Holiday in New York

So, I’m sure you’re all dying to know how I spent my holidays. Well, my husband, sister and some friends headed to New York for a fabulous, food-filled week. We made no reservations, no definite plans for what each day held (as far as dining was concerned), and were on a budget. And I must say, that is quite a risky way to go about things in the city where you might wait for a table longer than you’d wait to get to the top of the Empire State Building. (The latter of which we waited three and a half hours for, thank you very much.) But it was also quite fun.

Here are few of my favorite tasty highlights from the trip:

Serendipity 3 Menu

Serendipity 3 Menu

1. Serendipity 3. This tacky, eclectic little eatery is one of my most beloved stops in the city. A) Because I LOVE desserts. B) Because I’m always hoping to see John Cusack, but that’s neither here nor there. After being told at 9p that the restaurant was no longer taking names on the waiting list (there was close to a gazillion folks waiting outside and this was a Sunday night), we were then told to check back at 11:30p to see if they could spare a table for us. And, luckily, at 11:30p on the button, we made the chilly trek to the restaurant and was granted a table after a 10 minute wait. Sweet!  I ordered up the Frozen Peanut Butter Hot Chocolate, the sister of Serendipity’s famed Frozen Hot Chocolate. I love to crunch the little ice pieces in the sundae. I was only able to eat a quarter of the dessert, though, because it made me even colder than I initially was and I was already pretty full from dinner. Nonetheless, Serendipity is magical and it’ll always be one of my favorite places on the planet.

Gumballs at Dylan's Candy Bar

Gumballs at Dylan's Candy Bar

2. Dylan’s Candy Bar. Did I mention I like dessert? Well, that includes candy. Dylan Lauren, daughter of Ralph, is the queen of this three-story candy store. It’s colorful, there’s a bathtub of gumballs and there’s chocolate and Swedish fish at every turn. What’s not to love? One of my favorite treats was the festive dark chocolate bar with bits of peppermint.

Frozen Hot Chocolate at Serendipity 3

Frozen Hot Chocolate at Serendipity 3

3. Milkshakes at Pop Burger. This hip spot caught our eyes after waiting in line to get into FAO Schwarz. The bottom floor offers quick, casual counter service and, upstairs, you can lounge on sofas while enjoying the goods. While it took a very long time to get our food (there was a mix up in the kitchen and it didn’t help that we were sitting behind a wall and were barely visible), it was delish once it arrived: bite-size sliders, crispy fries and the most out-of-this-world milkshakes I’ve ever tasted. I happily sipped away any dismay I had over the wait time.

Check back tomorrow for the rest of my trip’s tasty highlights.


  • Autumn says:

    That frozen hot chocolate looks SOOO yummy!

  • TJ says:

    I love new york in the winter. i go back every year after christmas for new years eve.

  • Edee Brit says:

    I love that shop in the movie Serendipity! It is so cute, and that desert sounds amazing!!!

  • Michelle says:

    I’ve always wanted to go to Serendipity! Frozen hot chocolate sounds like heaven!

  • Marla says:

    Oh, I’ve always wanted to go to Serendipity. And yes, just like the author, a part of me would be hoping to see John Cusack! But regardless that Frozen Hot Chocolate looks amazing!

  • Pete says:

    Dylan’s candy bar is amazing. And I agree about the festive dark chocolate.

  • Jennifer says:

    As a New Yorker myself, I have to agree that there is no better way to spend Christmas then in the city. After bearing the subzero conditions I faced this past Thanksgiving, there’s no better way to relax (and regain feeling in your toes) then finding a cozy place to eat. After all, around every corner is an amazing bit to eat–how does one made a decision. I must admit however, I never paid a visit to Serendipiy, although I did pass it on my journey. Thanks for putting it on my radar. I will definetly stop in for a frozen hot chocolate my next trek to the Big Apple.

  • Ashley says:

    Chicago is so much better than NY!

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