They say time travel has been invented, but if you step off the bustling streets of modern Manhattan into Lillie’s, you’ll think you’ve been transported to a Victorian gin palace. Named for Lillie Langtry, a late British actress and socialite of the 19th century, Lillie’s Victorian Establishment’s locations in midtown and near Union Square Park sport décor accents shipped across the Atlantic from a Victorian mansion in Northern Ireland. Stop in on a Saturday or Sunday for $17 brunch complete with a boozy drink of your choice or unwind on a weeknight with a a dram of whiskey or scotch or a pint of beer.
If you like chic walks through time, then the historical atmosphere of Lillie’s Victorian Establishment is the place for you. This incredibly spacious, high-ceilinged, and vintage restaurant satisfies hunger and the longing for a good, cold brew. Although the brunch menu may not be as lengthy as some of the others in this list, the dishes they do have make up for that. If you’re worried about calories then opt for the incredibly refreshing Watermelon and Feta Salad, complete with mint, lemon juice, extra virgin olive oil, and cucumber. You’ll walk out feeling full but virtuous.
This restaurant, with locations in Times Square and Union Square, has gone all out with its decorations for the last eight years.
“When you come in, you have no choice but to get into the Christmas vibe,” Lillie’s employee Ronan Kerr said. “The music and the decorations and the food: everything just oozes Christmas.”