Bobby Flay tackles the brasserie idiom, American style, with shrimp and grits, cioppino, and a Kentucky hot brown.
152 W. 52nd St., nr. Seventh Ave.; 212-265-9700
2.Wu Liang Ye
The best of this Sichuan mini-chain’s branches is just a dumpling’s toss from the tree.
36 W. 48th St., nr. Sixth Ave.; 212-398-2308
3. American Girl Café
Christmas is for kids; so is this doll emporium and its cutesy-pie café.
609 Fifth Ave., at 49th St.; 212-371-2220
4. Morrell Wine Bar & Café
A 2,000-plus-bottle wine list with 150 by-the-glass selections to accommodate any Yuletide anxiety.
1 Rockefeller Plaza; 212-262-7700
5. Alfredo of Rome
Try the signature fettuccine, the Italian “sushi,” and the pizza con carne.
4 W. 49th St., nr. Fifth Ave.; 212-397-0100
Madison Avenue Pit Stops