Brad and I took a short trip to New York City at the beginning of December. We LOVE New York! It was so fun to spend a few days exploring the city during such a magical time of year.

After telling my parents about our trip, my mom said, “So it sounds like you ate, drank coffee, and walked a lot.” So if you don’t want to read this whole post, that’s the short version 🙂

We woke up at 3:00am to catch our flight and made it to our hotel in NYC by noon. We stayed one block from Time Square at the Row NYC. Our first stop was to Shake Shack for some fuel, then we went to Mood, a fabric store that’s featured on Project Runway (my guilty pleasure reality show). It was awesome.

After that we grabbed coffee from FIKA, a Swedish coffee bar, and made our way north to Central Park (first we realized we were walking the wrong way when we hit the Hudson River, but quickly got back on track). We came across this fitting sign on our way.

We LOVE Central Park. It’s probably my favorite thing about NYC. It’s such a gem.

We enjoyed strolling around Central Park, then grabbed a bite to eat at Cafe Lalo. Have you ever seen the movie You’ve Got Mail? It’s my favorite movie ever and Cafe Lalo is where one of the scenes was filmed. It was so cute and still looked very similar to how it did in the movie.

The sign next to me has pictures from the movie.

Then we made our way to 5th Avenue. The buildings along 5th Avenue from Central Park to Rockefeller Center are always decorated during Christmas time.

My favorite buildings were Tiffany’s and Louis Vuitton. Also along 5th Avenue is St. Patrick’s Cathedral. It was open to the public that night. Such a beautiful church.

We stopped at Bryant Park, which I actually enjoyed more than Rockefeller. Much less crowded and I loved the purple tree.

We finally made it to Rockefeller Center, which was beautiful, but very crowded, so we grabbed some coffee from Bouchon Coffee and did some people watching.

After Rockefeller we walked down to the Macy’s on 34th St. It was HUGE and decorated really pretty for Christmas.

By then we were starving and tired, so we ate a late dinner at the first place we stumbled upon, Parker and Quinn. Brad got the most amazing macaroni and cheese there. Then we finally made it back to our hotel and crashed.

The next morning we got coffee at Starbucks (which are EVERYWHERE) and took the subway down to the 9/11 memorial. It was surreal how quiet the memorial was in the middle of a crazy and loud city.

Then we checked out the church next to Ground Zero, which was really neat because it was so old and had so much history. It was one of the first churches in New York City. Then we walked through Chinatown and into Soho. I loved the streets and buildings there.

Then we got lunch at a cute place called Once Upon a Tart. I had the most amazing Turkey Pot Pie there.

While we were walking to Once Upon a Tart, we had passed a bakery that was packed, so we knew it must be good. We went back and got chocolate chip cookies, then stopped at the coffee shop next door, La Colombe.

Next we made our way to Washington Square Park to eat our cookies and drink our coffee.

Then we walked through Greenwich Village, where we got coffee at Stumptown Coffee Roasters.

With coffee in hand, we walked through the West Village. Greenwich and the West Village were probably my favorite areas. If I lived in NYC, I think that’s where I would want to live.

Next we found the Friends apartment. We weren’t sure if it was the right place at first, because it seemed like a regular neighborhood, but then we saw another couple taking pictures of the building, so we figured we were at the right place.

We found the High Line (a raised walkway near the Hudson River that goes through Chelsea) and walked along it for a bit. It was nice to get some neat views without stopped for traffic at every corner.

By then we were pretty tired, so we took the subway back to our hotel and rested for a bit. For dinner we went to Eataly, an Italian market and restaurant. It was really neat and definitely worth checking out if you are in NYC. We ate at the rooftop restaurant, Baita. It was very romantic and delicious, one of my favorite moments of the trip. The hot chocolate was my favorite thing I got the whole trip.

Next we found a cute dessert place, Veniero’s Pasticceria and Caffe, where we got cheesecake and coffee. It opened in the 1800’s and was so neat inside, with so many amazing desserts. The New York City cheesecake definitely lived up to it’s reputation.

We finally made it back to our hotel and crashed. A very successful day 2!

On Wednesday we only had the morning to explore before we had to leave to catch our flight. We walked to the Upper East Side to have breakfast at EJ’s Luneonette. The french toast I had was amazing. Next we walked through Central Park down to the Plaza Hotel, then to Rockefeller Center to see it during the day without so many crowds.

We got our last New York coffee and a slice of pizza, then called our Lyft to the airport.

New York City at Christmas time is one of those trips that’s always been on my bucket list. I’m so glad that we made it happen this year! I’m so blessed to have such a great travel partner! Thanks for making it all the way through this post!

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