For Stranded Ex-Pats
Crosby Street Hotel Brits snowed in or staying in NYC to spend all those pounds "Mum" sends over can get their English on at The Crosby Bar, which is doing a hearty meal for dinner on Christmas Eve and for lunch and dinner on Christmas Day. It's $100 per person for a three-course spread plus cheese board. We like the sound of the Foie gras parfait pot appetizers and would have a hard time choosing from the mains—roast turkey, beef, or loin of pork, as well as scallops, truffle risotto, and grilled snapper. Rooms are available on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, from $475 a night.
For the No-Fuss Foodie
The Ritz-Carlton Central Park We've already mentioned how impressed we were with the non-snooty vibe of Laurent Tourondel's BLT Market, so we love the idea of a fresh, modern spin on the classic Christmas menu, but housed inside a traditionally grand Ritz-Carlton decked out for the holidays. The restaurant is doing a three-course prix-fixe menu for $95 per person on Christmas Day, from 1–9 p.m.
What looks good? Lobster, truffles, tenderloin, an orange-glazed maple leaf duck—and for dessert, Tourondel's take on a Buche de Noel (Christmas log), made of milk chocolate and chestnut with a hazelnut sauce. Rooms are available on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, from $755 a night.