Living in New York City, we have unlimited opportunities for new experiences and adventures, but I have to admit that we often find ourselves doing same things over and over again. In the months of December, the city exudes holiday magic with so many events and sites, so there is no excuse to not try something new. Jason is home most of this month, so we plan to take full advantage of the holiday fun, and last Saturday was a perfect example.
On a regular basis, I receive emails or direct messages from readers headed to town, all with the same burning question of “What Should We Do?”. Well, I recently discovered What Should We Do?!, a concierge service that plans out your day. Founded by Arielle Tepper Madover, a six-time Tony Award-winning Theater & Film Producer and native New Yorker, WSWD?! offers experience advisors who are experts in all things NYC. From the latest openings, to hottest tickets, and hidden gems throughout the five boroughs. Be it backstage tours of beloved Broadway shows, or gallery strolls led by top art historians, they’ll do the research, planning and booking, so you can make the most of your free time. They know what’s happening, where to go, and how to get the most out of any experience.
The service is accessible via desktop or app, available on iTunes. It’s pretty easy to get started too, I quickly entered my info, and immediately began browsing their favorites section. I knew we definitely wanted to hit the Top Of The Rock, so I told our experience advisor how many people were in our party, along with some ideas of what we wanted to do. She asked some details, including the kids’ ages, and within minutes I had a perfectly planned itinerary.
Here’s what we planned. We started our morning at 10am, with brunch at Momofuku’s Ma Peche restaurant. I was psyched with this recommendation, because I’ve been dying to try it. The kids enjoyed macha pancakes, a play on a bacon, egg, and cheese on a steamed bun, and us big kids split the fried chicken and waffles, and brisket bowl. Not your run of the mill brunch! And, no trip to Momofuku is complete without birthday cake truffles, which I picked up on the way out.
Next, we headed to the Top Of The Rock. Sure, it was a little touristy, but it’s fun to play tourist in your hometown once in a while; especially when you can take some awesome pics in front of the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree, before heading up to the observation deck! We spend so much time making our way around the streets of Manhattan, so it was pretty cool to see it from 60 floors up, with 360 degree views! Our tickets were super handy on my WSWD?! app, and I loved that I didn’t have to search through my emails for them. I was able to access a perfectly organized itinerary.
Our final stop was Roosevelt Island. The kids got a kick out of this, because it was the first time we had ever taken the tram ride over the East River. When we landed on the Island, we walked over to Sue’s Tech Kitchen. Founded by Randi Zuckerberg, this month long pop up offers fun STEM interactive stations for the kids.
After we geeked out over the all things tech, we took some photos by the water, and went for an early dinner before heading home. After walking a few miles over the course of our day, we all collapsed when we walked in the door.
The What Should We Do?! has a monthly fee starting at $4.99, but with my code STROLLERCITY, you can try it out for TWO months, free of charge! This app is a must for the next time you plan a day in NYC, or have friends visiting from out of town! It’s been so fun discovering hidden gems in the city!