Hi Everyone!! We are back 🙂 Well we have been since Friday night but we spent yesterday catching up on house cleaning, laundry and grocery shopping.
I was not sure how to do this post and knew breaking down the entire trip into posts would be boring so I decided to take a different approach to the post and tell you only our highlights and our recommendations for NYC.
We were in NYC for 4 full days, which for us was perfect. It was a busy 4 days but we saw lots. We stayed about 5 blocks for Times Square and 2 blocks from Central Park. We loved the location, great walking distance to many things and not too close to Times Square with all its excitement. The hotel itself was okay, for the price and location we could not have asked for much more. But it was nothing fancy. Thankfully it was clean and the staff were friendly.
Food wise we were kinda disappointed. I think we had to venture to other areas, like Little Italy, for the great food. Midtown is so touristy so its lots of chains. Our favorite might have been the Whole Foods salad bar! haha. There is one restaurant we recommend, Ellen’s Stardust Diner. The food was good, typical diner type food but that is not why you would go – it would be for the experience. All the wait staff are aspiring Broadway actors/actresses. They sing and dance the entire time. It was a blast!
I was not too excited for the shopping to start with, I figured it would be over priced for the most part. I am not sure it was over priced but it was many of the same stores I would find anywhere else. Just more of them! I would recommend 5th Ave for shopping and window browsing and of course you have to visit the Macy’s… 45 acres of shopping space!
What we’d spend money on in NYC
There is so much to do and see in NYC so here is what we’d recommend:
1- Rockettes Christmas Spectacular – If going during Christmas! This was recommended to us and we had no idea what to expect, tickets were kind of expense but let me tell you it was worth EVERY penny. These dancers are seriously talented.
2- Go see a Broadway show – We saw Rock of Ages which was really fun and the music was great. The tickets were decently priced and because the theatre was smaller even being up on the second level our view was great. If we had stayed another night I would have wanted to go to another show for sure, probably Lion King!
3- Hop on Hop off bus tour – We did this tour our first day in NYC and really recommend doing it for your first trip there. It allows you to see the different areas and know where you might want to venture back to. We purchased the New York Explorer pass before hand which allowed us to do three things (you can choose more too) from the list of sites/attractions.
A photo from the bus, its a double decker so we sat up top!
4- Top of the Rock observatory – We used our Explorer Pass for this as well. We went up out last night there and loved it at night because of the lights. If I am recommending that you get in a elevator to go up 70 floors it must be worth it, I HATE elevators.
5- Buy a subway pass and explore! They are $14 for unlimited for 2 weeks and very worth it. We used the subway a few times and it was so easy. We were able to go to the Financial District, Greenwich and SoHo and explore these areas.
What we would not spend money on…
1- The horse carriage rides in Central Park… just too pricey, plus walking in Central Park is fun 🙂 The next time I go I will run through the park, I have wanted to forever!
2- Skating at Rockfeller – Again this is seasonal but this was on my must do list, then we went there and saw how busy it was and how small the rink was. But a couple told us a little secret – go to Bryant Park to skate. We checked it out and it was even better, same big tree, a larger rink, and less people! But we never made it back to skate 🙁
3- Museums – We went to the Guggenheim and it was okay. I guess what I should say here more it research what exhibits are there before you pay $25 a person to go in.
My TOP NYC recommendations
1- Go to Ellen’s Stardust Diner
2- Go see the Rockettes
3 – Go on a live show. We went to Letterman and Live with Kelly and Michael. Tickets are free and you request them ahead of a time but its easy. I love Kelly Ripa so it was a highlight for me to see her live. She is just as funny as she seems!
4 – Go up to the Top of the Rock at night
5- Buy a subway pass and explore! This is something we will do more of next time we go for sure.
And now for a few more photos!
Empire State building:
View from harbour looking back to new World Trade Centers:
Us on the boat that took up by the Statue of Liberty. Because of Sandy the island was closed.
What would a NYC post be with a Statue of Liberty photo?!
Have you been to NYC? If so, what do you recommend for someone going there?