At the end of February, my friend Megan and I took a quick weekend trip to New York. Both of us had been there before and done all the tourist-y stuff, so we were primarily going to see a few Broadway shows. We bought tickets for two shows ahead of time and then got discounted tickets for a Saturday matinee at TKTS at the Lincoln Center (highly recommend vs. the one in Times Square! less people and you wait inside). I wanted to share a quick breakdown of how we spent our time in the Big Apple!
We took an early flight on Friday morning, so we landed around 9:30 AM New York time. After we dropped off our bags (at the wrong hotel…don’t ask), we started walking towards the Lincoln Center. TKTS opened at noon, but we were told to get in line around 11. We stopped for coffee and sustenance before heading there. We had been up since about 3:30 AM, so it was needed!
At almost exactly 11, we got in line. There were only a couple of groups ahead of us and the hour of waiting flew by! Shortly before they actually open, they start putting the shows that are available up on the board. We decided almost immediately that we wanted to see Anastasia. We ended up with 11th row seats for about half the price!
To fill time before we could check in, we strolled around seeing a few sights. We wandered around the Plaza Hotel, ate lunch at Serendipity, made a pit stop at the beautiful St. Patrick’s Cathedral, and popped in a few stores on 5th Avenue. Finally, around 3, we were able to check in to our hotel (and had to go fetch our luggage from the other hotel we had left it at…again, don’t ask). We went to our room, took a nap, and then got ready for dinner.
Our hotel was only about a 10 minute walk from the theater, so we found a restaurant on the way to go to for dinner. Then we headed over to the St. James Theatre to see Frozen. It was INCREDIBLE. We splurged a little to get good tickets in the front row of the mezzanine. The theater is small enough that we were still very close to the stage. Close enough to see every expression on the actors’ faces! Everything about it was a work of art- from the costumes to the special effects to the music. I would highly recommend for any age!
We started our second day eating breakfast at the hotel. We took a stroll through Times Square before heading towards the Rockefeller Center where we inadvertently joined a non-English-speaking tour group. Oops! We then went over to Grand Central Terminal and sat down for a bit to rest our feet and do a little people-watching. On our way to the Broadhurst Theatre for the matinee, we stopped at Sardi’s, which was just across the street, to take a quick look around.
Anastasia was also an amazing show! “Journey to the Past” is one of my favorite songs, and it did not disappoint. We went to the stage door afterwards and got to meet Christy Altomare (who plays Anastasia) and take some pictures with her. She was so incredibly sweet and really took the time to talk to each person who was there.
After the show, we headed back to the hotel to recuperate before seeing our last show of the trip. We again found a place to eat dinner on our way to the theater and then saw Wicked. We were super excited to see Jessica Vosk in the role of Elphaba, but unfortunately she was out sick the night we went. While that was pretty disappointing (since that was the main reason we chose to see it), the show was still incredible. There’s a reason it has run for 15 years and counting on Broadway!
Our last day began with us being woken up by housekeeping knocking at our door. We were very tired and slept a little later than planned! Once we were up, we got ready and packed our stuff up to check out of the hotel before doing a little more exploring.
It was a calm, cloudy Sunday morning, so it was nice to just stroll around. We ventured over to the High Line to walk for awhile. We then headed to the Chelsea Market, where we focused on what we do best: eating. We had a flight of wine at Corkbuzz, then the most delicious tacos at LOS TACOS No. 1, and finished off with some Doughnuttery donuts for dessert. I even took home some of their donut sugars to use on my homemade donuts!
After all that eating, we needed to do some more walking! We wandered over to Washington Square Park, the Flatiron Building, and the Empire State Building. Then it was time to head back to the airport to catch our flight home!
Overall, we walked over 60,000 steps and the distance of a marathon! We saw three amazing Broadway shows and ate a lot of delicious food. Although tiring, I highly recommend a weekend trip to New York if you can swing it! We may or may not be planning another weekend there to see more shows already….
Have you ever been to New York? What are your favorite things to do, see, or eat there?