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Where to eat Christmas dinner in New York

At Jamaican restaurant Miss Lily’s in Soho, diners can belly up to rum cake.Courtesy of Miss Lily’s

At Jamaican restaurant Miss Lily’s in Soho, diners can belly up to rum cake.

There’s no need to go ham this Christmas.

This year, New York chefs are ditching the big roast beast with non-traditional holiday meals that will have even Grinches caroling.

“A lot of folks grew up with roasted meat being the focal point of the table during the holidays,” says executive chef Adam Schop of Miss Lily’s in Soho. “But it’s time to upgrade the feast with more flavor.”

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So leave the cooking to Santa’s culinary elves this Christmas and check out these great meals with all the trimmings.

Dragon fruit ceviche at Koa.Koa

Dragon fruit ceviche at Koa.

Christmas Menu, $ 75 per person at Koa, 12 W. 21 St.

This modern Asian restaurant in Flatiron combines Chinese and Japanese culinary techniques. It’s best known for its sorba, a noodle dish created by chef Keiko Ono Aoki that features a soy milk broth with soy, ginger and marinated chicken or beef.

It’s the featured — and filling! — entree on the Christmas menu and can be ordered spicy. Before you belly up to the hearty broth bowl, there are vegetables wrapped in thinly-sliced pork belly with spicy and sweet soy sauce, and a dragon fruit-stuffed ceviche featuring shrimp, sea bass, daikon and a yuzu pepper sauce.

Christmas Feast, $ 46 from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Miss Lily’s 132 W. Houston St.

Pepper shrimp is on the unconventional Christmas menu at Miss Lily's.Courtesy of Miss Lily’s

Pepper shrimp is on the unconventional Christmas menu at Miss Lily’s.

If you can’t jet-set to the Caribbean this winter, at least eat like you’re in Jamaica at this beach shack-themed eatery in Soho.

“We wanted to take the aesthetic of larger format meats, but add our own Caribbean flavors and ingredients,” says Schop, of his jerk turkey.

Start off with jerk corn and a choice of hot pepper shrimp, cod fritters with curry mayo or Caribbean pumpkin soup. Mains include that spicy turkey or pimiento-crusted, slow-roasted prime rib. For dessert, choose between sticky toffee pudding or rum cake.

Spice Chicken Samosas with cilantro yogurt are on the Christmas menu at Spice MarketCourtesy of Spice market

Spice Chicken Samosas with cilantro yogurt are on the Christmas menu at Spice Market

Christmas menu, $ 85 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 a.m. at Spice Market, 403 W. 13th St.

They call it Spice Market for a reason.

Chef Anthony Ricco uses Thai chilies to bring life to shrimp cocktail and spiced chicken samosas — a fried pastry puff stuffed with chicken and served with cilantro yogurt.

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Cool off with sweeter bites like the seasonal fried rice with dried cherries and cinnamon along with green apple dumplings.

Seasonal Fried rice will be served at Spice Market this Christmas.Courtesy of Spice market

Seasonal Fried rice will be served at Spice Market this Christmas.

Holiday Brunch, $ 65 for adults; $ 35 for kids at The Lambs Club, 132 W. 44th St.

You won’t have to sing for your food here, but you might be tempted to hum along.

Celebrity chef Geoffrey Zakarian’s Midtown hotspot will feature Christmas carolers amid a roaring fireplace during brunch.

The menu features house-cured arctic char served with creme fraiche and choice of toast or a bagel; a duck confit latke with a poached egg; and the colossal Lambs Club burger served on toasted challah with sharp cheddar, shallots and fries.

Traditional Jewish Christmas, $ 65 at Mile End Deli (locations in Brooklyn and Manhattan).

Chinese food on Christmas has long been a Jewish tradition, but this Canadian-Jewish deli known for its smoked meats and poutine takes it to the next level.

Expect smoked meat dashi with spicy bamboo, Chinese greens and a slow-cooked egg; wings with spicy cumin aioli; and smoked duck with sticky rice, scallion omelette and Chinese greens.

Huevos rancheros at Bodega Negra Cafe.Bodega Negra

Huevos rancheros at Bodega Negra Cafe.

A la carte menu at Bodega Negra Cafe, 355 W. 16th St.

Make your feast a fiesta packed with ceviche and tacos.

The menu at this Chelsea eatery features pork belly carnitas tacos with salsa verde ($ 15) and a chicken pibil version with shredded cabbage with pickled red onion ($ 14).

For a heftier appetite, opt for the huevos rancheros — a crispy tortilla with black beans, avocado and queso fresco ($ 16).

jsettembre@nydailynews.com

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