Christmas in New York City is unlike any place else in the world! Elaborate holiday window displays line the sidewalks, ice skating rinks open their doors, the Rockettes return with their beloved Spectacular, and the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree lights up the city.
Restaurants also partake in this festive time, decking their halls with lights and ornaments that beckon you to their establishment. Whether you’re meeting a friend for a drink, having a romantic date night, or treating the family to a nice meal – we’ve scoped out some of the best decorated restaurants and bars so that you can eat, drink, and be merry all winter long! Here are our 5 favorites.
1. Rolf’s Bar and Restaurant
Coined as ‘the restaurant that looks like Christmas threw up on you’, it goes without saying that Rolf’s is by far the most decked out eatery in the city. Each year, an estimated 15,000 ornaments and 100,000 lights are hung up throughout the German restaurant. Reservations are highly recommended, as this annual tradition is a favorite among New York locals. If you’re lucky enough to grab a seat, be sure to order the traditional German Christmas meal of roasted goose with red cabbage and mashed potatoes.
281 3rd Ave
New York, NY 10010
2. Gramercy Tavern
Gramercy Tavern is an elegant restaurant with a soothing ambiance. During the holiday season, both the decor and the flavors are spruced up with a lovely Christmassy makeover. Chestnuts, brussels sprouts, sweet potatoes, and butternut squash are some of the season’s star ingredients and each dish is incredibly unique. At the Tavern, you can enjoy specialty cocktails and an à la carte menu throughout the day, or head to the main dining room if you’d liked to sample one of Gramercy’s seasonal three course meals.
42 E 20th St.
New York, NY 10003
3. The NoMad Bar
Each year The NoMad Hotel Library lights up with another one of New York’s favorite Christmas trees. The elegant two-level space with a striking spiral staircase and classy atmosphere is a perfect place to sip on a nice holiday cocktail.
New York, NY 10001
4. Refinery Rooftop
This chic rooftop spot at the Refinery Hotel has excellent views year round, but during the holidays, it lights up even more. A visit here is a quintessential New York City experience perfect for tourists and locals. Cocktails are on point and the crowd is always fun and lively.
63 W 38th St.
New York, NY 10018
Located in the heart of Greenwich Village, Rosemary’s is one of the city’s best Italian restaurants. Each year, they have an annual Christmas tree lighting that transforms the spot into the perfect holiday spot.
18 Greenwich Ave
New York, NY 10011