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Where to eat Christmas dinner in New York City

Turkey breast and pumpkin pie are in the rearview mirror. You're ready to plan for Christmas dinner.

The multi-course affairs that are Christmas Eve and Christmas Day dinner typically dirty several tall stacks of dishes, so we cast no aspersions on New Yorkers who'd prefer to take the easy way out. The city offers all kinds of options for dining out with family and friends, from sushi to steak.

Here's a look at some of the restaurants serving meals tailored just for the holiday. All are Christmas Day meals unless noted.

MIFUNE New York, midtown east

Named, per its website, for Akira Kurosawa's go-to
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Named, per its website, for Akira Kurosawa's go-to actor Toshiro Mifune, the Japanese restaurant is serving a fittingly epic dinner. Seven courses (get it?) include porcini flan, Alaskan king crab ceviche and filet mignon. (And if you don't get the reference, please go watch "Seven Samurai" asap.) ($95, add $60 for wine and sake pairings; Dec. 24 and 25; 245 E 44th St.)

Nittis, Hell’s Kitchen

Slide into a soft red booth for classic
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Slide into a soft red booth for classic Italian from veteran chef Andrea Cinus Napolitano at newly opened Nittis. The prix-fixe leads you through four courses, with traditional starters (lentil soup, Caprese with peppers) followed by either rollatini with spinach-ricotta or tortellini with peas in a cream sauce. From there, you can surf and turf it (the surf being lobster) or stay on land with chicken thighs with pears and apples in a creamy cognac sauce. Fig panna cotta or chocolate soufflé for dessert. ($65, Dec. 24-25; 523 Ninth Ave., nittisnyc.com)

The Lambs Club, midtown

Chef Geoffrey Zakarian's midtown restaurant inside the Chatwal
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Chef Geoffrey Zakarian's midtown restaurant inside the Chatwal Hotel is serving a three-course prix-fixe menu -- along with live caroling. Appetizer options include coq au vin ravioli and chilled lobster Louie; just plan accordingly with which of the four mains you choose (beef tenderloin and roasted halibut in leeks, pictured, among them). Four options round out dessert and range from a toffee pudding to coconut pavlova. ($95, 132 W. 44th St., thelambsclub.com)

Toriko NY, West Village

It's all omakase (chef's choice) all the time
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It's all omakase (chef's choice) all the time at this Japanese restaurant, and for the holiday Toriko NY has created a tasting menu where you'll start with an amuse bouche -- say, uni sushi with caviar -- on through a choice of two desserts (including truffle crème brulee). In between, you'll have rice bran with pickled vegetables, chicken skewers, cheese, wagyu with uni and more. ($100, Dec. 24-25, 76 Carmine St., toriko-ny.com)

Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse, midtown

Jump right into your steakhouse experience with a
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Jump right into your steakhouse experience with a prime rib (pictured), or maybe a 45-day dry-aged prime strip; both are among the meats on the Christmas Day menu at Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steakhouse New York. You'll find elevated versions of classic sides -- creamed corn with shishito peppers, mac and cheese starring lobster -- in addition to pescatarian entrée of Alaskan King Crab and seared tuna. Desserts are 10 offerings deep and include banana bread pudding. (a la carte pricing, 3-8 p.m. Dec. 25, 1221 Avenue of the Americas, delfriscos.com)

David Burke Tavern, UES

The three-course prix-fixe dinner starts with options that
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The three-course prix-fixe dinner starts with options that are largely seafaring (tuna crudo, oysters), though the landlubbing get a nod with the pastrami salmon duo. For mains, choose from seven entrées, including roasted branzino with fennel and kale (pictured), and roasted pork loin. ($85, 135 E. 62nd St. davidburketavern.com)

Legasea, midtown

Seafood restaurant Legasea at the Moxy Times Square
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Seafood restaurant Legasea at the Moxy Times Square will satisfy traditionalists with a seven fish cioppino -- including mussels, clams, king crab claws, prawns, octopus, calamari and cod -- that serves two to four people for $85. If that's too much for your table, the menu will include dishes like a lobster bake, flounder francaise, spicy crab beignets and branzino. Not into fish? Executive chef Jason Hall also is preparing a heritage pork chop schnitzel and half Lancaster lemon chicken. The restaurant is open from 5 to 11 p.m. on Christmas Eve and from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Christmas. (a la carte, 485 7th Ave., Moxy-Hotels.Marriott.com)

Mekki, Greenwich Village

A four-course, Christmas Eve feast is on the
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A four-course, Christmas Eve feast is on the table at Moroccan restaurant Mekki, with appetizers including shrimp with a spice-laden chermoula sauce. Of the mains, a red snapper is served with roasted carrots and potatoes; a salad option has cannellini beans with harissa. Finish with a crepe or filo dough and custard dessert. ($65, Dec. 24, 15 W. Eighth St., mekkinyc.com)  

Leuca, Williamsburg

Feast on food inspired by southern Italy with
Photo Credit: Noah Fecks

Feast on food inspired by southern Italy with a four-course, family-style menu celebrating the Feast of the Seven Fishes on Christmas Eve. Antipasti includes brandade dip with perperonata, tuna crudo and sardine crostini, before littleneck clams and grilled octopus with baby potatoes hit the table. For a second course, Chef Andrew Carmellini is serving scampi ravioli and zuppa di pesce before making way to dessert -- sorbet di limoncello and sticky toffee budino topped with fior di latte gelato. ($90, 5:30-10 p.m. Dec. 24; 111 N. 12th St., Brooklyn, thewilliamvale.com)

American Cut, Manhattan

Whether you land at American Cut's Tribeca or
Photo Credit: Alison Hale for LDV Hospitality’s American Cut

Whether you land at American Cut's Tribeca or midtown locations, you'd better like prime rib, because the special holiday menu is all about the beef. All courses are served family style, with starters including a deconstructed Caesar salad (pictured) and a seafood sampler with shrimp cocktail, oysters, yellowfin tuna and more. The main event is rack of prime rib, which is carved tableside, and served with veggies (potato puree among them). An assortment of mouth-sized desserts finishes. ($165, 363 Greenwich St. and 109 E. 56th St.)

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