Having three children is not an easy task. My week becomes a complicated mathematical formula where I have to figure out different schedules, classes, events, projects, moods, and personalities. However, a very important part of the formula – that took me several years to understand, is the individual attention that each of them demands and deserves.
My kids have very different and clever ways to seek and get those five minutes of alone time with me, however, in the haste of the daily routine, I cannot give them that personalized attention as often as I would like.
That's why a few years ago, my husband and I decided that we would make a special trip to New York City with every one of our children separately when they turned ten years old. We took our eldest daughter four years ago and it was an unforgettable trip. This year was my youngest daughter's turn; she had been patiently waiting for many years and she almost fainted when we told her we were actually going this October.
Today I share with all of you our three-day itinerary, my review of the wonderful Archer hotel where we stayed, and of course the delicious restaurants we discovered in this trip so you don't miss any of them the next time you visit New York.
The first day we visited the iconic Statue of Liberty. What I like the most about this Ferry tour, besides seeing the statue up-close, is the amazing views of Manhattan upon the return. I highly recommend buying tickets ahead of time, as this tour is full year round.
We then visited the iconic Brooklyn Bridge, which has been the main character of countless films and has been crossed by thousands of runners every year during the famous NYC Marathon. Our incentive for crossing the bridge all the way to Brooklyn was to eat at one of the oldest and most historic restaurants in New York, Peter Luger. It definitely did not disappoint, as I can say it was one of the best steaks we've ever had, hence their Michelin star in their accolade.
Back in Manhattan, we went to the World Trade Center and I was very impressed by a building that I hadn’t visited before called The Oculus, by Santiago Calatrava. Its architecture is really impressive and you can admire it from the outside right next to the 911 Memorial or from the inside, as it is an outstanding shopping mall and Metro station.
The second day was filled with excitement. First, we enjoyed an amazing morning at one of my favorite museums, the Museum of Modern Art, better known as the MoMA. Touring each of its floors full of majestic works of art while holding my daughter's hand was a really fascinating experience. We ended our visit to the museum in the beautiful sculpture garden outside.
Of course, a trip to New York is not complete without enjoying a wonderful Broadway play. My daughter chose Tina Fey's adaptation of the 2004 movie, Mean Girls. Definitely a great accomplishment now with the fantastic sense of humor of Tina Fey behind it. I loved the very powerful message at the end which tells teenage girls that they should be happy with who they are and that every one is unique, perfect for this age, however I'd not recommend this play for kids under 12 because there’s plenty of adult humor.
We finished our day at the majestic Grand Central Terminal where we enjoyed a couple dozen oysters at the traditional Grand Central Oyster Bar, a must if you visit the city.
The third day we started early with a delicious breakfast at a Parisian Artisan bakery, Maison Kayser. This place is perfect to enjoy a delicious cup of coffee, all sorts of French pastries or their wonderful cocottes, or mini casseroles filled with ham and cheese or smoked salmon.
After fueling up with energy, we went up to the top of the Empire State Building. I will never forget my daughter's face filled with excitement when she saw for the first time the splendid view of Manhattan from the 86th floor. It was also the perfect place to take lots of fun pictures.
One of the restaurants I was most excited to go try was Cosme. This restaurant is the 25th on the list of best restaurants in the world, Enrique Olvera is the Mexican Chef behind this culinary dream, same Chef as Mexico City’s Pujol. It's truly outstanding how he transforms classical Mexican dishes but without losing their essence, giving their diners an amazing culinary journey. My favorite dish was the Corn Merengue, a dessert that took me by surprise because of its powerful combination of flavors, no wonder it's in the list of the 20 best desserts in New York City.
After walking through the Flat Iron District, one of my favorite neighborhoods, we went to Central Park where thanks to great weather we were able to see the park filled with kids and families enjoying a day out. We walked all the way to Bethesda Fountain while encountering all sorts of surprises, such as colorful bubbles and an eclectic classical music concert.
We finished our stroll around the park on a horse carriage where our coachman gave us a wonderful tour, such as the one Eloise had in the famous movie.
To finish our trip on a very high note, we couldn't leave New York without enjoying some delicious Eggs Benedict at Sarabeth's.
One of the best parts of the trip was our stay at Archer Hotel New York, a beautiful boutique hotel with an unbeatable location right on 38th Street between Sixth and Fifth avenue.
Since the Hotel is just a few blocks away from the Empire State Building, you can enjoy wonderful views of the iconic building from your room or from the Spyglass Rooftop Bar. I love the fact that Archer Hotels provide luxury bedding in every room, with sheets, towels and bathrobes from the prestigious Italian brand, Frette. Also, there's no better way to start your day than with a good cup of coffee, and thanks to the Nespresso Coffeemaker in every room, that was an easy task.
It was definitely an unforgettable trip, I hope my daughter always remembers it dearly. So, if you are looking for a hotel to stay in New York City, book your room at Archer Hotel New York through this link where you'll receive a special rate for Yo Mariana readers.
Many thanks to Archer Hotel New York for having us and for making our trip a wonderful experience.
Post sponsored by Archer Hotels, however, all opinions and photographs are my own.
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