When most people think about the holidays in New York City, visions of the Rockefeller Center tree or iceskating in Central Park come to mind. New York has so much more to offer over the holidays than crowded and touristy activities. Below are five of my favorite places to visit in NYC this holiday season.
The Library at The NoMad Hotel
The library in the Nomad Hotel is cozy anytime of the year, but especially so when the hotel puts up the Christmas tree. Order a hot chocolate or a cocktail and take in the Christmas cheer. If you are hungry the library also serves a delicious selection of finger foods.
Need to know: The NoMad Hotel is located in Manhattan's NoMad neighborhood at 1170 Broadway. This is a place to see and be seen so make sure to dress up!
Goop Gift Holiday Pop Up
Skip the kitschy stalls at Bryant Park Market and instead head to Gwenyth Paltrow's latest pop up: Goop Gift. The shop it filled with everything you would and would not think of: from one hitters and $150 salt to dog tepees and candles, you will find both practical and totally ridiculous gifts.
Need to know: Goop Gift is located in the Soho neighborhood of Manhattan at 25 Bond Street. It is open Monday-Saturday 11am-7pm and Sunday 12-6pm through December 24th.
Winter Garden at the Standard East Village
I dare you to find me something more hygge than a private yurt, fondue, and mulled wine. Now through March you can rent a private yurt at the Standard East Village and munch on a fondue feast starting at $95 for two people. The yurts have fur coats for you to wear while dining, plus if you don't have your tree yet, you can purchase one in the winter garden.
Need to know: The Standard East Village is located at 25 Cooper Square in Manhattan. The winter garden is open now through March weekdays 4-9pm and Weekends 12-9pm. The Standard's Highline location also has some festive happenings including an ice rink.
Holiday Window's at Bergdorf's
I love it when two of my favorite things collide: fashion and Christmas. Each year the famed New York department store, Bergdorf Goodman, decks its windows out with incredible installations and fashions based around a theme. Not only is it fun to see the amazing clothing that is featured, but the incredible detail that goes into each window.
Need to know: Bergdorf Goodman is located in midtown Manhattan next to Central Park at 754 5th Avenue. The windows are able to be seen from the street and no ticket is needed.
You probably have seen photos on Instagram of a restaurant decked with floor to ceiling holiday decor and wondered where this gem is. Rolf's is a German restaurant offering traditional fare such as schnitzel and beer stein's the size of your head. It's a great space to fuel up before or after a day of holiday sight seeing.
Need to know: Rolf's is located in Manhattan's Gramercy Park neighborhood at 281 3rd Avenue. It is open daily from 12-10pm and takes reservations for lunch, but dinner is walk-ins only through December 26.