Let the food hangover begin. We’re breaking out the Spanx tights to get us from tight Thanksgiving waistbands to cookie exchanges and many late festive nights at Rolfs. We hope you all had a wonderful holiday and feel refreshed for the craze that comes with December. We are feeling thankful for all of our family, friends, and followers as we start the new week!
We can’t think of a better way to spend a Monday than to stroll around the newly opened Union Square Holiday Market. Featuring an array of small businesses, top notch food vendors, and unique gifts for your friends and family, a ten minute stroll will make you immediately in the holiday mood. Weekdays 11 a.m.-8 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
Cozy up at home with Ally’s recent seasonal cider cocktail recipes, perfect for a cold December night.
Head to Rockefeller Center early to claim your spot for the annual tree lighting. The show starts at 7 p.m. and will feature several celebrity performances before the lights are turned on. An alternative to the crazy crowds would be hosting a viewing party in the comfort of your apartment. 45 Rockefeller Plaza
Check out Verboten’s brand new plush Cabaret Bar for creative cocktails and small plates. Located in the heart of Williamsburg, you can check out quality underground music at the sister club, The Control Room, next door for a livelier scene. 60 N 11th St Brooklyn, 10 p.m-4 a.m.
Spend your Friday night at the ballet for George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker, praised as the “Christmas show of all Christmas shows”. Tickets start at $35 and run through January 3rd. 20 Lincoln Center Plaza
Have you been living in Manhattan for years and still haven’t made it to Ellis Island? Now’s your chance, as there is a special exhibit called “Unframed- Ellis Island”. Featuring life size historic photographs of Ellis Island immigrants juxtaposed against the unrestored compound that once treated diseased immigrants, this is a rare and impactful display. Buy tickets here.
If you were too full to celebrate National French toast Day last week, check out our guide to the best French toast in the city and brunch at one of these hotspots today.