T.G.I. Friday's (call ahead)
With all that flair on, you know the Friday's staff is down for a holiday party.

While it's not a lock that every Friday's will be open, a Friday's representative says that several of the chain's nearly 1,000 locations -- including the T.G.I. Fridays in New York's Times Square -- will keep their regular hours Christmas Day. As tempting as celebrating with some sizzling chicken and shrimp, Jack Daniels flatiron steak and sesame jack chicken fingers sounds, there's one really great reason to hit a Friday's on Christmas night: booze, and lots of it.

If it's your first Christmas dinner without the kids, your second or third in a new, far-flung home or your dozenth with your circle of friends, a place that will serve you plate after plate of apps accompanied by Tropical Berry Margaritas, big glasses of beer or concoctions of holiday cheer such as an Ultimate Electric Lemonade can make even a pre-fab restaurant feel like a pretty cozy temporary home for the holidays.

-- Written by Jason Notte in Boston.

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