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St. Patrick’s Day at The Roosevelt

St. Patrick’s Day is a week-long event when you celebrate at The Roosevelt. Let your Irish spirit show all week with dedicated events, drinks, and meals at the Vander Bar and Madison Club Lounge and turn this St. Patrick’s Day into one you’ll never forget.

Tuesday – March 15th

Start your St. Patrick’s celebration off right with a Jameson tasting in the Madison Club Lounge from 5:30-7:30pm. Featuring an array of Jameson products like Jameson Black Barrel and Jameson Caskmates as well as some delicious mixers, this tasting is sure to get your tongue in the holiday spirit and liven up the start of your week. After the tasting, make sure to stop by the Vander Bar for Taco Tuesday, featuring a delicious duck confit taco with roast poblano salsa, and a little more Jameson. If Jameson isn’t your drink of choice, pair your taco with a special margarita during our regular Tequila Tuesday special, or taste our featured Avión Paloma tequila mix featuring grapefruit juice, lime, and club soda.

Wednesday – March 16th

Delve deep into the Irish spirit on Wednesday with a Guinness at the Vander Bar and receive a personalized engraved Guinness glass. Available for the first 48 guests, show your love of all things St. Patricks Day with a personalized glass from one of the world’s most famous breweries. Also be sure to check out the sandwich of the week, featuring buttermilk fried chicken and a barbecue ranch dressing.

Thursday – March 17th

Kick off the St. Patrick’s Day celebration early at the Roosevelt at either the Vander Bar or Madison Club Lounge, both opening at 10am. Irish fare will be served all day at both venues alongside drink specials at the Vander Bar and Guiness and Jameson specials at the Madison Club Lounge. To truly get you in the green spirit, live bag piper performances by the Rockland County AOH Edward .V. Larkin Memorial Pipe Band will be held at 11:30 and 1pm in the Roosevelt Hotel Lobby as well as an additional performance at the Vander bar at 12:15pm. Feel the power of the pipes and let yourself become the next lord of the dance.

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No matter how you plan to spend your St. Patrick’s Day, the Roosevelt is the perfect place to start and end your celebration. Keep your celebration going through the weekend with delicious meals and drinks from both the Vander Bar and the Madison Club Lounge as you let your Irish side run free. Stop by once, or stay all week, but no matter what you do, don’t miss celebrating this festive holiday with the best in Manhattan.

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Leap Day in NYC

There’s never a dull moment in New York City and, with so much to do, it often feels like there’s simply not enough time. This year, take advantage of your extra 24 hours to experience even more of what the city has to offer. Leap Year only comes once every 4 years, so take advantage of it before time runs out!

While not unique to the big city, Pizza Hut is offering a free one topping personal pan pizza to any carry out customers who can show they were born on Leap Day. Those born on the 29th can also receive a free entrée from a special menu at the Hard Rock Café all over the world. Meanwhile, Krispy Kreme is offering an additional dozen of original glazed donuts for just $2.29 with the purchase of any dozen donuts. Additionally, to help get you through your extra day, Starbucks is offering $29 off any order of over $100.

If you’re looking for something more unique to the city, the final day of the City Bakery’s Hot Chocolate Festival concludes on Leap Day. A different hot chocolate flavor has been featured every day this month and as the month comes to a close one day later than normal, a special hot chocolate party is being held in order to help everyone enjoy one of the most delicious warm beverages ever invented.

Enjoy the warmer weather this Leap Day with a visit to one of New York’s many parks and gardens. The New York Botanical Garden is currently featuring the 14th annual Orchid Show: Orcidelirium, exploring the past searches for orchids and the perilous journeys orchid hunters faced in search of this captivating flower. If flowers alone aren’t enough, visit the Butterfly Conservatory to watch over 500 butterflies from around the world as they fly around their vivarium.

If your Leap Day is feeling a little artless, check out Unorthodox, an art venue featuring over 50 contemporary artists displaying works that fit the venues name perfectly. Artists strive to break the traditions and contemporary ideals of art with their pieces and in doing so create many breathtaking works.

With all that’s happening across the city every day of the year, don’t waste your time this Leap Day. A little extra time is all you need to get closer to completing your list of things to do in New York City.

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Presidents at the Roosevelt

When you stay at The Roosevelt, you stay in the same rooms shared by legendary figures of the past. With Presidents’ Day on the horizon, The Roosevelt would like to honor some of its more distinguished guests who helped shape the country we know today.

Although Teddy Roosevelt, the hotel’s namesake, passed away five years before the hotel officially opened, his ghost has visited the hotel many times. Frequently arriving with a spectral entourage of rough riders, the 26th president is known to wander the halls and greet guests, thanking them for staying at “his” hotel.

During his time in office, 31st president Herbert Hoover spent a little over a month at The Roosevelt, during which time he completed work on his finest invention, the Hoover vacuum cleaner. Originally equipped with a gas-powered engine, this piece of machinery was developed in order to assist hotel personnel in their cleaning duties by allowing them to clean the hotel’s immense amount of carpeting more quickly and efficiently.

Following up his wartime fame, 34th president Dwight D. Eisenhower brought with him to the hotel one of its most unusual guests. Eisenhower’s pet duck Marbles was known to travel with him everywhere and when he visited the hotel, it was expressly requested that Marbles be given not only his own room, but one of The Roosevelt’s 52 luxurious suites all to himself. During their entire stay, Marbles’ room displayed the “Do Not Disturb” sign and, when the president left, Roosevelt staff were surprised to find the room clean and practically untouched save for a lone feather left on the pillow of the duck’s bed. This feather is now displayed prominently in the main lobby.

A lot of history has taken place at The Roosevelt since its opening in 1924. And while every story you hear may not be completely true, this Presidents’ Day enjoy a trip to New York and a stay at The Roosevelt to discover the truth and history behind this majestic hotel.

*FYI the above are 99% blatant lies, hope you enjoyed!
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Best Santas in NYC

If you wander through the streets of New York during the weeks leading up to Christmas you’re sure to see more than your fair share of Santas, but during the hustle and bustle of the season you may not have time to visit them all. Enjoy the season and the big man himself with a list of the best places to go and visit Santa this holiday in order to ensure that everyone in your family gets just what they want this Christmas.

Macy’s Santaland

Macy’s Herald Square, 151 West 34th Street, New York, NY 10001

Possibly the most famous Santa meet and greet out there, Macy’s Santaland hosts the joyfull St. Nick from the day after the Thanksgiving Parade through Christmas Eve. Admission to Santaland is free, but picture packages with Santa range from $19.99 to $59.99. Bring your camera as well and enjoy the various photo opportunities throughout this decorated wonderland as you wait to meet the man with all the toys.


Bloomingdale’s 59th Street, 1000 3rd Avenue, New York, NY 10022

Featuring their own winter wonderland, Bloomingdale’s flagship store offers an enchanting Santa experience with shorter lines and photo packages starting at $22. While not overly decked out with bells and whistles, this simpler setup hosts a friendly Santa and small toys for the children as well.

ABC Home & Carpet

888 & 881 Broadway, New York, NY 10003

Every Saturday and Sunday through Christmas, ABC Home and Carpet receives a special visitor who is looking to make spirits bright. The store transforms around their Santa and allows families and children to explain their Christmas wishes to St. Nick. Meeting Santa is free, but visitors will need to bring their own cameras for pictures.

Rockefeller Center Breakfast with Santa

Rock Center Café, 20 West 50th Street, New York, NY 10020

For an early morning treat, head over to Rock Center Café and enjoy a breakfast with Santa, complete with pancakes, candy canes, and a photo opportunity with the season’s saint. Kids receive a special gift to go along with their full stomachs. Afterwards enjoy a VIP pass for the iconic ice skating rink outside Rockefeller Center where you can watch Santa show off his skating skills and join him in reveling in the spirit of the season.

Santa’s Winter Garden

Brookfield Place, 220 Vesey Street at West Street

Santa has arrived at the second floor of Battery Park City’s Brookfield Place and brought with him a festive and fun environment for the whole family. Get a picture with the holiday icon and take part in tons of fun activities while you wait. Photo packages begin at $22 and allow for small pups on certain days.

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Christmas Dinner at The Roosevelt

No matter where you’re visiting from, The Roosevelt invites all of our guests to be part of our family this Christmas. To show our gratitude and help make your stay even more like being at home, our staff at the Roosevelt Grill (located at the Lobby Level of the hotel) is cooking up a fantastic Christmas Dinner and all are invited. Featuring holiday classics and delicious sides, our chefs will ensure your Christmas is as full of good food as it is holiday spirit.

For years this traditional holiday feast has been our way to prevent guests from missing out on the holiday traditions they may be away from during their stay in New York, and instead create a new holiday tradition here with us. Join our family this holiday season and rest assured that The Roosevelt will be your home away from home for the holidays. Reservations are still available and can be made by calling 212-885-6087. For more information and a look at the menu, see below.

Christmas Dinner at The Roosevelt Grill

Friday, December 25th

Seating between 1-5pm

Adults $80 | Children $35

Tax and gratuities not included

Cold Items:

Frisee & radishes with hazelnut dressing

Orzo & roasted root vegetable salad

Winter green salad with pear walnut dressing

Shrimp with cocktail sauce

Charcuterie Display; prosciutto, sopressata & chorizo

Hot Items:

Herb crusted beef tenderloin, confit tomatoes with smoked blue cheese bordelaise sauce

Cinnamon spiced ham with lavender scented stone ground mustard

Free range chicken breast, artichokes, fennel & mushrooms

Alaskan poached cod with shrimp mousse & lobster glacage

Tortellini, butternut squash & eggplant capanata

Winter root vegetable mashed potatoes

Asparagus & swiss chard


Assorted sweet verrines

Colorful macaroons

Assorted financiers & petit fours

New York cheese cake

Dried fruit covertures

Chocolate bark & other Confections

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