December 27, 2017


As the day's get shorter in December, New York City balances lack of natural light with Christmas lights.  Oh so festive; suddenly the restaurants are filled with ornaments; the facades are decorated; and if we are lucky, we may even get sprinkles of snow.  Here's a must see New York City bars for your bucket list for the holiday season.


Rolf's Restaurant Bar


Rolf's Restaurant & Bar @ 281 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10010

Put on your ugly sweater and head to 22nd and 3rd.  You will be greeted by  of bazillion of Christmas decorations.  While the decorations stay up from September till May, not surprisingly this German restaurant is extremely popular during December.  You can expect to find various schnitzel options and sausages.  Make sure you have a t-shirt underneath that ugly sweater because with all the lights, the restaurant gets toasty.


Pete's Tavern


Pete's Tavern @ 129 E 18th St, New York, NY 10003


Located at Irving Place, Pete's tavern welcomes Christmas with open arms.  If lights are the sign of Christmas decorations, Pete's has more than enough.  Their "red ceiling" is famous.  Tightly weaved string lights create a red glow on the ceiling worth seeing! The whole place is illuminated!



Mace - Miracle on Ninth Street


Mace - Miracle on Ninth Street @ 649 E 9th St, New York, NY 10009


Recommended to those who do not do well with long wait times and over crowded spaces.  This is seated only, therefore, it eliminates the wait time in front of the bar or lingering crowds in general.  Cocktail names vary from Christmapolitan to Run Run Rudolph to Fa la la la la la (correct number's of la's may not be represented here.  



Milon Bangladesh Indian Restaurant


Milon Bangladesh Indian Restaurant @ 93 1st Avenue # 2, New York, NY 10003


Definitely an interesting combination, yet this Indian restaurant embraces the holiday season in full force.  Attracting passerby's into it's space located on the second floor of a petite building; Milon has floor to ceiling wrapping paper wall papers with string lights from every color spectrum stitching across.  Their BYOB policy further attracts those looking to leave their Grinch away.




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