While its exact origins are hazy, the Feast of Seven Fishes is a longtime Catholic Italian-American tradition — a Christmas Eve dinner of seafood in many forms. It’s a particularly popular in New York, where many of the city’s best restaurants join in the celebration, whether with a full seven-course seafood tasting menu, or something a bit more scaled down. Here are five of our favorite New york City restaurants for Feast of the Seven Fishes.
Saul at the Brooklyn Museum
Saul Bolton has held a Feast of Seven Fishes for a number of years, and though his flagship Saul has moved to the Brooklyn Museum in Prospect Heights, this year is no different. Expect seven courses of fish — from fried anchovies to roasted monkfish — before a chocolate chestnut budino for dessert. $125 a head. Reservations recommended. 200 Eastern Pkwy, Brooklyn, 718-935-9842, saulrestaurant.com
Dig into a family-style seafood feast at Michael White’s rustic SoHo spot. For $79 per person, start with calamari stuffed with raspadura cheese and a pickled sardine crudo, before a selection of seafood pastas, monkfish ossobuco, and a whole grilled orata. 218 Lafayette St., 212-965-8777, osteriamorini.com
While other restaurants take the “seven fishes” more literally, Murray Hill‘s i Trulli gives you more options and fewer courses — a four-course meal for $72, with several antipasti, primi, and secondi choices (all, of course, seafood-focused.) 122 E. 27th St, 212-481-7372, itrulli.com
This East Village favorite, which recently turned 10 years old, will have a full seven-course menu, for $92 a person, from baccala to octopus carpaccio to black bass with calamari and mussels. (And, thankfully, cookies and a chocolate panna cotta for dessert.) 403 E. 12th St., 646-602-0552, restauranthearth.com
No one knows fish better than Dave Pasternack, whose Feast of Seven Fishes dinner includes a marinated seafood salad, roasted blackfish with Venetian black rice, and polenta with a seafood stew. Wine pairings also available at this Midtown classic. 402 W. 43rd St., 212-564-7272, esca-nyc.com
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