With its lit-up streets and sidewalk tree-sellers, New York is at its best during the holidays, especially if you can avoid tourist-clogged areas like Rockefeller Center and Times Square. There are lots of lovely festive spots to celebrate seasonal cheer, including local bars and restaurants that transform their spaces into holiday wonderlands, complete with themed drinks, bites, and lots of Christmas lights. Here are some of our favorites.
If you think you have to wait till the warmer months to enjoy skyline views from on high at any of the city’s many rooftop drinking establishments, think again. Popular Nomad boîte 230 Fifth returns this winter with a chill-out idea that keeps out the literal chill: The transparent rooftop igloo.