I planned to have this recap up Monday – but after the long holiday weekend, work was busy and life got in the way so that just didn’t happen. If you read my previous posts you know that we did something different this year and headed to NYC for Thanksgiving.
Our weekend started early Wednesday morning as we had to drop Lola off at the dog sitters before heading to meet up with everyone at my Aunts. We were heading into the city early because we heard that it was fun to see the parade balloons get blown up – well let me tell you something that all of the other articles online don’t – its not worth it. We walked from the Hilton in Midtown all the way to the area where the balloons get blown up and it was packed like sardines. It took me literally two minutes to decide that I was not even going to attempt to get to the actual balloons. What I was mostly looking forward to this day anyway was our dinner at Serendipity 3.
While Serendipity 3 is all over social media, I fell in love with the place when I watched the movie Serendipity years ago and it has been on my list of places to go to since. When we got there there was such a large line I am so glad we made reservations months ago! The one thing I will say though is if you have a large group of people, you should skip eating here. The atmosphere is so beautiful but it was really hard for them to make a table for 13 people and I think I was the only one of my family who thought it was worth going here. The food was mediocre but the dessert was to die for. Food Recommendation: Frrrozen Hot Chocolate (DUH)
Thursday morning was an even earlier start as we wanted to get great seats for the parade. We lucked out that my Gram stayed on the parade route – so only guests of the hotel got to sit where we did. It was a LONG day fueled by Starbucks. Once the parade was over we went for our Thanksgiving dinner, at Ellen’s Stardust Diner which was a fun experience. The only issue I had was that it was SO loud – which is expected because all of the waitstaff are upcoming broadway stars. I give them props though because they are non stop singing while you eat.
the only photo we took at the parade.
Friday we finally got to sleep in! It was nice to not have to set an alarm to wake us up at the crack of dawn, and it was even better because we were able to eat breakfast at the hotel – complementary waffles! We didn’t really have a set plan for this day which was nice because it was a day for each family to do their own thing. The whole family decided to go ice skating (just a few of us actually skated) and then Bobby & I broke out on our own to do some shopping & check out the window displays at the department stores. This year Saks Fifth Ave had a Snow White theme which was amazing and also a friend of mine that worked at disney advised that the displays are actually a dismantled ride from disneyworld!
We were able to pick up a few gifts and some goodies for ourselves. We grabbed lunch together and then met back up with some of the group to go to Magnolia Bakery! This was another place on my list, and it was well worth the wait to get in – because their Banana Pudding is the bomb. Then we got some NY pizza and headed back to the hotel to rest for the night which was much needed. Walking around NYC is no joke.
Saturday it was finally time to head home, but not before we stopped by Carlos Bakery! Thankfully because it was thanksgiving weekend there was no line when we go there and we were able to walk in and out. It definitely lived up to what I was expecting. The apple turnover is amazing and Bobby said the cannoli’s were great as well.
And the concludes our Thanksgiving in NYC! It was a great weekend, but Bobby & I were ready to be back home with our Lola girl. Next time we go to NYC we would love to be there for when they light the Rockefeller tree, and would like to be able to catch a few shows and go to the 911 memorial.
Hope you all are having a fantastic week and had an amazing holiday!