If you can't afford to jet off to the Italian Alps this winter -- and let's face it, you can't -- there's a pretty good substitute right in the Flatiron neighborhood.
Eataly's winter pop-up Baita offers all the satisfaction of an après ski drink or meal without the work of actually skiing. It takes over rooftop beer garden Birrera starting Thursday and running all winter, and has plenty to offer in terms of food, drink and décor.
Warm up with some wine
Get in the Christmas spirit early
Take in the scenery
Winter accents are everywhere
You don't need a lift ticket
Enjoy some melty cheese
And there's a polenta bar