I spent the days leading up to Christmas in New York City. It was incredible. I love New York City and going at Christmas was definitely a bucket list experience!
We got to the city a little after lunch and we were starving. We immediately went to Times Square and decided to eat at Junior’s. The restaurant brings out coleslaw, beets, and pickles as an appetizer which was different. I got a grilled cheese and fries because I was starving and it sounded so good. It was a very good grilled cheese!
Quick note: after Christmas we watched Oceans 8 and there is a scene with Sandra Bullock and James Corden are eating there which I thought was so cool!
After lunch it started to rain. It rained so long I thought we would never see the sun again! We didn’t let that put a damper (haha get it) on our trip though! We went to The New York Public Library that was decorated beautifully for the holidays. With the rain outside it was especially cozy.
We then headed down to Rockefeller Center. It was really cool to see the iconic Christmas tree and ice skating rink. The crowds were insane here, but it was worth it. I stopped in the Kate Spade store and browsed for a moment. Walking up from the center was a beautiful view of Sak’s Fifth Avenue. Their Christmas lights were out of this world and the music really put it over the top. I loved it!
So here is some back story: my sister and younger brother love Harry Potter like an insane amount. They really wanted to see Harry Potter and The Cursed Child on Broadway so when tickets were released we happened to get them for these dates. My mom, sister and her fiancé, and younger brother went to the play Thursday and Friday night. My older brother and I aren’t as into Harry Potter as they are so we decided not to go to the play. My family gave it raving reviews, and it was my siblings favorite part of the trip!
My older brother and I decided to see Waitress the first night and it did not disappoint. We went to the ticket office shortly before the show started and were able to get decent balcony seats for a fair price. It was an amazing show, and I loved it!
After the show we were starving again! We all met back up and ate dinner at Hard Rock Cafe, mostly because of the location. It was a good meal though! We were exhausted after dinner and headed back to the airbnb to sleep.
We started out with lunch at Mad River Bar and Grille on 3rd. The restaurant was decked out for the holidays and the food and service were great. I would definitely go back here!
We went to The Met which was a great way to spend the rainy afternoon. They had discounted tickets for students and because there is so much to see the ticket was good for the next day too. We saw a lot of famous and beautiful art. You could easily spend a whole weekend just exploring The Met. There is so much to see! Of course, we saw a lot of things we saw at The Met in Ocean’s 8 too which was really cool!
This night when the rest of my family went to the play, we went back over to Rockefeller Center and to Saint Patrick’s Cathedral. It was breathtakingly beautiful.
We went to the Winter Village at Bryant Park and I highly recommend it. We got smores from Squish Marshmallow that were super yummy and found a spot near the ice skating rink. After we finished our stores we walked over to the holiday shops and browsed before meeting back up with the playgoers for dinner.
We had dinner at O’Lunney’s Irish Pub by Times Square. I had the corned beef reuben and I liked it! I forgot to take a picture of my dinner, but I took some of the dining area. It was really cute.
The next morning we set off to see The Statue of Liberty. We rode the free Staten Island Ferry by it. It is so beautiful and it will always be so incredible to see it in person. It is so important for us to remember what it stands for.
Once returning in Manhattan we walked up Wall Street and saw the New York Stock Exchange. As a business student, it is cool to see this side of the city. There were not many people in this area, but it was a Saturday before the holidays.
We split up again and this time my sister, her fiancé, and my little brother went back to The Met while my mom, older brother, and I went to The MoMa. I absolutely loved The MoMa. Seeing the work of artists like Andy Warhol and Vincent Van Gogh was extremely neat after learning about them in my art history class.
We walked down Fifth Avenue to see the store fronts decorated for Christmas and wow. It was amazing, like it was straight out of a movie. The time that goes into designing the window displays and making them perfect does not go to waste. It was incredible and one of my favorite parts of the trip. We caught some slices of pizza at La Bellezza Pizzeria and it was sooo yummy. There is nothing like New York pizza! After pizza we ran into Grand Central. It is so pretty I can’t handle it.
We met up with the rest of our crew who were hungry so we went to Five Mile Stone for them to get dinner and we could get dessert. I got the chocolate lava cake I believe and omg. It. was. so good. If I could eat it every day forever I totally would. It was amazing and a great way to wrap up our time in the city.
We really had an unforgettably wonderful trip. Its rare for my family to be able to spend so much time together. It was such a great trip, and I am so grateful.