This Christmas season there’s no need to brave the cold to look at the holiday windows along Fifth Avenue or fight the tourists surrounding the tree at Rockefeller Center. Book a table at of one these restaurants and enjoy holiday décor while you indulge in delicious food and drink.
The Polo Bar might be one of the city’s trendiest restaurants, but expect the holiday decorations to take on Ralph Lauren’s classic elegance. Tuck into the resto’s all-American fare in an atmosphere full of holiday-perfect touches like evergreen boughs, flickering candles, fireplaces, dark wood paneling, seasonal floral arrangements, and tartan plaid pillows. 1 E. 55th St., 212-207-8562
This iconic New York spot gets even cozier when it’s filled with garlands and red ribbons during the holidays. Throughout December, the ‘21’ Club also plays host to the Salvation Army Band for lunch and dinner on certain days with special prix-fixe menu promotions. On the designated dates, a chorus and band will serenade guests with Christmas carols and help raise funds for charity. 21 W. 52nd St., 212-582-7200
The 300,000 lights, fragrant spruces, and life-size reindeers only heighten Tavern on the Green’s romantic vibe. Add some of the restaurant’s seasonal fare to the mix and you’ve got the perfect holiday celebration. 67th St. and Central Park W., 212-877-8684
Mace Bar transforms into a seasonal pop-up for the second year in a row as Miracle on Ninth Street from after Thanksgiving until December 24. Bartender Nico de Soto’s cocktails will be just as festive as the space’s strands of Christmas lights and blue-and-silver-decked Hanukkah Hideaway nook. A dozen specialty cocktails will make their debut: from the Jingle Balls Nog (a brown butter fat-washed cognac-based drink) to the Bad Santa (a hot clarified milk punch with Jamaican rum and a host of tropical ingredients). 649 E. Ninth St.
Rolf’s over-the-top winter wonderland-like décor brings in the masses this time of the year. Wreaths cover the ceiling and countless lights surround the dining room of this Alsatian-German restaurant in Gramercy, which has been serving a delicious schnitzel for over four decades. 281 Third Ave., 212-477-4750
On December 2, Park Avenue Autumn becomes Park Avenue Winter. The bare twigs, white flowers, and gentle lighting give the dining room an austere winter vibe. Tuck into the new American dishes and you’ll feel right at home. 360 Park Ave. S., 212-951-7111