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Holiday in New York Like a Local

New York is the most amazing city in the world, but to truly experience all its splendor you have to know where to go and where not to go. This is especially important around the holidays so you don’t  end up feeling like a cow being herded on 34th Street. Stick to this plan and you’ll have a magical New York holiday:

  1. Ice Skating- Wollman Rink is a wonderful place to skate right in Central Park! The lines here are not nearly as long as other places in the city and you get the added bonus of getting to see the park. (Located at the southeast corner of Central Park. A Car Service can enter the park from Central Park South and drop you off on Center Drive. Or you can walk into the park at East 61st Street from 5th Avenue and take a right.) 
  2. Fun Lunch- I love The Plaza Food Hall. It is in the lower level of the gorgeous Plaza Hotel. The Food Hall has tons of fantastic, reasonably priced walk-up eateries with places to sit, rest, and enjoy your meal. They also have wine bars and gourmet food shops! (Fifth Avenue at Central Park South)
  3. Shopping- Bergdorf Goodman is a glimpse of heaven on earth. The architecture alone of this department store stops you in your tracks. Their holiday windows feature the best fashion in the most creative ways. Take the elevator up to the 7th floor to their home department. It’s the perfect place to find a chic souvenir. You can buy a beautiful ornament (approximately $30) that will remind you of your amaze trip! (754 Fifth Avenue at 58th Street)
  4. Cozy Dinner- You can’t experience New York like a local without going to an authentic, “neighborhood” Italian restaurant. Barbaresco is perfect! It’s reasonably priced ($17 for Ravioli) and cozy. The staff is friendly and they play holiday music. The “good kind” according to my mom…”the classics.” (843 Lexington Avenue between 64th and 65th Streets)

Happy Holidays!

Andrea Graye :)