10 Holiday Things to do in NYC

10 Holiday Things to do in NYC

10 Holiday things to do in NYC

10 Holiday Things to do in New York City

Here is my list of holiday activities to do while in New York City! It’s no secret NYC goes all out for the holidays and I’m lucky enough to experience all the magic!

See New York City Ballet’s Nutcracker

When I was younger my parents took me to a dress rehearsal of Boston Ballet’s Nutcracker and from then on I was hooked. As a dancer, I would spend the beginning of every holiday season performing the ballet with my studio so everything about the Nutcracker reminds me of Christmas and the holiday season. While I’ve seen other productions, it’s been a dream of mine to see the New York City ballet perform to Tchaikovsky’s famous score. They are one of my favorite ballet companies and it’s been on my bucket list to see them perform the Nutcracker.

Walk around the tree in Rockefeller Center

You must see the Rockefeller tree; it’s pure size and beauty is unlike anything you’ll find anywhere else. While in college, I went to the tree lighting and it was an experience. My advice? Go after the tree lighting to avoid the crowds and definitely see it at night.

Ice Skate at Bryant Park

Skate for as long as you want and for free at Bryant Park. Unlike skating at Rockefeller, where you have to pay and only get 5 minutes on the ice, you only have to pay to rent skates at Bryant. While there, enjoy delicious spiked cider inside Public Fare, explore the Christmas village, and gaze at the beautifully lit tree.

Visit Macy’s at Herald Square

See the famous, sparkly “Believe”. Wander through the decked out halls and finally drop off your Christmas list to Santa. The whole store is immaculately decorated and you’ll find something to look at around every corner.

Sip Hot Chocolate at City Bakery

City Bakery has the BEST hot chocolate. Their giant homemade marshmallows are paired with hot chocolate that is incredibly rich and creamy and it will make your mouth water.

Dine at Rolph’s

Rolph’s German Restaurant has insane holiday decorations that are sure to get you in the spirit. Stop in for dinner and enjoy traditional German food and a warm and friendly atmosphere.

Stroll through Union Square Christmas Market

Enjoy some tasty treats and pick up handmade holiday gifts for friends and family.

Attend the Radio City Rockettes

Everyone must see the Rockettes at least once. Not only does the Christmas Spectacular take you through a world of holiday fun, the Rockettes dance with such precision and grace that you become mesmerized.

View Saks 5th Ave Window Displays

Every year, Saks out does itself with their holiday window displays and this year is no exception. Inspired by Snow White and accompanied with a light show at night, the windows are stunning and well worth stopping by.

Enjoy Frozen Hot Chocolate at Serendipity 3

Drink a late night frozen hot chocolate and take in the atmosphere of Serendipity 3. Not only do they do a great job at decorating for the holidays but their goblet-sized frozen hot chocolate is legendary. Make sure you make a reservation though, they are slammed during the holiday season.

What are your favorite holiday activities?

xx, mm

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The foodie adventures: Eggs at the Egg Shop

Eggs at the Egg Shop

Some of my favorite foods fall under the category “breakfast” and I always take brunch seriously so when I stumbled upon Egg Shop on Instagram, I immediately added it to my ongoing brunch spot list (brunch list). They have a couple of locations throughout the city but I went to the one in Williamsburg.

Egg Shop specialized in, you guessed it: eggs.

The vibe was simple and fresh and there were traces of eggs throughout the decor and almost everything on the menu had eggs incorporated into the dish. Our table split french toast with a chocolate ganache, blueberries and slices of green apple. It was heavenly but extremely decedent. For my own meal I chose the option to create my own breakfast sandwich with sunny side eggs, bacon, cheddar cheese and a spicy aioli. It was delicious.

While the food was good, I will say the service at this location was subpar. Being a former waitress, I value getting the customer’s order correct and our server clearly did not since we had to send our order back.

But overall, the food was good, the atmosphere was fun and the company was even better and I’d recommend that any breakfast lover try it out.

Have you ever been to Egg Shop?

xx, mm

 

 

 

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The foodie adventures: Smorgasburg, Prospect Park

 

 

Smorgasburg at Prospect Park

After four years, I finally had the chance to experience Smorgasburg this weekend in Prospect Park. Smorgasburg is an outdoor market with all different food and drink vendors. It was a warm and sunny fall day and perfect to wander through the park. The toughest part was deciding what to get…

I started with some mozzarella sticks and they were by far the best ones I have ever had. Not only were they massive but they were perfectly fried and melted right in my mouth. My second course was Mexican cheese, potato, and chicken flatuas. Each one was rolled and slathered in a mix of guac, pico de gallo and sour cream. Next I went for jerk chicken and pineapple dumplings. It may sound a bit strange, but the flavors complimented each other perfectly. For dessert, I had two different churro dishes. One was churros and Nutella, a classic choice. The other was a churro ice cream sandwich with salted caramel ice cream and chocolate sauce. The churros were crunchy on the outside but soft on the inside and a sweet delight beyond compare.

By the end, I was stuffed to say the least but there were so many more eateries I wanted to try. Even though Smorgasburg ends next weekend, I’m looking forward to trying more tasty treats next season.

Have you ever been to Smorgasburg before?

xx, mm

 

 

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Cork, Ireland

English Market in Cork

The second stop on our trip to Ireland was Cork. We stayed at a beautiful old hotel that reminded me of the Grand Budapest Hotel (If you’ve never seen that movie, I highly recommend) which was located on a steep hill that overlooked the town. Although our stay in Cork was short, it was a quaint town with lots of pubs and eateries one of which we stopped at before heading to our next destination.

The English Market had an eccentric flair and delicious food. The first level was a huge open market with all different vendors. From bread and spice shops to meat and coffee shops, English Market had it all. We settled on a small cafe where we enjoyed tasty pastries and lattes.

The English Market reminded me a lot of Chelsea Market in NYC. Now every time I go to Chelsea Market I think about my little breakfast in Cork.

Where is somewhere you’ve traveled that reminds you a little bit of home?

xx, mm

 

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