New York City

It’s the most wonderful time of the year… to eat and drink in NYC! Christmas lights and garlands grace windows all over the city, while rich, indulgent dishes and cozy, warming cocktails are now making appearances on menus.

We’re still putting the finishing touches on the new restaurant and bar at the Loews Regency Hotel, reopening on January 16 but, in the meantime, we can recommend these bars and restaurants as great places to get merry.

Holiday Cocktails

Bill’s Food & Drink, 57 East 54th Street. The downstairs bar inside this 1890s brownstone features Prohibition-style cocktails and something much harder to find—a piano player.

P.J. Clarke’s, 915 Third Avenue. The Mad Men star has fantastic versions of the classics, including Manhattans, Grasshoppers—and a festive punch. And, no, you’re not that drunk—the Christmas tree is hanging upside down from the ceiling.

The Campbell Apartment, 15 Vanderbilt Avenue. Enjoy a traditional eggnog in one of the most beautiful bars in the city, at Grand Central Terminal.

Open Christmas Eve

Aquavit, 65 East 55th Street. Celebrate Christmas Nordic-style with this elegant restaurant’s Grand Julbord (translation: a smorgasbord), available from 11:45am–9pm. There’ll be ham, salmon gravlax, Swedish meatballs and lots of delicious sides and sweets—as well as glögg, a spicy, Scandinavian mulled wine.

Esca, 402 West 43rd Street. Celebrate the Catholic Italian-American tradition of the Feast of Seven Fishes with dishes including roasted blackfish with Venetian black rice, and a seafood stew served with polenta.

Open Christmas Day

Rosa Mexicano, 1063 First Avenue. It’s fiesta time, with Rosa’s 2-course prix fixe Christmas dinner with sides, plus a cocktail called Winter Snow that includes Frangelico, almond, cream, cinnamon and (of course) reposado  tequila.

Bistro Chat Noir, 22 East 66th Street. This cozy French spot located in an east side townhouse is serving a 4-course Christmas Day meal including turkey, salmon Wellington, filet mignon and branzino.

Gobo, 1426 Third Avenue. Vegetarians and vegans, rejoice! Gobo will serve a vegetarian Christmas Meal on the 25th. The restaurant has a juice bar and also serves organic wine. Reservations recommended.

A Non-Christmas Christmas Meal
Don’t celebrate Christmas? No problem. Quite a few NY restaurants will be open on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. For the non-Christmas tradition of Chinese food and a movie, try places like Shun Lee Palace (155 East 55th Street), Mr. K’s (570 Lexington Avenue) and Tao (42 East 58th Street). Or, opt for high-end Indian cuisine at Moti Mahal Delux. (Please confirm Christmas Day hours with the restaurants.)

Cheers, bon appétit—and Happy Holidays!