-4

Buddakan New York75 Ninth Avenue

212-989-6699

www.buddakan.com

OPEN:              Christmas Eve; Dinner 5:30pm-11:00pm, last seating at 10:45pm; standard a la carte menu

New Year’s Eve; Dinner 5:00- past midnight; serving a la carte menu with additional specials;

festivities include a DJ, noisemakers and a complimentary Champagne toast at midnight

 

CLOSED:         Christmas Day

 

A sensational mix of contrasting flavors and textures, Stephen Starr’s contemporary Asian restaurant, Buddakan, tantalizes all of the senses. Executive Chef Lon Symensma’s menu is an impressive showcase of modern Chinese fare and is served family style.

Café Sabarsky

Neue Galerie, 1048 Fifth Avenue212-288-0665

www.kg-ny.com

OPEN:              Christmas Eve:  9:00am-3:00pm, serving the regular menu

New Year's Eve: 9:00am-3:00pm, serving the regular menu

CLOSED:       Christmas Day

                        New Year’s Day

           

Café Sabarsky is Gutenbrunner’s authentic Viennese coffee house located in the acclaimed Neue Galerie. Designed to capture the spirit of Vienna, Café Sabarsky provides more than just a comfortable spot to eat and rest your feet.

Convivio 45 Tudor City Place

212-599-5045

www.convivionyc.com

 

OPEN:             Christmas Eve; Dinner 5:30pm-10:15pm; a la carte with an additional holiday prix-fixe menu

                         New Years Eve; 5:30pm-10:15pm

                  CLOSED:       Christmas Day

                        New Year’s Day

 

Restaurateur Chris Cannon and Chef Michael White’s Convivio restaurant exudes the soul and spirit of Southern Italy. Inspired by warm memories of Italian kitchens and the country’s unforgettable flavors—tomatoes, pancetta, sea urchin, and pesto—White crafts a menu that travels through the country’s Southern towns and creatively interprets revered recipes.

 

Delicatessen 54 Prince Street

212-226-0211

www.delicatessennyc.com

OPEN:         Christmas Eve: All day: 7:30am-11pm

                        Christmas Day: All day: 10:30am-1am

                        New Year’s Eve: All day: 7:30am-11pm

New Year’s Day: All day: 10:30am-1am

Delicatessen brings international comfort food to the crossroads of SoHo and NoLita, serving familiar favorites with a twist for breakfast, lunch dinner, and late night, creating a friendly neighborhood vibe.  Executive Chef Michael Ferraro prepares classic dishes that incorporate elements from his Italian roots and classical French training. 5-5-5

Dovetail 103 West 77th Street

212-362-3800

www.dovetailnyc.com

OPEN:            Christmas Eve: lunch: 12:00pm-2:00pm; dinner: 5:00pm-10:00pm

                        New Year’s Eve: lunch: 12:00pm-2:00pm; dinner: 5:00pm-10:30pmCLOSED:       Christmas Day

                  New Year’s Day

 

Dovetail Chef/Proprietor John Fraser’s "three-star" (The New York Times) modern American restaurant showcases his passion for local ingredients and classical European training.  The Dovetail experience, as orchestrated by Chef Fraser, is a study in contrasts that seamlessly converge (or rather, dovetail).  With a deft hand, he has merged his classical European technique with an unfaltering dedication to farm-fresh local products. 

Gotham Bar and Grill

12 East 12th Street

212-620-4020

www.gothambarandgrill.com

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

New Year’s Eve: 5:30pm-11:00pm; early seating: 5:30 – 6:30pm, four-course prix-fixe menu for $125 / late seating: 8:00–10:00pm six-course prix-fixe for $260 per person including a seven-piece band

CLOSED:         Christmas Day

                        New Year’s Day

Gotham Bar and Grill is Chef 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.

Gus & Gabriel

222 West 79th Street

212-362-7470

www.gusandgabriel.com

OPEN:              Christmas Eve: 5:00pm-11:00pm; serving regular menu

New Year’s Eve: 5:00pm-11:00pm; serving regular menu

New Year’s Day: 5:00pm-12:00am; serving regular menu

CLOSED: Christmas Day

Gus & Gabriel, an American gastropub from Chef Michael Psilakis, honors the two most influential men in his life: Gus, Psilakis’ late father, and Gabriel, his three-year-old son. The cozy Upper West Side establishment values comfort and accessibility, serving superlative versions of classic American pub fare that feed the soul with an extensive selection of brown spirits available by the glass, flask or entire bottle.

Kefi 505 Columbus Avenue

212-873-0200

www.kefirestaurant.com

OPEN:              Christmas Eve: 12:00pm-3:00pm for lunch and 5:00pm-10:00pm for dinner

                        New Year’s Eve: 12:00pm-3:00pm for lunch and 5:00pm-10:00pm for dinner

                        New Year’s Day: 11:30am-3:00pm for brunch and 5:00pm-10:00pm for dinner

CLOSED:         Christmas Day Chef Michael Psilakis and partner Donatella Arpaia’s rustic Greek gem Kefi is built on a folkloric concept deeply tied to the cultural ethos of Greece; the bliss that accompanies bacchanalia. Since moving to a larger space last year the throngs of devout followers of Psilakis’ gently-priced Greek fare enjoy making reservations, paying with credit cards, lunch service and weekend brunch in addition to dinner.

Locanda Verde 377 Greenwich Street

212-925-3797

www.locandaverdenyc.com

OPEN:              New Year’s Eve: 5:30pm-11:00pm serving the regular menuCLOSED:         Christmas Day

New Year’s Day

Locanda Verde is the stylish Italian restaurant located in TriBeCa’s Greenwich Hotel producing a relaxing, convivial dining experience in the true Italian spirit.  Every morning, afternoon and evening Locanda Verde features Chef / Partner Andrew Carmellini’s casual urban Italian cooking as well as the talents of Pastry Chef Karen DeMasco which have been awarded two stars by both The New York Times and New York Magazine and Esquire’s Best New Restaurant distinction.

 

Marea 240 Central Park South

212-582-5100

www.marea-nyc.com

 

OPEN:              Christmas Eve; Lunch 12-2:30; Dinner 5:30-10:30; a la carte with an additional Feast of the

Seven Fishes prix-fixe menu at $175 per person

 

CLOSED:          Christmas Day

New Year’s Day

 

Chef Michael White and restaurateur Chris Cannon’s Marea is a fresh interpretation of Italian coastal cuisine. The menu reads like a study of the sea with flavorful dishes like Santa Barbara Sea Urchin with Lardo, Lobster with Burrata and Eggplant Funghetto, and Seaweed-Marinated East Coast Halibut.

 

 

 

 

Mesa Grill

102 Fifth Avenue

212-807-7400

www.mesagrill.com

OPEN:            Christmas Eve: lunch: 12:00pm-2:00pm; dinner: 5:30pm-9:00pm

                        New Year’s Eve: lunch: 12:00pm-2:00pm; dinner: 5:30pm-10:30pm

                        New Year’s Day: lunch: 11:30am-2:30pm; dinner: 5:30pm-9:30pmCLOSED:       Christmas Day

Chef Bobby Flay developed his signature style of American cookery at Mesa Grill, marrying the fla
vors 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.

The Mermaid Inn - East Village

96 Second Avenue

212-674-5870

http://www.themermaidnyc.com

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

CLOSED:          Christmas Day

                    Christmas Eve

 

Danny Abrams’ The Mermaid Inn is a nod to the classic New England-style fish shack. Executive Chef Laurence Edelman offers a mouthwatering menu with dishes like Crispy Rhode Island Calamari, Gulf Shrimp and Avocado Sandwich with chipotle aioli and Old Bay fries, and Roasted Hake with Porcini Breadcrumbs, Fregula, and Olives.

The Mermaid Inn - Upper West Side568 Amsterdam Avenue

212-799-7400

http://www.themermaidnyc.com

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

CLOSED:      Christmas Day

Christmas Eve

 

The Mermaid Inn, Restaurateur Danny Abrams’ classic New England-style fish shack, combines sincere service and a seasonally-inspired seafood menu with an unrivaled attitude toward hospitality. Chef Laurence Edelman reigns in the kitchen of the Upper West Side and East Village locations. 

 

 

MotorinoEast Village

349 East 12th Street

212-777-2644

www.motorinopizza.com

Brooklyn

319 Graham Avenue, Brooklyn, NY

718-599-8899

www.motorinopizza.com

OPEN:             Christmas Eve: 11:00am – 1:00am

                        New Year’s Eve: 11:00am – 12:00am, three-course prix-fixe for $38 per person

                        New Year’s Day: 11:00am – 1:00am CLOSED:       Christmas Day

Motorino is an authentic, casual Neopolitan pizzeria with locations in Brooklyn and Manhattan.  Chef Mathieu Palombino’s award-winning pies are constructed with hand-crafted ingredients and baked in a wood-burning oven – the result is a masterpiece that is light, soft and flavorful with a crust that is airy, thick and slightly charred.

 

SHO Shaun Hergatt

The Setai, New York, Second Level

40 Broad Street

212-809-3993

www.shoshaunhergatt.com

OPEN:           Christmas Eve: lunch 12:00pm – 2:00pm, dinner 5:00pm – 10:00pm; a la carte or prix-fixe menus

                        New Year’s Eve: lunch 12:00pm – 2:00pm, dinner 5:00pm – 10:00pm; prix-fixe menu

CLOSED:         Christmas DayNew Year’s Day

 

SHO Shaun Hergatt is a creative, cutting-edge fine dining restaurant located in the heart of the Financial District.  Executive Chef Shaun Hergatt offers a modern French, Asian-accented menu that uses the finest seasonal ingredients from the United States, Australia and Asia. 

Wallsé

344 West 11th Street

212-352-2300

www.wallse.com

OPEN:   Christmas Eve: 5:30pm-11:00pm, three-course prix fixe menu for $95 with an additional $65 for wine pairing

Christmas Day: 11:00am-8:00pm, three-course prix fixe menu for $95 with an additional $65 for wine pairing

New Year's Eve: early seating 6:00pm-9:00pm, three-course prix fixe; or late seating 9:00pm-12:00am, four-course prix fixe

New Year's Day: 11:00am-3:00pm, prix fixe brunch menu, 5:30pm-11:00pm serving the regular menu

A West Village favorite, Wallsé celebrates Chef Kurt Gutenbrunner’s passion for his native Austrian cuisine.  His modern Viennese dishes earned two-stars from the New York Times and a coveted Michelin star, establishing Gutenbrunner as New York City’s foremost authority on Austrian cuisine.  Eating and indulging is an essential part of every Austrian’s life that is shared through his seamless integration of food and art at Wallsé.

 

 

 

Xie Xie 645A 9th Avenue

212-265-2975

www.xiexieproject.com

OPEN:              Christmas Eve: 11:30am-9:00pm, serving the regular menu New Year's Eve: 11:30am -9:00pm, serving the regular menu

CLOSED:      Christmas Day

                        New Year’s Day

Xie Xie is an energetic fast-casual restaurant celebrating the vibrant flavors of Asia, offering an inspired collection of sandwiches from Chef Angelo Sosa.  A culmination of Sosa’s passion for Eastern ingredients and his desire to bring style to the fast casual sector, Xie Xie presents an affordable full-flavor menu for guests to carry out or enjoy in the space whether it’s a quick lunch or tasty snack.

Zylo

W Hoboken Hotel & Residences

225 River Street, Hoboken, NJ

201-253-2500

www.zylorestaurant.com

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

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nbsp;            Christmas Day: 8am-6pm

Located at W Hoboken, ZYLO, a Tuscan steak house, combines the enduring texture of the neighborhood with the simple pleasures of an Italian kitchen. With an unparalleled waterfront view of Manhattan, an interactive salumeria, and a bustling, 50-seat sunny patio, ZYLO keeps in step with the exposed energy of the city. The menu combines the easy indulgence of traditional Italian fare with that of a modern steakhouse.

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