Now that the gift-opening rush has passed and, if you're anything like us, everyone's squarely in the throes of a holiday food coma, there's no time like the present to collectively zone out in front of some holiday viewing. Naturally, our recommendations all have one thing in common besides being set at the holidays: New York apartments.
- Home Alone 2. If you're willing to stomach the rather obscene scale of violence in this one—who knew a brownstone in the midst of a gut reno could be turned into such a viable weapon?—as well as the Donald Trump cameo, this is still a completely charming portrait of Christmas in early '90s New York. Plus: the Plaza!
- Moonstruck. This one isn't quite in the canon of go-to holiday movies, but it does take place during Christmastime, and has just the right amount of holiday scenery in the background to feel festive but not overwhelming—perfect if you've watched one too many Christmas specials this year.
- Metropolitan. Is there any holiday miracle like getting briefly swept up into the high society world of uppity, wealthy, New York teens?
- Difficult People. After an all-around solid first season out of the gate, Julie Klausner and Billy Eichner's Hulu project unexpectedly came out with an instant-classic holiday episode—all the way back in mid-September. Brilliant.
- You've Got Mail. Nothing says "comforting" and "something the whole family can agree upon" like a Tom Hanks, Meg Ryan, and Nora Ephron collab.
- The Apartment. A cautionary (if ultimately uplifting) tale of how a conveniently-located apartment can become a blessing and a curse.
- Miracle on 34th Street. Easily the greatest New York holiday movie of all time. And depending on whom you ask, definitive proof that Santa does, indeed, exist.