Yes, there are gorgeous Christmas trees in NYC that are not located at the Rockefeller Center. Did you know there's a tree shaped like a dinosaur? And a tree covered in oragami? And a tree covered in pizza emojis? We would also like to acknowledge that some of these are a little less hidden than others. (We know you already know about Lotte New York Palace because of Gossip Girl; don’t @ us.) We just wanted to offer alternatives to that big one amidst the crowds on Fifth Avenue.
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5. Helmsley Building
7. Central Park
9. Bloomberg Tower
10. Villard Houses
11. MetroTech Center
12. Brookfield Place
13. Brookfield Place
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Chive Blossom NYC
This Williamsburg restaurant from Yang Xing Huang, the former executive chef at Buddakan, specializes in fine Asian cuisine. The menu includes plenty of traditional favorites with a few twists. Shumai are amped up with charred leeks ($12), while the chicken egg white drop soup is made with a kabocha squash broth ($8). For your entree, you might choose a sandwich—the lobster roll with uni mayo ($18) or the pork tonkatsu sandwich with beefsteak tomatoes and arugula ($9) would do nicely. The menu also includes rice bowls like kimchi fried rice with beef and a sunny-side-up egg ($12), noodle dishes like pho ($16) and pork belly ramen ($15) and several larger dishes, like whole fish steamed or grilled with Chinese leeks ($28), charsiu spare ribs with spicy bean sauce ($22) or peking duck with bao and homemade hoisin sauce ($25 for a half duck, $40 for a whole duck).
Venue says: “Fine Asian dining from the esteemed Chef Yang Huang!”