Holiday Cheer – 4 Great NYC Hotel Bars

screen-shot-2016-12-15-at-10-02-47-pmIf you’re lucky enough to be in NYC during the holidays, you may want to take a break from shopping and shows and have a little holiday cheer. These bars are destinations for their ambiance and atmostphere and are part of the experience.

High on my list is the Baccarat Bar at the Baccarat Hotel (28 W. 53rd St.) near the MOMA. Red, white and elegant….they pour their drinks into Baccarat crystal….obviously! 
baccarat-hotel-nyc-march-2015-124-minNext up is the uber classic Bemelman’s Bar at The Carlyle (35 E. 76th St.) on the Upper East Side. With murals by Madeline author, Ludwig Bemelman, you are absolutely transported to another time.carl_gallery_hotel_3carl_gallery_dining_5 static1-squarespaceNew to town is The Bar at the Beekman Hotel, located  downtown (123 Nassau St.) and it is STUNNING! Friends who were recently in town thought it was worth the trip.
the-beekman-hotel-bar-room-by-tiffyhats v1 the-beekman-32And, no list is complete without the timeless King Cole Bar at The St. Regis (2 E. 55th St). Get there early if you want a table inside the bar (there are additional tables outside, but that’s just not as fun)!10957_content_king_coleCheers to another holiday weekend! May yours be very, very merry!!!

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Christmas in NYC

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There is something incredibly magical about the holiday season in New York City. It’s as if someone found the cord to a long neglected outlet and plugged it in. BAM! The city is even more lit up than usual. And, the people. There are so very many people. But, that just adds to the electricity. People come to NYC for the holidays for a reason. They want to be a part of “it”.

There are amazing restaurants and newly discovered neighborhoods, but at the holidays, I find the traditional spots are the ones who really deliver.

Take, the Four Seasons Hotel. Centrally located. With the newly renovated TY bar, you can grab dinner or a drink before you head to a show or go peruse the lights.

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A little further north on the Upper East Side is the Carlyle Hotel. This is where JFK and Jackie stayed and where luminaries such as Woody Allen and Rita Wilson entertain at night. Bemelman’s Bar, decorated with murals straight out of the Madeliene series, is so civilized, with live piano music and a well heeled crowd. The perfect place to admire the bracelet you picked up at Hermes, just down the street. (At least this is what I fantasize about!).carl_gallery_dining_8Screen Shot 2015-12-13 at 10.08.09 PMThe King Cole Bar at the St. Regis hotel is a total throwback. Located directly across from the Polo Bar, Ralph Lauren’s newest restaurant and one of the hottest tickets in town, it is the perfect place to start the evening or to recap an amazing day!Middle_Image_635Skating at Rockefeller Center, at the base of the tree, is the fantasy of many. The rink is actually quite small, much smaller than Wollman Rink in Central Park. So, either be prepared to wait your turn or reserve a spot with The Rink. You’ll enjoy skating on and off at your leisure and cookies and hot cocoa. Definitely a bit of a splurge during peak season, but really fun to enjoy just once!

The temperatures have been a little more Palm Beach than typical NYC, so be sure you don’t pack a heavier coat than you need. Wear comfortable shoes…and if you must have your heels, plan on changing once you’ve arrived at your destination. Walking is definitely the best way to get around!

It truly is the most wonderful time of year and if you happen to be in NYC….have a magical time!

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Holidays in NYC

New York City comes alive, even more than usual, during the holidays. Throngs of shoppers flow like a river down 5th Avenue. Revelry is in the air and tourists are on the ice (rinks, that is). Our family always enjoys going in during the holidays, so I thought I’d share some of our favorite things, for your next holiday trip to Gotham!
While there are many areas of NYC that are hip, for the holidays, I love the traditions you’ll find in Midtown and the Upper East Side.
The perfect place to visit with children, after you’ve braved the crowds at F.A.O. Schwarz, is Bemelman’s Bar at The Carlyle. The enchanting murals by Madeline author, Ludwig Bemelman, will charm adults and children alike.
I always find the UNICEF Snowflake, hung above the intersection of 57th St. and 5th Avenue simply magical. Not to be missed.
Earlier in the day, I would make a trip to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, where you can see current exhibits and the annual Neapolitan Creche, which dates back to the early 18th century. The creche will be in place by Nov 26th.
After you’ve gotten a little culture, stroll down 5th Avenue, along Central Park and check out the holiday windows at the famed Bergdorf Goodman. Even if you feel their merchandise is a little pricey for you, the inspiration is free and that is why I believe in “window shopping”! No one, and I mean no one, does it better than Bergies! The windows will be unveiled on Nov 19th.
While you’re there, it is worth your time to take the elevator up to the 7th floor, which is full of holiday decor. BG, the restaurant on this floor is also worth a stop for lunch. Make a reservation and ask if you can be seated in the Kelly Wearstler chairs by the window.
When I lived and worked in the city (before I had children), my husband and I loved having drinks at the King Cole Bar  at the St. Regis Hotel. The bar is a total throwback and recently refurbished.  The perfect place to sip champagne after an afternoon of shopping.
We always have to walk down to see the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree….it is enormous and a beacon of joy to all who see it. 
The ice rink is tiny….but it’s really fun to skate under this iconic Christmas tree. We also love Wollman Rink in Central Park. The ice rink at Bryant Park is free and if you have dinner at The Standard (another amazing spot), you can take a spin on their private ice rink. Cocoa anyone?
I think everyone should experience NYC during the holidays, if just once. Pack your patience as well as your hat, gloves and comfortable shoes and you’ll be set for a memorable trip!
It’s the most wonderful time of the year!