Forget leaving out milk and cookies for Santa. These restaurants want to leave an elegant Christmas Eve and/or Day meal out for you. . .
Cafe Boulud (301 Australian Ave., Palm Beach, 561/655-6060). The posh restaurant in the Brazilian Court Hotel will be open from 5:30 to 10 p.m. offering an a la carte menu that includes everything from risotto Milanese with royal red shrimp to slow-cooked short rib pho.
The Four Seasons Palm Beach (2800 S. Ocean Blvd., Palm Beach, 561/582-2800) will be dishing up a pretty spiffy Christmas dinner to go. Cost is $300 for a multicourse meal that will feed up to eight, with dishes like roasted cauliflower and lentil salad, prime rib with porcini-red wine demiglace, and spiced ginger cheesecake. Call 561/493-5530 to order.
NYY Steak (5550 N.W. 40th St., Coconut Creek, 954/977-6700). The Seminole Casino’s classy meatery will be open for dinner both Christmas Eve and Day, offering its regular menu, as well as several specials. Think corn and Alaskan king crab chowder, stuffed pork prime rib and chocolate flan with gingerbread cookies.
Oceans 234 (234 N. Ocean Blvd., Deerfield Beach, 954/428-2539) will be serving up its fabulous ocean views and regular menu, along with a roster of special holiday dishes, among them butter-poached lobster salad with blood orange vinaigrette and goat cheese and pistachio-crusted rack of lamb. Hours are 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Christmas Eve and 1 to 10 p.m. on Christmas Day.
Also open on Christmas Eve and Day will be Gary Racks’ trio of eateries: Racks Downtown Eatery & Tavern (402 Plaza Real, Boca Raton, 561/395-1662), Racks Fish House + Oyster Bar (5 S.E. Second Ave., Delray Beach, 561/450-6718) and the new Farmhouse Kitchen (399 S.E. Mizner Blvd, Boca Raton, 561/826-2625). More holiday eats can be had at Tanzy (301 Plaza Real, Boca Raton, 561/922-6699), RA Sushi (11701 Lake Victoria Gardens, Palm Beach Gardens, 561/340-2112) and Hudson on Waterway East (900 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach, 561/303-1343). Call for hours and menus.