New York

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.