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I'm just curious what are some of your favorite things to see and do? I'm more interested in restaurants/places to eat because, well, I love to eat haha. I would love suggestions for pizza, Thai food, healthy/organic places, whatever. I'm also a big reader, so if you can suggest some popular book shops I would really appreciate it! And last but not least, places to shop. I love locally owned boutiques.
In the city, one of my favorite restaurants is Fogo De Chao, it's a Brazilian Churrascaria, really good if you like meat. I also love "The View" at the Marriot Marquis. Food isn't the best, but the view is to die for. Also, since you mentioned White Plains, my all time favorite restaurant (as of late at least) is Don Coqui on Mamaroneck Ave. Close to the Ritz Carlton and City Center if you are familiar with the area. Also, I remember last year we had tea at the plaza hotel, and that was a super fun experience. Although, I've heard there are better places for that.
For shopping in westchester, the westchester mall is pretty good. Since you mentioned december, I would deff recommend 5th ave just to walk down since the stores are always decorated beautifully. But shopping wise, I really prefer Soho. Less hectic as well. I don't know if you're familiar, but Greenwich Ave in Greenwich CT is really good for shopping. Theres also a little french cafe on Greenwich Ave called Meli Melo which is kinda the best thing in the world. Greenwich Ave has a few local shops mixed in with some higher stuff.
When it comes to the city, I'm kinda boring. I really just love walking through Central Park. (especially in the winter, it's so beautiful) I would also recommend going to the 9/11 memorial if it's something you're interested in. Also, I really love MoMA, so I would recommend that.
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If you're in to quirky pop culture type things, Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum is really fun! If you're not familiar with it it's a museum full of wax figures of singers/actors/celebrities of other sorts. It's also right in Times Square so there's lots of touristy type shopping and fun things to look at around there.
^I also recommend checking out the 9/11 museum and memorial. It's put together really nicely and tastefully.
^I also recommend Central Park! We spent pretty much an entire day just walking around there. Our favorite spots in the park were the Bethesda Terrace and Belvedere Castle - the castle gives you a really pretty view of the park and the artwork on the terrace is gorgeous. There are also lots of interesting statues throughout the park - an Alice and Wonderland one first comes to mind. There were also lots of cool street performers, musicians, and artists in the park but I'm not sure if there'd be as many in December because of the cold.
^We didn't go the the MoMA, but the Museum of Natural History is also really cool!
They do let people go into the crown of the Statue of Liberty now, but we didn't do that because when we looked they were booked until November so if that's something you're interested in I'd look online ASAP.
The top Rockefeller Center has a great view of the city! You can get a really good view of both central park and the Empire State building. It's also cheaper and has less waiting time than the Empire State building according to my aunt. They also have a "sun and stars" package where you can go to the top twice in one day so you can get a day view and a night view of the city which was pretty awesome!
It's not really in the city, but Coney Island was really fun, especially if you like hot dogs haha. The New York Aquarium is also on Coney Island if you'd be interested in that. Parts of it were still under construction repairing damage from hurricane Sandy when we were there but there's still lots of fun things to look at.
So much to do there, so little time haha. Even though we were just there I'm itching to go back.