I have been hearing a lot about Restoration Hardware restaurant in the Meatpacking district of downtown Manhattan and I was intrigued simply because of the interior design. If there is one thing about interior decorations that I love, it is chandelier. Seeing a lot of them under one enclosed rooftop restaurant, you need not say much I will be there in a heartbeat.

So before my husband went back to work, we had our last day date there. The place was amazingly beautiful. It is located at the top of the interior design store of which it is named after. On entering the building, we were greeted by a receptionist who was very polite and friendly. He directed us to the elevator and told us what floor to get off on. The walk to the elevator was magnificent. Adored with beautiful home decor display.

I wanted to stop and have a look around but my husband isn’t very patient. Maybe he was concerned I was going to leave with a giant wall frame instead of what we came there to do. We took the elevator and landed in a beautiful oasis. Yes I’m not playing with words here. It was indeed serene. You are greeted by courteous waiters and by the beautiful sound of water falling in little water fountains next to the seating areas. Several of them.

The sounds immediately set the baby off to sleep, leaving us to enjoy a delicious breakfast.

The baby later woke up to join us in breakfast. She was able to eat most of what we had. It wasn’t too hot or spicy for her.

After drinking a cup of coffee and finished eating, I wanted a little drink. Just because. The mood was lovely and this was our last date. It may not be an evening out with just the two of us, I was going to have a drink and enjoy the moment anyway.

Next it was time to check out the ladies room.

Restoration hardware restaurant like many public places in New York City, have unisex toilets. There was no baby changing facilities but it was clean and one could sit on the toilet seat and change the baby on your laps.

I loved the gallery wall in the restroom as well as the marble and gold theme of the room.

It is very accessible, clean and the food was out of this world delicious. They have a valet parking for strollers although we didn’t need to because I was using the small stroller that coverts to a seat as I didn’t want to wake up the baby. It is not cheap but it is very affordable. Overall, it was a 5 star experience. I can’t wait to go back.

If you want to go with younger kids, I would say go in the day time. And for grownups time, go in the evening. And always dress smart casual. You could take off your jacket later on like my husband did and relax.

On The 19th Day of Christmas

We found a hidden gem in the form of restaurant. The Rockefeller’s center is often times mistaken for just going in for pre-top booked activities like the view from the top of the rock or ice skating. What a lot of people especially if this is your first time, do not know is that there are several restaurants and shops downstairs of the building. You can just walk into the building, take the stairs and be amazed by several places to eat and shop. Shops includes Starbucks, pizza shop, sit in table service restaurants and a fast track to the ice rink.

We stopped to eat at Cuccina and Co.

We were seated on time and a waiter came to collect our orders in less than 5 mins. This was impressive considering there was lots of people and I must say a positive experience because when you are a parent hauling kids around the kids and they are hungry, you want to get food inside their stomach as soon as possible.

The food was delicious. There wasn’t overly a lot of options, again this can be good for some people. I don’t like being overwhelmed with options personal so far they have a good option of cooked meals, it’s good enough.

We had food from the kids menu – Pasta and tomato sauce and desert. We also had chicken and mashed potato (wish it came with vegetables) and a shareable cheesecake desert. It was very filling for three people. I loved the chicken meal. It was well seasoned, moist and they added a gravy-like-sauce. I have been to several American restaurants and most times the steak or meat or fish is served dry. They give you ketchup or something like that to put on it. I love a good sauce on my meats. It literally and figuratively wet your palette. So I was really impressed with this meal.

I will definitely recommend this restaurant and would definitely be going back. I loved the food and the quick service. It was clean and the staffs were courteous. It is family friendly.

On The 18th Day of Christmas

On the 18th day of Christmas we went to FAO Swartchz for toy shopping. This iconic New York City toy shop is one of a kind in the world. From their real life toy soldiers dressed up like soldiers from the old Royal guards to varieties of kids toys and activities, this place is every child’s dream land. You can tell it is special with the amount of people that troops in from all over the world. The long line is almost worth it, or if you are local you could just come back another day. The line was over a block on this particular day. But on getting inside, you would forget all about it.

The giant build a bear rocket makes true sounds and lightning like it is about to take off.

Friendly guards who are always happy to make kids wishes come true by taking photos with them.

Top 6 Places To Go Santa Crawl in NYC

New York City is such a beautiful place during the holidays and there are so many amazing things to see and do. One Christmas traditions we do, even when in London was to do a Santa Crawl. That is when you go and see Santa in different places. I think it’s so lovely and fun especially with younger kids.

One thing I noticed in NYC that is different from London is that there is a form of continuity and resemblance in all the Santas. They all look alike. Even the brown Santas. I think this is really good because we tell the kids that it’s a fun game trying to trick Santa by going to see him in different locations. Like a Santa hunt. So them looking kind of alike helps the younger kids to keep believing that it is the same one Santa, but in different locations.

On the 16th day of Christmas we went to see the Santa at Lotte Palace Hotel, again, and I’m going to give you a list of 6 places to go see Santa in NYC.

  1. The Santa at Macy’s. Macy’s Santaland is truly magical. No wonder people travel far and new just to come here

2. Santa in Bloomingdales

3. The Santa in Lotte Palace Hotel. I love this one the best because it is very relaxing, no queue. There is a reading, you can go have breakfast in the restaurant first. There is a beautiful letter box and beautiful Christmas trees in and outside. It is truly magical during the Christmas holidays.

4. Santa at the Rockefeller’s center ice Rink. This one is not free but you get to either have breakfast or lunch with Santa while overlooking the ice rink. It is a beautiful experience.

5. The Santa at the Brookfield Place New York. Create lasting experience with the Santa at Brookfield Place.

6. The Santa at The Plaza Hotel. If you have watched Home Alone and are into Christmas movies you will know that you cannot have Christmas in New York City without a trip to the Plaza Hotel. It’s so beautiful.

On The 15th Day of Christmas

Today was all about doing nothing. We was just going around looking at beautiful Christmas trees and decorations. We went to the ice ring at the Rockefeller’s center, Cartier and had festive hot chocolate at the Ralph Lauren coffee stand.

There’s something special about Christmas in NYC.