This weekend a group of my friends and the members of student programming took a trip to NYC to see The Radio City Christmas Spectaculur! For $30 ($15 for S.P.I.C.E members!) the school provided transportation and a ticket to see The Rockettes! We had the whole day before the show to wonder around the city and do whatever we wanted.
We spent a lot of time browsing The Holiday Shops at Bryant Park . If you've never had a chance to go there, you definitely should check it out. Bryant Park is located right next to the public library and during the holidays they have ice skating and tons of different boutique-style shops. All year round they have backgammon, ping pong, chess, and a carousel. A really cheap way to spend part of the day in the city! Along with all the cute shops filled with handmade jewelry, light fixtures, and other neat crafts, there are over 25 food vendors that serve some really delicious and unique foods. Of course I spent all of my money on food while there.. I couldn't resist a Nutella Strawberry Crepe or a feta and olive pretzel! Yum!
After Bryant Park, we found a Mexican restaurant called El Centro. The decor in the restaurant was eclectic and bright! Great service and great food. For NYC, the prices were decent, but you do get free chips and salsa...A must have for a Mexican restaurant. I got two short rib tacos that were some of the best tacos I've ever had. Very fresh.
To get out of the rain, we decided to take a snack break before the show. All of us being in the baking and pastry program, we decided on something sweet! We found an adorable cookie shop called Schmakery's located on 45th Street between 8th and 9th Avenue. I split a Toffee Caramel Coconut Macaron with a friend and it was scrumptious.
After our cookie break, we headed to the Radio City Music Hall for the show. It was my first time there and the theater was beautiful!! The performance was flawless and I spent the whole time thinking about how long they must have to practice for such a brilliant act. It also really got me in the Christmas spirit!! I definitely suggest seeing the show to anyone that is in the city during the holidays.
Other than spending the entire day soaked from rain, the trip was a success!