We are visitors from UK in NY from 24th - 29th Dec. I have made a few reservations so far but struggling with a decision for Xmas Day itself. Have been on the Trip Advisor boards for ages but it's the same restaurants that get recommended there time and time again and nothing is appealing to me. We are mid 30s couple, no kids, willing to splurge and like contemporary places with a bit of a buzz / vibe about them (not full of "beautiful people" though!). Somewhere that has a nice atmosphere and good service.
For Xmas day we have narrowed it down to Steak/house / Italian or "Contemporary American" We are already booked for Del Friscos on Xmas Eve. We are not into the really high end fine dining (e.g. Per Se, Jean Georges, Gordon Ramsay etc.), I don't eat shellfish.
Wine list unimportant, location not too important - we are staying on East 50th but no problem to take taxi.
I am familiar with opentable and would prefer to make reservations via website.
Suggestions welcome, thank you !