We’ve had the weirdest winter in NYC this year. It’s been warm, it’s been freezing, it has been essentially all four seasons in one. If you’re missing those cozy winter vibes like we are, may we suggest the following eight ways to get HYGGE while you still can.
What is Hygge you ask? Hygge is both a Norwegian and Danish word for that warm and cozy feeling you get all wrapped up in a blanket in front of a fireplace petting your dog (or whatever your idea of warm and cozy is). Trust the Scandinavians to have a full-on word for it. Here’s where to get your hygge on while you still can. For further hygge reading we suggest: The Little Book of Hygge: Danish Secrets to Happy Living by Meik Wiking.
- Breakfast at Maman – Maman might be a French cafe but it just screams (in a very quiet and calm French way) the warmest and coziest vibes. We suggest breakfast here because lunch can get incredibly crowded. Come early, grab one of their delicious croissants and a coffee and be prepared to never want to leave. Maman NYC / Various Locations Throughout Manhattan
- Grab a Strawberry Shortcake Latte – Yes, you read that right. The Millennium Hilton New York One UN Plaza’s café takes their hospitality to a new level with lovingly-crafted, seasonally-inspired Illy coffee drinks. Their latest concoction, a Strawberry Shortcake latte, complete with fresh strawberry, whipped cream, and strawberry syrup drizzle, sounds verifiably delicious. Millennium Hilton New York One UN Plaza / Address: One United Nations Plaza, New York, NY 10017 / Phone: (212) 758-1234
- Enjoy a Lavender-infused Staycation – The Conrad New York Downtown is offering a lavender essential oil at turn down, providing guests with an added bonus when heading to bed. Additionally, the hotel is partnered with Bedside Reading™, which places books at the bedside in all of their suites. This affords guests with the opportunity to cozy up with a book, enjoy some essential oils, and sleep peacefully. Conrad New York Downtown / Address: 102 North End Ave, New York, NY 10282 / Phone: (212) 945-0100
- Warm up with ramen from Ippudo – You can’t mention ramen in NYC without someone asking you “have you tried Ippudo?”. It’s one of the best places to get ramen in town, and sometimes has the lines to match it’s popularity, but is definitely a can’t miss if you are searching for a warming bowl of noodles. We recommend going on off hours (before 11:30, between 2pm and 3pm or after 9pm) for the best chance of getting a shorter line! Ippudo / Address: 65 4th Ave.New York, NY 10003 / 212-388-0088
- Attend an event at Strand’s Rare Book Room – When you think of having the warm and fuzzies you probably picture a gorgeous wood paneled room somewhere, with a nice fireplace. Well what if we told you that place exists, except instead of a fireplace it is filled to the brim with rare books. The top floor of Strand Books is that magical place. They have booktalks in the room essentially every night (and the room is free to visit during opening hours), the talks sometimes also have free cocktails or beer. Some are free, some need tickets. Check their calendar, bundle up, and head to Union Square. Strand Books / Address: 828 Broadway, New York, NY 10003 / Phone: (212) 473-1452
- Pretend to be on vacation at Cucharama – Nothing says cozy like New Jersey (kidding). Hoboken seems far but is truly just a hop, skip, and a train away, and the food is pretty good too. Check out the south American vibes at Ecuadorian restaurant Cucharama. Grab a mojito and pretend you are on an exotic beach somewhere. Cucharama / Address: 233 Clinton St, Hoboken, NJ 07030 / Phone: (201) 420-1700
- Take a drive down the Jalisco Highway (kind of) – For more staycation imbibing – the new Conrad New York Midtown can transport you to Mexico’s warmer temperatures with the Jalisco Highway. Named after the highway that runs between Yahualica de González Gallo and Huiscuilco, Jalisco, Mexico, the cocktail offers an immediate escape from chilly New York City. The hot and smoky cocktail incorporates Mexican influences and features Casamigos Anejo Tequila, native Yucatan honey shrub, agave and smoked chili bitters. Conrad New York Midtown / Address: 151 W 54th St, New York, NY 10019 / Phone: (212) 307-5000
- Go upscale in Sweden, we mean Brooklyn – Okay so this is a true splurge, but if you really really want to get those minimalist scandi vibes and enjoy a restaurant with two Michelin stars, may we suggest heading to Williamsburg’s Aska, for a prime Nordic dining experience. Will it be the aquavit or hygge that gives you the warm and fuzzies? Does it matter? Aska / Address: 47 South 5th St Brooklyn, NY 11249 / Phone: (929) 337-6792
- Snag a Smoky Apple Cider – If you’re in Midtown, Bridges Bar at New York Hilton Midtown invites guests to unwind and warm up with the hotel’s new Maple Spiced Manhattan and Smoked Apple Cider. Transporting guests back to fall in New York, the Maple Spiced Manhattan features Makers Mark, sweet vermouth, locally-sourced maple syrup and is garnished with a brandied cherry. Reminiscent of a night spent by the campfire with loved ones, the Smoked Apple Cider features Casamigos Mezcal, apple cider. New York Hilton Midtown / Address: 1335 6th Ave, New York, NY 10019 / Phone: (212) 586-7000
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