Central Park Winter

Winter in New York

It is official. The New Yorkers are probably gonna hate me for saying this but I prefer New York’s Winter than Summer.

Sure, probably it’s not fair coming from an Angeleno. But in all seriousness, Central Park could not look more magical when it’s covered in white serene snow.

It is ABSOLUTELY BREATHTAKING. Yes, our toes may freeze (blame the improper socks & boots). But at least we were not sticky and dripping in sweat.

My older son couldn’t be happier. Snow in your backyard? Heaven!

Central Park in the Winter

Central Park in the Winter

Magical Central Park in The Winter

I flew LAX-JFK on Virgin America with both my boys and one of my best friends, Ifa, who was visiting from Jakarta.

Having another adult with you when traveling with two kids is a Godsend, imagine going through TSA trying to fold the stroller, lifting the suitcase, and noone else there to help you carry your infant? Go figure.

Virgin America LAX-JFK

When flying on a domestic route within the US, Virgin America probably has the best economy (coach) cabin, the seat configuration is 3-3 with a personal In-flight-Entertainment system for each individual seat.

Trust me when I say this is quite revolutionary for a US carrier. The seat also didn’t look like it was made from the dinosaur-era. Virgin America has limited routes, but they do cover all the major cities in the US.

Arriving in JFK

This was my 4-month-old baby’s first flight ever. So catching the red-eye flight was the way to go for me. I rather be exhausted but my kids sleeps on the plane rather than the other way around.

Overall it was a very smooth plane ride, none of my kids made any noise for the entire 5.5 hours. Yes, one challenge tackled.

We stayed at the Affinia Manhattan Hotel in Chelsea, one major reason I chose this (other than the most reasonable rate) was that it had a kitchenette, which I didn’t end up using that much.

Chelsea - Madison Square Garden

This was my first time staying in Chelsea, the location was convenient, right across the Madison Square Garden and subway entrance.

The atmosphere was still a bit touristy though as it is located only one block away from the 34th St Shopping area home to Macy’s, Victoria’s Secret, H&M.

The next big challenge was how to survive going around New York City. In the Blizzard. Two Kids. Subway. No Husband. So my solution was:

  • To travel extremely light (small crossover purse) – enough to fit a wallet, iPhone, 2x diapers, 1 pair of baby’s spare clothes, the smallest pack of baby wipes.
  • No stroller. Just a baby carrier.
  • Shopping is prohibited.

THAT’S IT Y’ALL. AND IT WORKED.

Strolling NYC with a small purse

Central Park with a Baby Carrier

Dylan walking around SoHo

5 Days in Manhattan and what we did was eat, drink coffee, sightseeing and eat some more.

After a number of NY visits in the past few years, my recommendations on where to eat in NY are:

  • Basta Pasta – 37 W 17th St, NY
  • Coppelia – 207 W 14th St, NY
  • The Grey Dog – 49 Carmine St, NY
  • Bar Pitti – 268 6th Ave, NY
  • Eataly – 200 5th Ave, NY
  • Kang Suh Korean BBQ – 1250 Broadway
  • Red Rooster Harlem – 310 Malcolm X Blvd
  • The Halal Guys – W 53rd St
  • Kelley and Ping – 127 Greene St

Coppelia West Village

Best coffee spots:

  • Ground Support Cafe – 399 W Broadway (West Village)
  • Birch Coffee – various locations
  • Culture Espresso – 72 W 38th St
  • Think Coffee – various locations
  • Ninth Street Espresso Uptown – 109 E 56th St
  • Third Rail Coffee – 240 Sullivan St

Favorite dessert spots:

  • Momofuku Milk Bar – 15 W 56th St
  • Rice to Riches – 37 Spring St
  • Big Gay Ice Cream – 125 E 7th St
  • Serendipity 3 – 225 E 60th St
  • Dominique Ansel Bakery – 189 Spring St
  • Laduree SoHo – 398 W Broadway
  • Nutella Bar at Eataly – 200 5th Ave

 

When Momofuku desserts visited our hotel room

We’ve had the most memorable 5 days in the snow, spending time with my girlfriends, catching up with old friends and seeing our kids so happy playing in the snow.

Would do this again any other day. Til’ we meet again New York!