9 Restaurants Open on Christmas and Christmas Eve in the Hudson Valley
Whether it's the night before Christmas or December 25, local eateries set their tables with delectable holiday meals.
Is a no-cook Christmas at the top of your wish list? Does the thought of having to turn on the oven on Christmas Eve have you shaking in your slippers? Fear not! We’re unwrapping the best Valley venues open Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, just for you. So tell the family to keep their hands off the Chinese takeout menus. This December, you deserve an unforgettable holiday meal with all the trimmings and none of the stress.
P.S. Like what you see? Be sure to make a reservation if you want to eat at any of these Hudson Valley hotspots, since spaces fill up faster than Santa can slide down a chimney.
Also open for lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Hudson House River Inn welcomes guests for a festive dinner on Christmas Eve. The standard a la carte and prix fixe menus will be available during the evening, as will a number of seasonal specials by Chef John Guerrero. Make reservations early, since this dinner is likely to sell out.
Liberty Street Bistro brings the class to Christmas Eve with a celebratory menu that includes Liberty Street staples alongside a handful of day-of specials. Savor everything from apple onion galettes and oxtail garganelli to squash chitarra and roasted pork belly. For dessert, toast a glass of champagne, then indulge on the PBJ donut, which is extra dreamy with Concord grape and goat's milk ice cream.
Get a move on if you want to dine at The Desmond on Christmas Eve. The Albany institution's restaurant is already sold out for Christmas Day, and we can only imagine that spaces on December 24 won't be available much longer. The menu is prix fixe on either day and features dreamy dishes like roasted honey pumpkin bisque, slow roasted native turkey with apple-sage dressing, and salted caramel vanilla crunch cake.
Come in and enjoy one of our delicious cocktails (seen above the #shrubdown) this Wednesday which happens to be #thanksgivingeve. Our lounge has new seating areas to enjoy a few new appetizers as well as beer & burger night ($11.00). Please be sure to make a reservation if dining with us as seats are limited. Check out our website link to our new menus!
Seatings begin at 3:30 p.m.
On Christmas Eve, Stagecoach Inn treats diners to a showstopper of a December dinner. With seatings beginning in late afternoon and three-course menus for both adults and children, this is an excellent option for families. On the grownup menu, look out for treats like potato leek soup, prosciutto and spinach-stuffed chicken breast, and passion fruit tart with ginger snap crust. Pair the dishes with one of the inn’s specialty cocktails for a meal made in holiday heaven.
Dining room: 5-9 p.m.; Red Bistro: 11:30 a.m. – midnight
If you can’t bear the thought of whipping up something grand for Christmas Eve, head to Terrapin for a festive feast instead. The popular Rhinebeck eatery decks the halls for the holiday with twinkle lights and garlands galore. As for eats, diners can order the full menus in the dining room and at the Red Bistro or opt for the a la carte specials, which will be announced closer to the big day. Of course, if you want to jump headfirst into the holidays, book a reservation at the restaurant’s annual Holiday Beer Dinner, which runs December 18-20. For $49 per person, guests can enjoy a four-course dinner and beer pairing that spotlights seasonal flavors like Christmas ale braised osso buco.
Christmas Eve & Christmas Day
December 24, 4-9 p.m.; December 25, 1-6 p.m.
$89/adult, $30/children 12 and under, free for children under 5
The Adelphi Hotel, Saratoga Springs
Open on both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, The Blue Hen delivers a true Hudson Valley holiday spread. For $89 per person, diners can dig into three flavor-filled courses that run the gamut from winter greens salad, which gets a gourmet twist with ginger candied walnuts and honey-roasted chayote squash, to 24-hour braised lamb shank, which embraces cozy ingredients like soft polenta and baby eggplant. For dessert, the gingerbread cheesecake with red currant sauce feels like a special conclusion to an unforgettable Yuletide meal.
December 24-25, 1-6 p.m.
Tarrytown House Estate, Tarrytown
Tarrytown newcomer Goosefeather delivers showstopping specials on both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day this year. On both days, the eatery serves up its regular a la carte menu alongside dim sum specials priced $12 and up. For anyone who wants to go all out, the Cantonese roast duck is available in both half and whole portions. Pair it with a scallion pancake and a few spring rolls for a mouthwatering meal at the end of December. P.S. Pajamas encouraged.
December 24, lunch; December 25, lunch
At Mohonk, dining out for Christmas is such a grand event that the New Paltz destination spreads it out over the course of the weekend. On Christmas Eve, diners can swing by (read: reserve a table) for a lunch of everything from breakfast classics like waffles and home fries to custom omelettes and roast turkey.
On Christmas Day, a grand luncheon buffet delights with seasonal specials such as smoked salmon, lobster mac and cheese, and asparagus with pine nuts. During both days, specialty holiday desserts tempt as post-meal (or mid-meal) treats.
10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
When you can’t deal with the hassle of preparing a multi-course feast for December 25, do yourself a favor and bring the family to Diamond Mills. The hotel’s tavern hosts a decadent brunch buffet with the works. The menu includes homemade pastries, extravagant omelet and carving stations, and breakfast essentials like Applewood smoked bacon, maple pork sausage, and waffles.
For dessert, diners can treat themselves to any of the confections on the holiday sweets table while sipping hot coffee and tea or a complimentary brunchtime cocktail of their choosing.