Get Into The Spirit Of Christmas At These Five Eateries

Christmas Eve is finally upon us, and for those of you who have not left the city to celebrate the Yuletide, here are some great places to get you into the spirit of the holiday, without involving Rockefeller Center’s giant tree.

First up, and a place I plan to visit after caroling in the exclusive Gramercy Park’s park (yes, they open it this one day of the year for us common folk) is the nearby Pete’s Tavern. Here, this historical landmark has been serving up beer, wine, steaks burgers, and pasta dishes since 1864. It’s also decked out head to toe in Christmas lights and has dioramas of a mini winter wonderland in the front window.

For a more subdued, but equally warm and welcoming décor, around the corner at Mario Batali’s Bar Jamon they have kept the decorations simple, and classy. Grab a giant glass of Spanish wine, some charcuterie, and warm up before heading home to hang your stockings.

If you are downtown, Trattoria Cinque boasts numerous fireplaces, classy decorations, and festive red bottles of Campari and Aperol line the walls. Snuggle into a Roman-style pizza with a glass of Italian red from their excellent list.

Also on the Italian side, the 30-year-old Marco Polo restaurant in Brooklyn has decorated their restaurant to the nines, with snowmen and Santa painted on the windows, and even the napkins are red and green.

Once in Brooklyn, head to Fort Greene and the Brooklyn Public House, where they are open late to pour craft beers, dish up hearty bowls of turkey chili and bangers with mash, and have laced their windows and bar with holiday cheer.

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