A good restaurant for Christmas dinner?

chow fun at Hong Kong BakeryNancy emails:

For several years we have enjoyed going to Karavali in Latham on Christmas Day. This year we'd like to explore somewhere else. Nothing wrong with Karavali - it's great and very busy that day.
We are looking for something in the nearby Capital Region - NOT a typical Christmas Buffet at a hotel, but an interesting, non-religious restaurant which is open on Christmas Day and provides great food and a festive atmosphere.
May I ask the readers of AOA to make suggestions, please?

We get the feeling from Nancy's email that she's very interested in heading to another ethnic restaurant, or just trying something a bit different.

Anyone have local Christmas Day dining experiences or suggestions to share with Nancy? Please share!

Comments

Ala Shanghai if they're open!

I went to Mamoun's one year on Christmas Eve and had a very good meal. I wouldn't say the atmosphere was festive, but I had a good time.

We've gone to New World Bistro in past years, as well as CCK (but I forgot the name of Peter's new place. Anyone? ) Both are great!

Last year we fulfilled A Christmas Story-like moment at Ala Shanghai with an order of peking duck buns. It wasn't smiling at us but we enjoyed the year we had "chinese turkey".

For Jess: Peter, from CCK, is now at Ocean Palace, the other side of Central Avenue.

I concur with Ala Shanghai. Definitely go with the Peking Duck buns!

Hong Kong Bakery & Bistro was open last year, I assume they'll be open this year as well.

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