FIVE PLACES TO GET TRADITIONAL TURKEY AND HAM IN NYC FOR CHRISTMAS DAY
1. If you really want to indulge, the Plaza Hotel offers a Grand Buffet of turkey and ham, as well as a number of other options like beef, rabbit and a vegetarian option. A three-course meal is pricey though, $125 a head. And if you want a cocktail or a glass of wine with that, you better have raided your piggy bank. The turkey and ham is the best this writer has ever tasted though – and Donald Trump no longer owns the hotel so you don’t have to worry about bumping into him. 2. Gramercy Tavern on East 20th Street offers turkey and ham on Christmas Day. On the regular menu, a main dish of seabass will set you back around $36, with the average starter costing between $20 and $25. So expect these prices to hike for the holidays.
3. The Rock Center Café is located, you guessed it, at the Rockefeller Center, left. You really can’t get more festive than this for a Christmas Day dining experience. With views of the spectacular tree and the ice rink, you can eat your turkey and ham while watching families take in the sights, and you’re bound to see at least one romantic proposal outside. New Yorkers tend to stay away from places like this on Christmas Day, so expect lots of tourists like yourself. Prices vary from reasonably priced burgers at $16 to more exotic dishes like butternut squash pasta at $25.
4. Friend of a Farmer, on Irving Place, is homecooked food that will certainly fill you. It is sure to serve turkey and ham on Christmas Day, in a wholesome environment. The restaurant’s Thanksgiving menu this year included a country pie starter, with turkey and ham for mains, with stuffing and mashed potato, and spiced pumpkin pie for dessert. There are no airs and graces about this place, just good, homecooked traditional food. A three-course meal for an adult will set you back around $60, and around $30 for children.
5. If you fancy something less traditional however, Han Dynasty is a Chinese restaurant in the East Village that opens Christmas Day, and will make your mouth water just from its Instagram page alone. From salt and chilli shredded chicken, to stir fries ‘dry pot style’, this Asian cuisine, above, will definitely give you a kick on December 25. The restaurant has a huge cocktail bar too, but be warned, booking in advance is key, Han Dynasty is very popular among New Yorkers. You won’t spend a fortune here, all courses are very reasonably priced, with authentic noodle dishes averaging at about $10.