Food News | Top 5 Standouts of the Season

There are plenty of ways to get into the holiday spirit, but tasting holiday treats and sweets may just be the best way. Whether it’s a meal inside a venue decked out in 15,000 ornaments, a chance to vote for the Best Latke in NYC or a sip of a hot cocoa out of a hug mug, opportunities to indulge abound across New York City. Check out our list of the top five standouts of the season below!

1. Rolf’s German Restaurant

281 Third Avenue

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For holiday decor like you’ve never seen it before, head to¬†Rolf’s German Restaurant in Gramercy. During the season, the space is as populated with people as it is with decorations (15,000 ornaments!), so prepare for a cozy experience! The menu includes tasty schnitzels and signature Holiday Smoothies. And, if you don’t have a chance to pencil it in during the month of December, never fear: the Christmas decorations will be on display until May!

2. The Ninth Annual Latke Festival

December 18th
Brooklyn Museum, 200 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn

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This festive holiday tasting event is the ultimate celebration of potato pancakes in New York City. Join revelers and a panel of celebrity judges to sample some of the best and most creative latkes in the city, to ring in the holiday season and to vote Best Latke in NYC. Proceeds will benefit The Sylvia Center, a nonprofit dedicated to educating children and families about healthy eating habits.

3. Max Brenner’s Signature Drinks and Desserts

841 Broadway

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At Max Brenner, take hot chocolate to the next level in this signature hug mug, shaped to be scooped with both hands to create the ultimate sipping experience! Enjoy flavors ranging from Original Chocolate and Marshmallow to Italian Thick and Mexican Spicy. Other signature drinks and desserts that go hand in hand with the holiday season include the Alice Cup, the Chocolate Fondue Tower and the Banana Split Waffle.

4. The Pie Counter by Four & Twenty Blackbirds

634 Dean Street, Prospect Heights

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The original Gowanus pie shop has opened a 10-seat pie counter in Prospect Heights, where patrons can taste the famous pies and purchase them whole or by the slice. Go green with the Matcha Custard, or sample some holiday favorites including Cranberry Sage, Egg ‘n’ Grogg and Bittersweet Chocolate Pecan!

5. The LIC Flea & Food Spiked Mug Fest & Holiday Market

December 15th through 17th
The Ravel Hotel, 8-08 Queens Plaza South, LIC

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Let Santa, live music and unlimited winter cocktails be the backdrop for your holiday shopping and browsing this season! LIC Flea & Food presents the Spiked Mug Fest & Holiday Market, the biggest holiday market in Queens hosted at the Ravel Hotel. Sample favorite drinks like “Igloo Meter” and “Holiday Mule” to truly get into the holiday spirit!