Last month I took my mom on her first-ever visit to NYC! We had just a long weekend to cram in as much as possible, and while we barely scratched the surface of what the city has to offer, we did lot. I always do a lot on my trips though, I’m not a sit-by-the-pool-and-relax kind of traveler.
We started on a Saturday with a 6AM flight. After quite a bit of road traffic, we finally made it to our hotel, Hotel Edison, at lunch time. Our room wasn’t ready, so we stored our bags and went to Patzeria Perfect Pizza for the NYC pizza slices I’ve been missing. We took a little walk around Times Square and stopped by the Broadway Up Close booth for a photo with the Broadway sign, then walked up to shop at the Drama Bookshop. We walked back down on 8th Avenue and stopped for a treat at Carlo’s Bakery. Once our room was ready, we freshened up and headed back out for the evening. We went to two Broadway shows (Freestyle Love Supreme and Ain’t Too Proud – details in my October show recap post), and in between we grabbed sandwiches and chips for dinner at the Star Lite Deli. It was a full first day!
Our Sunday was jam-packed as well. We headed downtown to Leo’s Bagels for breakfast. There was a bit of a line, but it was well-worth the wait. We took a short stroll over to board the Staten Island Ferry and enjoyed beautiful views of the Statue of Liberty and Manhattan during our trip to Staten Island and back. Once we returned to Manhattan, we took a walk through the historical sites downtown on our way over to the 9/11 Memorial. After spending some time there, we hopped on the subway to Chelsea Market, where we did some shopping (mostly browsing) and ate lunch at Creamline. We then headed back to the hotel for the afternoon to refresh for the evening. We ate dinner at The Mean Fiddler before heading to see Chicago at the Ambassador. We finished the night with a half a cinnamon raisin bagel saved from the morning’s trip to Leo’s and it was perfection!
Monday was our last full day in the city and we made the most of it. We started with breakfast at the Brooklyn Diner (57th St location). Then we took a 2 hour pedicab tour of Central Park, which I highly recommend! It’s the best way to see the whole park and cover a lot of ground quickly. After our trip, we went shopping at Bergdorf Goodman. I bought beautiful Christmas ornaments and some pieces of Victoria Beckham’s new makeup line. Then we went up to the Bergdorf Goodman restaurant for Afternoon Tea service. We each chose our own pot of tea and then shared a 3-tiered tray of finger sandwiches, scones, and miniature desserts. It was a fun experience to have together! We walked back to our hotel to refresh for the evening and start packing to head home the next day. For dinner, we went to one of my favorites, Bond 45, before heading to see Six. It was a lovely way to close out the trip.
Then on Tuesday morning, we grabbed a quick breakfast at Carve Unique Sandwiches and headed to the airport. It was a whirlwind trip, but a great time. We enjoyed our time together and I was able to see some new things in the city.
Until next time!