I'm not even sure if I take the McDonalds and White Castle suggestions seriously. As far as Olive Garden goes, I would also suggest looking elsewhere. New York is one of the great culinary cities in the world. I would personally much rather find a smaller, more romantic, and more authentic Italian restaurant than eat at Olive Garden. There are numerous websites with specific search features and helpful reviews (I prefer nyc.com/restaurants). Normally I'm a big advocate of winging things like this in NYC. But I've never eaten there on Christmas Eve.
Maybe I'm misreading this, but there are literally thousands of restaurants in Manhattan alone. Virtually any kind of restaurant is a quick subway or cab ride away. Also, Manhattan is not that small! Don't underestimate getting all the way uptown from Battery Park.
Thanks for the feedback, although I should have been more precise in my question!
Taking into consideration that we're both on a budget and the bulk of our spending will be for other activities during the day... someone suggested going to Chinatown for an inexpensive, delicious meal. I think we might take up that suggestion!
We live in NYC, so it's not a big deal if we don't go 'all out' on X-mas. We'll have plenty of other opportunities to do so.
I heard of that White Castle promo; sounded really interesting! Did anyone ever try it out?