Unless you're a total Grinch, this can be a pretty magical time of year to be in New York City -- the Big Apple really brings its A-game to decorations, holiday markets, and festive events, and if you can stomach the crowds, it's worth seeking them out so they can tug on your old holiday spirit heartstrings. Plus, it gives you an excuse to eat in an area of town you might not find yourself in often. We've rounded up spots both celebratory and casual near NYC's best holiday spectacles, good places to keep your consumption high going -- or take solace from the shopping hordes and the cold.
South Street Seaport Rink
Celebratory: Barbalu, 227 Front Street
This elegant Italian restaurant recently resurfaced after Hurricane Sandy put it out of commission for almost a year. Pop by for a plate of pasta and a glass of wine, or cozy up with your family for a feast.
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