Lower Manhattan skyline

Last week I showed you some snippets from New York City and mainly the festive decorations, so now it’s time for a proper photo diary about the places I (re)visited and the restaurants that I dined! Oh yes, food is important for me in NYC because during my first visit I had a hard time finding decent (meaning non fast food) places to eat, except for the ones that my friends had recommended! But this time I was prepared and I had a few favorite from the first time! So brace yourselves and hop on board because this is going to be a long and photo heavy post!!

Times Square/ Chrysler Building NYC

Day 1

We arrived in NYC late in the afternoon and after settling in our hotel (read: tossed the luggage in the room and refreshed in the bathroom), we headed to Times Square. Obviously.  Apart from seeing the square…ehm…the LED screens on the buildings playing any kind of advertisements and videos, I had another mission: hit M&M’s world in order to get pastel colored M&M’s. It was a difficult task, as the city was packed with people but we made it! What was also packed was Rockefeller Center. I didn’t manage to get a glimpse of the skating ring because of the crowd! So we headed to 5th avenue for some window shopping, where I fell in love with Bergdorf Goodman’s store windows. Probably the best holiday displays I’ve ever seen! We ended the night with dinner at PJ Clarke’s (an old favorite) and a walk down Park Avenue and a brief visit in Grand Central (Gossip Girl anyone?)!

Bergdorf Goodman windows Tiffany & Co in 5th Avenue Grand Central Terminal

Day 2

The next morning we made our way towards Brooklyn Bridge through Chinatown. I didn’t have the time to walk on the bridge in the past, so I’m really glad I did so this time. The views over New York are amazing and we were lucky that it was sunny as well, which means one thing: photos overload! Next we passed by One World Trade Center and the 9/11 Memorial pools. It was nice to see the place all made after being a construction site for so long!

Chinatown, NYC

Lower Manhattan skyline Brooklyn Bridge 8 Spruce Street and 9/11 Memorial One World Trade Center

A stop in Battery Park was required so as to catch a glimpse of The Statue of Liberty, before heading to SoHo for lunch. It was a busy time, but thankfully we found a table at Il Buco, which I had found in another blog (I was scouting the internet for options!). The food was delicious and the restaurant deserves its own blog post, so here I’m sharing a photo of the dessert: fried ricotta cheese balls! Not as sweet as I’d like them to, but intriguing nonetheless. After lunch we wandered around Central Park, while the sun was setting and it was really breathtaking!

Related: 3 restaurants in New York City worth visiting

Anna in Brooklyn Bridge and Statue of Liberty Fried Ricotta balls at il Buco Sunset in Central Park Sunset in Central Park

Day 3

I had big plans for our last day, but they fell short! You see I wanted to visit the Takashi Murakami exhibition at Gagosian Gallery in Chelsea, but I failed to find out that the gallery was closed during the holidays. So we headed to the Metropolitan Museum of Art (which was next on the list). The museum was packed but we managed a quick (read 3 hour) tour and visited my favorite section which are the Egyptian exhibits and Tiffany’s stained glass creations! I wanted to squeeze the Guggenheim Museum as well in our plan but there was a line there too and we had a train to catch! So we headed for lunch to the trusty W46th street a.k.a Restaurant Row (lots of good restaurants to choose from here) before hopping on the train back to Boston!

Related: 7 Things I enjoyed in New York City

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It was a quick but fun trip! I’m glad I saw New York being festive, but I have to admit that the crowds put me off sometimes. Plus it was difficult to find a spot for lunch or dinner and you’d have to wait for an hour or so! That’s why I propose travelling “off season”. Everything is much better then!

Below there are more photos from our trip in random order!

street art in 5th avenue and Chelsea View from Brooklyn Bridge: the Empire State Building View from Blue Moon Hotel PJ Clarke's in 55th and 3rd Exhibits at the MET NYC at dusk

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