If all you’re asking for this Christmas is a 240-day dry-aged rib eye or an epic brunch that you don’t have to actually cook (or clean up), consider your wish fulfilled. Some of America’s best restaurants — from New York City to Los Angeles to Chicago — are ready to make your dream come true with Christmas Day brunch buffets, luxe prix-fixe menus, and more relaxed meals served a la carte.
There’s really nothing quite like a decadent Christmas Day brunch and, fortunately, there are several excellent iterations across the country. For starters, there’s the complimentary bubbly and omelet bar at the Michelin-starred Luce in San Francisco or the upscale buffet at the Capitol Grille inside Nashville’s legendary Hermitage Hotel.
Several of the country’s finest chefs are serving dreamy multi-course menus perfect for this #treatyoself kind of day. In Boston, Daniel Boulud’s menu includes creamy pumpkin risotto and oven-roasted prime rib, while Wolfgang Puck at the Hotel Bel-Air will be serving dishes like hand-cut papardelle pasta with wild field mushrooms and pan-roasted organic Jidori chicken with French black truffle.
But if your main Christmas wish is just to have a relaxed meal without any fuss, there are still more excellent restaurants that will be offering their regular menus — with perhaps a special or two thrown in there. New York City hotspot Marta will be satisfying your pizza cravings during lunch and dinner hours. And about that steak you've been craving? Chef John Tesar will be serving plenty at his Dallas restaurant Knife.
So whatever your holiday feasting wish may be, go forth, make reservations and fulfill it.