Food & Drink

A tour of Rolf's Christmas lights... and schnapps

Published On 12/14/2012 Published On 12/14/2012
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1. Rolf's 281 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10010 (Manhattan)

There' something utterly magical about the Christmas air that consumes Rolf's in Gramercy. The old school German restaurant redefines "getting into the holiday spirit" with elaborate, over-the-top Christmas decorations displayed for six months out of the year -- because sometimes veal schnitzel simply tastes better with a side of seasonal silliness. Traditional dishes coming out of the kitchen, from potato pancakes to sausage platters brimming with weisswurst, knackwurst and bratwurst, are made indisputably more special eaten at a table underneath the blizzard of garland, icicles, ornaments and red orbs.