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Lillie’s Victorian Establishment

Greg, Liam, Yibei and I decided to kick off the holiday season with a Christmassy dinner at Lille’s Victorian Establishment in Times Square.

Lillie's Victorian Establishment - New York City dining - Wanderlust in the City

This restaurant and bar is ordinarily pretty impressive, with massively tall ceilings and architecture meant to invoke the Victorian era. But during Christmastime it’s especially remarkable, and is adorned with tinsel, evergreen and lights to create a festive mood.

Lillie's Victorian Establishment - New York City dining - Wanderlust in the City

Lillie's Victorian Establishment - New York City dining - Wanderlust in the City

Lillie's Victorian Establishment - New York City dining - Wanderlust in the City

Lillie's Victorian Establishment - New York City dining - Wanderlust in the City

The bar area can get quite crowded, especially after work. So we sat in the back, which feels removed enough so you can relax, but isn’t so removed that you can’t enjoy Lillie’s unique ambiance.

Lillie's Victorian Establishment - New York City dining - Wanderlust in the City

Lillie's Victorian Establishment - New York City dining - Wanderlust in the City

Lillie's Victorian Establishment - New York City dining - Wanderlust in the City

Lillie's Victorian Establishment - New York City dining - Wanderlust in the City

We began by toasting with seasonal cocktails.

Lillie's Victorian Establishment - New York City dining - Wanderlust in the City

And we dug into the restaurant’s Curry Fries.

Now, I have to admit, which I first saw them on the menu I misread it and thought it said “curly fries.” So I was disappointed when regular fries arrived. However, since I don’t particularly like curry, I was relieved that the curry sauce was served on the side. I can live with just regular fries I suppose!

Lillie's Victorian Establishment - New York City dining - Wanderlust in the City

For dinner, I selected the Chicken Pot Pie with béchamel, peas, carrots and a puff pastry.

Lillie's Victorian Establishment - New York City dining - Wanderlust in the City

Liam had the Bacon Cheeseburger.

Lillie's Victorian Establishment - New York City dining - Wanderlust in the City

Yibei chose the Lillie’s Cucumber Sandwich with herbed goat cheese and tomato on wheat toast.

Lillie's Victorian Establishment - New York City dining - Wanderlust in the City

And Greg dined on the Pei Mussels served in a fire-roasted tomato broth with garlic, shallots and toast.

Lillie's Victorian Establishment - New York City dining - Wanderlust in the City

Lillie's Victorian Establishment - New York City dining - Wanderlust in the City

Overall the food wasn’t all that impressive. If I went again, I would just have a few drinks and enjoy the ambiance.

But I did enjoy the company, and that’s most important, right?

Lillie's Victorian Establishment - New York City dining - Wanderlust in the City

After dinner we walked over to Rockefeller Center. New York is one of the most beautiful cities in the world at Christmastime, and sometimes we don’t take enough advantage of living here!

Lillie's Victorian Establishment - New York City dining - Wanderlust in the City

Lillie's Victorian Establishment - New York City dining - Wanderlust in the City

So we made sure to see the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree.

Lillie's Victorian Establishment - New York City dining - Wanderlust in the City

Lillie's Victorian Establishment - New York City dining - Wanderlust in the City

And then we walked over to Saks to take in their traditional holiday light show.

Lillie's Victorian Establishment - New York City dining - Wanderlust in the City

We even walked past Saks’ holiday windows which, I have to admit, were a little underwhelming this year.

Lillie's Victorian Establishment - New York City dining - Wanderlust in the City

But regardless, it still was a magical Christmas evening in New York City.

Lillie's Victorian Establishment - New York City dining - Wanderlust in the City

For more information on Lille’s Victorian Establishment, click here.

~A

P.S. My red dress (I’m obsessed with it!) is by Rachel Zoe. You can find it here.

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