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Christmas in New York

My husband and I are spending Christmas in New York.  December 24-26. Advice on where to eat/ things to do? This is his first trip and he refuses to go to anything too upscale.  If he can't wear jeans then he won't go. He'd probably be content to just eat pizza the entire time lol.  My concern is most places won't be open on Christmas day.  The big tree is definitely on our list. Other than that and Times Square he wants to do super touristy things.  

7 Answers

top answer by
Heather Ann from Stamford, Connecticut

'21' Club is a great place for Christmas Eve dinner - make sure to make reservationsThen obviously if you want to see the Christmas Spectacular Radio City Music Halland The Christmas Tree Rockefeller Plaza

and across the street is Saks Fifth Avenue and St. Patricks Cathedraland grab a drink and take in the view at the top of The Peninsula Spa New York

and other places for dinner Il MulinoBeauty & EssexBabbo

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. '21' Club (restaurant)
  2. Radio City Music Hall (attraction)
  3. Rockefeller Plaza (attraction)
  4. Saks Fifth Avenue (attraction)
  5. St. Patricks Cathedral (attraction)
  6. The Peninsula Spa New York (attraction)
  7. Il Mulino (restaurant)
  8. Beauty & Essex (restaurant)
  9. Babbo (restaurant)
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answered by
Adrea from Detroit, Michigan

There is some amazing food in NYC that doesn't require you to pay a ton. A few of my favorites: BonChon Chicken Korean Fried Chicken is a huge deal if you haven't tried it before you're missing out. There is nothing else like it. Mamoun's is known for their falafels. Artichoke Basille's Pizza has the most amazing artichoke pizza, it's a must try. Japadog has great hot dogs with amazing toppings. Joe's Shanghai is a popular spot in Chinatown. Hou Yi Hot Pot for hotpot, so good.

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  1. BonChon Chicken (restaurant)
  2. Mamoun's (restaurant)
  3. Artichoke Basille's Pizza (restaurant)
  4. Japadog (restaurant)
  5. Joe's Shanghai (restaurant)
  6. Hou Yi Hot Pot (restaurant)
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answered by
Liza from New York City

Hi Jennifer- It definitely depends what kind of food/budget you are looking for, but here some of my favorite restaurants. Hope these are helpful!



Late night eat:

  • Cafeteria (reservation or bar seating; amazing mac n cheese; my review here)

If, while you're in town, you need any additional restaurant recommendations, feel free to check out my New York City restaurant blog (, which is also on Facebook ( and Twitter (

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  1. Clinton St. Baking Company (restaurant)
  2. Hundred Acres (restaurant)
  3. Tartine (restaurant)
  4. Il Buco (restaurant)
  5. The Meatball Shop (restaurant)
  6. Chop-Shop (restaurant)
  7. Rosemary's (restaurant)
  8. ABC Kitchen (restaurant)
  9. Supper (restaurant)
  10. Osteria Morini (restaurant)
  11. Jeffrey's Grocery (restaurant)
  12. Cafeteria (restaurant)
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answered by
Mari from Johannesburg

A lesser known place to go for Christmas is Dyker Heights to see the amazing, gigantic Christmas decorations (more info: Eat at Tanoreen - it's nice enough to feel festive, but casual and inexpensive enough that he can definitely go in jeans. A must: order the knafeh for dessert!

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  1. Dyker Heights (attraction)
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answered by
Rocio from Costa Rica

Excellent suggestions from Heather!! I will just add a few places that I love to visit while in NYC for  Xmas. Rockefeller Plaza to admire the Plaza and the beautiful Xmas tree, and of course to take an unforgettable picture. I also love to visit Bryant Park at Christmas.  It is an open-air market that features artisans from around the world. However, if you are not in the mood of shopping, the park offers the alternative to skate. It is a blast!!

I wont miss a Xmas show from Broadwayor at Madison Square Garden.   Cirque du Soleil performed a very nice show Wintuk back in 2009 but not sure if they are back this year. It was fantastic and a unique show. The Rockettes at Radio City Music Hall is another excellent choice.

A nice place for dinner (that I always recommend as it is not very pricey and the food is delicious) is the italian restaurant Maison (1700 Broadway, Corner of 53rd & 7th). Outstanding service and cousy ambiance. 

Hope this helps. Happy Holidays!!!

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Rockefeller Plaza (attraction)
  2. Bryant Park (attraction)
  3. Broadway (attraction)
  4. Madison Square Garden (attraction)
  5. Radio City Music Hall (attraction)
  6. Maison (restaurant)
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answered first by
Anna from New York City

Hi Jennifer,

Please be specific what your interests, type of food and budget is. NYC has a million of things and restaurants ranging hugely. The more specific you can be, the better anyone can help. 

To get started, if you like Italian food/gourmet pizza with a romantic and cozy atmosphere, my favorite restaurant is Acqua Santa it's in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Would be a nice way to finish the day after walking around in that neighborhood. On weekends, there are some flea markets and events depending on the day.

Hope this helps. 

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  1. Acqua Santa (restaurant)
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answered by
Kat from Brooklyn

Is this your first time in New York?  What are your interests?  Do you want to be a tourist or do you want to blend in with the locals?  There are 24,000 restaurants in NYC btw :D

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