We crammed a lot into our first two days in NYC for Christmas! Christmas Eve and Christmas day were relaxed with the following two days after packed with exploring and shopping.
Christmas Eve: Radio City Music Hall Rockettes. Johns Pizza on Bleecker. Chelsea Market. Highline. Meat Packing District. EATALY.
The halls sure were decked inside Radio City; man, those chicks are precise! For lunch, we headed down south to John’s Pizzaria on Bleecker. It’s one of the very few pizzaria’s grandfathered in and still legally allowed to use coal ovens, even after they were outlawed decades ago. The pizza was crisp & flavorful without being greasy. Delicious!
The Filling Station was my favorite at Chelsea Market; endless amounts of olive oils to taste + multiple beers on tap + flavorful salt & pepper. Blood Orange Olive Oil….exactly as amazing as it sounds. We came home with thai ginger salt & naturally, filled a mason jar of beer as well. Chelsea Market leads into Highline which is an awesome public walking path/park and probably even more gorgeous in the summer.
Dinner: Eataly. Have you heard of it? If you are in NYC for under 24 hours, this is the one and only thing I would recommend. It is not to be missed! Screw Times Square (it looks just like it does in the movies-promise). Eataly is a highly curated Italian marketplace equipped with multiple restaurants & cafes, produce/meat/cheeses/wine/drinks/more to buy + a brewery on the roof top. This was my second trip and I was desperate to get back as soon as I could. We spent hours here, including eating Christmas Eve dinner. The best thing to do is order the cheese & meat platter from the center of the market, where all 4 corners converge to a casual cocktail area. It was hands down the best meat and cheese I have eaten since being in Italy (or more so, since last time I was at Eataly).
Christmas Day: Brunch & gift giving. Brooklyn Bridge. Financial District. Upper West Side. Central Park. Dinner: Mexican!
Last Day (1/2 day): Shopping in Soho. Finally made it to C.Wonder- the showroom is jaw dropping good. I don’t even think we ate lunch we were so stuffed from the last 5 days!
The only good thing about the Macy’s on 5th ave was the gorgeous designer products, not easily found in PDX. Other than that, it nearly gave me an anxiety attack it was so c-r-a-z-y. PS. Husband is a huge Seinfeld fan…
We enjoyed a long, leisurely date night dinner at The Little Owl our last night in NYC. Quite possible the tiniest and cutest restaurant I have ever eaten at (see festive wreath above!). It was truly magical. The food was delicious (butternut squash with walnut/maple pesto) & the customer service was impeccable. I can not highly recommend this restaurant more- add it to your must eat NYC places.
That’s a wrap! Catch ya on the flip side New York!