It’s Christmas time in the cityyyy. Cue the holiday songs and hot chocolate because this girl is ready to celebrate! NYC always has a lot to offer, but during the holidays there are EVEN MORE things to do. I’ve probably tried all of the holiday-themed things since I’ve lived here, so this list is legit. Also, be sure to read the “pro-tip” underneath each photo.
The NYC Holiday Hot Spots
- Serra Alpina (Bierria) at Eataly Rooftop
Pro Tip: Make a reservation or stop at the bar for a drink! There’s usually a wait for a table, but they do have limited reservations you can make.
2. Snowday in Brooklyn (pop-up at Sunday in Brooklyn)
Pro Tip: They take reservations through resi! I went the other day and loved how it wasn’t super packed like other Christmas pop-ups. They also have a popcorn machine, so you can snack while you sip!
3. Lillie’s Victorian
They have the cutest vibes and really yummy drink options (the s’mores drink is to die for). You can also order food at the bar, which is great for after work dates. Pro Tip: Make a reservation here too! There are also two locations, midtown and union square.
4. Rolf’s German Restaurant
The classic NYC spot! It does tend to get packed and has lines around the block. Pro tip: Go a little before they open to get the first spot in line!
5. 230 5th Rooftop Bar
Who doesn’t want to drink in an igloo?! Another well-known NYC spot that is super fun for the holidays. Pro-tip: Go during the day to avoid waiting for your igloo! You can also reserve one ahead of time if you have a large group.
6. Pete’s Tavern
Red ceiling season! Pete’s Tavern transforms into a sea of red each year for customers to enjoy the holidays. Pro Tip: Go for an early happy hour or during your lunch break to beat the rush.
7. Miracle on 9th Street
The “Miracle On” bars have been popping up all across the country, and this one shouldn’t be missed! Pro tip: Order the Yippee Ki Yay drink in a santa mug.
8. Winter garden at The Standard East Village
Who wouldn’t want to eat fondue and drink holiday drinks in yurt?! Pro tip: The Yurts come at a price, but you can dine in the winter garden with no minimum spend.