Hi everyone, so some quick background-it is mine and hubbies first trip to NYC. We are both in our late 20's, we are really looking forward to trying different types of food and of course see the usual tourist things. We aren't really into Art so we are not planning to go to MOMA or Guggenheim at the moment.
There are quite a few things that we have booked already in terms of evening activities. There are quite a few blank days. Any help and recommendations are very much appreciated.
Dates of Travel: 17th Dec-27th Dec
LHR to JFK
Hotel Newton UWS (check in 15)
Explore UWS: buy essentials!
Go to hardware store opposite McDs
Dinner: Halal Guys W53rd and 6th
FAO Schwartz Times Sq
ESB by night
Big Apple Greeter
East Village & Greenwich Village 10am-4pm
Xmas Windows on 5th Ave
Atomic Wings Factory
Central Park, Strawberry Fields + Dakota Building
Columbus Circle Xmas Market
Mandarin Oriental Lobby Bar
Drink at the Waldorf Astoria: Peacock Alley
Apollo Theatre @ 7.30pm
Dinner at Sylvias?
Statue of Liberty
Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory
4pm Barge Music @ BK
Walk BB back to Manhattan (weather?)
Tribeca + Meat Packing District
Little Italy, Chinatown
Chelsea- High Line and Market
Lobster Rolls from Lukes (if not eaten on Sun)
Madison Square Garden
Jimmy V Classics @ MSG
Korean BBQ Kette Sau?
BK Nets vs Washington Wizards
@ Barclays Center BK
Four Freedom Park?
Breakfast around Radio City Hall?
10am-12pm Radio City Xmas
NY Public Library
Rockerfeller Centre + Tree
Grand Central Terminal- Audio Tour
Le Parker Meridian?
Bryant Park Xmas Market + Bryant Park
IHOP (hubbies choice-but I was thinking of putting Clinton St Bakery as they are quite famous for their pancakes?)
Jazz Standard at 21.30
AMNH + Planetarium
Wed (Xmas Day)
Havent booked dinner yet-waiting for Thanksgiving to pass-any recommendations?
Thurs (Last Full Day)
I haven’t put Central Park in on a particular day as I think we will probably be in there every other day or so as it is so close to our hotel :)
TOTR is again not in the itinerary because we will wait for the weather/visibility to dictate when we go visit it-but we are aware that it will be a day time visit.
We are quite interested in visiting the other boroughs as we only visiting Mahattan and Brooklyn. Not sure if yet if we want to do Woodbury Commons there or the Jersey Gardens Mall-I would buy some cheaper designed products such as leather goods from MK and hubbie would go nuts in Nike. I have read on the forum that most branded stores would have a lot of promotions-especially at that time of year.
Any food recommendations for lunch/dinner are welcome-alcohol with dinner is probably less likely as we would prefer hitting a pub or dive bar for “cheaper” drinks. Budget for dinner is around $30-$35 each before tax to start off with-however we have a Cab Allowance a day and if we do not use this daily allowance (we will be purchasing the unlimited metrocards for both weeks) then this money can be diverted into food instead.
Xmas day dinner budget is around $100 each before tax and we will not be drinking with our meal (most likely before or after-will hit a bodega for some drinks to store in our room)