Where to Eat When You're Holiday Shopping in NYC

Where to Eat When You're Holiday Shopping in NYC

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Black Friday is behind us, but the holiday shopping is just beginning! While exploring all the one-of-kind shops and boutiques around some NYC’s popular landmarks, here are some delicious spots where you can grab some sustenance and recharge.


Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony (November 28th)

If you’re planning to attend the Rockefeller Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony on November 28th you should try out one of these neighboring restaurants.


Sushi by Bou (132 W. 47th St., 917.348.5737, sushibybou.com)

Individuals looking for a quick yet fulfilling omakase experience should check out Sushi by Bou in the Sanctuary Hotel. The restaurant offers 30-minute, 12-piece omakase for $50. Guests can sip on unique sakes, Japanese whiskies, and signature cocktails as they watch a live sushi performance by Chef David Bouhadana that highlights his signature flair.


Sen Sakana (28 W. 44th St., 212.221.9560, sensakana.com)

Sen Sakana, the first Nikkei kitchen in NYC, combines the traditions of Peruvian and Japanese cuisine. Guests can enjoy Nikkei cuisine along with a full sushi bar offering traditional and non-traditional nigiri and maki rolls. There’s also an award-winning wine and spirit list filled with champagne for Japanese whiskeys to warm the spirit.


Ikinari Steak (37 W. 46th St., 917.409.5783, ikinaristeakusa.com)
Steak lovers should head to Ikinari Steak for thick cuts of juicy Japanese-style steak. Three cuts of Choice Beef are offered: ribeye, sirloin, wagyu, and filet, cooked on an open-fire served with a daily vegetable, and presented sizzling on a cast-iron platter. Once prepared, it is suggested to drizzle the Japanese soy-based signature steak sauce over the meat to heighten the flavor. This is what is called “J-steak” – short for Japanese steak!

Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park

After enjoying this magical winter wonderland, hit up these fabulous eateries just around the corner.


DaDong (3 Bryant Park, 212.355.9600, dadongny.com)

DaDong, a mammoth 400-seat restaurant by China’s celebrity chef Dong Zhenxiang, is a place where New Yorkers can indulge in upscale Chinese cuisine presented by a master of his craft. Situated above a courtyard adjacent to Bryant Park, DaDong offers sweeping views of the action below.


Óxido (1450 Broadway at 41st St., 212.221.7640, oxido.nyc)

For a quick bite to eat, New Yorkers should head to Óxido, a fast-casual Mexican restaurant with Texas flair. The menu offers burritos, bowls, and tacos that can be filled with seasonal veggies, chipotle beans, flavorful relishes, refreshing salsas, and more.


Grand Central Holiday Fair (Open through December 24th)

The Grand Central Holiday Fair is open now through December 24. Don’t miss out on this outstanding Japanese restaurant in the neighborhood!

Wokuni (325 Lexington Ave., 212.447.1212, wokuninyc.com)
This Japanese dining den is a great place to eat after shopping at the Holiday Fair. Wokuni offers fresh fish flown directly from their fish farm in Nagasaki Japan, and is perfect for lovers of sashimi, grilled fish and meat, and other Japanese specialties. For lunch, Wokuni offers rice bowls from 11 am to 3 pm on weekdays.

Wollman Rink in Central Park (Open through April)

Wollman Rink in Central Park is open for the season! After ice skating, take a scenic walk over to this new Upper West Side restaurant.


The Flying Fisherman (269 Columbus Ave., 646.870.0810, theflyingfishermannyc.com)
This new seafood gastropub is the perfect place for ice skaters to refuel after a trip to Wollman Rink. The restaurant offers lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch, as well as a daily restaurant-wide happy hour from 5-7 pm. Guests can enjoy international takes on American seafood, a raw bar boasting fresh-off-the-boat oysters, clams, and shrimp with matching sauces, and a fun cocktail list. For those who want a quick bite, the restaurant just opened a fast-casual counterpart next door called Fish on the Fly that offers lobster rolls, po’ boys and other seafood items that are perfect for on-the-go.


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