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How To Enjoy a Downtown Holiday in NYC Like a Local

Updated: Mar 19

Holiday time is upon us! As we are all preparing for the holidays (aka bracing for an entire week off of school for the kids), here are some off the beaten path and less crowded ideas to enjoy NYC like a local during the holidays! Whether you’re looking for somewhere to eat, drink, shop stay and do; we've got you covered.


BARS & RESTAURANTS:


Rolf’s NYC

Address: 281 3rd Ave & 22nd St.

Why Rolf’s: Rolf’s restaurant will blow your mind which their over the top Christmas decorations all over the restaurant making it the most festive place in NYC. Rolf’s is surely a quintessential New Yorker’s Christmas bucket list moment.


Take off Tip: Be prepared to wait! No reservations and they rarely answer the phone. *P.s. Decor stays up till the end of May.*


Pete's Tavern

Address: 129 E 18th St (at Irving Pl.)

Phone: 212-473-7676

Why Pete's: Another New York City restaurant that transforms itself for the holiday season.


Serra Alpina, Eataly

Address: 200 5th Ave @ 23rd St.

Why Serra Alpina: This spectacular winter garden is located on Eataly's top floor and is not to be missed this holiday season.


Lafayette

Address: 380 Lafayette Street and Great Jones St.

Phone: 212-533-3000

Why Lafayette: You will feel like you just walked into a bistro/bakery in Paris during the holidays.


SHOPPING:


Union Square Holiday Market

Address: E. 14th St. in heart of Union Square


Westfield World Holiday Market at the Oculus

Phone: 212-284-9982

Address: Church St. and Chambers St.


ICE SKATING:


The Rink at Brookfield Place

Address: 3 World Financial Center, 230 Vesey St.(Near Oculus)

Phone: 212-978-1673

Take off Tip: Make sure you see Brookfield Place decorated with beautiful Christmas Lights!


The Hard Nut

Address: 30 Lafayette Ave, Brooklyn

Why The Hard Nut: The Nutcracker re-imagined


SWEET TREATS:


The Flour Shop

Address: 177 Lafayette (at Grand St.)

Why The Flour Shop: The Flour Shop is decorated with colored Christmas trees just in time to get your holiday special sweet treats.


CAROLING:

Washington Square Park, Greenwich Village


Gramercy Park

Gramercy Park opens its gates to the public only one night a year on Christmas Eve in order for the public to join The Parish of Calvary-St. George's Christmas caroling.


WHERE TO STAY:

Check out the list of hotels below that get dressed up for the holidays!


Dream Hotel, Chelsea

Address: 355 W 16th St. between 8th and 9th Ave.

Phone: 212-229-2559


Standard Highline

Phone: 212-645-4646

Address: 848 Washington St at W. 12th Street


Four Seasons Hotel Downtown

Address: 27 Barclay St. between Church and Broadway

Phone: 646-880-1999


Gramercy Park Hotel

Address: 2 Lexington Ave and 21st St.

Phone: 212-920-3300


Planning not your thing? We’d love to work with you to create a custom itinerary for the holidays! Email odellia@takeoffconcierge.com for more details.

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