10 Things To Do in NYC in the Winter

It’s chilly outside, rain and snow are trickling at your roof and windows, and the streets get covered in majestic blankets of white. It’s true; the stormy weather of the cold season may turn the daily subway walk into a hassle and be quite a drag, but there are plenty of storm-suited indoor and outdoor activities to fill the cold days with good times.

So don’t let old grandpa winter turn you down, and tune in for some of the beloved and recommended activities for winter time in NYC. The frosty season can also be a time of culture and enjoyment, and also a time of frisking and frolicking in the ice, snow or rain.

Go to City Bakery’s Hot Chocolate Festival

Return to childhood with a steaming hot mug of skillfully made hot chocolate. The owner and maker of these earthly delights in Maury Rubin will serve different flavors of the intoxicating cocoa nectar each and every day during February.

Hot chocolate on a cold winter's day, New York City.

Hot chocolate on a cold winter’s day, New York City. by: Stephanie Bond\Flickr

Spend a Day at a Museum

Yes! Art lovers gear up, because rainy days are known to be the best times to indulge a day of wandering and exploring of museum grounds. So buckle up, take a warm coat, a good pair of walking shoes, a pair of reading glasses for necessary moments, and you you’re ready for a full day of art touring and sightseeing.

All you have to do is choose from the museums of New York City, Such as: the Metropolitan Museum of Art, American Museum of Natural History, the smaller Lower East Side Tenement Museum, or the Frick Collection.

Gather Round a Fireplace

True Gothamists are a tough breed, but even the toughest urban breed will meld beside a nice and warm fireplace. New York City is peppered with numerous great fireplaces; here are some of the best places to gather around them:

Black Rabbit Bar – 91 Greenpoint Ave, Greenpoint, New York, Between Franklin St and Manhattan Ave

Black Mountain Wine House – 415 Union St, Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn, at Hoyt St


The Flatiron Room – 37 W 26th St, Gramercy & Flatiron, New York, between Broadway and Sixth Ave


Try a Fancy Winter Cocktail

Winter is a great time to try seasonal drinks to scold the cold, why not try the “Is It Good?” winter cocktail at Evelyn Drinkery, that includes Redemption Rye whiskey, Angostura aromatic bitters,  pomegranate syrup and cardamom, topped with a creamy cloud of matcha foam to seal the deal. Sounds good? It is good.

is it good

By: TimeOut 

Shop for New Winter Items

Winter in NYC is actually a great time for shopping. You can stay warm while shopping for new wardrobe items for winter, or even take the time to shop for the whole year. After the crazy time of holiday shopping, this could a good opportunity to shop more quietly and easily. Visit the Madison Avenue shops and browse around in one of New York City’s great department stores.

Go to an Interesting Movie

Why not treat yourself to a nice romantic movie? Even when there isn’t a hot and flashy Movie premiere going on, visiting the luxurious 1,100 seats single-screen theatre makes going to movies extra fun, and provides you with a few hour of magic and fun.

Eat Roasted Chestnuts on the Street with a Friend

When temperature drops faster than you can say “chess nuts boasting in an open foyer”, and you unwillingly express search a pair of mittens in the closet, it’s a good time to remember one of the best aspects, and surely most romantic, of winter street food: Roasted chestnuts from a street vendor. So stroll down Fifth or Sixth Avenues alone or with a friend, and chat a bit with a chestnuts vendor.

Good Places to warm your pockets with aromatic chestnuts:

Fifth Avenue between 53rd and 55th Streets:  Where you can sense the comforting smell of roasted nuts at almost every corner.

Main Street between 41st Road and Sanford Avenue, Flushing, Queens: Try the organic Chinese variety of small-sized chestnuts that will surprise at being packed with flavor and aroma. In the meanwhile, why not catch a xiao long bao, and warm your belly with another winter delight at Nan Xiang Dumpling House (38-12 Prince St at 38th Ave).

Indulge on Fondue at Taureau

Taureau is the spot if you are looking for one of the most satisfying winter pleasures: a hot pot of steaming fondue. Various flavored cheese dips offer a pleasing experience. All are good, but we recommend on adding truffles to the mix for an amazing result.  On the chocolate side you can order milk or dark chocolate, sided with fresh fruits and marshmallows.

Taureau 558 Broome Street, SoHo, New York, NY


By:  skinnydiver

Eat Ramen soup!

This extraordinary Chines soup is an all in one, pleasing to the eye and the stomach meal. Recommended place to slurp down this heavenly Chines comfort food is Bassanova, 76 Mott Street, Chinatown, For a trendy and delicious ramen.

Freeze Your Behinds With the Coney Island Polar Bear Club

Rain or shine, there always time for a swim with the oldest winter bathing organization in the United States. You can join them at EVERY Sunday from November through April. Do you dare take the chance?

Coney Island Polar Bear Plunge

By: EricFoo\Flickr


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