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73 Totally Fine

An enchanted fairy tale of a restaurant with a grown-up palate.

281 Third Ave., New York, NY, 10010


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The lowdown

Ignored by New Yorkers much of the year, the woodland wonderland dining room at Rolf’s is transformed into a Christmas spectacular that’s as much a December institution as the Rockettes and Rockefeller Center. Twinkling lights, Teutonic dolls, and green garlands like so many boughs of Black Forest don the front bar, while a seasonal roast suckling pig is ceremoniously served at the roughhewn tables and booths in back. Not surprisingly, the food is a mediocre throwback to another era, so don’t be surprised if the stringy sauerbraten can’t hold a candle to your grandmother’s three-day gingersnap-marinated wonder. But crispy potato pancakes and simple, hot-dog-like wursts keep kids complacent, while a few steins of the array of German pilsners and hefeweizen will find mom and dad satisfied, if not altogether oblivious.

What you need to know

Recommended DishesPotato pancakes; smoked pork bratwurst.

DrinksFull Bar

Noise LevelCivilized