We all have our holiday traditions. On Christmas, many members of the tribe chow down on Chinese food.
Another is the Feast of the Seven Fishes, a Catholic Christmas Eve feast.
Many delicious city restaurants are creating it this year, including Michael White's Osteria Morini (218 Lafayette St., 212-965-8777). The menu will be inspired by the holiday meals enjoyed by the staff's families (from Staten Island to Israel). Enjoy snail sformato, a hearty monkfish roast, delicately breaded calamari and a whole grilled seabream at this spot.
La Bottega (363 W. 16th St., 212-242-4300) at the Maritime Hotel will be serving pizza vongole and calamari with fregula. Plus, you'll end with cookies and egg nog -- a celebrated tradition for all.
You could also head to the farm-to-table pioneer Franny's (348 Flatbush Ave., Prospect Heights, 718-230- 0221) for dishes like slow-cooked squid with potatoes and olives and polpette di pesce spada (swordfish meatballs) with raisins and pine nuts.
Or try Roman's (243 Dekalb Ave., Fort Greene, 718-622- 5300) where you can indulge in spot prawns with orange and olives, fried baccala and more.
And for you tribesmen, perhaps you can save the lo mein for Jan. 1?
Ariel Kanter is an editor at Gilt City and writes a bi-weekly column for amNewYork.