After searching near and far to find the best dining delights of this merry season, we’ve come up with the following seven restaurants that are, in our opinion, nothing short of spectacular … and they’re open on December 25.By Susan Gallacher
Maze by Gordon Ramsay at the London, New York City
At his first American restaurant, Gordon Ramsay, the French-trained chef with the fiery temperament, presents a five-course Christmas Day menu, which includes items such as lobster ravioli with celeriac cream and shellfish vinaigrette.
151 West 54th Street
Osteria di Tramonto,the Westin Chicago North Shore; Wheeling, Illinois
Enjoy Italian wood-fire mussels, pizza margherita, roasted Berkshire pork loin, and apple crostata at this restaurant’s Christmas Day buffet. Adults, $50, and children 12 and under, $13
601 North Milwaukee Avenue
La Tour d’Argent,Paris
This Paris institution might be known for its duck, but come December 25, saddle of lamb wrapped in a pastry crust and served with wild mushrooms and bok choy will be the order of the day.
$95 for prix-fixe lunch
15–17 quai de la Tournelle, 5e
Housed in a three-story building with a dramatic glass roof, Tragaluz offers traditional fare with an avant-garde twist, such as suckling pig with quinces, meatball stew with truffles, and warm chocolate tarts.
Pasaje de la Concepción 5
California Modern, George’s at the Cove; La Jolla, California
Chef Trey Foshee knows how to make California cuisine dazzle — and his holiday fare is no exception. Case in point: aged Niman Ranch strip steak served with smoked potato puree, and a pear-orange tart made with chocolate sorbet, Port-roasted pear, and toasted almonds.
Entrées, $26 to $44
1250 Prospect Street
Meritage,Boston Harbor Hotel; Boston
Sure, historic harbor views and chef Daniel Bruce’s unique foodand- wine pairings are good. But Meritage’s five-course prix-fixe Christmas menu, which includes prosciutto-wrapped venison loin, is even better. Don’t miss the candy-cane-tinis, made with light cream and white crème de menthe. Adults, $115, and children 12 and under, $50
70 Rowes Wharf
The Conservatory at the Lanesborough, London
Black leg turkey with cranberry chutney and Christmas spices, whole roasted filet of Buccleuch beef, and Lanesbourough Christmas pudding are not your grandmother’s holiday dinner. Need we say more? Four-course dinner and entertainment $130
Hyde Park Corner