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Merry Fish Fest

The traditional Italian Christmas Eve meatless meal, a.k.a. the Feast of the Seven Fishes, may just be more popular here than in Italy.


1. Esca
All of Mario Batali’s Italian restaurants (Babbo, Lupa, Otto) are Feast-friendly, but the seafood specialist Esca is the logical choice. December 2024; $75.
402 W. 43rd St., at. Ninth Ave.; 212-564-7272

2. Abboccato
Seven mouthwatering courses, plus dessert. December 24; $85.
136 W. 55th St., nr. Seventh Ave.; 212-265-4000

3. Pace
Start with fried smelts, finish with monkfish osso buco. December 21-23; $65.
121 Hudson St., at N. Moore St.; 212-965-9500

4. San Domenico
A five-course strictly southern-Italian menu, from December 20 through 26; $70.
240 Central Park So., nr. Broadway; 212-265-5959

5. The Minnow
He’s not Italian and neither is his restaurant, but chef Aaron Bashy knows how to throw a good la vigilia. December 24; $45.
442 9th St., nr. Seventh Ave., Park Slope, Brooklyn; 718-832-5500

6. Patsy’s
A Feast fit for Frank himself. December 1724; $49.
236 W. 56th St., nr. Eighth Ave.; 212-247-3491


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