A friend recently pointed out that my family is full of traditions. Something I never really noticed, but certainly true. Spending a weekend in New York City in December has to be one of my favorite family traditions. Most years, we go out to dinner and see a Broadway show on Friday, then walk around and see the tree on Saturday. This year, we stuck to that tradition. We got tickets to School of Rock (thanks to Jamie’s recommendation!), made reservations at Tony’s DiNapoli and booked a hotel room.
We made great time and got to the city a little earlier than expected, so my mom, sister and I headed to Bryant Park to walk around. I love all the holiday shops around Bryant Park during the holidays. The unanimous favorite shop was No Chewing Allowed. Talk about melt-in-your-mouth chocolate… They’re not kidding when they say “no chewing allowed. Also, they make hot chocolate and then put one of their truffles at the bottom, seriously SO good. Probably the only time I prefer hot chocolate to coffee. We still had some time before my dad was finished working and we were meeting him for dinner, so we stopped for a quick manicure. All of us getting festive hues of red. I forgot to snap a picture, but I got Essie’s Scarlet O’Hara shade. I am obsessed with it.
After manicures, we headed to dinner at Tony’s DiNapoli, a family style Italian restaurant in the Theater District. We shared a Caesar salad, vodka rigatoni and Tony’s Chicken (basically chicken bruschetta) and then cappuccinos and desserts. From dinner, we headed to the Winter Garden Theatre for School of Rock. It was seriously SO amazing. No one in my family really knew anything about the show or the story, but we were all so impressed. All the kids were SO talented. I highly recommend seeing it if you have the chance! We figured it would be less crowded, so we headed to the Rockefeller tree after the show, rather than doing it on Saturday morning. We snapped some pictures, enjoyed the tree and then headed back to the hotel for the night.
On Saturday, we walked the High Line and went to brunch at the Standard. I had walked the High Line during a field trip for one of my FIT classes, but the rest of my family had never been. We walked down the whole High Line, snapped some pictures of course then went to the Standard (so delicious!). After our amazing brunch, we walked back up to our hotel in midtown and headed home.
We really had such a great time in the city, as we do every year. It definitely put us in the Christmas spirit, even though it was pretty warm the whole time. Happy New Year, everyone and I’m looking forward to a wonderful 2016!