My girlfriend and I will be visiting NY on Weds 3rd December landing roughly 2;30pm at JFK airport and leaving on Sunday 7th December 10:15pm at JFK. This will be my 3rd visit to NY (only went middle of November 2013) but it's the 1st for my girlfriend.
After compliling a list of what we want to do (trying to do a few different things so both is new to us) and sorting them out after cutting out each thing and arranging on a table, here is a list of the itinerary we have planned.
Can people of TripAdvisor be so kind and give advice on whether or not all is achievable and if any days activities planned don't go together? After going last year I'd say I'm fairly confident of knowing where things are but am certainly no expert :-) I've asked a few questions I'm not sure of.
Weds 3rd December:
Arrive at JFK 2:30pm
Check into Hotel (Hilton Garden Inn West 35th St) around 5pm
Head to Rockafella Centre for Christmas Tree switch on
Bite to eat at Pure Thai Cookhouse (heard good things)
Tiomes Square & visit M&M's World/Toys 'R' Us
Thurs 4th December:
Breakfast near hotel (Anthony's Coffee Shop last time but open to suggestions)
Head to Victoria's Secret for my girlfriend (and me haha) - is this Herald Square from memory?
9/11 memorial - do you not have to go through security now or book?
St Paul's Chapel
Governor's Island (view of SOL?)
Juliana's for Pizza
Brooklyn Bridge Park
Brooklyn Heights Promenade
Brooklyn Bridge walk back to Manhattan (sunset)
NY Knicks/Rangers game (schedule still to come out so dependant)
Drink at The Press Lounge
Drink at The Strand Hotel - is this possible if you're not a guest at the hotel?
Friday 5th December (my birthday):
Grand Central Station (breakfast in here - any recommendation?)
Grand Central Market & Christmas Train
Whispering Wall - where is this?
Chrysler Building - just for good view (where is good?)
NY Public Library
Rare View - Murray Hill - What can you see from here?
Escape The Room
Lunch at Los Tacos No.!
Walk The Highline
TOTR for sunset
Back to Hotel to get changed
Birthday meal at 'The Little Owl'
Drinks in Greenwich - anyone advise on where is good to go? Cocktail bars etc.
Drinks at Frances Tavern
Drinks at The Dead Rabbit
Saturday 6th December:
Breakfast somewhere - any recommendations?
Roosevelt Island (take tram)
Explore Williamsburg (will this be busy on a Saturday?)
Greenwich - Molly's Cupcakes, Friends Apartment, Sex In The CIty House
Shake Shack at Madison Square Park for lunch
Back to hotel to get changed
Ice Skating at Rockafella
Rockettes Christmas Show
Bryant Park Christmas Market (bite to eat from a stall and drinks)
Sunday 7th December (last day)
5th Avenue shopping
Back to hotel and head to JFK leaving around 7pm.
The main problem we found when trying to plan things was trying to make sure we fit in certain things before and approaching sunset such as pics for TOTR and the Skyline. Are we trying to fit in too much for Skyline pics? Any advice on where's best to go? Is all the above do-able? Is Governor's Island the best place for pics of SOL? I've done the Staten Island Ferry before but seems a waste of a journey if I've already done it and it's crowded.
Any advice would be a great help.
Thanks in advance