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6 Best Christmas Day Menus In New York City

Don't feel like cooking this Christmas? No problem. Plenty of New York City restaurants are creating special holiday menus so all you have to do is show up. By Carly Petrone.

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Industry Kitchen
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Enjoy a nice holiday meal underneath the FDR Bridge at Industry Kitchen. Located in the heart of South Street Seaport, it's a wonderful way to take in the Manhattan and Brooklyn skylines while noshing on some serious grub. Industry Kitchen is offering a special Christmas menu that includes everything from Lamb Lollipops and Roasted Goose to Christmas Iceburg Bowls and Smoked Country Ham. Don't forget sides like Roasted Acorn Squash Rings and Thyme Infused Tri-Color Baby Potatoes and make sure you leave room for dessert! Satisfy your sweet tooth with these three options: Sweet Potato Bourbon Pecan Pie, Salted Caramel Cheesecake, or Apple Cranberry Pie. You'll be in a food coma in no time.

Four Seasons
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Spend your mid-morning at the Four Seasons New York and take advantage of their special three-course prix-fixe brunch menu. Choose from appetizers like Crisp Maya Prawns with Omelette Crepe and Piperade and Warm Chestnut Bisque with Vin Jaune and Black Truffles before moving onto a main course of either Spiced Duck Steak with Yam and Chestnut Hash and Cherry Mustard or Stuffed Vermont Quails with Quinoa Pilaf, Swiss Chard, and Foie Gras sauce. Finally, finish off your meal with your choice of Yule with Chestnut Cream and Apple Gelee or Liquid Gold Caramel Tart. This special Christmas brunch menu is available from 12:30 p.m. – 2 p.m. Reservations are encouraged.

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Dine at Benoit for lunch or dinner this Christmas Day and enjoy a three-course meal for $85. Just a few appetizer options include Lobster Salad, Seared Foie Gras A La Clementine, Twice Baked Upside Down Comte Cheese Souffle, and Bass Ceviche. While main course options range from Seared Main Sea Scallops to Roasted Duck Breast. It's also hard to go wrong with classic dishes like Filet Mignon with bordelaise sauce and Roast Organic Chicken (both served with French fries). Bite into a Christmas Log, a classic Mont Blanc, or Roasted Pineapple with Sable Biscuit and Vanilla Ice Cream for dessert and call it one memorable holiday meal.

Ai Fiori
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Michelin-star Chef Michael White is serving up a four-course menu this Christmas Day for $130. Start off your meal with your choice of Insalata, Crudo di Passera, Vellutata (lobster soup), or Animelle (crispy sweetbreads). Enjoy fresh pasta choices like Spaghetti with blue crab, lemon, bottarga and chilies; Tagliatelle (pasta ribbons with butter, parmigiano, tartufo bianco -- an additional $75); Marubini (port shoulder ravioli with cacao e pepe); or Tortelli (ricotta & mascarpone ravioli with sottocenere cheese, and red wine glaze). Fish and meat course includes Ippoglosso (Atlantic halibut); Astice (butter poached Nova Scotia lobster); Anatra (Long Island duck); and Vitello (Amish veal chop "au four"). With desserts like Tartaletta di Cioccolato, Fruit Exotique Panna Cotta, Crème Glacee, and Orta di Olio on the menu, it'll be hard to choose just one from the list.

The Palm Court
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Stop in for a festive Christmas afternoon tea at The Palm Court inside The Plaza Hotel. Create lasting holiday memories inside this iconic restaurant. Fill up on Thyme Roasted Prime Rib Sanwiches, Country Style Pate, Lobster Rolls, and freshly baked scones with Double Devonshire Cream, Lemon Curd, and Preserves. Sip on a glass of Veuve Clicquot Brut or Moet & Chandon Brut Rose Imperial (or sparkling cider for those looking for a non-alcoholic option) and enjoy pastries and sweets like Gingerbread Macarons, Tahitian Vanilla and White Chocolate Eclairs, and traditional Mont Blancs. It's certainly worth the $125 price tag.

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Celebrate Christmas with an Asian-inspired meal. Make your reservation at KOA and let Chef Yuji Wakiya prepare signature dishes like Seasonal Vegetable Wrapped in Thinly-Sliced Pork Belly, Dragon Fruit and Shrimp Ceviche, and Salt-Crusted Filet Mignon with Spicy Chinese Miso Sauce. Guests can also choose one of two ramen dishes – Soy Milk Dan Dan Ramen and Spicy Dan Dan Ramen. End your holiday meal with their sweet Strawberry Romanoff and call it a night. Menu is $75 per person and available from 5 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.

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Carly Petrone is a freelance writer living in New York City.

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