NYC Recap

As I mentioned in my last post, my family spent the week after Christmas in New York City. We had the best time, so I thought I'd share the details of our visit!

Why We Visited:

My mom turned 50 two days after Christmas, which I know is hard to believe considering she still looks like a twenty-something. But it's true! And although she didn't want a big celebration, my dad insisted on taking a trip to New York for some quality family time.

Where We Stayed:

We stayed at The Marlton Hotel in Greenwich Village, which a friend recommended to my mom. The whole place was beautiful but tiny cozy.

pictures borrowed from their website

The first floor of the hotel had a lovely restaurant and bar that we enjoyed every day.

What We Did:

I'll start with the family favorite, Kinky Boots. It was absolutely hilarious and kept all of us entertained until the very end. Such a fun show!

We heard the fashion exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art was a must-see, and, let me tell you, it didn't disappoint. It took us on a tour of the past, present, and even future of influential pieces in fashion. Unfortunately, it's only open until the end of January.

We got one full day of snow, so we made the most of it by exploring Central Park. Of course we were freezing, so we spent about half of the time darting in and out of nearby coffee shops.

My brother and sister and I tried to ice skate at Wollman Rink. Actually, they were both pretty good, even while I held onto them desperately. Notice the differences between our facial expressions.

The girls even went on a little horse-drawn carriage ride around the park! It was fun but definitely would've been more enjoyable in warmer weather.

The Rockettes Christmas show was cute, but the consensus was that it's definitely for a younger crowd. A few of us may have even fallen asleep in the middle of it--oops!

We visited the 9/11 memorial museum, which was heart-breaking but incredibly well done. I could've spent the entire day there reading the stories of the individual victims. 

We then got lunch at Chelsea Market and, again, wished we could've stayed longer. The food was insanely good and the Artists & Fleas shops were adorable.

And, of course, we did a little bit of shopping. I was in heaven in the Rockefeller Plaza J.Crew.

Where We Ate:

I think we could all agree that our favorite meal of the week was dinner at The Spotted Pig. My brother announced that he would not eat another burger after having theirs, as it simply could not compete. And their fries? They're what dreams are made of. But be warned: they do not take reservations, and we waited for two hours. I guess that's a testament to their popularity!

My consistent breakfast of choice at the hotel's cafe was, unsurprisingly, the avocado toast.

I also managed to drink lots of hot apple cider on this trip. These spiced ones were from the Le Pain Quotidien right next to our hotel.

My dad made reservations at Crispo, an Italian restaurant with rave reviews. As you might expect, we left feeling oh so stuffed.

We celebrated my mom's birthday with an exquisite meal at Gotham, but I only managed to get a picture of the dessert, so you'll just have to take my word for it.

We did manage to get a family picture after dinner though. It's such a rarity for us!

What are your NYC favorites? I'll add them to the list for my next trip!

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