HOLIDAY LIGHTS & DECOR

Find lots of light this dark year throughout sparkly NYC.

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Manhattan

Fifth Avenue Decor

Midtown-50s

Swanky store windows on and around Fifth Avenue are especially eye-catching during the holidays. And no tourist crowds this year! Some highlights, listed north to south: * Giant illuminated ornaments bedeck the fountain at Doris C. Freedman Plaza at 59th Street (plus explore an installation of giant doors). * At 58th street, each window of…

Lotte New York Palace Tree

Midtown-40s

This gorgeous, classy tree in the neo-Italian Renaissance courtyard of the historic landmark Villard Mansion (now Lotte New York Palace Hotel) has Rockefeller Center and the St. Patrick’s Cathedral in the background.

Rockefeller Christmas Tree

Midtown-40s

See the famous giant Norway Spruce (which will be illuminated on Dec 2 with 30,000 LED lights and topped with a massive Swarovski crystal star) without the usual tourist crowds.

* Skate or watch the skaters on the rink below and walk through the illuminated angel figurines near…

Luminaries

Fidi

Dance up on down giant stairs underneath a canopy of 650 ever changing rainbow hanging lanterns in the Winter Garden of a high end mall. Watch cool light shows to holiday music at the top of every hour.

Two touchless wishing stations allow visitors to send a motion-activated wish that will illuminate the canopy of…

Macy’s Herald Square Window

Midtown-30s

Macy’s 2020 holiday windows at its flagship Herald Square store honor the city’s frontline workers who have worked tirelessly throughout the coronavirus pandemic with the theme “Give, Love, Believe.”

Six animated and interactive celebrate first responders and essential workers as well as Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and the uniqueness and diversity of New York.

AMNH Origami Holiday Tree

Upper West Side-70s

Over 800 intricate origami creations decorate this unique tree. This year’s theme is Cranes and Colors, featuring 1,000 brilliantly colored paper cranes, presented as symbols of peace and good will this difficult year and inspired by special exhibition The Nature of Color.

Also check out the adorable dinosaur…

Celestial

Chelsea

Submerge yourself in the sights, sounds and sensations of PANTONE 19-4052 Classic Blue in an immersive digital installation.

Inside Chelsea Market, also home to fun holiday decor and many delicious food options.

Get a $5 discount by signing up for their email list.

Shine Bright at Hudson Yards

Midtown-30s

Experience one of a kind set pieces and over 2 million lights illuminating all of Hudson Yards and the Vessel along with contactless holiday shopping, seasonal flavors and a Santa Station with virtual visits to the North Pole.

Luminocity Festival

Randall's Island

Wander through 10 acres of outdoor spectacular light art displays based on the tradition of Chinese Lanterns.

* New displays include fantastical ancient civilizations, lush illuminated jungles, can & dog influencers and 30-foot high towers.

* Learn about the history and culture behind lantern-making traditions and get a behind the scenes look at the light…

Holiday Under The Stars

Midtown-50s

14-foot stars hanging from the 150-foot tall ceiling light up in an array of colors in time to holiday tunes by the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra.

Bronx

New York Botanical Garden Holiday Train Show – Members Only

* Marvel at model trains zipping around stunning New York landmark replicas made of plant parts such as nuts, bark, and leaves (most of it in the climate-controlled indoors).

* With capacity very limited for social distancing, this captivating display is only open to Members and Bronx Community Partners. Annual memberships start at $90 for individuals, $145 for families (tax-deductible)…

Holiday Lights at the Bronx Zoo

Embark on an illuminated safari with animal lanterns, animated sculptures, and colorful designs throughout the spacious Bronx Zoo and take in the musical light show.  The  five lantern safaris, spread out throughout the park each showcase a different wildlife region from gorillas in Africa to sea turtles in the ocean.

Also enjoy ice-carving demonstrations, holiday…

Bartow-Pell Holiday Mansion Walk-Throughs

See beautiful candy-inspired trees throughout a historic mansion and in the carriage house. Stop by the Candy Cane Carriage House Gift Shoppe for sweet treats, hot cocoa and yummy jingle dogs and special gifts.

Reserve a time spot for a 45 minute walk-through. After 4 pm the museum is candlelit.

NYBG Glow

Explore a glowing world of color and light featuring the Haupt Conservatory as the centerpiece—its iconic exterior a glittering canvas.

* Washes of brilliant colors, thousands of dazzling lights installations fill the Reflecting Pool and enliven surrounding gardens and collections.

* Also enjoy artistic ice sculptures, music, roving dancers, plus more…

Brooklyn/Queens

The Winter Escape

Floral Park

Stroll through a series of immersive, multi-sensory floral filled installations. Pose for photo-ops in  a   Gingerbread Village, stop by smell a Candy Cane Rose Garden or snap an ‘elfie with Santa in his Jolly ‘olly, throne chair.

Also explore 47-acres of the longest continuously farmed site in New York State with a pumpkin patch, historic…

Winter at Industry City

Brooklyn

The public art & high design at this innovative hub gets holiday makeover, with cute photo-ops throughout (in addition to tons of great international food options).

Ice skate in outside in courtyard 5/6 ($12, $10/skate rentals). Penguin skate aids available for $10/half hour.

Or roller skate indoors at the vibrant Dreamland Roller Rink by Lola…

Dyker Heights Holiday Lights

Brooklyn

Blocks in the Dyker Heights section of Brooklyn (mostly 83rd thru 86th Streets between 11th through 13th avenues) go all with insanely extravagant Christmas lights and decorations. Santa is there most nights (though perhaps not in 2020). Expect crowds and traffic and try to go early in the evening and season.

Beyond NYC

Santa at White Post Farms

Melville

Visit Santa and take your own photos in two safe, outdoor environments at a farm and garden center – on Santa’s socially distant sleigh and in a winter wonderland scene.

* Bring a letter to Santa for the North Pole Mailbox along with a self-addressed stamped envelope and Santa will return your letter.

Holidays at Cross County Center

Yonkers

Walk through the center of e see the lit 44 foot tall Christmas tree and look up to the top.  A professional photography team will be on site most nights and weekends to capture your photo, which you can print or have emailed directly to you.

Santa is available for…

Magic of Lights

Jones Beach

Drive-through 240 of dazzling holiday lights with accompanyign  music on your car radio.

experience to celebrate the season. Pile everyone into the car and experience Magic of Lights from the safety and comfort of your own car as you wind through the sparkling path. At every turn, the magical route is overflowing with spectacular light…

North Kensico Christmas Light Show

White Plains

See a family-run elaborate light show featuring 10,000 lights on 144 channels synchronized to music over four homes. Enjoy the show from the safety of a car with the radio broadcasting on 107.7 FM. Masks required while outside vehicles. Hot Chocolate available in the Winter Village. This will be the last year of this neighborhood…

Drive-Thru Westchester’s Winter Wonderland

Valhalla

Drive 1.2 miles though dazzling exclusive light displays at Kensico Dam Plaza and see your favorite holiday characters. Listen to holiday music on your car radio, wave to Santa and enjoy other surprises.

Lasdon Park Holidays On The Hill

Katonah

This spacious garden complex is decorated for the holidays, with a poinsettia tree and Lionel model trains traveling through a miniature holiday landscape representing Metro-North’s Harlem Line from Grand Central Terminal to Katonah. Along the way, the trains pass famous landmarks, skyscrapers and winter scenes, highlighted by some favorite holiday characters.

* Santa will be…

Grand Holiday Illumination 2020

Yonkers

Explore a free, outdoor, socially distanced and masked holiday light sisplay at the gorgeous Untermyer Gardens. Online timed reservations will be available on a weekly basis beginning in December.

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Tuesday, January 1

Caffe Storico

January 1, 2019 @ 11:00 am - December 31, 2020 @ 10:00 pm
Caffe Storico
170 Central Park West at 77th Street+ Google Map

Feast on antipasti, artisanal pastas and paninis at Caffe Storico, a classy yet kid-friendly eatery within the engaging New-York Historical Society.

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10th Annual Welling Court Mural Project

July 1, 2019 - December 31, 2020

Walk though multiple blocks of 100+ murals by artists from around the corner and around the world, providing new arrays of visual experiences that change how people interact with their environment. Mural map available online.

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Eataly NYC Downtown

October 1, 2019 @ 7:00 am - December 31, 2020 @ 11:00 pm
Eataly NYC Downtown
101 Liberty Street, Floor 3 Lower Manhattan+ Google Map

The downtown outpost of Italian marketplace Eataly is focused on bread, but you can also find delizioso pizza, fresh mozzarella, prosciutto, pasta, rotisserie chicken, chocolate, gelato and weekend kids cooking classes.

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Venchi Chocolate and Gelato

October 1, 2019 @ 10:00 am - December 31, 2020 @ 10:30 pm

Find a vast selection of bon bons and bars from historic Italian chocolatier plus gelato in a a variety of chocolate and other delicious flavors. Make it even yummier with creamy base of Suprema chocolate spread or a cone dipped in seasonal sprinkles like granules of Piedmont Hazelnuts, Nougatine, Chocaviar or Raspberry. Some seating in…

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Stick With Me Sweets Bonbons

October 1, 2019 @ 10:30 am - December 31, 2020 @ 8:00 pm
Stick With Me Sweets
202A Mott St Soho/Tribeca/LES

Gorgeous bonbons in an array of colors and artisanal flavors taste as good as they look in this small Nolita chocolate shop.  

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Cones

October 1, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - December 31, 2020 @ 11:00 pm
Cones
272 Bleecker Street+ Google Map

Argentinean-style small-batch ice cream and sorbet  comes in traditional and adventurous flavors including sweet potato with brie cheese, yerba mate  and the popular sweet corn with cinnamon.

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Uptown GRANDSCALE Mural Project

November 1, 2019 - December 31, 2020
Harlem Metro-North Station
101 East 125th Street at Park Avenue+ Google Map

Uptown artists transformed three blocks of fencing located adjacent to the 125th Street Metro-North station into a canvas for murals that support and uplift the community.

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Color Factory Circle Game

November 1, 2019 - December 31, 2020
Children’s Museum of the Arts (CMA)
102 Charlton Street Soho/Tribeca/LES

Interact with colorful dots by following painted prompts such as ‘leap up’ and ‘reach for the sun.’ Right outside the Children’s Museum of the Arts, which has a jelly bean dispenser (bring quarters) encouraging more color exploration. Both can be found on the Color Factory’s neighborhood exploration map, availble for free at 251…

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Dubuffet Sculpture

November 1, 2019 - December 31, 2020
Fosun Plaza
28 Liberty Street Lower Manhattan

An office tower plaza features a dynamic Jean Dubuffet sculpture and a peaceful Noguchi rock garden fountain.

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Hive

November 1, 2019 - December 31, 2020
Broadway-Lafayette Subway Station
Broadway & Lafayette

Watch rainbow lights dance across hexagonal honeycomb shapes on the ceiling of the Bleecker Street Station in a light installation by Leo Villareal.

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Mural Outside Fluevog

November 1, 2019 - December 31, 2020
Fluevog New York
250 Mulberry Street Soho/Tribeca/LES

Colorful florals decorate the wall outside a shoe store with fun funky shoes. A poster with a shoe telling us to ‘Choose Love’ might lead to philosophical questions about the emotional ability of footwear.

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WTC Street Murals

November 1, 2019 - December 31, 2020
World Trade Center
Fulton & Greenwich Lower Manhattan

Street artists from around the world vibrantly transformed the streets surrounding 3 World Trade Center with fun, colorful murals, bringing love and joy to a place of mourning.

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Vandal Gummy at 4WTC

November 1, 2019 @ 5:00 am - December 31, 2020 @ 12:00 pm
4 World Trade Center
150 Greenwich Street Lower Manhattan

Wonder at how a giant gummy bear ended up in a prison mugshot, gripping an identity placard in between his gelatin paws in this lobby installation by WhIsBe.

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Eataly Chocolate & Gelato

November 1, 2019 @ 6:00 am - December 31, 2020 @ 5:00 pm
Eataly Flatiron
200 Fifth Avenue at West 24th Street Gramercy/Flatiron

Shop by weight from bins of colorful Venchi bon-bons or pick up some artisanal chocolate made in Italy with raw ingredients in a variety of shapes and textures according to traditional recipes, from smooth spread to crunchy bars to elegant cigars. Or sample some of the best gelato in the city in a range of…

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Levain Bakery UES

November 1, 2019 @ 7:00 am - December 31, 2020 @ 8:30 pm
Levain Bakery UES
1484 Third Avenue between 84th and 83rd Streets+ Google Map

Everything is baked on-site throughout the day at the UES outpost of legendary bakery, from an array of rustic breads to the world-famous six-ounce chocolate chip walnut cookie. We are constantly debating the merits of these versus the equally giant dark chocolate peanut butter chip cookies, and the whole wheat walnut raisin rolls are also…

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Norma’s

November 1, 2019 @ 7:30 am - December 31, 2020 @ 2:45 pm
Le Parker Meridien
119 West 56th Street Midtown+ Google Map

Availble-all-day breakfast at this nautical-themed kid-friendly hotel lobby restaurant are over-the-top and pricey - there's even a $2000 ' Zillion Dollar Lobster Frittata' with caviar. Creative sweet and savory dishes in the $30+ range include Super Cheesy French Toast with caramelized onions and applewood smoked bacon, a 'Waz-Za' waffle with fruit inside and outside and…

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Noglu

November 1, 2019 @ 7:30 am - December 31, 2020 @ 6:00 pm
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Noglu
1266 Madison Avenue at East 91st Street+ Google Map

Everything is 100% gluten-free and organic at this cozy French import featuring gourmet meals, pastries and coffee. The menu changes with the seasons  but you can always find classic signature dishes such as burgers (classic or vegetarian) and quiches. First floor is take-away counter service, the second floor is casual sit-down table service.

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Heavenly Rest Stop

November 1, 2019 @ 7:30 am - December 31, 2020 @ 7:00 pm

Enjoy excellent pastries, sandwiches, salads and breakfast dishes plus Melbourne-style coffee) nestled among the limestone arches of what was once a side chapel of a 1929 art-deco church, or pick up provisions for a Central Park picnic.

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Chelsea Waterside Park Play Area

November 1, 2019 @ 8:00 am - December 31, 2020 @ 7:00 pm
Chelsea Waterside Park Play Area
West 23rd Street & Eleventh Avenue Chelsea/Meatpacking+ Google Map

The newly designed play area features a giant, multi-colored, one-of-a-kind, Robinia wood pipefish plus water features incorporating limestone cattle head sculptures reclaimed from historic meatpacking district business New York Butchers’ Dressed Meat Company.

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Heckscher Playground

November 1, 2019 @ 8:00 am - December 31, 2020 @ 7:00 pm
Central Park, Heckscher Playground
Sixth Avenue & Central Park South+ Google Map

Central Park's largest playground features a shaded area with swings and slides, a large, maze-like climber, lots of water features with tunnels, ramps and slides plus giant rocks to climb (and a bathroom). Face painters, musicians and giant bubble makers often congregate at the entrance. Closes at dusk.

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Chocolat Michel Cluizel

November 1, 2019 @ 8:00 am - December 31, 2020 @ 7:00 pm
Chocolat Michel Cluizel
199 Madison Ave at East 35th Street+ Google Map

Indulge in world renowned gourmet chocolate in a French-style café. Enjoy baked-on-site French pastries,  freshly brewed specialty coffees and an assortment of chocolate bonbons and bars with a fair-trade focus. Counter service with a small, stylish seating area.

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By the Way Bakery

November 1, 2019 @ 8:00 am - December 31, 2020 @ 8:00 pm
By the Way Bakery
2442 Broadway at 91st Street+ Google Map

A small cute bakery with muffins, cakes, cookies, cupcakes and more tasty treats, all of which happen to be gluten free.

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Greek From Greece Bakery &Cafe

November 1, 2019 @ 8:00 am - December 31, 2020 @ 9:00 pm

Feast on authentic Greek pastries both sweet (backlava, kataifi, walnut cake) and savory (spinach pies & a variety of cheese pies) plus soups, salads, sandwiches, house-made Greek yogurt and more at this friendly bakery/cafe.

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Alice’s Tea Cup

November 1, 2019 @ 8:00 am - December 31, 2020 @ 8:00 pm
Alice’s Tea Cup
102 West 73rd Street at Columbus Avenue+ Google Map

Enjoy scones in rotating flavors as magical as the decor, sandwiches, salads and treats with optional fairy wings and glitter at a whimsical tea house inspired by Alice in Wonderland. Choose from hundreds of teas served in charming mismatching pots and cups. Fairy wings and glitter avaialble. Gets crowded on weekends and reservations only available…

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Alice’s Tea Cup Chapter II

November 1, 2019 @ 8:00 am - December 31, 2020 @ 8:00 pm
Alice’s Tea Cup Chapter II
156 East 64th Street at Lexington Avenue+ Google Map

Enjoy scones as magical as the decor, sandwiches, salads and treats with optional fairy wings and glitter at a whimsical tea house inspired by Alice in Wonderland. Choose from hundreds of teas served in charming mismatching pots and cups. Gets crowded on weekends and reservations only available for groups 6+, call ahead or go early…

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Orwashers UWS

November 1, 2019 @ 8:00 am - December 31, 2020 @ 5:00 pm
Orwashers UWS
440 Amsterdam Avenue @ 81st Street Upper West Side+ Google Map

Choose from salads, sandwiches, amazing healthy artisanal bread and not-so-healthy pastries at the new UWS outpost of the 100+-year-old Orwashers Bakery with counter service and seating.

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Snowy Village

November 1, 2019 @ 8:00 am - December 31, 2020 @ 5:00 pm
Gansevoort Market
353 West 14th Street Chelsea/Meatpacking+ Google Map

Choose from an array of premium Asai shaved ice desserts with snow flake toppings based on all 100% natural ingredients such as red beans, berries, and an assortment of fruits

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Cafe Lalo

November 1, 2019 @ 9:00 am - December 31, 2020 @ 11:30 pm
Cafe Lalo
201 West 83rd Street+ Google Map

The extensive cheesecake-heavy dessert menu and charming Belle Époque decor lure locals to this cash-only tourist favorite. Dine on salads, sandwiches, pastries and all-day waffles, quiches and omelets or choose from exquisite desserts including 20+ cheesecake flavors, dozens of pies tarts and cakes (including 10 gluten-free options) and jumbo cookies a al a mode. So…

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Ladurée Soho

November 1, 2019 @ 9:00 am - December 31, 2020 @ 10:00 pm

Escape to Ladurée's pastel Parisian wonderland, where the only stress is choosing among the 25+ colorful flavors, from salted caramel to strawberry marshmallow - plus chocolate covered macarons, gelato and more sweet treats. Or sit down in the magical garden for casual yet sophisticated French fare including salads, sandwiches and croissants.

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Shopsin’s

November 1, 2019 @ 9:00 am - December 31, 2020 @ 2:30 pm

This whimsical, family-owned restaurant features a legendary 900-item menu with dozens of wacky (and delicious) pancakes varieties filled with s'mores or mac n'cheese. Small seating area; expect waits on weekends (but lots to explore in the indoor Essex Market while you wait).

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Belvedere Castle

November 1, 2019 @ 9:00 am - December 31, 2020 @ 7:00 pm
Central Park, Belvedere Castle
Mid park around 79th Street Upper West Side+ Google Map

After a year-long project to restore and repair the historic Belvedere, visitors can once again appreciate sweeping views of the Park from its terraces and Castle. The whimsical structure, designed by Calvert Vaux and Frederick Law Olmsted in 1869 provides the highest and best views of the Park and the adjacent cityscape - plus has…

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Dylan’s Candy Bar

November 1, 2019 @ 10:00 am - December 31, 2020 @ 9:00 pm
Dylan’s Candy Bar
1011 Third Ave at East 60th Street+ Google Map

Candy lovers go bonkers at a whimsical Willy Wonka factory with an oversized lollipop tree, candy cane columns, dripping chocolate shelves, kaleidoscopic candy wallpaper and candy-embedded staircases - it even has a candy-themed soundtrack. Shop over 7,000 confections, including Dylan's Candy Bar (private label) products, a large assortment of rare American nostalgic favorites, novelty items,…

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Cowgirl

November 1, 2019 @ 10:00 am - December 31, 2020 @ 11:00 pm
Cowgirl
519 Hudson Street+ Google Map

Wild-west decor charms cowboys and cowgirls of all ages at this friendly, casual sit-down West Village establishment. Texas-friendly grub with local fresh ingredients (except for the fritos on the fritos pie) includes an extensive, reasonable ($7-$8) kids menu.

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Joe’s Pizza

November 1, 2019 @ 10:00 am - December 31, 2021 @ 11:30 am
Joes Pizza
7 Carmine Street+ Google Map

Get a classic NY slice to go at this Greenwich Village institution (established in 1975 ), still owned and operated by 75-year-old Neapolitan native Joe Pozzuoli.

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Arepas Cafe

November 1, 2019 @ 11:00 am - December 31, 2020 @ 10:00 pm

Indulge in Venezuelan fried yumminess (and passion fruit sangria) at the casual Arepas Cafe, small and friendly with wooden tables, string lights on the windows, flags and masks adorning the walls, and soccer playing on the tv by the bar. We recommend the tasting platter.

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Momofuku Noodle Bar

November 1, 2019 @ 11:00 am - December 31, 2020 @ 10:30 pm

Feast on a changing roster of inventive noodles, steamed breads, soft serve, and daily dishes from a midtown outpost of David Chang's creative LES Asian fusion cult favorite. Friendly staff and flavorful food. Get a quick bite (and watch the cooking action) at the kitchen counter or sit at tables lunch and dinner in the…

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Citycakes Bakery

November 1, 2019 @ 11:00 am - December 31, 2020 @ 9:00 pm
Citycakes Bakery
251 West 18th Street+ Google Map

Get some of city's best cookies - signature half pound size treats can be covered in frostings with sprinkles, halved and filled with two scoops of gelato for an amazing ice cream sandwich, or stacked 3x high to make a unique little cookie cake. No on-site seating available. ⁣

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Tacocina

November 1, 2019 @ 11:00 am - December 31, 2020 @ 10:00 pm
Tacocina
25 River Street+ Google Map

Nosh on tacos, margaritas, and more in a laid-back, lively setting overlooking the East River at this counter service taco stand owned by Danny Meyer/Union Square Hospitality Group. Winter menu and space heaters keep it going all year long.

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Burger Joint

November 1, 2019 @ 11:00 am - December 31, 2020 @ 11:00 pm
Le Parker Meridien
119 West 56th Street Midtown+ Google Map

This cultish and tiny eatery is hidden behind a curtain in a hotel lobby. Limited menu - just tasty burgers, fries, beer & brownies. Cash only, some seating if you can snag a table. Divey feel - bring a marker to write on the walls.

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Kesté Pizza & Vino

November 1, 2019 @ 11:30 am - December 31, 2020 @ 11:30 pm
Kesté Pizza & Vino
271 Bleecker St at Morton Street+ Google Map

Indulge in an expansive assortment of 50 traditional and creative pies at this sit-down restaurant founded by an Italian father-daughter team. Also gluten-free & vegan options, as well as salads and starters.

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