Rolf’s Bar and Restaurant: Like Dining in a Christmas Tree

Are you partial to a little sparkle during the holiday season? Maybe you’re one of those people with a secret soft spot for Christmas decorations? Then boy, oh boy, do I have the place for you – it’s Rolf’s Bar and Restaurant in Manhattan.

Every year, the folks at Rolf’s Bar and Restaurant adorn their space with a jaw-dropping array of baubles, fairy-lights and festive cheer. It’s basically like dining inside a Christmas tree. Be sure to pop on your best/worst Christmas sweater and head over to check out the spectacle.

Rolf’s serves hearty German plates and giant schooners of beer. The meals are considered to be on the pricey side, even for Manhattan. On the other hand, you get to experience festive cheer like nowhere else at such a unique place that is so beautifully decorated – definitely an “only in New York” experience to cross off your NYC bucket list.

Reservations are recommended. You could chance it by taking your place in the queue before opening time at noon but be warned that wait times can be up to an hour long. However if you can’t get a table during holiday season, know that the decorations stay up until April.

In fact, it reminds me a little of Panna II, that amazing garden Indian restaurant in the East Village chock-a-block with multi-colored lights.

Progressive dinner anyone?


Author: Australian Women in New York

Australian Women in New York (AWNY) sources stories and guides that will help make you win the Big Apple. We also love to profile fabulous Aussie and Kiwi women.

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