Post # 1
My daughter is turning 13 in a couple of weeks and would like to spend a day in NYC as her gift. My guy and I have decided to grant the wish and bring along her best friend as a bonus. The girlie wants to see Rockefeller Center and go to FAO Schwarz. We’re going to get tickets to the Christmas Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall as a surprise so that will cover about 2 hours of the day and we’re all for bringing them to the toy store.
So here’s my question – where else should we go, what else should we do, and what else would really wow a couple of newly minted teens who have never been to New York before? We’re especially hoping for places that will keep us in the same general area – the less time we spend traveling from place to place the better as these two girls have the attention span of fruit flies some days!
Post # 3
TIME SQUARE!!! How about viewing the Christmas window displays? I enjoyed seeing 34th street when I went to NYC (Miracle on 34th street is one of my favorite movies)… Also I think that all of the things you have planned will be longer than 2 hours!! Rockefeller Center has the tree up and there is ice skating there. I hear that it’s quite crowded!!
Post # 4
Start with a Carriage ride in Central Park and go window shopping along Fifth Avenue. Walk downtown, you will pass Tiffany’s, The Plaza Hotel, The Apple store, Abercrombie, St. Patrick’s Cathedral. You could also stop at Serendipity 3 for a frozen hot chocolate, which is an awesome birthday treat!
Post # 5
A Central Park carriage ride is a really good idea, the window displays are a great idea and frozen hot chocolate sounds awesome!
So we’ve got:
Radio City Music hall (~2hrs), Rockefeller Center (Top of the Rock, maybe ice skating, see the tree… ~1-2hrs), carriage ride (1hr), Serendipity 3 (~1hr) plus general window shopping/strolling and FAO Schwarz (~1-2hrs). Sounds like a full day to me, what do you all think?
Any suggestions for lunch and/or dinner?
Post # 6
DH and I like Empanada Mama at 9th and 51st, which isn’t *too* far from where you’ll be. Also good and in that area: 5 Napkin Burger, Becco’s, Carnegie Deli. If you can, try to avoid the restaurants in/around Times Square… they’re all tourist traps! (Not terrible, but relatively pricey for a small, low quality meal.)
They’re probably too old to be interested in American Girl Place, but that’s right around there, too!
Make sure to walk down 5th avenue from FAO Schwarz and just take in the lights, windows, etc. The lights in the shops at columbus circle (59th and B’way) are pretty, too.
ETA: I almost forgot Brooklyn Diner! It’s on 57th, I think between 5th and 6th.
Post # 7
If you can, go to Dylan’s Candy Bar. (if they like candy) It’s across the street from Bloomingdales and is a good way to waste a little time and get some sort of NYC souvenir. You could always do pizze for lunch. There are tons of places to grab a slice. What sort of food are you looking for? And what kind of restaurant do you want?
Post # 8
there is going to be a HUGE wait at Serendipity, so be prepared!I dont think you can make reservations for 2, but it is worth a shot.
Post # 9
For Serendipity 3 – just FYI – the last time a friend and I tried to go there, the wait for a table was TWO AND A HALF HOURS. I don’t care how good it is – there isn’t hot chocolate in this world that warrants a wait like that. If you really want something sweet, I second the recommendation for Dylan’s Candy Bar. Their offerings are tasty!
Post # 10
When I was her age I went for my b’day and we saw broadway shows! I loved it.
Post # 11
Siiiiiiigh, can I come? I haven’t had a birthday that much fun in YEARS!
Post # 12
I personally love Max Brenners. We go there a lot. It’s a wonderful chocolate place. Theres 2 in the city I think. The one in Union Square is always crowded so we go to the one on 9th sometimes. It’s not as popular for toursits but it is a ton of fun if you love chocolate. I mean they have chocolate soup and chocolate pizza and everything else under the sun!