The 5 Best Restaurants in New York City For Festive Holiday Dining

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There is nothing better than spending the Holiday season surrounded by the hustle and bustle of New York City. Here are some great culinary destinations to eat your way through the festive season.

Rolf’s German Restaurant

For a dining experience that transports you to a European winter wonderland, look no further than Rolf’s German Restaurant. Located in Gramercy Park (281 3rd Ave.), Rolf’s is renowned for its extravagant holiday decorations. The interior is festooned with thousands of ornaments, twinkling lights (more than 200,000, to be exact!) and garlands, creating a whimsical Victorian-inspired ambiance. The menu features hearty German fare and a selection of mulled wines and festive cocktails, making it a must-visit for those seeking a merry and immersive holiday experience. And don’t worry, Rolf’s also serves up a delectable Thanksgiving feast for all of your holiday needs.

SERRA by Birreria

Transformed into a winter wonderland in the Italian countryside, SERRA By Birreria at Eataly Flatiron (200 5th Ave. Fl 14), is the perfect place to shed your winter coat and cozy up with seasonal food and drink menus. The vibrant and warm atmosphere, complete with twinkling lights and rustic greenery, provides the perfect backdrop for a festive celebration among colleagues, friends, or family. SERRA’s menu features Italian-inspired dishes like Cinghiale con Polenta (pasta with wild boar) and gnocchi with white truffle, among many locally sourced offerings. 

The Oscar Wilde

Named after the famous Irish writer and poet, The Oscar Wilde (45 W 27th St.) is a testament to decadence and opulence — a vintage setting for a unique holiday dining experience. During the holiday season, the ambiance is elevated with festive touches, highlighting the dark wood, rich fabrics and period-appropriate furnishings. The literary gem’s holiday drink menu offers a range of special Christmas cocktails like Elvis in the Blue Jumpsuit, Northern Nightingale, Sinful Sangria, and many other sipping treats.


Enter Boucherie (145 W 53rd St.) and be transported to the cozy streets of Paris, complete with the warmth of flickering candles, charming Christmas trees, and the inviting aroma of French cuisine. Boucherie seamlessly blends Old World charm with a modern, lively atmosphere, making it a standout destination for a festive holiday dining experience. Be sure to treat yourself to the special Christmas dessert, Bonnet De Noël: gingerbread mousse paired with apple brunoise jelly, lying on a tart lemon madeleine biscuit. Whether you’re seeking an intimate dinner with loved ones, or a spirited gathering with friends, Boucherie provides a sophisticated and convivial setting for your holiday celebrations.

Papillon Bistro

Just steps from Central Park, the Museum of Modern Art and the famous 5th Ave. shops lies the memorable and incredible hospitality of the Papillon Bistro and Bar (22 E 54th St.). Whether you are enjoying the French-inspired cuisine, or adoring the intricate seasonal interior design exhibitions, the Christmas spirit will permeate your experience. Snap pictures of the brightly-lit whimsical angels, the life-sized Santa, and the adorable festive teddy bear hung above the entrance. This bistro and bar becomes a standout choice for good grub and envy-inducing Instagram fodder.