“Instructions for living a life: Pay attention. Be astonished. Tell about it.” ― Mary Oliver
In my opinion, that’s what New York is, the city of cities. A place of wonder, inspiring kid-like awe in even the most jaded “grown-ups”. Last weekend dear husby and I ventured there with our kids. We were very lucky that even with the recent storm our hotels were ready and waiting, and our flights were on time and occurred without incident. It was their first time in the city and we wanted to hit a few highlights without overwhelming them with touristy activities, more just taking in everything.
We used some hotel points to stay at the DoubleTree hotel in Times Square because of the convenient location and because we thought the girls would get a kick out of seeing the craziness of the lights, videos, and activity from our hotel room. And did they ever! Of course, what impressed them most was our view of the M&M’s World store, which yes, we did have to visit.
The first stop after checking in to the hotel was lunch at má pêche, a momofuku restaurant in midtown. We’d been before to the momofuku noodle bar and loved it, so wanted to try this one and figured the girls might like the pork buns and duck ramen (and they did, as did we!) But I think the best dish we had was actually the chicken with grits – creative and an amazing combo of textures and savory deliciousness!
From there we walked up 5th Avenue towards Central Park and visited the FAO Schwarz, always a crowd pleaser. And after that, we crossed the street to The Plaza Hotel for afternoon tea in the Palm Court.
The girls have been reading the Eloise books and love to pretend play that they live at the top of the Plaza, raised by the helpful and adoring staff (somehow this is always who I have to be, art imitating life for sure, except that my work is unpaid and I do not wear a uniform!). I thought the Eloise tea might be fun for the girls, and though it was, I don’t know that I’d recommend it. For the cost, the food was good but not great, the Palm Court is very elegant, but the service was not really. So, if you’ve got a little one enthralled with Eloise, you might consider stopping at the Eloise at the Plaza shop instead, it’s in the lower level below the Plaza hotel, and has many great gifts related to the character and the stories.
The next day we saw the Radio City Christmas Spectacular, not to be missed! It was amazing. I mainly got the tickets because I thought the girls would like the show, but turns out, the show is great for EVERYONE. I actually think my husband and I were more impressed with the show than the kids, because we really appreciated the amazing sets, choreography, and of course, the Rockettes. Would highly, highly recommend the show to anyone visiting while it’s running (most of November & December).
Post-show we walked over to Rockefeller Center to go up to the observation deck and see the view from the top of the world! Breathtaking.
Looking out at the city and my girls’ little faces peering out at it, I got excited just thinking of the future visits we will make and experiences we will have together. I love that they are little city girls. They walked through New York unafraid, weaving through the people, looking up and around, and excited to try every new thing. People ask us why we travel so much with our girls, and I think this is why.
I dare you to watch this video and NOT want to get on a plane to visit New York. One of the greats on one of the greats!