New york is a must visit at Christmas, it is wonderful place to be at such an amazing time of the year. I had never gone to New York before. To think I have gone nearly all around the world and LA several times but I hadn’t gone to New york, EVER? I was indeed savoring it and I’m so happy I got to experience it with my now husband who lived in New York for a while. A major convenience as he knew where the best places were to go. We stayed in the private suite in the Marmara on 32nd Street overlooking the empire state building from our room.
The atmosphere was electric and its vibe was dark like it had so many stories surrounding it. It really did remind me of Gotham city, I was fascinated by New Yorkers, even the Uber drivers, learning some of their stories were fascinating. It was certainly a larger grittier version of London. The Rockfeller centre was my favourite part and going to the top of the rock was a view I will never forget.
Watching American movies centered in New York and how I dreamed as a young girl to visit I kept having to pinch myself that I was really there, as corny as that sounds.
I highly recommend the Blue box café where you can have an official Breakfast at Tiffany’s experience. You have to book two weeks in advance and be extremely snappy with it. We had try to book online several times and spots would just disappear. When he had got inside, it was decorated inside like no other store. There were large lighted wreaths and Christmas trees positioned perfectly inside and it felt wonderful that again I was in the big Apple.
We had got inside and tried to blag our entry into the blue box cafe but they were very strict. You couldn’t come in at all without a reservation. So we left, and by some annoying ‘luck’ we had got a reservation come through via email in the afternoon (due to poor signal). By that time we were already eating lunch in the Nomad (highly recommend)
Shopping was of course done at Saks and Bergdorf Goodman; I only got a few things like sweaters, accessories and gifts for family. Anything high-end designer (Gucci, Prada, Christian Louboutin) is not worth the money, even in the sale. This was due to the rubbish exchange rate and the huge import tax. I’m super lucky I live in London where I can purchase these items and not worry about the consequences.
I highly recommend doing an afternoon tea in the crown plaza, it’s very glamorous and the most opulent place I visited, it was very festive too. After a walk around in central park, Tavern on the green is the perfect holiday spot for lunch, very Christmassy. Other amazing places to visit is Restaurant Daniel which is a two star Michelin restaurant, we went for Johns birthday and the food was amazing, a perfect dining experience. Afterwards, we went to the boom boom room inside the Standard hotel which has panoramic views of the city, its one of my favorite bars. Be aware of the dress code too and dress to impress as clipboard Nazi’s await. Fun Fact: I saw Kim Kardashian’s BFF here, Jonathan Cheban. Another amazing dinner spot is Public.
The last thing I did was go to Brooklyn bridge and Times square. The bridge was a very interesting experience, its not like any other bridge I have crossed. Do not wear heels on this bridge, it will feel like you are falling through. Lucky, I brought a change of sneakers! It’s a great place to look back onto the city and really is iconic.
I really will miss New York and I am looking forward to return already.
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Wishing you guys a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New year
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