The tradition of a festive Chinese meal on Christmas has become a genuine Jewish New York tradition (see my post about it here). Below you’ll find your guide for some traditional and not traditional restaurants to enjoy this Christmas holiday. Jewish or not, Chinese on Christmas has become a part of New York’s fiber.
Fatty Crab: both outposts of the popular Pan- Asian eatery will be paying homage to the tradition of eating Chinese food on Christmas. Be sure to try their pork steam buns and wonton soup which will be a part of their Christmas menu among other traditional items. 643 Hudson Street, Sat 11- 2 AM, Sun 11- 12 AM 212 352 3592 or 2170 Broadway, Sat 12 PM- 12 AM, Sun 12- 10 PM, 212 496 2722
Mile End: For the second year now, the Quebecois are celebrating the “traditional Jewish Christmas” their way with Montreal-deli-inflected Chinese dishes. They’ll be open on both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, offering a $50 prix fixe that includes Szechuan pickles, beef noodle hot pot, smoked trout Rangoon, smoked meat sesame bun, and Peking duck, among other dishes. If you can’t make it this Christmas, Mile End will be offering the meal once a month for 2012. 97A Hoyt Street, Brooklyn, Fri 7 PM & 9 PM, Saturday 12 PM 2PM 4 PM 6 PM 8 PM, call 646 494 9508 for reservations
Shun Lee West: Visit the Chinese food restaurant superstar on their busiest day of the year to catch a glimpse of original Jewish Christmas tradition. 43 West 65th Street, Saturday 11:30- 12 AM, 212 595 8895
Queens Kickshaw: Head on over to Astoria for the restaurants Woks and Lox celebration. Their Christmas Eve dinner will feature Jewish-Chinese fusion like shiitake-ginger matzo-ball soup, potato and scallion wonton pierogies, and ginger sriracha wok-fried bagel strips; entertainment includes a Chinese auction, Mah Jong, a Bar Mitzvah-esque sign-in board, and liquid courage courtesy of He’Brew and Queens Kickshaw’s bartenders who will be whipping up drinks like the “Double Happy Five Spice Hot Mulled Manischewitz”. Click here to buy your tickets which range in price from $28- 59. 40-17 Broadway, Queens, Fri 5- 9PM, 718 777 0913
Kutsher’s Tribeca: Keeping with the restaurants Jewish-American theme, Kutsher’s will be offering a $39 three course price-fix dinner on Christmas Eve and Christmas. Think matzo ball wonton soup, Szechuan beef, char sui glazed salmon and steamed veggie buns amongst other options. If you’re out of town like I will be but still want to partake in Jewish Chiense Christmas, this feast will be offered every Sunday from here on out. Mazal! 186 Franklin Street, Fri & Sat 5:30 PM- 12 AM, 212 431 0606