Coming from the Northwest, I know that I have arrived in New York City when the first sights I see are the electrifying glow of Times Square and the hustle and bustle of endless yellow taxi cabs. Usually when I travel to New York, I know I’m going to splurge in a big way. But for me, splurging at certain times in life is about buying experiences. And in that vein, New York City is a perfect place to give myself permission to do just that. It is a city that represents the best in fine dining, the arts, and fashion — the things that make New York one of ( if not the) most interesting cities in the world.
Staying at The Palace Hotel
The hotel was beautiful! Its historic nature really added to the ambiance. The view of the cathedral from our room was spectacular, and it was conveniently located for walking to many places. Not too mention, it is home to the Van der Woodson’s and affectionately known as Serena’s lair – the New York Palace Hotel is an icon in the Gossip Girl series.
Dining at Buddakan
Wow. Definitely my favorite restaurant in New York. Love the flavors of Buddakan! Truly unique Asian food done to perfection. From the entrance, you wouldn’t think that the place was so large, but I was very impressed when we were taken to our table, walking down the grand staircase and into the most beautiful restaurant spaces I’ve seen – which served as the site of Carrie and Big’s engagement party on the movie Sex and the City.
Watching a off-Broadway Play : Sex Tips for Straight Women from a Gay Man
Celebrating Angela’s bachelorette, with 10 girl-friends in arm (and after walking up the four flights of stairs because the elevator wasn’t working – though props for the show putting up fun signs along the way), we picked up our tickets at will call, got a ‘sexy’ goody-bag, order champagne, and got seated in the front row!
The show was great! An attractive cast, a funny script, and great audience involvement. I won’t say too much to spoil the play for anyone who hasn’t seen it, but it is hilarious! No, you probably won’t learn anything too shocking or new, but it’s a great play for a night out with friends!
Ice-skating The Rink at Rockefeller Center
This was the biggest highlight of my trip!!! Yes, it’s a little cheesy. Yes, it’s expensive. But it’s not something you get to do every day! Sure it’s small and crowded but, it’s the spirit of Rockefeller Center, the rich history of NYC, that makes people like myself strap on some skates, shuffle around for a moment trying to find my balance, before getting into the zone. The music was pumping – everything from hip-hop/top 40s to house. I absolutely loved it!!!