Real Cities: NYC Holiday Guide
There’s something undeniably magical about New York City during the holidays. Mesmerizing window displays always outdo the previous year, light displays dazzle and everyone bundles up for the bustling winter wonderland. Lucky for us, Luxury Manager Erinn Einhauser has got New York City’s best seasonal spots all figured out. When she’s not covering the city on consignment appointments she’s discovering the perfect place to get a gift wrapped, take a chic coffee break from shopping or escape on a winter getaway. Here, she shares her favorites.
Who has the best holiday window displays?
Hands down Barneys. So creative, and interactive. There are live people ice skating, and beautiful metal sculptures that catch your eye because they are in motion. One of the last windows is like Charlie’s Chocolate factory window with psychedelic colors, sparkles and rainbows. Barneys is my favorite. I love to look at all the jewelry and accessories. I could spend hours on the first floor alone!
What’s your go-to spot for last-minute gifts?
ABC Home is one of my favorites for last-minute gifts because I know I will always find something there. Everything is to die for, and you can get stuck in there for hours at a time if you aren’t careful.
Where is the best place to get a gift wrapped?
Kate’s Paperie in SoHo. You walk into a world of paper, ribbons and stationery! The choices of paper are limitless – and it is BEAUTIFUL paper. You can choose the paper, ribbons and decorations for your Christmas gifts, and the staff will wrap everything for you.
Your perfect outfit to brave the elements while shopping?
Balenciaga leather pants, a Céline top, Thom Browne coat, Zara scarf and Manolos.
Where is your favorite place to take a break from shopping?
Serendipity, it is a romantic and Christmastime favorite. It feels so New York, and is like a fairytale. Also reminds me of the movie Serendipity, which I love!
Do you have a favorite holiday food or cocktail?
I grew up with a grandmother and mother who are amazing cooks and bakers. Oyster stuffing was one of their holiday traditions, and it’s still going today — it’s one of the things I look forward to most when the holidays come around.
What’s your favorite wintertime NYC activity?
Ice skating and going to see the tree in Rockefeller center. There is something so magical about it. Every time I see the tree I get butterflies — even as an adult.
Which NYC restaurant or bar has the best holiday decor?
The NoMad Hotel restaurant has a super cozy library in the back where you can go order a coffee and lunch and sit by the beautiful Christmas tree in the middle of the room. It feels like home and you could stay all day.
Do you have a holiday getaway destination when you need a break from the city?
This year my husband and I are headed out west to Washington State and Whistler BC to see the family and ski. I wouldn’t mind doing the beach in Barbados either! It is always great to get out of the city, but it feels even better coming home. There is an energy here like nowhere else in the world.