There is nothing more magical than Christmas in New York. Every December, I pinch myself that I live here and I love having visitors here to share in all the fun! I shared a mini guide last year but today, I’m sharing what’s on my holiday bucket list this month. Hopefully these ideas will help get anyone visiting (or if you live here!) in the holiday spirit!
Rolf’s: A NYC Christmas must, I still have unfortunately not made it in this ornament adorned spot for drinks or dinner yet. While the reservations are pretty packed, I’m hoping to sneak in for a cocktail after work before I head home for Christmas.
Spend the day on the Upper East Side: Since moving downtown last year, I rarely spend time uptown anymore. During this time of year, I miss walking past all the decorations so I’m planning an afternoon of brunch uptown and stopping by all my favorite trees, hotels and stores to see their décor.
Have a drink at Bemelman’s Bar: This classic NYC bar inside The Carlyle Hotel, has been on my bucket list for years. The walls are adorned with illustrations from the classic Madeline series and it sounds like the ideal spot to cozy up at with a cocktail after seeing all the uptown Christmas decorations.
Grab a special holiday treat: So many of my favorite bakeries and coffee shops add festive holiday treats to their menus this time of year. To help get a little sugar boost during shopping, I want to make sure to try one, like Maman’s White Chocolate Candy Cane Pretzel Cookie, before the season is over.
Have a cozy dinner at Polo Bar: Ralph Lauren’s classic restaurant has been on my list since I moved to NYC and I can’t imagine a more perfect time to finally go then the holidays. I’m planning a reservation for later this month with friends to enjoy a dirty martini and burger on a chilly night.