Christmas Eve in Boston — What Restaurants Are Still Open?
Boston, MA - Unless you’re like the estimated 31% of Americans who wait until the last weekend before Christmas to purchase most of their gifts, you probably made Christmas Eve dinner plans weeks ago. And with good reason. Preparing goose is an arduous task that rarely results in anything even remotely edible unless you give yourself an allotted three days to begin. The roast ham you ordered dressed and prepared in 24 hours time? You’re number two hundred and fifty seven in line—and your catering staff has a mysterious case of a holiday sickness known as “a severe hangover.” And if you’re not the one doing the cooking, you at least owe it to your mother to…
Well, let’s face it. Restaurants are counting on your business Christmas Eve. The problem is, if you haven’t made reservations months ago in advance? You can pretty much bet that you’ll be peering through your neighbor’s windows in mute salivation come this Monday evening.
We can’t guarantee reservations will be open by the time you read this. But if you find yourself without room at the inn, there’s a good chance that at least one can reserve a table for hungry diners. If not, there’s always next July.
(2 Winter Pl in Boston www.yvonnesboston.com)
Yvonne’s bills itself as “the modern interpretation of the supper club”—and given that they stand on the site of the former Locke-Ober, you can safely say that this is not going to be Christmas Eve at Red Lobster. The focus here is on shared plates; from tapas (including tuna crudo, charred lamb ribs and seared haloumi with chickpeas and eggplant) to entrees for two (including Wagyu ribeyes and grilled lobster.) As would only fit a restaurant with a distinctly Algonquin Roundtable theme, the cocktail list is an homage to pre-Prohibition classic, including the Corpse Reviver, a Root Beer Julep and a Passion Fruit Mule.
(119 Salem St in Boston www.eunorestaurant.com)
You’d think the North End would be abuzz on Christmas Eve. You’d be wrong; but even if they were, there are worse places to try than Euno. And there frankly aren’t many much better. Don’t expect a confusing choice from Italian and Mediterranean plates here; but expect them prepared expertly from seasonal ingredients—with a focus on fresh seafood and an award winning Osso Bucco bolognese.
3. Boston Chops
(52 Temple Pl in Boston www.bostonchops.com)
As the name suggests, Chris Coomb’s latest venture is almost beyond carnivore-centric; from your standard steak frites to chateaubriand. But it’s the smaller plates of more exotic cuts—including oxtail croquettes, machaca braised cheek tacos and braised tripe—that might have the less squeamish members of your family nodding in approval.
5. Ruka Bar
(505 Washington St in Boston www.rukarestobar.com)
If you’re expecting an old fashioned New England family dinner at this Peruvian/Japanese/Chinese fusion hotspot in Downtown… you might be disappointed. But you’d also be missing out on Wagyu steak anticuchos, lobster ceviche, and lentil-broccoli fritters in pepper curry and miso, alongside new takes on traditional sushi and chinese appetizers.
4. Bostonia Public House
(131 State St in Boston /bostoniapublichouse.com)
Bostonia, on the other hand, is about as classic and cozy New England as you might get; and they make no bones about it. There’s no polished marble or vast leather interiors here, and no fusion anything. Expect duck confit pasta, lamb sugo, lobster mac & cheese and crab encrusted cod served simply, effectively and entirely without pretense.