Christmas is less than two weeks away so break out those ugly red sweaters and pretend it's not actually a balmy 65 degrees today and hit up some holiday bars with our updated holiday cocktail guide.
Quintessential NYC- The Plaza Hotel
Whether you grew up watching the Eloise Christmas or Kevin in Home Alone just about everyone has a vision of The Plaza during holiday season. Although the classic Oak Room is still sadly closed the redone Palm Court is a great second choice for a little holiday bubbly.
Christmas presents hang from the ceiling in shiny boxes, the bartenders have on their best Santa hats and the cocktail menu reads like something straight out of the North Pole. There's a Christmopolitan with vodka and spiced cranberry, a Christmas Tree Gimlet with pine needle cordial and my personal choice the Bad Santa.
If you missed Tom & Jerry's annual celebration of all things frothy and delicious there's still time to get one in at Danny Meyers Italian Trattoria Maialino. Their version is much lighter than that thick stuff from the carton with a creamy white head and a sprinkle of nutmeg on top.
Best Fireplace- Schoolbreds
This long, narrow space has been an East Village institution for years. Get there early to grab the table in the back near the roaring fire and hustle up a Hot Toddy or sip on some Mulled Cider. Happy Hour drinks are two for one every day until 8:00 PM making this a toasty and affordable stop.
Best Place for Lounging by a Christmas Tree
We just talked about the new pop up inside Eataly Baita and nothing says lounging more than Adirondack chairs and raclette.
Best Place for Lights- Rolf's
It's super crowded, insanely hot and the drinks are overpriced. But for some reason I always need to stop into Rolf's at least once during the holiday season just to look at all those incredible decorations.
Best Escape from Rolf's
If you just can't handle the insane crowds and overwhelming array of Christmas lights inside of Rolf's head directly across the street and seek refuge at the new Gramercy Ale House. The old Copper Door has been completely redone into a polished new space with some of the friendliest bartenders in town and fantastic Irish music sessions every Wednesday night that could get just about any holiday Scrooge into a festive mood.
Gramercy Ale House