Christmas in New York can be a magical time full of festivities and holiday cheer.

Visitors from around the world pour into the city to go holiday shopping, peek at department stores’ holiday window displays, see the Rockettes at Radio City Musical Hall, or just wander the streets soaking up the winter season.

Exploring all that NYC has to offer can be invigorating, but also exhausting, so we wanted to put on your radar two restaurants where shoppers, tourists and locals can stop to relax from the hustle and bustle:

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Patsy’s Italian Restaurant is famous for being Frank Sinatra’s favourite restaurant in Manhattan

Patsy’s Italian Restaurant – When pounding the pavement while Christmas shopping in the Big Apple, it’s always fun to visit an iconic Manhattan restaurant. The family-owned New York City classic is famous for being Frank Sinatra’s favorite restaurant in Manhattan, and has hosted celebrities from George and Alma Clooney, to Madonna, Michael Buble, Tom Hanks, and more throughout the years. Guests can chitchat with Chef Sal Scognamillo, who always shares stories of the restaurant’s legendary guests, and try some of Frank Sinatra’s favorite Italian dishes.

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The newly opened Sen Sakana features a hybrid cuisine with everything from skewers to ceviche

Sen Sakana – For those looking for something sleek and modern, Sen Sakana is Manhattan’s first Nikkei Cuisine restaurant, located just blocks away from Bryant Park and Times Square. The newly opened Japanese-Peruvian restaurant features the hybrid cuisine with everything from skewers to ceviche, and empanadas to sushi on the menu. Sen Sakana also offers pre-chosen ‘set meals’ and a full list of craft cocktails to enjoy.

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