I've lived in New York for a few years, but never been here over Christmas. This year, my parents are coming to visit me, rather than the traditional other way around.
They'll be here on the nights of the 24th and 25th, and we'd like to go out someplace nice for dinner at least one and maybe both of those nights. It could be in Brooklyn or Manhattan. We can probably splurge once on something that's about $100 a head for the total tab, but then would need to find something more modest for the other night.
Anyway. Is finding space at a restaurant on Xmas Eve/Xmas Day totally impossible? Or is it easy? I have no idea.
Also, specific recommendations about where to have a nice meal with mom and dad are more than welcome. We want: something American or Euro, not too loud, fancy/nice but not too snooty. My dad was briefly obsessed with Mario Batali, so that's an option. OTOH, my mother lives for vegetables.