Our trip to NYC was short and sweet. We spent some time catching up with Larry's old friends, and then some time catching up with mine. I love Christmastime in NYC. Just being in a big busy city full of people who are all full of Christmas cheer, surrounded by lights, trees, and endless holiday decorations, makes my heart smile! (I know, I'm cheesy! But it's true!) I try to make a trip up there every holiday season I'm in the country, and I'm never disappointed.
Friday started with checking in to the Hyatt Times Square, a pretty nice, centrally located hotel with a great view of the Square. We popped into the rooftop bar for a minute, but since the view was about the same as our room and the food was scarce, we left pretty quick in search of something more substantial. We ended up having dinner the first night, just the two of us, at District Tap House, where the ambiance was on point, especially with all the Christmas decorations, and the food was surprisingly delicious. The wine could've been better though. :/ #winesnob We found some better drinks after dinner at Lillie's Victorian a few blocks away!
On Saturday we hung out with a bunch of Larry's friends, a couple of uber-NY retired police officers, and a born-and-raised-and-never-left NYCer who were all super laid back and super sweet. We hopped around the city drinking and eating at some cute little spots, including The Campbell Apartment, which I absolutely adored! Later that night we went to Jimmy at the James rooftop with my friend Lisa, who I've known for over a decade, but hadn't seen in almost as long! It was great catching up with her and hearing about all of her travel adventures and telling her all about mine.
On Sunday we met up with my friend Tanuja, who I became great friends with in 2010 while studying abroad in Paris, France, as well as her boyfriend (soon to be fiance hopefully!), Charley, and Tanuja's baby sister, Shyla, who is 8 going on 18! We had a blast with them walking around Times Square... well, the boys walked, we rode on their shoulders! #tallboyfriendperks :) We had a delicious brunch at Thalia, which lasted until 3PM, as all good brunches should, and then went and saw the tree at Rockefeller Center. Talk about heart smiles! :)
We decided to stay in the city until Monday because, well, why not? We had chicken & waffles (my favorite!) in the morning at Friedman's. It was delicious, but crowded, and it took way too long for our order to come! Then we jumped on our bus home to DC. It was an overall great weekend and perfect first little out of town trip with the boyfriend <3