Fabio and I spent this past weekend in New York City! His mom was visiting from Bolivia and staying in Queens, NY, and since we only get to see her a couple of times a year we decided to plan a fun day with Fabio’s mom and sisters in the big apple.
We drove up to NY on Friday night (we made great time – only 4.5 hours instead of the usual 5!) and went to bed as soon as we got to Fabio’s dad’s house. Then we woke up bright and early on Saturday and took the subway to our first destination of the day – Radio City Music Hall.
See anyone you know in the picture above? No? How about now?
Haha there we are!
We decided to go to Radio City Music Hall after Fabio found Groupons for us to see the Rockette’s Christmas Spectacular show for about half its usual price. The show just opened for the season last week, hence the cheaper price tag. Plus we saw a relatively early show (10:00 am) so it was even cheaper. Perfect!
I had never been inside Radio City Music Hall, and I was totally in awe of its beautiful interior. Check out the gigantic chandelier!
Here’s another picture so you can get a good idea of its size. It was gigantic!
So pretty. As soon as we arrived, we found our seats which were all the way to the right on the first level. Not bad at all! Once we were seated, the show began.
I think I was expecting girls in kick lines for a solid hour and fifteen minutes, but I was pleasantly surprised at the variety in the show. They had a few guest appearances from Santa Clause himself, including one dance where he multiplies himself about 100 times to explain how he can be in so many malls, shows, etc. at once around the holidays.
That Santa, he’s so clever.
Had to borrow this pic from someone’s instragram. It was too good not to share!
Fabio’s favorite number was one where all the Rockettes were dressed up like toy soldiers, and they marched around the stage in perfect unison. It was truly amazing. They are so talented. Then they did a slow fall on top of each other, and it got faster and faster until everyone on stage was lying on top of each other. It was really cool!
Again with the instagram borrowing. I couldn’t help it!
There were also a couple “Christmas in New York” dances that I thought were really well done. They really made you feel the excitement of the holidays in the city!
While I really liked all these dances, the traditional dancing Rockettes were my favorite. I just can’t understand how these women are so in sync! (BTW it was really hard not to type N’Sync just then…)
They were so amazing to watch, and I loved every second.
If you’re looking for fun things to do in NYC this holiday season, I give the Rockette’s Christmas Spectacular two thumbs up!
After the show, we walked over to Briciola, a cute little Italian restaurant in Hell’s Kitchen. It wasn’t a long walk, but it was freezing out! We were all happy to get inside and warm up.
Fabio and I had read great reviews of Briciola online, and those reviewers weren’t kidding. The food was phenomenal! Everything was very traditional Italian fare, and they had a fantastic wine selection too.
We started off with a bunch of small appetizers for the group: meatballs, lamb chops, caprese salad, and burrata, a new-to-me tomato, prosciutto, and mozzarella/cream dish.
Everything was so good!
For my entree I split the lobster risotto with Fabio’s sister, Diane. It was really tasty, but could have used a little more seasoning. Not to worry though, the restaurant provided plenty of fresh Parmesan cheese that I used to doctor it up a bit. 😉
We hung out at the restaurant for a few hours, just enjoying the good food, wine and good company.
Such a fun lunch!
After lunch, we wanted to walk around by Times Square, and if we happened to find a good spot for dessert then we decided we’d pop in. 😉 We wound up passing by Schmackary’s, a fun gourmet cookie shop!
The warm bustling shop had a ton of fun cookie flavors, and Fabio and I split a maple bacon cookie and a classic chocolate chip.
We also had a couple bites of the pumpkin spice cookie, which Fabio’s sisters both got.
All of the flavors we had were sooooo good. If I had to choose a favorite, I guess I would pick classic chocolate chip because the chips were warm and melty. They were all amazing though!
After cookies, we took Fabio’s niece Sofia to the giant Toys ‘R Us in Times Square.
If you’ve never been to this Toys ‘R Us I highly recommend checking it out – with or without a child. Inside the store, they have a big Ferris wheel, tons of cool Lego sculptures of things like the Empire State Building and Statue of Liberty, and a huge Barbie playhouse that you can walk inside. Seeing all those Barbies definitely brought out my inner child. I used to love Barbies as a kid!
After Toys ‘R Us we were pretty pooped, so we walked back to the subway and headed home. From there we watched the UMD football game from the comfort of the couch, and got take-out from our favorite Greek place in Queens, Gyro World. What a fun day!
Back at home
We left New York at around 7:30 am since Diane had to get back to school (she’s studying to become a PA!) and arrived back in Arlington a little before 1:00 pm. We spent the rest of the day doing a lot of this…
…plus a bit of meal prep, unpacking, cleaning, etc. Such a fun weekend!
Questions of the day: Have you ever seen the Rockettes? What flavor cookie would you have picked?