The Kate's Paperie-wrapped presents. Miu Miu glitter shoes. Diptyque Tubéreuse Rouge burning in the living room. Love Actually. There's just so much we love about this season. But, perhaps the top reason to heart the holidays is the same reason Santa's suit fits so snugly—starts with an "f," ends with a "d." Yes, food (just in case you're online shopping and R29-ing in tandem). Everyone knows that calories don't count until January 1, so the Christmas/Kwanzaa/Hanukkah/Festivus marathon is the time to dine like you're dying. Of course, no place beats the Big Apple when it comes to eating out 'round Yuletide… And because we know you're so busy buying
us mom, dad, and co. gifts, we've put together a mini-guide with the very best restos to feast festively in the city. Whether you're craving some carpaccio with a major side of glam, or some baked french toast with your brunch, we've picked four hot-spots where you can get into the spirit no matter your scene. And, don't you dare think you have to fret over an outfit, either—we chose an ensemble for every single eatery, from a Billyburg badass get-up to an U.E.S.-approved dress (with all the trimmings). That's right. We just gave you permission to eat and shop.
When avant-guard meets classic taste, the outcome is an amazing symphony of flavors and a palette-pleasing experiences. Armani Risorante, located in the heart of all the hot-hot-hot Fifth Avenue shopping, is (no surprise!) a refined and sleek foodie destination that allows eaters to stylishly savor their polpetti, ravioli, or risotto with their Armani Martini. For this uptown-chic rooftop spot, we recommend bold glamor punctuated by (what else) Armani.
Armani Ristorante, 717 5th Avenue (at 56th Street); 212-207-1902.
Asos Wrap Dress With Ruched Front, $63.63, available at Asos. Maybelline Color Sensational Lipcolor in Red Revival, $7.49, available at Maybelline; Nars Night Series Eyeshadow Pallet, $55, available at Saks Fifth Avenue, 611 Fifth Avenue (between 49th and 50th streets); 212-753-4000. Helmut Lang Cropped Blazer, $620, available at Barneys New York, 660 Madison Avenue (between 61st and 62nd streets); 212-826-8900. Armani Purse, $597, available at Emporio Armani, Emporio Armani, 410 West Broadway (between Prince and Spring streets); 646-613-8099. Aperlai half cut-out sandal, $654.50, available at Kirna Zebete, 96 Greene Street (Between Prince and Spring streets); 212-941-9656.
Photo: Courtesy of Armani Ristorante
If you're feeling like a side order of retro with your meal, head over to Cafe Colette in Williamsburg. This hipster-cool, diner-esque spot has excellent food and a decor to match, with checkered floor tiles and comfy cushioned booths that'll make you forget which era you're actually eating in. We recommend going for a laid-back brunch look, but keeping the impact, of course. Try a daytime maxi dress with a chunky coat and scarf.
Cafe Colette, 79 Berry Street (at North 9th Street); Brooklyn, 347-599-1381.
Aldo Lossa Bootie, $55.99, available at Aldo, 470 Broadway (between Grand and Broome streets); 212-925-3102. Shakuhacki Chiffon Dress, $415, available at Urban Outfitters, 628 Broadway (between E Houston and Bleecker streets); 212-475-0009. Wilfred Doyenne Coat, $398, available at Aritzia, 524 Broadway (between Spring and Broome streets); 212-965-2188. Etro Dhely Paisley Scarf, $219, available at Barneys New York, 660 Madison Avenue (between 61st and 62nd streets); 212- 826-8900. Forever21 Beaded Knuckle Ring, $3.80, available at Forever 21, 578 Broadway (at West 25th street); 212-941-5949.
Photo: Courtesy of Cafe Colette
Known for its rustic and (occasionally) odd takes on classic dishes, Isa is a warm and inviting haven among the blossoming food-and-wine scene in Williamsburg. With hearty wood as the dominating decor in the dining room, it's no wonder that the smell of delicious dishes has seeped into the grain, creating an encompassing scent of food-glory. To offset the rustic Brooklyn vibe, we recommend going with something a bit glam 'n' grunge, with a cute dress and chunky booties.
Isa, 348 Wythe Avenue (at South 2nd Avenue), Brooklyn; 347-689-3594.
Topshop Dome Bangle, $28, available at Topshop, 478 Broadway (between Grand and Broome streets); 212- 966-9555. Dolce Vita Jolie Platform Boot, $249, available at Dolce Vita, 149 Ludlow Street (between Stanton and Rivington streets); 212-529-2111. Urban Outfitters Soft Brim Felt Fedora, $34, available at Urban Outfitters, 628 Broadway (between E Houston and Bleecker streets); 212-475-0009. Pixie Market Faux Leather Panel Dress, $108, available at Pixie Market. TNA Britannia Knee-Length Parka, $295, available at Artizia, 524 Broadway (between Spring and Broome streets); 212-965-2188.
Photo: Courtesy of Isa
Next time you stand in line for that $8 bag of popcorn, think about what else you could be enjoying during your cinematic experience and then book it over to Nighthawk Cinema. With a street level cafe for whenever your urge to munch takes over, plus table-side food service for those enjoying the benefit of the theater, this unique dining adventure is award winning. No need to doll up for the movies (although, it doesn't hurt to keep it cool). Stay relaxed, but style-savvy— you never know who's hand you could be holding in the dark.
Nighthawk Cinema, 136 Metropolitan Avenue (at Berry Street) , Brooklyn; 718-384-3980.
H&M Pom-pom Hat, $6.95, available at H&M, 558 Broadway (between Prince and Spring streets); 212-343-2722. Acne Flex S Wet Black Pant, $200, available at Acne, 10 Greene Street (between Canal and Grand streets); 212-625-2828. Zara Combined Studio Coat, $229, available at Zara, 580 Broadway (between Prince and E Houston streets); 212-343-1725. Dorado Riding Boot, $485, available at Frye, 113 Spring Street (at Mercer Street); 212-226-3793. Rag & Bone Lancaster Pullover, $290, available at Rag & Bone , 119 Mercer Street (between Prince and Spring streets); 212-219-2204. Essie Over The Knee Nail Polish Color, $8, available at Essie.
Photo: Courtesy of Nitehawk Cinema