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.
3 Mitchell Place between Beekman Place and 1st Ave, Midtown East, Manhattan
Located on the top floor of Midtown East’s Beekman Tower, this sleek cocktail bar transforms into a gorgeous “Snowglobe in the Sky” for the holiday season, complete with crystals and snowflakes that dangle from the high ceilings and white sheepskin draped over the bar’s furniture. Holiday cocktails include the Fireside #2, made with Laphoraig 10yr, Pierre Ferrand 1840 Cognac, Cocchi, Aloe Vera, and Nardini Amaro; and White Lightening, made with Manhattan Moonshine whiskey, lychee liqueur, Cointreau, wormwood bitters, and Rambutan.