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A Nod to Nat

If there's one quintessential, unmistakable scent that defines the holiday season in New York, it's chestnuts â?" specifically roasted chestnuts â?" a seasonal staple that, well, just smells like a stroll down Fifth Avenue on a brisk December evening. For the uninitiated, here's what to do: head up Fifth until you smell it, somewhere around the mid-50'sâ?¦a street cart (or two) with a steaming, oh-so-aromatic bundle of holiday goodness. Peel off the shell at the X and prepare to savor the Big Apple's most iconic holiday treat. Native New Yorkers and guests of midtown Manhattan hotels agree: roasted chestnuts are a requisite holiday experience on par with skating under the tree at Rockefeller Center. If you don't believe us, just ask Nat King Cole. Address: Fifth Avenue at 54th, give or take a block or two