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The holidays look a little bit different this year, so here’s to doing whatever makes you happy this season. For us, that means indulging in a delicious meal. And if you’re spending Christmas in NYC, there are plenty of restaurants that can do the cooking for you. Here are some of our favorite spots offering a mix of dine-in service and special Christmas dinner delivery and takeout meals for your holiday table.

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1. Amali

This Midtown East Mediterannean eatery won’t be open for in-person dining on Christmas, but they are cooking up some decadent to-go meals. First is a Christmas Eve feast of the seven fishes tasting menu, which at $145 per person is a decadent parade of seafood dishes like bluefin tuna tartare, spaghetti vongole, and butter poached lobster. You can even add two or four bottles of wine, which Amali’s sommelier will handpick to accompany your meal. There’s also a second Christmas dinner package for $115 per person, which includes a selection of mezzes, pastas, your choice of porchetta or branzino, and veggie sides.

115 E 60th Street; amalinyc.com

2. Wayla

Whenever we want to take a vacation without leaving NYC, we just make a reservation to chow down on crab fried rice and crispy Thai chicken wings in Wayla’s lush outdoor patio. Luckily, you can enjoy these delicious Thai bites without even leaving your apartment this holiday if you order Wayla’s “Kwam Sook” happiness set. The to-go feast feeds four to six people and for $195 you’ll get to sample plates like truffle-honey BBQ spare ribs, coconut rice in banana leaves, and a whole grilled whole grilled Thai chicken cooked with lemongrass and herbs. Make sure to place your order by December 20.

100 Forsyth Street; waylanyc.com

3. Kimika

This relatively new Japanese-Italian fusion restaurant comes from the people behind Wayla, and we were intrigued as soon as we saw things like sausage stuffed shishito peppers and eggplant katsu on the menu. For $395, Kimika’s take-out “Christmas feast” isn’t cheap, but it includes enough food to serve four to six people and it includes a generous number of dishes we would like to eat immediately, like tea smoked duck with caponata, wasabi chutney, and ginger-yuzu mostarda and rice cake lasagna. They’re accepting take-out orders until December 19 to be picked up just before Christmas Eve.

40 Kenmare Street; kimikanyc.com

4. Rosella

For a whole different feast of the seven fishes, look no further than Rosella, a newly opened Japanese restaurant in the East Village. This holiday season, Rosella is preparing sushi take-out boxes for two, available on both Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve for $150. Inside, you’ll find a handful of rolls, assorted nigiri, creamy shrimp laksa with rice noodles, and more. Oh, and it comes with a jar of homemade XO sauce you’ll want to put on pretty much everything. Reserve your meal on Tock before December 20 for pick-up on Christmas Eve.

137 Avenue A; rosellanyc.com

5. Tannat

If you live near Inwood, you should probably let Tannat do the Christmas dinner cooking for you. Due to COVID-19, this natural wine and cheese bar has halted in-door dining and instead, opened a pop-up grocery shop selling local products from the Hudson Valley, premade food, craft beer and wine. This Christmas, Tannat is preparing to-go meals for $75 per person, which include festive dishes like cranberry-cardamom cornbread, braised red cabbage and leeks, duck drumettes, and homemade eggnog. Email tannat.coop@gmail.com to order your meal by December 20 and schedule it for pick-up or delivery.

4736 Broadway; tannatnyc.com

6. Shalom Japan

Grab a special holiday meal kit from Shalom Japan, a Japanese-Jewish fusion restaurant in Williamsburg. One of the best holiday dining bargains we’ve come across, these kits are priced at $65 and feed two people. Each three-course meal includes Okonomi-latkes, your choice of wagyu or seafood hot pot, and chocolate banana challah bread pudding. To-go meals are available for pick-up or delivery throughout the holiday season starting on December 10, the first night of Hanukkah.

310 S 4th Street, Brooklyn; shalomjapannyc.com

7. Kings Co. Imperial

It might be a cliché to eat Chinese food on Christmas, but we’re certainly here for it, especially if said Chinese food is from Kings Co. Imperial, one of our favorite Sichuan spots in Williamsburg. There’s no special menu, so you can enjoy all your favorite dishes like sesame shrimp toast, cold sesame noodles, and shiitake mushroom mock eel à la carte. Indoor and outdoor patio tables are available to book, or opt for delivery.

20 Skillman Ave., Brooklyn; kingscoimperial.com

8. Extra Virgin

If you’re hoping to go out to dinner on Christmas but don’t want a prix fixe menu, Extra Virgin has you covered. They’re staying open on Christmas Day and offering an a la carte menu so you can take your pick from plates like fritto misto and butternut squash ravioli. Of course, you’ll probably just want to order the holiday plate, a single dish loaded with all the classics like honey-glazed ham, cornbread stuffing, and vanilla whipped potatoes. For those who would rather enjoy a meal in the comfort of home, Extra Virgin is also offering a take-out, four-course family meal for $65 per person. Orders must be placed by December 22.

259 West 4th Street; extravirginrestaurant.com

9. The Breslin

This Nomad staple is offering a dine-in Christmas Day menu as well as a boxed Christmas dinner to go. Book an indoor or outdoor table at the Breslin for a $90 three-course meal, where diners can choose from a set menu of plates like peekytoe crab and avocado trifle, Hudson valley duck breast, and toffee pudding. Or opt for the $300 take-out holiday meal that serves four and includes four mouthwatering courses including a classic Caesar salad and a whole roasted duck.

16 W 29th Street; breslinnyc.com

10. Wayan

This Indonesian restaurant by Cedric Vongerichten is selling luxe to-go boxed Christmas dinners, so you can chow down at home without spending any time in the kitchen. These splurge meals ($428 and for two to three people and $688 for four to six) include tapioca caviar, king crab, short rib, and more. Each meal comes with a bottle of red wine and two large-format cocktails—an Indonesian take on eggnog and a rum drink made with tamarind, chili, and honey. Be sure to place your order by December 18 for Christmas Eve pick-up or delivery.

20 Spring Street; wayan-nyc.com

11. Red Rooster

Celebrity chef Marcus Sammuelson’s Harlem eatery Red Rooster will be open for both limited indoor dine-in service and take-out on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. The regular à la carte menu is available, and it’s full of comfort food classics like crispy buffalo chicken sandwiches, shrimp & grits, and mac ‘n’ cheese. Wash it all down with a pitcher of Jamaican-style spiced rum punch or warm up with a class of Swedish mulled wine.

310 Malcolm X Blvd.; redroosterharlem.com

12. Adda

If your idea of a perfect holiday includes pillowy garlic naan, creamy butter chicken, and saag paneer, then Adda has you covered. This cozy and casual Long Island City eatery specializes in home cooked Indian fare. And unlike many of the prix fixe holiday menus you’ll find across the city, Adda is sticking with its regular à la carte menu where most dishes are under $20. They’re open for indoor and outdoor dining on Christmas Eve, as well as for take-out and delivery.

31-31 Thomson Avenue, Queens; addanyc.com

13. Faro

We love this Bushwick-based Italian restaurant for its delicious, homemade pastas. While they’re closed for in-person dining on Christmas, you can reserve a New Year’s Eve “Feast of the Seven Fishes for Two” on Resy. For $80, the take-out meal kit includes seared tuna, peekytoe crab bisque, seafood spaghetti and dessert, plus faro’s exceptional homemade bread and butter. There’s also the option to tack-on a bottle of bubbly, a bottle of Aligote, and a sweet dessert wine for $165. Cheers.

436 Jefferson Street, Brooklyn; farobk.com

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14. Kochi

Kochi is a modern Korean restaurant in Hell’s Kitchen that you’ll definitely want to put on your radar. This holiday season they’re offering a $250 menu for two that includes beet salad, sunchoke veloute, braised short rib Wellington, sweet potato bread pudding gratin, roasted Brussel sprouts and heirloom pumpkin and white chocolate mousse cake.

652 10th Ave.; kochinyc.com

15. Oiji

This upscale Korean spot in the East Village is offering a prix fixe menu that you can enjoy in the comfort of a private, outdoor heated room. The four-course menu costs $80 per person and diners can select from Oiji’s menu of artfully crafted small plates that include dishes like marinated wagyu short ribs and crispy black sea bass. Save some room for dessert because you wouldn’t want to miss the honey butter sweet potato chips served with vanilla ice cream.

119 1st Avenue; oijinyc.com

16. Rezdôra

We say Christmas is as good a time as any to indulge in a pasta-filled feast. Rezdôra, an elegantly rustic restaurant in Gramercy, specializes in the cuisine from Italy’s Emilia Romagna region and they’re open with a special menu for dining in on Christmas Eve. Here, you can tuck into five family-style courses for $150 per person (think: gnocco fritto with prosciutto and mortadella, lobster tortellini, ribeye steak, and tartufo). Oh, and you can opt for a wine pairing or truffle supplement if you’re feeling fancy. Rezdora is also open for the usual take-out and delivery if you’d rather do Christmas casually with lasagna Bolognese and a bottle of Brunello.

27 E 20th Street; rezdora.nyc

17. Winterly at Summerly

The rooftop bar at the top of the Hoxton Hotel has been transformed into Winterly, the coziest seasonal spot in town. They’re open for dine-in service on Christmas Day offering a $75 three-course prix fixe menu served with family-style sides. Expect festive and lavish holiday dishes like foie and goose terrine, lobster ravioli, ribeye with black garlic butter, and tarte tatin topped with eggnog ice cream. And don’t forget a festive tipple—the cocktails here are fabulous, and you’ll get right into the Christmas spirit with the help of a spiced hot Toddy.

97 Wythe Ave., Brooklyn; thehoxton.com

18. Farra

This new-ish upscale wine bar in Tribeca comes from the same folks behind Michelin-starred Atera, which is currently closed. The menu is made up of mostly small plates that are perfect for sharing (think: salmon tartare with nori and potato chips and truffle Parmesan roasted cauliflower) but there are a few larger entrees like aged ribeye and duck leg with miatake mushrooms. Farra is staying open on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day for both indoor and outdoor dining.

71 Worth Street; farranyc.com

19. Chinese Tuxedo

Set on historic Doyers street in the center of Chinatown, Chinese Tuxedo is open for dining on Christmas Day, only instead of the usual à la carte menu, they’re serving a special Chinese banquet menu to be shared family style. Reservations are $88 per head, and while details on the menu aren’t yet available, it will likely include dishes like BBQ pork buns, squid ink noodles, prawn spring rolls, and more.

5 Doyers Street; chinesetuxedo.com

20. Estela

While closed on Christmas Day, this NoHo New American restaurant is open for a special Christmas Eve meal. You can choose from Estela’s standard à la carte menu, which features fan favorites like ricotta dumplings with white truffle and lets you add on a caviar supplement, if you’re feeling fancy. There’s a second tasting menu for $120 per head, which comes with eight courses like jonah crab and seaweed salad, fried quail with turnips, and decadent chocolate cake.

47 E Houston Street; estelanyc.com

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