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Festive Winter Dining in New York City

The best winter dining destinations in NYC!

With all the sights and sounds of the season coming to life in New York City, you’re definitely going to need somewhere to recharge and unwind.

Winter Dining in NYC

Why not make it somewhere festive? We’ve got a list of fantastic restaurants and dining installations perfect for all of your holiday fun!

Gallow Green

Gallow Green, located atop the McKittrick Hotel, will be presenting their Winter Lodge again this season from December through March. The festive rustic lodge is the perfect spot to take your holiday photos while enjoying the cold-weather comfort foods and cocktails. Designed to appear as a secluded mountain cabin amidst a forest of pine trees, the lodge is modeled after the “bothies” of the Scottish Highlands (shelters for hunters). 

Smoking Bishop Cocktail at The Lodge New York | WhereTraveler
Smoking Bishop Cocktail at The Lodge (©Noah Fecks)

230 Fifth Rooftop Bar

230 Fifth Rooftop Bar is open year-round, and on colder days, transparent, heated igloos are provided so you can still enjoy the fantastic rooftop views of the New York City skyline. The menu includes burgers, hummus, salads, pizzas and fish and chips. If your sweet tooth kicks in, try the “Brownie Ice Cream Sundae” or “Red Velvet Cake.” Make sure to arrive early—igloos are provided on a first-come-first-served basis and cannot be reserved in advance. 

A Pasta Bar

Enjoy upscale Italian cuisine in “villettas” at A Pasta Bar this winter. The restaurant in Soho serves up house-made pasta dishes, traditional Italian classics and specialty cocktails in these picturesque cottages. Each villetta seats up to six guests. The greenhouse-style structures are outfitted with seasonal floral decor, electric heaters and Bluetooth speakers piping in a curated selection of music to fit the mood. A Pasta Bar has also partnered with artist DAIN NYC to add custom artwork pieces to the villettas. 

Villettas at A Pasta Bar New York | WhereTraveler
Villettas (Courtesy A Pasta Bar)

Westlight

Westlight is located on the 22nd floor of The William Vale in Brooklyn. It features 360-degree views of Brooklyn, Manhattan and Queens with floor-to-ceiling windows encircling the central bar and lounge. Balcony seating for up to 100 people fills an impressive wrap-around balcony. The outdoor terrace is partly enclosed and features heaters during the winter months to keep guests warm, in addition to the 23rd-floor outdoor rooftop, which features private heated chalets surrounding Vale Rink, The William Vale’s rooftop skating rink.

Bemelmans Bar

Concierge Stephanie Matthei of The Carlyle Hotel loves the hotel’s onsite Bemelmans Bar. It is one of the most beloved watering holes in NY City. It is famous for its Madeline murals, painted by Ludwig Bemelmans, and its year-round live entertainment, even on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. One never knows who might make an impromptu appearance. From Lada Gaga to Tony Bennett to Bono, they have all been spotted there. The bar is only a tiny fragment of the seasonal festive decoration of The Carlyle. The Christmas tree in the lobby has become a traditional focal point for many family holiday photos. 

Bemelmans Bar at The Carlyle New York | WhereTraveler
Bemelmans Bar at The Carlyle (Courtesy The Carlyle, A Rosewood Hotel)

Majorelle

Another favorite of Matthei’s is Majorelle; a complete elegant French treat almost hidden on 63rd Street in The Lowell Hotel. Opened by Charles Mason, formerly of La Grenouille, it is a contemporary answer to seemingly old-fashioned French cooking. The flower decorations alone merit a holiday visit. Open for lunch and dinner; this is a perfect place to rest your tired feet in a refined French ambiance after all that Madison Avenue Christmas shopping.

Cibo E Vino

For a little taste of spring amidst the low temperatures, venture over to Cibo E Vino in the Upper West Side. The charming restaurant has two pergolas and a stunning heated patio so you can still enjoy outdoor dining in the winter season. Sip festive winter beverages like the "Manhattan Hot Toddy" with your hearty meal (the Tagliatelle Bolognese and the grilled Branzino fillet are both especially perfect for chilly days). The beverage menu also has an extensive selection of Scotch and Bourbon to help warm you up. 

Outdoor Patio at Cibo E Vino New York | WhereTraveler
Outdoor Patio at Cibo E Vino (©Charissa Fay)