After lots of help from you and some research, I finally got our itinerary sorted out, could you take a look and let me know your opinions/ideas/suggestions? Is it realistic? is it too much? There are some lunch and dinner spots missing (***), suggestions welcome! (no Italian food, if possible)
We are a couple, late 30s, early 40s, been to NYC many times before but never on Xmas. We like good food, photography, shopping and football. We are also meeting relatives there for Christmas.
Hotel is in Grand Central area. We already have tickets for the events listed, restaurant reservations, US SIM cards and a 7-day Metrocard.
Early afternoon arrival (train from Newark + subway to hotel)
Xmas Spectacular + drinks at Campbell Apartment
morning walk to Hell's Kitchen and Mexican breakfast at Guelaguetza
11 am train or bus to Metlife Stadium
1 pm Jets – Browns game
Afternoon Grand Central market
Dinner somewhere in Midtown ***
Subway to Chinatown, dumpling tour for lunch (Nom Wha, Golden Unicorn, etc)
Afternoon walk and shopping in SoHo
Late dinner at Tao Downtown
Subway to W 4th Ave (F, M)
Walk through the High Line
Lunch @ Chelsea Market
6 pm Xmas caroling @ Gramercy Park
Family informal dinner at Bill's Burgers @ Rockefeller Center (or Les Halles Park Ave if family decides for something more formal - other suggestions welcome, although I realize we might not find a table available on short notice)
late breakfast at Rock Center Cafe
Day at Central Park
Dinner anywhere that will be open in Midtown area ***
Morning, Shopping @ Macy's, Lord & Taylor.
Lunch @ Szechuan Gourmet (W39th) / Xi’an fine foods/ food truck ***
Afternoon, Shopping @ Bryant Park market, Bloomingdale's.
Dinner @ The Plaza market (not sure yet, still thinking about the NoMad...) ***
early morning breakfast with tamales outside the Mexican Embassy, E.39th St.
Tram to Roosevelt Island
1-hour walk in Roosevelt Island (Freedoms park)
Subway back to hotel, checkout
Lunch at a food truck ***
Train back to Newark + flight back home :(