First Thanksgiving in New York City, check! I wanted to document my Thanksgiving break, so be prepared for lots of pictures. Hopefully this will be informative for you if you want to come to NYC for Thanksgiving next year : )
Autumn in Central Park is a must see. I suggest starting from the southeast entrance, work your way to the Gapstow Bridge, then exit at Columbus Circle.
If you’re only here for Thanksgiving, you will probably go to a fancy restaurant and have a three-course dinner. If you’re a NYC dweller like me, remember to go grocery shopping early so the stores don’t run out of the goods!
My brother and I went to get lunch after grocery shopping. Shake Shack at Madison Square Park is a popular spot to grab a quick bite and enjoy the view. Also, the Flatiron Building is at the intersection of Broadway and 23rd Street, so make sure to take a picture.
After dinner at Totto Ramen, we went to Times Square and it’s always a stunning view. I pretty much only go there when people visit me because there are too many tourists there haha, but definitely worth it. The holiday window displays are also worth checking out!
Wednesday after work, we started the Thanksgiving festivities. Black Friday started online and in-store early this year, so we went to get my brother some shoes before eating. Dominique Ansel Bakery is a popular pastry place in SoHo – famous for their cronuts and cookie shots. They sell out their cronuts pretty quickly, so either line up super early in the morning or pre-order them. We then went to Chinatown for some delicious hot pot at Little Sheep Mongolian Hot Pot to kick off FEASTING.
The annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is on Thursday. It starts at 9AM, but people start lining up at 6:30AM. Columbus Circle is a popular spot to watch the parade because that’s where the parade turns and you get a very nice view. Make sure to check Macy’s website to see which areas are banned, because some areas are only for people with media passes. Here are some pictures from the parade.
Thursday afternoon was dedicated to preparing for the Thanksgiving feast. We made mashed potatoes, mini pumpkin pies, and other hearty foods.
We took a break from preparing food and went to Best Buy! They opened at 5pm on Thursday for people to start Black Friday shopping early : ) Tip: many stores in New York are closed on Thanksgiving but open early on Black Friday (like 5AM).
TADAA! Our Thanksgiving dinner!! Pretty proud of myself honestly.
IT’S FINALLY BLACK FRIDAY!!! SoHo and Fifth Avenue are the two most popular areas to shop at on Black Friday, depending on what stores you want to go to. The two stores I go to every year are American Eagle and Victoria’s Secret, and I will be adding Zara to that list. It was my first time shopping at Zara on Black Friday, and they had a 30% discount for the ENTIRE store! As always, American Eagle had 40% off and Victoria’s Secret gave out totes for purchases over $75. Most stores close at around 10PM on Black Friday. If you want to see my haul, click here. My brother and I were pretty exhausted and hungry after a day of shopping, so we went to Saigon Shack for some pho and spent the rest of the night enjoying my new TV.
You can’t come to New York and not have brunch. If you’re a Gossip Girl fan like I am, you have to go to Sarabeth’s. There is one on Park Avenue and one on Central Park South. It is on the pricier side, but keep in mind that New York brunch is not cheap in general. We got some blueberry pancakes and the frittata. I also like their eggs benedicts!
Fifth Avenue window displays are a MUST SEE during the holiday season. Keep in mind that there will be a LOT of people on Fifth Avenue! Christmas & City on Fifth Avenue is a popular spot because it sells Christmas decorations and ornaments year-round. The Rockefeller Center is also popular because of the iconic Christmas tree. I will do a more in -depth Christmas in New York by the end of the year and will link it here.
And that wraps up my first Thanksgiving in New York City! I hope you had a great Thanksgiving weekend and thanks for stopping by : )
P.S – thank you to my brother for visiting me!