Rolf’s German Restaurant in Gramercy is an Instagram favorite year after year. With the extravagant floor to ceiling Christmas ornaments, twinkle lights and ribbon, they really know how to pull in a crowd.
After remaining closed back in 2020 due to COVID and indoor dining regulations, the photo-worthy spot had returned last year and is back again this year in all its Christmassy glory.
Because it’s so popular, it’s best to make a reservation (call 212-477-4750 or 212-473-8718 between 10 a.m. & 4 p.m.). And it’s even better to go in November, since it’ll be totally packed by next month. They do accept walk-ins, but prepare to be waiting a while for a seat (even just for drinks at the bar!).
Still, if you can’t manage to get one before the New Year, no need to worry. The display is normally up until the end of MAY, so the Christmas spirit will spread almost all year long.
Take a look at this lovely tour, if you’ve somehow missed what it looks like in the past!
In addition to all of the elaborate decorations, they also have lots of hearty food choices influenced by French and German culture. This includes two types of schnitzel: fried or sauteed, and plenty of options for sauces and vegetables on the side. They also have a variety of imported beer on draft and a selection of festive holiday cocktails.
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Where: 281 3rd Ave, New York
When: Everyday 12pm – 10pm
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