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Where to eat on Christmas and Christmas Eve in New York City

New Yorkers love to eat out, even on the holidays. Or perhaps, especially on the holidays.

Luckily, NYC restaurants pull out all the stops and make Christmas Eve and Christmas Day very, very special. It's the most wonderful time of the year!

Here are our picks for where to dine this holiday. (It should go without saying that you need a reservation. Call ahead.)

Mile End

In what has come to be known as
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In what has come to be known as a delicious culinary tradition, Mile End Deli again this year hosts its Chinese Feast on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day as well as Dec. 26. In a play on the New York City standard of Jews eating at Chinese restaurants on Christmas, this Montreal-style deli will mix traditional eats with Chinese influence. Dishes include: Corned Beef and Kraut Wontons, Hot and Sour Soup with Chicken Liver Dumplings and Crispy Wontons, Smoked Meat Dan Dan Noodles and General Tso Chicken. $65 per person, with veggie and kid-friendly options. 97A Hoyt St., Boerum Hill and 53 Bond St., 646-494-9508, mileenddeli.com

Grand Central Oyster Bar

The Grand Central Oyster Bar is the place
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The Grand Central Oyster Bar is the place to be in NYC during the holidays - and Christmas Eve is no different. The classic restaurant will be doing a Feast of the Seven Fishes dinner on Dec. 24. The traditional Italian feast celebrates "frutte de mare" and menu items include Italian Seafood Salad, Maine Lobster and Jumbo Shrimp Newburg and Sea Urchin Gelato (for dessert). The menu is a la carte and is available at lunch and dinner. Grand Central Terminal, 212-490-6650, oysterbarny.com

The Lambs Club

Geoffrey Zakarian's Lambs Club will be open on
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Geoffrey Zakarian's Lambs Club will be open on Christmas Day for brunch and holiday carolers. The Lambs Club dining room is gorgeous, complete with red leather banquettes, a roaring fireplace and holiday decorations. The table wil receive a basket of fresh pastries, two sides and unique main courses like Eggs in Cocotte or House-Cured Smoked Arctic Char. Gingersnaps for dessert! $68 per person, $35 per child. 132 W. 44th St., 212-997-5262, thelambsclub.com

BLT Steak

BLT Steak New York will be open for
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BLT Steak New York will be open for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day and will feature all the great steaks you've come to expect as well as additional, creative dishes like Matzo Ball Soup with Duck Consomme, Foie Gras and Carrot Tops ($19). 106 E. 57th St., 212-752-7420, e2hospitality.com

The John Dory Oyster Bar

April Bloomfield's John Dory Oyster Bar will serve
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April Bloomfield's John Dory Oyster Bar will serve a special prix-fixe seafood dinner on Christmas Day. Here's hoping the famous Oyster Pan Roast will be on the yet-to-be-announced menu! 1196 Broadway, 212-792-9000, thejohndory.com

The Gander

Jesse Schenker's The Gander is serving a four-course
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Jesse Schenker's The Gander is serving a four-course prix fixe menu for Christmas Eve. Dishes on the menu at this inventive, new-American restaurant include Fluke Tartare with Beet and Cranberry, Grilled Octopus with Peppers, Coco Beans and Thyme and Suckling Pig Ham with Sweet Potato, Cabbage and Raisins. $95 per person. 15 W. 18th St., 212-229-9500, thegandernyc.com

Red Farm/ Decoy

Red Farm and Decoy will both be open
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Red Farm and Decoy will both be open on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. The regular menu will be offered, plus specials deserving of a celebration. They include: BBQ'd duck with Dried Japanese Plum Sauce, Black Truffle and Chicken Soup Dumplings (pictured) and seven different seafood dishes. As usual, neither Red Farm location will take reservations, but call to put your name on the list beginning at 10 a.m. Decoy will be taking reservations. 529 Hudson and 2170 Broadway, 212-792-9700 and 212-724-9700, redfarmnyc.com

Edi & the Wolf

This Avenue C restaurant is a comforting, rustic
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This Avenue C restaurant is a comforting, rustic oasis in the city. Run by the Michelin-starred chefs Eduard Frauneder and Wolfgang Ban, this Austrian-style tavern is open on Christmas Eve and will be serving dishes including Roasted Duck, Delicata Squash, Hazlenut and Cranberry (pictured) and Oven-roasted Black Bass with Turmeric Broth and Braised Collard Greens. 102 Ave. C, 212-598-1040, ediandthewolf.com

ATRIO

This one’s for meat lovers. Dig in to
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This one’s for meat lovers. Dig in to the restaurant’s special Christmas Eve and Christmas Day dinner: a whole-roasted Niman Ranch prime rib with natural jus. Sides include roasted Brussels sprouts, twice-baked mashed potatoes, super green spinach, crispy hen of the wood mushrooms, truffle mac and cheese and grilled asparagus. $45 per person, 102 North End Ave., 646-769-4250, conradnewyork.com/atrio -HILARY SHEINBAUM

The Standard Grill

Take a spin on the ice rink in
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Take a spin on the ice rink in The Standard Plaza (weather permitting) before sitting down for the restaurant’s three-course prix fixe Christmas Day dinner. Choose between a butternut squash and apple soup or a winter salad for an appetizer, roasted Long Island duck or braised short rib for the entrée and an egg nog crème caramel for dessert. $55 per person, $30 wine pairing; 848 Washington St., 212-645-4100, thestandardgrill.com - HILARY SHEINBAUM

Eataly Il Pesce

All the restaurants in Eataly are taking reservations
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All the restaurants in Eataly are taking reservations for Christmas Eve. At Le Verdure, a 3-course tasting menu is $35 and at Il Pesce a 4-course tasting is $50. We're most excited about the Pesce Crudo Trip at Il Pesce, which is a tasting of 3 select raw fish finished with Ligurian extra virgin olive oil. Special menu items are available at all the eateries. 200 Fifth Ave., 212-229-2560, eataly.com

Boulud Sud

Daniel Boulud's Mediterranean-inspired Boulud Sud will be serving
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Daniel Boulud's Mediterranean-inspired Boulud Sud will be serving a special Christmas Eve brunch and three-course prix fixe dinner menu to celebrate the holidays. At brunch, menu highlights include: Pimenton Spiced Steak & Eggs and Pistachio French Toast, served a la carte. At dinner, dishes include: Venison Pate en Croute, Niman Ranch Beef Duo and Marron-Vanille Buche de Noel. $85 per person, $35 age 10 and under. 20 W. 64th St., 212-595-1313, bouludsud.com

Cafe el Presidente

For an authentic Mexican Christmas Eve dinner, head
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For an authentic Mexican Christmas Eve dinner, head to Cafe el Presidente. Executive Chef Jason DeBriere has created an a la carte menu that includes Chile en Nogado tacos (pictured) with beef picadillo, poblano and jalapeno peppers, almond and goat cheese salsa, pomegranate seeds and cilantro ($3.95) and Bacalao a la Viscaina, traditional salt cod with capers, olives, raisins and tomato ($4.95). 30 W. 24th St., 212-242-3491, cafeelpresidente.com

Gato

Bobby Flay's Gato will present a
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Bobby Flay's Gato will present a "Feast of the Seven Fishes" feast on Christmas Eve that will surely be tasty. Flay has merged Italian and Mediterranean cuisine with his new restaurant, both of which are heavily dependent on fresh seafood in dishes. The menu has yet to be confirmed, so if you're interested in surprises, book a table ASAP. You won't be let down. $95 per person. 324 Lafayette St., 212-334-6400, gatonyc.com

Giovanni Rana Pastificio & Cucina

This famous and well-loved Chelsea Market pasta restaurant
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This famous and well-loved Chelsea Market pasta restaurant hosts both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day dinners. A spin on the traditional Feast of the Seven Fishes, the menu is available a la carte. Menu highlights: Triglia Puttanesca with Red Mullet, Cherry Tomato, Anchovies and Capers Frisee ($19), Bucatini with Braised Octopus, Nduja, Orange and Margianco ($25) and Whole Roasted Mediterranean Branzino with fennel and potatoes and preserved lemon vinaigrette ($37). 75 Ninth Ave., 212-370-0975, rananyc.com

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