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The Ultimate NYC Guide

Where to Eat, Shop and Run in your Ugly Sweater This Silly Season

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DINING & EVENTS

 

 

City Bakery
Naughty or nice, by far the most decadent hot chocolate in New York City, mug-sized marshmallow cube included. Go ahead, treat yourself!

 

Babbo
Mario Batali’s take on the Feast of the Seven Fishes is Southern Italian tradition at its finest. We suggest dining with a larger group.

 

Margaux, The Marlton Hotel
A stone’s throw from Babbo is Margaux at the Marlton. The log fire “living room” setting is cozy enough for a winter rendezvous, or the perfect precursor to a delicious meal with friends in the solarium.

 

Woody Allen at Café Carlyle
The multitasking showman performs Mondays through December 15th. Take a date (and a fur) to dinner and a show Uptown, the very definition of a New York Night.

 

The Morgan Library
Winter in NYC for one? No problem. The Renzo Piano-designed spaced is the perfect respite for a day of reading, people-watching, and viewing. Cy Twombly’s “Treatise on the Veil” is not to be missed!

 

Ugly Sweater 5K Run
December 20th, 11am – questionable fashion, holiday cheer, and a side of fitness? Sign us up! http://theuglysweaterrun.com

 

Joey Arias Christmas with the Crawfords
Mommie Dearest does Christmas, and with Arias’ hauntingly beautiful voice in the title role, this once-in-a-lifetime camp fest is a must-see.

 

The Largest New Year’s Eve Singles Party in New York City
All work and no play? Find your elf on a self at what is expected to be the largest singles party in New York City before the stroke of midnight.

 

Life Ball & Arms Around The Child Bobbi Bear auction
World renowned fashion designers, celebrities and opinion leaders from around the world have created unique Build-A-Bear® bears to be auctioned for Operation Bobbi Bear, a South African non-profit organization dedicated to rescuing sexually abused children and minimizing their risks of HIV-infection.

 

Alvin Ailey Opening Night Gala
Need inspiration to finally tackle that fitness resolution for the New Year?
 The Alvin Ailey Opening Night Gala at New York City Center is sure to delight culturally, but beware: watching the best bodies in the business jeté across the stage might induce shame.

 

***We’d suggest ice-skating at Rockefeller Center, Central Park, Bryant Park, or The Standard Hotel, but the last time we recommended sporting thin blades on ice, a dear friend of NH fell and broke his wrist, and his Rolex.

 

LAST MINUTE GIFT GUIDE

 

Aedes de Venustas
Nestled on Christopher Street, this jewel box of a fragrance boutique is stocked with Byredo, Frederic Malle, Cire Trudon, Diptyque, and the house’s private label of signature scents. You’re guaranteed to walk out with a sublime stocking stuffer appropriate for a colleague or significant other. The moody packaging and wrapping complete with lush floral arrangements is a bonus, and will certainly land you on Santa’s “good” list the coming year.

 

Smythson
Get organized for the New Year with the best stationery — classic, elegant, and understated. Need we say more?

 

HOLIDAY WINDOWS GALORE

 

Bergdorf Goodman – The final word in holiday window dressing – so good, over half of its Scatter My Ashes documentary was dedicated to the subject. In previous seasons, the proprietor of all things lilac has transported us to the most fanciful winter wonderlands even during the most unseasonably warm seasons; drew non-traditional inspiration from legendary designer Tony Duquette; and last year, quite literally turned holiday window dressing on its head. We can’t wait to see what the in store for us this year.

 

Barneys New York – After successful holiday collaborations with modern pop icons Lady Gaga, and Jay Z, the luxury retailer known for its quirk and camp enlisted multiple Academy Award-winners Baz Luhrmann and his designer wife Catherine Martin (The Great GatsbyMoulin Rouge) for “Baz Dazzled,” a gilded study in chic. While little to no merchandise is on display, revelers will delight in weekend balcony performances from two opera singers, live ice skaters in windows, as well as an accompanying soundtrack by a cappella group, Pentatonix, and moving sculpture by Anthony Howe; it’s a Miracle on Madison Ave.

 

Bulgari is cloaked under heavy scaffolding, its illuminated Serpenti snake missing after putting the adjacent three corners to shame in previous years, so Tiffany and Co. takes the cake this season with an opulent jeweled façade rumored to have put the storied building at risk of falling to the ground; Talk about rocks on rocks!