After a remarkably uneventful flight, my family and I have arrived in New York. It is beautiful, it’s big, and, it’s just jaw-dropping in every imaginable way.
JFK to the hotel
After doing a lot of online research, I found that SuperShuttle New York had both the pricing and good reputation I was seeking. So, I booked them to take us to our hotel in Manhattan from the airport. The price? $19 per person plus tax. This was more economical for our group than taking taxis. This service is easy to use, the driver was courteous and friendly, and, they were there waiting for us. So SuperShuttle New York is highly recommended.
Hilton New York
This hotel is beautiful. The rooms are very well appointed and even have sofas in them. And, even though I’ve read time and time again about the small bathrooms in NYC hotels, I still wasn’t prepared for the size of it. However, it’s clean and it’s funcitional, and, it should work out fine.
First stop Rockefeller Center
After settling in and getting refreshed our first stop was Rockefeller Center. Everyone wanted to see the ice rink and the tree. I can tell already being here live for the tree lighting is going to be something very special – television does not do it justice, and, now I’m super excited to see it live.
After checking out the ice rink and tree, we were all straving and wanted some type of snack. If you go inside the actual building and head down the escalator of Rockefeller Center there are lots of restaurants, shops, restrooms, and, surprise – a subway stop! All good things to know!!
We grabbed coffees and some goodies at Starbucks and enjoyed sitting down at the tables and chairs along the big picture window where you can look out and watch the skaters. Even something this simple was thrilling!
Next Stop Radio City Music Hall and the Christmas Show
We couldn’t linger too long at Rockefeller Center since we had tickets for the 4PM show at Radio City. We had originally planned on going to the Christmas Show after Thanksgiving Dinner, but, decided we wanted to see the show “Elf” after dinner on Thanksgiving. And, so we moved Radio City up to our first night.
What a show! The 90 minute show literally flies by in no time! It’s a bit of everything and suitable for every age group. And, the Rockettes are simply amazing! We had orchestra seats ($75 per person), and, great views of the stage. Again, like everything we’ve seen in NYC so far, what you see on television simply doesn’t do justice to seeing it in person. Radio City Music Hall is huge!
Our first dinner in NYC
If you think finding a hotel in NYC is hard, wait until you try to find a restaurant. I was given an excellent resource (by Tina Smith, Founder of the Travel Writers Association and NYC resident.) It’s called Menupages.com and this site allows you to read reviews written by real people, and, you can see menus with prices.
By using this site we narrowed down our choices based on location and cuisine and ended up going to Rosie O’Grady’s on 46th Street. From the moment we stepped in we were warmly greeted and our waitress was very helpful. The food was good, but, pricing is still hard to get used to here in NYC. We calculated and saved for this trip and we have enough money but really – $4.95 for a side order of onion rings? $10.95 for a burger with fries? $13.95 for a crab cake appetizer? $18.95 for Irish beef stew? OUCH! I don’t know how people can afford to live here!
Nonetheless our first day in New York City has been fabulous, and, I’m looking forward to the rest of our stay. My next report will include the NBC Studios Tour, shopping along Fifth Avenue, a horse and carriage ride in Central Park and much, much more.