If you're not tucked into a meal at home, dining on Dec. 25 can be a tricky proposition. Most businesses shut down for the holiday, and the conventional wisdom directs you to order Chinese food. But you might also try some of the following hotel restaurants (after the jump). If you have other ideas for Christmas Day dining, please post them on Bites.
Prime 108 – The new restaurant in the recently rehabbed Union Station Hotel, Prime 108 will offer the Twelve Tastes of Christmas, a $25 prix-fixe menu of sweet potato-leek soup; cranberry ambrosia salad; and choice of beef Wellington, goose, leg of lamb or coq au vin, with family-style sides and an eggnog crème brûlée with gingersnap. (1001 Broadway, 726-1001)
Latitude – Located in the Vanderbilt Marriott, with a stunning view of Centennial Park and the Parthenon, this sleek and colorful Art Deco dining room hosts a lovely and unsung repertoire of breakfast, lunch and dinner, with entrées such as Jack Daniel's barbecue ribs, saffron fettuccine and macadamia-nut Gulf grouper. (2525 West End Ave., 340-5152)
Capitol Grille –The elegant Beaux Arts dining room inside the historic Hermitage Hotel puts a refined spin on Southern cuisine. Chef Tyler Brown focuses on regional and seasonal ingredients to create such delicacies as Niman Ranch pork belly with a Napoleon of apple and sweet potato; lobster consomme with chunks of sweet lobster in a dark rich broth flavored with truffles; and roasted baby beets with fromage blanc and ice wine vinegar. (231 Sixth Ave. N., 412-0454)