12 Restaurants Perfect for Celebrating the Holidays 2022

restaurants for holiday celebrations 2022

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Whether its hand-crafted taro donuts, hip Hannukah celebrations, sky-high luxury dining, or cozy afternoon tea, holiday dining has never been more exciting or creative.

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In New York City: Lure Fishbar

The New York seafood restaurant Lure Fishbar, known for its warm yacht-like interiors, buzzy crowds, and festive vibes, is a perfect place to celebrate Christmas Eve and the Feast of the Seven Fishes. In addition to a regular menu that includes crispy sushi rice, sea urchin bucatini, and miso salmon, Chef Preston Clark has put together a special Christmas menu that includes crab ravioli, seared Nantucket bay scallop toast, whole roasted branzino, and roasted Maine lobster. Wreaths, garlands, and lights throughout the restaurant will make diners feel like they are on the ultimate holiday cruise.

Celebrate Christmas Day with sweeping views of Chicago’s historic Water Tower and Lake Michigan at NoMI Kitchen. Executive Chef Terence Zubieta’s four-course, prix-fixe menu offers a soulful and inventive take on the classic American holiday dinner, and features an acorn squash soup with roasted pumpkin seed, fine herbs, and espellette; lemon garlic kale salad with sliced almonds, dried cherries, and roasted squash; and a roasted duck complemented with apple cider duck jus. To end the meal, diners can choose from a sprawling dessert buffet featuring a festive spin on holiday classics such as buche de noel, rice pudding, Mexican eggnog macarons, and stollen. Expertly curated beverage pairings are available to accompany your meal from beginning to end.

In New Orleans: Saba’s Lounge

James Beard Award-winning, Israeli-born chef and restaurateur Alon Shaya is bringing back the infamous L’Chaim Lounge for all eight nights of Hanukkah (December 18-26) inside New Orleans’ Saba’s Lounge. In addition to the menu which will include their signature hummus, salatim, and Hanukkah-inspired specials, there will be a fun group of tongue-in-cheek cocktails (loosely) named after Jewish pop-culture icons. Adding to the festivities will be Hanukkah decorations and traditions, such as lighting the Menorah to celebrate the Festival of Lights.

In Boston: Beacon Hill Books & Cafe

Before taking in the Christmas lights and sights in Boston Common, the Public Garden, and on Commonwealth Avenue, get into the spirit with a champagne afternoon tea at Beacon Hill Books & Cafe. Nestled within a historic 1840’s townhouse on Beacon Hill with cozy and elegant interiors by noted designer Cathy Kincaid, the decked out bookstore cafe is a magical space brimming with holiday warmth and charm. Chef Colleen Suhanosky who worked in some of New York and Boston’s best kitchens (Biba, Gramercy Tavern, Sfoglia) has created a menu of delicious savories and sweets to celebrate the season. Browsing the shelves for gifts afterwards is an added bonus.

In Philadelphia: Jean-Georges Philadelphia

Spend your holidays above the clouds at Jean-Georges Philadelphia, the sky high restaurant at the top of the Four Seasons. Chef de Cuisine Cornelia Sühr has created a luxurious Christmas Eve and Christmas Day five-course omnivore tasting menu that includes mozzarella ravioli with white truffles, steamed black sea bass with delicata squash and a pumpkin seed gremolata relish, and roasted duck a l’orange with rutabaga and ispahan spice jus.

Resident Artistic Director Jeff Leatham known for his striking and awe-inspiring floral installations (also at Four Seasons George V in Paris and the hotel’s Beverly Hills location), will once again put together a chic and sophisticated holiday display. In addition to festive arrangements and a forest of artfully lit holiday trees, visitors this year will delight in a large and highly Instagrammable mirrored polar bear in the Sky Lobby.

In Dallas: CBD Provisions

CBD (Central Business District) Provisions, a modern Texas brasserie in Dallas’s Joule Hotel, is celebrating the holidays down-home style. Their hearty Christmas Eve and Christmas day menu includes duck confit served with beet spaetzle, braised apples and red cabbage; braised beef cheek with caramelized chicory, red currant sauce, and Stilton whipped parsnip; and a sticky toffee pudding with bitter orange ice cream, butterscotch sauce, and orange chips. Not to be missed are the themed cocktails—also available in the Lobby Bar—which will be transformed with a spectacular floral holiday installation by Dallas-based creative events studio GRO Designs.

In Wilmington: Le Cavalier

Located in the gilded age Italian Renaissance-style Hotel Du Pont in Wilmington, Delaware—once the headquarters of the DuPont Company—Le Cavalier boasts one of the most beautiful dining rooms in America. On Christmas Day, Chef-Partner Tyler Akin is offering a French inspired prix-fixe menu which includes oysters on the half-shell with caviar, crème fraiche, and chives; bone-in ribeye au poivre with melted leeks and spiced fingerling potatoes; seared scallops with chestnut tarator, celeriac, cashews, and shabazi; and a classic bûche de Noël. With the legendary Christmas displays at Longwood Gardens—one of the world’s great botanical centers, just 20 minutes away—a visit to this historic and highly-regarded restaurant is a fun and easy holiday day trip from New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore, or Washington D.C.

Chef Andy Kitko, known for his global-inspired seafood, has planned a decadent New Year’s Eve prix-fixe menu at his Gramercy Park restaurant Oceans. Highlights include whole fish sashimi, whole grilled fish, a “surf and turf” entrée of filet and lobster, and a sumptuous selection of raw bar, specialty sushi rolls, and various tartars. Vegetarian needn’t worry as there will be options for each course. A decadent dessert platter served family style ends the night to help you ring in the new year.

In Washington, D.C.: Estuary

Filipino American chef Ria Montes is putting an Asian spin on her Christmas Eve Feast of the Seven Fishes-inspired menu—available December 22 through 24—at Washington D.C.’s Estuary.

Diners can enjoy her crab rangoon gougeres; “XO” bucatini with butter poached lobster and bread crumbs; fried whole fish with chinese black vinegar; Maryland crab fried rice; and a sweet take on frutta di mare for dessert—a combination of chocolate and seasonal fruit made to resemble shellfish. On Christmas Day, guests can feast on braised five spice lamb leg, prime rib roast with salsa verde, and a bountiful buffet of holiday desserts.

In San Francisco: Birdsong

San Francisco’s two-star Michelin Birdsong is bringing back its annual holiday cookie tradition this year with a curated 12-cookie box showcasing offerings from chef de cuisine Yesenia Castañon. The box will include six different types of cookies drawing from seasonal inspirations and classic offerings such as Yesenia’s play on the Poquito, a Mexican gingerbread treat filled with caramel. The cookie box will be available for pre-order on Tock with a one-day-pick-up window at Birdsong the week of December 19. More information will be announced on Birdsong’s Instagram page soon.

In New York City: Rolf’s German Restaurant

There is simply no place more Christmasy than Rolf’s. This New York institution spends three months decking every inch of its halls, walls, and ceilings with trees, garlands, wreaths, dolls, and hundreds of thousands of Christmas lights, ornaments, and icicles to create the ultimate winter wonderland. Hearty German fare complements the decor with schnitzels, sausages, roast goose, and choucrote Alsacienne among the crowd favorites. Not to be missed is the large selection of German schnapps and liqueurs and traditional desserts.

In Los Angeles: Holey Grail Donuts

Founded by brother-sister team Hana and Nile Dreiling, who started serving up hand-fried-to-order taro donuts from a little red burger trailer in Kauai, Holey Grail Donuts now has a huge cult following, investors like skateboarder Tony Hawk, and a location in Santa Monica. Starting December 1, Holey Grail will add two limited holiday donut flavors to their tasting menu; Naughty List made with Hawaiian vanilla bean and coconut charcoal streusel and the Mission Hot Chocolate made with Dandelion chocolate, vanilla bean, pasilla chile and toasted marshmallow. The December menu will also include signature flavors—Lilikoi (passion fruit), Purple Haze (Hawaiian ube, passion fruit), and Party Thyme (Meyer lemon, Hawaiian vanilla bean, thyme).

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