Rolf’s German Restaurant

Rolf’s Restaurant Address

Three of us stood in line to get in Rolf’s German Restaurant at 281 Third Avenue, New York, N.Y. 10010, in the Gramercy Park area of Manhattan. Rolf’s is renowned for their Christmas decorations and “October Fest” spectacle.

Rolf’s New York City Christmas

About 100,000 lights are twisted around garland and poles. Thousands of ornaments and icicles hang from the ceiling and walls mixed with Santas, sleighs, angels, and hundreds of dolls.  Its screaming decor creates an ambiance that makes it one of the best Christmas restaurants in New York City.

When Does Rolf’s Decorate for Christmas

Rolf’s Christmas decorations are up from September to the end of May.

Rolf’s New York Reservations

Rolf’s is open every day from 12 p.m. until 10 p.m., and they accept reservations.

Our Experience with Rolf’s German Restaurant

We went to have a drink with our friends who were eating lunch inside. About 20+ people stood in line ahead of us. While we waited, it appeared that more people exited the restaurant than entered.

A man, who was waiting in line, approached the front door and announced that no one seemed to be manning the door and seating people.

Our friends inside noted to the host that a table next to them, that could seat six, was vacant. The host responded that the table was reserved. Ironically, our friends had partied for over 2 ½ hours while the table remained empty.

After 20 minutes in line, we decided to leave. Before we left, I ducked in and snapped a photo. I may be mistaken, but I wonder if Rolf’s German Restaurant keeps a line outside for appearances.

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