A Week in NYC // Part One: Rockefeller Center

Last month I spent a week in New York City with my favorite woman in the world, my mom! NYC is one of my most-loved cities, and my mom had never been so I was really excited to be her tour guide around the Big Apple.  We had a great time, and I thought I’d put together some posts sharing some photos as well as my NYC recommendations!

The weather was beautiful on our first day in the city, so we made a beeline for Top of the Rock: the 70th floor observation deck at the top of the GE Building in Rockefeller Center.  From there we could see all of Manhattan, surrounding neighborhoods, and even all the way out to Liberty and Ellis Island.  Top of the Rock has three floors with both indoor and outdoor vantage points, but if you go, make sure to go all the way up to the top one (70th)!  It is the only one that isn’t enclosed with glass barriers… great for photography!




nycday1aMy pretty mama sitting in the window at Top of the Rock 

After Top of the Rock we went out into Rockefeller Plaza to get a look at the ice skating rink and were surprised to see it had been transformed into a summer garden bar and restaurant!  The entire area was filled with outdoor lounge furniture, so we went down and grabbed a spot right by the water fountain and ordered iced teas and a delicious veggie + pita snack plate.  I’m not sure if this is something they do every summer in the rink area, but it’s definitely worth checking for if you go in the warmer months! 





We spent the rest of the afternoon doing some shopping, then caught a cab over to Hillstone Restaurant at 53rd and 3rd for dinner.  This is one of my favorite restaurants in NYC and happens to be the sister chain to another favorite of mine, Houston’s.  This place makes the best veggie burger patties, it’s ridiculous.  My mom had the french dip and said it was the best she’s ever had.  Everything was delicious… I highly recommend if you are in the neighborhood!  (Pardon the grainy iPhone photos here!)



After dinner we walked a few blocks up to Serendipity for dessert.  I’ve been dying to take my mom here for years, as it is the ultimate destination to get a crazy delicious sugar coma.  One of their specialties is Frozen Hot Chocolate and it’s insanely good – I like to get the peanut butter version. It is also the restaurant from the movie Serendipity, with John Cusack and Kate Beckinsale.  I ordered the cheesecake with fudge and strawberries.  YUM.



That’s it for Part One of our NYC adventure!  Be sure to check out Part Two: Central Park + Broadway and Part Three: 9/11 Memorial + Empire State Building, which are up now!

What is your favorite city to visit?


  • Dressed with soul

    How cool that you visited NY with your mom! Wonderful pictures <3
    xx from Germany/Bavaria, Rena

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  • jenna

    haha your pictures are making me hungry 😛 definitely need to try out that hillstone veggie burger!

    • Allison Anderson

      It’s AMAZING!! haha

  • http://www.classtocloset.com Nicole- ClassToCloset

    Looks like such a lovely time! So great you get to experience this with your mom… she looks so great and healthy! xo ClassToCloset

    • Allison Anderson

      Thank you :)

  • Maggie

    Allison your mom looks beautiful! Give her all my positive vibes and hugs of course:)

    • Allison Anderson

      Thank you :) I will!!

  • Pat

    I’ve only been to NYC once, but we had a great time! It’ll be fun to see what I remember after taking your “tour”!

  • Zhenya Stoyanova

    I pray for your mom. Also I dream about NYC :)


  • http://www.esrasevgi.com/ Esra Sevgi

    So happy you guys had a great time in NYC! xo


  • http://travelnote-s.blogspot.cz/ Michaela B

    Awsome pictures! I would love to visit NYC so much! I hope one day.. :)


  • http://rkush.blogspot.com Rebecca Virginia

    praying for your mom, looks like a great trip <3

    • Allison Anderson

      thank you <3

  • Allison

    That cheese cake looks INSANE yummmm
    Allison from http://www.mercuteify.com

  • http://nueyork.blogspot.com nueyork

    These photos are all stunning, it looks like you and your mum had an amazing time together.


    • Allison Anderson

      Thank you, we did!!

  • http://teainjanuary.blogspot.com/ Aissa

    Ahh sounds like a great trip! I would love to visit NYC.

    Aissa // tea in january

  • http://distritobelleza.com Cindy Virgen

    Hi Allison, one of my biggest dreams is to visit NYC and go to Serendipity, because I really loved that movie. Your mom is so beautiful :)

    | Distrito Belleza |

    • Allison Anderson

      You should go someday! And thank you, I’ll let her know you said so :)

  • Natalie

    can’t wait for the next few posts :) I absolutely love NYC and your pictures are beautiful! :)

    • Allison Anderson

      thank you!

  • http://www.prettygreentea.com/ Prettygreentea

    Lovely photos – thanks for sharing!

    • Allison Anderson

      :) thank you, thanks for reading!

  • http://jennasuth.blogspot.co.uk/ Jenna

    Your photos are amazing! I’m going to NYC for the first time, from Scotland, in just over a week, I can’t wait! xo

    • Allison Anderson

      Thank you! Hope you have a blast on your trip :)

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  • rchiariello

    I’ll have to keep these places in mind for when I go to NYC to sing at Carnegie Hall in April!

    • Allison Anderson

      That’s so cool!! What an amazing opportunity!

  • http://www.noirettediary.com/ Siham Hamdan

    Seems like you’re the ultimate tour guide! I’m really looking forward to visiting NYC soon. You both look absolutely gorgeous, can’t wait for Part 2 :) x

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  • Rebecca

    Love hearing about your mother-daughter travels! Your first day sounded absolutely lovely, and the photos you snapped are stellar — Can’t wait to hear more! I actually live in NYC, so I’m a bit biased, but I love to VISIT Boston, such a beautiful city as well!

  • Bria Reece

    What an amazing week to spend with your mom!

  • http://www.modernbeautygirl.blogspot.com/ sisi

    ahh! I love serendipity and I love reading all about your trip to NY! It seems like lots of beauty gurus are in new york right now!

  • Laura S.

    So happy you got to take such an awesome trip with your mom and show her around NYC!
    xo, Laura

  • http://perlasancheza.blogspot.com/ perlasancheza

    It looks like a really fun trip! I would like to travel to NY some day.