Oh, There's No Place Like Home For The Holidays: Takeout Options On Xmas In NYC

Oh, There's No Place Like Home For The Holidays: Takeout Options On Xmas In NYC

Photo Courtesy of Eataly  Inside of Eataly NYC.

Photo Courtesy of Eataly
Inside of Eataly NYC.

Photo courtesy of Maculalycuny  Outside of Jackson Diner in NYC.

Photo courtesy of Maculalycuny
Outside of Jackson Diner in NYC.

Cooking Christmas dinner is one of the most exciting parts of the winter, but for those of us who aren’t celebrating the holiday (or maybe just don’t want to cook), finding a restaurant open the night of December 25th is not always an easy task.  To spare you the anxiety-ridden search for a place to eat on Christmas night, here are some of the holiday-time restaurants most loved by New York locals.

  1. Jackson Diner: This Indian restaurant is located in Queens and is said to have some of the best Indian food in the city.  Featured in the New York Times and New York Magazine, it has attracted customers from Hillary Clinton to Harrison Ford.

  2. Haru Sushi: Boasting seven locations around Manhattan, this moderately priced sushi bar and Japanese restaurant has seemingly endless combinations of sushi rolls and teriyaki platters.  A new location is coming soon to Hell’s Kitchen.

  3. Kitchenette: For those who just want something simple, this restaurant specializes in Southern-style comfort food and baked goods.  This establishment has also won awards from opentable.com and Trip Advisor.

  4. Rosa Mexicano: Open since 1984, this restaurant serves a signature balance of authentic Mexican cuisine and modern flair.  In addition to being praised by New York Magazine, it collaborates with the Orphaned Starfish Foundation to teach vocational skills to orphans.

  5. Sushi Samba: For indecisive eaters who can’t decide on just one type of food, Sushi Samba serves a blend of Brazilian, Japanese, and Peruvian food.  Featuring a rooftop terrace and a ground floor lounge, it’s certainly a cut above your average New York sushi bar.

  6. Russ and Daughters Café: A modern take on the age-old Russ and Daughters appetizing institution, the classic Yiddish-style menu will bring back nostalgia for the restaurant’s seventy year legacy.

  7. Eataly: Sprawling over 50,000 square feet, this Italian marketplace features everything from wine to pastries, as well as a selection of restaurants representing cuisines from all parts of Italy.

  8. The Meatball Shop: This sustainability-oriented restaurant has taken New York City by storm, opening six locations in the past six years.  As if a heaping bowl of spaghetti and meatballs isn’t enough, the Meatball Shop serves twenty-five kinds of ice cream sandwiches.

  9. Junior’s: Known for serving the best cheesecake in New York, this restaurant has been a local institution since 1950 and has expanded with locations in Florida and Connecticut.  If you’re not maxed out on seasonal flavors already, hurry over and try their pumpkin pie cheesecake before it’s gone.

  10. Jane: This classic American bistro has attracted locals and tourists for the past fifteen years with its casual brunches and signature dinner dishes.  Jane is owned by the operators of the Smith, another beloved New York favorite.
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