Weekend Getaway: 1 Night in NYC

Times Square, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, and Broadway

Corner balcony view of Times Square

For Valentine’s this year we decided to check out a Broadway show. While my son and I already saw the Cursed Child on our last trip with my mom, my hubby missed out. So my son happily requested an encore performance to share in the magic. Who was I to say no? lol.

Times Square Hotel

Since we only had 1-night in the NYC before we had to head back home (I know, way too short), I decided to select a few key activities to get the most out of our visit without being overwhelmed with timelines. Staying Midtown made the most sense as we had an evening show to catch on Broadway. Since it was also forecasted to snow, having indoor views of Times Square would help to mitigate child meltdowns. Midtown? Minutes walk to Broadway? View of Times Square’s Billboards from our room? Somewhere special for my family? I knew just the place…The Times Square Edition!

We were greeted with a warm welcome at check-in and were in awe at the cutest little family of towel bears waiting for us in our room. What a special touch for our son. So creative and sweet!

The room was light, airy, and spacious. Best part though was its spectacular floor-to-ceiling views of Times Square from both inside the suite and out on the balcony. But from previous stays, I also know that other categories of rooms can also have a great view, some better than others. See my full post on the Times Square Edition. When you are ready to book give me a shout.

Breakfast at Tiffany’s

After we checked in and relaxed a little, we set off for our first family activity –A short walk to Central Park followed by breakfast at Tiffany’s. It was an easy stroll from Times Square, past the Rockefeller Center, and on to Central Park. Ice skating was still in full swing, as were the surrounding food carts. We enjoyed the views of Central Park, but we didn’t stay too long for our son’s sake. It was cold. But we will have plenty of time to explore again when we come back in the Summer, if not sooner.

While the classic film “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” is quite controversial and certainly not PR in today’s standards, the design aesthetics and Holly Golightly’s connection to Tiffany’s as a place of wellness, where she could seek refuge from a case of the “mean reds” and walk around to calm down her anxiety attacks, drew in my curiosity as a supporter of mental health. We didn’t have time for retail therapy, but we did partake in brunch and afternoon tea at Blue Box Café (@blueboxcafenyc) by Chef Daniel Boulud. It was pricey enough to put you in the “red” but well worth the quality if you have the means to do so. We enjoyed our quintessential New York experience and short foray into pop culture. See highlights from our breakfast at Tiffany’s below or on our Youtube channel (@musteats).

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Time for Broadway. We returned back to our hotel for a short respite before heading over to the Lyric Theater. It was only a 5-min walk from our hotel but we still arrived 45-min early to enjoy all the Harry Potter decor in the lobby. Don’t worry. I won’t spoil any of the magic for you. But here are 3 pro-tips as a travel advisor when planning to attend the Cursed Child:

  1. Pre-order Refreshments: Should you choose to opt out of an upgrade to the Ambassador Lounge (which has great amenities), scan the QR code in the Refreshments area to have food and drinks delivered directly to your seats. There is usually a long line to get bottled or frozen butter beer. But if you order via their app, you can save yourself some time and enjoy looking around the lobby decor and gift shop longer. If you order early, sometimes they even deliver at the start of the show rather than waiting for the break. They come in handy reusable totes. As an added bonus, all orders come with a free chocolate frog. Please note, however, by intermission the option to pre-order shuts down. But if you go to the concession stand closest to the main gift shop, there will be less of a line if you just want non-frozen refreshments.
  2. Booster Seats: If you are on the petite side or have any kids with you, grab a ‘booster seat’ (i.e. seat cushion) to help you see the stage better. You can ask any usher for them, but they are located in an alcove near the second floor restrooms. One cushion per person.
  3. Seat Selection: Normally I am a big fan of Orchestra seating, but the best seats in the house for this performance are up in Dress Circle. The first 2-3 rows are amazing. But if you really want to be up close, try for Orchestra row K; you’ll get extra legroom and still be in store for a surprise.

Post-Show Dinner

Since it was late and we had our son with us, I had them head back to the hotel while I stopped over at Junior’s for simple takeout. Normally I would shoot over to Los Tacos No. 1, but my son is a picky eater so chicken and fries were calling. I could have ordered room service as well back at the hotel but I was already nearby and my son likes cheesecake. So Juniors it is.

Back in our room we continued to enjoy the neon lights from our room. Our son even got to watch “Midnight Moment” from the comfort of his bubble bath. If you are not familiar with NYC’s “Midnight Moment”, well you are in for a treat. At 11:57pm each night all the marquis in Times Square sync up to display a rotating artist’s creation. That is one free entertainment that you don’t want to miss if you are in the area. If you are not staying in Times Square, however, you can still enjoy great views out in Father Duffy Square or from up above dining in the Broadway Lounge at the New York Marriott Marquis.

Sample 1-day NYC Itinerary

If you want to do the same itinerary, here is an overview. Let me know if I can help you plan your next great escape here or around the world.

  • Hotel: Times Square Edition
  • Activity 1: Rockefeller & Central Park Stroll
  • Lunch: Brunch and afternoon tea at Tiffany’s Blue Box Cafe by Chef Daniel Boulud
  • Activity 2: Broadway show “The Cursed Child”
  • Dinner: Simple takeout from Junior’s Restaurant and Bakery
  • Activity 3: View of “Midnight Moment” from hotel room

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