Manhattan is the place to be during the holiday season. Sure there’s the Rockefeller Christmas tree and the always festive Winter Village at Bryant Park, but foodies have extra reason to celebrate the season in the Big Apple this year. From Eataly’s newest restaurant, to cozy a German restaurant that is decked out from head-to-toe, here is a handy guide to NYC’s hottest holiday culinary destinations.
Rolf’s German Restaurant
A Christmas fairytale comes to life in this elaborate display of dazzle and décor at this traditional German restaurant in the Gramercy Park neighborhood. Inside you will find thousands of Victorian-style ornaments and lights, which remain presented into mid-spring. The menu is also a showstopper with delights such as roast boneless loin of pork and schnitzel a la Holstein. Make your reservations far ahead in advance.
281 3rdAve., 212-477-4750; rolfsnyc.com
SERRA ALPINA, Eataly, Flatiron
This stunning winter pop-up restaurant, which will be open through spring, opened on the roof of Eataly featuring décor inspired by the rare Stella Alpina flower found in the Italian Alps. Offering sweeping views of the city skyline through its retractable glass roof and a winter wonderland interior, the menu features a library of unique Italian cheeses, antipasti options and a cocktail program including a selection of spiced mulled wines.
200 5th Ave., 212-229-2560; eataly.com
Union Square Holiday Market
Discover unique gifts and plentiful food items from more than 150 vendors set up in Union Square Park. New sections include Little Brooklyn, a warming station and lounge, live music, and more. Food must-tries include German Delights, Taste of Persia, Doughnuttery and Macaron Parlour. Open daily through Christmas Eve.
40 E 14thSt.;urbanspacenyc.com
Winter Wonderland, The Standard, East Village
Get toasty warm at The Standard hotel’s Winter Garden. While there, enjoy a Fondue Feast with your friends while sipping on hot spiked drinks. Dessert lovers will be in heaven with the fried apple pie and freshly baked cookies. Also, visit their tree market with Crest Hardware where a portion of all trees sales will benefit The Lower East Side Girls Club.
25 Cooper Sq., 212-475-5700; standardhotels.com