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11 restaurants open for business on Christmas

Indulge in a Christmas miracle: this rich and

Indulge in a Christmas miracle: this rich and layered lasagna from Buca di Beppo. Photo Credit: Handout

Though most restaurants -- and businesses -- in New York City are closed for Christmas, a handful will be serving supper (and other meals, too). If cooking for the family on the 25th isn't in the cards, take a vacation from the kitchen. Whether you're craving a traditional holiday meal or Chinese, Italian or French cuisine, these eateries will surely satisfy.

Obao Hell's Kitchen

From the tasting menu, diners can choose from modern Thai dishes like Crispy Pork Belly, Red Curry, Crispy Duck Confit and Spiced Apple Cake. Open from noon to 1 a.m., 212-245-8880, 647 9th Ave.

Fatty Crab

For the fourth year, the restaurant will be hosting its "#1 Fatty Chinese American menu" which includes a la carte selections like Chili Crab, Steamed Buns and General Tso's Chicken. Open from noon to 10 p.m., 212-352-3592, 643 Hudson St.

Zaro's Bake Shop

For chocolate, cake, or other confections, the Bronx bakery is spreading Christmas cheer in the sweetest way -- with sugar! The Chocolate Yule Log (vanilla sponge cake and chocolate buttercream) is great for sharing, but consuming the Marzipan Snowman & Santa (also with chocolate) requires no additional eaters. Open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m., 718-993-5600, 138 Bruckner Blvd.

Victor's Café and Cuba Lounge

Celebrating their 50th anniversary this year, the theater district restaurant is serving up choices like spiced pumpkin soup, Ceviche de Pargo (snapper) and Flan de Huevo (a traditional Cuban-style egg custard with light caramel). Open from 11:45 a.m. to 11 p.m., 212-586-7714, 236 W. 52nd St.

Bistro Chat Noir

On Christmas, this spot offers a prix-fixe menu with specials like turkey, ham and salmon Wellington, in addition to regular menu items. Holiday décor deck the halls (and singers, too!). Open from noon to 10 p.m., 212-794-2428, 22 E. 66 St.

Rosa Mexicano

Celebrate Feliz Navidad with Pavo en Mole con Relleno de Huitlacoche (roasted turkey with huitlacoche stuffing) for dinner. For dessert, the Budin Pegajoso de Calabaza (sticky pumpkin cake) is soaked in pumpkin-piloncillo sauce, topped with pumpkin mole swirl ice cream and cranberry salsa. To boot, guests are greeted with hot apple cider upon arrival. Open from noon to 9 p.m., 212-753-7407, 9 E. 18th St.

Maison Premiere

For a pescatarian party, this Williamsburg restaurant offers oysters, clams and shrimp cocktail from its raw bar. Couldn't get out of town (but would have liked to)? Visit a foreign yesteryear here: with furnishings inspired by late 19th and early 20th century Paris and New Orleans. Open from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m., 347-335-0446, 298 Bedford Ave.

Buca di Beppo

Bring the family for family-style served traditional Italian tastes, like lasagna, specialty pasta dishes and chicken Parmesan. Instead of decking the halls, photography including iconic Italian, such as Frank Sinatra and Spohia Loren line the walls. Open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., 212-764-6527,1540 Broadway

Neely's Barbecue Parlor

Known for their show on the Food Network, Pat and Gina Neely take on the traditional Christmas dinner. The couple has compiled a prix-fixe menu including holiday prime rib, oysters and cornish hen for guests. Open from noon to 9 p.m., 212-832-1551, 1125 First Ave.

Evelyn Drinkery

Between family visitors and shopping for presents, the season can be stressful, and unwinding is necessary. Since breakfast is the most important meal of any day, the bar is serving a "Breakfast Before Bed" cocktail (steeped chamomile, Bombay Sapphire gin, Drambuie and a whole egg) to make sure Santa's helpers are getting a little holiday help as well. Open from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m., 171 Ave. C

The Winslow

This festive restaurant, filled with evergreen garlands, wreaths and poinsettias, sets the tone for the holiday with a four-course meal. Picking a dessert from the options of Christmas pudding (fruit pudding with brandy sauce), Snowballs (warm walnut cookies with confectioners sugar and eggnog) and a Chocolate Bomb (hazelnut, coconut and clementine) is like picking a favorite present. Open from 3 p.m. to 2 a.m., 212-777-7717, 243 E. 14th St.

Mile End

It's the fourth annual traditional Jewish Christmas aka Chinese feast at Mile End! Eat the feast at either location or order for catering. Dishes include snoked whitefish rangoon and BBQ smoked duck. 97A Hoyt St., Boerum Hill or 53 Bond St. Reservations: 646-494-9508

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