New York City – Winter 2019
A blog post doesn’t do New York City justice in the least. There are websites dedicated to the wonders of NYC, thousands of books have been written, and endless amounts of shows available to watch for those interested to learn more. What this post is going to try to do is go give you a glimpse of a fantastic base camp to have an easy to access, affordable, but yet wonderful NYC family oriented weekend and a few places to eat that taste good and won’t break the bank while there for a few days.
We stayed at the Stewart Hotel which is literally just steps outside of Penn Station. They have a variety of rooms to fit every budget while still feeling luxurious throughout the facility and offering every amenity you could possibly need during your getaway. We were lucky enough to stay in their 2 Bedroom Penthouse Suite that has enough room to sleep 8 people, full kitchen stocked with all the utensils, two full bathrooms, large living and dining room area, and a breathtaking view of the New York City skyline overlooking the Hudson River. They even spoiled us with a gracious gift plate of fruits and cheeses, and a award winning bottle of wine. With Stewart Hotel being just steps from Penn Station, almost any destination you are trying to reach in NYC is easily accessible via subway for you to leave the car at home.
The amount of shows to see on Broadway is staggering. Some are better than others, and it is sometimes difficult to find something that the entire family can enjoy. We went to see King Kong on Broadway; and I must admit it was spectacular. Now the Broadway purists may poo-poo this play with the fancy video screens shown for the background at times, a few special effects dabbled in, and nothing new regarding a storyline, but for pure entertainment and excitement you can’t beat King Kong. It is a story that transcends generations and with this new platform to see the story, the producers did a fantastic job to make it still feel fresh and relevant for all who come. The puppetry of King Kong and the emotions and feelings that they were able to portray with the puppet were truly breathtaking and groundbreaking.
As far as good food goes, below are a few decent places that we enjoyed with decent ambiance, quality service, and a delicious meal. Hope you enjoy.
John’s of Times Square – NYC, NY
Sicilian Wings – chicken wings tossed with crushed red pepper, fresh garlic, and rosemary and a Traditional Pizza.
Niles NYC – NYC, NY
Really good French Onion Soup, Filet Mignon with crispy onions, pink peppercorns, mashed potatoes, and grilled asparagus, and Madagascar Vanilla Bean Crème Brulee
Chop Shop II – NYC, NY
Pork Pan-fried dumplings, Half Rack Thai Marinated St. Louis Spare Ribs, and Three Cups Chicken with organic baby chicken, sesame oil, soy sauce, rice wine, and Thai Basil that was REALLY delicious.
Special thanks go to the following individuals for making our stay so wonderful:
Mark Pandaleon – Director of Rooms for Stewart Hotel
Skylar Siminovsky – Assistant Director of Housekeeping for Stewart Hotel
Jessica Muniz – Director of Front Office for Stewart Hotel
Sarah – Front Desk for Stewart Hotel