• Nicole Reed

"It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas"

Updated: Nov 6, 2020

Valentine's Day is the "New" Christmas

Currently I am looking out the window and all I see is White. No buildings, no streets, no people. Basically there are mini-blizzard conditions in Chicago. As a result, I want to revisit my snowy visit to New York this past December since I never posted about it. Enjoy!

New York has a special place in my heart. I love New York! I started my career at Macy's Corporate Offices and spent countless days exploring the city and making new friends. I was across from Madison Square Gardens on 9/11 and the images of those days are etched in my memory forever.

Each year I make an effort to enjoy a girl's weekend in New York to see a musical or play, and dine at some of the newest spots with two of my dearest friends. Last year I was able to snag a same day orchestra seat to Hamilton for less than $70 (Ask me how).

Prior to my departure I learned a dear friend is in NYC for business and wanted to meet for lunch before departing for MIA. She is a fellow foodie and she chose Nourish Kitchen in the West Village. This seasonal, sustainable café focuses on healthy, beautifully fresh fare. I tried the Rose Chai latte and lamb with two sides. After the meal I purchased a bag of cookies for a friend's daughter and I ate the entire bag before the weekend was over. Everything was delicious.

After saying goodbye I walked to Adoroma Rentals to pick up camera lenses and flashes. Renting equipment in the cities you are visiting saves space in your luggage and allows you to try different lenses without the hefty price tag. I continued my walk to my hotel. When I reached 34th Street a familiar site loomed large.

Macy's Herald Square is a NYC icon and a site to be seen, especially during the holidays. The beautifully decorated windows, the crowds, the endless aisles of merchandise. I have so many fond memories in that building. What are the odds I bumped into a friend who is starring in the Broadway musical Beautiful while snapping photos of Macy's!

Over the years I have stayed at dozens of hotels throughout New York. I decided to be a little adventurous and try a new hotel concept my Marriott. I arrive at the Moxy NYC Times Square, which is conveniently located at 36th and 7th. Moxy was launched in 2014 and the NYC Times Square location opened in 2017 and is considered the flagship location. The Moxy brand focuses on the communal spaces; therefore, rooms tend to be "cozy".

The NYC Times Square location is on my recommend list. It has a large lively bar and lounge area that is surprisingly conducive and comfortable to work from. Legasea Seafood Brasserie is also located on the second floor and I enjoyed chatting up the bartender while enjoying fresh seafood and cocktails.

The cherry on "top" of The Moxy Times Square is the indoor-outdoor rooftop lounge and bar that offers epic skyline and Empire State Building views. Luckily guests have preferential treatment and do not have to stand in the queue get in. Another added touch was a self-serve candy cart at check-in/out. They are lucky I did not attack the "candy lady"!

As I previously mentioned the rooms are cozy which is fine with me since as soon as I get to NYC I'm in the streets and the common areas were beautiful. The minimalist design of the room was what I imaged a military barrack or dorm room would look like if Uncle Sam asked Candice Olson to design it. Everything seemed new and clean.


Everyone should visit NYC around the holidays at least once in their lives. Visiting the ice skating rink and the tree at Rockerfeller Center is a must.

Nearby Saks Fifth Avenue has the most elaborate and whimsical holiday windows, which I recommend seeing at night so you can see the music & light show on the facade of the building.

A trip to NYC is not complete without seeing a Broadway show or a play. We all agreed upon Kinky Boots and were not disappointed with our choice. The performances blew us away. Lola is my kindred spirit as a self-proclaimed "female drag queen".

Another highlight of this visit was meeting and attending the viewing party for Vallery Lomas(@foodieinnewyork), who at the time was competing on The Great American Baking Show. She won by the way!!!

New York Eats

New York is "Super-Foodie" city. Probably the best place in the world for food due to the diversity of cuisines. Besides Nourish Kitchen these are some of the other spots I was able to hit up.

My fellow foodie friend is based in NYC. She suggested Uncle Boon, a Thai Michelin star restaurant. This spot was hopping yet as always the food gods were looking out for us and we nabbed seats at the bar with a decent wait time. The food and drinks were so yummy!

Brunch is one of my favorite meals and luckily I was able to have two in NYC!

Clinton Street Bakery had a long wait yet the food more than made up for it.

After leaving brunch and shopping in Nolita we stumbled upon the Little Cupcake Bakeshop. Food and Wine Magazine named their "Brooklyn Blackout" the Best Chocolate Cake in the US so I had no choice but to try. The cake was absolutely sinful. Note: There is no picture of my slice because I mindlessly devoured it.

There is no better way to end my NYC trip than light shopping and brunch at Freds at Barneys New York.

I look forward to my next weekend in NYC. I know there will be something new to see and eat while I'm there. Most importantly it will allow me another opportunity to connect to my friends who I hold dear to my heart.

#NewYork #Christmas