Eat, Drink + Be Merry: 8 Festive NYC Restaurants with Dazzling Holiday Decorations

New York City hums with a singular energy all year round, but from the moment the Thanksgiving Day parade marches down Sixth Avenue until the New Year’s Eve ball drops in Times Square, it radiates with a little more magic. Giant glittering snowflakes dangle above streets, the Rockefeller Center tree glows bright, and productions of the Nutcracker dance all over town. Dining out during this season is more fun, too, when restaurants deck their halls to get guests in the holiday spirit. From a cozy library to a rooftop with a world class view, these 8 festive NYC restaurants will inspire you to eat, drink, and be merry.

Gramercy Tavern
Warm and welcoming throughout the year, Gramercy Tavern transforms into a winter wonderland during the holidays with a glowing menorah, sprigs of greens and reds, and Victorian Kissing Balls. These traditional, botanically bedecked orbs hang from above and create a festive feast for the eyes from floor to ceiling. A changing menu means seasonal flavors are front and center, with plates like Duck Meatloaf, Mushrooms, Chestnuts and Brussels Sprouts on the Tavern’s lunch menu, and Butternut Squash, Cheesecake, Walnut, Maple Milk Foam and Cranberry Sorbet for dessert in the dining room. (You can take a peek at the staff decking the halls here.)

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Colicchio & Sons
Tom Colicchio’s Chelsea restaurant gets into the holiday spirit with Elvis-themed flourishes. Strings of blue lights and vinyl records adorn a Christmas tree, and pastry chef Stephen Collucci’s Blue Christmas-themed gingerbread house is on display. Sample appetizer-sized dishes like Porchetta with Quince and Brussels Sprouts and Roasted Guinea Hen with Butternut Squash, and save room for a scoop of ice cream in winter-appropriate flavors like eggnog, spiced cookie, and horchata.

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The NoMad
NYC’s second most dazzling Christmas tree (which says a lot, considering the top spot goes to Rock Center’s 78-foot Norway Spruce) is housed in The NoMad Hotel’s Library, an elegant two-level space with a spiral staircase straight out of the pages of Jane Austen. Snag a table at the restaurant and tuck into their famous Whole Roasted Chicken for two with foie gras, black truffle, and brioche, then head to The Library to take in the tree and sip a gin and tonic or another equally posh cocktail.

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Refinery Rooftop
Located on top of the eponymous hotel that was once a hat factory in NYC’s Garment District, the airy restaurant sets the seasonal mood with snow-dusted topiaries, berry wreaths, and lights strung from the glass-ceilinged lounge. Perfect for après-shopping snacks and Champagne, Refinery Rooftop is reminiscent of a snug ski lodge (complete a with fireplace and crackling fire) that happens to have stunning views of the Empire State Building.

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Today Is #GivingTuesday: Donate to Show Your Support for No Kid Hungry

GivingTuesdayToday, global charities, families, businesses, community centers, students, and more will come together for #GivingTuesday.

No Kid Hungry has decided to join in the fun and raise $25,000 for their campaign to end childhood hunger. The impact will go even farther because for every dollar raised up to the $25,000 goal, Tyson Foods will match it, giving No Kid Hungry the potential to raise over $50,000 in a single day!

Childhood hunger is a big problem with a simple solution. Sixteen million kids in America aren’t getting the food they need. $1 connects a child to up to 10 meals. If No Kid Hungry reaches their goal of $25,000 today, they will be able to provide hungry children with access to 250,000 additional meals. With Tyson Foods generous matching of donations dollar for dollar, that number of additional meals will rise to 500,000!

Learn more about No Kid Hungry’s Giving Tuesday initiative — and make a donation now.

Tweet of the Week: Restaurants Reach More Diners with Holiday + Seasonal Promotions

Believe it or not, the holiday season is almost here. We’ve got Thanksgiving in Canada on Monday. And, Thanksgiving comes to the states on November 28– as does Hannukah (a convergence being called Thanksgivukkah, according to The Wall Street Journal), followed by all of the fun of Christmas and New Year’s Eve. If you’re a planner like I am, you’re probably already giving a lot of thought to your holiday dining. At OpenTable, we try to make it easy for diners to find a terrific table for every holiday through special promotion pages. We urge our restaurant partners to share their information on their holiday and seasonal offerings early and often, just like the folks at The Russian House in Austin, Texas (aka @RussianHouseATX) have. Restaurants can easily and quickly join these free promotions and reach more holiday diners by visiting Restaurant Center.



Trending on Recent OpenTable Restaurant Reviews: Dining Out Is In on Passover

No one mentioned if any of the restaurants used these Ten Plagues hand ouppets in their Seders.

As we noted last week, more restaurants are helping diners observe Passover with special menus, dishes, and even hosting their own Seders. See what OpenTable diners have been saying about Passover in reviews from the last few days.

* Cantina Feliz, Fort Washington, Pennsylvania: “We came for their very untraditional ‘Passover Feliz’ menu, but we’ll be back. Innovative cuisine and good value. Try the Santana Margarita.”

Firefly, San Francisco, California: “It’s a Passover tradition for us to go to Firefly. I’m like Pavlov’s dog when it comes to the gefilte fish and chopped liver. We passed on the matzo ball soup, not because we don’t love it, but because we’re trying to watch our carbs. Then continuing with the hearty fare, we had the brisket and the lamb. Both were delicious with complementary vegetables and a delicious reduction. It’s a fave for me!”

* Firefly, San Francisco, California: “Wonderful Passover menu. Enjoyed sharing the first night Seder with so many others. Ran into many neighborhood friends. Lovely waitress.”

* Fork Restaurant, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: “We went for Passover dinner and the food was wonderful!!!”

* Manhattan in the Desert, Palm Springs, California: “Great deli food. Travelled a long distance for a wonderful Passover meal.”

* Metropolitan Club, Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts: “Went for the Passover menu. We were delighted with the choices and the whole meal.”

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