Whether you are living in New York City or you are visiting for the first time, there is no doubt that the holidays are a magical time of year.
It’s just as good an excuse as anyone else to post up with a hot seasonal cocktail (or two) and a few of your loved ones, and this year the holiday pop-ups are back and better than ever at restaurants and hotels around about in the city.
From sipping champagne and enjoying some sweet and spicy fondue in an igloo reminiscent of the French Alps, or enjoying an apertivo at a brand new Italian ‘winter house’ that opens this weekend at The Seaport, these lovely holiday pop-ups will Ups transport you to winter cabins around the world, just in time for Christmas.
Tucked away behind velvet curtains on a side street in NoLita, The musket room have transformed their outdoor sidewalk café into a cozy winter lodge filled with all the bells, whistles and wintry delights one can hope for.
Ideal for date night, reunited with friends or the whole family, with the three separate seats adorned with an electric fireplace in the style of an old iron stove, holiday lights, furniture and decor, this cozy globally inspired hot-spot offers seasonal snacks and entrees that melt in your mouth, including heirloom ribs with labne, dukkah and pomegranate and chanterelle pot pie.
Whatever you do, do not leave without trying the sticky toffee pudding for dessert or one of the specialty cocktails, including “Todd is a Hottie,” (a hot toddy riff served in a thermos) or the hot chocolate “Femmes De Virunga” which comes topped with fresh whipped cream.
over in the city center, The Dream Hotels Midwinter Night Pop Up is back and more glorious than ever, now that it’s been transformed into a whimsical winter landscape. Filled with Insta-favorite flower tunnel, 10,000 flashing lights, blurry carpets and accents of emerald and gold tones, seasonal food and beverages are also available, including truffle fries and flaming mac n ‘cheese for a themed desert and winter cocktail menu.
With three locations around the city, The Moxy Hotel Pink Winter Lodge in Times Square, The East Village and Chelsea are just out of a Mariah Carey meeting pop-punk fantasy land. From beautiful pink Christmas trees and menorahs to a life-size version of Santa’s sleigh, not to be missed this season, including the Naughty List Margarita, Apres Ski Spiked Pink Hot Chocolate and Winter Garden Martini.
For a scene right out of Aspen or the French Alps, Mr. Purples Veuve Cliquot winter cottage in the East Village will lift your vacation plans in no time. Complete with fur-lined seating, ambient lighting and a custom champagne bar, the time-limited menu includes both spicy and sweet fondue, empanadas with short ribs, pretzel bites and tempura baby zucchini. As places are limited, places for the igloo can be reserved up to two weeks in advance and there is a minimum of 125 USD per. person.
Located on top of the historic The Beekman Tower in Midtown East, Snow Globe in the Sky on Ophelia is a Art-deco-inspired cocktail lounge that has been transformed to look like a glittering snowball 26 floors above the city. Dripping in crystal and sparkling snowflakes gives the beautiful holiday decor partygoers a glamorous holiday experience with seriously delicious sips to boot.
With panoramic views of Midtown Manhattan and Brooklyn, Ophelia’s cocktail menu features reinventions of classic and distinctive libations inspired by the heyday of lounges during their heyday in the 1920s and 30s.
Home to the original Christmas pop-up, Miracle on the 9thth Riddle returns to The Cabinet in the East Village this year with a few fan-favorite cocktails in tow from Snowball Old-Fashioned and Yippie Ki Yay Mother F **** r! to Jingle Balls Nog and Nice Shot and Naughty Shot.
There are also a few new additions to this funky après ski meeting tiki lounge, including the Elfing Around cocktail as well as updates and renewed recipes for Jolly Koala, On Dasher and SanTaRex.
Opens this weekend at Pier 17 in the Seaport District downtown, Dante Winter House will serve coffee, pastries, spuntini and a spritz-centered menu all season.
They serve their signature menu along with a sprinkle of seasonal drinks and a full range of hot cocktails and Negronis, and soon they also offer Italian-inspired dishes, including flatbread and pasta, as well as a food truck specializing in coffee-based desserts.