Christmas Restaurants Oct 2018

Tavern on the Green West 67 th Street and Central Park West (in Central Park) (212) 877-8684

A Central Park “landmark”, this “storied” American has a “delightfully updated” rustic interior and a “splendid” tree-lined courtyard; it may be a “tourist” magnet with “serviceable” food that “doesn’t soar as high as the prices”, but it’s “worth checking out” for an experience that’s “so very NYC.”

Rolf's 281 3rd Avenue (between E 21 st and 22 nd Streets) (212) 473-8718

Best experienced “around the holidays”, this circa-1968 Gramercy German “time warp” is a “sight to see” when the “lavish” Christmas decorations go up (“bring your sunglasses”); too bad the “run-of-the-mill” food makes a case for just a “drink at the bar.”

Gramercy Tavern 42 East 20th Street (between Broadway and Park Avenue South) (212) 477-0777

You can rely on “top-class” dining with “no gimmicks” at Danny Meyer’s enduring Flatiron New American, where chef Michael Anthony’s “outstanding” set menus are presented by “eminently suave” staffers in an “upscale-country” dining room arrayed with “gorgeous” flower displays; it’s “not cheap by any means”, though the front tavern offers a “reasonable” à la carte menu in a “colorful” walk-in setting; P.S. gratuity is now built into menu prices.

Park Avenue Autumn/WINTER/Spring/Summer 360 Park Avenue South (between E 25 th and 26 th Streets) (212) 951-7111

Set in an “airy” Flatiron space, this “smooth” New American “keeps things fresh” with an “inspiring menu” and “transporting”, AvroKO-conceived decor that both change quarterly to reflect the four seasons; it’s “not cheap”, but compensations include a “first-rate” staff and a “thoughtful wine list.”

The Nomad Restaurant 1170 Broadway (Bet 27 th & 28 th Sts) (212) 796-1500

This “stylish” “trendsetter” in the NoMad Hotel draws a “chic crowd” that’s “blown away” by Daniel Humm’s “superb” American-European menu (the roast chicken is “one for the books”); “spot-on service” and a “beautifully designed” space spread out over several cozy rooms help distract from the “heavy” tabs.

Gotham Bar and Grill 12 East 12th Street (between 5th Avenue and University Place) (212) 620-4020

“Longevity tells it all” at this circa-1984 Village “treasure” where Alfred Portale’s “picture-perfect” New American plates plus “savvy service” and a “gothamy” setting add up to “superior dining

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