22 Things To Do in NYC in the Winter

22 Things To Do in NYC in the Winter || Runway Chef #nyc #winter Whether you live in NY or you visit the city in the colder months, no one can deny that it is a winter wonderland overflowing with magic come this time of year. Christmastime in the city has to be one of my absolute favorite things about living here. The decorations, the store windows, the festive activities…I love it all! The Mr. and I have done a few of the things on this list before, but there are many still waiting to be checked off. Have you done any of these things in NY? If you don’t live in NYC, what special holiday things do you do where you reside?

1. Go in search of the best hot chocolate…I hear City Bakery has one of the best but so far we’ve only tried (and loved) the Max Brenner one at Bryant Park.

2. Check out the trees- Of course I’ve seen the Rockefeller Center one and The Plaza one, but the Mr. has yet to see the Plaza one and neither of us have checked out the one at the Met or The Palace Hotel.

3. Take a walk while it’s snowing

4. Photograph Central Park after a snowstorm

5. Walk over a snow covered Brooklyn bridge

6. I still have yet to go skating here in the city, but I’m determined to make it to at least Bryant ParkCentral Park, or Prospect Park this year.

7. Look at store windows (Bergdorfs always has some of the best, in my opinion

8. See the holiday trains in Grand Central

9. Go to Rolf’s (I’ve avoided in the past because it is oh so cliche and touristy but I’ve decided it just has to be done)

10. See the lights in Dyker Heights (we loved them so much last year that we couldn’t wait to go this year)

11. Visit Gingerbread Lane at New York Hall of Science

12. Fondue and wine by the fire at Black Mountain

13. See a tree lighting (our neighborhood is having theirs this weekend)

14. Visit the Veuve Clicquot Pop-Up Champagne Bar

15. Walk around our neighborhood, hot chocolate in hand, to check out the Christmas lights

16. Warm up with the French onion soup at Balthazar

17. Check out used bookstores for old Christmas books and records

18. See a showing of the Nutcracker

19. Spend an afternoon cozied up by the fire at the Bowery Hotel

20. Donate a coat to the New York Cares Coat Drive

21. Get the epic-sounding pot pie at the Nomad Bar (if I can convince Mr. RC that’s truly worth a full $36, which, hello truffle and foie gras, it is!)

22. Head to Camp for s’mores by the fireplace

My NYC- South Street Seaport

Exploring South Street Seaport in NYC || Runway Chef It’s been a while since the Mr. and I had explored a new neighborhood, so this past weekend we took advantage of the nice weather and headed out. We’ve been to South Street Seaport several times before (like when we took these pictures) but we realized we had never truly explored the area or taken pictures of the pretty architecture. Also, on weekends they offer a free ferry service from our Brooklyn neighborhood straight to the seaport so it was a no-brainer to boat on over to Manhattan to explore this historical area. Being in South Street Seaport makes you feel like you are actually in Boston, or even an old fishing town (minus the tourist-y shops in the center of the seaport, of course). My heart swoons over the cobblestone streets, the old brick buildings, and the many nautical touches. Though we weren’t hungry, we did discover quite a few restaurants (like this, this & this) that looked so yummy they were immediately added to our list of places to try. There’s also a beer garden if you’re thirsty (their food looks pretty tasty, too), and, in the summer, they offer lots of free entertainment (that I definitely want to check out next year). Of course, Mr. RC and I are always intrigued by any historical tidbits we can pick up as well (yes, we are those nerdy history people). We’ve been watching a show about the history of New York City so we found it especially exciting to be in this area with fresh (historical) eyes. Another favorite thing of ours is walking along the path by the water, looking at the old ships docked there. We had planned to rent bikes so we could actually bike the path this time but the strong winds quickly changed our minds, so we settled into two adirondack chairs, with some ice cream, and finished the afternoon with the warm sun streaming on our faces, thoughts of how lucky we are to live here running through our minds, and the view of the water and Brooklyn in our sites.

For more history on the Seaport see herehere, here, and here. You can also check out the South Street Seaport Museum. For other restaurant recommendations I suggest looking here. To find out more about the Seaport in general (and for current activities) go to the website and follow along on Twitter.

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My NYC- Holiday Train Show

Holiday Train Show, NY Botanical Gardens I don’t usually do two ‘My NYC’ posts in one month but, but the Holiday Train Show was too good to only share one picture.

People always raved about the Holiday Train Show, and I’ll be honest, I had no idea why, mostly because I had never been and didn’t know much about it. Well now I’ve been….and now I’m one of those people raving about it. It’s one of the most incredible things I’ve ever seen! The creator, Paul Bussee, makes over 140 iconic buildings (scaled down) out of all kinds of things from nature- rocks, pinecones, wood, dried flowers, etc. These “buildings” are then set-up among the gardens in the Conservatory building. Oh ya, and there are few model trains zipping around in there too ;)

I cannot put into words how jaw-droppingly incredible this exhibit is. If you are able to go, I highly, highly recommend it. But until then (or for those of you who don’t live in the area), I hope you enjoy these pictures.

Holiday Train Show, NY Botanical Gardens {Do you spy the Statue of Liberty?}

NY Botanical Gardens train show

{St. Patrick’s Cathedral}

Holiday Train Show, NY Botanical Gardens {Macy’s}

Train show at Botanical gardens {Guggenheim}

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Brooklyn Bridge at Botanical Garden train show Holiday Train Show, NY Botanical Gardens holiday show at NY Botanical Gardens Penn Station, train show at NY Botanical Gardens {Penn Station}

Paul Bussee train show {Some famous buildings around the city, including Flatiron, Radio City, and Rockefeller Center (complete with the Rock Center Christmas tree)}

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Happy Hour

Dyker Heights Lights

{Christmas lights in Dyker Heights}

Mr. RC took a few days off last week, allowing us some time to explore a few Christmas things around the city (aka things from this list) that are usually too difficult to do over just a weekend. I was originally bummed that we weren’t going to be escaping the city, but our little “staycation” ended up being so much better.  Along with discovering a delicious Italian bakery in our neighborhood (which made for a nice stop on our cold afternoon walk), we made it to the Holiday Train Show (one of the most incredible things I’ve ever seen), we explored the lights in Dyker Heights, and we had an impromptu lunch date in the ‘Real Little Italy‘. Even after 3 years, I’m amazed by the amount of incredible things and new neighborhoods we continue to discover around the city. I hope you’re all having a great week!

P.S. Just realized Christmas is only a week away! If you’re like me and you still have a few gifts to get, this should come in handy!

Dyker Heights Christmas Lights

{Some more of my faves from the lights in Dyker Heights…I don’t think I’ve ever seen so many Christmas lights in one spot….or really in my entire life! I’m pretty sure the neighborhood could single-handedly support the electrical company!}

 Dyker Heights Lights NY Botanical Gardens

{‘Tis the season for pictures in front of Christmas trees}

NYC Holiday Train Show {Just a little snippet from the incredible Holiday Train Show at the Botanical Gardens (can you believe that everything is made from things found in nature??! Yes, even those buildings!). It was so good, I decided it needs a blog post all its own so stay tuned for more pictures}

cappuccino

{Warming up with a cappuccino}

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{Don’t be afraid….via Pinterest}

My NYC- Christmas in the City

Christmas Lights in NYC

I could live in NYC forever, if only for how beautiful Christmas time is here. There really isn’t much to say other than it’s glistening, sparkly and magical (case in point-the above picture I took last year outside Bergdorf’s). If you haven’t experienced it, put it on your life priority list ASAP.

Radio City

Christmas in NYC

Here are some of my favorite things to do in the city during this festive time of year-

To See

To Eat

What I’m Looking Forward to Trying This Year….

What are your favorite holiday activities where you live?