Hello, hello! I’m back from an amazingly fun weekend in New York City with some of my best friends from high school. I had been looking forward to this weekend for months, and now I’m so bummed it’s over. Wahh! Take me back!
Fabio and I arrived in the city late on Friday evening, and after grabbing some New York pizza (mandatory) we headed to my aunt’s apartment in the Upper West Side (where we were staying) to hit the hay.
On Saturday morning, we met up with these three in Central Park!
Hana lives in the city – a little further downtown – and Bianca and Sam had come in from Hoboken and Philadelphia, respectively, for the weekend. It’s crazy that we all live in different cities now (even though Hana and Bianca are pretty close to one another) and I’m so thankful that we still keep in touch as much as we do.
On my way to meeting up with the girls, I stopped by the famous Levain Bakery for some delicious cookies for us! These cookies are seriously ridiculous and weigh almost a pound each! I shutter to think of how much butter and sugar is in each one…oh well. Worth it!
Finally, after meandering through the park a bit, we found each other!
It was a beautiful day to explore the park, and we had a great time wandering around.
Girls! I have to thank Fabio for snapping so many pictures of us, haha. What a trooper!
Some selfie stick action in front of the boathouse. 🙂
The boathouse was really beautiful, and I loved watching the row boats go by.
We wound up stopping in the boathouse for a quick drink, and then Fabio’s friend Hayden joined us! After a cocktail, our group continued exploring the park. 🙂
Soon enough, it was time to head over to our brunch reservation. Don’t worry, we snacked on some more cookie bites along the way.
A little before 1:00 pm, our group sat down for brunch at Osteria Cotta on the Upper West Side.
The restaurant had a ton of delicious brunch entrees (our group decided to share a bunch of things) plus bottomless mimosas, bloody marys, or sangria.
Everything was delicious, but my favorite dish had to be the eggs in purgatory – eggs and polenta in a spicy tomato sauce. So delicious!
The best part though was just getting to sit and chat with my friends! I sure did miss them.
More cookie bites happened too.
After brunch, our little group continued walking around the city! I loved seeing all the beautiful holiday decorations.
New York City at Christmastime is the best!
More selfie stick action in front of the Rockefeller Christmas tree. 🙂
My handsome guy. <3
After that, we walked over to Bryant Park to check out another beautiful Christmas tree, as well as all the holiday shops.
It was beautiful, and I think I may have liked this tree better than the more famous Rockefeller one. 🙂
Up next, we headed over to Rolf’s, a famous German restaurant in the city known for its Christmas decorations. Hana made reservations for us about a month ago to ensure we’d get a table, and I’m so glad she did. The line to get in was ridiculously long, and we didn’t have to wait at all! Thanks, Hana!
It sure was beautiful inside – just look at this!
We couldn’t get over how beautiful the decorations were and I think we all got a bit of a neck cramp from staring up at the ceiling for so long. It was so festive in there!
We enjoyed a couple of delicious German beers while we took in the decorations.
Later in the evening, a bunch of our friends came over and we got ready to go out!
We wound up going to a fun bar downtown that played amazing music including hits like Whitney Houston’s I Want to Dance With Somebody.
You better believe we sang out loud to every single word and had ourselves a little dance party. It was so much fun! Fabio’s friends all met up with us too, and it was really nice to see them. 🙂
Sadly, on Sunday morning Fabio and I had to hop back on the bus to go back home. Overall it was such a fantastic weekend, and I’m so glad I got to spend so much time with my best friends. 🙂
Until next time, New York!
Question of the day: Have you ever been to NYC over the holidays? If so, what’s your favorite part?
Last year we saw the Rockettes’ Christmas Spectacular, and it was a lot of fun!