What’s Open on Christmas?

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 If you were planning on pizza this Christmas, your only option is Papa John's. Don’t rely on your regular Chinese takeout spot to be open. And for those who plan on drinking this Christmas, make sure to stock up on provisions by Christmas Eve. Yet not everyone looking for somewhere to go on Christmas Day will be left out in the cold. Some local bars, eateries and stores will be open for your needs on December 25.

If you can’t go without your regular bagel and coffee on Christmas Day, you’re in luck. Many breakfast spots will be open. You’re out of luck at Last Stop, but Dunkin Donuts has got you covered. So does Beach Bagel on Beach 129th. They’ll be open from 5 a.m. to 1 p.m. Rockaway Bagels on Beach Channel Drive and Beach 114th will also be open regular hours. Newcomer Rockaway Bites Deli on Beach 104th and Rockaway Beach Boulevard will be open from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. Those in Broad Channel can also grab breakfast at All American Channel Market from 6 a.m. until 1 p.m. or Bagel Barista II until noon.

If you’re cooking and need some last-minute items, skip Stop & Shop. Both locations will be closed Christmas day. However Keyfood on Beach 88th will be open until 5 p.m. and C-Town on Cornaga Avenue in Far Rockaway will also be open.  You can also grab some essentials at Rite Aid or Duane Reade as both are open. Belle Harbor Foods on Beach 129th is open and if you need some last-minute baked goods to bring for dessert, nearby Ciro’s Pastry Shop will be open until 5 p.m. on Christmas Day.

Options will be limited for takeout on Christmas, even for Chinese restaurants. East Meets West on Beach 129th--closed. We asked Kam Fung on Beach 116th if they’ll be open and got an “I don’t know,” so you might want to call first. Xing Sing on Beach 97th will be open. So will 301 Chinese on Beach 86th, Empire Wok on Beach 114th and the new restaurant A+A Chinese Cuisine on Beach 91st. If you’re more in the mood for Japanese, O’Sake on Beach 116th has regular hours. If Thai tantalizes your taste buds, Thai Rock on Beach 92nd will be open. You’re not limited to Asian eateries on Christmas Day. You can grab some Peruvian rotisserie chicken at Chicks to Go on Beach 97th as they said they’ll be open from noon to 6 p.m. You won’t be able to grab a quick bite at McDonalds but Papa John’s on Beach 49th can fulfill your fast food cravings, and they’re the only spot you can get pizza. If you’re looking for a sandwich, Bon Appetit on Beach 129th can help you from 7 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. And no matter what time of day, there’s always Pickles & Pies.

If you know you’re going to need a drink to get through the holiday, hit the liquor store on Christmas Eve. None will be open on Christmas Day. However some of your local watering holes will be. Healy’s Pub will be open early, starting at 11 a.m. Rockaway Brewing Company on Beach 72nd will be slinging brewskis from noon until 10 p.m. Ruffle Bar in Broad Channel will also be open. Community House opens Christmas evening.  We also tried reaching Rogers, Kerry Hills and Brendan’s Bar and didn’t get a response by press time, but there’s a good chance they’ll be open at some point.

Eat, drink and be merry, no matter what you’re celebrating or not celebrating this Sunday!

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