NYC is magical during the holidays. When I was living in Hoboken, I would meet my mom and sister in the city during Christmas time and we would hit all of my favorite winter spots. This year was a little bit different in that we came in on the same train.
We had a great day and I thought it only fitting to share our favorite stops.
So here it goes.
I love brunch. Brunching isn’t as popular where I live now so I wanted to take full advantage. The only problem with trying to get a table at noon on a Sunday in NYC is that it usually means you’ll end up getting a table an hour later. We were starving so takeout at a great brunch spot is the next best thing.
We chose Friedman’s Lunch for it’s gluten free options. It happens to be right near Harold Square so I knew we would have a table to eat at outside. Since the weather was perfect, brunching outside was totally doable. Thank you weather gods!
*BELT shown above*add avocado and cheddar cheese*YUM*
Once our hanger subsided, we decided to walk up 6th avenue toward Bryant Park Winter Village.
But first, window shop at my favorite store near Bryant Park:: Alice & Olivia.
After spending not enough time (in my opinion) in front of this store, we head on over to Bryant Park.
The sun pops out. YAY. We scour the village for my mom’s favorite Irish store. Found it. We ask the owner if he has trinity earrings. He doesn’t. We move on.
After hitting every corner, we start our walk uptown to go see the tree. Not before we take our picture with some big, red balls.
Traditions are traditions.
After the balls but before the tree, we get a paper waffle filled with dark chocolate covered strawberries from Godiva.
Traditions are traditions.
And then we spend about 5 minutes in front of the tree (enough time to take a selfie and send it to all of our family).
We bypass J.Crew (a rare event) and head on over to my favorite Anthropologie store in all the land. It’s huge! They also have the best window displays. I buy white pom pom garland and twinkle lights. Because.
We then subway it down to Union Square’s Winter Market (the better market out of the two).
I get sucked into trying Nio’s body scrub. In minutes, it makes my hands feel incredible. I get the large container. My sister finds trinity earrings for my mom at another gaelic vendor. Surprises my mom. My mom loves them.
After spending a good hour and half at this village, we decide to move on.
*Side note: if you don’t like being centimeters away from people for a good hour and a half, I don’t recommend coming on the weekend).
We move on to DSW which is right across the street. The greatest DSW in all the land. It’s huge! My mom and sister buy boots. I buy a pair of Brooks running sneakers. They’re never $59.95! Um, hello. Steals and deals. They’re also bright pink. I’m in love.
We’re starving. We spend 30 minutes trying to hail a cab. No numbers are lit up. We’re almost about to give up but he comes just in time. “6th and Bleeker, please.”
In between 6th and 7th avenue on Bleeker and Morton is this little gluten free italian restaurant, Risotteria. It’s heaven to anyone gluten free. First, they offer bread sticks that aren’t the size of my pinky and they don’t taste like cardboard. They have roughly 10 different types of pizza, and 10 different types of paninis. All gluten free. They also have a whole page dedicated to risotto!
Portabella (sliced thin), spinach, fresh sun dried tomato panini. YUM.
Calamari and pesto risotto. YUM.
Shrimp, garlic, red onion, and pesto pizza. YUM.
Gluten free beer that isn’t O’Mission. YUM.
It has about 8 small tables and one waiter. You would think that service would be slow but our waiter was breaking a sweat from his hustle.
We’re hooked and also wish we lived closer.
We cab it back to Grand Central and head home.
I’m too excited to wait and I immediately put up my Anthro finds.
I pass out. Happy and full.
Until next year, NYC. I sure do love you.
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