There’s no time of year quite like this in New York City…
And one of the best ways to get in a festive mood is completely immersing yourself in all of the gorgeous decor around town! From restaurants, to lighting displays, to hotels, these NYC locales are the perfect places to get in the holiday spirit.
1. Pete’s Tavern, Gramercy
This historical vintage bar has been open in Gramercy for more than a century! Beyond being the city’s oldest operating bar & restaurant, it’s known for it’s out of this world holiday decorations sure to put you in the seasonal spirit.
Address: 129 E 18th St, New York
Hours: (Mon -Fri) 4pm-2am (Sat-Sun) 12pm-2am
Rolf’s may be the best-known spot in NYC for a festive meal, and that’s for good reason! Loads of shiny ornaments totally transform the space and make for the ultimate photo-op!
Address: 281 3rd Ave.
Hours: Daily, 12-10pm
3. Papillon Bistro & Bar, Midtown
The Papillon Bistro is the perfect place to escape the cold. Upon entry you’ll immediately be transported into Christmasland! Decked out with larger-than-life stockings, sparkling lights, and garland wrapped everything.
Address:22 E 54th Street
Hours: Mon-Fri, 11:30am-12am
4. Lillie’s Victorian Establishment, Times Square or Union Square
More casually known as just “Lillie’s,” this classy joint on 17th St. was completely decked for Halloween and now we can’t wait to enjoy the extravagant decoration for the holiday season.
Address: 13 East 17th St.
Hours: Brunch (Sat-Sun 11:30am-3:30pm) Dinner (Tues-Sun 4pm-12am)
5. Casa Limone, Midtown East
Head to Southern Italy on holiday and get a slice of a European Christmas at Casa Limone. Only steps away from the Rockefeller Center make sure to stop by for a bite after you check out the tree!
Address: 20 E 49th St.
Hours: Mon-Fri (8am-10pm) Sat-Sun (11:30am-10pm)
6. Valerie, Midtown
Take in two levels of cocktail creations at this beautifully decorated bar. Stop in for lunch, happy hour, or dinner and enjoy all of the holiday madness from wreaths, lights, and bows!
Address: 45 W 45th St
7. Loreley Beer Garden, Lower East Side
You can go in or out at Loreley’s—yes, even at this time of year. It has the largest heated patio on the Lower East Side and it’s extra cozy during this time of year with it’s Heated Winter Wonderland that opened on November 24th! And don’t forget to curl up with one of their boozy holiday drinks.
Address: 7 Rivington St.
Hours: Varies, see website.
8. Oscar Wilde, NoMad
New Yorkers have grown to expect only the most outlandish and spectacular seasonal decor from Oscar Wilde as they continue to out-do themselves each and every year. After a smashing Halloween installation, their holiday decor is sure to be even more jaw-dropping.
Address: 45 W 27th St, New York
Hours: Various hours, see on website here.
9. Atlantic Grill, UWS
Influenced by the drama of Lincoln Center, see a gorgeously decorated tree in the luxurious space. Admire the red and blue velvet curtains draping down alongside forest green leather seats and savor some delicious seafood.
Address: 50 W 65th St At, Lincoln Center Plaza
Hours: Varies, check website.
10. Churchill Tavern, Flatiron
The Churchill Tavern could very well be in England—they offer English classics with a twist like black pudding croquettes, Scotch eggs and fish ‘n chips, as well as a wide range of British and local beers. They deck their halls for the holidays with loads of garland, bows and lights, and have a snug fireplace so it’s a wonderful spot to curl up with a pint.
Address:45 E 28th St, New York
Hours: Daily, 11:30am to 4am
11. Mollys, Kips Bay
Grab a drink under the hundreds of glittering lights strung across the entire space. Molly’s makes for a spectacular spot to hide from the cold and cozy up to a cocktail.
Address: 287 3rd Ave
Hours: Mon (5pm-2am) Tue-Fri (5pm-4am) Sat-Sun (12-4am)
12. Paddy MaGuire’s, Gramercy
This Irish tavern goes all-out for the holidays. Stop by to enjoy the festive decor, play pool, and guzzle down some beers.
Address: 237 3rd Ave
*As NYC goes through another surge of this pandemic, please check to make sure businesses on this list are open and follow any safety protocols. As a note, the city requires proof of full vaccination for indoor dining and activities, and encourages residents to get their booster shots to protect themselves against the Omicron variant. Stay safe, New York.*