I'll be in Manhattan for the whole Christmas period with my wife and nine year old son. We'd love to find someplace memorable for lunch or an early dinner. It doesn't need to be fancy (could be quite humble) but hopefully it would be something that we couldn't experience easily at home (Sydney, Australia).
New York City is magical any time of year but Christmas especially so. Depends on your style of place and neighborhood. One of my fave spots is Casa Mono (on Irving Street) or Blue Water Grill, both off Union Square. Bobby Flay's Mesa Grill always delivers if you fancy a southwestern/mexican touch-beautiful spot near the shopping on the bottom end of 5th Ave. For a classic NYC experience, Rockefeller Plaza can't be beat and I recently enjoyed Jean Gorges on Columbus Circle in a Trump building-lost of glass and light (and lots of $$!) For something you will definitely not find in Sydney is the Oyster Bar in Grand Central Station...buzzing with locals and commuters alike, old school waiters and gorgeous oysters. Grand Central has a few good higher end restaurants, but the Oyster Bar IS New York. almost 10 years ago
We had Christmas lunch at Tavern on the Green in Central Park. They have themed rooms - it was brilliant - food was great, reasonably priced, other people there were also away from home for Christmas, so a really nice atmosphere. Afterwards we walked through the park past the iceskating rink, with the music from there wafting through the crisp air - then did a carriage ride around the park. Couldn't have been nicer. almost 10 years agoAnswered by Lyn Stevens via Travellr.com