Three Ways to Spend Christmas Eve, If You’re In Manhattan

Here for the holidays next week? No desire to bake a heritage ham, a L.I. goose or Hudson Valley turkey numero two? Here’s our top three picks for eating out, so you can get cracking on your reservation over the weekend. FYI, it’s never a bad idea to start things off with a cocktail at the Oak Room at the Plaza, either, putting yourself within view of Central Park and the windows of Madison Avenue.

1. The Feast of the Seven Fishes: The Italian Christmas Eve tradition of seven fish dishes done large and all day long at Grand Central Oyster Bar.

2. Clean Plates list of sustainable feasts. Where to eat if you are concerned about your locavoric cred but want a top culinary experience, by those who literally wrote the book on the subject.

3. Chinatown. Our personal pick for those of non-Christian faith and exploratory foodies. And if you go for dim sum breakfast or lunch, you can also squeeze in one and two!

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