Our Restaurant Picks for Dining Out on Christmas Day

Our Restaurant Picks for Dining Out on Christmas Day

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From a a basket of wings to a traditional roasted goose, restaurants open for Christmas present menus that range from casual to special-occasion.

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    As is tradition, the dapper French restaurant will be ornamented in twinkling lights and draped in holiday greenery. Open from noon to 8 p.m., order a la carte or from the prix fixe menu.
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    Crispy duck, prepared in a choice of Thai styles (in coconut milk, curry or a garlic-chili sauce) might be a suitable choice for Christmas dinner at the King & I in Nyack.
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    A swank new Asian restaurant with an impressive sake bar and adventurous dishes like robatayaki (Japanese style barbecue) and anything from the diner-like book of dizzying (and creative) sushi options.
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    Tucked away in the corner of a strip mall just west of the Shops at Nanuet on Route 59, Fortune Garden is one of the best Chinese restaurants in Rockland. House specialties include whole Peking duck, sesame chicken, and the crispy steak.
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    Reservations available from noon to 6 p.m. Prix fixe holiday menu is $89 per person ($125 with wine pairings) for four courses that includes terrine of Hudson Valley foie gras, lobster and winter truffle pasta and Wagyu beef tenderloin.
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    Open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Christmas Day, serving comforting delicatessen favorites like baked brisket with gravy, stuffed Cornish hen, potato knishes and stuffed cabbages.
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    The Indian bistro will be open for regular business hours, from noon to 9:45 p.m., and will offer the regular menu, which includes blended fresh spices in every dish and soft and crispy nan, baked fresh in a Tandoor clay oven.
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    The chicken wings are a trademark, so why not make them a new holiday tradition? The restaurant opens at 8 p.m., and just like every other night of the year, will stay open until 3 a.m.
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    A four-course prix fixe dinner is $80 per person. And although the menu isn’t finalized, you can bet owner George Seitz will roast a goose for a traditional Christmas dinner.
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    Owner Ricky Ho will offer his full Cantonese menu, which includes some of the best dim sum in the area (only available before 5 p.m.).
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    Only open for dinner, from 5:30 to 9 p.m. This local Japanese favorite is elegantly styled and affordably priced, making it a good spot for a festive crowd.
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