The Christmas spirit is quick to evaporate once we realize how much cooking and cleaning one has to do. Leave the grunt work to someone else and celebrate the holiday at a restaurant near you.
If you and your clan are unabashed carnivores, Gotham Steak is ready to help you celebrate the holidays. On Christmas Eve and Christmas night, the Fontainebleau steakhouse will be serving up a holiday-inspired, $75 per person prix-fixe menu with dishes that include a 28-day, dry-aged, 14-ounce New York strip, and Muscovy duck breast. Not in the mood for meat? No worries, vegetarian options are also available. 4441 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 877.326.7412, fontainebleau.com
Why not get away this Christmas? Sure, it’s just Fort Lauderdale, but with Steak954’s views of the Atlantic Ocean, coming here feels like a Caribbean getaway. On Dec. 25, the restaurant will be serving up the best dishes of the season from 7AM to 9PM—that’s 14 hours of caloric excess. On the menu? Gingerbread soufflé, roasted pumpkin soup and gingerbread pancakes topped with cinnamon whipped cream. W Hotel, 401 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, 954.414.8333, steak94.com
Sugarcane Raw Bar Grill
Chef Timon Balloo gets into the Christmas spirit with a Dec. 25 menu that includes roasted suckling pig with braised Swiss chard, and pan-seared striped sea bass with watercress purée. Make sure to start things off with the restaurant’s Christmas cocktail, made with pressed apple cider, spiced rum, cinnamon, hibiscus tea and anise. 3252 NE First Ave., Miami, 786.369.0353, sugarcanerawbargrill.com
SushiSamba brings the tastes of Japan, Brazil and Peru together for a most international Christmas. How does robata lamb shank with parsnip purée and duck confit salad with pickled pear sound to you? Of course, a sip (or five) of the eggnog tres leite is a must. 180 Arargon Ave., Coral Gables, 305.448.4990, sushisamba.com
Those who haven’t discovered The Trapiche Room at the JW Marriott on Brickell are in for a treat. On Christmas Eve, the intimate restaurant is offering a classic holiday menu with dishes like limoncello lobster bisque, pan-seared snapper and speck-wrapped lamb loin. Ask the sommelier for a suggestion from the Wine Spectator Award-winning wine list. 1109 Brickell Ave., Miami, 305.329.3500, marriott.com/miajw