Instead of spending Christmas Eve chopping and basting, enjoy perfectly prix-fixed menus sure to make the whole family happy.
1341 Third Ave., UES; 49 W. 64th St., UWS
For the seafood-loving family, the $59 three-course prix-fixe menu is full of favorites including the Feast of the Seven Fish Winter Seafood Stew. You guessed it, seven fishes in a light saffron broth. Splurge and add wine pairings for $79. You can always take advantage of prix-fixe lunches during the week for $28 and dinners every day but Sunday for $48 from 5-7 p.m. Kids will be happy with chicken fingers for $9 and ice cream sandwiches for $4.
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81 Greenwich Ave., West Village
Spice up your festivities with delicious Spanish tapas at Barraca. For $45 you have several choices for your four-course dinner, like paella (seafood, vegetarian and a chicken, rabbit and pork meat lover’s dream). The churros are filled with Nutella and toffee caramel. From 5-7 p.m. on weekdays sample more than a dozen tapas for $5 as well as sangria, beer, wine and cocktails. Add $15 to your brunch entree on weekends for two hours of unlimited sangria.
191 Seventh Ave., Chelsea
I am a sucker for the homemade gnocchi that is part of the four-course $59 dinner at this Italian trattoria. They handle large groups very well and always provide a party atmosphere. Brunch on weekends is $39 and includes a liter of Bloody Marys or mimosas, or a bottle of bubbly (two-hour limit). Bring your rowdy loud relatives here so they feel right at home.
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