We acted on a spontaneous moment and decided to spend a couple of days in New York City. We hopped on the New Jersey Transit train in Trenton and headed to New York Penn Station ($15.50 each way). The idea was to checkout the Christmas Tree at Rockefeller Center and do some people watching. There were 3 Marriott properties in the area under $200 a night. We chose the Fairfield Inn & Suites NY Manhattan/Times Square. It's on 40th St near 8th Ave. The 2 other properties were Courtyards, nice location, but no free breakfast. From the Fairfield to the Tree it's about a 10-12 block walk. You can travel through Times Square on your trip. I've added a couple of pictures of the Marriott Marquis and the Renaissance. These are two other properties in the thick of it at Times Square. Although the Mayan end of the World didn't happen, there were some costumed folks there for effect.
FYI, I used a Marriott Giftcard at checkout, no issues.. the front desk team were ready and able to process and took less than a minute to complete the transaction.
Besides viewing the Christmas Tree, we visited St. Patrick's Cathedral and Bryant Park. There is an additional skating rink and a variety of shops at Bryant Park. A short subway ride the next morning took us to the 9/11 Memorial. It's advised to get your tickets from the website. The tickets are free, but there is a place to make a donation, if you choose. The advantage to getting your tix and printing them at home is it allows you to walk right up at your designated time.
I had recently discovered a list of top pizza places from Food & Wine magazine. We tried out 2 of these shops on our excursion to New York. Both were within walking distance of the Fairfield.
Don Antonio's on 50th St. is a 10 block walk up 8th Ave. from the Fairfield. Rockefeller Center is also on 50th St...so it was on the way! This was DELICIOUS Pizza!! The pies are single serve size but could satisfy two people if you get an appetizer. We had a hard choice choosing so we skipped the app and ordered two pies. The Montanara Starita is the owner's specialty. The smoked buffalo mozzarella really made this pizza outstanding. The second pie was the Girella. Another tasty treat.
We also tried out Co. (pronounced "company"). It's in the Chelsea section of town on 24th St and 9th Ave. The owner is a well renowned baker for breads that many restaurants utilize in Manhattan. Co. is his venture into pizza. Once again, we ordered two pies. We tried the Meatball pizza and a white pizza, the Popeye. WOW!!! I'm not a huge white pizza fan, but that Popeye was outstanding. The Meatball was also great.