Face it, as we get older, family gatherings have gotten more stressful. It’s no longer just eating and receiving gifts, but instead, your aunts/uncles/grandpas/grandmas gather round to pound you with questions about college, your major, if you have a girlfriend/boyfriend, etc. Freeman’s Restaurant is located in a hidden part of the lower east side between Chrystie and Bowery street. It gives off relaxing and peaceful vibes and is a great way to get away from life’s stress. They offer a variety of three course meals and desserts such as pickled pumpkin and apple salad, smoked trout, spiced lamb burger, smoked bluefish salad sandwich, and seared filet mignon. For desserts, there’s chocolate brownie with vanilla ice cream drizzled with chocolate sauce, rum butterscotch with vanilla ice cream, and if you can’t decide, there’s always an ice cream of the day.
Morton’s The Steakhouse
Located near Central Park and Bryant Park, Morton’s Steakhouse is a great place to bring your family for the holidays. They offer soups, and salads, Double-Cut Prime Pork Chop/Lamb Chop, Cajun Ribeye Steak, Five Peppercorn Rubbed Prime Strip Steak, Miso Marinated Sea Bass, Whole Baked Maine Lobster, Alaska King Crab Legs, etc. The best part is, if you’re not only celebrating the holidays, but also a birthday, dessert is on the house! Dessert includes ice cream, Morton’s Legendary Hot Chocolate Cake, and much more. Afterwards, you can walk the upper west side with a variety of stores such as Aldo, The North Face, Zara, Apple, Urban Outfitters, Best Buy, etc.
The Sugar Factory
After walking the High Line with family, you can stop by The Sugar Factory in the Meatpacking Industry of NYC. Christmas, Thanksgiving, and The New Year is never complete without sweets. This restaurant attracts not only New Yorkers, but also tourists because of their amazing pasta, milkshakes, burgers, and fries. Besides a long list of foods and sweets to offer, The Sugar Factory also has a bar with non/alcoholic beverages. You can dress up for an event or keep it casual with friends/family just to try some of their amazing dishes.
For all the sushi lovers, Ichi Umi is in K-Town (34th street). It is an all you can eat sushi/seafood buffet, but they have more than just sushi. You can choose the type of noodles (udon/ramen) you want all the way down to the amount of sweet/spicy/sour soup you prefer. The offer cold dishes, Gunkan Sushi, hot entrees, Nigiri sushi, oysters/clams/scallop, rolls, salad, Sashimi, Yakitori, etc. Dessert is included in the price and they have fruits, ice cream, pudding, cookies, cake, pie, cheesecake, brownies, flan, croissant, tiramisu, and much more.